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The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle, joins The Great Inns of Britain in its 20th year (21st April 2016)

The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle, joins The Great Inns of Britain in its 20th year

The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce that The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle, has joined this leading collection of independently owned country and coastal inns, taking the membership up to 22 inns and increasing the geographical spread of properties across the UK.

The Castle Hotel joins at the same time as new Welsh member, Y Talbot, Tregaron.

Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn and Chairman of The Great Inns of Britain commented:

“Following the appointment of five new members in 2015, The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell, Castle Hotel in Conwy, The West Arms in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Wolfscastle Country Hotel in Haverfordwest and The Lamb Inn in Wartling, The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce two more new members for 2016, our 20th anniversary year. The aim of The Great Inns of Britain has always been to bring together Inn Keepers with a strong and proven commitment to upholding the best traditions of Inn-keeping through continuous investment and improvement and our newest members fit that bill perfectly. They are of an exceptionally high standard and come with big reputations – they’re great additions to the Great Inns collection.”

Henry Hunter, owner of The Castle Hotel commented:

“Whilst we are in name ‘The Castle Hotel’ we really are very much a Coaching Inn at heart and in soul. We are located right on the English/Welsh boundary at top of the ancient market town of Bishops Castle, which has long been a trading post between these unspoilt borderlands. We were delighted to be invited to join The Great Inns of Britain as it represents our exact ethos of what we are about; a historic building with the highest standards of modern hospitality and food coupled with traditional and characterful bars still serving locally brewed real ale and ciders to all who come. We offer a fantastic base for walkers, cyclists and people looking to explore this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) rather than the bygone livestock drovers from the Welsh hinterlands of past eras.”

The Castle Hotel is located in Bishops Castle, one of the most charming and unspoilt market towns in England, and boasts unrivalled views of the stunning Shropshire countryside. The 18th Century Inn serves fabulous food and one of the finest selections of real ales in Shropshire.

The twelve beautifully appointed bedrooms all have fantastic views of the town and surrounding countryside. The Inn also has three bustling bars, a fine oak panelled restaurant and one of the finest hotel gardens in Shropshire.

The town of Bishops Castle has one of the best reputations for real ale and beer in the country, boasting two renowned real ale breweries, The Three Tuns and The Six Bells.

The menu at The Castle Hotel reflects modern, British pub food that is hearty, healthy and full of flavour. Guests can choose to dine in one of the three bars or the restaurant.

The Great Inns of Britain offer a winning recipe of fabulous food, gorgeous rooms and glorious locations, with membership being by invitation only from the existing members. The Great inns of Britain was first established in 1996 by Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of The Boar’s Head in Ripley, North Yorkshire and the late Paul Whittome, who was the owner of The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market in Norfolk.