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Le Talbooth welcomed a special guest for lunch last week.  Marie-Louise Higgins celebrated the anniversary of the day she first arrived at Le Talbooth – 60 years ago in 1956!

Le Talbooth was a very different place from the award-winning restaurant that it is today and Marie-Louise was the first of many who came to Dedham from Appenzell in Switzerland.  Pictured from left to right at the old front door at Le Talbooth is Ruth Barber (who is also from Appenzell), Terry Barber, Heather Chambers, Marie-Louise Higgins and Paul Milsom.

In 1956, Heather Chambers was in charge of the kitchen and Terry Barber was just a schoolboy who eventually became head chef at Le Talbooth.  One thing hasn’t changed though, Le Talbooth sits in an idyllic position on the river Stour in Essex looking over the border into Suffolk and is justifiably the flagship of Milsom Hotels & Restaurants.

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The Collection

Maison Talbooth

01206 322367

A luxury boutique hotel in Essex, looking out across Constable’s Countryside and Dedham Vale.

  • 12 uniquely designed bedrooms
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • The Treatment Rooms day spa

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Le Talbooth

01206 323150

Great food and great service at this stunning restaurant beside the River Stour.

  • Riverside terrace and lawn
  • Outdoor marquee perfect for weddings
  • Private dining options available

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The Pier

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Visit our hotel and restaurants by the coast for something a little different.

  • 14 individual bedrooms
  • All-day dining in the bar brasserie
  • Fresh sea food caught daily

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01206 322795

Escape from the bustle and relax at this charming hotel with bar, restaurant, lounge and terrace.

    15 quiet and relaxing bedrooms
  • Bar and restaurant with all-day dining
  • Two great spaces for meetings or private dining

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Kesgrave Hall

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Charming hotel and restaurant set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Suffolk.

  • 23 en-suite bedrooms
  • Relaxed brasserie - open all day
  • Premier event venue The Hangar

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