Harden's survey result
“A great local restaurant in every way” – this highly regarded dining room (“decorated in Art Deco style”) is situated under an old archway in the centre of the town, and scores very creditable grades all round, including for Liam Finnegan’s fine cooking from a “lovely menu with lots of local ingredients”, and also for its “very professional service”.
“Tasting menus can be risky: here it was terrific!” Liam Finnegan’s accomplished cuisine wins very good all-round scores for this plush, traditional-looking restaurant in the centre of the town (just under the archway in Castle Bow). “Fabulous afternoon teas” also rate mention.
|Wine per bottle||£21.00|
Liam Finnegan, has been head chef at The Castle Hotel in Taunton since 2012. He grew up in Carlingford, Co Louth in Ireland where he spent his time as a self-professed ‘menace’. So much so that his grandmother put him to work in her kitchen, just to keep a watchful eye.
Little did she know that her intervention would grow into his lifelong appreciation for the hard work and graft it takes to cook quality food.
Since then, Liam’s career path took him through some fantastic restaurants such as The George Hotel on the Isle of White, The Bath Priory and Gidleigh Park where he worked for Micheal Caines, and The Nuremore Hotel (Ray McArdle). When asked about awards, Liam says that a full restaurant and happy customers are more important. “Of course, accolades are brilliant, but anything we get, we receive and share as a team.”
Castle Bow, Taunton, TA1 1NF
|Wednesday||6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|