Meet the Trencherman’s Awards 2023 winners: Andrew Swann

We meet Andrew Swann of The Castle in Taunton, who won the much-coveted title of Best Trencherman’s Chef award at the prestigious Trencherman’s Awards 2023

Award won: Best Trencherman’s Chef

Sponsored by: Hallgarten & Novum

Grand finalists: Harriet Mansell – Robin Wylde; James Harris – The Beckford Bottle Shop; Joshua Jones – Number Eight

The reaction

Andrew says: ‘I was absolutely honoured to win the title of Best Trencherman’s Chef. It is a recognition of the hard work, dedication and passion my team and I put into our business.

‘The awards ceremony was the perfect opportunity to celebrate with fellow chefs, industry experts and professionals who share the same love for fine food.

‘The atmosphere was electric, and I truly enjoyed the sense of camaraderie and the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with some of the best in the business.’

The lowdown

This perennially popular, wisteria-covered hotel in the heart of Taunton is renowned for its timeless elegance and award-winning culinary flair.

The Castle has seen several talented chefs pass through its kitchen, and now head chef Andrew Swann oversees its buzzing restaurants and private dining rooms.

Brazz, the main restaurant, is open for brunch and lunch, but really comes to life during dinner service when low‑level lighting and leather banquette seating create an intimate atmosphere. Quality South West ingredients form the backbone of the menu, and guests can expect to find the likes of Brixham crab and prawn roulade, pickled mouli, lobster and dill sauce, and Quantock lamb rump and crispy belly with salsa verde, creamed potatoes and purple sprouting.

Recent developments include the refurbishment and launch of The Drawing Room, a relaxed lounge area where hotel guests and visitors can book in for afternoon tea or a light lunch, or enjoy an evening cocktail. There’s also the popular Twilight Hour (between 11pm and midnight) on Fridays and Saturdays where cocktails and house spirits can be enjoyed on a two-for-one deal.

The more formal restaurant, Castle Bow, has been converted to a private dining space, hosting weddings and celebrations in glamorous art deco surroundings.


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