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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 - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 22:00
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here on a Saturday night and did the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. We both enjoyed the meal although it was quite expensive for what you are being served. Another downside is the service. I felt like the waiters were constantly hovering around us and they were bringing out the courses far too quickly.

Thank anniep84
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited Thackery's recently after meaning to go for ages and were not disappointed. We went for lunch on a Saturday which was an absolute bargain. Ther we're four of us and we all loved all of our courses. There is an excellent and extensive wine list from reasonably priced to high end. The service was first class and we'll... More 

Thank KentGlobetrotters
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Probably one of the best three course meals I have ever had. Lovely surroundings, great service and amazing food. Highly recommend. We had the Sunday lunch set menu which was delicious. For my next big birthday I will definitely hire out the room upstairs for a private dining experience. Lovely furniture and decor.

Thank hspe5150
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As you would expect from a fine dining restaurant, the service and food were excellent. The lunch menu is varied enough to satisfy most tastes. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the waitress new how each course was cooked. The wine list is extensive (and expensive!),. Well worth a visit.

Thank ga s
Hailsham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

First visit to this Michelin starred restaurant. Very pleasantly surprised at price of their set lunch time menu(£20 for 3 courses). First visit so we decided to have the more expensive chef's tasting menu. Had doubts because after ordering a freshly squeezed orange juice as an aperitif a bottled kind was served. After declining this the maitre'd tried to justify... More 

Thank Gareoult
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My favourite place to dine ,it's a culinary experience ,art on a plate ,great front of house staff very helpful

1 Thank martinkno
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thackeray's is the best restaurant in Tunbridge Wells. Exceptional food. Professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Fantastic drinks menu. Atmospheric setting. I dont think i need to go on....................

Thank jimmytford
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144 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for Sunday lunch. The building is nice and dining room is bright, the atmosphere is quite quiet and music choice was a little strange in the background. The menu was quite interesting; I had a carrot and cumin veloute with a pork shoulder ravioli to start which was filling and tasty. This was followed by roast beef; great... More 

Thank Richard H
Holt, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great evening of food and wine This was our first visit and we will be back We were introduced to a great wine from 🇵🇹 Portugal The restaurant did some nice touches for the birthday girl which helped make the evening special The only slight negative was that the restaurant does not take American Express which was a little... More 

Thank Collin M
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited in January. In spite of speaking with staff to request the discounted winter menu 48 hours previously was informed it wasn't available as it wasn't specified at the time of booking. Wasn't going to walk out but.... hang on, I called. To their credit they relented - but not a great way to start. The food here is good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$62
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?