Y Talbot, or for those of you who don't speak Welsh, The Talbot (the 'Y' is pronounced 'uh', to rhyme with the, rather than wye).
On pulling into the car park at the rear of the hotel, it is immediately apparent that someone has made a substantial financial commitment to the place. The hotel has been extended greatly, the garden has been extensively landscaped, and there is even a (presumably bespoke) lamp post that draws on the fact that a travelling circus' elephant died in the town, and was buried in the grounds. Perhaps that goes some way to explaining the lushness of the garden.
Finding our way to reception from the back of the hotel was a bit of a trek that took you through the bar and lounge. We might have been quicker going back to the square and in through the front door. Minor point, but it's something you might want to remember if you're not travelling light.
The lad at reception kindly offered to help with the luggage, a facility you might wish to avail yourself of, as there are no lifts.
Up 2 flights of stairs that had the look of age about them to room 9, which overlooks the square. The room wasn't huge, but was by no means cramped, and was well appointed. Bags of electrical sockets, solid, well made furniture that had been spared the indignity of mdf, and one of the more comfortable hotel beds that I've slept in. It all felt and looked as though a good deal of money had been spent on it.
Freebies included a couple of bottles of local spring water, and bless the owners for this, proper ground coffee with a French press in which to brew it. Good on you.
The bathroom was almost as big as the room, and again looked and felt as though considerable sums of money had been spent on it. The shower was huge - I could get my not inconsiderable bulk in and out of it with ease - and, given that we were 3 stories up, very powerful. Actually, I think it might have been a downrated water cannon, it was that vigourous.
No bath, so if you like to wallow in your own dead skin, dried sweat etc, then you're out of luck.
Minor niggle, there was nowhere to hang a hand towel near the wash basin.
So, back down to ground level.
The bar has won CAMRA awards, and when we were there, it had 2 local ales on, and a selection of Welsh ciders. If they've got the Cwrw Teifi on when you're there, give it a go - I can heartily recommend it.
The lounge is in what looks to be the original part of the building,and is quite quirky as a consequence. Nothing plum or square, and stone walls that must be over a foot thick.
There is also a restaurant, comfortable but probably to open plan to be cozy. There is an extensive menu, and whereas it couldn't be considered cutting edge, it struck a good balance between offering something a bit different, without leaving the average punter intimidated by the food.
What was certainly not at issue was the quality. We dined there twice, and had really excellent, well prepared meals made from good quality ingredients both times.
My tip for dining there - leave room for one of their superb desserts.
Breakfast was also notable for its quality, and more than set you up for the day, but it did give rise to a couple of minor irritations. The first morning we came down for breakfast, everyone else at the hotel decided they wished to join us. This swamped the single waitress on duty. I don't mind waiting my turn, but I do get irritated when other later arrivals get served before me.
The other thing was, why have a toaster for the guests to use that doesn't work properly?
Overall, I slept well, dined extremely well and quaffed a irresponsible quantity of decent ale.
So did Mrs Griffiths.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Y Talbot is an historic Grade 2 Listed Inn situated on the town square in the bustling market town of Tregaron. Under new ownership since 2010 the property has been sensitively restored to offer 13 high quality rooms, restaurant and characterful 16th century pub all set in a superb landscaped garden. The Welsh speaking staff offer a warm "Croeso" to guests from near and far. Whether its for a weekend break in the stunning and tranquil Cambrian mountains, for a feast of Welsh cuisine or for a wedding or celebration Y Talbot can cater for your needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- y Talbot Hotel Tregaron
- Y Talbot Tregaron, Wales