Le Talbooth

An idyllic riverside restaurant and terrace with outside dining

A Riverside Restaurant in Essex

Great food, great service and great location.

Le Talbooth was established in 1952 and its picturesque setting beside the River Stour makes dining in Dedham a delightful affair. The riverside terrace and lawn in the heart of Constable Country enjoy a natural backdrop which would inspire any artist.

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Riverside Restaurant

Enjoy an unrivalled dining experience that combines stunning food with outstanding service, all set beside the beauty of the River Stour.  The restaurant was awarded 3 AA Rosettes in September 2019, a great achievement to the team.

The Weavers Room

This is a fabulous space for private dining or meetings. Situated on the first-floor of the historic Le Talbooth building, overlooking the River Stour.

The River Room

The River Room, which is the main restaurant, can be hired for exclusive use and seats up to 80 guests, making for an unforgettable experience.

The Marquee

Available from April to October, the Marquee at Le Talbooth is located on the upper terrace overlooking the river and seats up to 180 guests.

The Wine Cellar

We keep an extensive wine list in stock for all occasions. Wines from all countries and many varieties are served by the glass, half bottles and full bottles.


There’s no better location for a picture-perfect wedding. Enjoy the idyllic position beside the River Stour in the heart of Constable Country.

The Restaurant

Stunning dining and exceptional service

Private Dining

Enjoy one of our exclusive spaces

Accommodation at Maison Talbooth

If you’re planning to dine at Le Talbooth and would like somewhere to stay overnight, then Maison Talbooth is the perfect option.

This 19th Century modernised house has 12 unique bedrooms, a spa, heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, tennis court and fantastic views across Dedham Vale.

The Maison is just a few minutes away from Le Talbooth and guests staying overnight can take advantage of our courtesy Range Rover to travel between the properties.


Le Talbooth weddings are magical. Whether dining in the River Room (riverside restaurant) or dancing in the (April to October) Marquee – the location is picture perfect.

Green, immaculately landscaped gardens, the meandering River Stour (often with visiting swans) and, of course, outstanding food, wine and service.

Le Talbooth Restaurant and Marquee can also work seamlessly with Maison Talbooth – our luxury 12 bedroom country house hotel just around the corner – which holds a wedding licence and can be booked exclusively as an option.

Nothing is too much trouble and we have a dedicated wedding team to talk through any enquiry and help manage the entire process. If you would like to find out more, please visit our dedicated Milsom Wedding website or call our team on 01206 323150 and ask for Alex, Keighley or Jess.

Explore Essex

With so much to see and do in Essex, it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of attractions, things to do and highlighted some of our favourite events to help you decide where to visit during your stay.

Whether you’re staying in Dedham or Harwich, you’ll find Milsom Hotels a great base from which to discover the delights of East Anglia.

Visit Le Talbooth

Le Talbooth enjoys a picturesque setting beside the River Stour, nestled away in the heart of Constable Country.

Take in the stunning views of Dedham Vale and the beautiful Essex countryside as you experience great food and great service. Close to Colchester, this fabulous Dedham restaurant is just five miles from the train station at Manningtree.

Le Talbooth
Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HP Tel: 01206 323150
[email protected]

If travelling from London, turn off M25 at Brentwood onto A12. Continue on A12 towards Ipswich, bypassing Colchester. Take the left exit signposted “Stratford St Mary, Dedham and Higham.” At the bottom of the hill, continue round sharp left bend, Le Talbooth is immediately on the left.
If you’re travelling from Ipswich, take the A12 until you pass the sign to East Bergholt, continue down hill and take left exit to Stratford St Mary and Dedham. Then take the next right turn to Stratford St Mary. Continue through village to other side, over the river Stour, and Le Talbooth is on your right next to the river.
If travelling from Colchester High Street, continue onto East Hill and over the mini roundabout to East Street before turning left at the next mini roundabout onto Ipswich Road. At the next roundabout, take the first exit, then the second exit onto the A1232, signposted Harwich A120. Continue along this road until merging onto the A12, signposted Ipswich. After 2.5 miles, branch left then merge onto Ipswich Road. In half a mile, bear right onto Gun Hill. At the bottom of the hill, continue round sharp left bend and Le Talbooth is immediately on the left.

Dine at Le Talbooth

Dine in style at our award-winning riverside restaurant.

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