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The Talbot Hotel Malton
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

My very lovely partner had booked a night away for us at The Talbot Hotel for my recent birthday. We have always enjoyed James Martin's approach to food so were really looking forward to enjoying a meal in the restaurant. However, this had recently been tempered by a moment of trepidation after a recent visit to The Leeds Kitchen (another James Martin venture), which we were a little dissapointed with.

However we needn't had worried on any score. Our experience at the Talbot was right up there with the best, including most importantly for us, the food.

Firstly the hotel itself; the welcome from the front of house was friendly and professional without ever being overbearing or pretentious (which can easily be the case in such grand surroundings.) This proved to be the standard-bearer for the service throughout our whole stay. Our room was a welcome retreat, the tall ceilings, stylish bathroom and views over the river giving a real air of granduer.

Pre dinner drinks in the bar were not a chore at all, as they can sometimes become. The presence of TT Landlord on tap aided this experience. We opted for the tasting menu for dinner as it appeared to be the best value. We were not dissapointed. All the dishes we received were hearty enough to be filling but with the subtlety and decandence of fine dining cuisine - exactly what you would expect of Mr Martin.

A special mention must be given to cauliflower dish which was served as one of the mains. It would be no secret to say that this would be the dish we looked forward to the least but when it came we were blown away. For a chef to cook a vegetable for ways and bring everything together like they did suggests a huge amount of skill. And this is coming from a fully paid up member of the meat lover society!

Other mentions should be given to the Riggwelter Beef and Roasted Quail, both of which were wonderfully burly and showed the meat off to it's full potential. The other starter of smoked salmon was by equivalent, very light and subtle but none the less appetising for it.

The only partial damp squib of the evening was the desert. The passionfruit mousse and miso caramel were good but the banana cake that they were rested on was a tad bland. This was a small blip in an otherwise lovely evening meal.

Beds were comfy and extremely big, tea and/or coffee could be ordered anywhere in the hotel at no extra cost (a welcome change to making your own luke-warm UHT drink in your room) and breakfast was everything it should have been.

Overall, a lovely, if all too short break away. The food was the highlight but the hotel did not let it down and they have some wonderful little touches. This was a 5* experience with more than a little nod to the Yorkshire necessities of real ale, value for money and food that fills your belly.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jeremy d, General Manager at The Talbot Hotel Malton, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

Your comments are very kind and we are all delighted that you had such a wonderful Birthday celebration with us at The Talbot.

Please come back and see us all again soon!

Kind regards,

Jeremy du Plessis.

General Manager.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We are enjoying our last night having had the most amazing weekend at the Talbot Hotel in Malton. The rooms are lovely and cosy and even though we are front facing you can't hear any noise. Last nights dinner was wonderful and excellent value. The service and staff are fantastic and I have to say the best and we have stayed in many top class hotels. Breakfast a feast and very freshly cooked with local ingredients. This Hotel is a must. The only let down. Not meeting James Martin. Maybe next time. Martin and Roger Crossland.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Jeremy d, General Manager at The Talbot Hotel Malton, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2013

Dear Martin,

Thank you for your very kind words.

I was delighted to read your comments about our service standards that we have.

James always tries to get around to see as many people as he can, as you can imagine, sometimes time runs out!

We all hope to see you again soon,

Kind regards,

Jeremy du Plessis.

General Manager.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Malton is a lovely market town, so make sure you have time to take a walk. The Food Lovers Festival the weekend of the 18th/19th May is certainly worth a visit, wonderful stalls to buy from, local beer tent and in the past a celebrity chef showing off his cooking.
The Talbot presents it's self well just on the end of the town in walking distance of the hotel. Some of the staff are Yorkshire people, which says it all for wanting to be involved with the hotel and town. We have just given a birthday present for a stay B+B sometime in the year.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pamela D
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Jeremy d, General Manager at The Talbot Hotel Malton, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback and comments.

You are right in saying that most of our front of house staff are from Malton and Yorkshire. It is something that we are very proud of and we all feel it adds to the whole experience for our guests.

Kind regards,

Jeremy du Plessis.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We booked this hotel on a Living Social Deal and got absolutely amazing value. The staff were very welcoming, the room we stayed in Nantclwyd - the Junior Suite is absolutely beautiful- a huge room with 4 poster bed, sofa, lovely bathroom with free standing bath and separate monsoon shower When we were there we had a lovely snowy view of the river and fields. Everything in the hotel is top quality- lovely bed linen, toiletries etc. Service is outstanding with friendly staff delivering a cafetiere of coffee delivered to the room any time. We dined in the restaurant at night and did find the menu slightly limited. However the food was beautifully cooked and presented and once again we were served with a smile. The dining room is candle lit and quiet so lovely for a romantic meal.Breakfast next morning was also very good. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jeremy d, General Manager at The Talbot Hotel Malton, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear guest,

I thank you for your generous words and am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us recently.

We try hard to keep our service standards as high as possible and the personal touch of bringing freshly made coffee to the room, is always welcomed!

kindest regards,

Jeremy du Plessis

General Manager

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

I live in Beverley and sometimes spend the day in Malton. I have not been to the Talbot for a meal yet, but I have called in for early morning coffee on three occasions, and will continue to do so as I cannot fault the place. The staff are lovely - welcoming and efficient. The coffee is freshly made in a cafettiere and comes on a tray with a jug of hot milk, sugar and homemade biscuit. I sit in the lounge which has comfy chairs and sofas, and a roaring fire (essential at this time of year in North Yorkshire!) and read the magazines and newspapers supplied. I am left in peace to enjoy my coffee and pay a very reasonable price when I am ready to leave. What's not to like !!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Katie L
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Jeremy d, General Manager at The Talbot Hotel Malton, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

I have read your comments about how much you enjoy visiting us for coffee on a regular basis and must say how pleasing it is to hear feedback such as yours.

We are a lovely restored house in the middle of a very nice Yorkshire market town, where we like nothing more than to welcome people for coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, or just a glass of wine or your favourite tipple at any time!

Of course we have bedrooms for our guests who are travelling from further afield, but we like nothing more than to look after our local residents too!

See you soon,

My kindest regards,

Jeremy du Plessis.

General Manager.

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