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Tony Cook
 Sunday lunch
First time to-day, but not the last. A really honest plate of dinner, well cooked, very reasonable choice, served in a friendly manner. Clean surroundings. What more could you want?
Sunday, June 12, 2016Rating: rosettes

C fawcett
Been to tavern service was awful would not recommend this to anyone
Thursday, October 31, 2013Rating: No rosettes

 Closed down now
I pulled the last pint on the night it was shut down as the Three Tuns in early 1977. I worked there when it re-opened as the Riverside Inn starting in about July 1977.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013Rating: No rosettes

Graham Newman
 Moody Manager
On Saturday, some freinds, my wife
and myself attended The Talbot
restaurant in Bishopton, something
we had done a number of times.
Despite booking a table to avoid
waiting, the four of us were
eventually shown to our table
Thirty five minutes after the time
we booked for. No apologies or
explanations were given.
After eating an acceptable
starter, we eventually received
our main course over one hour
after the time we had booked for.
I had ordered a Fillet steak and
asked for it to be cooked
medium. Unfortunately it was
served Rare. Not a bit rare but
very rare with all but the outside
being raw red meat.
I wasn't happy and asked for a
member of staff to attend the
table with a view to sending it
back to be further cooked. The
restaurant manager/owner decided
to stick his two penneth in and
became very confrontational and
intimidating. Criticism was
something he obviously could not
tolerate. He ranted about problems
he'd had with his father that day
which was something I didn't wish
to hear. The manager then lost the
plot and ordered the four of us
out of the premises, which we were
glad to do under the
What are we, a bunch of tearaway
rowdy teenagers? No, I am a
disabled 62 year old man who uses
a walking stick and has inoperable
cancer, heart disease, diabetes,
Coeliac disease and arthritis, and
I'm the youngest.
The man obviously doesn't have the
temperament to accept criticism or
to run a restaurant.
Whatever happened to the old
adage, rule one:-The customer is
always right and rule two :- if
the customer is wrong, refer to
rule one.
You live and learn and hopefully
the reader will bear this tale in
mind when deciding where to go.
Sunday, March 31, 2013Rating: No rosettes

Lovely food, Lovely service, lovely atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this place =)
Sunday, March 17, 2013Rating: rosettes

Very sexy lady is Maureen would love her to put me over her knee and spank my bottom.
Monday, September 24, 2012Rating: rosettes

Shirley Ibbeson
Rude staff who only care about fleecing your pockets.
Saturday, September 22, 2012Rating: rosettes

Geordie Sue
 Canny Lass
Norton is a great pub and Maureen is a Canny Lass.
Friday, September 21, 2012Rating: rosettes

Boro mad lass
Love this pub! have been aregular visitor fo rthe past 4 years and although the landlady can seem a bit harsh at times, she runs a tight ship, doesn't suffer fools gladly, keeps the louts out and serves up lovely food.
A fab pub where you can sit and have a chat without having to shout over loud music.
Thursday, September 20, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Grow UP
................May not be everybodies cup of tea ans i can see that some of the Ladies might be intimadated by her because she is a stong,no-nonsense successfull lady.
but she runs a good pub with good food and doesn't suffer fools or weaklings. So grow up girls and Man up little boys because underneath Maureen is a pussy cat.
Thursday, August 23, 2012Rating: rosettes

Andy Dare
Pub needs a clear out like
used to work there but the landlay use to shout at me for nothing she used to have me in tears sometimes during the day and in the end i used to cry myself to sleep at night my girkfriend and my Doctor made me pack iit in . wont go back in the pub even for a drink because the thought of seeing her makes me quiver with fear.
Thursday, August 23, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 nasty twin
reading some of the comment the landlady must have a nasty twin workin there aswell ???? because i not seen this happy helpfull one....
Wednesday, August 22, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 nasty landlady
Would not recommend this place to any one...the so called landlady want to get a job she like doin or even try a smile once in a while....she just a bully that rushes u out as soon as u finished your meal....and dont no what happend to the food over the last 12 month but its not what it use to be like..dont think me or my family will be goin back there in a rush.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012Rating: No rosettes

dont no what goin on in there now but the food has gone down and the staff need to get a job they like doin.and smile a little.just fin yr meal and gettin rushed out so next person can be seated.landlady very nasty to..
Saturday, July 28, 2012Rating: No rosettes

food is shit in the last few months
Saturday, July 28, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Well Kept Guinness.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012Rating: rosettes

Amrit Khokhar
I was recommended the talbot through a friend. 6 years on I love it more and more. The ambience the cuisine is no less than a Michelin star restaurant! I have also had several groups of friends and such good feedback! God bless your business and my wishes are it stays and maintains its good reputation for many more years to come .
Monday, November 21, 2011Rating: No rosettes

up yours Maureen
 Worst Landlady I have ever come across
Cant comment on the food but the landlady needs to go on a customer service course - a loud mouth bully as previously stated just about sums her up to a tee, the worst landlady I have ever had the displeasure of meeting, a truely horrid woman.
Thursday, April 28, 2011Rating: rosettes

N cuthbert
 very poor food
booked table for ten and had to order the food the day before. Food was only just warm. My wife had the Parmo which was made using a very cheap piece of chicken. My steak pie was in fact meat with two thin pieces of pastry. We went as it was recomended but we will definately not be returning
Friday, April 8, 2011Rating: rosettes

Sunday, February 27, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 awful landlady
Would not recommend this restaurant for a relaxing evening. The Landlady is a loudmouthed bully who rushes you through your meal and shouts at her poor waiting staff.
It certainly does not make for a relaxing night out. The food on the other hand is fantastic. What a shame!
Friday, September 3, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Not a pub anymore
I can't understand why this place is on a website called Best Pubs. It has been a pub for centuries but the current owners have turned it into nothing more than a restaurant.

Look at all the reviews - they are from people who drive there for a meal. No-one talks about this place as a pub as you would never think of going there if you were just out for a drink - unless your idea of a night out is drinking in those restricted areas restaurants put you whilst waiting to be seated.

So again I ask - why is it on a website promoting the best pubs?
Saturday, August 21, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Four of us went last night,the Food was excellent! I had Monk fish wrapped in Parma Ham,delicious.Congratulations to the Chef,he's a star. Have been to more expensive eateries(have i spelt that right?!) and the food and presentation at the Tavern far exceeds these. Will definitely be going again.
Sunday, July 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

I am sorry to say the last time I visited the Talbot for a meal my company and I were rather disapointed.
It would seem a cut back on the usual lovely bread rolls and portions had been made.
The portions of food were smaller to.
the service was rather slow, however they were busy.
It would be nice if the food was served correctly instead of being handed across the table for the diner to place in position.
I have frequented this nice pub for many years and always enjoyed the beer, food and service. Lets hope this time was a one off
Sunday, June 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

Nicola Blowman
 Good Food
The food here has to be the best locally. Its good, honest food - very well executed. For once, a pub that gets it right. Not many of those about!
Thursday, March 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 not they now
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Used to be known as Walkers
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 not they now
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 change its name
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 its gone
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 car park its flat
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 changed its name
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 change its name to the ramsgate
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 closed down
Saturday, March 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Peter M
I dine at the Talbot whenever I get the chance. The choice is always very good and the quality equally so. Staff are very attentive whilst maintaining the balance of not being over fussy. I often recommend this establishment to my friends. Good quality eating places are rare and this is one.
Friday, February 26, 2010Rating: rosettes

John F O'Hare
 Great Venue and Great Food
Can I just add that I have been here twice and on each occasion I brought a different party. Each person has thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the food is excellent. This is a treasure and we should use and appreciate it as often as we can.
Saturday, February 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

Thursday, February 4, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Glenn Todd.
 Now closed.
Thursday, October 15, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Big Dave
A group of 6 of us went to the Tav on Saturday night . I must say in all honesty that we had a brilliant night. fantastic food, service, and the landlady was a star, would recomend to anyone to try this place.
Sunday, October 4, 2009Rating: rosettes

Jackie Fraser
I chose to have our Wedding Aiversary meal here and as usual it was fabulous. Lovley relaxed atmosphere, beautifully decorated, white table cloths, got dressed up and felt others had made an effort too. Food choice very good and cooked to perfection, melt in the mouth pork and beef. friendly staff and customers. Bill more than we thought but no complaints as it was excellent!
Sunday, August 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

Have to agree with Davros.
It is because of the landlady we go to the Tavern regularly as drinkers and diners.
Because of her high standards we can enjoy a night in a pub that is clean, friendly and has a good atmosphere - no need for shouting above loud music here or avoiding gangs of drunken youths.
Bar staff are also amazing - making sure that people are served in turn.
Keep it up Maureen - you run a great pub
Wednesday, July 29, 2009Rating: rosettes

 High Standards
What more can you ask for from your local boozer?The lager is excellent, the food is excellent and the bar staff are excellent. The landlady has very high standards and maintains these very high standards which is what you want in a pub isn't it??. The pub is also void of riff raff, and it's immaculately clean and that's all down to the landlady.
Friday, April 24, 2009Rating: rosettes

Ian Forrest
 Mediocre food and mediocre service
Great selection on the menu but the food arrived cold. Drinks poor too -The Coca Cola definitely wasn't - it was watery and tasteless. Food arrived barely lukewarm. Great menu selection but poor service and quality and way over priced for the quality. Won't be revisitng.
Monday, December 22, 2008Rating: rosettes

Phil Mewagan
 Fantastic Pub/Restaurant
I can assure all the viewers that the Norton Tavern is a fantastic little pub restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, its food is the best around with friendly staff and a proud landlady.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008Rating: rosettes

Wayne Hall
 Well worth a visit.
The Talbot was recommended by a friend earlier this year and we have since visited 4 times.
Service good, food excellent and a relaxed atmosphere.
Possibly the best sunday lunch i have ever eaten and the best meals fo miles around.
A little out of the way but definitely worth the drive.
Thursday, October 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

Bev Miller
 Girls Night Out
We had one of the best meals we have ever had there. The food is brilliant, home made custard! The landlady was really nice and couldn't do enough for us.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008Rating: rosettes

rod pearson
 smitns arms impending closure
Was my favourite watering hole for over 20 years, and I find this to be depressing news although inevitable as a series of Brewery Companies have crucified numerous landlords with a complete disregard for their financial survival.
Saturday, October 18, 2008Rating: No rosettes

sid thompson
why is my favourite pub in danger of closing? Are the breweries mad! This is a villge pub and as much a community facility as a business, I fully understand the need for profit but not profiteering. The owners are killing the goose with outrageous rents, rates etc. This was a good pub run by dedicated and decent people driven out because they couldn't make a living due to greedy breweries.
Monday, September 22, 2008Rating: No rosettes

margaret jenkinson
I think the atmosphere in the pub is appalling. the staff are miserable and the food bland. certainly gone down the pan over the last year. the land lady is rude.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Lovely Pub
Lovely pub, great meals, very friendly staff, must visit again. Recommended. 4 stars
Wednesday, April 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Has been knocked down
Saturday, January 27, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 Derelict building
Saturday, January 27, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 Has been closed now for about 4 years
Saturday, January 27, 2007Rating: No rosettes

julie hardgreaves
 nice pub
the pub is brilliant and nice inside but horrible upstairs so lol i really like the landlady dawn and she is a beutiful person
Wednesday, January 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

tom hardy
 it is a lovely pub and hotel
dawn which is the perwson that ownes it is a really good owner
Wednesday, January 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

peter brennon
 the mandale
this pub has nose dived in the last 10 years
its only has 3 tap beers on and the place is in major need of upgrade,
the place is full of irish travelers and drunks - as well as teenagers and drungs
Tuesday, January 9, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Dave Booth
 the green dragon
This pub is friendly with a good crowd and great bar staff !
the land lord and land lady get to know you from the moment you walk into the door -
If one hint at trouble Your removed from the pub to stop and trouble or cause trouble for anyone else,
This pub leads the way in the stockton pub whatch sceme to keep troupble makers out,
the drinks are at the right prices for young and old with non of the new flavers about - (like guinness and john smiths )
the place is kept clean and tidy Yes the music box was removed now you can hear your self think or talk to someone next to you without thumping music in your ear's

The bar is split into 3 areas with only one bar in the centre any one wishing to stand around the bar is welcome there is 2 lower sitting areas with chairs and tables for those who enjoy to sit down read the paper or relax - the upper area is where toilets are and the seating area where the dart board is is well used Theres no pool table As its not needed - a good mix of studants and older members - makes this a great place to visit

regular members attend the new years party in whitch the doors are locked and your in with a good crowd of people and a buffet layed on
Tuesday, January 9, 2007Rating: No rosettes

ben andrews
 the gothic pub of stockton
Im a former goth So this is a friendly comment !
The falshion was a dead pub until the stockton goths where kicked out of the wobbly goblin by the trendys !
the pub now takes a good crowd during the day some same faces -
during the night theres plenty on the best night is fridays Downstairs is the bar with music and good drinks at good prices - upstairs is the main goth club members only with a dress code -
Tuesday, January 9, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Emma Stephenson
 A superb venue for parties and celebrations
The Talbot is excellant value for money for the Early Bird menu. My friends and i have spent many an evening enjoying the food and the warm welcoming atmosphere. Thank you for your persistant high standards
Tuesday, November 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

 New Website
Thursday, September 28, 2006Rating: rosettes


I'm down here from london and trying to find a nice place in london that does stockton/yarm/newcastle typical food but haven't got a clue on how to search. Any suggestions on the typical food from up north?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Jim Dixon
 Great pub restaurant.
Do not let Micheal Winner know that this top pub restaurant exists or we shall be invaded by all south of the Watford Gap.I have visited on 3 occasions and never been dissapointed with the food,wines or service.
Many thanks to the chefs who compile the menu's,cook to perfection yet are rarely seen.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

Andrea and Andy
This is my local, and proud I am of it! I daren't eat anywhere else because I know I'll be disappointed! The pork parmo is out of this world, not to mention the steak pie, gammon and chicken au poivre...! And unfortunately for the waistline, there's always at least one dessert that's irresistable! Not only that, the place is spotless and the staff are some of the friendliest I've come across. Love the landlady, she's a star! The only real problem is we can't stop going!!!
Sunday, September 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

mandy clark
 excellent fundraisers
i recently did the race for life and mick gave me the proceeds from his swear bottle from behind the bar.... 250. hows that for generous!!! many thanks to all who ****** helped for a good cause. a friendly place to have a frink and chat, all the staff and regulars are friendly and dont bite !!!
Sunday, June 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great pint
Sean & Tracy now run this place
excellent pint & plenty of tv's to watch
good grub and freindly staff

try it out it won't regret it
Friday, June 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

 plays ya songs straight away n dnt av to wait ages
the dj is sexy as!! and he plays gud choons by toni n katie:P
Saturday, May 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

the teal arms do good parmo's on a monday night but the rest of the week it's shit
Sunday, April 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mandy Davison
 1st class
Food was absolutely 1st class both in taste and presentation. Will definitely go back many times.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

 pub reopens
pub reopens Wed 22nd feb after alterations at 7.00pm
Wednesday, February 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Pauline Chapman
 Indifference rules
Booked a table for four, no record of booking when we arrived though we were given a table as they seemed quiet.Extensive menu but average food, treated with complete indifference by staff on a quiet saturday night when they were certainly not rushed. Would not return - very disappointed.
Monday, February 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ray Cooke
 forgot cos I'm now old
In my last message I forgot to include mr amazing...Dave Holliday.
Thanks again people at The Nelly.
Ray Cooke
Monday, February 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ray Cooke
Played my 'birthday' gig on Feb. 10th. Marvelous!!!! Excellent crowd and the Landlord, Tony, pulled out all the stops that made it a night to remember for me. Excellent stage,sound and lights...from all the players..Ade Evans, Keith Davison, Ezza Robinson,Colin Thomson,Chris Eames,Dave Shearer,Steve Hoggarth and myself, Ray Cooke. Thank you Tony and Pam and all the staff. You are the best.
Saturday, February 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

de de
 fun and friendly
the dubliners is a friendly pub onthursday and saturday they have shaggys kareoke which is a really fun night out during the day they serve good food the bar staff always look like they enjoy their work the regulars make you feel welcome to the first friday of every month is a live irish band that has the place jumping on sundays they serve a carvery that is second to none and cheap to so all in all its a great little pub
Thursday, January 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

Yvonne jones
 Saturday Night Music
Hi id llike to add a comment about the music on a sat night i really enjoy it and now i travel from yarm every sat just for the music and the sexy dj marty is he called ??
Saturday, November 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

 a plesant place to drink
Now it has been refurbished, i can honestly say it is one of, if not THE best place to go for a drink in stockton.
Monday, November 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

p. merritt
 my local
what work are they going to do inside the fairfield public house
Monday, November 14, 2005Rating: rosettes

 The Sun Inn
The best pub in Stockton - a long tradition of being family-run with excellent beer and a back room hosting everthing from folk nights to live rock, birthday bashes to golden weddings. Friendly, the right side of scruffy, and home-from-home to a wide variety of folks. No food but they will let you take your own in at festival time. (sshh!)
Sunday, November 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 The Three Tunns Inn
I remember it being the Three Tunns as recently as 1976 - an old 'spit and sawdust' pub. Don't know when it was modernised though.
Sunday, November 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 2 very talented chefs, and well done to the matrod
I am a regualar in the talbot and in my oppinon the food is second to none, this is without a doubt one of the best resteraunts in the area, i love the food, the chefs are very very talented and know exactly what to do. The resteraunt does however slip down on the service, employing many young waiters and waitreses, to be a top resteraunt all around this would have to be delt with. Dont get me rong the starters and main course are beutiful, beautiful food, beautiful garnish and you can tell the food comes from the heart! The deserts are also well garnished and taste delicioiuse, although the all do generally look the same they taste nice, i would not say exceptional though
Monday, July 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

Lol Nagel
 Norton Tavern
Varied menu and definitely not just Pub Grub
The chips and onion rings are heavenly
Wednesday, June 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

Richie Smith
 Loved the food
Had a great meal. We had a party of 10 and the food all came out at the same time, great service. will definately be going again.


Loved the virtual tour on the website. you can pan around the bar a restaurant. excellent stuff.
Monday, May 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

rob brennan
 New website
Great pub, Great food, Great website.

Monday, May 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Lorraine Larner
 meals & service
my husband and I have eaten at the Talbot on many occasion. Food and service is always excellent. Brian and Joyce are wonderful hosts. Pub would be a great venue for a small wedding reception
Monday, March 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Dawn Ryder
 'The Three Tuns Inn?
Could someone let me know if this pub was Originally called The Three Tuns Inn and if so does anyone have any history/photos on this. A family member used to run this pub in the 1900's

Sunday, March 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 The best steak in town
Been before and will be going again this weekend.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

i think ur pub must be really mint to be on this website! my mum and dad go in sometimes. if you mention the name(lords tavern) to anyone( in stockton) they know exactly what you mean and where it is. its a legend.
Saturday, February 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

anne marie bird
 perfect little pub for a meal
very nice pub, food was excellent you couldnt ask for better service, highly recommended,
Wednesday, January 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Locals pub
Would be ok if the naff music channel wasn't on !
Thursday, December 23, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Good Pub, good people.
A warm friendly welcome extended by Landlady and her son. Best kept Guiness in the Yarm and Eaglescliffe area. Thursday night quizzes are a great laugh.
Friday, October 8, 2004Rating: rosettes

 The Oddfellows
The Oddfellows has come on leaps and bounds in the last year, they have a live dj every friday and sat night pumping out all the great dance and party classics, it gets very busy on a weekend night, they have drink promo's on throughout the night and very outgoing barstaff who are up for a good laugh, they have not long opened a restaurant there from what used to be the back bar and the food is delicious
Friday, September 10, 2004Rating: rosettes

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