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“Afternoon Tea”
Review of Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle
Ranked #59 of 207 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Who hasn't dreamed of staying in a romantic castle tucked away in the English countryside? You can at the 16th-century Thornbury, which is a perfect home base for exploring the region of South Wales, the Cotswolds, Bristol, Wye Valley and Somerset.
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The lunches here are good and not too expensive. The quality of food is high. But if the morning is sunny and you want a real treat then try to get a booking for afternoon tea on the lawn. Such an english experience. A real treat.
Just dont count calories and spoil it. Enjoy the whole thing.

Visited August 2013
Thank Finnsailor
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“All most perfect”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

We stayed over night and having eaten in the dinning room,staff very attentive,we placed our breakfast requirements for the morning as requested by the information sheet by 6am the next morning. We booked for a 8.30 breakfast, 7.30 came and went,our order had not being taken,we contacted reception,they had forgotten to collector our order,when it come the order was wrong. For the amount payed,you expect a little more, and to get this right.It spoiled a special break.

Visited March 2014
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69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Thornbury castle”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Stunning castle from the gardens. The multi curved windows were amazing- never seen anything like them before in UK. Such an ancient building packed with history. We looked around the inside of the castle hotel and were disappointed with how tired it all was. Needs some serious money spent on smartening the place up, smelt a bit musty too. We were glad we weren't staying here as it is pricey. Just had afternoon tea. That was brought to us by a very charming waiter but the room itself was very small and awkward to sit comfortably at the table. The tea must have had one leaf in it but was hot ! Sandwiches and scones were lovely but we hardly bothered with the cakes as they looked bland, not special tiny ones like we had imagined. Not really a very relaxing room but we were pleased we went as we were staying locally at Tortworth court. Wouldn't recommend it for afternoon tea but great outside for photographs.

Visited March 2014
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Clevedon, somerst
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160 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Not quite perfect”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

I was so excited about this stay, having planned it some months as a special treat for my husband. The building itself is quite something and meets all expectations as do the very well appointed bedrooms, which are very tastefully furnished, in keeping with the castle atmosphere and with incredibly sumptuous, comfortable beds. There could however be a little more attention to detail in order to make the experience a jaw dropping one!
The 'complimenatary' decanter of sherry and hospitality tray are both a bit lacking. Yes the sherry is a lovely touch, unfortunately the sherry itself is barely drinkable and the tea and coffee tray was incredibly basic, with minimum ammounts of everything and not even a basic biscuit (we had to ask for extra stocks which you would not expect for the price paid!)
Our evening meal was very pleasant and the service was reasonably attentive I do object however to paying £10 for cheese and biscuits for one and £7 for a small glass of port-outrageous!
The breakfast experience also desperately needs to be re-organised. There is no clear leadersip and no obvious task or table allocation amongst waiting staff here and everyone seems to be doing their own thing which results in chaotic, hap hazard service. On the plus side the actual cooked fayre (when it eventually arrives) is some of the best I have had in a hotel. It's a shame that it was spoilt by the lack of organisation and attention to detail in the preceedings. Tables not laid suficciently leading to guests having to keep asking for sugar and spoons, no menus on the tables so that when the waiting staff bring one you have to decide there and then what you want. The juices, yoghurts fruit and cereals were all very minimal (what was left) and if you asked for more tea you had to top up your milk jug from the cereal milk jug rather than try to attract someones attention (which was quite a feat in itself!) Rant over and all that said it was clear that there were staffing issues on the first morning as things did improve the second day, but this is no way to run a hotel breakfast service and leave your guests relaxed and happily set up for the day!
The overall experience was a good one, but the management could do more to make this place somewhere that everyone will want to stay in the future.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank glothorn
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Melbourne, Australia
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557 reviews
245 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“wow a real castle you can stay in .”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Go for dinner or lunch, afternoon tea or breakfast if you are an early bird. Enjoy walking around the grounds and the beautifully restored and maintained house. Treat yourself to a bit of luxury!! Also visit the lovely old church next door.

Visited September 2013
Thank DeniseLock
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