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Afternoon Tea at The Castle Hotel, Taunton,

Afternoon Tea at The Castle Hotel

4.5
4.5
66 Reviews
£25 and under
Afternoon Tea
Scones, sandwiches, homemade cakes and jams along with one of the finest selection of teas in the South West, make The Castle’s afternoon teas a truly enjoyable experience.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 14:30–16:30
  • Phone number
    01823 272671
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 66 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

66 Reviews
  1. DorotaS

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we invited friends from Poland. they were delighted. thank you. it was delicious. we recommend

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  2. LouiseD

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a Black Friday offer for afternoon tea on a weekday afternoon in January. Really great business idea, so well done The Castle. The food and drinks were delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our January treat! Thank you.

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  3. DebbieB

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice venue and friendly staff. Food was nothing special in terms of quantity or quality. Lacked the wow factor for me.

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  4. ChrisJ

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here for afternoon tea and thoroughly enjoyed it! Went for my mother’s 75th birthday and had a great time. Amazing selection of food and treats, plus one of our party was vegetarian and so they catered fully for them too. Would definitely go again.

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  5. Kev60

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was wonderful and made for a perfect 60th birthday treat. The service was outstanding and the afternoon tea was of the highest standard we’ve ever experienced. The pot of tea was the best tasting tea we’ve had and we even brought home a little doggie bag full of delicious cakes. Nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend afternoon tea at the Castle Hotel to anyone considering it.

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  6. PamG

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great - my only thought - I wish they would have asked about food allergies and preferences, I'm allergic to salmon and I can't tolerate pickles. So if I could have had no pickles and a different sandwich besides salmon, it would have been perfect. I usually don't like tea, the waitress suggested a tea and I loved it.

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  7. DavidB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The afternoon tea was wonderful but I was a bit annoyed that having been told the day before that parking was no problem and just go straight in, I found I had to pay NCP for parking. The fact that one of the staff then sorted that out is immaterial, I would have thought a hotel of such standing would be able to allow its visitors to park easily and without cost.

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  8. Barbera

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend the Afternoon Tea. The selection was excellent, well presented and to a very high standard. I cannot fault the food quality. Excellent, discreet service.

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  9. PhilP

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent selection of afternoon tea items. The scones were particularly good. The only significant negative was the need to install, and register with, the NCP app in order to park in the hotel car park, which ruined our initial experience. I'd recommend parking elsewhere.

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  10. BenteK

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service. Good selection of cakes. .............................

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  11. simonS

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This was my first time here for afternoon tea but my wife's third or fourth time. I enjoyed the afternoon tea and service was very good. My wife did note there was quite a significant difference in the amount of choice from her last visit and today, but she still enjoyed it and we would book again.

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  12. LauraS

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful castle. Great location. Delicious sandwiches for afternoon tea.

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  13. TanyaC

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always brilliant service and fabulous food, great place to eat

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  14. BillH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxed and casual atmosphere. Haven’t been for some time, found the “ new” room and set up with comfortable and casual seating to be very amenable. Recognition of special occasion ( birthday) was done simply but well.

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  15. SSM577

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I bought a gift voucher for a champagne afternoon tea for 2 adults and 1 child (10 years old) - unfortunately the children's menu was exactly the same as the adults menu which wasn't very child friendly, they were able to offer ham and grated cheese sandwiches as an alternative but the children's offering needs to be looked at. They were unable to offer just plain scones which was disappointing. Unfortunately we needed to look for staff when we required a top up of hot water for our tea pots - it wasn't hugely busy. It would have been nice to have clean knives for our scones.. I think they are charging high end prices but need to up their game.

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  16. JayKay

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely leisurely afternoon tea in the light and dairy Drawing Room of the Castle Hotel. All of the staff were very polite and welcoming - especially our server who was attentive but not intrusive. The staff were also very helpful in ensuring there were no access issues for a mobility scooter. The food was delicious. Would not hesitate to return in the future!

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  17. Nataliep

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely waiters who were very knowledgeable. Beautiful room within an amazing old building. The food and drinks were very yummy! Great selection of teas, I couldn't decide what to have. We went to celebrate a birthday, and it was perfect.

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  18. ChloeH

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely afternoon with my family . Ryan was attentive and professional. He was very well informed regards food and drinks . The sandwiches and sweet treats were amazing- scones still warm and so fresh. The team also acknowledged my mothers birthday with a treat of sweets .

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  19. ANDREWS

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really tasty afternoon tea, very impressed with the service!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon tea in a newly decorated lounge. Even better value with a half price voucher.

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  21. PaulineN

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The lack of atmosphere in the room was the problem here. There was only one other couple in the room, and if they had not been there I don’t think we would have stayed. Nondescript piped music was dreary Everything else was good, but I don’t think we will return, sorry, but you need to do better.

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  22. GrahamB

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great friendly service and a super location

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  23. YorkshireLass1

    Bath

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great afternoon tea, all were made fresh, tasted fabulous, and plenty of it. In fact had to take a box of uneaten treats home with us. Only shortfall was that on this day the room was cold and had to wear coats to keep warm.

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  24. Akate

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Inside the castle is so pretty but we were sat in an ordinary room which looked new. Not where I expected to be sitting bit disappointed as wasn't very special. Afternoon tea ok, have had better!

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  25. ShirleyB

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Excellent service. Had higher expectations re food not achieved. Had better teas elsewhere for less money. This was a gift so we were disappointed on behalf of the giver. By far the most annoying part was 2 people sitting themselves at a vacant table next to us looking at a laptop, talking really loudly, not eating! This was not conducive to a relaxing experience. Disappointing experience

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  26. StaceyD

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I was really disappointed with the cream tea. I chose the castle as it was my friends 40 birthday and I wanted her to experience something special. However we were not in the usual beautiful room, it was a back room, cold and lacking character. My mother ordered an oat latte and the lady who brought this over told my mum “we don’t have oat milk so made you almond milk” she proceeded to plonk the coffee down and leave..not really a great service for customers. I had called over a week before the cream tea to explain dietary requirements, which they catered to really week, even swapping my friends sandwich at the last minute because she was picky. The Sandwiches were AMAZING. However the cream tea wasn’t its usual standard of decadence, a shop bought mince pie..not really why I booked the castle. All in all I was really disappointed I wanted to give my friend the birthday treat that would make her feel special and that she would remember for ever, however everything about this experience was unremarkable and lacklustre. The worst part was when my friend told me she has had a better cream tea at the Cleave hotel in Wellington! Not really what I wanted her to take away from the birthday treat I wanted to give her. I normally bring my family here for an afternoon tea before or shortly after Christmas, this year I will be booking elsewhere until I am assured the Castle is back to its usual high quality, exceptional service and excellent setting.

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  27. Gluty

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed our afternoon very much. Only four tables being used so pleasant. Music too loud with only a few people . Lesson needed in kitchen on gluten free scones. The worst I think I have ever had, they were more like a biscuit. Unable to spread butter or jam, had a crumbled mess which I ate with teaspoon, very very dry. Sandwiches superb.Cake forks would have been good for our cakes, to make it extra special. Service was good ,just a shame not obviously enough staff,not uncommon at the moment anywhere, for one person to remain in the room all the time rather than us waiting for her to come from the kitchen in order to ask for more milk. Having said all this it was a most enjoyable belated birthday treat. Just sort the scones….seriously it isn’t difficult I have a lovely recipe!!Get a gluten free person to test drive the cakes.Thank you.

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  28. KarenE

    Bath

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Had to leave half way through our afternoon tea due to a large party dominating the restaurant. Noise level made it difficult for us to hold a conversation so left and went elsewhere in town to continue our long awaited reunion. Not the luxury treat I was hoping to give a dear friend who I do not get to meet up with often. Other small parties moved tables out of the restaurant due to the noise. Such a shame

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  29. DavidW

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food venue and service would definitely recommend

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  30. RosemaryH

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Made very welcome and looked after very well. The food was really good. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was for a birthday treat and the experience was fantastic. Service from Hannah was first class. Shame the reception staff didn’t match my expectations.

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  32. KarenB

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special accession afternoon tea, which was excellent, lovely atmosphere, staff very attentive and food/tea beautifully presented and very good!. This is our 3rd time visiting and always been happy withe whole experience.

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  33. SallyL

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely selection of sandwiches and cakes, far more than we could eat so had to take some home for later. Lovely building with tables well spaced. Plenty of tea and coffee available. A lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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  34. Joannie70

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were very well looked after. The staff were very friendly and pleasant. I felt at ease and valued.

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  35. Guest

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very hot day so lovely to find ourselves in a cool air conditioned room. The food was as expected and very nice. There was plenty and it was very fresh. It would have been better to have had more suitable cutlery instead of dinner knives and forks. There was insufficient milk for a second cup and it would have been nice if the service had been more proactive rather than reactive. I was charged on the price on the day and not the price quoted at the time of the booking but will raise this with Hotel. It was disappointing to discover we had to pay for car parking. I had requested a reserved car parking space but it wasn’t clearly visible on arrival. We enjoyed our afternoon.

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  36. Sparky53

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Relaxed dining room for afternoon tea. Beautifully presented food. Good service. An enjoyable birthday treat.

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  37. AlistairC

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely setting in the centre of Taunton with great food and fantastic service

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  38. GRPY

    Bath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Quite disappointing actually. I had been looking forward to this for a while, I bought it as a gift for my mother and grandmother. When we arrived the table wasn’t laid correctly, my grandmothers place setting was missing a plate, a water glass and had a mismatching cup. The waitress spilled water on our table and made no effort to clear it up. The tea arrived luke warm. When I asked for the aforementioned things to be rectified no real apology was made and none of the staff seemed to care. The food was lovely and a male waiter who started around half way through our afternoon tea was very attentive and kind. Ultimately for the money I paid I was expecting the attention to detail to be better. You can’t blame the staff for that, you have to look to the management, if no one is taking accountability and running the shift standards slip. Honestly, you’d be better off paying £10 a head and going to a pub for afternoon tea. Or if you want the real deal, go to London and visit the Ritz, which is an amazing experience.

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  39. MrsLauraC

    Bath

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were a bit early for our afternoon tea so went into Brazz next door for a drink first but told the staff we’d arrived - they said that was fine and they’d let the staff in the restaurant know and they’d take us in shortly. They called us in well after our original booked time and apologised - we were fine with this as we’re not in a rush. Our food took a long time to come out but again this was no problem as we were happy chatting. After our savoury food and as we were starting on the cakes etc we asked if we could order hot drinks and a waitress took our order. Then a different waitress came out and said they needed to lay up the restaurant for a function and said we would have to leave. We questioned this as we were still waiting for our drinks. They came back and said there were no other tables we could move to so we had to go, still having not had our drinks and with no apology. Another waitress came and said they’d found somewhere for us and to follow her - we asked if we could bring our cakes (we wanted to eat these with the hot drinks!) and she said yes but left me to carry the cake stand, plates etc. Once in the small room they’d found us we asked again for the hot drinks and they had to take the order again as, according to them, the first one had never been taken (it had!). While waiting for the drinks we decided we’d had enough and would leave. We mentioned at reception that our experience hadn’t been great and the member of staff said he’d go and find someone (no apology), another member of staff came out with our bill and said they’d taken off the price of one afternoon tea but again did not apologise. All members of staff that dealt with us seemed really inexperienced and there didn’t appear to be anyone in charge or managing. The hotel were clearly busy with functions but a place of this reputation really ought to still look after all its customers. We had been looking forward to the afternoon tea for weeks as it was a special - disappointed.

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  40. DavidG

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant staff very attentive. Food nice and plentiful supplied a box to take un eaten cakes home.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Afternoon Tea at The Castle Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for Afternoon Tea at The Castle Hotel

Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 1NF

Additional information

  • Area
    Taunton
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 14:30–16:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Vegan, Wine
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