We chose to eat at the Talbot Hotel in Malton for Sunday lunch because my wife wanted to see if Chef James Martin’s Yorkshire puddings were as good as he makes out!
When we arrived, we were taken to the Hotel lounge and offered coffee (we were 30 minutes earlier than our booking). We leisurely perused the menu which had a choice of four starters, mains and puds all for the set price of £20 or £25 depending on how many courses you wanted.
I chose smoked haddock risotto and roast beef whilst my wife chose a crab dish and also the roast beef. We were offered a selection of warm breads but only a small amount of butter by James Martin standards. My starter was piping hot (essential) and the flavour was exceptional. My wife enthused about her starter which was beautifully decorated even down to the brown crab crisp that was propped up in the little quenelle of watercress sorbet (she thinks – didn’t read the menu properly). The roast beef dinner, was in fact served with a crisp, rather large Yorkshire pudding which could have done with a bit more gravy (they call it meat jucice’s) but was cooked in beef dripping so had a superior flavour to that of my wife’s – however I do like a bit of ‘give’ in my Yorkshire (this is the only time when a soggy bottom is required). As for the roast potatoes, my wife could definitely give the kitchen a lesson on those – they do require a crisp exterior and fluffy inside unlike those experienced on Sunday although flavour again was good. The beef was cooked extremely well and was very tender and considering the hotel had a wedding reception in another part of the hotel, and a full dining room, the friendly, attentive staff coped admirably which made our experience most enjoyable. I notice some not so good reviews on trip advisor – well get over the fact that James is the executive chef (but not necessarily in residence); consider the whole experience and the value for money. Think like a canny Yorkshireman!
- 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