The Talbot Inn

3.9
101 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Birthdays
We believe that it is possible to provide outstanding quality food in stylish yet informal surroundings at sensible prices and we have a reputation for doing just that.
Our accomplished Head Chef and his team produce delicious, seasonal dishes with a big focus on locally sourced produce.
The Talbot Ripley"s menus feature imaginative modern British a la carte dishes, as well as traditional classics and seafood specialities. For those with a sweet tooth we have an array of mouth-watering puddings that are quite simply, to die for!
We have a choice of areas in which you can dine, from our cosy bar with its 15th Century beams and open log fires to our restaurant which features a stunning copper ceiling and glass wall overlooking the Summer terrace and garden.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 07:00 - 9:30 and 12:00 - 21:30
Saturday: 08:00 - 10:00 and 12:00 - 21:15 Sunday- 08:00 - 10:00 and 12:00-14:15 Afternoon Tea- Monday- Sunday- 14:30-17:00 Sandwich Menu- Monday- Saturday- 12:00-17:00
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Phone number
01483 225188
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Paul Turner
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Private Party Facilities
We have various meeting rooms in the hotel catering from 10 up to 100 people. We can also separate the conservatory off from the main restaurant, this is able to cater up to 30 people for dining.
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Parking Details
We have parking for up to 30 cars in the hotel car park. There is also plenty of on street parking in the local area.
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Public Transit
Bus 462 & 515 stop 100 yards away at the local post office
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 101 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 7 days ago

It was reasonable but no more. I think the waitress was new to the role so I made allowances for the number of times we were asked if everything was ok -and the fact my lunch also sat left the plate for the table when it was served.
The beetroot and goats cheese starter was nice. The chicken lunch dish was breadcrumbed and dry. It needed something to minimise that.
No offer of ice for the bottled table water - on a hot day.
A small issue with card payment - but it was sorted. Overall an OK lunch.

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Lovely historical place with very good service and food along with atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Over all we had a very comfortable stay, downside room 106 the bathroom needs updating, although it is advertised as a disabled, the shower is unsafe to adjust, the Rose kept falling down, and the room was not made up after a day out, was not happy.

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Tasty food served by friendly and efficient staff. Good wine list and choice of meals in a very pleasant dining environment.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

This visit was thoroughly enjoyable for a lunchoen with a close relative, convenient to both of us between Amersham in Buckinghanshire and Aldwick in West Sussex.
We were so lucky to pick a good day when we could eat out on the patio in comfort.
Food was excellent and a service to match, attentive but not 'in your face'.
Thank you very much. I look forward to another visit .
Ian Jefferies

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Lovely restaurant with nice garden to the rear. Service was really friendly the food was very good. I would return again for sure

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2.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Food - not impressed. First course : 1 - OK 2 - soup bowl of rocket leaves and quinoa with thin piece of overcooked hallumi on top.
Second course: 1 - Sea Bass on top of plate of cold, uncooked cauliflower couscous and burnt slice of yet more cauliflower. 2 - Soup bowl of liver and bacon with mash. Why in a soup bowl? Sweet potato fries were very good!
Dessert: 1 - Chocolate brownie very nice 2 - lemon posset drowned out by raspberry coulis.

Our table faced a flower bed full of weeds and unsightly wires hanging off the wall. Not a good look.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Food and decor were both excellent although service was a little inattentive and inexperienced. There was a wedding in one of the larger spaces and it felt that event was taking priority. Would certainly give it another go to see if my theory was correct.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Gorgeous food. Lovely ambience. Delicious chicken and linguine

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Great service, the 'main man' was an inspiration, leading his staff from the front with an enthusiasm seldom seen these days. Nothing to much trouble and made you feel a special and valued customer.

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2.0Dined on 19 May 2018

The service was incredibly slow and not very attentive, seeing as they were not even very busy/full. I have been there before and it was really nice but not this time. The food was ok but it took a long time and it wasn’t that great this time. The toilets were disgustingly I had to report issues. I would expect them to check their toilets at least once during the evening.

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1.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Manager is rude, simple as that. We won’t be back.

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3.0Dined on 14 May 2018

menu ambitious but good though could be better in expanation lamb should be cooked underdone wine list good too several tables specially outside still not clered from evening before or breakfast cutlery being polished from prevoius service being polished a little bit annnoying and noisy staff attentive and pleasant

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

A comfortable dining space in the conservatory and not too busy on a Thursday lunchtime. The staff were attentive but not intrusive and we were delighted with our food and wine choices.

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3.0Dined on 25 April 2018

The food was generally nice and fair value. However, the service was pretty bad and they seemed unable to cope with the few diners that were in.

We didn't get to order for half an hour and we heard the restaurant staff loudly talking about how they shouldn't send any more orders for food until they had cleared and served the next course to a big table. We had to chase for our drinks, water and the nibbles we ordered.

Most courses were ok (nothing to rave about). Two let-downs were the crackling sticks (tough and inedible) and the brownie which was bland and too rich with the sauce. We pointed out the crackling was inedible and the waiter agreed but they still charged us for it...

If you aren't in a rush and are looking for a good value meal then go for it. If you get upset by poor service or are in a rush then maybe try somewhere else.

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

An excellent choice, so pleased I booked! The garden room was very pretty.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Very pleasant venue. Good menu. Food good.
Helpful and friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Enjoyed our first experience

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

WE HAD DINNER WITH TWO FRIENDS OF OURS, ON A FRIDAY EVENING IN APRIL.
THE AMBIANCE WAS VERY PLEASANT IN THE RESTAURANT, WITH A NICE VIEW OUT TO THE BACK GARDEN. IT WAS FAIRLY BUSY, BUT STILL QUIET ENOUGH TO CONVERSE EASILY WITH OUR FRIENDS. THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD AND WELL PACED. THE STAFF WERE VERY PLEASANT AND HELPFUL. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR MEAL.
WE'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK AND WOULD HAPPILY RECOMMEND THE TALBOT TO ANYONE.
ONE OF OUR DESSERT ORDERS WAS FORGOTTEN INITIALLY, BUT THIS WAS VERY QUICKLY AND APOLOGETICALLY RECTIFIED. WE DIDN'T ASK FOR COMPENSATION OR A DISCOUNT, AS THE ISSUE WAS DEALT WITH SO QUICKLY AND WELL. HOWEVER, WE WERE NOT CHARGED FOR THE LATE DESSERT, OR OUR COFFEES. EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE !

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3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Both starter and main course ordered by my wife had to be sent back as chef left off the bacon crumbs from the scallop starter and the pine nuts from the linguini.
My "Cumberland " sausages were dried out supermarket pork sausages.
The Hogs Back Tea bitter was excellent.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Absolutely delicious butternut squash risotto! Followed by extremely scummy sticky toffee pudding. Great portion sizes and lovely garden view.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Lovely place for lunch or afternoon tea the glass conservatory is very airy the service and food is great and good value

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

We went last Saturday for the first time, having been told by friends that it was worth a visit. The ambience is very pleasant, the staff excellent - very friendly and solicitous - and the food is good. The menu is quite extensive and with a range of vegetarian options, as well as sharing boards. We started with the fish sharing board - great value for money - and then my husband had sea bass, which he said was absolutely delicious and I had fish and chips (the chips were soggy and only OKish). He finished with excellent ice cream, I settled for fresh mint tea. Since we'd also had a bottle of wine and a beer, we thought the bill - around £60, I think) was very reasonable and the whole evening good value for money, in a very pleasant setting. We'll certainly return.

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

The restaurant is lovely. We had a nice table in the corner facing the window which was the perfect table for our date. I was spoilt for choice when it came to choosing my meal. Everything sounded so delicious! I went for the risotto starter (which was so yummy) and scallops for main which were cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had the tomato soup for starter which came with bread and butter and he had the pesto pasta for mains with chicken breast. His pasta was really delicious and I would definitely be ordering that next time. We then shared a brownie, which was a good sized portion so perfect for sharing. The choice of wine was good too, and reasonably priced. We are already planning on going back!

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4.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Quiet night mid week but excellent service, great menu and very good wine. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 13 March 2018

This historic Inn was an ideal point to get off the A3 or to combine a visit to Wisley RHS flagship garden.The welcome was relaxing and the garden dining room light quiet and sunny even on a gloomy day.The food was good and cooked to order.It was a very happy Mothering Day.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

My wife and I had an enjoyable, quiet birthday Sunday lunch at a good table with a pleasant outlook on to the garden. The service was excellent and the food good.

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3.0Dined on 25 February 2018

The table we were offered was in the conservatory and far too hot. We were then changed to the restaurant and very happy. Excellent service. The service was excellent and friendly. The Sunday roast left a bit to be desired. Not very good choice of vegetables and the roast potatoes were hard and could have been cooked a few weeks ago. Extra gravy was served but so strong (tasted like gravy browning) and did spoil the remainder of our meal. However, coffee was served free of charge. I feel the weekday meals are far superior to Sundays and I am not sure whether your chef is actually working on that day. If he was I do not think he would have allowed the meals to have left the kitchen.

Sue Hoskins, West Byfleet

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Excellent evening with friends - good value for money ! Not a lot of choice on the Dessert Menu - would have liked to see something like a Creme Brûlée but a very enjoyable evening !

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Great food, staff and setting which made for a great Sunday Lunch

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Great food and hotel

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Lovely place and location let down by poor service and cold food.!
A big party in the hotel was the excuse but no apology.. annoying paying top price for bottom quality.

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3.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Service slow, waiter didn’t know where our table was, no one knew about wine recommendations, chateaubriand tasted odd and béarnaise sauce came out cold, they took away and brought back another....which was also cold. Waited 20/25 mins to have plates cleared away
Very odd and uneasy meal with a very high price tag. Drinks very expensive and when we commented the barman said they’re hotel prices....very odd

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

We had a great time at The Talbot Inn!
Our room had a great sized bathroom and was very clean. The bed was fantastic - very comfy!

Dinner in the restaurant was delicious, and very reasonably priced.

The staff were so welcoming and were very attentive. They all made an effort to say hello to our dog too!

There are some lovely dog walking spots nearby, and the dog was allowed in the bar.

We would definitely recommend to friends!

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Having previously been a professional chef for 20+ years for some of the finest restaurants in the south of england and one of the best international hotel companies, its fair to say I know good food when I eat it. This place is superb! One of the best places I have eaten in the last 12 months. The tastes are balanced and full without being too heavy or unnecessarily over the top. Presented perfectly with class and style without being pretentious and the portion sizes are perfect for all tastes.
It's the epitome of why I entered the catering trade and seeing food of this quality made me sorry I nolonger cook professionally.
Tom and his team were superb also. Attentive and friendly without being too heavy handed or over attentive.
If you want a superb meal out which is great value for what you receive I personally would struggle to recommend anywhere better within 30 miles

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5.0Dined on 27 December 2017

Characterful location, pleasant ambience and excellent food. Great place for a get together.

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2017

Nice food, great service. Had heard some poor reviews but very pleasantly surprised, really great place.

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4.0Dined on 23 December 2017

A very pleasant, untroubled venue with a relaxed atmosphere for a family birthday celebration.

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2.0Dined on 16 December 2017

We always have a good meal out the weekend before Christmas and I expected more than a normal hotel dinner as other restaurant's would have at least festive table décor the Saturday night before Christmas. Atmosphere was totally non existent whilst care was taken with food order, the food was cooked perfectly if a little cool on delivery, I don't expect to have to put my wine cooler on the floor I even had to pour the first glass myself.

Attention to detail is needed as your competition in the High street provide better for similar cost, which might be why you were close to empty

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4.0Dined on 10 December 2017

Starter and dessert for all in party very good
Main course, Turkey almost cold, but tasty.
Restaurant very attractive, but cold.

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