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Dining at Castle House

At Castle House we have two food experiences - our Castle Restaurant overlooking the gardens Hereford's castle moat, and the more informal Ballingham Bar and Bistro.

Whether you eat à la carte in the Restaurant from head chef, Claire Nicholls', seasonally-changing menu, or have a light lunch in the Ballingham Bistro, you'll experience the skill and innovation of Claire's kitchen team, and the best dining in Hereford.

Claire is a hugely talented chef and is passionate about sourcing her ingredients as close to the hotel as she can, and works closely with the huge variety of committed producers, including our own Ballingham Farm, whose livelihood is based in Hereford and the Herefordshire Marches. Her menus are imaginative and brilliantly executed, and it's no wonder that the Castle Restaurant is one of the most popular in the county. Don't miss it!

We do get busy and we cannot guarantee a table will be available for dinner if you haven't made a reservation, even if you are staying with us. We recommend that you book a table to avoid disappointment.

Breakfast is served from 7am-10am
Coffee and Pastries served all morning
Lunch served from 12 noon until 2pm
Light menu available from 2pm until 6.30pm
Afternoon Tea is served from 3pm until 5.30pm
Sandwiches are available all day
Dinner served from 6.30pm-9.30pm (9pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays)

We're very happy to arrange a pre-event meal for you if you are attending a performance at The Courtyard or a Cathedral concert. Please let us know.

Call 01432 356321 to book a table.


What they say...


'Classy townhouse hotel with innovative style of cooking. The kitchen makes good use of local suppliers and comes up with bright, modern ideas. Sound techniques and an eye for presentation.'
AA Restaurant Guide

'The restaurant in the Castle House [is] first-rate...The main fillet of Herefordshire beef with mash, braised shin wrapped in leeks, horseradish jus and purple sprouting broccoli was perfectly cooked.'
The Times Cool Hotel Guide

'It will take another visit or two before I can pass judgement on Jesse Norman's claim that Hereford has great restaurants, plural; but that it has one at least is beyond doubt. Nicholls strikes me as a versatile, inventive chef who deserves greater recognition and respect.'
Read The Independent's Review of our Chef's tasting menu in full

Read a recent review Read all about us and Claire's recipes in Relish Midlands Read about Claire here.