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85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
+44 1892 511921
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“tasting menu” (87 reviews)
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French, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Booked a table for 5 for my wife’s birthday. Unfortunately one of our friends was ill so couldn’t make it. Maitre D was very sniffy about having to reset the table for 4, made us stand in the bar for 10 minutes with no service....More

Thank Derek M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hired a room for a works occasion and met with drinks in a small bar upstairs. Even before I got to the party I found the staff a little diffident. The floors are uneven and highly polished and I know some of my female...More

Thank katie e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and the service is by far the best in Tunbridge Wells. Whenever we are in the UK this is in the top 10 of our list of favorite restaurants in the U K. The Maitre d' was charming and his waiters friendly and...More

Thank CookRE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A short trip from London Bridge and you’re in beautiful Tunbridge Wells eating wonderful food in a quaint cottage. Each dish has a hint of the unusual from a starting point of classic balance. Well worth a trip.... but don’t try to park at lunch!!!

Thank Duncan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us went for dinner at Thackeray’s restaurant recently and had a delightful meal. The generous menu listed many wonderful fish dishes (as well as several meat dishes) of which we all took full advantage. The Orkney Scallops, which I had as a starter,...More

Thank Angus M
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We visited Thackeray’s for lunch with my children. We arrived a few minutes late...there was just no space available for parking in the neighborhood. It is not something the restaurant can do much with but it might be helpful to have some information on the...More

Thank Traveller_UK_SA
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Having just had lunch with my wife I can honestly say that we had an amazing meal and the service was second to none. We both had the small plate menu which was delicious and at a very reasonable price.

Thank Jake G
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Back to the UK for a week, we had to visit one of our favourite haunts. Welcomed warmly by Gary and his team, we were served swiftly with champagne and the menus. Opting for the fixed price tasting menu and a bottle of lightly chilled...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

If you want amazing food in a beautiful setting and be thoroughly looked after then this the place to come. I am a big foodie and I love the attention to detail in every dish with so many different elements adding extra layers of flavour...More

Thank DawnSLondon
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I had booked because of the Jazz advertised- due to weather conditions it was cancelled. We arrived with dripping brollies . The girl on the desk just stared at us and didn’t speak. I asked if there was somewhere to put the brollies. She finally...More

Thank Kim E
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Jayne S
5 July 2018|
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Response from Hoppityskip | Reviewed this property |
Recread my review, I state there that they are clearly seeking ratings by their approach, but thinking through the experience I suspect they would prefer smart casual, but they don’t insist upon it, I tend to gonthat way to... More
Kurtis S
16 January 2018|
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Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
We were smart casual which seemed to be right for the place, but I really don’t think it matters too much.
25 February 2017|
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Response from travel_racoon | Reviewed this property |
They do not. Surprising to say the least, for a restaurant of this standard.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 26 - US$ 103
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 511921
  • E-mail
This one-time home of the author of Vanity Fair in spa town Tunbridge Wells is one of the most charming restaurants in England. An enchanting atmosphere pervades two gloriously elegant dining rooms overlooking the green. The food is equally beguiling. Co-proprietor and former head chef at MPW’s Criterion Richard Phillips serves an intelligent, technically-perfect Modern French menu that’s infinitely worth travelling for - you won’t be able to prepare food like this at home.
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