We had an overnight stay at the Castle last weekend on our way back from visiting Devon. We loved its central location - right in the heart of Taunton next to the Somerset County Museum, just a stone's throw from the shops and a couple of minutes' stroll from the River Tone. The Castle frontage was beautifully framed by carefully pruned wisteria from top to bottom. The main hall of the Castle was very traditional in design, as you'd expect, and featured a vast and quite stunning wooden staircase. Our room was clean and comfortable, but a little in need of some 21st century attention - cracked floor tiles in the bathroom, squeaky wardrobe doors that didn't shut properly and old-fashioned sockets that didn't take a standard 3-pin plug - but since we'd booked to bring our dog with us, it's possible that we were allocated a basic room (which is fair enough - dogs can be unpredictable in that sort of situation!). We ate dinner and breakfast in the Brazz restaurant and were very impressed by the attentive, friendly and efficient staff and also by the quality of the menu/food, with its emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients (my 'pulled lamb' dish was especially fab). One small niggle - whilst we quite liked the Brazz's contemporary design, we did wonder whether it could pay greater homage to the Castle's long and distinguished history. We would definitely book to go back to the Castle, perhaps next time without the dog!
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