Friday, April 8, 2011
No. 30 The Talbot
Visited on 7/4/11. Situated deep in the heart of Newtown, we weren't sure if this place still existed until we'd sent out a scouting mission by bicycle from 'the Stanley'. Formerly part of the Newtown 'triptych' that included 'the New Inn' (now flats) and er, one other, it's the only pub still open in this oft forgotten corner of town. And the timewarp experience as you walk through the door is quite palpable. It's like stepping back into the 1950s - a single flat screen TV aside, nothing appears to have moved on in the last half century - including the regulars. Again, there was no real ale but again there was bagatelle. Again salvation. This little time capsule of a Victorian pub would be well nigh perfect, if only they plumbed in a decent brew. Well worth the hop, skip & jump over the main road though.