Top 50 Gastropubs


The Castle Inn

Castle Coombe, Wiltshire

Making its Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list debut in 2022, the Castle Inn, Castle Combe, Chippenham, is in a dreamy location.

Built in the 12th century, the rustic, personality-filled building has been restored with significant love and attention from the outside inn.

If you like the quaint and charming side of Britain, then your breath will quite simply be taken away at the sight of this pub and the surrounding village.

Castle Combe is a traditional Cotswold valley village that features a stunning bybrook that flows through its heart.

Little has changed in the village since the 15th century, with no streetlights or even television aerials to detract from the stunning place, which has been awarded Prettiest Village in England many times over.

The village is also a favoured location for TV and film studios across the world, due to its lack of modern atrocities.

A true inn, the pub offers 12 luxurious ensuite bedrooms for guests to base themselves from and to sleep in following a good fill of food and drink.

And it’s the food and drink we’re most interested in. Keeping it simple, dishes have included leek, potato and wild garlic soup with IPA soda bread; Brixham crab benedict with poached southview egg and pea shoots; and cured salmon with dill mustard, cucumber pickle and rye to start.

Mains have included garlic and nettle stuffed porchetta with celeriac and Cotswold cider; roasted monkfish, with café du; and wild garlic gnocchi with seeds, a sourdough crumb and cheese room curd for mains.

Desserts on the menu have consisted of sticky toffee stout pudding with vanilla ice cream; pineapple upside down cake with coconut and passionfruit; and chocolate delice with cherries and candied nuts.

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