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survey result


Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.


Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

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Owner's description

At Castle Bow Restaurant, we want you to enjoy a wonderful evening meal.

Head Chef, Liam Finnegan is passionate about using fresh, local ingredients and handpicks all of our local suppliers for their commitment to producing the very best regional ingredients. When possible, he prefers to use organic fruits and vegetables as well as line-caught fish.   We bake our own breads in The Castle’s kitchen and make our own chutneys and jams using apples from The Castle’s own apple orchard.

Liam’s modern British classics are constantly evolving and his menu is created to fully embrace each season.  It is this quality and care that transforms every meal into a true West Country experience.


Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £22.50 £4.50 £8.50
Wine per bottle £21.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Menu, Portions

The chef

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
Opening hours
Wednesday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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