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The Castle, Bradford on Avon - pub details

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Address: Mount Pleasant, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1SJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 22698) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bradford-on-avon (0.4 miles), Avoncliff (1.8 miles), Freshford (2.6 miles)

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Pleasant enough, if erring more towards a food venue. Ale was decent and there is a nice view. Those who aren't keen on the climb can always catch the bus up from town (the 265).
anonymous - 25 Oct 2015 12:24
Another dining pub with annoying music. But friendly staff and the pint I had was quite good.
ben23699 - 5 Feb 2015 19:59
I was knackered by the time we reached this pub but it was worth it ! Good beer and they did food up to 10pm (try their tapas style snacks - good value and substantial portions). Well furnished in "modern-traditional" (go and see what I mean). Very busy but we didn;t wait long for a beer or food. Nice garden and great views over the town and valley. Shows what can be done to a an old pub if you try!
mcroyal - 2 Jul 2014 16:17
Right at the top of Bradford, so quite an uphill climb to get to but so earth the effort.
Beautiful pub and restaurant with staff that know their ales. Fantastic beer garden too.
creature4 - 25 Oct 2012 14:48
I can only echo the comments about steepness of gradients, especially as some of our crowd had managed to go a very long way round to this pub from the bottom of town, thanks to an errant map on a mobile-based Good Beer Guide app! We were always going to have a hill to surmount, but if technology had delivered what it should we'd have been rewarded with beer a lot sooner. Sometimes a paper map and GBG is the better bet folks when in an unfamiliar area.

I'd like to say it was worth the extra effort - by and large, I think it was. The Castle has apparently been refurbished recently to a contemporary but high standard; I'm not sure it entirely fitted the grandiose nature of the late Goergian/early Victorian building, but it certainly conveyed a certain cachet - i.e. middle-class, well-heeled, family-friendly yet still at home to non-eaters. Being a clement evening we opted for outdoor seating in the charming garden, which was a suitable location in which to enjoy some steady cask ales and ciders (I forget the number available but plenty of sound local fare in both camps), with commanding views beyond the high hedging as far as the White Horse (as in Vale). Balloons were scooping overhead which seemed fascinate some of my counterparts, who apparently had never seen one before.

Having spent hardly any time indoors, it is hard to make a judgement as to atmosphere and vibrancy of this pub. I suspect it was restrained, not because of an inherent snobbiness which some might infer from the exterior, but perhaps because it is geared towards larger groups and so is that bit less-conducive to bar-propers or smaller groups? Despite the range of cask product, I somehow can't imagine getting dug in at the Castle for a decent sesh, but maybe I'm misled.

A pub not for all seasons or occasions perhaps, but another string to Bradford's surprisingly-broad bow pub-wise.

TWG - 21 Sep 2012 17:20

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