The Talbot Inn at Mells

Frome, Somerset

Great staff, beautiful design, a fine old building and some heavenly food make this 600-year-old inn a perfect escape all year round


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The Talbot is an absolute stunner, one of the loveliest inns in the land. It sits in a timeless village lost in a tangle of country lanes, a 15th-century coaching inn reborn for the 21st-century. Sweep under the carriage arch and you enter a cobbled courtyard, where life gathers in good weather. There’s a tithe-barn sitting room with big sofas and a Sunday cinema, then the Coach House Grill, where you eat at weekends under hanging beams. As for the main house, weave along ancient passageways and find stone walls, rugs on wood floors, crackling log fires and a low-ceilinged bar for a pint of Butcombe. The restaurant has colonised several cosy rooms and delicious food flies from the kitchen, perhaps white onion and cider soup, monkfish and mussel stew, chocolate and salted caramel sundae. Bedrooms are the best, some smaller, others huge with claw-foot baths, walk-in showers and modern four-posters. Add lovely staff to the mix and you have a slice of heaven. There’s a colourful garden and great local walking, so bring your boots. The First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon, is buried in the churchyard.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Lunch & dinner £5-£30. Sunday lunch from £15.


Nightly price
from £100
8 Doubles
From £100


I've enjoyed two Sunday lunches at The Talbot Inn so much that I felt I had to leave a review. The Talbot is one of the cosiest yet most stylish pubs I know - and its beautiful aesthetic is matched by the warmth of its friendly and thoughtful staff and by its fantastic food. We last arrived on a chilly December day and were immediately seated next to a roaring fire and handed delicious glasses of the red wine that had been recommended. I've eaten beef and turbot there, both perfectly done and mouthwatering to remember. We're planning to stay overnight next time we go, to fully enjoy it!

Emma, Bristol

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The neighbourhood


Dan Brod & Charlie Luxton

Dan Brod, Charlie Luxton and Matt Greenlees have been credited with pioneering the pub-with-rooms model and circulate between their places and the Beckford Bottle Shop, a new wine and tapas venture in Bath. They also produce the Bramley product range of bath/home smellies.