Talbot

Mells, Somerset

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Selwood Street, Mells, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3PN

(01373) 812254

www.talbotinn.com

Opening Hours

Mon - Sat: 8am-11pm

Directions

W of Frome, off A362 or A361

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Carefully refurbished and interesting old coaching inn, real ales and good wines, inventive food and seats in courtyard; lovely bedrooms

Until the dissolution of the monasteries in the early 16th-c, this village was owned by Glastonbury Abbey. The handsome old inn has a nicely informal, candlelit bar with various wooden tables and chairs on big quarry tiles, a woodburning stove in a stone fireplace, and stools (much used by locals) against the counter where friendly, helpful staff serve a beer named for the pub (from Keystone), Butcombe Bitter and a couple of guests such as Butcombe, Rare Breed on handpump, several good wines by the glass and a farm cider. Two interconnected dining rooms have brass-studded leather chairs around wooden tables, a log fire with candles in fine clay cups on the mantelpiece above and lots of coaching prints on the walls; quiet background music and board games. There's a mediterranean feeling to the courtyard with its pale green metalwork chairs and tables. Off here, in separate buildings, are the enjoyable, rustic-feeling sitting room with sofas, chairs and tables, smart magazines, a huge mural and vast glass bottles (free films or popular TV programmes are shown here on Sunday evenings), and the grill room, where food is cooked simply on a big open fire overlooked by 18th-c portraits. The bedrooms are smart and stylish and breakfasts are excellent. Do visit the lovely church where the poet Siegfried Sassoon is buried; the walled gardens opposite the inn are very pretty. This is sister pub to the Beckford Arms at Fonthill Gifford (Wiltshire).

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Awards

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Wine Award

Wine Award

Food Award

Food Award

Stay Award

Stay Award

Information

Meals Snacks

Meals Snacks

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Piped Music

Piped Music

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

3 / 5

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