Let our attentive waiting staff take care of your evening, serving a delectable range of traditional fare or more contemporary cuisine with an international flavour. Pick up the wine menu, and our expert sommelier can help you select exclusive vintages from our cellars or the finest of New World wines.
For hundreds of years, the kitchen garden has provided much of the food used at Thornbury Castle, and thanks to the combined skills of head gardener Jon and his team, the vegetables, edible flowers and seasonal fruit used by our chefs are just about as fresh and flavoursome as you can get.
Jon has been gardening for over 17 years, with experience ranging from Rosemary Verey’s gardens to landscapes in Israel and California. His vision for Thornbury is to enhance the kitchen garden to produce seasonal fruit and vegetables, while adding a modern twist here and there. Why not join him on one of his talks throughout the year, complemented by an afternoon tea? Just check our calendar of events for details of upcoming talks.
History is as infused in the kitchens as it is in the entire castle: Thornbury has a dazzling food heritage, particularly since the ‘70s, where it became the place for international stars such as Sophia Loren and Laurence Olivier to wine and dine in salubrious style. Senior Waiter Pepe Gomez Rivas, with 40 years service, tells great tales of the extravagant parties and visiting celebrities, in an era when patron chef Kenneth Bell became the first chef outside of France to earn a Michelin star.
Today, the kitchen is headed up by Andrew Chan, a native of Somerset and graduate of Weston College, who took one of his first kitchen positions under the renowned Michael Caines.
Before joining the team at Thornbury Castle, Andrew worked for Loch Fyne Restaurants, Cadbury House and Von Essen Hotels. During his time at Thornbury, he has won South West Chef of the Year (2013) and built a strong kitchen team, which was rewarded with two AA Rosettes in August 2016.
Andrew and his team have built good relationships with local suppliers, meaning that the finest and freshest ingredients are used in our restaurants.
You can be sure to get the best wine and food advice from our Food and Beverage team, who have a shared flair for customer service. They’re led by Brian Haddleton, an experienced passionate advocate for fine food and wine. His love affair with fine dining began at the Chateau Rhianfa in North Wales, and his experience of fine wines and champagne came from working for the Vineyard Group of Newbury.
With four dining rooms, including an atmospheric Tudor Hall and Baron’s Sitting Room, the castle is perfect for private dining and celebrations. Dining in the dungeon is available from May-September and is suitable for parties of between six and eight people, with a minimum spend on drinks/wines of £300. We also cater for parties of two to four in the Summerhouse within our romantic Privy Gardens; available between May and September. To book, call 01454 281182.
You're also welcome to join us each day from 12.30pm-4.30pm for an indulgent afternoon tea, featuring freshly made scones, pastries and finger sandwiches.
**Please note we welcome children aged eight and above at Thornbury Castle.
Parties over 22 people
Why not have your Christmas office party or family lunch with us? For parties of 22 and over we have the Baron’s Sitting Room or the Tudor Hall.
Three-course lunch: £25 per person.
Call our Events team to reserve your lunch.