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85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
+44 1892 511921
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“tasting menu” (89 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (69 reviews)
“bread” (63 reviews)
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French, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I visited Thakeray’s restaurant for Saturday lunch. From the moment we arrived, the welcome was warm and professional. Service was swift and unobtrusive, we were regularly topped up with water and the beetroot bread served with whipped, salted butter and spiced hummus...More

Thank jojo36A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have driven past Thackeray’s many times and thought we would give it a try for a birthday treat. Having read through the reviews I was a little apprehensive. I’m pleased to say our experience was very pleasurable. Service was attentive without being intrusive, the...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked the Fish room at Thackeray’s for 14 people for my sisters 30th birthday. When booking on the phone they were very accommodating and helpful. I bought a birthday cake for the occasion which they brought out as a surprise at the end of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have often wondered about Thackeray's having eaten at some of the pubs within the same group and having heard of the reputation. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and well presented. The service was attentive but not over bearing. I had the...More

Thank Clive W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely building. Staff really were so kind, both on arrival and throughout. Nice pre-dinner drink in the bar. We were then seated at a very spacious and comfortable table for the two of us. The food was extremely good, beautifully cooked scallops, followed by tender...More

Thank 482gracer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant located in a historical building; has a nice ambiance. Food is amazing, especially the beef! Service wasn’t up for a 5-star review unfortunately

Thank Hugo L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to Thackerays for many many years but will not be rushing back. We went today for a family Birthday lunch and made it clear to the guy that appeared to be the maitre d' that it was my son's Birthday before...More

Thank 28Suzie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is difficult to put one’s finger on the problem with this restaurant. The food is first class although prices are on the high side. Service lacks warmth and engagement with the exception of Gary who cannot do enough. The majority of staff are young...More

Reviewed 13 March 2018

There's nothing wrong with the food - decent quality and competently executed. The same is true of the service - competent. And I think competent is the word that best sums it up. The problem is that for these prices at other restaurants you can...More

Thank samarangba1
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We have just come home from a wonderful day celebrating my mum's 70th birthday at this lovely restaurant in Tunbridge Wells. The building is charming, beautifully linking old with new, and as soon as you step inside, you know you're in for something special. The...More

1  Thank anonY532ED
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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.
26 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
USD 42 - USD 70
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 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
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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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