Old English pub downstairs, four-star hotel upstairs, The Castle Inn in the heart of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds is quite the experience. This pub isn't just any old pub. The kitchen team's traditional gastro dishes boast responsibility for its status as one of the top 50 gastropubs in the UK. Be it at the bar, in the conservatory or in the courtyard, you can enjoy food of the finest quality served by friendly staff here.
While the menu changes seasonally, in order to flex with the season’s best available produce, you can expect classic British cooking. Think loaded ploughman’s platters at lunchtimes and generous servings of fish chips, peas and tartare sauce come dinner.
If the food hasn't sold you, the 12 cosy ensuite bedrooms upstairs will. With exposed beams, antique furniture, and log fires, this B&B style hotel is full of character, and the rooms on offer (single, classic, four-poster or with a view) are comfy and luxurious, guaranteeing a good night's sleep. The pub's sister site, The Manor House hotel, located just around the corner, provides Castle Inn guests with access to its well-equipped gym, tennis courts, running maps, a sprawling 18-hole championship golf course and relaxing spa treatments in The Potting Shed.
Castle Combe itself is steeped in history. Lining the streets are rows of honey-coloured stone cottages that have remained unchanged since the late 16th century, with no new buildings having been built since then. This quaint village is not only a journey into the past but also a real sight to behold. With the Bybrook River meandering its way through the town, beautiful woodlands perfect for a gentle or extensive hike scattered around the surrounding countryside, and wildflowers dotting the landscape, Castle Comb oozes charm making it the ideal place for a relaxing Wiltshire getaway. After all, it's no coincidence that it's repeatedly awarded 'Prettiest Village in England'.