Castle Inn, Banbury

Can there be a more unusual pub in Britain? Can there be a pub with better views?
The Castle Inn, is also known as The Round Tower, or Radway Tower. Inside there are two bars –one contains replicas of armour and weapons used during the battle, the other is the place to indulge in pub games while enjoying some home cooked food. There is a small covered terrace, which offers some stunning views as does the garden outside.

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The views from the Castle Inn’s garden and terrace stretch out across several neighbouring counties. Some say that, on a clear day, it is possible to make out the Wrekin in Shropshire and the foothills of the Welsh mountains! However, the less distant hills of Broadway and Malvern are more obvious.

The pub is built on the summit of Edgehill, some 700ft above sea level. It overlooks the battlefield of Edgehill where Englishman fought Englishman in the first major battle of the English Civil War. The pub’s octagonal tower marks the spot where, on the afternoon of Sunday 23 October 1642, King Charles I raised his standard and summoned his officers about him to prepare for war.

The Castle Inn, is also known as The Round Tower, or Radway Tower. Inside there are two bars –one contains replicas of armour and weapons used during the battle, the other is the place to indulge in pub games while enjoying some home cooked food. There is a small covered terrace, which offers some stunning views as does the garden outside.

The Castle offers four letting rooms in its two towers, there are four poster beds, en suite shower rooms and stunning views of the countryside below.

During the famous battle of Edgehill, some 30,000 Englishmen took arms against each other. Today the King’s men and Parliamentary troops often drink side by side at the pub as it is frequently used by groups recreating the famous battle.

The tower first became an Inn in 1822 when it was sold by a descendant of Sanderson Miller to become a free house. The story goes that he was a minister of religion and that the decision was unpopular with his family.

As is said on the website for the quirky pub…can there be a more unusual location to have your well deserved pint? How about this as your local?

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