Shadowing in the footsteps of Lord Nelson
The 15th-century Talbot Inn Hotel is a beautiful coaching inn located in the historic village of Ripley in Surrey.
The Talbot dates back to 1453 and is situated on the old Portsmouth Road which during the 17th century became an important route from London to Portsmouth on the south coast.
The Talbot Ripley: An inn with historyThe love affair
Our Talbot Ripley reviewAccommodation overflowing with character
Head up the creaking staircase to the top floor of the main building, and on the old dark wood bannister rail, you’ll see a Daisy Wheel carved into the wood. These are quite rare and are believed to ward off any witches or ghosts.
I think it may have worked as I didn’t see any ghosts.
Our arrival at the Talbot Inn, RipleyAn historic coaching Inn
The Talbot is deceptive in size, as its old stables and barns stretch back quite away from the road. Inside there’s a peaceful inner courtyard for you to enjoy and relax in.
As we strolled through the old wooden door into reception, we were met with a warm, welcoming greeting and a friendly proficient check-in.
As we were driving, it was important that the hotel had car parking. What was refreshing at The Talbot Inn was that there was ample parking and also it was free.
Don’t worry if you have an eco-friendly car, The Talbot also has three electric charging bays (two Tesla & one universal)
Our thoughts on the Talbot RipleyCosy meets contemporary
Our accommodation at the Talbot RipleyThe ‘Trafalgar Bedroom’
Along with its subdued lighting, two relaxing lounge chairs and the coffee table was a spacious desk.
From here, you could catch up on the modern aspects of your day to day life.
There was plenty of storage available in the room for your clothing. The room also had a full-length mirror, which I always find a nice touch, and sometimes this can be missed.
Other in-room facilities were a flat-screen TV and a combination safe for your valuables. Also, there was a hairdryer, a fan, an iron and an ironing board.
Tea and coffee making facilities were in the room, along with some gluten-free cookies, a bowl of fresh fruit and two bottles of complimentary water.
Free Wi-fi was obtainable throughout the hotel, a passcode wasn’t required, so it made access easy, and you weren’t limited to the number of devices you could connect.
The Wi-fi signal was excellent and was at a rate of 40Mbps+
The BathroomPeriod features in keeping with the room
Heading into the bathroom, the chrome antique-style fittings worked very well with the traditional theme of the bedroom.
There’s a full-size bath with overhead showering facilities and ‘Relax, Refresh, Revive’ toiletries.
Fluffy towels can be found on the heated towel rail accompanied by a couple of plush bathrobes and slippers.
A stroll around Ripley VillageA peaceful setting
Here you’ll also come across a guitar studio. Which isn’t too surprising as Eric Clapton was born in the village and is also now home to Paul Weller’s ‘Black Barn’ recording studios.
In Ripley, you may also spot the Blue Plaque on the Old Pharmacy dedicated to Kenneth White. It commemorates the production of penicillin for the first time in the UK for civilian use during World War II.
The Talbot Inn BarA great place to unwind
Dinner at the Talbot, RipleyA contemporary dining experience
Gary has had a bit of a weakness for Middle Eastern cuisine recently. So he chose the Talbot harissa spiced lamb rump, served with grilled baby gem lettuce and tzatziki.
The wonderfully tender & succulent lamb carried a subtle heat from the harissa that could be tempered with the tzatziki. Gary found it a beautifully balanced dish with flavours that complemented the meat perfectly.
We were both feeling a little full, but as we have a bit of a sweet tooth, the waiting staff let us take our time before we treated ourselves to a pud.
I couldn’t resist the mango and passionfruit cheesecake, with a coconut and mango salsa, which was delicious and quite refreshing to taste.
Gary chose the Peanut Parfait, this included roasted banana, caramelised white chocolate and a biscuit crumble.
Breakfast at The TalbotA good start to the day
How to get to the Talbot, Ripley
Our chosen transport option was to drive, and we used the postcode below to navigate.
Other alternatives are to take a train to Woking Station, and catch the bus to Ripley, which takes around 35 minutes.
The Talbot Ripley
Reasons to stay at the Talbot, RipleyRHS Garden Wisley
Final Thoughts on the Talbot, Ripley- It's a thumbs up from us
We imagine that when the Talbot was refurbished, that care, and detail was critical when the restoration was carried out on this historic building. We loved the historical references throughout the hotel of Lord Nelson and its Staging Inn past.
Our only noticeable comment is that if you are a light sleeper, then you may want to request a room at the rear of the main coaching inn. Or alternatively in the ‘Stable Block’ or ‘Ripley Wing’. Not a lot keeps us awake, so it was fine for us.
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