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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 - Sat 18:30 - 22:00
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Godmanchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Week end away celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary we went back to an old friend. Not disappointed.

Thank Andrew L
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to Thackeray's for her birthday. The staff were great, attentive and charming. The food was delicious and quite inventive, without being wacky. We really enjoyed it, thanks!

1 Thank J1ngleby
Thackerays, Owner at Thackeray's, responded to this review

Thank-you for you kind words. We look forward to welcoming you to Thackerays again in the future More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only wish there could be a ticking/clicking box which had GOOD. Having dined here now twice I am forced to tick AVERAGE. The restaurant lovers, the great and good of TW will read my comments and think I am from another food planet....well so be it. Here goes.......Dined twice bearing in mind not a regular. I am happy to... More 

Thank NATinTW
TOUILLON, Burgundy
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185 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a couple of months since we last visited and Alex, the new Maître d'hôtel, has settled in well. Equally, the new chef, Patrick Hill, is stamping his mark on the menu now that Shane has moved on to The Salutation. Choosing from the set lunch menu proved to be remarkably easy with a broad selection of dishes to... More 

Thackerays, Manager at Thackeray's, responded to this review

Thank-you for the comments. Pat has settled back at Thackeray's very very well and newly styled menu is very well balanced and his kitchen team are executing the Thackeray's food as well has it has ever been. This week marks the launch of the new summer menu so we look forward to welcoming you back to try the new dishes... More 

Cheshire UK
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great setting and nice atmosphere. Attentive service and a nice menu, with both a la cart and 2 or 3 course fixed. Great wine list. Chicken & sweetcorn Ballotine, lemon sole , lamb , Cod, beef all excellent. If we are in Tunbridge Wells again we will be back. Very nice place

Thank thecoopersCheshireUK
Thackerays, Manager at Thackeray's, responded to this review

Thank-you for your great feedback on Thackeray's. We look forward ot welcoming you again when back in the area. Our Terrace is now open so you could try our Al Fresco Dining during the summer. More 

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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As soon as you walk towards the place you know you are going somewhere special and it is going to cost you..... but will it be worth it? I always find myself checking my appearance and putting my shoulders back as I walk in, but am always put at ease as we are shown to our table. The staff are... More 

Thank julia b
Perth, Australia
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were looking for pleasant surroundings, good service and excellent food and had been advised that Thackeray's would deliver on all of theses. On the first two there is no doubt this was the case. with the food it was well presented and well cooked but the many combinations presented on the plate were at times not... More 

Thank Willysailor
Thackerays, Owner at Thackeray's, responded to this review

Thank-you for your feedback Each of our dishes are designed by my head chef Patrick Hill, tested and tasted by myself prior to going onto any of the menu's, and we are very proud to say these are executed consistently by our very experienced kitchen team. On some occasions (very rarely I am pleased to say) the dish that is... More 

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Once again we had a wonderful meal at Thackerays. The food and service was excellent and for food of this quality such good value for money. We visited on Saturday lunchtime and had the set menu. My husband said all three of his courses were superb. Mine were too but just one small gripe about the chicken - the anchovy... More 

Thank Bromleyfoodie
Groombridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I booked Thakerays for an evening out on my step daughters 18th birthday, mid week on a Wednesday. I not say it was my daughters 18th birthday. It's pretty standard these days to ask if it's a special occasion when booking over the phone. What got me was the restaurant was very quiet that evening and my other half joked... More 

3 Thank JulietteKU
Thackerays, Manager at Thackeray's, responded to this review

I am very sorry to read about the experience that you had back in May 2016. I'm not sure why it has taken 1 year to come onto this website. We will certainly look into the issues that you have raised. You will be pleased to know that we have a completely new kitchen team at Thackeray's now to when... More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Having moved to Kent it has taken us three years to visit Thackeray's, which is a well known upmarket restaurant in Tunbridge Wells. So I booked a table for an anniversary dinner with my wife and here's the summary. It's a nice venue. The house is old and the eatery named for William Makepeace as he allegedly stayed there. The... More 

1 Thank RGTLondon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$38 - US$64
French, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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