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Thornbury Castle

Castle Street, Bristol, BS35 1HH +44 1454437209

(((() British
Main course: £30
Food spend: £50
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday : 12:00 - 21:15

Delicious meal, excellent service. The lamb was tender, flavorful and done perfectly. The soufflé dessert was an incredible compliment of flavors.

Mitchell Harman 15 March 2017
from USA

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The only Tudor castle in England to be run as a hotel, Thornbury Castle is an historic building which once played host to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Classic heritage cuisine is served in the hexagonal-panelled main dining room, with its heavy oil paintings and roaring fires.

Modern internationally-inspired dishes are combined with traditional favourites, created using only the finest and freshest ingredients, sourced from the castle’s own gardens, local markets and nearby suppliers. Highlights on the Thornbury Castle menu include poached & grilled veal rump with smoked garlic, gnocchi, olives, broad beans & foie gras, tomato & courgette pesto risotto with walnut, parmesan & rainbow radish, and glazed lemon verbena tart with raspberry, elderflower & sherbet for dessert.

The Castle cellars hold an award-winning selection of vintage & carefully-selected New World varieties, as well as wine from the castle’s own 500-year-old vineyard. Hearty roasts are served every Sunday.

Thornbury Castle in Bristol is a 15-minute drive from Patchway Rail Station.

Thornbury Castle

Castle Street, Bristol, BS35 1HH

Contact +44 1454281182
Reservations +44 1454437209

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Customer reviews for Thornbury Castle

4.3 (((() (based on 26 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (17)
  • afternoon tea (14)
  • luxury (13)
  • romantic (12)
  • private dining (8)
  • lunch (6)
  • views (4)
  • business (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • value (1)
  • ((((( 29 March 2017 by Elizabeth from Bristol

    I first dined at Thornbury Castle in 1974 and, despite living in London for the next 40 years, have visited half a dozen or so times since then. I have always found the food to be wonderful, but even more so, the ambiance and service are absolutely superb. I have eaten in many excellent restaurants in my life, but the Castle is and has always been a stand-out experience. Just to sit in front of the fire in a room where Anne Boleyn may be chattered with her Ladies in Waiting, or sipped a delicious glass of Thornbury Castle wine in a room where Henry VIII may have flirted with the daughter of a Duke is a major part of dining at the Castle, but add to that the exquisite food and the friendly but respectful and attentive staff, and you get the whole package - one which few other restaurants can offer. I was born in Thornbury so have known the Castle all my life, even when it was the private home of the Stafford family, long before it became a restaurant and then a hotel, and have always loved the grounds and the stunning buildings. I even stayed there once as a treat for my 50th birthday, so have enjoyed all aspects of the Castle experience and can honestly say I have never been disappointed. The food is, to my mind, Michelin quality, and is complimented by a fine selection of wines. I love that one can have drinks in the beautiful sitting room whilst reading the menu and giving one's order, before being seated in one of the oak-paneled dining rooms. A return to the sitting room after one's meal means one can enjoy a coffee and petit-fours whilst relaxing in front of the fire on one of the remarkably comfortable sofas. All in all, it's a wonderful evening out, and I very much hope I get another opportunity in the not too distant future to enjoy the Castle's hospitality. It is expensive, but not prohibitively so - maybe afternoon tea next time?

  • ((((( 15 March 2017 by Mitchell Harman from USA

    Delicious meal, excellent service. The lamb was tender, flavorful and done perfectly. The soufflé dessert was an incredible compliment of flavors.

  • ((((* 2 March 2017 by Dan Lewis-leaver from Bristol

    Lovely experience - great food. Starter and main were much better than starter. Nice to be in a gorgeous setting / room. Front out house was exceptional and made us feel at ease

  • ((((( 25 February 2017 by Domingo Sanchez from Kenai

    The staff was very welcoming. They chef provided us with a gift starter and chocolate for our anniversary. Very kind and personal staff.

  • ((((( 14 February 2017 by Kaz from Bristol

    Great setting, staff and service excellent. Food was very good and will go back again. All-round very enjoyable evening out for dinner.

  • ((((* 26 January 2017 by Paul Terrett from Bristol

    Very good service and food but rooms cold

  • ((((* 23 January 2017 by Kate Billington from Bristol

    Really lovely cakes.

  • (((** 26 December 2016 by Penny Smith from Bristol


  • ((((( 19 December 2016 by Lisa Dix from Bristol

    Family and I came for lunch Sunday before Xmas. Food and service was great. My 91 year old mother ate all 3 courses and loved it. The fires were lit and it was welcoming and warm as toast. Being a castle makes it very special at Christmas time. We've been before so it's highly recommended.

  • ((((* 25 October 2016 by Alyson Leck from Thornbury

    Very good

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