With unrivalled views of the stunning Shropshire countryside, The Castle Hotel provides good food, fabulous gardens and one of the finest selections of real ales in Shropshire.
Bishop’s Castle is one of the most charming, unspoilt market towns in England with The Castle Hotel located in a quiet square at the top of the town boasting twelve beautifully appointed bedrooms, three bustling bars, a fine oak panelled restaurant and one of the finest hotel gardens in Shropshire. The contemporary designed bedrooms all have fantastic views of the town and surrounding countryside or the beautiful hotel gardens. The master double bedrooms feature king or queen size beds and some even have free standing claw baths in the room – perfect for a relaxing break away.
Food & Drink
Bishop’s Castle has one of the best reputations for real ale and beer in the country with two fantastic real ale breweries, The Three Tuns and The Six Bells, in the town. With another 16 micro-breweries in the surrounding areas, The Castle Hotel really is spoilt for choice and will have at least four real ales on tap throughout the year. With an outstanding selection of local specialist suppliers in Shropshire, The Castle Hotel pride themselves on using as much locally sourced produce as possible. The menu reflects modern, British pub food that is hearty, healthy and full of flavour. Guests can choose from three bars or the restaurant to dine in; each of the bars offers something different from roaring log fires to terraces out into the garden. And in those warm summer months, enjoy a light snack in the stunning south facing gardens.
Meet the Chef
Head chef Steve Bruce is famous for his homely and relaxed bistro food which can be enjoyed in both of The Castle Hotel’s two dining areas. The hotel sources its ingredients from the same suppliers as a number of nearby Michelin starred restaurants, placing quality right at the heart of the Castle’s cooking. Bishop’s Castle is also a must-visit destination for any real ale enthusiast.
This quaint town is home to two real ale breweries, one of these being the country’s oldest standing, and is also in the vicinity of 16 other microbreweries. For good measure, there’s also a 6 acre, family-owned vineyard nearby.
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From your seat on the ivy-clad veranda of the 18th century Castle Hotel, you’ll be treated to unrivalled views of Shropshire’s glorious countryside. The vibrant terraced gardens and inviting, wooden decks are teeming with beautiful flowers and shrubs, creating a gorgeous space to in which to savour the hearty, flavoursome British food.
Bishop Castle’s traditional inn, The Castle Hotel, has long been a favourite of visiting beer, ale and wine lovers. The inn stocks an extensive collection of fine wines, and the bar has at least four real ales on tap all year round. The Castle Hotel also shares a close relationships with the town’s breweries The Six Bells and The Three Tuns, their products being a permanent fixture in the inn’s bar, whilst guests also benefit from exclusive discounts on brewery tour rates.
Bishop’s Castle Real Ale trail travels in and around the town’s six pubs, and gets especially busy during the annual Real Ale & Cider Festival, which brings with it 114 different ales and 48 different ciders and perries to choose from, as well as an incredible atmosphere. Whenever you visit, the trail offers approximately 60 ales/beers, starting at The Six Bells where the brewery is attached to the pub and there’s a choice of 6 of their own beers plus 24 real ales from Sheffield. Other pubs on the trail include:
- The Boar’s Head, with 17 real ales and over 100 international, single-malt whiskies
- The King’s Head, offering 12 real ales from Shropshire and the Black Country plus four traditional ciders from Westons
- The Crown & Anchor Vaults, selling 23 real ales mainly from Shropshire and Montgomeryshire and a range of ciders and perries from Gwynt y Ddraig
- The Castle Hotel, serving 11 real ales plus four traditional ciders mainly from south and south west England
- Three Tuns, offering a choice of eight real ales all from their own brewery
Co-operation between the pubs avoids duplication and the route takes about 6 hours to complete – depending how long you linger at each stop! The town’s breweries are also available to visit independently. The Six Bells brewery is only a couple of minutes on foot from The Castle Hotel, located at the bottom of Bishop’s Castle. The Brewery is part of The Six Bells Pub, a traditional country pub. It names its signature beer after charismatic owner Nev (Big Nevs). The Six Bells Brewery only uses the best quality malt and hops, and never uses added sugars or processed ingredients.
As the oldest-standing licensed brewery, The Three Tuns is Britain’s most prestigious, and is a mere stone’s throw from the Castle Hotel. Its building is a mix of 17th and 19th Century architecture, and features a small Victorian tower Brewhouse- the brewery still uses the traditional brewing process involving gravity. Another popular beer event takes place at Clun Valley, a 12 minute drive from Bishop’s Castle. Pubs all along Clun Valley join in, and transport is usually provided between pubs. Pubs include:
- The White Horse Inn, selling a range of options brewed on site
- Crown Inn, Clunton
- The Hundred House Inn
- The Sun Inn , featuring a vast range from Three Tuns Brewery
- The Crown Inn, Newcastle
- The Kangeroo Inn
6 miles from Bishop’s Castle is Kerry Vale Vineyard, a small, family-run, English vineyard spanning across six glorious acres of rural Shropshire. This vineyard offers wine tasting opportunities and guided tours, in addition to light lunches, homemade cakes and afternoon tea packages.
Out & About
Recommended Local Attractions
- The Three Tuns Brewery – 1 min
- The House on Crutches Museum – 1 min
- Clun Castle – 10 mins
- Stokesay Castle – 25 mins
- Powys Castle – 30 mins
- Ironbridge Gorge Museums – 55 mins
- Shrewsbury – 45 mins
- Ludlow – 35 mins
- The Kerry Ridgeway – 10 mins
- The Long Mynd – 15 mins
- Shropshire Hills AONB – 20 mins
- Stiperstones – 25 mins
- Cardingmill Valley – 30 mins
- Offa’s Dyke – 35 mins
- The Shropshire Way – 35 mins
- Attingham Park – 45 mins
All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.
Surrounded by the rolling South Shropshire Hills, The Castle Hotel is the perfect spot for exploring the stunning countryside and Bishop’s Castle – one of the most charming, unspoilt market towns in England. The contemporary designed bedrooms all share views of the quaint town and the beautiful hotel gardens, making for a peaceful night cap. Impressively, the majority of master guestrooms feature a free standing claw bath in the room – perfect for a relaxing soak after a long days ride. With one of the best reputations for real ale in Britain, cyclists can look forwards to a hearty pub meal in the relaxed hotel Restaurant, before washing it all down with a cold pint of cask ale at the bar.
With on-site bike storage and facilities to wash and dry wet gear, cyclists can be fully prepared for the unpredictable British weather. At the right hand side of the hotel, an external hose and brushes to clean bikes are available (ask a member of staff for details) along with a bicycle repair, pump and tool kit. Not to worry if you forget your bike, there are plenty of places to hire in and around Bishop’s Castle.
Located between the medieval towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow, this stunning 18th Century inn has a whole host of scenic cycling routes on offer. The Clun Challenge is a popular 17 mile cycle route which circles Bishop’s Castle’s beautiful woodland trail. This challenging ride sees you climb up to the Iron Age Hill fort of Bury Ditches – one of the best-preserved hill-forts in Central England. From the summit views of the Long Mynd, Corndon Hill and the Shropshire Hills offer the perfect backdrop for a delicious mid-ride picnic.
Each year Bishop’s Castle play host to the Tandem Triathlon, a totally unique event only found here in the Shropshire Hills. Competing as a team of two, one team member will swim 1km before both team members pedal desperately along a 30km road tandem ride. The teams’ crusade continues as the second team member takes on a gruelling 10km woodland run with a 5km tandem sprint to finish. The Tandem Triathlon can be enjoyed by all and makes for a great day out either as a contestant or spectator.