The Castle Hotel
Built for the good old Bishop of Hereford in 1087, all that now remains of the original castle at Bishops Castle are a few remains of the walls on the boundary of the hotel gardens.
The hotel itself was built by Lord Carnarvon in 1719 on the site of the original castle, probably from the castle ruins, and the hotel still occupies an elevated position at the top of the town.
But it no longer stands sentinel to the invading hoards, but rather provides the most wonderful vantage point to view the surrounding Shropshire Hills, preferably with a glass of something inebriating close to hand and the promise of dinner in the air. For Bishops Castle is to the bon viveur what Las Vegas is to the gambler – a Mecca, an Everest, nirvana, the summit of human achievement!
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You are in the South Shropshire Hills, surrounded on all sides by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You are in one of the most charming and unspoilt market towns in the country. You are in an eighteenth century coaching inn with panoramic views and fabulous gardens. No passing traffic either. How can you not stay awhile?
We have ten lovely bedrooms, all en-suite, TV, pillows, sheets, all mod cons you see. All suffused with that elusive “away from it all” feeling.
And so to bed, to sleep, “the sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care”. We’ll see you at breakfast!
South Shropshire has a long history of culinary excellence. Ludlow is just down the road, and for a time boasted more Michelin starred restaurants than London itself. We don’t do Michelin at The Castle, but we certainly use many of the same local suppliers. We’re spoilt for them actually. What we aim to produce is modern pub food that is healthy, hearty, flavoursome and fresh. And great value of course.
And you've a wide choice of eating venues at The Castle. Each of the three bars has its own individual character, some with open fires, some with terraces out into the garden. Or try our oak paneled restaurant, believed to feature in the Mary Webb novel "The House in Dormer Forest".
And when the weather is warm, (and remember it’s always sunny in Shropshire), our beautiful south facing gardens with fantastic terrace and raised fish ponds provide the perfect spot for a light repast and a cooling beverage.
The visitor to Bishops Castle is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing his ale. Bishops Castle (population 1600) is blessed with two breweries in the town itself, and several more within a few short miles. And at The Castle we make sure to stock a representative sample of these for your delectation.
The town itself hosts a fantastic beer festival each year, when out come the marquees and barbecues, and joy is in the air.
We’re not just lovers of the amber brew however, we also keep an extensive wine cellar, albeit would be a lie to tell you we are blessed with a plethora of local vineyards. (Well there are one or two actually).
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