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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” (88 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (73 reviews)
“bread” (57 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 2 days ago

My wife and I had lunch here last week to celebrate her birthday. Lunch prices are stated at £18 for two courses £20 for three courses. On principal I avoided any dish on the menu which came with a supplemental charge. I urged my wife...More

Thank 393gordon
Reviewed 5 days ago

This restaurant boasts an extensive menu - with a vegetarian menu also available - and the dishes are great quality. The general ambience is good but because the dining room is "petite" it only takes one loud table to spoil the experience. Overall a pleasant...More

Thank 187147George
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's been a few years since we had a nice business lunch here, but thought I'd treat my wife and I to something of a special evening of culinary delight. A super combination of courses and flavours. Intimate atmosphere. Hugely appreciated.

1  Thank chubby56
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a special offer for Valentine day. We went as a group of 8. A lovely way to spend a cold wet afternoon. A good selection to choose from the menu although a few items had supplements. Food was very good and we were...More

Thank Colliprint
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thackerays is the top of the fine dining tree in Tunbridge Wells and the Valentines menu did not disappoint. The menu options offered mouthwatering descriptions and those that we chose were sensational. The hummous and fennel accompaniment for the bread was a flavour to die...More

Thank HoweirdsTW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dining at this restaurant was originally reserved for special birthdays only. However, these do not come around often enough and we have subsequently found ourselves dining here far more frequently. I love the ambience of the restaurant and the staff are all very friendly and...More

Thank Freddy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was wonderful as you would expect of its reputation. Service was a little bit slow and lack of detail on this side for what would be a Michelin star restaurant. Not sure if they aim to regain a star or need to but...More

Thank Daniel K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come to Thackeray’s as a treat. We have visited many times before and we particularly love Sunday lunch. On this occasion we were a relatively large group and so we booked one of the private rooms. We were well looked after by our waiter,...More

Thank md_stewart
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My nephew booked a table at Thackeray's last Saturday evening as a treat as l only get to visit family once a year from Scotland. What a lovely treat it was ....we were quickly and efficiently greeted by the maitre d who led us to...More

1  Thank Kazadiva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food, ambiance, staff are all excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Would highly recommend, for a special occasion. They make you feel totally relaxed. Nothing is rushed and we all agreed that it ranked up there with some of the best meals we’ve had.

Thank Olivewood
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Kurtis S
16 January 2018|
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Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
We were smart casual which seemed to be right for the place, but I really don’t think it matters too much.
25 February 2017|
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Response from travel_racoon | Reviewed this property |
They do not. Surprising to say the least, for a restaurant of this standard.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$42 - US$70
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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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