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“Very Old Tavern--1790”
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Old Talbott Tavern
Ranked #5 of 10 Bardstown B&B and Inns
Dallas, Texas
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“Very Old Tavern--1790”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

The Old Talbott Tavern is in the very center of Bardstown’s downtown area. The Tavern is not only an eating and drinking establishment there are sleeping rooms available. The steps leading to the lobby shows a 1790 date. The lobby area has been concerted to a gift show however this is where you go to get seated for dinner or to check in to your hotel room. To the left is the old dining room bar. There is seating before two very large fireplaces and the bar is o in the front next to the windows facing the street. The bar was not in use the night we were there. There is a Bourbon bar on the opposite side of the restaurant and that bar was very much open. There is a limited menu for dinner. I ordered the Southern fried chicken, even there a note on the menu stated it would take 55 minutes to prepare. I ask the waitress and she stated there was some about ready and it would take only a few minutes. The chicken was rolled in a flour batter and fried. It was not crusty and the inside of the meat was still moist. While the chicken was good the price was a little high (almost $17) and especially for this small town.The salad served was just OK, the green beans a little soggy and the cornbread had been made with a very course ground meal. I would say the meal was an expensive southern cooking type presentation. After dinner we took a turn upstairs in the area whwerre the hotel rooms are. If you want to say that you have stayed in a very old tavern/inn, then go for it. You have to carry your luggage up two lights of old wooden steps. The name son the doors of each room are interesting, such as the Jesse James Room and the General Quarters. Their are some historical sketches posted on the wall in the hallway where the rooms are located. There is also a very nice large dining room which had been set up but was not in use the day we were there. The wait service was very good. Seating took a could on minutes as the young girls were involved in a personal conversation so we waited and waited even though there were very few guest in the dining room. Parking is on the street plus a few parking spaces to the side of the tavern. I think this is an event for tourist and more than likely you will enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Southern Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We enjoyed a couple of drinks in the Bourbon Bar after dinner. They have Kentucky Bourbon Barrell Ale on tap which has a different taste than in the bottle (a tip from our guide at Heaven Hill). The bartender was very accomodating, allowing us to have a second drink even though she was supposed to close.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Albany, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Stayed one night and it was enough to know there were spirits among us. Did the ghost walk with Ms.Star and got the history if the place.
We were allowed to walk freely around the place at night. We conducted an armature investigation. The flash light test worked.
Beds were uncomfortable, no remote to the TV. But it was the haunt we were after. AND WE GOT IT! We would go back.
Food excellent! Especialy breakfast. Home cooking- well done.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here on June 8, 2012 on our way to Lexington. When we called, the receptionist was sure to tell us about the band that would be playing in the bourbon bar directly beneath the room and that they would be playing until 1 a.m. We booked the room and upon check-in we were asked if we had been told about the band. We stated that we had and then we were asked to sign a disclosure notifying that we had been informed - apparently people have had problems - which I can understand as the band (5 Horse Johnson) was loud - they were good as well. We stayed in the bar until they quit playing so it wasn't an issue for us.

The hotel is historic. If you're looking for a Hyatt or a Hilton, this is probably not for you. We truly enjoyed our stay. The staff (and many others in the Bardstown area) were very nice. We stayed in the Washington Irving Suite and it had a Jacuzzi big enough for 2. There was a small sitting area with a corner fireplace and TV/VCR. A small hallway with a desk took you to the room with a queen size bed and another TV/VCR. The character and history of the building is what makes it worthwhile. There is a small balcony overlooking the front entrance. Relax and read the visitors guide while sipping on a fine bourbon. We heard Friday nights are hit & miss in the bar but Saturdays are usually more populated.

The breakfast (included) was standard (eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy) and we did not have lunch or dinner. This place is small and pleasant with a nice selection of fine Kentucky bourbons. We may have even felt the presence of Mary Todd Lincoln while we were there. I would recommend a night or 2 here, but remember... the band is playing below the rooms and can be load if you turn in early.

The location is great if you're touring the bourbon trail.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2012

After reading many of the reviews for the Tavern, it was a toss up if I would book a room or not here. And, I can see all of the comments are accurate - the great, good and the not so good. When traveling I have a motto: You get what you pay for. And, this was true in this establishment - the price is low because they have room for improvement.

The best:

Terrific building with great history. And, in a wonderful town.

Fantastic staff - the young lady at the desk was beyond kind and helpful - really. I have not found this approach to service in a long long time. That was the best part.

The worst: It needs work. It needs some new furnishings. It needs some renovation. And some deep cleaning. It is not your usual B&B and if you want luxury - this is not it. If you like quirky and history and can manage less than ideal amenities, then you will enjoy this property.

I slept well and since it was a week day they did button up the place early but if on a week-end, I can imagine you might as well stay up and party with the crowd. The guests are alone after 9 p.m. There is a flight of steps and no elevator. They have a nicely positioned patio for guests that overlooks downtown which provides a nice perch to enjoy. But, it needs work....

The food I had was just average - nuff said about that. You go here for the building.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

We stopped at the Old Talbott Tavern while on the Bourbon Trail, and it was the perfect meal for a day filled with whiskey tasting. The food is generously portioned, and you can have healtier options like a salad, or get a ham & cheese sandwich that looked superb at the table next to ours. My favorite thing was the fried dill pickle chips. They were just fantastic - a great salty / sweet combo with the russian dressing-like dipping sauce.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Francisco Indiana
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

We stayed two nights at the Talbott Inn/Tavern and had a great time. This is a wonderful old building from late 1700's well persevered and a great oppurtunity for us to get a look into life from back in the day. The fried chicken was worth the wait but nothing compares to the history of this place. Adding to the lore of the place being haunted is a nice little above ground cemetary just steps down a narrow alley behind the Inn. Also right next door is the old jail complete with a stockade in the front lawn. I should note the help locks up at night and goes home leaving you with your own front door key. Sunday night it was just the wife and I and whatever ghost haunt the place. 6 KY Bourdon distilleries including Jim Beam and Markers Mark are within a few mins drive of The Talbott Inn. The whole downtown area is great with dozens of old buildings and beautiful homes from the 17 & 1800s. Great Stay!!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Old Talbott Tavern
Address: 107 W Stephen Foster Ave, Box 365, Bardstown, KY 40004-1415
Location: United States > Kentucky > Bardstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Bardstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Talbott Tavern 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Inn and restaurant. Stay where the likes of The James Gang, Abraham Lincoln, and General George S. Patton have visited. You will find a vast amount of history in this building. Enjoy the world's oldest bourbon bar and eat great southern cooking in our restaurant. Full breakfast is included. ... more   less 
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