Overview

The Talbot Inn is a traditional yet stylish coaching inn located in the heart of the historic village of Mells, 5 minutes from Frome  in some of Somerset’s most stunning countryside. Two hours from London by car or train and 20 minutes from Bath, The Talbot offers great food in a classic pub environment with all the comforts of a smart hotel, but at great prices from £100 per room b&b.

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Refined bedrooms, superb food

There is a main bar, snug, courtyard and map rooms which are all open every day for classic pub food and drink. Upstairs there are 8 bedrooms, two with adjoining children’s rooms.  Separated by a cobbled courtyard is the 500 year old Sitting Room, Coach House Grill Room and a pretty garden. In the Coach House Grill Room, which is open Friday to Sunday, food is simply grilled over a charcoal and wood fire in the way country inns cooked hundreds of years ago.

Opening Hours

We are open for breakfast at 8am.

Monday – Saturday
8am to 11.00pm

Sunday
8am to 10.30pm


History

The Talbot Inn is at the heart of Mells, Somerset, a place which seems to be England in a pint-pot. History, tradition, the great English arts and folklore shape this beautiful little village – described as ‘the quintessence of Albion’by the Independent newspaper. The Inn itself has been welcoming travellers since the 15th Century, when it was built as a rest stop for coaches running the London to Wells road.

English Literature, Philosophy & Architecture

Mells has connections with the some of the greats of English literature, philosophy and architecture. The war poet Siegfried Sassoon is buried in the grounds of the parish church – a 15th century gem with stained-glass windows by Sir William Nicholson. Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens designed the stunning Mells Park House and the plinth under Sir Alfred Munnings’ statue of Edward Horner on horseback  in the church,  as a miniature replica of London’s Centotaph. He also designed the village’s war memorial jointly with Eric Gill.

The Asquith Family

Mells Manor is home to the Asquith family, renowned for their influence on British political and intellectual life. The Asquiths carry the ancient title of Earls of Oxford. Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, is perhaps the most famous holder of that title, because of claims he was the actual author of the works of William Shakespeare.

Little Jack Horner

Another noted local family – the Horners – are claimed by some to be the decendents of Jack Horner, the nursery rhyme ‘good boy’ who ‘stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum’. According to legend, Jack Horner was the steward of the last Abbot of Glastonbury who helped himself to the deeds of Mells Manor after the Abbot had hidden them in a pie intended for King Henry VIII.

 

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