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  1. Distance: 11.80mi
  2. Distance: 29.38mi
  3. Distance: 29.66mi
  4. Distance: 31.50mi

About Thackeray's

Thackeray’s is a restaurant in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. At Thackeray’s we offer a relaxed form of fine dining free from pretension, applying classic European culinary philosophies to modern dishes. We believe strongly in the importance of provenance, and for that reason use the highest quality local produce wherever possible. We believe in creativity, when applied with consistently high standards and exquisite attention to detail. And finally we endeavour to provide a warm atmosphere with friendly, attentive and knowledgeable service.
Our setting is fairly unique. The building, a former residence of author William Makepeace Thackeray, is more than 300 years old and is a virtual work of art itself. Odd angles, sloped ceilings and off-kilter stairways make it feel almost like something from a fantasy world. It sits just off London Road, among a cluster of traditional-style English villas, and overlooks the open grassy common.

85 London Road
Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EA
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Tue-Sat 12:00pm-2:30pm and 6:30pm -10:30pm
Sun 12:00-3:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£41 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01892 511921

Website:
http://www.thackerays-restaurant.co.uk/

Parking Details:
Restricted roadside parking until 6.00pm, unrestricted after 6.00pm.

Public Transit:
Tunbridge Wells station

Executive Chef:
Richard Phillips

Private Party Facilities:
Set back on a green, just off the main London Road in the quaint Kentish spa town of Tunbridge Wells, Thackeray's occupies a Grade II-listed building of unique character with ancient floorboards and low ceilings. In 2001 it was subject to a glorious conversion.

Private Party Contact:
Craig Giles: 01892 511921

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Thackeray's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Fun (3)
Casual (3)
Cozy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful setting and beautiful looking food but sadly totally unremarkable tasting. It promised so much more than it delivered. I can remember numerous meals I've had for a fraction of the price but I can not remember any details of that menu and it was two days ago.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined 3 days ago

Lots of thought and effort put into the flavoursome dishes which were delicious. Attentive and helpful table service. Great Mocktails. Thouroughly enjoyable experience. Would definately recommend. Gordon & Rachel Potter

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

We returned ro Thackeray for our Christmas date, having been previously for my wife's birthday. We found the food and service impeccable, and would recommend it very highly. The Maitre D' and the Chef de Rang were discreet, attentive, and extremely helpful. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Perfect in so many ways. Our favourite restaurant and have never had a bad meal here

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Celebrating our 10th anniversary. Had a wonderful evening with delicious food. Highly recommend, thank you!

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was excellent - lots of different taste sensations. Definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was slow to start with even though the restaurant was almost empty. We were offered water but when the bill arrived we had been charged £4.50 for still water, which was disappointing as tap water is perfectly adequate.
The food was tasty and well presented. We had opted for the lunch menu and the little additions were appreciated. We found that two course were enough for each of us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Kent)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was amazing-both flavour and presentation. Service was perfect-good balance of attention,ensuring you feel you're being looked after without being invasive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Took our daughter here for her sixteenth birthday dinner and had a super evening. The food was a real delight, imaginative and well executed. We will be returning very soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food, ambience and service excellent . Very helpful when making reservation and trying to accommodate request especially preference for seating

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kent)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and excellent service in a relaxed setting

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The occasion was spoilt slightly as I had to question the 'included' wine

"LUNCH MENU 2 Courses | Eighteen Pounds
To include a 125ml glass of wine of our recommendation with your starter and main course
Eight Pound Fifty Supplement"

I would not expect wine to be included at this price, and in fact the wine is NOT included - it is extra.
The use of the word 'included' is false and misleading.

Your waiter refused to acknowledge this, pointing out my mistake.

What you seem to be saying in fact, is that the minimum price to be paid for 125ml wine is £8.50 despite their being cheaper wines on the wine menu

I would suggest you review the wording of your menu - unless it is your intention to deceive

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

The finest food and service in Kent.
I particularly recommend the lunch with matched wines for each course.
High quality, interesting food, well designed.
Special offering at a reasonable price.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Superb, technically adept food; excellent yet friendly and relaxed service; good wine list, including a very good unusual sparkling English wine by the glass; nice bar upstairs for coffee afterwards. Would certainly return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Charming and friendly with great food and service

It's always a wrench to leave ....

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kent)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food, Good table, special service. My guests were very impressed. I'll be back again soon.

Derek Cook

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 (London)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. Reassuringly expensive but not excessive. Will be returning for sure

Tags: Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on March 22, 2015

My partner and I have eaten at Thackeray's several times in recent years, both for lunch and for dinner, and the experience has never disappointed.

The most important aspect of any restaurant review must be the food and on this count Thackeray's scores highest. There is a wide choice of both starters and mains on the menu and in my experience all of the dishes are amazing.

The dining room is also excellent with a spacious layout, comfortable furniture and neutral décor. The occasional creak from the old floor boards only add to the atmosphere.

The staff are very efficient and professional but there is a quite informal and relaxed atmosphere.

In short, Thackeray's is excellent on all counts. It is our favourite restaurant in the South East.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Kent)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Have been to Thackerays many time and they never disappoint. The lunch menu is fantastic value for a really good meal. Would highly recommend it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on March 12, 2015

Having made this booking with much excitement following other visits the result was disappointing. The staff on the day were disinterested and aloof. We were served an amuse bouche of mushroom consommé that was extremely salty, cloudy and then heavy peppered at the bottom. The rest of the meal was ok but not as wonderful as you would want for the price. Having given up waiting for the staff we ended up serving ourselves the wine. There was only one other table in at this point. The room it self has water damage and needs attention. All in all disappointing.

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 (London)·Dined on March 8, 2015

I was impressed by the whole experience. The restaurant was busy and we were not hurried a truly lovely experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on March 8, 2015

This was our second visit - reluctantly on my part. The decor is desperately in need of attention - terribly shabby, but not in a 'chic' way. Service remains as poor as ever. We waited ages for each course. Tables that arrived later than us had even longer delays. And never one word of apology to us or any or the table around us. Our three course lunch took three-and-a-half hours. The food did not merit a Michelin star. The 28-day sirloin was very disappointing - no flavour at all. And the usual pretentious nonsense of no salt and pepper pots on the tables. My request for English mustard was denied - only Dijon was available. And that finally arrived when I was eating my last bit of beef.

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 (Kent)·Dined on March 1, 2015

Went to Thackery's for a birthday lunch, have been coming here for many years but not done so for a while. Charming greetings but some confusion about whether there was room available in the bars upstairs or downstairs, not a problem but first signs that not all well in the running of the place. Sat down in the lovely, airy dining room. Took the waiting staff rather a long time to take food orders, long wait again to order the wine. All staff seemed very busy and appeared to be short handed. Fantastic artichoke veloute Amuse Bouche arrived promptly, but then some wait for the Starters to arrive. All cooked well and tasty but 3 hungry teenagers not satisfied, despite consuming copious amounts of bread. Even longer wait, must have been 40 mins, although felt like an hour+. for the mains. Eventually arrived and again all to a high standard but somewhat measerly. My own dish of Chicken was well executed but missing the confit leg per the menu, no mention of what had happened to it. Appreciate that this isnt a chain, all you can eat buffet, but very use to Michelin restaurants and portion sizes decidedly Lilliputian. Our charming and well trained waitress was very apologetic for all of the delays and was keen to ensure that our visit was not spoilt. We were given a complementary glass of Champagne each, a nice gesture. Further waits for pudding, all again very good but the table still feeling hungry. We didnt dare wait for coffee, having now been in the restaurant 3 hours. A real shame, great service from the waitresses and waiters, but clearly problems in the kitchen. Food was to a high standard, although not as good as the other local Michelin star places but took way too long to get out. Then the bill.... not good value

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 (Kent)·Dined on February 21, 2015

My wife and I took my sister here for her birthday. Everything was excellent. The food, the building, the little extras all made for a great evening. Our waitress (called Courgette!) was wonderfully attentive. The service was on the slow side but there was enough bread to keep us from starving. I cannot stand when a restaurant rushes you but this was maybe a little too far the other way. Having said that it was a very minor point and the food itself was excellent. I'd definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kent)·Dined on February 13, 2015

We went to Thackeray's as a result of a Christmas present from our family. We used it on Fri 13th Feb as an early Valentine meal. The house is beautiful-worth a visit alone. The food and attention from the staff was fantastic-we had only praise for the whole experience

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Kent)·Dined on February 13, 2015

On a cold, dark, wet February evening, the warm and cosy ambience of Thackerays, and the similarly warm and friendly greeting by the staff as one enters, is blissful. The layout of the dining room is relaxed and welcoming, with comfortable chairs and just the right amount of space between tables to allow quiet conversation without feeling isolated. The service is outstanding - always willing, always cheerful, always attentive, but at the same time discrete and never over-familiar. The food is for those who like delicate, beautifully presented creations, rather than those who prefer a good wallop of meat, mash, veg and gravy. My wife's rather pedestrian pudding was the only (minor) disappointment, while my cheeseboard was an uninspiring set of slightly tired portions of 'standard' cheeses - no cheese trolley, no choice, no interesting or unusual varieties: not even Époisses.
My Irish coffee at the end was superb, and the praline petit fours were to die for. We were at our table for a full two and a half hours - not because service was slow, but because we felt so comfortable and unhurried. All in all, a memorable and wondrously relaxed evening.
If I were recommending Thackerays to a friend, my only reservation would be price - Thackerays is NOT cheap. We probably went a tad over the top, with two bottles of Billecart Salmon rosé between two of us, along with a full three course meal each, but the bill, including 'discretionary' 12.5% service charge, came to £373.95p (£190 of that was the Bilecart Salmon - the remaining £183.95p was dinner for two, with no bar drinks).
So - in summary - a lovely, lovely place to dine on a special occasion, especially in winter when you feel like being cosseted, having your spirits lifted and your taste buds tempted. But be aware that cosseting and creative cuisine come at a price.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on February 12, 2015

We had their set lunch. The price for 3 courses is an absolute bargain - cheaper than for a mediocre meal in a pub. The food is really tasty and the service is excellent. No wonder the restaurant was full.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Kent)·Dined on February 11, 2015

we enjoyed our set lunch and will go back again to try the main menu .
servis was friendly and professional ,food was tasty ,allow time for lunch if restaurant busy,worth it

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on February 8, 2015

Sunday lunch is a must! Excellent food quality and great value for money. Everything we ordered was delicious, perfectly cooked.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Kent)·Dined on February 6, 2015

I love food, but unfortunatly I have recently (due to health reasons) had to drastically change my diet. No dairy, no gluten and no meat.
I rang up to say this and was told they would make a note and everyone was prepped that this was the case, which I was very impressed with.
However there wasn't really anything I could eat, of the one starter and one main meal I could have I asked not to have the sauce on the starter as it was called horseradish cream so was unsure if it had dairy in, but it came with the sauce! Luckily it was underneath so i just left it. The main course which was supposed to not have any dairy, tasted decidedly creamy.
As a pre-pudding we were given a panacotte with white chocolate shavings on the top, which I declined as I couldn't eat, they apologised for the chocolate being on the top and brought me one back without it. Sadly I can't eat panacotte either as this is made of cream! So my friend had 2 so she was happy.
This is a fantastic restaurant, the service was great, but I do think that as dairy and gluten free diets are very common now, more could have been done to accommodate this - it really isn't that hard! And no even a little bit of dairy is not ok, one of the questions I was asked by the restaurant. It's not easy making these life style changes and I have to say other much cheaper restaurants have been so much more helpful and accommodating.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kent)·Dined on February 5, 2015

Whilst we have known about this restaurant a while we decided to make a visit on the day of our second wedding anniversary. Whilst the weather was freezing the warmth of the building, staff and service was very much apparent right from the off. We had pre dinner drinks prior to being seated which allowed us to appreciate the surroundings first hand. Never rushed and always attentive this we feel was a good overview of the staff, taking time to explain in depth any gastronomic questions that where posed. Food as expected was sublime from start to finish and although wine a little over priced the quality was exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kent)·Dined on February 4, 2015

Lunched early in the week at Thackerays. The restaurant was busy with most tables taken. The set lunch menu was good value and the choice varied. My son and I both enjoyed what we ate, the portions were of a good size, well presented and tasted delicious. The chosen wine was inexpensive but also delicious. The waitress was helpful and knowledgeable. Have not been here for years but will definitely return soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 25, 2015

Its a while since I've been for lunch at Thackarays and it didn't disappoint. The set menu on Sunday is pretty good value for a Michelin starred establishment. We started off with a fabulous amuse bouche and ended with home made petit fours. Mustn't wait so long before we go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on January 20, 2015

My husband and i celebrated our wedding anniversary with a wonderful lunch Thackerys . Had the lunch menu which was delicious. Lamb cooked to perfection . All beautifully presented.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kent)·Dined on January 15, 2015

When you try a restaurant where the food is literally as good as you have ever tasted in your life it's easy to get lost in this fact and not remember all the other pieces which made your evening, complete and utter perfection all round, the manager (Gary) the perfect host, attentive but not obstrusive, picpoul de pinet wine delicious, quail starter and "beef bourgignon" main Michelin starred up to ceiling, you have to try this place it is simply stunning!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 15, 2015

Accomplished cooking in a pleasant dining room. Atmosphere a bit sterile on a cold Thursday, but excellent service and good ingredients made it a very enjoyable lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 14, 2015

Thackerays produced lovely food with excellent attentive service, despite being very busy. Recommended.

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 (London)·Dined on January 7, 2015

We took some foodies from Denmark to Thackerays and it was excellent. I hadn't been for a while and was a little concerned as I think there have been some changes. The dining experience was "top notch". Beautifully presented, as you would expect, staff attentive but not overso. When we had to wait for one of the main courses the chef made up something for us. Not one course was disappointing and the wine was very well priced too which was a surprise. Look forward to going back for a celebration perhaps and would recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 3, 2015

Fixed lunch menu was truly excellent, good portion size and lovely attention to detail. Service was professional and very accommodating, much appreciated by our vegetarian diners also. Wines to accompany lunch were spot on. Thoroughly recommend. Given the overall quality of food and ambience would rate very highly, great value for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 2, 2015

Definatley the place to celebrate special occasions in Tunbridge Wells. Lovely restaurant, exquisite food and friendly personable service. But if you feel like a little treat book the lunch time set meal. Meets the same high standards of the a la carte but at £17.95 for 2 courses its a bargain. The portions look small but are packed with flavour and leave you comfortably full. The wine menus can be a little expensive so only a 'very good' on value.

Tags: Special Occasion
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