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The Carpenters Arms Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
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Bar, British, Pub
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Three Elm Lane, Tonbridge TN11 0AD, England
+44 1732 850307
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Cork, Ireland
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had several meals in the restaurant when were staying at the Carpenters Arms. Breakfast is quite good. Nice selection and all freshly prepared. The fresh pastries and yogurt with fruit compote are personal favourites. Lunch isn't their best meal. Lots of doorstop style sandwiches which were a bit large. The Caesar salad was quite good. The dinner menu has... More 

Thank susy_mc_q
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten at the Carpenters several times and on most occasions have come away happy with the food. The plough man's and Sunday roast are pretty good . However on our last visit, I thought I would go for the Carpenters Burger. At £12.50 plus 75p for cheese I was expecting something special. Far from it, it was awful.... More 

Thank Supergoat
East Peckham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table for four on Sunday afternoon. Table not ready for half hour but not a problem as the weather was nice. Bar staff were surly but just ignored this to enjoy our time. Had to get our own menus and order at the bar, food was prompt if not uninspiring. Had to order desert again at the bar.... More 

Thank Tom R
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80 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the Carpenters a good few times and the food is always great but unfortunately the service from behind the bar (not the waiting staff ) is very average, The attitude is that they come first and not a care for the customer . Shame as its a great pub spoiled by a bad atmosphere from them... More 

Thank James B
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Title says it all really. We were a large group and they coped well with us and the food was lovely. I would return

Thank Mark C
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The carpenters arms is a great place for a stopover and a good place to eat in the evening. The restaurant and menu is quite nice as is there Steak and Ale pie. The service is good, rooms very nice and I don't think you will disappointed.

Thank garyparker231
Civray, France
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dear Sir/Madam 4 of us had a nice meal, after the main it was a little slow to clear the table and offer us desert. It Felt like they were relieved after getting all the mains out and lost energy on the last bit. That wouldn't have resulted in a review because it's not that uncommon in nice pub restaurants.... More 

Thank Colin L
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Just back from another lovely meal in The Carpenters. Lovely setting, very attentive, friendly staff and a very tasty menu. Can thoroughly recommend it and looking forward to the summer and dining outside in this lovely location.

Thank Heather B
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

So many refurbished pubs seem so similar but the Carpenters Arms has been done over with great taste, it's bright and elegant and thoughtfully decorated. Four of us met for lunch, two of them were locals and assured me that the food is terrific. How right they were. I had a delicious and perfectly cooked piece of hake with an... More 

Thank Chris L
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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243 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Met my friends there after work on a Thursday at 6.30pm and even at that time there were people drinking in the bar area and eating in the restaurant. Decor is friend and the ambiance welcoming. Nice menu. I had the burger with really great chunky chips followed by the pecan and chocolate pudding which was scrummy. The service was... More 

Thank Katie E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Three Elm Lane, Tonbridge TN11 0AD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Tonbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1732 850307

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?