Dining

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

Let the 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 Thornbury Castle's expert sommelier can help you select exclusive vintages from the 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, under the enthusiastic skills of the head gardener and groundskeeper, the vegetables, edible flowers and seasonal fruit used by the chefs are just about as fresh and flavoursome as you can get.

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.

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 Gomes Rivas, now aged 68, 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.

"Excellent chef; the food was superb - actually one of the best dinners we had during our visit to the UK."

Clarence Gowen, VA, USA