Last November we stayed in couple of country hotels in the South of England and, all in all, we were quite disappointed with the standard and quality.
However, that definitely wasn't the case as we headed North to the Talbot Hotel last weekend. The standard of the hotel was excellent and, unlike the hotels we stayed in previously, neither the decor nor the staff looked tired!
Our party of 9 had our own table in the restaurant and the food was excellent and the wine reasonably priced. I do agree, however, with a previous comment that the portion sizes should be more generous.
It was also the weekend of the Maldon Food Festival and for a place that doesn't have a great population density and the fact the weather was wet and dreary, it was absolutely amazing how many people were and the Festival.More