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The Talbot, Malton, Yorkshire
This market town hotel unashamedly revolves around food - it sits in the centre of Malton, the self-declared food capital of Yorkshire - and food that is robust, punchy and fad-free. The Talbot's style - in a former coaching inn - is similarly no-nonsense with a solid, and rather quirky, old-school charm: stripped-wood floors, vintage finds, walls crammed with pictures, and surfaces dotted with pot-plants. Flashes of velvet and hot colours give it a bit of pizazz. Bedrooms, spread over three floors and down winding corridors, have a cool, stripped-back feel, with rich colours, bric-a-brac finds and solid, traditional bathroom fittings. There's a large, sofa-stuffed sitting-room, a rambling bar, and a couple of terraces, one overlooking the river.
We love the micro-sized Rarebird Gin distillery! Practically opposite the hotel, they give tours if not too busy; certainly tastings are always available. Or book ahead for workshops.
The Talbot is on the edge of Malton town centre, overlooking the River Derwent.
By car: the hotel is 1 hour from Leeds, 2 hours 40 mins from Birmingham and 4 hours 30 mins from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London Kings Cross to Malton (via York) takes 2 hours 25 mins. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Greedy foodies will love this place, and its location among the town's bakers and artisan-makers. Plus anyone who prefers a more laidback, hipsterish style to slick good-looks. We love the masses of lush ferns and greenery that sit plumply in terracotta pots and bulbous glass vases on tables and window sills; they give a fresh, homely feel to the rooms.
Service & Facilities
We love the small upper bar with its deep-blue walls, tangerine velvet banquettes and views out onto the street. Dogs are welcome in several dog-friendly bedrooms, and treats, bowl and a blanket are provided. Owners can take their meals in the bar, and staff are happy to advise on local walks.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Number 3 on the ground floor has lovely teal-coloured walls and a bed from where you can look straight out to the garden. The 100 Acres bathroom products, made from natural botanicals and essential oils, are gorgeously scented.
Classic Double, Accessible Double, Superior Double, Deluxe Double, Deluxe Four Poster, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Four Poster Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, H2K of Harrogate toiletries, TV, Nespresso machine, tea tray, bottled mineral water, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The dining room nicely hits the right note of being neither too smart nor too casual, with its pale-green colours, botanical prints, old-school chairs, chunky glasses and plump pots of ferns. Breakfast includes poached fruits and bircher muesli and cooked-to-order dishes range from a brace of egg dishes or fat bacon sandwiches to the full grill with vegan options.
The restaurant: Yorkshire produce, modern British cuisine, seasonal dishes. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £15. Afternoon tea from £15 per person.