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Ye Olde Talbot Worcester

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a historic building and has a nice courtyard and bar. ts very close to the cathedral and we liked the look and feel of it very much. The rooms are all very small which is understandable in such an old building, but the beds are comfortable and the ensuites seem new. We just had one issue with a mouldy smell in room 8. When we first arrived there was an all pervading smell of air freshener, so I opened all the windows and we went out for the day and evening. On returning after midnight, the smell of mould was really bad in our room, particularly round the bed. It disturbed my sleep and being an asthmatic I wasn't comfortable thinking about all those spores in the air (I wasn't too bad actually). I can only assume there had been an issue with the shower at one time as the adjoining wall, behind the bed, was where the smell was coming from. I think this room shouldn't be used until the issue is resolved. Other things to note is that the food is very slow to come - nearly an hour for Sunday lunch (and even then my chicken skin wasn't browned) and 40 minutes at 6pm for a cheesy ciabatta and side salad. The food was nice once there. Breakfast service was also slow - I really felt for the two women serving. There was far too much work for them in Festival time; they really need more help. The food was lovely although a bran based breakfast cereal would be a nice addition.

A friend and I were in Worcester for the day and wanted something to eat. The food was excellent and very good value for money. I had steak and chips for £6.99. The decor is nice and clean and has a friendly atmosphere. I would recommend to eat.

This hotel has a great location on the edge of the main shopping streets, very handy to lots of restaurants and bars, and just opposite the cathedral. The rooms were comfortable and clean although the stairs carpet to the main bedrooms could do with a clean, as first impressions count. they are building a new shopping center nearby and are busy stocking the shops with lorries coming early in the mornings making it very noisy outside. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food and drink good. there was a good choice for breakfast which was well cooked and large portions.

We called in for breakfast this morning. The whole place like the Mary Celeste apart from a cleaner smoking in an internal courtyard. Nobody on either side of the bar. A few minutes of loud "hellos" and somebody appeared. "Which table are you sitting at?" was the request. Scared we might be confused with the non existent guests we chose a table and ordered a £4.99 original breakfast and a £4.99 vegetarian breakfast. "That's £15.20" we were told, I'd paid on card before I'd realised. Anyway the catering skills showed a flair to surpass the mathematics. Toast black on one side and white on the other, burnt bacon (really black, not crisp) The three slices of tiny mushroom were raw... it was a disaster. We just got up to go and describing our tale of woe to the barmaid she just replied "so?" ......amazing that this place is still open. Come on Greene King you can do better than this.

Used as a base for a wonderful night out with my better half. Room was large and clean and a wonderful big bed. Bar area spot on, check in was fast and trouble free. All in all, fantastic staff and location.

Being an old English coaching inn it could severely do with a make over. Just looks tired. However, it is still clean and in an excellent position near the cathedral, high street shops, boutique shops and restaurants.

I stayed in the best room in the hotel, which was adequate, a bit dirty & damaged in places; see photos. The place is dated and could do with some care and attention; my wardrobe door fell off as soon as I touched it for example. I stayed during the summer and the place doesn't have aircon. They did offer me was a fan, it was suboptimal, to say the least. The town centre location is great for access to the shops, very noisy during the evening and woke me several times - on most nights. You littering hear everything in the room ... the bed might as well be out in the street. The staff on the other hand were great and the restaurant has some great food - the homemade burger Is a triumph. I got the feeing that the manager was under resourced and was doing the best she could with what she had to work with - she is a trooper. I saw her working all over the hotel at different times, from manning the front desk to working in the restaurant. I wouldn't stay again... it really needs some investment.

We had a double room overlooking Friar street. While the street noise was bearable in the evening, the noise of service vehicles, rubbish collection, bottle collection from very early in the morning was unbearable. This was made worse by the lack of air conditioning in the room which necessitates having a window open at least a little bit. All in all, very disappointing. The accommodation needs a major refurb to bring it into the 21st century. The pub itself was ok with fairly wide range of food, standard fair really. All in all, avoid if possible unless you want to be awake from 4:30 onwards everyday!

I've always had nice food here but the service was never good and long waits for food/service. A group of us went a couple of years ago and they forgot two people's meals despite pre-booking them. However, a big group of us had a meal here the other day and I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming and wonderful the staff were looking after us. I must admit I rolled my eyes when they told me where we were going but something has definitely changed. It was lovely! The food was really really good too! I was truly impressed! The reason we go there for work meals is the variety of food suitable for most tastes. There are ages 17 up to 65 - so it's a place we always choose that's affordable and has choices to suit everyone. The facilities were also very clean and tidy. Could do with some more bar staff though as it was a long wait for a drink and then she did something wrong and was gone for ages looking for a manager or something.

The hotel is in a great location almost opposite the cathedral and near other places of interest. Staff were very pleasant and the food was excellent. However, the hotel generally looked a bit tatty in places e.g. scuffed carpets, dirty paintwork on doors. The lively bar actually had buckets out to catch drips from a leak in the ceiling. Our double room was large but surprisingly only one chair so one of us had to sit on the bed. Also the room overlooked an inner courtyard where people could sit drinking and so, with lack of double glazing, the room was noisy though fortunately not late into the night. However, the bed was comfortable and there was plenty of tea and coffee available. The bathroom was ok but it was a climb into the bath to use the shower. Despite these minor things, we enjoyed our stay and would go there again.

Friar Street Worcester England

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Ye Olde Talbot Worcester places you 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Worcester Racecourse. This 24-room, 3-star inn has conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and free in-room WiFi. Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings and Malvern Museum are also within a 30-minute drive.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 24 rooms have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free newspapers, and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs. Hair dryers are also standard.

Property features

Ye Olde Talbot Worcester features free WiFi in public areas and wedding services. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

67% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 580 reviews