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The Apiary Cafe Bar

38 Borough Street | Leicestershire, Castle Donington DE74 2LA, England
+44 1332 850843
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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British, Bar, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
38 Borough Street | Leicestershire, Castle Donington DE74 2LA, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I bought my friends here for breakfast, they were very impressed. Great surroundings, good service, good food.

1  Thank Steve H
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Apiary has undergone a major upgrade in its decor and is now a very eclectic mix somewhere in my eyes between Victoriana/Industrial/70S disco, with very loud wallpaper in the side rooms, mix with corrugated Iron, which sounds a disaster, but IT REALLY WORKS. Anyway...More

1  Thank STEVEN H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whether it’s a cup of coffee, drink or a full meal, this village restaurant offers a varied menu - even vegetarian - and boasts some very interesting gins in the bar along with varied beers and other spirits. The staff are friendly and helpful and...More

1  Thank catkin3
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi, Thanks for your review. We only use the best quality ingredients, Vegetables from the local farm, meat from local butchers. Our fish from a local fishmonger. We don't cut corners! Hence we think our dishes are very reasonably price. Plus our chefs are tops!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, staff friendly and very helpful, will be spending more time here. Like the entertainment.

2  Thank Jackie C
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the fab review Jackie. See you soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in last weekend to get some breakfast here. First time at that time of day, and I must admit that the quality and quantity of food were very good, and the breakfast menu offered many different options. Fairly priced. The tables are little tight...More

Thank Paul C
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the lovely review. See you next time. You can always ask for another table if your not happy with the one your given. Not a problem, unless we are full

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this little place as recommended and what a lovely welcome not just from the staff but by the locals that use it as a watering hole . Food absolutely wonderful may be a tad slow service for some but well worth the wait ....More

Thank Richard R
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your first visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By a country mile the best gin selection in the area. Beautifully presented in quality glassware. On perusing the menu it has been updated with an East meets West theme showing some tasty Thai options. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Toni H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a very pleasant meal last night. Lasagne was amazing as usual. Service very good. Just a great atmosphere in general. Keep up the good work folks

Thank Sue A
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much! See you soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited The Apiary today with my friend. First time we had been to Castle Donington and we asked a lady in the street where we could go for lunch, she recommended the Apiary. A lovely quirky and attractive exterior and the inside was even...More

1  Thank lisa S
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was staying overnight at the Hilton and wanted some good food, not the over priced rubbish in the hotel. This place came up the best around so ventured in with the wife at 7-30pm on a Friday. It’s also a trendy gin bar so felt...More

1  Thank Fredbear_Hull
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! Thank you! So pleased you had such a fab experience. Hope your holiday went well too!

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Questions & Answers
18 February 2017|
Response from Dswift S | Property representative |
Unfortunately we can not allow dogs inside. Has much as we love dogs,(We have two of our own) We serve food and most people would comment that its not hygenic. You can bring them into our courtyard area though?
24 January 2017|
Response from Jenny W | Reviewed this property |
Hi Yes, I can't post website links for some reason their website is apiaryrestuarant all one word - you'll just need to add the front and back bits!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
9:30 AM - 10:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Borough Street | Leicestershire, Castle Donington DE74 2LA, England (Formerly The apiary)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Castle Donington
  • Phone Number: +44 1332 850843
  • E-mail
The Apiary Cafe Bar is situated on Borough street in the Historic heart of Castle Donington. Established in 2012. Decorated in a quirky style with a great ambience. We are open 7 days a week. Delicious home cooked food served daily. We use vegetables from a local farm, meat from local butchers. We always use quality ingredients. Breakfast, Champagne Breakfast, Lunch, Vintage Afternoon Tea, Dinner. A selection of Gourmet burgers, Paella. Thai dishes. Gluten free and veggie options. Over 100 GINS,Great selection of beers and wines. Fresh coffee & speciality Teas. Live Music every week. See our Facebook page for details. If you looking for a friendly, vibrant but laid back atmosphere then this is the place for you. SUNDAY ROAST from 12.00 till 4.00 pm. Small parties of up to 40 people catered for. Meeting room available minimum 2 hrs. Private dining. Birthdays, Christenings, wakes catered for. voted Derby Telegraph Pub of the year 2017
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