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What Our Guests Say

We are proud of the service we offer our guests and welcome feedback from anyone who has stayed or dined with us. See what our guests say below.

Whether you’ve enjoyed a weekend away in the luxurious Talbooth House, sampled the delicious fish and chips at The Pier or celebrated with a birthday meal at Talbooth Restaurant, we’d love to hear about your experiences.

Below are a few examples of the recent lovely messages and reviews we’ve received recently.

Celebration party in the marquee at Le Talbooth

Hi Alice

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. We were of course incredibly lucky with the weather and therefore were fully able to benefit from the wonderful location.

Very many thanks once again.



Huge thanks to Milsom Catering – 21st Birthday party

Dear Alexandra

I would have sent this email to Ian Rhodes but do not have a direct email address for him. Please could I ask that you thank him sincerely on our behalf as we were delighted with the professionalism with which he and his staff managed the catering for our event.

From the outset everything has been communicated exceptionally clearly and great advice was provided whilst also being happy to incorporate any requests we’ve made. We appreciated being able to have a tasting evening in advance and the attention we were given there. On the night everything from our guests and our perspective ran incredibly smoothly. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. We have been inundated with compliments about the food. The staff were outstanding and very discrete but friendly. Sarah was a pleasure to work with and anticipated every need.

We will certainly be recommending you to others.

Thank you all again for your care and attention to detail.

Kind regards


Boots Best of the Best Event

Hi Sarah

I’ve been given your details as Gwenny’s Line Manager. I just would like to express my gratitude and thanks to Gwenny and her team, and also to recognise Gwenny for an absolutely brilliant event yesterday. Her help and support was above and beyond, we did ask many favours and strange questions but nothing was too much trouble for her – she was amazing!

Kesgrave Hall is such a lovely setting and the feedback from the day has been wonderful, from the beautiful venue, to the delicious sandwiches and cakes.

Once again please recognise and thank Gwenny as she was an absolute star – thank you so much we will certainly be using your venue again.

Kind regards, Steph

MS-UK Summer Ball

Dear Keighley and Alice,

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.

I am delighted to announce that we raised an amazing £17,010 on the evening, which is incredible and will help MS-UK to support more people affected by multiple sclerosis to lead happier and healthier lives.

Thanks again to you and all the staff for your hard work in making it such a great evening.

Looking forward to working with you in 2020.

Thanks, Jill

A wonderful time at Royal Ascot Wednesday

I just wanted to say what a wonderful afternoon we had yesterday. The marquee was breath-taking ( I actually got quite emotional when we walked in) and the champagne by the river was perfect. We had such a special day and we are so glad we decided to book. The food was absolutely amazing and the staff couldn’t do enough for us.

We will definitely be back next year and we are now even more looking forward to the BBQ and Jazz evening in August.

I will also keep my eye out for other events as I’m sure myself and my friends would like to arrange something at some point.

Can you please thank all the staff involved for what was one of the best afternoons we have ever had.

Kind regards,


A really special evening at Le Talbooth, Dedham

Dear Alice,

Re: 70th Birthday – River Room – 12th April

Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the evening. Your staff did everything to make it really special and the food was marvellous. All our guests expressed their delight so we feel it was a great success, for which we would like to thank you and your hard working staff.


S and B

Absolutely fantastic house party at Maison Talbooth, Dedham

Hi Keighley

It was an absolutely fantastic event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It has been the topic of conversation all week, and I am sure it will continue to be, for the future.

Personally it exceeded my expectations and I hope to return sometime soon.

Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in looking after my guests and myself.

Kind Regards


Birthday House Party to remember at Maison Talbooth

Good morning

Just wanted to thank all your staff for making my wife (S) birthday party weekend such a memorable weekend, the venue was amazing and was faultless, all the staff were fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful, all our guests had a wonderful time and remarked how much they loved everything about there time spent there, most importantly you made her birthday one to remember, I am sure that one day soon we will return, once again thank you all.

Kind Regards


Perfect afternoon getaway at Maison Talbooth

Good morning

My husband and myself came to your stunning viewing yesterday afternoon for an afternoon indulgence.

I would just like to say how incredible it was, we both haven’t felt so relaxed in a long time, (we have a 2 year old whirlwind daughter) the atmosphere was just perfect, neither of us wanted to leave. Also I had both of the treatments with a lovely lovely young lady I’m sorry I didn’t catch her name, only that she will be getting soon and going on honeymoon to Mexico! I received quite possibly the best massage I’ve ever had, and again the atmosphere was perfect!

So thank you so so very much for making our little afternoon getaway absolutely perfect!! You shall certainly be seeing us again and I will certainly be recommending you to a lot of people!

Thank you again!


Thank you for an excellent party at The Pier

Good morning Kirsty, Kitchen Chef and Waiting Staff,

J and I would like to say “Thank You” to everyone for excellent service on Sunday 23rd December 2018, when we celebrated J’s 60th Birthday in the Saloon.

Three of our guests travelling to The Pier on Sunday 23rd December, were late arriving, due to making alternative travel arrangements primarily because two guests could not join us because of ill health.

The Chef cooking on Sunday 23rd December, was really kind and held off serving our lunch at 13.45 instead of the planned 13.15.  This worked out very well, as by this time our missing guests arrived and we could then all eat together.  So again, a really big “Thank You” for making J’s birthday celebration run smoothly, and all our guests enjoyed their meal.

The Waiting staff were very patient, in light of the last minute change of plan and therefore change of guests lunch orders with regard to the two steaks dinners ordered instead of the Christmas Lunch Menu choice.  Also, then having to alter the final invoice for our payment.

Everyone had a lovely afternoon, and J and I were very pleased our celebration went so well, and we would have no hesitation in recommending The Pier to friends and family in the future ~

Thank You Kind regards

J and J

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