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85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
+44 1892 511921
12:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 22:00
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been visiting Thackerays for over 20 years now and have yet to experience a bad meal. Staff come and go, but all are very good and Gary Beech is exceptional, achieving exactly the right trade-off between friendly and formal. Today we had the tasting menu which was incredible, some amazing flavours, perfect presentation, excellent accompanying wines and really... More 

Thank Sidicks
TOUILLON, Burgundy
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172 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With close friends we dined on the special offer tasting menu. Service was excellent including the repartee by new staff member, Alex, who enjoys having the last word. A shame that we didn't get to say 'Goodbye'. Gary was his usual charming self. Presentation of dishes was artistic and the new selection of plates complimented each enjoyable course. The wine... More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food service and wine, my girlfriend is vegetarian and the kitchen were very accommodating for her requirements. Highly recommended this restaurant for a special occasion or if your anywhere near the area.

Thank David A
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went for Valentines Dinner. Had an early sitting 6.30pm. Felt very rushed quicker than McDonalds. Within 30 Minutes of being there we had already had our main course. The waiter hovered over us constantly which barely gave us any time for a good conversation. My husband went to the WC and the main course was placed on the table during... More 

1 Thank NickyZumba
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this restaurant 2 or 3 times over the last few years and it never disappoints. I highly recommend the tasting menu, it's the best way to try the delicious food they have available. I know nothing about wine and even less about the cocktails they serve, but they know their stuff and the ones they advise are very enjoyable.... More 

Thank Amaelofthejawas
Matfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A surprise early Valentine lunch with my husband who will be away next week.The food and service were both outstanding. This unfortunately was ruined by the business table of 4 ,the boss being loud,constantly on his phone and who insisted on trying to barter with the poor waiter for a glass of £2000 pound wine.well whoever you are sir ,I... More 

Thank Gill B
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere in the restaurant was bordering on awkward, possibly because many of the diners were unsure of what they were ordering! The menu gave obscure descriptions of the dishes, using complicated gastronomic terms - very "posh" but not user friendly. However, given the status of this restaurant, we were confident we would have a delicious meal, whatever we ordered.... More 

1 Thank sharonmvb
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having planned a very special birthday dinner for my husband where I had previously arranged with the reception staff that birthday candles would be placed in his deserts as a surprise. Nothing turned up at desert time - I waited and waited, embarrassed that my surprise didn't turn up I was put in a very difficult situation with my husband... More 

Thank audrey457
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and some friends had booked the tasting menu to try in January. When we first arrived, we were greeted and took straight to our table which was set up lovely, however we waited 10 minutes to be given the tasting menus and wine menu and once we had ordered our wine it was still a further 10 minutes until... More 

Thank Fitzy1206
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for lunch with 4 colleagues today and had their three course for £20. The food was just stunning, looked great and tasted amazing. This place is well worth a visit if you are visiting. If you live there you don't need me to tell you good it is. Will visit again and again and again.

Thank PaulPress

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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