The Talbot Inn at Berwick St John Reviews

The Talbot Inn is a popular Chalke Valley pub situated around 5 miles south of the market town of Shaftesbury.  The pub is in the heart of the village of Berwick St. John, and is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 17th century. The pub is one of the oldest buildings in the village and regularly sees visitors from all around the country. 

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Excellent service for someone with difficult dietary requirements.

“We have always loved our visits to The Talbot Inn and the food is always delicious, and freshly prepared. This evening was particularly good, because recently I have been on a difficult and very restrictive diet, recommended for health reasons. The owner was very accommodating and put me at ease, so I didn’t feel as awkward as I thought I would. There were things on the menu which where slightly adjusted to meet my needs and my meal turned out to be the best food I have eaten for a long time, that I didn’t cook myself. Very grateful.”

Michael S

Lovely Traditional Country Pub

Berwick St. John is the archetypal English village – sleepy, unspoilt and picturesque. The Talbot Inn is similarly the archetypal English pub – with beams, a huge inglenook fireplace, a wonderful collection of brasses, and, most important of all, a regular clientele of locals propping up the bar. Add to that an excellent, ever-changing menu of creative dishes, and welcoming friendly service from the landlady Venetia and her colleagues Carla and Susie, and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect pub.”

Don H

Excellent food and friendly service

“Had a wonderful midweek lunch at this traditional country pub on a gorgeous summer afternoon. Very good food, prepared and served properly, salads fresh, vegetables not overcooked, and plates served hot. Service was friendly and helpful with local patrons providing a warm ambience to the cozy environs.”

Will P

Great staff & service and great food

“We went to The Talbot for my Mom’s Birthday, we had an incredible time, very tasty drinks, a great delicious Sunday British Roast with gravy, top class friendly service, very clean, great atmosphere, it brings tears to my eyes it was such a special time to spend with loved ones. There were sheep, lambs and horses all around the Pub and village, as the English say, “It was an absolutely Lovely Time!”. The staff brought out my Mom’s favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert with a candle on it, we sang Happy Birthday, One of my best lunch experiences ever, can’t wait to go back. Definitely 5 out of 5!”

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Glyn Angove

A very cozy atmosphere
Excellent food
Very friendly staff
A typical country Pub
Brilliant. Highly recommended.

Ivan Kolarić

Great place. I have been there 1991. drinking Guinness with Jonathan Rogerson J.R. and John Picket Wagonmaker from Manor Farm

Paul Parham

Lovely old Pub, great food, great beer, support local or lose it!”

Tracy Garroway

Very nice food friendly staff”