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Win a stay for two with dinner at The Castle at Edgehill, site of the famous English Civil War battle

Star quality has been in short supply over the recent winter months, what with the driving rain, mud and drudgery of making ends meet. So it’s a wonderful fairytale feeling to leave the real world and cross the wooden bridge into The Castle’s Radway tower.

This is where the bedrooms of this popular pub are housed, in an extravagant folly designed and built in the 1740s by Sanderson Miller to commemorate the centenary of the first major battle of the English Civil War.

This mini castle was converted into an inn in 1822, with additions over the 19th century. Overnight guests can stay in one of five gorgeously quirky rooms (King, Prince Rupert, Cromwell Suite or The Verney) with a choice of comfy four-poster beds, imbued with centuries of character but with all mod cons.

The views from this regal turret, and the adjoining restaurant, are breathtaking. This hill crest, on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border, was the spot where Charles I stood and watched the first major battle of the English Civil War in 1642. We enjoyed a much less brutal view, of the serene patchwork of farmland, as we made the most of a break in the rain to amble through the springtime woodlands where the trees all look like they could tell stories. This five-mile Battlefield Trail heads to the pretty village of Radway.

It’s not just armies that march on their stomachs.”

Just as well that The Castle is a foodie hub serving hearty portions – it’s not just armies that march on their stomachs. Fuelled by the fresh air, we devoured our dinner, including exceptional wild mushroom and truffle risotto with veg crisps, beef medallions with buttery mash and quail’s eggs, plus a chocolate fondant with cherry puree and black cherry ice cream that I’m still dreaming about. Head chef Pawel Neuman and his team serve modern dishes that help the local ingredients sing, and it’s no wonder guests rate the breakfasts so highly.

Dogs and well-behaved children (there’s a very well-priced menu for kids, plus good vegan & veggie options) are welcome in the restaurant, which has three welcoming dining spaces. The pub as you step in is the stuff of the wildest tourist dreams: think flagstone floors, wood panelling, Chesterfield sofas and roaring fires.

The bar has a great wine list, with changing local and guest ales, including many from nearby Hook Norton Brewery and ciders, all served with a smile by the warm and welcoming staff. Special mention to the best espresso martini I’ve ever had, and spirit fans will love the gin school tasting classes, with Pinnock Distillery, on Saturdays; from £18pp. 

There’s so much to do nearby; we fluttered down to my childhood fave, Stratford Butterfly Farm. To book your perfect date stay, call 01295 670255 or visit

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