Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Travel: A mini break at The Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge

During the Easter holidays, Edd and I went on a mini break to The Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge in Worcestershire. I booked it through Secret Escapes and got a fantastic deal including a three course dinner on each night, afternoon tea on arrival and some prosecco!

The Food

Our afternoon tea on arrival was perfect. I was worried it would be loads of food but not very good quality. I needn't have worried, they judged it perfectly.

It wasn't a normal afternoon tea. We had a couple of large sandwiches each, hot cross buns and a slice of delicious rich chocolate torte. The sandwiches were cheese and tomato on granary bread and salmon on white bread. Everything was fresh and of fantastic quality. A great start!

On the first evening, Edd chose chicken terrine for his starter.

I had corned beef hash with smokey beans and a fried egg. This was comforting and delightful.

Edd's main was chicken supreme with potato dauphinoise.

I went for the chicken and mozarella burger, which was nice enough but a little bland. The chunky chips were awesome though!

For pudding Edd had lemon possett. It was a generous serving... was my crumble with cinnamon ice cream. It was super tasty, I just couldn't finish it! The ice cream was a perfect accompaniment.

The next day we had coffee and cake at a tearoom in Tenbury Wells.

We stopped off at a charming pub in a Tudor building and I had this rather tasty chicken and pancetta salad. It was served with bizarre giant potato wedges which were tasty but didn't exactly go.

On the second evening we both chose crab salad with lime creme fraiche dressing. There was a good amount of juicy crab meat and the dressing was light and tasty.

Edd had pork for his main.

I had fish and chips- more of those gorgeous chips, with a vibrant pea puree. The fish itself was lovely but a really giant portion!

Edd had cheesecake to finish..

And I had bread and butter pudding with fabulous vanilla custard.

The hotel

The Talbot Inn has been renovated quite recently and it is charming and tasteful. I just loved the huge windows in our room. It really felt like a proper Inn- right at the end of a long road from Birmingham, you could just imagine Victorians stopping off here. Though I'm sure the food and decor are a little different!

We spent a few happy hours sat in the sun trap beer garden. The Talbot Inn bar sells fantastic local cider Robinsons and local gin Chase. I loved that the bar staff suggested an appropriate tonic and garnish for my G&T!

Dress: Marks and Spencer

Tenbury Wells

We spent a gentle few hours wandering Tenbury Wells. It is very pretty with a ridiculous amount of blue plaque buildings- you could barely walk for two minutes without seeing a historical building!

 Top: Oasis, Skirt: Oasis

This quirky blue and white building was built for the same reason as Tenbury adding the 'Wells' to their name as they wished to become known as a spa town such as Leamington Spa. Unfortunately it didn't catch on with the public and they were left with this marvellous pump room. It was designed by a Birmingham chap in the unusual 'Chinese Gothic' style. It's quite a sight and definitely worth a look.

 Edd was proud of this sixties style shot!

Tenbury Wells has some beautiful buildings and interesting pieces of architecture so it was a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

I had a fantastic stay at The Talbot Inn eating all the food and drinking all the cocktails! I love little trips like this. They're so relaxed and you don't feel you must do anything.

My next holiday will be in the summer when Edd and I are going on a mini grand tour of Italy- Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice, all in ten days!


MissPond said...

What a lovely looking weekend! Despite being from Worcester I've never been to Tenbury Wells, this may just have to change. The Talbot Inn looks fantastic too :) Enjoy Italy too x

Unknown said...

My boyfriend is from Tenbury Wells and I have been the Talbot many times its great! It's hard to find a quaint pub like this in Birmingham - especially as I'm still newish to the area! I will keep reading your blog for inspiration!:)