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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.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EA
Hours of Operation:
Tue-Sat 12:00pm-2:30pm and 6:30pm -10:30pm
£41 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Restricted roadside parking until 6.00pm, unrestricted after 6.00pm.
Tunbridge Wells station
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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Thackeray's Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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