Review on BRAZZ @The Castle
Built on the site of a Norman fortress, the venerable Castle Hotel is all about grandeur, history and heritage. Its roots run deep – the Chapman family have been custodians here for more than 50 years and, in its time, the place has welcomed kings, queens, princes and legions of commoners.
Sitting cheek-by-jowl with the auspicious Castle Hotel, this buzzy, rumbustious brasserie is sleek, modern, bright and colourful. A huge bar area takes up much of the space in the L-shaped ground-floor room, where drinkers congregate and lounge in comfy sofas. This is a restaurant with a purpose: its mission is to celebrate Englishness, a crusading theme that is close to Kit Chapman's heart. One look at the menu and you will see the the kitchen's allegiances, just about every supplier and producer is given a name-check, whether it's the Brixham trawlerman with his day boat, the market gardener from Ilminster or the butcher who deals in prime Ruby Red Devon beef.
In the smart dining area, you can get fed from a menu that aims for comforting sustenance rather than innovation. Dishes change from day to day, but typical offerings might include duck liver parfait with bitter orange compote, braised belly of pork with champ and devilled sauce, and niçoise vegetable risotto with Mascarpone.
Round things off with treacle tart or cathedral pudding ('a heavenly chocolate confection,' according to the menu). The short wine list focuses on the output of small, quality-conscious producers.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am (7.00 - 10.30am Sat & 8.00 - 10.30am Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm (10.00pm Thu-Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card