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“water of life”

The Chalybeate Spring
Reviewed 18 June 2013

brilliant pourers always full of information. the water takes some getting used to but you have to remember it's good for you and has been for 400 years

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

The 'Dipper' was dressed in historical costume and told us all about the history of the spring. It was very interesting and you should make the £1 'donation' and try the water but be warned it tastes like iron!

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Reviewed 14 April 2013

Our 'dipper' - whose name I think is Marcus - was on hand at the Chalybeate Spring to give us a potted history of Tunbridge Wells and pour us a glass (£1) of spring water. Please be advised that one does not drink this water to savour its delicate flavour. It can taste as if you have been sucking on a silver coin; you may even think it is the foulest thing ever to pass your lips. I had a full glass of it, drank it right down to the last drop, but only because I was drinking it for the very thing that makes it taste the way it does - the iron. Marcus will show you a glass of spring water that has been left to stand and you will see a layer of red sediment at the bottom, this is the iron that is present in the water. I'd be quite happy to have a glass of this every day to ensure a good supply of iron in my blood. The aftertaste lasts a while but is not unpleasant as it leaves your mouth feeling moist and clean-tasting. Royal Tunbridge Wells is a lovely place to amble around, there are some quirky buildings to photograph and interesting shops to pop into and browse. I am fairly susceptible to atmosphere and on looking up and down The Pantiles, I could well imagine the gentlemen in their tricorn hats and breeches, the ladies in their long dresses, broad-brimmed hats and powdered wigs, all of them strolling along, nodding to their acquaintances and delighting in being 'seen' at one of the most prestigious venues of 17th century England. Just nearby is the Church of King Charles the Martyr, also worth a visit. Beautiful; ornate but unpretentious.

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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Historically interesting but not much to look at. Background information as to how it led to Tunbridge Wells' existence is worth reading if passing but not worth a day out!

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Reviewed 21 January 2013

The Pantiles - Tunbridge Wells is now - The Place To Be. Chalybeate Spring is OK but tastes Nasty - It's all about the iron in the water apparantly so give it a go. The Pantiles is now a fantastic vanue in the summer for music festivals, markets etc etc - the winter is great too - especially Christmas - Go Visit

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