We had planned to spend all three nights of our mini moon at At the Chapel in Bruton, but on maman and papa's recommendation we changed our plans and spent our first night at The Talbot instead. We were shown our humongous, and incredibly beautiful room by the friendliest chap, and celebrated our wedding party with a glass of bubbles in the magical little courtyard.
The Talbot looks and feels like a pretty, country pub. It's welcoming, comforting and warming, packed full of locals and travellers from afar, enjoying tea, a drink at the bar, and dinner. But reading the menu, and then seeing and finally tasting the food, it's clear that this is not a country pub. The prettiest, most delicate food arrived at our table along with a carafe of beautiful red wine. I ooh'd and aah'd and took many, many photos until B made me stop because the food was getting cold. A light, zingy, tender octopus salad for me and mozzarella with the prettiest seasonal veggies for B.
Goat's cheese gnudi with pea shoots was not going to pass me by, so I predictable looked no further on the menu and would have asked for seconds and maybe thirds, had the chef not been cooking these fluffy, crisped dumplings to order. And I knew B's steak was good as he began reminiscing about his gap year in Argentina as he cut through the meat which was decorated with a fiery splurge of chimichurri.
We awoke the next morning to pouring rain, but that's no bad thing when you've got such a huge, comfortable and beautiful bed to spend the morning in.
Highlight: Dinner. All of it.
Lowlight: Breakfast. There's a reason I haven't mentioned it.
The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset, BA11, 3PN