The Castle Hotel

Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire

Built in 1719 for the Duke of Chandos, on the bailey of a Norman hilltop castle, Henry Hunter’s ‘really lovely hotel in a truly quirky village’ is sister to the highly regarded Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry (see entry). More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Built in 1719 for the Duke of Chandos, on the bailey of a Norman hilltop castle, Henry Hunter’s ‘really lovely hotel in a truly quirky village’ is sister to the highly regarded Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry (see entry). ‘This was our third visit to what has become our favourite hotel,’ writes one of many approving readers this year. Smart, contemporary, ‘immaculate’ bedrooms, some for a family, some with in-room bath, overlook the town to Shropshire’s vaunted blue hills, or the south-facing gardens with tables for alfresco eating and drinking. ‘Staff are friendly and helpful.’ Steve Bruce’s ‘superb’ locally sourced dishes range from gastropub classics (beer-battered hake and chips, Welsh lamb burger) to more inventive fare, especially for veggies (black garlic risotto, butternut squash ragout, field mushroom, crispy leeks). A rare complaint came from regular guests who, on successive nights, found service slow, dinner disappointing. Nothing but praise, however, for the ‘excellent breakfast menu’ with pancakes, free-range eggs Benedict, the full Shropshire. Dogs can stay at no charge and are not merely welcome but ‘positively encouraged’. (Mr and Mrs J Glynn, Sue Cook, and many others)

Hotel details

Address

Market Square
Bishop’s Castle
Shropshire
SY9 5BN
England

Telephone

01588 638403

Bedrooms

12.

Open

all year except first week Jan..

Facilities

3 bar areas, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), in-room spa treatments, patio, terrace, garden, parking, bars and restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in bar areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, bar, at owner’s side at meal times in dog-friendly areas, not in restaurant, welcome box, no charge.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £100–£115, double £110–£195, D,B&B single £128–£143, double £168–£253. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.