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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.

Fantastic food and service. At £20 for 3 courses of top class food makes Thackeray's best value for miles around

Philip Ovenden 01 October 2016

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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

4.6 (((() (based on 162 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (116)
  • lunch (110)
  • luxury (89)
  • romantic (87)
  • private dining (74)
  • value (33)
  • business (25)
  • large parties (20)
  • al fresco (18)
  • entertainment (14)
  • trendy (10)
  • views (7)
  • afternoon tea (6)
  • breakfast (1)
  • child friendly (1)
  • ((((( by from Edenbridge

    superb atmosphere (not stuffy or intimidating) and service (relaxed, professional and friendly too - the human touch!). World class regional food (outstanding taste) delivering visual and olfactory excitement.

  • ((((( by from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Excellent dinner,great service

  • ((((( by from Tunbridge Wells

    Wonderful meal last evening. We chose the Market Menu with plenty of choice for each of 3 courses. My starter on Duck confit was gorgeous. absolutely melt in the mouth. My wife and I both chose the rare breed fillet for our main course. The beef was very flavoursome and so tender. All the accompanyments including the rosemary jus were delicious. The wine we had was exceptional and the staff were lovely.

  • ((((( by from Tonbridge

    Great service and great food presented beautifully.

  • ((((( by from Tunbridge Wells

    Everything from start to finish was top notch

  • ((((* by from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Lovely food

  • ((((( by from tUNBRIDGE wELLS

    Fantastic food and service. At £20 for 3 courses of top class food makes Thackeray's best value for miles around

  • ((((* by from Buckland Saint Mary

    Very good lunch menu both in taste and presentation. The only constructive criticism was that the very nice dishes that the food was served in made the actual act of eating the delicious food an unecessary effort. Both the Lebanese wine from the Beccah valley and service were also excellent

  • ((((( by from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Food was great. Wine list was very good.

  • ((((( by from Royal Tunbridge Wells

    We had an absolutely perfect meal - gorgeous food and setting, excellent service. I highly recommend; we will certainly return.

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