Stuart Forster reviews a stay at The Talbot Hotel, Malton.
The Talbot Hotel is set within spacious grounds a couple of minutes stroll from the centre of Malton in North Yorkshire. The attractive market town has been described as ‘the food capital of Yorkshire’. This 26-room hotel offers luxury accommodation and hosts a bar, the fine-dining Wentworth Restaurant plus the Malton Brasserie.
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The premises date back to the 17th century, when the property was a built as a hunting lodge. The building has been utilised as an inn since 1740. Back in those days coach journeys between Malton and London were measured in days rather than hours. Aspects of that history are touched upon in literature within rooms. Framed photos of racing horses and people in hunting attire decorate walls within The Talbot Hotel.
If you’re looking for a short break with your pet dog, you might want to consider staying here. The Talbot Hotel in Malton is dog-friendly.
A luxury hotel in Malton
Malton is 18 miles northeast of York, so this hotel offers a viable alternative to accommodation in and around the historic walled city. Ripon, meanwhile, is 36 miles westward, across the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty.
The Talbot Hotel provides a comfortable base for walkers between outings in the North Yorks Moors National Park, 10 miles away. I spent the night at the hotel ahead of joining a Malton Food Tour, which provide insights into artisanal food and drink made and sold in the town.
Arriving on a balmy Friday evening meant time to stroll in the gardens and enjoy views into the Derwent Valley. The Wentworth Restaurant has a fine reputation but as the weekend promised plenty of food tasting, I opted to dine in the informal Malton Brasserie.
As soon as I spotted fish and chips on the menu I knew what to order. Light floods into the atrium on light summer nights, making the dining room a pleasant place to sit and chat.
Brewing and pubs in Malton
Beer from Malton’s Brass Castle Brewery is served in the hotel bar. If you enjoy good ale, it may be worth booking a weekend in Malton to sample the beers served in pubs such as The Spotted Cow, New Globe Inn and The New Malton.
Groups, no doubt, can have a grand time making use of the lounge, which has an open fireplace. I found the cosy room a pleasant place to sit and read before dinner.
If you’re into literature, you may already be aware that Charles Dickens spent time in Malton. He drew inspiration for aspects of his novel Nicholas Nickleby from the region. Look carefully and you’ll see a first edition of the book locked in the display case in The Talbot Hotel’s lobby. A plaque on a building in Malton’s Chancery Lane celebrates the Dickens connection.
Bedroom at the Talbot Hotel
I was allocated a sizable ground floor bedroom at the back of the hotel. Its sash window opened onto the garden. The quiet location and heavy curtains ensured that even on a summer’s night I was able to sleep well. The décor of my room was classically English in pastel colours, with framed prints on the walls. The en suite bathroom was stocked with Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet toiletries.
When staying in a hotel, I’d normally choose a traditional English breakfast; a treat that I rarely cook at home. However, knowing that I was about to participate in a food tour meant I selected Eggs Benedict to set me up for the day.
The Talbot Hotel proved a comfortable base and is ideally located for exploring Malton on foot.
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Location of The Talbot Hotel
The map below shows the location of The Talbot Hotel in Malton:
Google map showing The Talbot Hotel in Malton, North Yorkshire.
The Talbot Hotel is at 43 Yorkersgate, Malton, North Yorkshire (tel. 01653 639096). See the hotel’s website for more information about rooms and to check their availability. Car parking is available in the hotel car park.
The Malton Brasserie opens for lunch and dinner, serving dishes including of Wensleydale and wild garlic soufflé, steamed mussels with skinny chips, plus sirloin steak with French fries and Béarnaise sauce. The selection of desserts includes scoops of ice cream from Groovy Moo, whose base is across the road in the Talbot Yard Food Court.
Afternoon tea is served at the Talbot Hotel in Malton, which also hosts conferences. It has a gun room with secure storage facilities for hunting weapons..
Stuart Forster, the author of this article, is an award-winning travel writer based in the north-east of England. He has written hotel reviews for publications including The Telegraph and The Independent. Stuart is available for freelance commissions and can be contacted via this website.
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