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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Vigorous modern cooking in a landmark hotel

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Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

Still in the ownership of the Chapman family, the Castle Hotel is the jewel in Taunton's crown, sitting smothered in purple wisteria in the centre of town. Once more firing on all cylinders in the culinary stakes, the principal dining room, Castle Bow, is the preserve of Liam Finnegan. He draws on the Castle's own orchard and herb garden, as well as meticulously selected local suppliers, to furnish a menu of vigorous modern British dishes that achieve real impact. Pasta work is good, as in an opener of Brixham crab tortellini scented with sea herbs, lemongrass and lime, while Quantock rabbit stars in a robust production with goose liver, celeriac and piccalilli. For main, there might be Exmoor venison with parsnip and red cabbage, opulently sauced in whisky, or a carefully considered fish dish such as Lyme Bay cod and grilled octopus in an assertive array of chicory, quince, bacon and tartare sauce. That orchard produce then turns up as apple mousse with pear and cinnamon ice cream, or there could be orange mascarpone cheesecake with macadamias and yogurt sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 7–24 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Liam Finnegan

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 37
  • Wines over £30: 104
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M5 junction 25 or 26, follow Town Centre signs. Then follow tourist signs for Castle Hotel.

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Taunton Railway Station
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