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The Talbot Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Mells B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Gorgeous”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

Just had a lovely one night stay with my family and the staffa t the Talbot were super helpful from our phone call to book right through to our departure.

We went with our 7 month old baby and my parents in law and their dog so had a few special demands and none were too much trouble.

We had really amazing rooms (love the decor) and really enjoyed our beautiful meal in the evening.

Would love to go back sans baby one day soon!

Room Tip: Room number 6 is the one!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Kent
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

I stayed here for two nights, and couldn't have felt more cossetted. A friend and I had planned a weekend in Somerset exploring the magnificent churches, and we'd tried to book the Talbot but it couldn't take us so we stayed elsewhere. But I then decided to stay on for a couple of nights, and the Talbot had their 'small' room available so I booked it. Our Sunday morning didn't work out quite as planned and, after dropping my friend off at Castle Cary for his train, I turned up at the Talbot far too early to check in, but the staff were so nice and welcoming that I didn't feel at all a nuisance. I settled down in the sitting room with the newspapers and they brought me coffee and then a sandwich, which wasn't on their menu but was offered anyway, and was delicious. My room (no 5) was lovely, though it is the smallest, and I felt very comfortable in its huge bed, with fluffy towels, the splendid toiletries, the fresh milk and the general feel of being welcomed. I had dinner both nights, and the food was delicious. The breakfast was good too, though I would have liked a wider choice of fresh fruit. Altogether to be recommended, and I'll hope to be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2014

We stayed here last week on our way home backto London and had the most magical stay, albeit way too short. We stayed in room 6 as we needed 2 cots and it was perfect. I loved every single bit of it and had the best night's sleep for a long time. Everything about this place is perfect from the decor to the food (the breakfast was fab) to the location to the staff, especially Justin, Nothing was too much for him, even our boisterous twin toddler boys who kept trying to escape. I was gutted when we had to leave and have just booked our next stay there in June and I can't wait.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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london
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64 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Mells is famous for its Lutyens memorial, the churchyard where Ronald Knox and Siegfried Sassoon and many Asquiths lie, and the church with its memorials by Munnings and Gill (to Edward Horner and Raymond Asquith) and its Burne-Jones. If you ask the hotelier at the Talbot he will take you up the tower. The hotel has been done up in contemporary fashion, Farrow and Ball and a bath in the middle of the room. But it is all very nicely done and the service is friendly, not officiously professional, and the food and ambience is everything you would wish for in this village inn next door to Lord Oxford's manor. But oh the road! Cars whizz along it, guided by Sat Nav, which seems to direct them down this rat run seemingly between nowhere and nowhere much. Lord Oxford, who owns most things in the village, refuses to impose speed bumps or a chicane but in the meantime it ruins sleep - and lives...the Talbot's publican has lost two dogs on the road and it will claim more. Some solution must be found. The Talbot will lose custom, or maybe a customer or two as they step out onto this picturesque racetrack.

Room Tip: On the courtyard would be best unless the traffic problem is sorted.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2014

We plumped for a stay here having read the wonderful reviews in various papers and then Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. Our room ( #2) , whilst not large was more than large enough for a 2 night stay and was excellently furnished. The breakfasts were great and service - well beyond the norm. How many other hoteliers would have offered to go to their own home next door to get some white bread which a guest ( not us!) wanted for breakfast but was not available in the restaurant?? We ate in the pub restaurant both nights and had a good meal both times. The village is lovely with some lovely ( gentle) walks around in the country. The village shop is run as a community shop and that really comes through. The service from all the staff in the hotel was ace. The icing on the cake was the unexpected good weather which meant we could sit and read in the courtyard with our drink and just chill out. All in all, a lovely place to stay for a quiet rest.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 10, 2014

Loved the quirky layout of the rooms, bar & diningroom, the home made bathroom lotions and the lovely linen & towels.
The laconic staff coped with kids,dogs wandering into the kitchen,noisy groups & couples with equal aplomb. Delicious food, including the breakfast with home made bread & meusli. And of course the idyllic setting. Would certainly recommend it as a wonderfully typical English country getaway.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Main plus points:
- Food is phenomenal, especially lunch/dinner. Stayed here as a group and ate several meals with plenty of variety chosen - everything that everyone ordered was delicious and cooked to perfection
- Staff are cheerful, friendly and helpful. Made us feel at home
- Brilliant and cosy bar with a great selection
- Great location in a lovely part of the world to get out and explore, surrounded by pretty countryside and close to Bath/Stonehenge and various other places to see

Main negative points:
- Errr... had to leave at the end of our stay?

The rooms were all beautiful and well furnished, but there was a considerable difference between them - some of the smaller ones were not particularly spacious and had quite small bathrooms. The master bedroom is stunning, but does appear to sit directly above the bar - might be a bit of noise late at night. We had a few issues with water pressure/temperature when showering

Breakfast was just great (rather than the other meals, which were exceptional), but special mention goes to the freshly cooked pastries and hangover cure station - complete with bloody mary ingredients, Berocca and painkillers!

Limited/no mobile reception, which was great. Free wifi if needed...

Room Tip: The bigger rooms are probably worth splashing a little extra on, though the master bedroom appears t...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Talbot Inn

Property: The Talbot Inn
Address: Selwood Street, Mells, Frome BA11 3PN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Frome > Mells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Mells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Talbot Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
The Talbot Hotel Somerset
The Talbot Inn Mells, Somerset

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