The Talbot Inn

Mells, Somerset

There's plenty of history in this 15th-century coaching inn with its old arched carriageway, but it's been brought bang up to date by a shabby-chic make-over at no cost to its charm. More

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There’s plenty of history in this 15th-century coaching inn with its old arched carriageway, but it’s been brought bang up to date by a shabby-chic make-over at no cost to its charm. It’s the kind of place you might find a suckling pig spit-roasting over the open fire, but where you can be sure of a comfortable night in the stylish, great-value bedrooms. This was a second venture for Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton, with Matt Greenlees (see also The Beckford Arms, Tisbury; The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George; and The Bath Arms, Horningsham). They have kitted out the rooms with contemporary furniture, seagrass flooring, a retro radio, Bramley toiletries, and perhaps an emperor-size four-poster, with in-room bath. Some rooms can sleep a family; two can interconnect. Downstairs, the atmospheric bar serves plenty of traditional tipples (try the Talbot Ale), and in summer, the restaurant spills out into the cobbled courtyard. Upgraded pub classics include a very superior ploughman’s with sausage roll alongside more sophisticated dishes such as sea bass with charred grelot, chanterelles and sherry reduction, or herb polenta, pickled girolles, kalettes, walnut pesto and tomato fondue.

Hotel details

Address

Selwood Street
Mells
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 £105. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused 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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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide