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85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
+44 1892 511921
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were driving back to London from ashdown park and we stopped at turnbridge wells for lunch and to visit the town, most of the pubs were fully booked so we tried this place. We were with our dog and the staff was a bit surprised when we asked if the dog could come with us as they're a quite... More 

Thank claire010692
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My Daughter bought me a food experience voucher at Thackerays in August 16 for my 70th birthday and due to a home move we finally made it to the restaurant in January 17, we found the staff extremely pleasant and very helpful in understanding what was on offer to us. The food I cannot fault as it was one of... More 

Thank anthony b
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first experience at Thackeray's (many years ago) was dreadful, I was made to feel like a pauper attempting to be posh so I was hesitant to return, but my husband has been really keen to visit and as it was his birthday I thought I'd give them another chance and treat him. When we arrived, we were immediately seated... More 

1 Thank Annie U
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for lunch to celebrate my sister's birthday and found it a real treat. Friendly warm, attentive staff and excellent food. I tried the vegetarian menu with wine chosen for each course and was really impressed. The pea risotto with parmesan crisp and black forest gateau ( unlike anything you can imagine!) were exceptional.

Thank cb1002014
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a table of 18 we were probably not the easiest bunch but had a lovely afternoon full of yummy food. The staff are great and make you feel very welcome. Will definitely come again.

Thank Betsy B
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There set lunches are great value for money. They use cheaper cuts of meat but make them into delicious meals. The staff are good at explaining the menu and what is in them. We always enjoy going there for lunch.

Thank Penny T
Harare, Zimbabwe
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281 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have used Thackeray's several times in the past and until now have always awarded then an excellent rating. Unfortunately this time it was not up to its best, When my main course of Paupiette of Lemon Sole arrived I found one of them to be completely uncooked. To the restaurants credit they immediately took both my wife's and my... More 

3 Thank CookRE
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived on time but were kept waiting for a few minutes as reception staff seemed to be busy elsewhere. Not really a problem but we felt in the way as staff travelled back and forth carrying food, coats etc. and we had to keep jigging about to avoid them. The large Christmas tree took the space where guests would... More 

2 Thank SueCisme
London, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We felt the welcome was poor. The staff and service were very poorly trained. The food was Ok but poorly presented on inappropriate crockery. We felt sorry for the chefs as they were working hard but the service staff let them down

2 Thank Andre H
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Thackeray's. It has a great reputation and probably the best food in Tunbridge Wells, The food was superb and presentation wonderful but somehow it doesn't have the fun factor .............

1 Thank Susie A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$62
French, European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:00
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
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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