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Chocolate fondant pudding at the Thornbury Castle restaurant in Gloucestershire

Thornbury Castle restaurant

Relax and enjoy a taste of history in our dining room or down in the dungeons

Eat in our historic and atmospheric dining room.

Please note that Thornbury Castle is currently closed for a comprehensive refurbishment. To find more about this exciting new chapter for Thornbury Castle, please read our blog.

Candelabrum and wine at Thornbury Castle
Seasonal dish at a restaurant near Bristol

Let our attentive waiting staff take care of your dining experience, serving a delectable range of traditional fare along with more contemporary cuisine. Pick up the wine menu, and our expert sommelier can help you select exclusive vintages from our wine cellars to suit all occasions.

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 Kate Engler and her team, the vegetables, edible flowers and seasonal fruit used by our chefs are just about as fresh and flavoursome as you can get. Kate works closely with our talented chefs in maximising the growth of seasonal produce with the vision of moving the castle towards a fully substantiable kitchen garden producing seasonal fruit and vegetables, while adding a modern twist here and there.

Why not join her on one of her garden tours throughout the year, complemented by an afternoon tea? Just check our calendar of events for details of upcoming tours.

Dessert in the Thornbury Castle Gloucestershire restaurant

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. Over the last 40 years, there have been 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.

Our team of talented chefs is headed up by Executive Chef, Carl Cleghorn, who has returned to the South West where he worked for many years. His previous roles include Head Chef at a 5-star resort in South Wales, Senior Sous chef at the Michelin starred 3 rosette restaurant at The Queensberry hotel in Bath, as well as working alongside Executive chef Richard Davies at The Manor House in Castle Combe, a 5 red star country house hotel which held a Michelin star and 3 rosettes. He prides himself on using the best seasonal and local ingredients, as well as the relationship he has built with the local suppliers showcasing the best of British, to create a memorable dining experience for our guests.

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 with passion for fine food and wine. They’re led by Frederic Bellard, a graduate from Ferrandi school of culinary arts in Paris. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout his impressive career in Michelin star restaurants and 5* hotels around the world, including M by Montcalm, London.

Dessert platter in the Thornbury Castle Hotel restaurant
A couple dines the Thornbury Castle gardens.

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. A minimum spend on drinks/wines will apply.

You're also welcome to join us each weekday from 12.30pm - 4.30pm, and from 2pm - 4.30pm on Sundays for an indulgent afternoon tea, featuring freshly made scones, pastries and finger sandwiches.

Dungeon dining room and part of the Thornbury Castle restaurant

Private dining and celebrations for 10 people or more

Why not have your office party, family lunch or dinner with us? For parties of 10+ we have the Baron’s Sitting Room or the Tudor Hall.

For parties, group banqueting menus are available.

Call our Events team to make your reservation.

Our menus below are to be used as a guide as they are seasonal and may change on occasions.

Afternoon tea at Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire.

Afternoon tea

Settle down to a luxury afternoon tea experience in a centuries-old castle, lying within elegant Tudor gardens and parkland.