Review on The Talbot

Dating back to 1453, the creeper-clad Talbot in Ripley has welcomed many famous guests during its long life (Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton apparently dropped anchor here) and the venue is currently enjoying a new lease of life following a one million pound renovation by Bespoke Hotels. The stunning new restaurant with its impressive copper ceiling and glass conservatory overlooks the garden.

The kitchen deals in modern dishes using impeccable ingredients with starters such as calamari á la romana with sauce tartare or a salad of beetroot and goat's cheese with walnut dressing. Main courses feature roast venison au poivre noir, braised red cabbage and raisin sec á la Armagnac or fillet of seabass á la Sicilienne and fennel salad.

The Talbot is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA Guide

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Modern British


Paul Turner

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.00 - 9.30am (8.00 - 10.00am Sat-Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 9.30pm (9.15pm Sat & 2.15pm Sun)

Accepted credit cards

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Facilities at The Talbot

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (39 rooms)


The Talbot
High Steet
GU23 6BB

Customer Ratings on The Talbot

2.5  / 5

Based on 3 reviews

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Customer reviews

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    March 2018

    12 people found this review helpful
    Very unhappy with the food

    We came to your restaurant at the beginning of January and had a lovely lunch time meal. We then came with our family (6) for Sunday lunch which was not good. Road potatoes dreadful and veg very sparse. I must say that the service you offer is excellent but does not match the food as expected.

    We came yesterday with friends and the meal was less than adequate. Thai fish cakes were fish, potato and fried in breadcrumbs. Looked as though they had come from cash and carry. Just a spicy sauce to complement. The fish and chips had a very soggy batter and only the fish was edible. My husband and I had the calves liver. Soggy and some was hard. Cold mashed potatoes and crispy shallots were a joke. We realise that your chef left a few months ago and unfortunately has not been replaced with anyone with any skills. If you continue with this kind of food I am sure that the Talbot will not be the most desirable to eat. Please try harder.!!

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  • avatar
    August 2016

    15 people found this review helpful
    Odd presented sloppy mash, breastfeeding shaped pie

    Midweek. Friendly. Quiet. Cauliflower soup tasteless and under seasoned. Wrong to have ciabatta bread rather than ordinary brown bread. Lamb nouvelle cuisine style but cottage pie bizarre on a side plate with puff pastry. They charged 4 pounds for each vegetable. Should be included as works out as expensive as the lamb creation. Impression never made mash potato before.

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    Pub Food & Drink Expert
    July 2015

    16 people found this review helpful
    What has happened?

    This is our 4th annual visit to meet friends and will be our last. The staff all appear to be teenage apprentices on work experience. My sympathies to the poor lad behind the bar struggling to serve while his colleagues contrived to find anything to do but assist. Our friends were delayed by traffic on the M25 but called to ask if a message could be conveyed that they were running late ..."No problem, we'll do that for you" but despite our enquiries the message was not conveyed to us. The food was so poor my friend sent his back saying he did not expect to see it on the didn't but they did try to pass it off as something else! I cannot believe this is a Marco Pierre White pub...just awful, but then I'm afraid catering establishments these days attempt to cut costs by employing the smallest number of the least qualified and expect to scrape by.

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