The Castle Inn, in the magical Bradford on Avon, was transformed from a dump of a pub in to the town’s premier gastro-pub a few years ago. Instantly, it was a hit. The reasons are many. Outstanding atmosphere (inside and out), fabulous food at reasonable prices and the friendliest staff for miles. I've wined and dined here often.
The big surprise for me came recently, when I booked overnight in one of the Castle's associated rooms. This has to be the accommodation find of the century. I've stayed at many fine boutique hotels that charge double the price for comparable top quality. The Castle Inn excels even further with the free extras (bottles of sparkling and still water, biscuits, locally made fudge, coffee & tea). The view from my room was that of the beautiful town below. This would have been enough for me.
However, breakfast the next morning was the best I've ever experienced at a hotel (including the rightfully heralded Babington House and Cowley Manor)... and it was included in the price. Fresh squeezed orange juice in a LARGE glass, a choice of eggs (including eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, eggs Royal) a plate of fresh baked toast and coffee or tea. The poached eggs were pure satin. A most fantastic way to start your day. My only suggestions? Book early, and ask for room 3. You owe me one.
- Also Known As:
- The Castle Hotel Bradford-On-Avon
- The Castle Hotel
- The Castle Inn Bradford-On-Avon, England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful freehouse pub with 4 generously proportioned luxury boutique bedrooms with stunning views over the Georgian rooftops of the pretty town of Bradford on Avon & beyond. Just 7 miles from the historic city of Bath, The Castle is set in a characterful Georgian building & has traded as an Inn for 160 years. Lovingly, sympathetically & imaginatively restored The Castle has a playful eccentricity that is Cluedo country house meets traditional country pub. ... more less
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