The Talbot 15th Century Coaching Inn Nr Bath - Golf, Walking, Sightseeing
Situated in the beautiful medieval village of Mells, on the edge of the Mendip Hills close to Bath and Wells, this privately owned 15th Century Coaching Inn with its hanging baskets and tubs is reached through large double doors under an archway and into an informally planted, cobbled courtyard where there are Provençal style French chairs around tables and a beautiful Polygonum, vine covered pergola.
Off the courtyard, the award winning restaurant has low, oak beamed ceilings, hung with hops, stripped pews, mates and wheelback chairs, candles in bottles, fresh flowers on the tables and riding pictures on the walls which are partly stripped below a broad panelled dado and partly rough terracotta colour above. A small corridor leads to the delightful ‘snug' reception and on to the front restaurant with stripped shutters overlooking the road, high oak beamed ceilings, a mix of chairs and tall box settles, candles in bottles on solid oak tables on a rough wooden floor.
At the back of the Inn with a backdrop of St Andrews church and the Earl of Oxford’s Manor House, is a beautiful cottage garden whilst upstairs all en-suite bedrooms have a distinct country atmosphere traditionally furnished to retain their original charm, albeit equipped with television, telephone and the usual modern facilities. The ‘Manor Suite’ boasts a luxurious Mahogany four poster bed in a delightfully appointed room which would be a credit to any ‘country house hotel’.
The Talbot Inn has been awarded an AA Rosette for extremely high standards of cuisine, consecutively for the past 6 years.
A superb à la carte menu is produced by Head Chef Mark Jones and his team from fresh local ingredients incorporating an English/French influence offering game, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes of succulent excellence. Complimenting this cuisine is an excellent selection of classical and new world wines.
The Talbot Inn menus provide a wide selection of dishes and are supplemented by a Specials menu comprised of fish dishes made from our deliveries fresh from the Quay at Brixham.
When looking for a country pub, you will be looking for Real Ale, and a traditional setting - it doesn't come much more traditional than this.
Across the courtyard the old Tythe barn has been tastefully restored to its former glory and now houses the inn’s public bar. Five hundred year old beams infilled with lathe and plaster look down on lime-washed rough stone walls and a pine floor strewn with odd tables and chairs. Behind the bar, a range of keg beers and lagers support real cask conditioned ale which is served direct from the barrel in full view of the recipient
Painted behind the bar is a recently commissioned mural by local artists Fleur Kelly and Diana Byrne. The mural depicts the "magic" of the Mells area with its wealth of history in the arts, literature and commerce.
Beginning with pre-historic Longbarrows, the mural takes us through Roman hill forts and medieval castles, on to the early industrial revolution with local iron works, mining and quarrying. The journey continues passt Royalist and Cromwellian battles, through the origins of internationally known nursery rhymes portraying idyllic times of romantic tranquility, on to the relatively recent work of the renowned architect Edward Lutyens and so to the present day.
The Talbot 15th Century Coaching Inn - Nr Bath - Somerset
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