Once part of a 12th-century Norman fortress, The Castle at Taunton has been welcoming travellers for centuries. Now a renowned foodie destination, this Grade I and II listed hotel steeped in history boasts two fine eateries on-site – the popular contemporary brasserie Brazz, and the elegant Castle Bow restaurant, which is located just under the archway.
The restaurant boasts an impressive à la carte menu and tasting menu with optional wine flights to match. The tasting menu – a testament to the talent of executive chef Liam Finnegan – may feature the likes of hand-dived scallops and smoked pork belly with Jerusalem artichoke and shallot, and organic Dexter beef with Dauphinoise potatoes, pumpkin, wild mushrooms and Savoy cabbage. For dessert, you’ll enjoy the likes of dark chocolate with Taunton honey and vanilla ice cream. An extensive wine list and well-stocked bar complements the menu, and a barista service means that you can finish your meal with a freshly brewed coffee of your choice. Executive chef Liam Finnegan founded the Feast Food and Drink Festival in Taunton. Held annually, the festival features a fantastic open market and a series of top chef dinners. Previous guest chefs have included Phil Howard, Michael Caines, the Tanner Brothers, The Great British Menu’s South West chefs and the team from Best of Bristol. Keep an eye on the Castle Bow website for details.