We tried out The Talbot Hotel in the centre of Oundle today. It had been closed for a long time and opened again very recently. What a fabulous place! Originally a coaching inn, it has been renovated and brought up to a fantastic standard. Prices very very reasonable and open for anything from coffee to a full blown dinner.
We sat outside in a very quiet and peaceful courtyard garden under the shade of an umbrella and enjoyed a wonderful meal. I had a whole baked smoked camembert, that was cooked to perfection, soft and oozing sweetness, with rosemary foccaccia, a crisp, fresh, green bean and mixed leaf salad and home made red onion relish. It was utterly delicious! This was followed up by 2 scoops of wonderfully tasty home-made raspberry sorbet and a sweet and flavoursome scoop of pear sorbet, finished off with great coffee. The staff were perfect, attentive and helpful without being intrusive, and, most important of all, they smiled and seemed as though they were enjoying their job!
A wonderful setting for a relaxed, chatty lunch with a friend. Well worth a return trip in the very near future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Talbot Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House is a beautiful Grade 1 listed hotel in the centre of Oundle, one of England's most picturesque and unspoilt towns located on a meander of the river Nene. As a former coaching inn the Talbot hotel has been welcoming guests since 628AD.The Talbot Hotel Eatery and Coffee House is proud to house the staircase from Fotheringhay Castle, which is reputed to be the staircase that Mary Queen of Scots walked down to her execution in 1587, leaving a ring impression on the newel post as she was led to the block.Whether you are eating, meeting or sleeping we look forward to welcoming you to The Talbot Hotel Eatery and Coffee House ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Talbot Hotel Oundle, England