The Castle Hotel

Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

‘We will definitely stay again’ is the enthusiastic cry of many readers about this dog-friendly and walker-friendly hotel with views of the Shropshire hills. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We will definitely stay again’ is the enthusiastic cry of many readers about this dog-friendly and walker-friendly hotel with views of the Shropshire hills. On the hilltop site of the town’s former Norman castle, the 18th-century hotel charms as much with its large gardens and doggie treats as its ‘uneven floors’ and ‘friendly staff’. ‘Very comfy’ bedrooms have quirky shapes, breezy colours and modern furniture; even the smallest have a couple of upholstered chairs. All have views over town and countryside; the cosier top-floor rooms, with sloping ceilings and exposed beams, have the best. Fresh bottled water delighted one guest as did ‘the flask to take out with you’. A generous menu ranges from classic fish and chips, and beef and Stilton pie to vegetable tagine and slow-cooked belly pork. Eat in one of the small bars with stripped-wood floors and wood-burning stove, or in the smarter dining room. An ‘excellent’ breakfast includes omelettes, pancakes and a full grill served with an information sheet of suggestions of walks and drives. One couple were so taken with the hotel, they stayed an extra night. (BR, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Market Square
Bishop’s Castle
Shropshire
SY9 5BN
England

Telephone

01588 638403

Bedrooms

14. 2 suites in cottage and town house opposite.

Open

all year except 25 Dec and first week Jan.

Facilities

3 bar areas, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), in-room spa treatments, patio, terrace, garden, bars and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £25.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (no charge, welcome pack), bar, at owner’s side at mealtimes in dog-friendly areas, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £125, singles from £115. À la carte £31. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.