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The Castle Hotel

Address: Castle Green,
Taunton TA1 1NF

Telephone: +44 (0)1823 272 671

The Castle Hotel

Retaining its defiantly independent status, The Castle Hotel has been a family-run hostelry, set in the heart of the rejuvenated shire town of Taunton, for almost six decades.

Seeking to provide its guests with a bespoke service and well-rounded experience, the Chapman family’s enduring passion for their hotel is clear: Quality bedrooms and the exclusive BRAZZ restaurant steal the show.

Housing some 44 spacious and thoughtfully decorated rooms and suites, The Castle Hotel includes a much sought-after penthouse, encased in imposing battlements and revealing panoramic vistas from the Quantocks in the north to the Blackdowns in the south. Sojourners stopping in any room at The Castle are treated to individually designed spaces, from the hand and imagination of Louise Chapman, that give a sense of home comforts and intimacy.

The brasserie style BRAZZ restaurant boasts its own culinary reputation and has been the launchpad for such respected names as Gary Rhodes and Phil Vickery. The current head chef incumbent, Jamie Raferty, has continued in this vein with much pride being taken in the sourcing of many of the ingredients from the best of the South West larder. Ruby Red Devon cattle, fish from the famous Brixham Market, smallholding vegetables within five miles of the hotel and, of course, some of the region’s best buffalo, sheep and goats cheese, all go into the crafting of dishes such as the smoked haddock and leek tartlet and the hearty 28-day dry-aged 8oz rib-eye steak.

With its scenic countryside and wisteria-clad exterior, The Castle is a fairytale backdrop for a special occasion. Facilities range from four modern meeting rooms with audio visual capabilities to dedicated wedding planners, ceremony rooms and even preparatory beauty treatments, with every detail covered.



Trip Advisor 11th April 2011

My husband and I stayed a night at the Castle Hotel and as we drove up the hotel looked stunning, hung with wisteria blossom. The hotel was in the centre of town and had the added bonus of a car park. A member of staff immediately came over to our car and helped us with our bags. This level of service continued throughout our stay. Our room, a garden suite, was large and very comfortable. As I looked over to the lovely garden I could see a small wedding group enjoying champagne on the lawn in the April sun. It was the perfect setting. We had supper in the brasserie which was good with plenty of choice on the menu. The cooked breakfast was excellent and most of the food on offer had been locally sourced. It was a real shame we could only stay one night but when we are in the area again we shall stay at this hotel.

The Telegraph 7th August 2010

The wisteria-clad frontage sets up expectations that are not dashed inside, where you're met with much dark, carved wood, expensive carpet and an olde-English smell of mingling furniture polish, port and horseradish sauce. The behind-the-scenes account of life at the hotel, An Innkeeper's Diary, by Kit Chapman, The Castle's owner since 1976, should be on the bedside table of every bedroom – very entertaining...Chef Richard Guest champions English food in the main Castle Restaurant, Brazz brasserie and modernist lounge, sourcing locally: Somerset cheeses, game from Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, herbs and vegetables grown by a smallholder five miles away. The carving trolley lives on here (hurrah), with the Great British Classics menu. The wine list is Chapman's pride and joy, and puddings are a special treat, especially the three-in-one chocolate number (tart, ganache, mousse)...Telegraph rating: 8/10

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