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  • 5.0 star rating
    24/5/2011
    First to Review

    Surely there's an award for best pub garden out there somewhere and this pub simply MUST win it!

    Every Englishmen loves settling in for a good bank holiday session and this pub garden was the most perfect location for it. Set at the top of the little High Street in Bishops Castle, the view stretched for miles across the immaculate English and Welsh countryside. There is a vast amount of space, with lots of large tables for big parties and a stretch of grass where children and dogs ran freely, out of the way of the tables.

    The pub served lots of lovely locally brewed ales, my friends and I enjoyed many a Shropshire lad! Although I didn't have chance to sample the food, it smelt and looked delicious. I am now seriously considering moving to Shropshire.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/11/2012

    This hotel and town were perfect for a relaxing few days. The hotel was charming and well-run by the proprietors. The rooms were comfortable and ours had an amazing view. We enjoyed our meals in the hotel, especially the full breakfast. There was plenty of room to sit and have lunch, tea or beer both inside and outside. Everyone was so friendly. Definitely with some of my favorite vacations and we'll be returning next time we're in Britain.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/7/2011

    A little gem in a hidden corner of Shropshire. Inexpensive and full of character. Being run by new owners and has a good, friendly, try hard feel to it. Good beers on tap, friendly staff and a homely feel with the dog wandering in and out of the bar. Cooperative and eager to please. Seek it out.

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Specialties

Offering great value hotel accommodation in Shropshire since 1719
You are in a hotel in Shropshire in Bishops Castle, one of the most charming and unspoilt market towns in England with two real ale breweries, and conveniently close to the medieval towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

You are surrounded on all sides by the beautiful South Shropshire Hills, the Welsh borders, and in great walking country.
       
Call Us:01588 638 403

You are in an eighteenth century four star inn with good food, panoramic views, fabulous gardens and one of the finest selections of real ales in Shropshire.

How can you not stay a while?
 
Set in a quiet square well away from passing traffic
Close to Powis Castle, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury and Wales
All bedrooms en-suite, TV, tea and coffee making facilities etc.
Three bars and an oak panelled restaurant serving local produce
The Shropshire Hills, Offa's Dyke, Powis Castle, Clun and The Long Mynd
We are a Four Star Inn  and have been

History

Established in 1719.

The Castle Hotel stands on land which in Saxon times was owned by Egwin Shakehead - who got his name from the violent tremors induced by Palsy. When he was miraculously cured of this disease in around 780, Egwin expressed his gratitude by giving this land to the Bishops of Hereford in perpetuity.
Twenty years after the Norman Conquest in 1066 the then Bishop of Hereford built a castle here to defend the church and village from the threat of the marauding Welsh.  As peace later came to the Welsh Marches, Bishop's Castle became one of the notorious electorally corrupt 'rotten boroughs' as satirized in the television series Blackadder where the sitting member for a rotten borough was 'a Dachshund called Colin'. (By coincidence a Dachshund still lives at the hotel!)
In the early 18th century The Castle began to deteriorate and in 1719 The Castle Hotel was constructed from the castle ruins on part of the site of the original Castle, by order of James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, a local landow

Meet the Business Owner

Henry H.
Henry H. Business Owner

Owner of The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle