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The Carpenters Arms

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Three Elm Lane, Tonbridge TN11 0AD, England
+44 1732 850307
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have eaten here several times before always in evening , but today we had Sunday lunch . We shared a mixed platter of breads , olives , dips , etc to start. Delicious roast beef done to perfection with all trimmings . We decided on the little taster selection of puddings to end a lovely meal . The service was... More 

Thank Carol B
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with two friends and had a most enjoyable meal. The menu was comprehensive and the food was very good. The service was excellent and attentive. Overall an enjoyable experience, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Brian P
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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290 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family mid week lunch here . The service was good. T he food was well presented and tasty. We would return.

Thank Diana M
Renfrew, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very pleasant surroundings, very friendly staff. The place was busy, which is always a good sign. There was no long wait for the meals the steak was perfect and a nice selection of veggies.

Thank charlienewlands
Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We've eaten here several times, sometimes for a bar meal, sometimes in the restaurant, and once in the outside eating huts. The service in the eating hut was great - you ring a buzzer and someone comes, but service in the restaurant was really poor - so slow, that we skipped dessert - we got fed up with waiting. The... More 

Thank Victoria E
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Sharing platter... After a delicious dinner we decided against dessert..... or so we thought! Tempted by a little looksee at the menu and we decided to share the platter. Very reasonably priced at £8.

Thank Kia F
West Malling, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Mrs H + a few family hangers on (5 in total) popped into this lovely contemporary country pub for a celebration breakfast last Saturday and were impressed. The service and the good was great especially the poach eggs but what I really liked was the service. I don't know what you think but I don't like being rushed at the... More 

Thank Neil H
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Grunt is puzzled! Being in the heart of West Kent, I would have expected a name like The Old Oast House, The Boozy Hop or perhaps Orchards 'R Us, so we passed the sign for The Carpenters Arms on the A26 with hardly a flicker. Also, as it's only a five minute drive from home, with a following wind, we... More 

Thank Grunt1946
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Four of us dined here on a Wednesday evening in August. We dined inside in spite of it being a warm evening. Sadly only one other table occupied but there were a number of people with children dining outside. We were pleaased the children were outside!! The service was attentive but not obtrusive. The food was excellent in every way.... More 

Thank Jazzigirl
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The carpenter's arms is a "regular" pub in the hipster realm of Shoreditch / bethnal green. Sited not far away from brick lane, and differently from many other places around, it offers the typical pub atmosphere and experience. The food is particularly good: I ate there twice, and twice I was satisfied. I had scotch eggs, Shepherds pie, and a... More 

Thank Granuli

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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, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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?