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85 London Rd, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1EA

(((() French
Main course: £25
Food spend: £45
Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:30 -22:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 14:30.

Interesting menu, attentive service, super ambience. Food delicious and very good value.

Simon Slater 13 January 2017
from Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Praised by renowned critics Giles Coren and Jay Rayner and awarded a sought after Michelin star, Thackeray’s Tunbridge Wells serves fine French food in the former home of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. Built in the traditional Kentish style, the 17th-century building provides a unique setting for the flavour-packed modern French menu.

Created by head chef Richard Phillips, the Thackeray’s menu changes regularly to offer local and seasonal ingredients at their best. With each dish exquisitely presented, expect the likes of pot roasted mallard duck with a reduced sherry glaze, or the rich roasted loin of venison with sautéed foie gras, potato fondant, butternut squash, honey-glazed parsnip and a dark chocolate and juniper jus.

Desserts at Thackeray’s restaurant are every bit as imaginative. Savour the bitter chocolate and clementine jaffa cake with clementine gel and poached kumquats, or the Italian lime torte with lemongrass and black pepper crumble, lime leaf syrup, almond sponge and bay leaf ice cream.

Boasting a Japanese terrace for al fresco dining, Thackeray’s Kent offers fine dining in a historic tranquil setting. Tunbridge Wells town centre is a short walk away.


85 London Rd, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1EA

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Customer reviews for Thackeray's

4.5 (((() (based on 203 reviews)
97% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (136)
  • luxury (113)
  • romantic (105)
  • private dining (90)
  • value (44)
  • business (33)
  • large parties (30)
  • al fresco (22)
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  • child friendly (2)
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  • ((((* 21 January 2017 by Noel Holloway from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Our second visit in recent months and again Thackeray's did not disappoint. Great Food accompanied by great service. Not cheap but worth it for a luxurious dinner.

  • ((((( 20 January 2017 by Gilly Bishop from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Wonderful dining experience as always. Delicious food and attentive service. Superb value for money.

  • ((((( 13 January 2017 by Simon Slater from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Interesting menu, attentive service, super ambience. Food delicious and very good value.

  • ((((* 8 January 2017 by Duncan Grant from Wadhurst

    As always the food here is outstanding. A little expensive but worth it.

  • ((((( 8 January 2017 by Anita Bryant from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    We had our first visit for dinner (I've been for lunch many times) last night and it was amazing! Gorgeous food and wonderful service as always! The staff really do care about giving first class service to their guests and it makes for a fantastic experience. Couple that with outstanding food and it's a recipe made in heaven! Thank you Thackeray's!

  • ((*** 29 December 2016 by John Castle from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Undoubtedly the best restaurant in Tunbridge Wells, top service, great ambiance, superbly cooked and presented food.

  • ((((* 29 December 2016 by Meriel Forbes from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Lovely ambience, friendly staff, very enjoyable for a Christmas lunch. However, I didn't think the menu warranted the £110 price tag. I chose turkey (yes, boring I know) but the whole plate looked "grey". The meat (I assume) had been rolled and maybe cooked "in a bath", but it was tasteless and tough. I have had better turkey dinners in pubs this Christmas, so disappointing. Starter and dessert very good though.

  • (((** 26 December 2016 by Robert Cook from Harare Zimbabwe

    Not at its best

    We have used Thackeray's several times in the past and until now have always awarded then an excellent rating. Unfortunately this time it was not up to its best, When my main course of Paupiette of Lemon Sole arrived I found one of them to be completely uncooked. To the restaurants credit they immediately took both my wife's and my dish back and the Maitre d' told me that they would prepare new dishes for both of us. However this took some time and spoilt our evening somewhat. I would have expected to be offered some form of compensation such as a glass of wine or a reduction on the bill but this was not to be.

    We could not fault the rest of the meal but do not expect such a schoolboy error from such an upmarket restaurant.

    When we finally came to pay I was surprised to find that they do not accept Amex, I thought I had paid on my Amex card on previous visits but can't be 100% sure so used my Visa card instead.

    We will return and hope that this is just a one off wobble.

  • ((((* 24 December 2016 by John Scholey from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    This restaurant is our favourite for a special occasion. This time the staff were as attentive as usual and most of the meal was excellent. However my wife had Haunch of Venison for the main course. The portion of venison was particularly small, there was little flavour and there was some sinew which just could not be chewed. We should have sent it back but it is difficult in a full restaurant. This was our only bad experience of this restaurant.

  • ((((( 23 December 2016 by Steve Elston from Tunbridge wells

    Food excellent, and service first class. Overall an enjoyable experience......except for the dinner dishes (bowls?)..they were too deep.

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