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Dine like Royalty

Dine like Royalty

There’s nothing more traditional than Afternoon Tea. We offer classic cream teas from £6pp, as well as traditional afternoon tea from £12.00pp. For those special occasions you can add a glass of champagne from £5pp.

Our limited edition afternoon tea’s are available, to commemorate the Royal Wedding in May.

Our afternoon tea includes a selection of cakes, scones and sandwiches and is perfectly accompanied by our range of teas. We serve our standard Afternoon Tea from 2:30-5pm everyday.

History of Afternoon Tea

Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is widely understood to have been been the driving force behind afternoon tea in the 1840’s. She is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. It was common at that time for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast in the morning, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The Duchess’ solution was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. This quickly became a treat with her friends and developed into a social event.

Our delicious Limited Edition Afternoon Tea’s are available 7 days a week, between 12pm and 6pm.

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Delicious New Menu Launch

Delicious New Menu Launch

The Talbot Hotel, in the Northamptonshire market town of Oundle, has launched a new menu featuring some of the finest and tastiest produce available from around the county.
A popular choice for visitors to the market town, The Talbot Hotel has, recently seen increasing number of local residents taking advantage of its delicious restaurant and bar.
Available from today, Tuesday 17th April from lunchtimes, our tasteful and succulent new menu offers a comprehensive, but not overwhelming, selection available not only in The Eatery, the main garden restaurant, in the bar or School Room but also alfresco in the courtyard or garden.
Long-standing favourites are still on the menu, including  the infamous Talbot Burger and 28 Day Aged Black Angus Beef Rib Eye or Sirloin Steak, but new additions have been sourced, including Roasted Supreme of Chicken stuffed with Pesto Mascarpone and a full new sharing section.
Talbot Hotel Head Chef, Zak Perrin commented:  “We are graced to have such access to such high quality produce right on our doorstep, and it is a an honour to have the opportunity to work with so many local suppliers and producers, providing our patrons with such a diverse and organic selection of tastes.  Our new menu shows pride to our fine local produce, and we hope it will be well received by local residents, regulars, and new visitors who are always very welcome at The Talbot Hotel."
Take a look at our new menu now, on our Food & Drink page.



Winners at The Coaching Inn Group Awards 2018

Check out the gallery of images from the Coaching Inn Group Awards 2018, where awards such as General Manager of the Year, Hotel of the Year and Head Chef of the Year were awarded, as well as accolades for Trainee of the Year, Housekeeper of the Year and many more.

The glitzy award ceremony was held at The Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough and attended by over 120 team members from the group. 

You can view the full gallery of winners here.

About Us


Hotel & Travel Information

Hotel & Travel Information

The Talbot Hotel

New Street,
Telephone : 01832 273621

The Talbotl Hotel and Eatery is an AA rated 3 star hotel, with individually designed bedrooms including several feature rooms. It is an historic former 17th-century coaching inn located in the centre of Oundle. Some rooms offer 4-poster beds, lounges, very spacious wet rooms and roll-top baths.

The hotel car park can be found by driving past the hotel and turning left onto Milton Road. Then take the first left into Drummingwell Lane. Alternatively, please use the SAT NAV code PE8 4AA

Bedrooms - 34
Dog allowed
Disabled room and toilets available
Free Wifi
Families Welcome
Food Served All Day in our restaurant
Coffee Shop in house



CLICK HERE - To view our history booklet

A quick summary to whet your appetite

Behind the frontage of The Talbot Hotel in Oundle are significant remaining elements of a timber-framed building, which is known to have been part of an inn during the 1500s under the name of The Tabret or Tabard. The inn was part of the extensive holdings in the town of a wealthy, religious, charitable organisation called the Guild of Our Lady of Oundle.

The present façade and main structure date from a major rebuilding in 1626, which probably coincided with the change of name to The Talbot. It is speculated that the new name might have symbolised a Protestant rejection of things associated with the ‘old religion’ of the Catholic Church. 

So exceptional are the architectural and historic features of The Talbot that it is classified as a Grade I historic building, placing it among the top three per cent of all listed buildings in England. The pre-eminent feature is a huge window at the rear. It is thought to have come from the nearby medieval royal palace of Fotheringhay, which was demolished sometime after 1625. 

The window sheds light onto an oak staircase, which is also said to have come from Fotheringhay and to have been the staircase down which Mary Queen of Scots was escorted to her execution in the palace’s great hall in 1587. Notwithstanding that experts suggest the staircase was almost certainly constructed in the 1600s, the tradition has been maintained, promoted, and enhanced by reports of the queen’s ghostly presence on the stair.

In the late 1700s The Talbot became an important coaching inn, providing rest and refreshments on a route to London. At around this time the inn came into the ownership of the Oundle brewery of John Smith, whose firm retained it until 1962. The Talbot was acquired by the Coaching Inn Group in 2009, and in 2012 it underwent a £1.3 million refurbishment that further preserved and highlighted its historic features while also adapting it to the needs of the current market.



Hotel of the Year Trip Badge

2017 - Winner of Best Employer at the Publican Awards
2017 - Winner of Best Accommodation offering at the Publican Awards

2016 - Highly commended' at The Publican Awards for Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Ranked #9 in Grant Thornton Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in the East Midlands
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Receptionist of the Year - Dorota Metselaar

2015 -
Eat Out Awards 2015 - Pub Company of the Year - Coaching Inn Group
- Awarded the London Stock Exchange top 1000 Companies to inspire Britain.
2015 - The Coaching Inn Group Hotel Group Chef of the Year - Dave Simms
2015 - The Coaching Inn Group Barman of the Year - Matt Tebbutt
2015 - Winner of the Certificate of Excellence Award – Tripadvisor

2014 Winner of “Top Rated Wedding Venue – Northamptonshire” – Wedingdates Awards
2014 Winner of “Best Hotel” category – Les Routier awards
2014 Head Chef,David Simms, Finalist in Chef of the Year in Carlsberg Food and Drink Awards
2014 Awarded Prestigious Signpost Certification – Signpost
2014 Winner of Best Wedding Venue in Northamptonshire – Weddingdates award
2014 The Coaching Inn Group Wedding Venue of the Year
2014 Awarded an AA Rosette for the Talbot Eatery

2013 Winner of the Certificate of Excellence Award – Tripadvisor
2013 Awarded an AA Rosette for the Talbot Eatery

2012 Winner of the Certificate of Excellence Award – Tripadvisor


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