Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle, Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire BS35 1HH
01454 281182
Opening Times
Afternoon Tea served everyday12.30 - 4.30 pm


Why we love it

Thornbury Castle is a dining experience that’s about as regal as they come. Built in the 1500s, Thornbury Castle is not merely baronial in terms of its grand décor, having housed kings, queens and dukes over many centuries. With suits of armour and historic tapestry decorating the halls, and a glass of rouge in tow, it’s hard not to feel attached to the grandeur beauty of Thornbury as you immerse your senses in an experiential trip through English history.

At Wriggle we love the finest, locally sourced produce and at Thornbury Castle you’re guaranteed fresh veggies, seasonal fruit and edible flowers all grown and handpicked from the stunning kitchen garden. If you’re eager to get more of a taste of the magic, Head Gardener Kate and her team will happily give you a fun, informative tour of the garden before you sit down for a spot of deliciously indulgent afternoon tea. Or Cream tea, if that’s your thing. Or if you’re really feeling bold, then you can even splash the cash on a champagne full afternoon tea package. But make sure you don’t get too boozy, as in this castle, naughty guests are sent down to the dungeon... We jest, however, private fine dining alongside a selection of exclusive vintages in a 16th Century Tudor dungeon is an experience you don’t want to miss!

If you’re lucky you might bump into senior waiter Pepe Gomez Rivas who, with 40 years of service at Thornbury, is always eager to share a tale of lavish parties and notable guests. With a track record of wining and dining the wonderful and the splendid, you can rest easy knowing that in Pepe, you’ve even got a shared dining experience with Laurence Olivier. Such notability doesn’t come easy, and whilst a magnificent castle certainly helps, such consistent excellence in the kitchen has earned Thornbury their two AA Rosettes. For the guests lucky to reside at Thornbury, you can retreat to the princely four poster beds for a post indulgence slumber, you lucky bunch. We had to get the bus home!

Wriggle Highlights

  • Senior waiter Pepe Gomez Rivas and his charming tales
  • Private dining in a Tudor dungeon
  • Gloucestershire Ox Tail

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