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Talbooth Restaurant

An idyllic riverside restaurant and terrace with outside dining


Talbooth Restaurant

An idyllic riverside restaurant and terrace with outside dining


Talbooth Restaurant

An idyllic riverside restaurant and terrace with outside dining

A Riverside Restaurant in Essex

Award-winning food and exceptional service.

Talbooth Restaurant 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.

Talbooth Restaurant in Dedham, Essex, offers an unrivalled dining experience. The combination of stunning food, created through a skilful mixture of the classic and the exciting, and outstanding service ensure that dining at this riverside restaurant will be an experience never to forget.

Our reservations line is open from 8am to 10pm daily, call 01206 323150 to book your table or book online.

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Talbooth Restaurant

Talbooth Restaurant is all about great food, great service and the great location on the banks of the River Stour. We’re certain you’ll love it and want to return with anyone who did not join you on your first visit.

The food is carefully designed, meticulously prepared and exquisitely presented. And then there’s the taste. Taste is never easy to communicate in words so we thought we would talk you through a few menu choices…

Mersea Crab Tartlet with Avocado, preserved lemon and pickled radish, or English Asparagus with smoked egg mayonnaise and black garlic to start.  Followed by Gruyere crusted halibut, farfalle, tiger prawns, peas and sauce Americaine or fillet of dry aged Dedham Vale beef and short rib, chestnut mushroom, boulangere potatoes, shallot rings and watercress for your main course, and maybe Rhubarb and Vanilla Parfait, macerated raspberries and pistachio or Blueberry Souffle with maple and yoghurt sorbet, followed by coffee and hand-made chocolates.

Dress guidance at Talbooth Restaurant: We are often asked about the dress code in the restaurant. Many of our guests dress up for a visit to Talbooth Restaurant and as such feel uncomfortable when fellow diners are not suitable attired. For this reason we ask that our guests adhere to a ‘smart casual’ dress code and not arrive in ‘short shorts’ and flip flops. Thank you.

For more information or to book please call 01206 323150.  Please note that our reservations office is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm daily.

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 Talbooth Restaurant 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 Talbooth Restaurant 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.

Private Dining

Enjoy one of our exclusive spaces


Discover Talbooth Restaurant


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  and, of course, outstanding food, wine and service.

Talbooth Restaurant and Marquee can also work seamlessly with Talbooth House & Spa – 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.

Accommodation at Talbooth House & Spa

If you’re planning to dine at the Talbooth and would like somewhere to stay overnight, then Talbooth House & Spa 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.

Talbooth House & Spa is just a few minutes away from the Talbooth Restaurant and guests staying overnight can take advantage of our courtesy car to travel between our Dedham properties.

The Wine Cellar at Talbooth Restaurant

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.

Larger formats are available for those of you seeking a long and lazy lunch or an evening dinner that creeps more closely to the next day than the one in which it began.

We have wines by the glass, as well as a healthy stock of celebrated vintages such as the 1992 Château Petrus, Pomerol. We are delighted and honoured to have Moët as our house Champagne, as well as a 1996 Dom Pérignon.

Whatever you decide, our wine sommelier is on hand (if you need him) to assist in your choices and pair your wines with your food.

You will find Talbooth Restaurant warm and open with a contemporary interior beneath the 17th Century eaves and you’ll find our team are unstuffy, welcoming and happy to help.

To book, please call 01206 323150.

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 Talbooth Restaurant

The Talbooth Restaurant 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.

Talbooth Restaurant
Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HP Tel: 01206 323150
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    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, the 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 the 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 the Talbooth is immediately on the left.

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    What Our Guests Say

    One young man said it was probably the best meal he’s ever had!

    Thank you so much- we absolutely loved the party, as did everyone else by all accounts. From the moment we arrived to such a warm welcome and great kindness and helpfulness, we knew it would be special.

    Celebration party in the marquee at Le Talbooth

    Just to say how pleased we were with the food and service we received on Sunday, it couldn’t have been better. Please pass on my thanks to the team who looked after us.

    MS-UK Summer Ball

    Many, many thanks for looking after us so well last Friday. Our guests had a really great evening [at Le Talbooth] and we heard many positive comments about the food and venue.

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