One of England’s finest coaching inns, The Talbot is a picture of beauty that boasts elegance, a prime location and many impressive historic features, making this hotel something to talk about.
Situated in stunning grounds on Ripley High Street, the hotel is less than two miles from the M25 and only half an hour from central London. Conveniently, Heathrow and Gatwick international airports are also only 20 minutes away.
Having undergone a recent refurbishment, The Talbot is on its way to becoming an updated location of luxury, combining the contemporary with the classic, with enhanced original features of the historical property.
Award winning design company Cochrane Design was responsible for the design and architectural elements of the project at Ripley. Founded in 2004, Cochrane Design provides a comprehensive design service for private clients, developers and hoteliers throughout the UK and overseas. Working closely with experienced professionals, the company is heading in the right direction within the industry.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Sean Cochrane, Managing Director at Cochrane Design, to discuss the developments at the hotel. According to Sean:
“The hotel has undergone a full refurbishment which involved a renovation of the bedrooms, public areas, restaurant, bars and outdoor areas. The whole of the outdoor space was rearranged and redecorated, with newly landscaped gardens.
“Developments began onsite in March 2016 and reached completion in June. The hotel features 46 bedrooms in total.
“The hotel restaurant has been given a brand new concept, and is now known as ‘The Library’. A huge library feature wall runs down the side of it to reflect the library theme and adds an eye-catching feature. Various books and lots of copper detailing add the finishing touches to the room.”
With a convivial and relaxing aura, The Talbot maintains a great sense of hospitality with comfortable furniture, open fires, real ales and mouth-watering menus. The use of banquette seating, bright fabrics and plush velvet connotes elegance, whilst remaining inviting and also timeless.
Whether guests are looking for a catch up over lunch, relaxing dinner or an exciting celebration, The Talbot offers a range of menus perfect for every occasion. The a la Carte menu includes starters such as roasted tomato soup with homemade focaccia, and pan-fried scallops with chorizo, pimento coulis and garlic puree. Delicious main dishes include pan-seared pork tenderloin, pesto stuffed chicken and tomato and basil arancini.
A range of different rooms are available at the hotel for all kinds of meetings and events whether private dining, special events or conferences, alongside complementary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The Talbot’s warm atmosphere, stunning setting and quirky characteristics also make it a perfect venue for weddings.
“The building was built around 1440, and there isn’t a straight wall in the building so every bespoke piece needed to be considered and adapted to suit – this was a particularly challenging aspect of the project.
“The hotel has such a natural beauty, and it was very easy to try and enhance a lot of the original features as it dated back to the 1400s. We tied it all together to combine the new with the old – it was a challenge, but I think we managed it well.
“We finished our first hotel in Ibiza, which was nominated for an award this year – of course that was fantastic! However it is also now brilliant to work on our first hotel in England.”