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The Talbot

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High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JX, England
+44 1444 455898
09:30 - 21:00
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Sun 09:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 09:30 - 00:00
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Many thanks to the staff, especially Julie, at The Talbot Cuckfield for making our Sunday lunch gathering for twenty nine people so successful! We dined in the Hayloft which was perfect as we had a number of small children to keep entertained whilst we ate our Sunday roast. We pre ordered which certainly helped to make everything run smoothly, the... More 

Thank Julie G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Appallingly slow service. Staff were uncomfortably friendly. Thyme and duck is a horrendous combination; don't order it. Fish was dry. Got a sticky toffee on the house due to poor service - it was abismal.

Thank Maya K
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the shallot tarte tatin to start with feta cheese on top. I know that the shallots would have needed to be caramelised; however it tasted like the chef spilled the whole pot of sugar into the dish, it was far too sweet to eat. There was barely any feta on top. For mains I had the vegetarian mushroom... More 

Thank TheBearAndTheHare
Dean H, Owner at The Talbot, responded to this review

Dear TheBeaandTheHare, Thank you for your recent review and of course was disappointed to read your comments. The two dishes mentioned are very popular and this is the first negative feed back received on both dishes. A Tarte Tatin is a caramelised dish so there will be a element of sweetness to it. I will certainly discuss the food with... More 

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108 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having booked a table in the restaurant we started with a drink in the sunny outside courtyard while we choose our food. Its a relatively small menu and one course we very much enjoyed was the pressed belly of pork with crackling and a large range of "Sunday" trimmings including Yorkshire pudding. Good service to.

Thank E8887TZmartinp
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was excellent and the portions generous. The chunky chips accompanying the beer battered fish, in particular were very good but there were too many to be able to do them justice. There wasn't enough custard with the crumble but I was given extra when I asked for some more. We enjoyed our lunch and will go back.

Thank sunflower189
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arranged to have a private bar with a finger food buffet served for just over 100 friends and family as guests. From the very beginning the management was very thorough, caring and helpful with the arrangements. The hot food option was, according to our guests, lovely with great flavours and plenty of it. The two dedicated bar staff were... More 

Thank Alan W
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ordered a Brie and cranberry toastie, out came two slices of cold cheap toast with some Brie slapped in between not even melted! First time in this pub would not return

Thank Steph1963
Dean H, Owner at The Talbot, responded to this review

Dear Steph1963, I was of course saddened to read through you review and rating your experince as Terrible. I will of course pass on your comments to the kitchen team, although i can assure you that our bread arrives daily from a local baker in Ardingly and we would not consider this as a cheap product. Best regards More 

Worcester Park, Surrey
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter's a chef so l knew the food would be good - it was excellent and so was the restaurant . The food was fresh, so tasty, and cooked to perfection. We had to pre-order as it was Mother's Day - it was extremely busy but there were ample friendly staff - nothing too much trouble even take time... More 

Thank dusty68
London, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Specials were deliicoius and economical, and offered a good range of starters and mains with dessert an additional option. Service was attentive and geniuine.

Thank Winklight
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I visit the Talbot fairly regularly, but not often on busy days like Mothers Day. We were one of the last tables booked, but the food was spot on. The beef was rare, the veggies were crunchy, and the staff were brilliant. Well done.

Thank KH12013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 26
European, Grill, Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Cuckfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1444 455898
Local village pub & resturant, recently refurbished with a new restaurant and function space, The Hayloft. Located in the heart of the beautiful boutique village, Cuckfield in West Sussex. Delicious selection of Lunch, Evening and Sunday menus food as well as light lunches and tea and cake.Perfect if staying at the local hotel Ockenden Manor, whether popping in for a pint of selected ales, a cocktail or a delicious dinner in the new restaurant.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?