The hotel itself offers superbly appointed rooms, as well as a magnificent penthouse suite with a terrace providing views away to Coleridge's beloved Quantock Hills. The highest standards in furnishings and decor have been set and maintained, and the superb levels of service have deservedly won innumerable plaudits.
Locals probably know The Castle best for its excellent restaurant - cited on more than one occasion as a good enough reason in itself to visit Taunton. Gary Rhodes and Phil Vickery cooked here in the 90s, but the torch has now been passed to Richard Guest, who has pursued proprietor Kit Chapman's mission to recreate a distinctive British cookery style - a ground-breaking initiative when it was first unveiled. With a wealth of superb specialist produce on its doorstep, The Castle was one of the first hotels in the country to start championing the output of local producers by listing them on its menus. The availability of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients has been one of the keys to creating such an appealing range of fare. Richard says that when he initially took over the stoves he was amazed to discover what could be sourced from within just a few miles - 'Of course I knew the West Country had a marvellous reputation for food before I arrived, what I hadn't realised was the quality, and sheer number of world-class products that are turned out here.'
The Castle also offers a series of special events every year, from its summer garden party to its inimitable Christmas and New Year packages, while regular musical weekends and literary lunches give even more reason for you to visit this Somerset gem.