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Full Postal AddressThe Talbot at Knightwick, Bromyard Road, Knightwick, WORCESTER, WR6 5PH [Map]
Telephone Number01886 821235Pub's Own Websitehttp://www.the-talbot.co.uk/ 
Opening Times11-23 MO-SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesAccommodation, Car Park, Evening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar

AJ with the Talbot and monthly Sunday farmers market behind, October 2001

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere this 14th century family run traditional coaching inn is easily accessible being just off the A44 between Worcester and Leominster in one of my favourite counties (hence the large numbers of pubs around here visited!), Worcestershire. The pub also lies next to the pleasant River Teme from which the on-site brewery derives its name. The brewery, which opened as recently as 1997, brews a particularly fine range of real ales which are available at the pub. 'This', 'That' and 'T'Other' are the main brews. I particularly like the 'That' (abv. 4.1%), a wonderful fruity premium beer. They are one of only 2 perhaps 3 breweries in the UK to use their own hops grown in hop gardens a mere stones throw from the pub. The pub also offers seasonal beers as and when available. A good range of foreign wines are also on offer though I'd thoroughly recommend the beer as a first choice for taste and quality. Oh yes, they, also offer Hobsons Best Bitter (abv 3.8%), a personal favourite of mine, a superb hoppy beer brewed nearby in Cleobury Mortimer - an absolute treat to taste. All beers are also available to take away in 3 pint glass containers, and 2 gallon and 4.5 gallon boxes.

We happened to visit the pub on the second Sunday of the month (11am - 1:30pm), when you'll find a Farmer's Market outside the Talbot with a range of stalls selling a broad range of good quality local produce. On these Sundays the pub tends to be particularly busy.

High quality food is served both at lunchtimes and during the evening. Wherever possible ingredients are sourced locally (they list a range of their primary suppliers on their website) so you can be sure that they are particularly fresh and haven't travelled huge distances around the globe in the backs of large trucks and planes. Many are also organically produced or even grown in nearby back gardens! The dining room, bar and when the weather is favourable outside seating area are often full, so if you're after food do call before or arrive on the day early!

I particularly like the Talbot as it also respects the local community unlike many a country pub which has turned completely to the more profitable food side of the business. I'm always one to settle down in a bar to strike up a conversation with whoever might be there at the time - I've ended up discussing all manner of fascinating subjects though more often than not find out a little more about the local area and the history and goings on at the various pubs I visit. Happy, friendly locals are often a very good indication of a thriving pub.

For those who fancy a break away from home, the pub also offers well-appointed en-suite accommodation with good facilities including homemade cookies!

Inns and Pubs of the Cotswolds,
M Turner, 2007
The Cotswolds are home to some of England's finest and much-loved historical inns and pubs. This A-Z covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire is a delightful tour around the most interesting pubs in the area.

Worcestershire's Historic Pubs,
K Turner & J Dobrzynski, 2007
With well over 500 establishments to choose from, in this quintessentially English county.

Pocket Pub Walks Worcestershire and Malverns,
R Noyce, 2007
This is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes near Stourport, Bromsgrove, Malvern and Pershore, with maps and photographs.

Adventurous Pub Walks in Worcestershire,
R Woodcock, 2006
This volume provides details of 20 circular walks varying in length between 7 and 12 miles and each based on a good local pub, including routes at Alfrick, Chaddesley Corbett and Inkberrow.

AA Pub Walks and Cycle Rides: Heart of England,
AA Publishing, 2005
This guide includes 25 walks and 15 cycle rides with colour photographs throughout showing sites, views and pubs along the route. A full colour map accompanies each walk and cycle and there is practical information such as distance, minimum time and level of difficulty to make sure you make the most of your family day out.

Pub Walks in the Malvern Hills,
R Woodcock, 2003
Twenty circular walks based on good local pubs. Includes routes near Welland, Ledbury, Upton on Severn, Great Malvern and Hanley Swan.

Pub Strolls in Worcestershire,
R Noyce, 2001
Thirty short circular walks based around good local pubs and pleasant countryside. Includes maps and colour photographs.

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