The Talbot Inn at Mells

Frome, Somerset
+44 (0)1373 812254
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£140 - £240
per night

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


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£140 - £240 per night

The Experience

A very special place. Sweep under the carriage arch and you enter a cobbled courtyard. There’s a tithe-barn sitting room which is an extension of the restaurant, then the Coach House Grill, a restored skittle alley – a brilliant space for board games, reading and relaxing (plus big group bookings and special events).

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. Delicious food flies from the kitchen, so good it tastes home-cooked. Bedrooms (above and beside the inn) are the best, some smaller, others huge with claw-foot baths, walk-in showers and modern four-posters, all with clouds of Siberian goose down and Bramley soaps and lotions. Add thoughtful staff to the mix and you will be happy.

Breakfast is a feast and includes a bloody Mary which you can construct yourself. Explore the village, especially the church.

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We think you'll love

  • Arriving on a cold winter evening to feel warmed and welcomed – this place has a truly happy atmosphere
  • The food. A refreshingly small menu includes all the classics and then some – cooked and presented beautifully
  • Discovering the history of the village – it's a very special place
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You should know

  • Dogs are welcome in some bedrooms, £10 per dog
  • WiFi can be a bit faint


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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



Nightly price
from £140
Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
1 Family room for 4
7 Doubles
From £140


Booking information

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Min stay: 2 nights for Saturday check-ins. Light wheelchair access - please ask team before your visit to check it would be suitable. Ramps for steps but no disabled access WC in the bar. 1 bedroom has wheelchair access on ground floor.

Dogs welcome in all public spaces but only one bedroom is dog-friendly (on the ground floor).

Breakfast, lunch & supper, £12-£28.


What a delightful inn. The village is very beautiful (with an impressive church housing a Burne Jones no less) and there are some glorious walks in the countryside. I had the best guinea fowl with brussels sprouts and chestnuts - absolutely delicious. And then slept well in a hugely comfortable bed. Everyone chatty and friendly.

Nicola, Bristol

Friendly staff and very helpful. Food was very good and there’s a nice wine selection. Bathrooms were great with lovely smelly products. Would return.


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

Such wonderful architecture in the village and much history with work commissioned to architect Edwin Lutyens, the stone mason Eric Gill and artists such as Edward Burne Jones (one of his beautiful paintings hangs in the very grand church), William Morris, William Nicholson and Alfred Munnings. Opposite is the wonderful walled garden, an inspiration to all; there's a village shop and café too.

Local points of interest from Dan Brod & Charlie Luxton

  • A Beckford pub, traditional yet contemporary one of four in the South West of England. Individual in style and creativity, united in hospitality. Our two restaurants in Bath are convivial environments to enjoy great wine, food and warming hospitality
  • Mells is a beautiful, ancient village with many fabulous walks into the countryside. Slightly further afield we are surrounded by numerous attractions and activities.
  • Mells boasts St Andrews Church, the resting place of poet Siegfried Sassoon, a fine bronze sculpture by the noted horse-painter Alfred Munnings sits inside, visit the war memorial c1920 by Lutyens and Gill, Edwin Lutyens also designed our village bus stop.
  • Somerset is lucky enough to have some great Art Galleries. Hauser and Wirth in nearby Bruton for contemporary art to the classic collections in both The Victoria Gallery and Holburne Museum in Bath.
  • Frome's Independent Market is an award winning, free, destination reclaiming the high street on the first Sunday of the month it showcases the best independent craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders in the area.
  • The Georgian city of Bath. is only a short drive from The pub, The largest city in the county with it's Roman Baths and historic architecture. Whilst visiting enjoy a glass or two at the Beckford Bottle Shop or Canteen our sister bistro and restaurant.


Dan Brod & Charlie Luxton

Dan Brod, Charlie Luxton (ex-Soho House) and Matt Greenlees are the dream team that head up four pubs with rooms in the South West, plus the Beckford Bottle Shop in Bath. They have a talent for making their ventures super stylish: comfy bedrooms, superb food and good value are their not-so-secret ingredients. Charlie's wife, Chloe, produces the Bramley range of smellies that you find in each place.