If you believe Tripadvisor then until last year you wouldn't have gone near the Talbot Hotel in Malton. Never has a hotel been so roundly trashed; even their own staff admitted it was grim as they gamely absorbed the complaints.
But this month (April 2012) the Talbot was reborn following a £4 million refurbishment by the owners, the mighty Fitzwilliam Estate, owners of large swathes of Malton.
Aware of the potential, the heir to the estate Tom Naylor Leyland wrenched back the lease and set about making a place to be proud of.
Gloomy rooms and corridors have been knocked about to make 26 bedrooms and three suites, beautifully designed and furnished in country house style, comfortable without being lavish, expensive but not blingy and homely - that's if your home is a hefty North Yorkshire manor house.
There are log fires in the drawing room, racehorse prints in the dining room, wide beds and million thread linens in the bedrooms and of course top of the range bathrooms flush with Penhaligon toiletries. Prices start at £145 a night for bed and breakfast, on a par with the likes of the White Swan at Pickering to which it broadly compares.
There's a bar and atrium where you can have a casual lunch or afternoon tea and a more formal dining room decorated with restrained good taste with a beautiful bay window overlooking the gardens and though they are not yet full landscaped at the time of writing, you get the idea.
Naylor Leyland is a confirmed foodie. He's supported the annual Malton Food Festival, he's brought in good tenants at the New Malton and he professes his ambition to make Malton a food town on the lines of Ludlow. There's a way to go yet but you've got to credit his ambition and the restaurant here looks a promising addition to the Malton food map.
Squidbeak readers will know our reservations about flying in celebrity executive chefs like James Martin but we look forward to reporting on the restaurant when it's settled down in a week or two. In the meantime, for somewhere to lay your head, enjoy a cocktail or take afternoon tea with your mum this place brings a new level of class to a market town that's progressively shaking off the dust.
How Much? £145-£295
Kids Stuff? Yes, children welcome
Well Placed? It's in the centre of Malton and you're well placed for Castle Howard, the North York Moors National Park and for Filey, Scarborough, Whitby and the east coast.
Good Grub? Eat in the bar or restaurant and when you are ready for a change, the New Malton in Market Place.
Yorkersgate, Malton, North Yorkshire YO177AJTel 01653 639096
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Jill, 25 April 2012blog comments powered by Disqus