I've given this hotel a 4 but only just, and that was largely on the basis of the room. I have read some recent reviews before writing this and I see that there are some rather defensive remarks from the GM. The fact is that things are not perfect but let's start with the positives. The bedrooms have been very well appointed. The bed was extremely comfortable and the room was not too hot, a problem in may hotels. I think the room tariff is reasonable value for what you get. Service was generally friendly and efficient.
I guess that the dining room is fuller at the weekend. When only 10 people are dining mid week, the place is a bit soulless. The lighting is too strong. It would be better with more candles and the main lights turned down. I became so irritated by the same 1930s tape reeling round that I asked for it to be changed. Apparently the owners say to the staff it is this or nothing. I preferred nothing. The food is quite good but nothing had the wow factor. A quail special should have featured both of the breasts in my view. They are very small and you are paying £33 for 2 courses, now that the prices have been increased by 10%. When it came to coffee, decaffeinated coffee was not available, not even instant. If that was poor, the situation had not been rectified by breakfast. The cooked breakfast was not cooked to order. Even at 7.45am the bacon was frazzled and the only freshly cooked items were the eggs, (poached and fried cooked to perfection I should add).
It is a clean hotel but do they have to start vacuuming the carpets in the hallway outside the restaurant whislt you are having breakfast? I don't think so.
All in all a bit disappointing, especially as it was our 25th wedding anniversary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Talbot Hotel - Malton Wentworth Restaurant - Malton Brasserie - Malton Cookery School Dating back to 1740 this lovely old hotel was reinvented in 2012 and named Small Hotel of the Year at Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards in 2014. The Wentworth Restaurant holds 2 AA rosettes. The country hotel design and atmosphere combined with its historic market town location convenient for York, the moors and coast has made it the place to say in the area. There are 26 individually furnished bedrooms, drawing room and bar, extensive landscaped grounds, two restaurants - the Wentworth Restaurant and Malton Brasserie - and the Wentworth Room for private dining and meetings. Just a short walk from the hotel is the Malton Cookery School, under the same management. The kitchen is in the hands of head chef Dan Graham who has worked under top chefs including Michel Roux at Le Gavroche. The Wentworth Restaurant offers contemporary British cooking with a fine dining 9 course tasting menu in the evenings and a Sunday lunch menu whilst the Malton Brasserie is open daily for lunch and dinner offering brasserie classics and a daily specials board. Working at the Talbot is about enthusiasm and a willingness to reach high standards in a friendly and fast paced environment. For more information please speak to us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Talbot Malton Nr York
- The Talbot Malton Nr York
- The Talbot Hotel Malton Yorkshire