The Sunday Times, 10th July 2016 - 4* review by AA Gill - "the quality of the ingredients is unimpeachable; the effort, the generosity of the preparation and the conception are wholly laudable. The effect is a great hungry hug of hospitality, offered with enthusiasm and pride and confidence."
Eaux Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016 - "it is instantly apparent why The Castle Inn is such a success" "Since day one we were pushing the idea of genuinely local ingredients"
Regional Runner Up, Best Restaurant 2013 Observer Food Monthly Awards "Plenty of local fare - fava beans from South Norfolk and Baron Bigod brie."
The Good Pub Guide 2014 - "Pleasantly informal 16th C dining inn with good, interesting food from chef-owner"
July 2013 - The Castle Inn is awarded a Silver Suffolk Carbon Charter, in recognition of all it has done to reduce it's environmental impact.
The Guardian, Let's Move to Bungay, Suffolk 2nd March 2013 "Hang out at...The delightful Castle Inn for good food; or for beer heads The Green Dragon"
The Rough Guide to Norfolk & Suffolk, May 2012. Inspector's Favourite. "Restored old pub run by Mark and Tanya that focuses squarely on food, and does so with some style. The accommodation at this restaurant is the best option in the centre of Bungay"
Bradt & Sawday's Slow Norfolk & Suffolk "an imaginative menu that does its level best to utilise locally sourced, Bungay's nicest place to eat"
The Eastern Daily Press - Saturday 1st January 2011 - "It had been a meal to gladden our hearts"
The Guardian - 21st December 2010 - "The Castle Inn, Bungay's smartest restaurant"
Michelin Guide - Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016- "cooking is country based, fresh simple and seasonal"
Runner Up, Best UK Sunday Lunch 2010 Observer Food Monthly Awards "Straightforward and delicious food served in a simple setting with a frequently changing seasonal menu. Plus at £14 for two courses it's seriously good value."
Finalist Best Food Pub in Suffolk 2008
Michael Winner, The Sunday Times. “a truly memorable meal.”
Susan Griffith, The Best of Britain: East Anglia "a new gastro-look with an enticing menu at reasonable prices."
Beccles and Bungay Journal, "passionate about using local produce."
Sarah Brealey, September 2008 Suffolk Magazine, "main courses were expertly done; breast of wood pigeon... had a robust flavour, and came with rather good vegetables. The quality is high, the effort obvious and The Castle Inn is another reason to eat in Bungay."
50 Great Places to Eat out in Suffolk, October 2008 Suffolk Magazine,"recently reviewed and admired, there is a mouthwatering menu on offer at this 400 year old building."
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