The Talbot Inn

Mells, Somerset

This 15th-century coaching inn with its old arched carriageway has been beautifully made over in casual-chic style as a pub-with-rooms. More

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This 15th-century coaching inn with its old arched carriageway has been beautifully made over in casual-chic style as a pub-with-rooms. It was a second venture for Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton, with Matt Greenlees (see also The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George, and The Bath Arms, Horningsham). There is nothing precious here. Drop in for a pint and you find flagstones and bare floorboards, scuffed leather-upholstered chairs, rough plasterwork, blazing log fires, vintage maps and clocks, a record player to spin the vinyl … In the various dining spaces, and on the cobbled courtyard, locally sourced menus major on pub classics done well – perhaps a ploughman’s with home-baked bread or cider-battered fish and chips. More inventive dishes might include supreme of guineafowl with haggis croquette. A beamed coach house serves as a grill room. Bedrooms have Bramley bath products, Egyptian cotton sheets, seagrass flooring, but nothing so brown as a wardrobe. One has a modern emperor-size four-poster, a sitting room, an in-room roll-top bath and shower room. Breakfast brings thyme-roasted mushrooms on toast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, the 
full Monty.

Hotel details

Address

Selwood Street
Mells
Frome
Somerset
BA11 3PN
England

Telephone

01373 812254

Bedrooms

8. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 25 Dec.

Facilities

sitting room, bar, restaurant, coach house grill room, in-room smart TV (including Freeview), cobbled courtyard, small garden, parking.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots £10, extra bed £25.

Dogs

allowed in 1 bedroom (£10 one-off charge), and in all public areas.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £120. 
À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused at weekends.

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Comments about The Talbot Inn

A rustic gem, very much the country pub with a warm buzz to it. The food is of a very high standard. Breakfast was homely service of the finest ingredients – including outstanding croissants and delicious pancetta as part of the “Full English”! Our room could be reached by a steep internal staircase or an external stone staircase, but was spacious and very comfortable. On the other side of the yard a barn-like space had been converted into an attractive residents’ lounge. - Robert Grimley - March 2017

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