Malton, United Kingdom

The Talbot

Rates per night from$110.47

Price information

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Style

Flavour of the North

Setting

Gateway to the moors

Riverside coaching inn The Talbot is the hospitable heart of Malton, the Yorkshire town that wants to be crowned the foodie capital of the North. Travellers bound for North Yorkshire's rolling moors have been staying here since the 17th century – Charles Dickens himself was known to stop by for the wine and warm welcome. The looks and formality of yesteryear have now been ousted in favour of bold colour, dressed down furnishings and eclectic artwork, but the blazing hearths and best-of-British hospitality are here to stay. Settle in the snug drawing room with a pint of local ale or experience Malton’s foodie revolution in the restaurant, where Yorkshire produce is front and center. Over the road, the inn’s former coach yard has also got in on the action, home to six foodie businesses that proudly bear the Made in Malton badge.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

26, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $110.47 (£84), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

More details

Rates include a breakfast that’s chock-full of local goodness. Expect fresh bread and pastries from Bluebird Bakery, homemade granola, Yorkshire rhubarb pots, fruit compote and more. Hot dishes are made to order – the devilled kidneys are fiendishly good.

Also

Malton’s market opens for business every Saturday morning, when you’ll find traders hawking everything from antiques to homemade jams. The larger, 35 stall-strong food market is on the second Saturday of every month, drawing foodies from far and wide.

At the hotel

Gardens with lawns, a potager and lavender-scented terrace; cosy drawing room; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Roberts radio; Nespresso coffee machine; tea and a kettle; 100 Acres bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Talbot’s refurbishment was masterminded by Sam and Georgie Pearman, the hoteliers behind fellow Smith stays No 131 and No 38 the Park. Their top-to-tail update is both bold and colourful – your bed might have a headboard wrapped in saffron velvet and be topped with teal cushions and a cerulean blue throw. Much of the furniture was sourced from flea markets, antique shops and vintage fairs across the country, adding a dressed down finish that stays faithful to the Talbot’s old-world soul. If you like to sprawl in your sleep, book one of the Big Rooms, which have super-king-size beds. Swing for one of the Excellent Rooms, and you’ll have bucolic views and a roll-top bath tub, too.

Packing tips

Bring footwear for tackling muddy paths and trails. A walk in the surrounding fields and meadows is the best way to work up an appetite – a necessity if you’re to make the most of Malton.

Also

There are no ramps or a lift, making the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Four-legged friends stay for £10 a night, which gets them a bed and treats. See more pet-friendly hotels in Malton.

Children

All ages are welcome. A cot can be added to certain rooms free of charge.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Ask for a table at the back of the room, where you'll have the best views of the fields that fringe the town.

Dress Code

Casual country garb – no one will bat an eyelid if you sit down to lunch in your wellies.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant is in the Garden Room, a large, light-flooded dining room with a handsome wooden floor, charmingly mismatched furniture and views of the gardens and rolling fields. The sage-green walls are hung with botany-themed artwork and the tables are topped with local plants and herbs – sprigs of North Yorks heather, for example. The food is just as much a celebration of the region, showing off the bounty of Yorkshire’s fields and coasts. The cooking is precise but simple – you won’t find miniscule portions or overly fussy fare here. Start with the twice-baked Dale End cheddar souffle, follow with the chargrilled east coast mackerel, served off the bone with courgette and a chilli and fennel salad.

Hotel bar

The wood-panelled bar stands beneath a vast skylight that’s crossed with wooden beams, merging architecture, old and new. It’s an inherently cosy space with deep blue walls, an open fire, velvet sofas and supple leather armchairs. Kick back with a beer from local brewery Brasscastle or sip cocktails made with Rare Bird Gin, distilled right next door in Talbot Yard.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the Garden Room from 7am to 9.30am (8am to 10am on weekends). Lunch is from noon to 3pm; dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Afternoon tea is served from 2pm to 4pm. Food from the bar menu is served from 10am to 6pm.

Location

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Address
The Talbot
45 - 47 Yorkersgate
Malton
YO17 7AJ
United Kingdom

The Talbot is in Malton, a lively market town close to the North York Moors. The inn overlooks the fields and meadows beyond the town, and the River Derwent runs right past the foot of the garden.

Planes

The closest airport is Leeds-Bradford, around an hour’s drive away. You can fly directly from London Heathrow in an hour flat.

Trains

Malton is served by TransPennine Express trains running between York and Scarborough. The station’s around seven minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Automobiles

There’s little need for a car in town as everything’s within walking distance. You will want one, though, if you’re going to explore the North Yorks Moors or the Yorkshire Wolds. There’s free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Generations of travellers have relied on the Talbot to slake their thirst and warm their bones. The cosiest place to hole up is the Snug, an inviting drawing room strewn with velvet armchairs and soft sofas – in winter, the grate will crackle and glow. If the sun’s doing the honours instead, settle on one of the lawns or pull up a pew on the lavender-lined terrace.

The inn’s old coach house and yard is now the Talbot Yard Food Court, home to a gelateria, coffee roastery, butcher, gin distillery, baker and macaron maker, all proudly carrying the Made in Malton stamp. Peruse them in your own time or join hotel owner Tom Naylor-Leyland on his Malton food tour, a three-hour journey punctuated by plenty of tasting stops. Tom’s also the director of Malton Cookery School, where you can hone your dinner-party repertoire with expert guidance and the help of North Yorkshire’s choicest produce. The Rare Bird Distillery also does a hands-on experience run by master distiller Matt. You’ll begin with a tour, learning about the gin-making process and getting acquainted with Florence, the distillery’s 300-litre copper pot still. Armed with your newfound knowledge (and fuelled by free G&Ts), you’ll then be turned loose on the distillery floor, creating your very own bottle of gin with botanicals of your choosing. If the free samples leave you feeling a little fuzzy-headed, hop in a cab to Scampston Hall, where you can stroll in head-clearing parkland and award-winning gardens by Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. In summer, a plunge into the deep pool at wild swimming spot Stainforth Force will also do the trick.

Fans of Brideshead Revisited should make the most of Malton's proximity to Castle Howard, which has taken on the role of Brideshead twice – once for the TV adaptation and again for the film. Even if you’ve never seen them, go for the grandeur and 1,000-acre grounds. Toting a teddy bear is optional.

Local restaurants

Brunch favourite Chapter One Bistrot gets all of its ingredients from local suppliers, ensuring it does its part for Malton’s foodie credentials. You can’t go wrong with the garlic mushrooms, paired with crispy bacon and served atop a toasted brioche roll. For lunch, try gastropub the New Malton, a cosy 18th-century inn with open fireplaces and mix-and-match furniture. It’s an unassuming place but the food is no afterthought; the chefs cook with the finest ingredients they can find, turning out British classics and Asian-fusion dishes with aplomb. Pair with a pint of local ale for the true Yorkshire experience. Linking a budding foodie town with an all-time great, La Pizzeria brings a slice of Naples to Malton, serving wood-fired pizzas, soulful pasta and bang-for-buck Italian wine. If you’re torn between pizzas, go for the finocchiona, topped with fennel salami, smoked mozzarella, slow-roasted leeks and punchy gorgonzola.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this food-focused bolthole in Malton and unpacked their beer from local Brasscastle Brewery, a full account of their North Yorkshire break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Talbot in Malton…

Malton is the market town on a mission. Over the last decade, its residents have been manning the barricades of a food-focused revolution, founding a clutch of new businesses and rekindling their love for North Yorkshire’s bounty. Now, the Saturday morning market is thriving, the restaurants have never been better and there’s even a yearly food festival in the calendar. All that was needed was a hotel with the looks, character and food to match. The job fell to the newly refurbished Talbot – and the cosy coaching inn has fulfilled the brief with flying colours.

Reclothed by Sam and Georgie Pearson (the creative minds behind Cheltenham’s No 131 and No 38 the Park), the Talbot now echoes all that’s best about the town. The inn has held onto its historic charm thanks to details like the decorative plasterwork, wooden floors and open fireplaces, but the vintage furniture, bold paints and tactile fabrics – velvet, jute and brightly-dyed wool among them – have swept the Talbot into a new sartorial age. In the restaurant, the revolution has meant a return to roots – beef from Yorkshire fields, fish from Whitby Bay and greens from nearby farms, all cooked with a simplicity that lets the quality of the ingredients sing.

Best of all, however, is that the Talbot now feels like it's wired into the Malton mains. Owner Tom Naylor-Leyland is the town's biggest advocate and the driving force behind its new foodie face. He’s linked the hotel with Talbot Yard Food Court and its cookery school, and will even take you on a tour of the town, stopping in (and sampling the goods) at Malton’s best small shops and producers.

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