Key Facts

Here’s some important stuff about us you need to know to make the most out of the Castle

Where are we

See our Find us page for a map and directions on how to get to us

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 11pm
Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Beer Garden

The beer garden is open until 10:30 from Sundays to Thursdays, and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday

What we serve

Draft stuff:

Real ale: Sharp’s Doombar and Adnams Ghost Ship (both Cask Marque), plus a guest ale chosen by the locals in autumn/winter (changes monthly)
Lager: Stella, Staropramen, Carling, Coors Lite
Cider: Aspalls and Thatcher’s Gold, plus a range of guest ciders in summer
Guinness: as it comes and extra cold

Bottles, wines and Spirits:

A wide range of wines, spirits, bottled lager, cider (including the fruity stuff), soft drinks and fruit juices
Jager bombs (you may hear the locals refer to them as “scoobies”)

Tea and Coffee:

We offer a range of freshly-made cofee, as well as Yorkshire and a range of herbal teas

Food

We don’t serve food – we’re not a “foodie” pub and we haven’t got the facilities to prepare it. We do though do rolls (the usual suspects – cheese, ham) on Friday and Saturday teatimes, and have an extensive range of crisps, nuts, Twiglets, cheesy biscuity things and pork scratchings.

Music

We have live bands most Fridays, and Saturdays. Start time usually 8:30 to 9ish, ends 11pm.

On sundays we have live musical entertainment (often with singalongs and dancing) in the bar. Starts 6:30ish, end 9:30.

We have a separate juke box in each bar.

See the events calendar for what's on when.

There's an open mic night every other Thursday. Start time usually 8ish, ends 11pm.

Quiz Nights

We have quiz nights every other Wednesday, kicking off at 8:00ish. See our events calendar for upcoming dates

TV Sports

Besides the usual Freeview channels we have Sky and BT Sports.

We show all of the major football games (including Swindon Town when they’re on), and have a big screen with HD projector, plus three HD TVs so we can show more than one game. We usually show the Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Spurs games (as this is who a lot of the locals follow), but if your team’s on and you’d like to see them ask and we’ll see what we can do.

We also show cricket (England tests, ODIs and T20s), the Six Nations and other major rugby games (both codes), Formula 1, major golf and tennis tournaments, Swindon Robins speedway (when they're on telly) and boxing if it's not too late and we can afford the cost.

If there’s anything else you’d like to see please ask.

Pub Games

We have a pool table, darts board (ask at the bar for darts), cards, crib board, chess set.

Wi-Fi

We have free Wi-Fi provided by the Cloud, so if you’re registered with them you’re straight in; otherwise, just register with them and off you go.

Smoking

As with all pubs, you can’t smoke inside. However, we have a generously-sized beer garden where you can smoke to your heart’s content. Tobacco and cigarette papers are on sale at the bar.

Vaping

You are welcome to vape in the pub

Dogs

We are dog-friendly, as long as they’re well behaved and you’re prepared to keep them on a lead. We provide water dishes (complete with water) on request, and good doggies may get dog treats and fuss from the locals.

Other animals

We’re not entirely sure what other animals you might want to bring to the pub. Cats would be nice. Please don’t bring anything illegal, endangered, poisonous, incontinent, or that is likely to bite someone’s face off.

Children

The Castle is adult-orientated and lacks child-friendly facilities like bouncy castles, slides and the like, but children are allowed until 7pm.

Crosswords

We love crosswords, even if we can’t finish them. For those not connected to the internet we have dictionaries and encyclopaedias to help out.

Parking

If you’re coming by car, the chances of parking next to the pub are pretty much zero – our part of Old Town was built in the 1860/70s and, showing typical Victorian lack of foresight, they didn’t anticipate universal car ownership, or even cars come to that – so we’re in an area consisting of narrow terraced streets with the added bonus of it being a resident’s parking zone, and be warned the parking wardens are very efficient round these parts. There’s a car park in Prospect Place (about 3 minutes’ walk away) which will cost a couple of quid to park in for an evening…again, the wardens are very sharp so don’t risk getting too short a ticket

Technical stuff

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