Local history has it that a mark on one of the staircase’s newel posts is an imprint of the queen’s ring.More recently, the Talbot Hotel re-opened following an extensive refurbishment and restoration programme in 2012.It is an historic former 17th-century coaching inn located in the centre of Oundle.

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The stone mullion windows and timber staircase overlooking the inner courtyard are, reputedly, also from Fotheringhay Castle.

The staircase is believed to be that which Mary Queen of Scots famously descended on route to her execution at the castle on 8 February 1587.

The hotel car park can be found by driving past the hotel and turning left onto Milton Road. Alternatively, please use the SAT NAV code PE8 4AABedrooms - 34 Dog allowed Disabled room and toilets available Free Wifi Families Welcome Food Served All Day in our restaurant Coffee Shop in house The hotel originally dates from the 7th Century AD and its oldest building is clearly medieval in design albeit with a modified 16th century gallery, complete with original graffiti dating back to the 1700s etched into its windows.

The hotel is famous for its New Street and inner courtyard facades, which were built with stone from Fotheringhay Castle in 1630.

For more information on the event and information on getting married here at the Talbot Hotel, please call 01832 273621 or e mail our events team on We're delighted to announce that The Coaching Inn Group have been recognised as "Ones to Watch" in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list, which celebrates Britain's fastest growing businesses each year.

After growing the business from six to 12 hotels in the last year, the recognition is a proud achievement for the group, who are set to expand to 25 historic coaching inns, following further investment from the Business Growth Fund.

A recent review by The Peterborough Telegraph’s Joni Ager rated the experience 9 out of 10.

The Coffee House with its fully stocked patisserie unit, offers a true high street coffee experience.

The Coaching Inn Group are proud of their reputation for faithfully restoring buildings of great historic significance and uplifting businesses in wonderful market towns across the UK.