Having been to the Talbot in December 2009 for a pre-christmas get together with a group of friends (6 couples, and some single friends), and having been treated to a wonderful evening with great service and food, it was decided that we would repeat the experience again in 2010. This time I persuaded my husband that a stop-over would turn it into a real treat...and we were not disappointed. The room was spacious, decorated in neutral tones, with good quality solid furniture, thick curtains (perfect for keeping out the December cold, and morning light!), but had not lost the quirky features of such an old building - the ensuite shower-room had been cleverly arranged to fit under the eaves, and around the vast chimney breast (I guess someone over 6ft would have struggled with the ceiling height). The shower was as fantastic, I have stayed in places with a trickle of luke warm water, this one was so good it took some persuading to get husband out in order to go for breakfast! We were the first to the dining room, and again were not disappointed with the standard of the food; good selection of juices, cereals, fruit and yoghurt, and lovely strong fresh coffee. Now, I have to say husband is not a 'morning' person, and would have lingered in bed if it were not for me demanding food...but on this occassion I think he was glad I persuaded him to move. Our cooked breakfast arrived, lovely bacon, local sausages, beautiful tasty mushrooms...Mr Happywife very happy with his fried egg done to liking...at this point things turned a bit Faulty Towers! Other guests began to arrive, and started ordering coffees and teas while perusing the menu, orders started to be taken for cooked breakfasts with various requirements...this all proved too much for the waitress; people were waiting ages for drinks, food orders came out wrong....why did she not use paper and a pen? Of course for us, happily fed, and finishing our coffee it was entertaining not annoying, but as an observer it must have left a sour taste for some peoples experience of a great hotel. We are already planning next christmas, and based on our comments others in the party are aiming to stay too. Well done to the Talbot.
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