The Castle at Taunton

César award in 1987

There has been ‘regime change’ at this ‘excellent town hotel’ as Kit Chapman has stepped down as chairman to allow ‘younger generation stepping into the driving seat’. His son, Nicholas, has been appointed chairman, becoming the third generation of the family to run the medieval castle that has been extended and rebuilt over centuries. In late spring, its crenellated facade is festooned with wisteria. Marc Mac Closkey is the manager. ‘The best thing about it was our bedroom and the food,’ says a recent visitor. On Wednesday to Saturday nights, head chef Liam Finnegan cooks dinner for the ‘charming’ Castle Bow restaurant, with dishes like Brixham scallops, Jerusalem artichokes, hazelnut vinaigrette; Devon blue cheese tartlet, root vegetables, spinach, pickled red onion. Meals in the ‘vibrant’, ‘excitingly modern’, ‘out of keeping’ BRAZZ brasserie are simpler: fish and chips, fishcakes, burgers. Breakfast has home-made bread, jams and muesli, eggs Benedict, Florentine, Royale – or simply boiled, with soldiers.
  • A well-run, typical city hotel with conference/function rooms and busy restaurants. Fills its function well land deserves its Cesar. Our spacious room had the feel of a guest bedroom in a smart country house. We had an excellent dinner in the Grill Room. Breakfast too was excellent, and so was lunch in Brazz. Not keen on the muzak but it was low-level. We sat in the garden in the sun.

    C R, 20/05/2014

  • A super place. Dinner and breakfast were memorable. My 91-year-old mother was thrilled.

    Trevor Lockwood, 16/12/2011

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Local attractions

Glastonbury Abbey
Set in 36 acres of parkland, this was once the richest abbey in England.
Montacute House
A 16th-century mansion, with a variety of Tudor portraits.
Hestercombe Gardens
A unique collection of three gardens, spanning three centuries of garden history and design

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Contact Details

The Castle at Taunton

Castle Green TAUNTON Somerset England TA1 1NF


01823 272671

Further Information




all year, Castle Bow restaurant closed Sun/Mon/Tues.


lift, ramps, lounge/bar, BRAZZ, Castle Bow restaurant (Wed–Sat evenings), private dining/meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

'easy listening' in lounge, restaurant and brasserie.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms (£15 a night), not allowed in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa


[2015] per room B&B from £160, D,B&B from £199. À la carte (Castle Bow) £35, (BRAZZ) £25. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.