Last night, The Trencherman’s Guide announced their 2023 awards, with The Castle Inn, part of the Exclusive Collection, taking home the ‘Best Trencherman’s Pub’ award. 

The quintessentially British pub, located within the historic town of Castle Combe was listed as the best pub across the UK. This news is welcomed by the team following the arrival of new Head Chef, Jamie Barnett (Lucknam Park, Lygon Arms, Bowood) who joined back in May 2021, who joined the team and weaved his own personal touches into the true ‘pub experience’. 

Barnett updated the menus to highlight traditional gastropub hearty-fare, made with the very best local ingredients, whilst also building a brand-new team, who bring a wealth of hospitality experience. The latest accolade is true testimony to the hard work and determination of Jamie and his team.

The birth of the Trencherman’s Guide in 1992 came in the wake of one of the most exhilarating periods in British cooking, and The Castle Inn’s team could not be happier to take home such a prestigious award. 

Head Chef Jamie Barnett comments, ‘I’m so proud of my team and we continue to go from strength to strength. It’s great to receive this level of recognition for the hard work put in by everyone. 

At The Castle Inn, we are taking a nose to tail relaxed eating approach and offer something for everyone. Whilst not forgetting that first and foremost, we are a country pub and use the best of what the region has to offer with little fuss. It is an exciting year ahead of us all.’

The Castle Inn offers everything, from simply a pint and pub snack, a long lunch, celebratory dinner, or cosy boutique stay. The pub is uniquely located in the heart of one of England’s most picturesque villages, Castle Combe. Now a destination pub with rooms, The Castle Inn is filled with rustic charm offering local beverages matched with good, honest pub food.

Opposite The Castle Inn is sibling Exclusive Collection property, The Manor House, a fairy-tale 14th Century luxury hotel and golf club, also home to Michelin starred restaurant, Bybrook overseen by Rob Potter.