Milsom Hotels’ Le Talbooth Celebrates Six Decades With A Dramatic New Look

Milsom Hotels’ Le Talbooth Celebrates Six Decades With A Dramatic New Look

Le Talbooth, flagship restaurant of the Milsom Hotels and Restaurants group, has begun 2013 with a strikingly theatrical new look that reaffirms the restaurant’s place as a legend of the UK’s fine-dining scene. The dramatic makeover is the vision of Geraldine Milsom, wife of the group’s managing director Paul Milsom, whose distinctive design talent can be seen across the entire hotel and restaurant group. She comments: “Le Talboothcelebrated its sixtieth year last year with the arrival of a talented young chef in the form of Zack Deakins so it seemed only fitting that we should take the restaurant forward into a new era with an original and bold new look. The challenge was to strike the balance between the call of the modern and Zack’s wonderfully elegant cuisine and that of the past and the needs of an historically significant, listed building.”

Le Talbooth Restaurant

Le Talbooth’s new look is light, vibrant and glamorous with a casual air. The entire redesign project cost £300,000 and was done in-house by the Milsom’s team using local designers, craftsmen and producers that have worked for Milsoms before. All the tables are bespoke and even the carpet was designed in-house. Contrasting, tactile materials such as wood and leather bring subtle variety and texture to the design scheme, while bold feature pieces such as large chrome radiators and unique theatrical chandeliers lend all-out drama. The windows, always a major feature of the room given the views out over the River Stour, have been enhanced by new curtains by Andrew Martin, while the local scenery has also inspired the artwork on the wall inside: new paintings of the John Constable barge that used to travel the river Stour by local artist Jamie Dodds (whose work can also be seen at Milsom’s The Pier in Harwich). The redesigned interior makes the perfect showcase for the talents of Le Talbooth’s head chef Zack Deakins. Since his arrival during Le Talbooth’s sixtieth year, he has modernised the cooking with his flair and intelligent and considered creativity. Sample dishes include an elegant smoked salmon tartare with slow cooked hen’s yolk and caviar and venison. Le Talbooth is the very definition of a destination restaurant. Located on the banks of the River Stour in the heart of Essex Constable Country, its reputation is founded not only on its great setting and 15th Century building but on its exquisite food, fine wine and gracious, friendly service. The restaurant, then just a modest tearoom, was taken over by Milsom Hotels’ founder, the late Gerald Milsom in 1952. Since then, it has been recognised and awarded time and time again as one of the country’s leading fine-dining restaurants. Le Talbooth is open from Monday to Saturday for lunch from 12 noon to 2pm, and for dinner from 7pm to 9.15pm. It opens for lunch on Sundays from 12 noon to 2pm. Le Talbooth

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+Tim Capper

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