From the moment I arrived at The Talbot, Malton, the air was full of change and excitement. Following an extensive refurbishment, this building which was once rather worn and worse-for-wear, is now sparkling and full of life. I chose to visit on a Wedding Open Day, so truly got a feeling of the level of service and the beautiful surroundings that The Talbot has to offer. The exterior of the building is important yet welcoming, smart yet comforting. Sitting right on Malton’s High Street, it is very easily accessed, yet the expanse of rolling fields and greenery behind the building ensures not only superb views and great photographic opportunities, but a feeling of freshness and openness. The grounds are pristine and inviting, and with further development work to come, one can only imagine how beautiful and tranquil a setting The Talbot will truly be.
I was met on arrival with a glass of bubbly by David Macdonald, General Manager of the hotel, who was evidently very proud of the building, its staff and what they can offer as a whole package. Canapés were a-flowing; The Talbot prides itself on its links to local producers and exceptional food. Indeed, famous chef James Martin is their Executive Chef – a pedigree not many wedding venues can boast! I was delighted to be shown first to the setting for the ceremony – a beautifully open yet intimate room, perfect for light, airy Wedding Services, should a Bride & Groom choose a Civil Ceremony. This room led directly onto a cosy, stylish bar with a touch of the Country Gentleman about it. Perfect for pre or post Wedding drinks! We moved out of the bar and into The Wentworth Room, a stunning, well-proportioned room, perfect for smaller parties of around 35. The Restaurant is ideal for larger parties of around 60 – ideal for dinner and dancing! The room is grand yet fresh; the perfect blend of elegance and impact.
The Restaurant led easily out to the lawn at the back, where plans are afoot for a delightful summer patio area for guests to enjoy during the day, and where barbeques and afternoon tea can be served to your guests. With a “walled garden” feeling, it has a sense of escapism, and is the epitome of summer garden party. Following on my guided tour, I was next impressed by the work created on the fields behind the building, ready for the summer marquee. Beautifully crafted stone steps lead downhill to the marquee, the perfect venue for an wedding outside of the main building. With plenty of room for guests to spill out on warm evenings onto the soft grass, this option truly does provide a bespoke service in a beautiful location.
Stunning, up-market home comforts were certainly not ignored in the bedrooms. The selection of accommodation I viewed on the day were very in keeping with the period of the building, incorporating the latest comforts you would expect of such a beautiful hotel, whilst retaining a homely charm, ensuring your guests feel truly relaxed and pampered during their stay. The Bridal Suite was of course divine, with a wonderful centre piece bath. All guests are treated to Penhaligons toiletries and meticulous housekeeping. Bedrooms are of course available to block-book for bridal parties.
Following my tour of the building, I was able to meet the dedicated Wedding Co-Ordinator who was able to give me a few more details about what The Talbot can offer, and the packages available.
I can truly recommend a visit to The Talbot. Yes, it has a fantastic website, many accreditations and some famous names to truly impress with, but only when you meet the staff, feel the welcome from the building and immerse yourself in the pride that the whole place emits, will you truly realise what a wonderful, awesome, caring and bespoke service you’re about to receive.