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The Talbot Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Eynsham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Deeply disappointing”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Scruffy, dirty and very run down, extensive mould in shower , extractor fan clogged up with muck, obviously not been cleaned for a very long time. Average food, but staff not particularly friendly. Definitely needs a serious clean. Went to an event in oxford so prices of rooms had been put up by 50 percent, definitely would not stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Port Douglas, Australia
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52 reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I stayed here for two nights to visit Oxford. New management had just taken over as I arrived, and it seems all new staff too. It was chaotic, but all handled with great humour by the incoming staff.The room was good, my TV did not work but was soon replaced as the fault could not be identified. The food was good, and the atmosphere in the bar was too, although some of the locals seemed a bit confused about some of the changes made by new management. The location was ideal, the bus to Oxford (S1) stops right outside the door, 20 mins to the centre of Oxford, return fare (May '14) £4.70.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Hailsham
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48 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Just returned from a three night stay at the Talbot. We used it as a base from which to explore rural Oxfordshire and, especially, Thames walks. We couldn't have been happier. The staff at the inn were uniformly efficient, helpful, cooperative and, probably more important, friendly and cheerful.
Our room (Pink Hill) was very comfortable. Yes, there is an awareness of traffic noise, but it is in now way intrusive or disruptive. The pub is a lovely old building, a pleasure to eat and/or drink in, whilst the decking area by the wharf stream, but overlooking a meadow to the Thames and Eynsham lock and the lock-keeper's cottage, is a real bonus. We also experienced the temporary menu, but found the choice good and our evening meals were all most enjoyable. The service was spot on, too. On the subject of food, the breakfasts were also first-rate, with particular praise going to the full English!
Strongly recommended and we wouldn't hesitate to return.

Room Tip: As mentioned, no 4, Pick Hill, is fine - one of the wharf side rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Booked this hotel because my husband had previously stayed here on business. New people are now running the place so things seemed to have changed. Location was perfect and we were able to have our dog with us. We had a room in the annexe which was very nice, although very cheap coffee on offer in the room. Food was pretty poor, for lunch we had a large ploughmans to share, not enough bread,pickle and apple missing although included in the menu description, evening meal basic pub grub no sign of a vegetable on the menu everything comes with salad, ' steak & ale pie with salad???' Chilli & rice was cold. breakfast was good, coffee again disgusting. New owners have a lot of work to do. Staff need to be more engaging & smile.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I've stayed here several times and have always been pleased with the rooms, food and friendly service. However, this was not my impression this time.Good service but higher prices, poor menu, poor lighting on staircase/landing to rooms and rooms in need of redecorating. It's all very well the new owner/manager saying on a previous review that he has just taken over. Well, why not reflect that in the price until everything works! Poor service at breakfast was a joke; not a fault of the staff. One person cannot be expected to welcome guests, cook breakfast, offer extra tea/coffee & toast and also deal with everyone wanting to check out. Evening meals were poor value with little chicken but plenty of (cheaper) vegetables in the pies, tikka marsala etc. Will need to improve if I am going to stay again.

Room Tip: Don't have rooms 1 or 5 in the annexe, nor a room above the bar. Noisy traffic from before 6.00...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

The location is fab and my first impression, after checking their website, was that this would be a good place to eat. But the service was patchy, some things on the menu were not available and we were never even offered dessert. The coffee was not great either. The price was fair in relation to the quality of the food but overall I was disappointed.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Ciara F
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foodiebic, Owner at The Talbot Inn, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Good Evening.
Thank you for your review of The Talbot.
I took over here in early May and have already started addressing some of the issues you raised.
We have started with a temporary menu until we find our feet. We will be launching our full menu in early June by which time we will have revitalised the gardens and decking area.
The Talbot has a lovely location and we aim to really make use of it over the coming years.
Please do visit us again soon

Many thanks

Tony
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Although i have stayed in a lot of rated hotels & B&B's over a 16 year period since i left Oxford, this one suits my personal needs more than adequately. I am 6 foot tall - and it's really nice to have a proper full length bath. Everyone is friendly. MY 5 star recommended!!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The Talbot Inn
Address: Oxford Road, Eynsham OX29 4BT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Eynsham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Eynsham
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Talbot Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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