I was struggling to find somewhere for an overnight stay in Yorkshire that was both reasonable (some of the best rated country house hotels in Yorkshire are charging £300 per night BB which quite frankly is just ridiculous - this is not a capital city or haute resort area) and could also deliver something with character and a gastronomic experience. The Talbot hotel looked like it might be able to tick all of those boxes.
I had booked one of their DBB packages which also included tickets to the nearby Castle Howard (well worth spending an hour or two at). Having checked in, we were shown to the bedroom by the receptionist, which was a nice touch. The bedroom itself was a large, square room with a high ceiling. Sadly, the furniture was bland mahogany cheap reproduction, and I found the mattress and pillows to be extremely uncomfortable. There was no hospitality tray, instead one has to call down for hot beverages (complimentary) to be delivered to one's room. In a five star property this is usually never a problem as the service is very slick, in a 3 star hotel/inn it feels misplaced and just wastes everyone's time. At this level, a hospitality tray would be a far more convenient solution all around. The bathroom is the best aspect of the rooms as they have been very stylishly refurbished with chocolate marble and white "brick" shaped tiles. There is something of a mismatch between the relatively low quality bedroom and high quality bathroom. This property is on the road, but the secondary glazing helps to minimise the road noise, but bear this in mind if you are a light sleeper.
The inclusive a la carte dinner very sensibly offers the diner an allowance towards the a la carte menu with full flexibility how one chooses to use it (save for drinks). Most of the waiting staff are young and too inexperienced; I observed one waitress simply standing around looking unsure what to do. The first course took around three quarters of an hour to arrive which is far too long; the main course arrived in a much more prompt fashion. The food was very well executed and conceived.
Breakfast the following morning was a bit of a bland affair; the cold items sounded better on paper than they were in real life; they looked sad and were boring. The waitress forgot to pass to the kitchen my request to have my bacon cooked crisp, so when it arrived soggy I had to send it back. This was just yet another service issue; one mistake is forgivable, but more than one simply points to a lack of training and proper management. The variety of items available for breakfast is limited and lacking in imagination compared to the dinner menu.
I feel that The Talbot Hotel needs a little shake-up, and some tweaks from the management level downwards to fine tune the guest's experience in all aspects. I didn't find my stay relaxing as there was always some niggle… I am rather indifferent about it, and until they can improve these multiple aspects, I cannot see myself being a repeat guest.
- 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