The Pilgrims Restaurant with Rooms

Castle Cary, Somerset

Local food cooked to perfection, super rooms with lovely prices and a happy vibe from Sally and Jools make this a great place to stay


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Medieval pilgrims in search of King Arthur’s tomb would stop here for sustenance before heading out across the marshes on their way to Glastonbury Abbey. These days, the food, the welcome and the rooms are all so lovely you’re more likely to suffer a crisis of faith and stay put. Jools is to blame – his food is far too good to miss, good enough to alter the DNA of these walls – the Pilgrims is not an inn these days, but a restaurant with rooms. All the lovely old stuff survives – stone walls, timber frames, panelled walls and a couple of sofas in front of the fire. Tables in the restaurant are nicely spaced apart with subtle lighting and service that hits the spot. As for the food, expect local ingredients cooked to perfection, perhaps Lyme Bay scallops, rack of lamb, smooth dark chocolate pot with a hint of stem ginger. Five lovely bedrooms wait in the old skittle alley. Three have cathedral ceilings, all come with exposed stone walls, flat-screen TVs and crisp linen on good beds. As for the bathrooms, expect double-ended baths, separate power showers, fluffy robes. Wells and Glastonbury are close.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Open Thursday - Saturday Autumn 2017.
Lunch from £8. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Restaurant closed Sunday to Thursday.


Nightly price
from £100
Singles £80-£130.
4 Doubles
From £100
1 Twin/double
From £100


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julian & Sally Mitchison

  • Wells, the smallest city in England, is ten miles away. The magnificent cathedral, the Bishop’s palace with the swans in the moat, and the Vicar’s Close which is said to be the oldest planned street in Europe make Wells a major jewel in Somerset's crown.
  • National Trust Houses and Gardens We have a wealth of gorgeous national treasures on our doorstep – from the intimate delights of Lytes Cary to the splendours of Stourhead or majestic Montacute
  • The Royal Navy’s Yeovilton Air Base and Fleet Air Arm Museum is 5 or 6 miles away as the Sea King flies and the spectacular and newly extended Haynes Motor Museum is a mere 4 or 5 miles
  • Hauser and Wirth's Somerset gallery - a mere 7 miles away - is now firmly on the cultural map. Ever-changing exhibitions - an uber-cool bar & restaurant - and a fabulous garden by Piet Oudolf, A culture-fix in Somerset - who'd a thought it?
  • Wincanton Races Have a great day at the races and then – have our a la carte after the horses.
  • Glastonbury Apart from the iconic Tor there’s the Abbey, Chalice Well, a whole host of mysterious shops and, occasionally, a music festival.