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Sankey's The Public House

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39 Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN4 8AA, England
+44 1892 511422
09:00 - 00:00
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cant fault the food but the service let us down big time. Waiter not knowing the gin choice, type of tonic or what was in the paella. Also being charged for a few pieces of bread when the mains are c.£20! Come on! Also, didn't know the Brasserie was on Camden Road yet - could have sworn we were downstairs... More 

2 Thank Chris L
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Booked Sunday lunch to relax after running in the local half marathon race. Must say it was excellent. Staff very friendly and attentive. My wife and I thought the fish cakes were particularly tasty, coming with an equally tasty sauce. Puddings (creme brulee / cheese) were both very nice. Also really liked the selection of interesting beers - I was... More 

Thank Richard W
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place has dozens of beers on tap including a selection of craft beers and international offerings as well. Gets busy on Friday and Saturday evenings so get there early if you want to get a seat. Nice bar menu including some fish dishes with everything being very fresh as the owners also run a fishmongers in town.

Thank Cai85
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The decor is delightfully tasteful and really great atmosphere with a roaring fire. There's a great beer selection from brewdog, and the food was just delicious. My girlfriends paella had a very generous portion of seafood and was really well seasoned, the burgers we had were just great, and the roasts looked fantastic too. Plus our friends kid ate free... More 

Thank Mat D
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Its a really buzzy bistro type vibe with great dining - loved the staff, loved the menu and had a great time x

Thank audrey457
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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42 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Been there thanks to Tripadvisor. And that was a good idea. A large choice of beers on tap and especially IPA ones. The waiter advised me a special one and that was perfect. As they are specialized in sea food, I’ve taken a Fish & Chips. The best one, I’ve ever eaten. The decoration is lovely and the mood inside... More 

Thank Olrick9
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We went for lunch, the place is really nice however the temperature was freezing, took quite awhile to warm up and had my whole meal with my scarf wrapped around me - also, a trip to the toilets is not a warming thing! Aside from that the setting is very nice and the food is good. We get fish from... More 

Thank BSF71
MSankey, Manager at Sankey's The Public House, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to visit our restaurant and post a review. Firstly we are aware of a heating issue in the restaurant area, this has now been resolved. a faulty boiler was the culprit. Our chefs are always changing the menu to keep it varied so scallops come and go, they are not a permanent fixture... More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Excellent service, good food and great atmosphere. We have visited the pub many times and there is always a good choice of bar food on offer. I always choose my favourite, Moules Mariner with crusty bread and chips, this together with a very pleasant sauvignon blanc always delights. My wife likes to vary her choice and this time chose the... More 

Thank John C
MSankey, Manager at Sankey's The Public House, responded to this review

HI John, Thank you so much for posting another review. Your regular custom is hugely appreciated. Ill have a chat with you about the basket when I next see you, I think we can improve on this for sure. regards Matthew More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Food and service were good but not superb. Disappointed the owner made a real fuss of the family next to us giving them freebie dishes to taste while they were waiting and deciding but nothing for anyone else. If you're going to do that be discreet or do it privately.

Thank libbz18
MSankey, Manager at Sankey's The Public House, responded to this review

Hi Libbz18, I have tried to contact you via a direct message here on TripAdvisor to ask you to explain in more detail what upset you about your visit, as non of our managers can recall anything like this happening. I have tried to jog my memory too and cannot recall a time when one set of customers were treated... More 

United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Ate here for a Christmas party and was very impressed with the quality of the food. The smoked duck was nice and had a heady, woody flavour. The traditional turkey was cooked very well, with a beautifully rich sauce made from proper stock. The waiting staff coped very well with the rowdy demands of a large group. I look forward... More 

1 Thank Adam F
MSankey, Manager at Sankey's The Public House, responded to this review

Hi Adam, Thank you for tasking the time to post a review of your recent Christmas party here at Sankey's. I am delighted that you enjoyed your food, I have passed this on to our chefs. Kind Regards Matthew More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$50
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN4 8AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 511422
Sankeys The Public House is a food led Pub in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells specialising in seafood

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?