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The Talbot Inn - The Talbot Inn, Woking, Surrey

The Talbot Inn

3.9
3.9
347 Reviews
£25 and under
British

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.

WE TAKE AFTERNOON TEA RESERVATIONS ON THE PHONE AT 01483 225188 OR EMAIL AT info@thetalbotripley.com

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Mon–Fri 07:00–09:30
    Sat, Sun 08:00–10:00
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00–14:15
    Sandwich Menu
    Mon–Sat 12:00–17:00
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 14:30–17:00
    Dinner
    Daily 18:00–20:30

  • Phone number

    01483 225188

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Michael Richardson

  • 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.

  • Area

    Ripley

  • 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.

  • Public Transit

    Bus 462 & 515 stop 100 yards away at the local post office

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

The Talbot "1453" Afternoon Tea

£22.50 per person. Served with Tea or Coffee

  • Selection of Assorted Finger Sandwiches

    • Homemade Scones with Clotted Cream

      • Selection of Cakes

        Lady Hamilton's Afternoon Tea

        £28.50 per person. Served with Tea or Coffee

        • 125ml Glass of House Bubbles

          • Selection of Assorted Finger Sandwiches

            • Homemade Scones with Clotted Cream

              • Selection of Cakes

                Cream Tea

                Served with Tea or Coffee

                • Homemade Scones, Jam And Clotted Cream

                  • per person£9.95

                Last updated: 12 May 2022

                What 347 people are saying

                Overall ratings and reviews

                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                3.9
                3.9 based on recent ratings
                • 3.8Food
                • 4Service
                • 4.1Ambience
                • 3.7Value

                NoiseModerate

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                1. RW

                  RachelW

                  Surrey

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined 2 days ago

                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                  The food is very ordinary and not in line with the beautiful surroundings. There was no vegetarian Sunday lunch option, no cocktails, no interesting specials.It was disappointing and quite empty for a Sunday lunchtime. This is no doubt due to the plain food.

                2. CW

                  ChristineW

                  Surrey

                  4 reviews

                  5.0

                  4 reviews

                  Dined 7 days ago

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  We would highly recommend the Talbot Ripley we all enjoyed the afternoon, everything was spot on, thank you

                3. SC

                  SasiC

                  1 review

                  1.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 2 May 2022

                  overall1food2service2ambience2

                  Not many people. The conservatory was hot even though it was overcast. The service was slow and the food came late and one dish was hot while the other was dry and cold. There was no garnish, you literally get what you ask for and condiments came in Heinz sachets - not what we expect to get at that price. It was noisy in the room even though there were not many tables occupied. Overall, disappointing.

                4. CH

                  ChrisH

                  London

                  2 reviews

                  5.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 2 May 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  We really enjoyed our Lunch. The food was great, service was prompt and polite. Will definitely visit again.

                5. EF

                  ElaineF

                  Surrey

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 28 April 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Wonderful and exceptionally helpful staff and very enjoyable food.

                6. N

                  Nope

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                  Poor evening menu choices, and what we did have unfortunately wasn’t very good. The outside has a nice looking area for seating / dining / drinks but the large and noisy / smelly extractor fan from the kitchen goes over the patio area which is a shame. Won’t be returning.

                7. TH

                  TomH

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 21 April 2022

                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                  Really good food and great atmosphere. There was a slight mistake with the wine order, but it was sorted out quickly and with no fuss. Would definitely recommend and go again.

                8. M

                  clareM

                  London

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 21 April 2022

                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                  All very nice but my friend got a meat burger and not a veggie burger- fortunately she is not vegetarian but no one apologised

                9. LC

                  LyndaC

                  Vancouver

                  2 reviews

                  4.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 10 April 2022

                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                  Food good service good not many customers sadly.Think price for 3 scoops of ice cream very overpriced only real complaint .

                10. GT

                  GeoffT

                  Hampshire

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 7 April 2022

                  overall5food4service4ambience4

                  Good choice, freshly cooked, attentive and friendly staff, lovely ambience,

                11. HR

                  HilaryR

                  Surrey

                  3 reviews

                  3.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 7 April 2022

                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                  I have been to The Talbot a few times but this was the first time I was disappointed with the limited menu. In the past more variety.

                12. JH

                  JaneH

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 1 April 2022

                  overall3food3service3ambience5

                  Very nice ambience, old mixed with modern. We sat at a table overlooking the patio and garden for afternoon tea, which was pleasant. The young man who served us was very nice and attentive, however as it busied up, we had to wait a bit to ask for more tea. The sandwiches were very nice. The Victoria sandwich cake we both thought may have come from a certain ‘Mr’ brand!!! Also the scones had an odd flavour, maybe too much bicarbonate of soda. Overall we had a very pleasant experience but I felt for a similar price M&S afternoon tea would have been quality.

                13. h

                  helens

                  1 review

                  1.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 1 April 2022

                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                  Sadly not very good - the squid starters were greasy and overpowered by coriander, the haddock fish batter was very greasy too and contained hardly any fish though chunky chips were fine. One of the other meals had been kept under a warming lamp and so the cod had dried out and broccoli served browned and crisped with soggy sweet potatoes - we should have known when we asked for the burgers to be served medium and one well done and we were told that wasn’t possible - given the high price very disappointing and can’t recommend

                14. S

                  Smiley

                  Yorkshire

                  5 reviews

                  5.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on 28 March 2022

                  overall5food4service4ambience5

                  My wife and I had the midweek lunch set menu which was excellent value. It was lovely to enjoy the Talbot's garden in Spring sunshine, and the salt & pepper squid starter was sensational! We would definitely like to eat there again. Thanks to the team for a very pleasant lunch.

                15. L

                  Lulu

                  Surrey

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 27 March 2022

                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                  Lovely lunch for Mothers Day. Super buffet for starters with pate, prawns, mackerel, salmon, cold meats, salad and a variety of breads; main course was three roasts but also fish and vegetarian options. Delicious choice of desserts and a free glass of Prosecco!!! Nice buzz around the restaurant and lots of room around tables so felt comfortable. Service was satisfactory but they could have been more attentive at times. Very enjoyable and would recommend.

                16. GB

                  GusB

                  London

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 26 March 2022

                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                  Very good food lovely setting, staff were very pleasant a really good afternoon all round

                17. CM

                  ChrisM

                  London

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 13 March 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Interesting and good choice of dishes. Food (I had pea and mint risotto, 3 others had beef and veg) well presented. Veg cooked just right (often difficult for restaurants to do) and tasty. Sweets filling. Waitress appeared at exactly the right times. Library decor with unusual photos entertained.

                18. AS

                  AnnS

                  Surrey

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 12 March 2022

                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                  Friendly efficient staff Welcoming Great location and lovely food

                19. S

                  Smithy

                  London

                  4 reviews

                  3.0

                  4 reviews

                  Dined on 7 March 2022

                  overall3food2service3ambience5

                  Went for soup & bacon & sausage sandwich, soup was cold. I did not like the beef sausage and the bacon was over done so no I would not choose that again. It was such a shame because the place is lovely.

                20. AK

                  AllanK

                  Surrey

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 3 March 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Good food, good service in a relaxed atmosphere what else can I say

                21. JB

                  JackieB

                  Surrey

                  2 reviews

                  4.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 28 February 2022

                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                  Service was quick courteous and efficient. Noise Level in the conservatory during the special tea session was so bad my daughter and I withdrew to the quieter area in the Bar. We will come again but book earlier to not clash with the tea parties.

                22. N

                  Nicky

                  Surrey

                  3 reviews

                  3.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 25 February 2022

                  overall3food3service5ambience3

                  Very Friendly staff Room was comfortable and quiet - dated decor. Cleanish - dust and cobwebs in places. Food ok - nothing special Breakfast was disappointing- cooked was ok but continental was lacking variety… no muesli or granola or weetabix - yogurt out in the direct sun - pastries nothing special. Tables abit too close together given covid situation. No real ambiance- might be better in the summer when garden in use as that did look quite nice. Might have benefited from a little background music.

                23. CS

                  ColinS

                  Hertfordshire

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 22 February 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  I enjoyed a regular lunch in the restaurant yesterday with two old friends. As usual the food, ambience, service and value for money were excellent.

                24. C

                  Cas78

                  London

                  13 reviews

                  5.0

                  13 reviews

                  Dined on 20 February 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Lovely late brunch/early Sunday lunch - really helpful staff as we had 3 babies with us! Lovely food and atmosphere. So pleased to have found it - will be back.

                25. w

                  william

                  London

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 19 February 2022

                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                  evening menu could be improved, starters a little dated

                26. SL

                  SimonL

                  Gloucestershire

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 16 February 2022

                  overall3food4service1ambience5

                  Tues 15th evening..faultless. Wed 16th..apparent issues in the kitchen meant an hour's wait for our one course meal. Service staff Sophie & Olivia were excellent..forever apologising etc etc, and very embarrassed. Sophie volunteered the food & wine as complimentary which was very kind. A shame, and we're sure a one-off, as the inn is lovely, the food excellent & all front of house staff truly courteous & helpful. We shall defo return!

                27. M

                  Mark

                  Surrey

                  13 reviews

                  4.0

                  13 reviews

                  Dined on 14 February 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Lovely restaurant in historic coaching inn. We had a great Valentine's dinner.

                28. l

                  libbykay

                  Surrey

                  4 reviews

                  2.0

                  4 reviews

                  Dined on 12 February 2022

                  overall2food5service2ambience2

                  The service was slow. Staff seemed to be unaware they were there to serve and needed prompting. The conservatory needs blinds to cut out the strong sun. We wont be back for a while but someone needs to be in charge of the dining guests. adding a service charge was a cheek!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont usually give poor reviews but was bitterly disappointed.

                29. HD

                  HungryDad

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 5 February 2022

                  overall3food4service3ambience4

                  Beautiful sunlit room with views over the garden was a pleasure to eat in, and the food was delicious and well presented. The waiting staff were polite and friendly but some messages seemed to get lost between them and the kitchen: for example a dessert requested with vanilla ice cream came with caramel instead, drink without ice came with ice, only minor things but they shouldn't have happened. The biggest disappointment for us was the lack of clarity over Gluten Free options. We had specifically mentioned when we booked that we had someone in the party who was gluten intolerant, but there were no GF options labelled on the menu, and in particular nothing except ice cream on the desert menu was GF, and the staff made no effort to create anything. Our GF guest was very disappointed and seeing as she was the one buying the meal it was a shame they couldn't have tried harder. In summary, a nice place if you want to eat off the standard menu and we would go there again, but not if we have our GF friend with us, or anybody else who has special dietary requirements.

                30. S

                  Samco

                  London

                  18 reviews

                  4.0

                  18 reviews

                  Dined on 4 February 2022

                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                  Our first time here and we were made to feel very welcome. The menu had changed to the one we saw online,nevertheless we were not disappointed. We though it would be much busier for a Friday lunchtime than it was.

                31. KG

                  KarenG

                  Kent

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 30 January 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Took older parents who normally complain about venues being too noisy - but the noise level was just right! Lovely staff and very generous portion sizes for the Sunday roasts. We would definitely go back.

                32. JD

                  JillD

                  Surrey

                  5 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on 30 January 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Lovely sunny conservatory. Polite helpful staff. Good food. Was quiet when we went for Sunday lunch.

                33. TH

                  TinaH

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 29 January 2022

                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                  Very, very limited choice of food on menu. Sea bass, fish and chips, 1 burger, 1 chicken dish and vegetarian dish, unless you wanted expensive (in comparison) steak which we opted for, but really wasn't worth the money. Sea bass should have been served with new pots and veg but wasn't. Deserts and starters had more choice. The food was cooked well, and tasty, but overall lacked thought and finer details.

                34. AH

                  AdaH

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 24 January 2022

                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                  The friends we were with had been to the Talbot before and they were disappointed by the menu which had ‘shrunk’ apparently. We all had the fish and chips and were pleased with the delicious platters that arrived. The food was freshly cooked, hot and well presented. We were sat in the bright conservatory which was busy which in itself was good to see on a Monday lunchtime. All in all a very pleasant lunchtime venue. We will be back.

                35. B

                  Buzz

                  Surrey

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 16 January 2022

                  overall3food2service2ambience3

                  Disappointed with our visit. Arrived at 1.45 for Sunday lunch to be told the beef was sold out and there was only chicken available. One of our party chose a burger which tasted as if the meat was off and was inedible so asked for the roast instead, to be told there were none available, not even the chicken. There was no apology or explanation from the manager for this poor experience although the bill was reduced in compensation. Overall very poor and won’t be returning.

                36. E

                  Elle

                  Surrey

                  3 reviews

                  3.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 16 January 2022

                  overall3food2service4ambience3

                  Sunday lunch was in a lovely location and polite staff & service. However soup ok, Sunday roast very disappointing, plates cold, Yorkshire puddings cold whole meal just warm. No veggie option. What’s a shame. Coffee good.

                37. JD

                  JanetD

                  Surrey

                  2 reviews

                  2.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 4 January 2022

                  overall2food4service3ambience2

                  Restaurant had been closed and we had to eat in the bar. Menu was only about half the number of dishes shown on online menu and very unbalanced - apart from ice cream all desserts very stodgy.

                38. TL

                  TerryL

                  Hampshire

                  5 reviews

                  3.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on 4 January 2022

                  overall3food1service5ambience3

                  Spent the afternoon at RHS Wisley and searched for a local restaurant to round off the evening. Talbot was close, and had good reviews. Online menu also looked tempting. Welcome from staff was courteous and professional and the building was quaint, being a 16th century coaching inn. Shown to our table and was told it was only the bar menu available, which was somewhat limited. We chose the veggie burger and the Talbot burger, both around the 15 quid mark. Both very disappointing. For that money you expect a bit of garnish or something to go with. The meat burger was tough and uninspiring. Adequate at best, shame really, because the staff tried hard.

                39. JD

                  JanetD

                  Surrey

                  2 reviews

                  3.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 3 January 2022

                  overall3food3service2ambience2

                  Booked for lunch as website showed restaurant closed on Mondays, but serving cooked menu from 12 to 2.30pm. On arrival only 'brunch' dishes available.

                40. T

                  Tevo

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 28 December 2021

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Very easy to book the table on this website, which makes life so much easier when it is a last minute decision to go out! The Talbot is lovely historical pub/restaurant, that the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Will definitely be going back soon! Mark Teverson

                Safety precautions

                • Cleaning & sanitising

                  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                  • Contactless payment available
                • Physical distancing

                  • Limited number of seated diners
                  • Distancing maintained in common areas
                  • Extra space between tables
                • Protective equipment

                  • Waiting staff wear masks
                  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                • Screening

                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                  • Staff temperature check required
                  • Contact tracing information collected

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                The Talbot Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

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                Google Map for The Talbot Inn

                Ripley House High Street Woking, Surrey GU23 6BB

                Additional information

                • Area

                  Ripley

                • Hours of Operation

                  Breakfast
                  Mon–Fri 07:00–09:30
                  Sat, Sun 08:00–10:00
                  Lunch
                  Daily 12:00–14:15
                  Sandwich Menu
                  Mon–Sat 12:00–17:00
                  Afternoon Tea
                  Daily 14:30–17:00
                  Dinner
                  Daily 18:00–20:30

                • Cuisines

                  British

                • Dining style

                  Casual Dining

                • Dress Code

                  Casual Dress

                • 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.

                • Public Transit

                  Bus 462 & 515 stop 100 yards away at the local post office

                • Payment Options

                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                • Executive Chef

                  Michael Richardson

                • Additional

                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                • Phone number

                  01483 225188

                • 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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