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85 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1EA, England
+44 1892 511921
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“tasting menu” (85 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (65 reviews)
“petit fours” (16 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 5 days ago

Booked as a little pilgrimage for food. You get the feeling that this venue really wants a Michelin star. Lots of nice touches seeking to hit that quality, my impression is....not quite there. Staff were attentive and interested but not overly communicative it felt. We...More

Thank Hoppityskip
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I decided to celebrate 32 years of being happily married with a Summer Supper at Thackeray's. We weren't disappointed, with superb food and service (by Gary and a bright new waitress on her first night). The flavours, from beetroot slivers to sweet...More

Thank Ashley D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Summer menu @£30 good value but not the choice of the normal menu @£55 Great service, great presentation with very good flavoursome food set in a good ambience make this one of TWs preferred dining options

Thank Drtravelinstyle
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this long-established French influenced restaurant for lunch on a Friday and selected the 3-course menu, which was excellent value at £20, although the modest extras that we selected added almost £80 to the final bill. Potential clients thinking of the set lunch menus...More

Thank Garry P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for a meal at lunchtime. Weather was warm so we sat outside. Service was very good. Food was very well cooked and presented. Set menu ( not tasting menu ) was reasonably priced

Thank Melanie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Given a nice table for 2. Pleasantly decorated restaurant with very attentive staff. However as the meal progressed we were defiantly being rushed through our 3 courses. The food was good enough but we did not approve of the 15% service charge being automatically added...More

1  Thank COP6HY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is almost nothing positive to be said about this overpriced and depressingly awful restaurant. Our meal on a Saturday evening was rushed. We had barely put our cutlery down and the next course appeared to the point that we had to ask them to...More

2  Thank Jill A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a table for four on a busy Saturday evening. Reception was friendly and we were promptly seated at a reasonable table. Our champagne order delivered the wrong wine, but was quicly rectified when we pointed out the error. Starters included guinea fowl, lobster...More

1  Thank Yorkiebb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much to say.... You can go to a pub and have"starter", "bass", "pudding" and two pints. OR you can go to Thackeray's and have an experience. Three courses plus a glass of wine with each course for the same price as a pub lunch!...More

1  Thank Guy_Osborn
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Third visit in 3 years. The staff were as ever excellent, the restaurant atmosphere the same high standard. The food has returned to the high standard enjoyed in our first review, but missing in the last. The lunch menu is excellent once more.. Always great...More

1  Thank Sitmosa
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Response from Robert D | Reviewed this property |
sorry I didn't notice but my Spanish visa electron was accepted.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$39 - US$65
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
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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