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The Apiary Cafe Bar

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38 Borough Street | leicestershire, Castle Donington DE74 2LA, England (Formerly The apiary)
+44 1332 850843
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 10:30 - 22:30
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 23:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good jacket potato for lunch, with really tasty fillings. Good service and an interesting venue. Live music too

Thank Alan W
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been to the Apiary many times and always have a great time. I do love their Sunday lunch. Plenty to eat. No short measures. Great overall for food, atmosphere, music. Love it xxx

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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little unplanned visit to the apiary for breakfast, my girls both had beans on toast , excellent portion size , both had more than they needed, I had scrambled eggs which were cooked perfectly on lovely fresh granary bread. Husband had smoked salmon scrambled eggs , again cooked perfectly and excellent portions. The decor is lovely very quirky and... More 

Thank Evarley
Castle Donington, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is fast becoming my regular weekend coffee treat. Always good quality, and at only £2.50 for a takeaway extra shot cappuccino a real bargain. Owners are very inventive so each time you go decor seems a bit different. Nice outdoor seating area to the rear. Also does good food & a big range of beers. Gets busy in the... More 

Thank Sleightym
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for the fab review! Always a pleasure to see you and your family. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thursday is Gin Night at the Apiary and what a great time we had and great value for money. For £15 you get 3 Gins of your choice and a sharing platter, which was fabulous and plentiful. Great music (as always), great buzz and a great night, just glad it was bank holiday Friday and no work the following day... More 

Thank MammaMia19
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Thanks again for your continued support! So pleased you enjoyed Thursday gin night, It's really as been a great success. We have over 95 gins now! We will soon be hitting 100! More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit after reading some of the Trip Advisor reviews. There are few places I would give top marks to but the Apiary Cafe bar deserved it. The staff were very friendly and accommodating throughout our visit. There were a number of bistro style dishes to chose from. Our choices tasted fantastic and unlike many other restaurants... More 

Thank BigAl247
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Wow! What a fabulous review! Thankyou! More 

East Midlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A favourite venue for myself and the husband so thought where better to take my brother and mother for a belated family Mother's Day meal. Well the look on my 70 year old mothers face when she saw the row of shiny bikes and their owners gathered outside was priceless. That combined with the soundtrack of my youth (Nirvana) playing... More 

4 Thank Suze1980
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Haha! What a great review ! We now have another rock convert! Glad your mum enjoyed it! Thursday we have several bikers turn up for beers and banter. All good folks and some beautiful bikes! Hope to see you again sometime. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Castle Donington to watch my brother race and come across this fabulous place to have a few drinks, we even purchased a couple of T-shirts to show off at the race! We'll definitely be back next year!

2 Thank Mel3173
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

You wear the t shirts well girls! See you next year! More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easily my favourite place to go out for Sunday dinner, everyone knows nothing quite beats mum's Sunday dinner but this place will have you bringing your mum to show her how it's done.

1 Thank Jamie K
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

What a compliment! Thank you! Hopefully we shall see you soon! More 

Stamford, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Apiary is a great place. We popped in for coffee one Saturday morning but frankly wish we had planned to arrive at lunchtime or early evening to eat there. The place, the ambience, the food, the quality of the coffee, the staff and the general buzz were all exceptional. Sometimes you just walk into a place and know they've... More 

3 Thank Media1994
Dswift S, Owner at The Apiary Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Wow what a fab review! Thank you More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 32
British, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
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
The Apiary Cafe bar is situated on Borough street in the Historic heart of Castle Donington. Established in 2012. Come and dine in our comfortable dining rooms. We are open 6 days a week.Live music weekly. We serve delicious HOME COOKED food, locally sourced wherever possible. Breakfast, Champagne Breakfast. Brunch, Lunch. Dinner. A selection of GOURMET BURGERS, Paella, Pasta dishes, Fish dishes and lots more. Gluten free and veggie options. The Pie at Night served Tuesday to Thurs. Over 75 GINS,Great selection of beers and wines. Fresh coffee and speciality Teas. If you looking for a friendly vibrant but laid back atmosphere then this is the place for you. CHILL OUT in the Purple Buddha Garden.SUNDAY ROAST from 12.00 till 4.00pm. Small parties of up to 40 people catered for. Meeting room available minimum 2 hrs. Private dining. Birthdays, Christenings, wakes catered for.

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