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The Talbot Hotel Malton
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Malton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Had a very pleasant experience on August Bank holiday Monday. We had booked to have afternoon tea. The staff were so very friendly, efficent and could not do enough for us. The food and service excellent, the ambience perfect and didnt feel at all rushed. A very enjoyable experience. Pity James wasn't in

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Booked to stay 1 night (27/7/14) in Norton Room for anniversary surprise for my husband who's a fan of James . Disappointing welcome, room appeared ok , clean and tidy although one of bathroom cupboard doors fell off a hinge when opening to get hair dryer. On returning after dinner found half bathroom lights didn't work , curtain hanging off when shut and traffic noise meant no sleep from 4.30am. Dinner , which we expected to be a highlight wasn't ! I'll never eat crab again , I should have have had the mackerel they brought in error. Thankfully husbands starter was good as was his steak. My main course was ok but we didn't get the side orders until after 5+minutes of waiting we asked where they were and after a further wait we're told they were just sorting them !!. Spoke to reception on leaving who said she'd tell the general manager and gave me his card requesting I also emailed him. Emailed general manager on 2/8/14 but as yet (24/814)haven't even had the courtesy of a reply.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jaci958
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

We chose the hotel purely for the restaurant and were not disappointed.

A fantastic room with beautifully furnished bathroom with wonderful large and incredibly powerful shower.

For dinner we had the tasting menu which was excellent, wines were reasonably priced and staff were knowledgable and helpful.

Breakfast was very good - I recommend the bacon bap!
The only negative was the slow service in the dining room at breakfast - need some extra staff!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights whilst visiting York Races. The hotel is very relaxing with old fashioned charm but updated with all mod cons you need. Our room was large and very comfortable with a great bathroom, overlooking the lovely terrace and gardens with hill views in the distance. We had the tasting menu on the first night which was delicious. Breakfast on both mornings was also very good. Disappointing that there was no tea tray in the bedroom but the receptionist quickly provided this when we asked. Also a bit disappointed that there were no bath robes and the complimentary toiletries were a bit meagre (although good quality Penhaligons!) All in all it was a lovely break, and the hotel is ideally situated for visiting York (the local rail station is a 5 minute walk from the hotel) and the surrounding area. We wish we could have stayed for longer and would recommend it to others.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank jacqui s
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

My birthday treat to myself as I love watching James Martin cook his delicious meals with lots of butter and cream so bad but so good and this hotel has a James Martin restaurant !!
No one on reception when we arrived,not a particularly nice welcome,I paid in cash there and then for one nights b/b plus dinner £195.
A nice young lady with glasses on helped me with the luggage,the only one we saw smile the whole time we were there
Room a good size,windows the old sash ones the top fell down when I moved the opener in the middle then the bottom wouldn't stay up,had to wedge a glass to keep it up.
Bathroom was a wet room with a weird hand held shower head the size of a small frying pan and heavy with it.
You had to sit side on to get on the toilet then swivel round so your knees were under the sink and you could lean forward onto the sink ideal if you are feeling under the weather !!
Never been in a bedroom anywhere in England that did not have a hospitality tray,we had to request one but no biscuits were forthcomingwith it.
Changed and showered went to dinner for seven,I had asked for the chefs to come up with a three course meal with things I eat(months ago)as I only eat chicken and simple food which is how James Martin comes over when he is making his dishes.
I was offered Tomato/Basil Soup
Chicken breast with peppercorn sauce/peas/carrots (well cooked)
Caramelised banana with eggy almond brioche,sauce and ice cream
So exciting sounding.
The soup was strong and perfumed to my palate.
The chicken breast was small but tasty and the sauce was nice,the peas were well cooked but the carrots were rock hard I couldn't eat them,you usually get potatoes of some description but not at this restaurant in fact there were no add ons to be had eg mushrooms /onions etc.
We had the desserts brought to our room.
The eggy/almond finger was ok but the banana seemed to me to have had a tiny sprinkling of demerara which had then had a blow torch quickly flashed over,you could not taste any caramelisation in fact they were tasteless,the small quinnell of ice cream was good but for some reason the dessert then had sultanas and peanuts sprinkled over it.
Having watched James Martin prepare a banana dessert the other week I was so disappointed with that and the rest of the menu if that was the best they could come up with with months of notice to make my birthday special !!
My friend had
Crab and sweet corn risotto very nice
Lamb consisting of well cooked lamb(two cuts)with a sweetbread and three tiny mushrooms with ten broad beans and gravy (again no potatoes).
My friend being diabetic asked for a fruit salad this looked so elegant shame it didn't taste good -slimy banana,mealy pear,nice cherries and three blackberries also two pieces of segmented orange again this had peanuts all over it !!!
To say we were not impressed was an understatement,so disappointed.
We had a good nights sleep,comfy kingsize bed with lovely bedding.
I took the case and bag to the car via the outside of the hotel (the way I was helped in )as I prefer to do this before breakfast .
We waited a while to be asked what drink we would like then when it arrived so did the toast !! which I asked to be taken away and brought with the actual breakfast.
After ordering porridge to start although we waited a while it was very tasty but not sweet enough hard work getting a bowl of suar to sprinkle.
My friend requested fried egg,mushrooms and well done tomatoes,when this arrived it barely filled the middle of the plate,the toast was then delivered.
I had scrambled egg on crumpets which was good.
The young staff were all surly and lacked finesse when serving whether they are trained not to converse or smile when attending to customers I do not know but it appeared that way.
Servants are seen and not heard and that is how they came over very old fashioned idea and not a pleasant experience.
I am afraid my birthday was the worst I have ever had .

Room Tip: Ours was on the ground floor with a wet room mostly good for a disabled person
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank LaLa1951
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Someone at Talbot for sure will be rolling their eyes over this one, but I just can't help myself for mentioning it...
First of all, let me say that this is a lovely hotel in a great location in York. The building has been tastefully and carefully renovated, with lots of attention to detail both inside and outside in the gardens. The quality of the decorating is excellent as well. There are public rooms that are so tastefully done (and beautifully designed to begin with) that you actually feel sorry if you can't spend enough time in them. Our bedroom was squeaky clean, beds were excellent, and though our bathroom was understandably on the small-ish side ( it's a historic building and we were in one of the smaller rooms) it was beautifully and thoughtfully re-done. I found the house staff to be universally friendly and welcoming.
My only quibble is the fact that we were not successful in being served any coffee at breakfast, and being American, perhaps, this was somewhat akin to showing up and not having your room reserved, or perhaps going to an afternoon tea and never actually getting any tea. The main reason I go to breakfast is actually for the coffee! Our server seemed harried ( the other servers seemed cooler and more professional, actually), so maybe she had some particular problem that day, but we gently asked her to check on it twice in a 35 minute period and she snapped at us that she knew already. Finally another diner came over and poured a cup for me from her own pot, and the room had a chuckle and all was right again with the world. We finally ended up leaving just as the coffee was coming out of the kitchen. I mention this all for the breakfast/kitchen manager- if you have guests who are used to drinking coffee every morning, there is actually a physical element to caffeine withdrawal that makes its absence painfully felt! Since there are quick ways of making good coffee if you've run out, in my opinion you should treat it as a priority and teach your servers how to do it!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank jktNewYorkCity
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We have just spent a night at the Talbot and the experience was superb.our room was overlooking the terrace a the back of the hotel. It was beautifully appointed, lovely bathroom and a large comfy bed with lovely smooth bed linen. The public rooms are all nicely decorated and comfortable with lots of photos of Malton and Yorkshire. The food in the James Martin restaurant was some of the best I've tasted. Well balanced and not over facing. The staff could not have been more charming and helpful. I felt that the place ran like clockwork. All in all a lovely hotel and we will be returning, probably in the near future.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Malton
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Malton
Price Range: £100 - £205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Talbot Hotel Malton 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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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