AA Awards for Le Talbooth and Maison Talbooth

Le Talbooth were the proud recipients of 3 Rosettes from the AA Restaurant Services at the annual awards ceremony, held at Grosvenor House on Monday, 23rd September.

Much credit goes to the kitchen team led by head chef Andrew Hirst and senior sous chef Jamie Jackson – as well as their brigade of chefs – who have worked tirelessly to achieve the third rosette; also to the brilliant front of house team who look after the guests so ably.

Stas Anastasiades, Operations Director for Milsom Hotels & Restaurants, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award; naturally our customers come first and listening to them is key to our evolution. I couldn’t be more delighted that our fantastic team have been recognised by our industry’s most highly regarded and respected benchmarking organisation.

“It is fair to say that the process has been tough which makes it even more rewarding to achieve this prestigious award. To be awarded 3 Rosettes means the world to the whole team at Le Talbooth; this gives us the confidence to continue cooking with the very best local and British ingredients with love, lightness of touch and creativity.”

To add to Le Talbooth’s award, there was also great news for Maison Talbooth, which was awarded 4 Red stars at the ceremony. This accolade, also know as Inspectors’ Choice, is only given to the very best hotels in the UK.

Stas added: “We couldn’t be more delighted to recognised by the AA Hotels Services as a 4 AA Red Star hotel; to go through such a robust and thorough inspection process and to have delivered across the board gives us the confidence to believe that we heading in the right direction for the future.

“For the team and the board of directors it means recognition of continuous dedication, hard work and investment and to be positioned alongside so many other great 4 Red Star hotels is truly wonderful. We will continue with our approach of the warmest hospitality, aspirational design and traditional inn keeping with renewed confidence.”

Sous Chef at The Pier in Harwich

The Pier has stunning views over the twin estuaries of the Stour and Orwell, with incredible sunsets it also overlooks the harbour and its fishing boats, some of which provide our daily catch. The 110+ cover restaurant is open all day; every day and serves modern brasserie style food.

The kitchen brigade are looking to recruit a full time sous chef:

  • Working with a brigade of 10+ chefs
  • Opportunity to create and influence new menu ideas
  • Structured and controlled hours with straight and split shifts
  • Inclusion in the ‘famous’ Milsom People Management Days
  • Excellent prospects throughout the group
  • Milsom people benefits from the day you start working with us
  • Great remuneration package

If you are interested, simply fill in the form below and we'll be in touch.

Which Familiar Face Mentioned Le Talbooth in The Caterer?

An old friend just mentioned Le Talbooth in his interview for The Caterer…

Find out who it is and find out their controversial views on Truffles here!

“Truffles don’t blow my mind too much – I know it’s a lovely product, but it’s a bit overrated for me. Truffle oil is horrible; I can’t stand the smell – it’s like petrol! You know when a chef has used it because you can smell the plate coming towards you…”

Long Service Dinner 2019

We celebrated our annual Long Service Awards with a special dinner in the Marquee at Le Talbooth on Sunday 28th April.

This event is held every April to celebrate the long service of the staff. All members of staff who have worked for the company for over five years are invited to the dinner; the number grows each year and in this, the 14th, year more than 90 people attended with awards ranging from five to 30 years.

Managing director Paul Milsom said: ‘The Gerald Milsom Dinner is an important date in our calendar when we hold this special party for our staff.  Long service was something that my father was passionate about and the longevity of people’s time with us meant a lot to him, in fact he could never understand why anyone would want to leave.

“In 2019, we hit a huge milestone with a combined service of all those in the room totalling 1,000 years which is quite an achievement and one that we are incredible proud of!”

After a delicious three course dinner; the award ceremony was masterminded by Michael J Fitch ably assisted by Paul Milsom with much hilarity, a lot of magic with the evening ending in the usual Milsom People way  – on the dancefloor.

Plating up

If you’ve ever wondered how our restaurant dishes get to look so great before leaving the pass, then take a look at our timelapse videos below.

We have been lucky enough to shoot two videos in the kitchens at Maison Talbooth and Le Talbooth, showing a sneak peak at our chefs in action as they prepare the dishes of the day. Just don’t blame us if you find yourself feeling hungry afterwards!


Our annual Beertopia event at Le Talbooth is always a popular night, with both guests and members of the Milsom team enjoying themselves.

At October’s event, we were fortunate enough to have a great video taken to showcase the night and capture all of the highlights, including the impressive array of craft beers, the popular Prosecco bar, dude food and live music. We hope you enjoy reliving (or discovering!) the memories as much as we did.

How to... make a decent flat white

In the first of a series of ‘how to’ videos, Shannon at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall shows us how to make a decent flat white.

It’s a staple request from guests at all of our properties and mastering this art is just one way we can help ensure their visit is one to remember.

Beertopia 2018 - a Milsom Hotels & Restaurants Event

We are all about throwing great parties. That’s what we do for our guests week in week out. These parties are often led by guests, such as weddings, special birthdays and other private events. Beertopia however is a different gig. It’s really one of our events, similar to our historic summer BBQs, race days and more recently all of the fantastic events that our team put on in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

These events are created by us with lots of inspiration coming from the team working at Milsom Hotels to determine how the events are executed. And there is so much that goes in to each event of course – they don’t just happen – but we have an extremely experienced team in place which is why it’s so satisfying to see everyone enjoying themselves at Beertopia.

So what’s involved in delivering these great events?

Well, first of all we have to create the concept for any event in the first instance, whether it’s Beertopia or the Armistice Ball at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, there has to be someone who comes up with the idea in the first place. (Please do shout if you have any event ideas!). Once the idea has been conceived we then begin to plan the detail. This involves creating the core look for the campaign (artwork) to allow us to promote the event. The design is always based on the theme of the event and we always aim to make it eye catching and different for maximum impact. Lots will be happening simultaneously at this point, from planning the food, liaising with suppliers (in this case beer!), planning logistics and importantly selling tickets through our properties and via our website. There are so many Milsom People involved in making these events a success – almost every area of the business is called upon for any location-specific event, from HR and Marketing through to the Catering and Operational teams.

The planning and preparation is one thing, but then comes the delivery of the event and that’s when the teams really kick in. There is a wonderful ‘hands on’ approach with everyone pitching in as the event build-up takes place. From interior prep and layout to catering and planning, there is a build-up of anticipation, excitement – and possibly a little tension – but you can sense everyone is getting mentally prepared as well as taking care of their specific tasks.

What makes Beertopia so good?

Well first of all it’s a beer festival, or maybe it’s a Prosecco festival? Either way, that’s the basis for a great event. Beertopia is relaxed of course and guests are able to experience Le Talbooth and the Marquee in a very different capacity to usual – jeans, trainers and tattoos are less frequently seen through the summer months on the riverside terrace! The beer and Prosecco flows of course, but then the food is delivered – and what great food it is. This year there were so many people overheard saying ‘the portions are great’, ‘love the fish and chips’, ‘the pork was perfect’. It’s incredibly satisfying to hear happy customers and that’s down to the effort that our teams put in – before, during and after the events. This year Beertopia just seemed to work. The bands had people dancing, the weather was perfect – giving a festival vibe to everything and it was also great to see so many Milsom People there. Collaboration is essential when delivering any event and the team working on the night take great pride in serving their fellow colleagues and to have the support of your workmates at these events is extremely motivating.

We managed to capture lots of great images from this year’s beer festival and even some video this year. Have a look through and if anyone would like a copy of the images just let us know.

Well done and here’s to Dedham’s BEERTOPIA 2019…!

Spa Therapists

Location: The Treatment Rooms at Masion Talbooth, CO7 6HN

Type: Full-time or part-time


We are looking for a part-time or full-time experienced Spa Therapists to join our team of professional and  highly trained therapists here at the Treatment Rooms spa situated on the first floor in the Maison Talbooth Hotel Dedham.

The successful candidate will need to be a friendly, experienced therapist with a flair to pamper...our busy Treatment Room Spa caters to all client bases and offers a wide range of treatments using some of the leading brands within the beauty industry.


Level 3 Beauty Therapy Qualification (or equivalent)

Desirably to have experience within a spa hotel environment

Highly skilled with a passion for beauty therapy

Excellent attention to detail

Friendly, outgoing, confident and a team player

Open to learning new skills and treatment routines and follow specific guidelines

Have the ability to converse with clients, be organised and efficient

Must be available to work Saturday & Sundays

Full and part-time staff

Location: Le Talbooth in Dedham, C07 6HP

Type: Full-time / Part-time


We are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join our team. The ideal candidate should work well in a team and have excellent communicative and customer care skills. Part time waiting and full time positions available. Experience preferred but not always essential as full training given.  Includes evening and weekends. Full time remuneration starts at £18,000 per annum.

Kitchen Porter

Location: Le Talbooth in Dedham, CO7 6HP

Type: Part-time


Hourly wage is dependent on experience. Includes evenings and weekend shifts.

Waiting Staff

Location: Le Talbooth in Dedham, C07 6HP

Type: Full-time/ Part-time


We are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join our team at Le Talbooth Restaurant. The ideal candidate should work well in a team and have excellent communicative and customer care skills. Part time waiting and full time positions available. Experience preferred but not always essential as full training given. Includes evenings and weekends.