Taking time out to enjoy each others company in Tunbridge Wells

Taking time out to enjoy each others company in Tunbridge Wells

David Hodgkinson

St Valentine's Day in Tunbridge Wells

St. Valentine’s Day, 14th February, the perfect excuse for a romantic holiday break! 

It all started as an annual feast of ‘Courtly Love’ in the Middle Ages which encouraged nobility and chivalry. Where better place to pursue a modern extension of courtly love and chivalry than a romantic mini-break in Tunbridge Wells with its royal connections and romantic gardens?

Plan ahead for a Valentine break with a difference!

Show your partner your love by booking now so you don’t miss the best of what is on offer from the hotels, restaurants, spa breaks and other places to stay.

We have B&Bs for the snuggly home away from home feel; self-catering to provide some extra privacy and exclusive hotels for that special treat.

There are also options right amongst the historic conservation area of our Royal town which are centrally located. 

A Valentine Break in a Country Hotel

For a country break of one or two nights, you could choose from three of these hotel and cottage options which are all within just a 10 minute drive of the town.

  • The Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel is located in the village of Pembury. A 4 star hotel built round a Georgian dower manor and oast, this venue offers you every comfort and convenience for a romantic break. Make sure to check out their special Valentines packages.
  • Flying Horse Cottage is a gorgeous self-catering cosy nook with super country views for the ultimate in a private and relaxing retreat.
  • Salomons is a grand manor in Southborough, where you can lounge around the estate in some style. They often have a special Valentine's Day offer and there is the Bistro too.

Near the Pantiles and the swish High Street, is One Warwick Park.  This is a modern, slick hotel with restaurant and cocktail bar.

There are many more choices of cottages and hotels where great deals can be had if you book soon.  Take a look at one of the agencies like Original Cottages who can do it all for you.

Valentine Spa Breaks

For that luxurious edge why not try any one of six spas or beauty rooms in the area?  Self catering Granary Cottage has preferential rates for Knowle Grange Spa on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The Spa Hotel has its own Spa Spa treatment rooms to shower you with love!

Hotel du Vin & Bistro is another luxurious package sure to please.

Do book your treatments in advance so you can be assured your loved one is truly pampered. Don't forget the champagne breakfast!

Shopping for the perfect Valentine gift

Tunbridge Wells is the ideal getaway, only an hour from London with a genteel Georgian atmosphere, some very special galleries, clothes boutiques, florists, delicatessens and artisan delights.

How about taking a look at the famous G Collins & Sons Jewellers in the boutique-led High Street? By appointment to HM the Queen don’t you know! Other more affordable and lovely jewellery shops are available!

For the man in your life, there are over 70 funky shops in Camden Road. Unusual speciality shops offering antiques, art, bicycles, games, beer and outdoor pursuit gifts.

Valentines with a difference

Stunning country manor Penshurst Place (well-known for its gardens and as a wedding venue ;-0) invites you to a Roast and Ramble with a guide on 16 Februrary. You must book in advance for this month's theme of Penshurst Love Stories!

Romantic dinner for two?

Being such a foodie town, there is no shortage of wonderful restaurants in which to dine. The problem will be in the choosing so here are our tips.

For fine dining in the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, try the Old Fishmarket Champagne and Seafood Bar in the elegant Pantiles. Try the locally produced sparkling wine or cider from Chapel Down and Hush Heath Winery.

Well-known and committed, Thackeray’s Restaurant is formidable.  This is a chance to sit where the famous writer of Vanity Fair once stayed in this ancient clapboard building and dine on delicious French cuisine.

Famous brand, The Ivy, adds a touch of its own glamour to the High Street, enjoyed by Karen Millen amongst other discerning gourmands.

The Townhouse is a lively place to enjoy tapas, Spanish wine and beer. Coco Retro is an authentic French bistro near the High Street and The Warren is a quirky carnivorous feast just round the corner.

For dinner that won’t break the bank, enjoy simple pleasures like Sopranos (Spanish tapas), Alexandra’s (Greek) or Il Vesuvio, La Follia, Pane E Vino (all Italian family-run), very welcoming, affordable and unpretentious.

For something different try Japanese restaurants Kitsu, or Kiko or Thai food at Kai’s Kitchen.

Kitsu “never fails to disappoint” continuously appearing in the top 10 Trip Advisor lists. Kiko is the sister restaurant that opened up in the last year or so.

Kai’s Kitchen is a taste of authentic Thailand in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, a local’s favourite thus very popular.

Five fantastic English, country gastropubs to visit

These are all in situated in quaint rural villages serving exceptionally high quality meals from locally produced ingredients.

In Cranbrook, try The Cloudberry Restaurant which has a regularly changing menu showcasing the best of local British food – booking is a must!

Gardens of romance

Looking for something more peaceful? Romantic walks can be enjoyed in the picturesque countryside of the Garden of England.

Ensconced in the Weald of Kent you’re never far from an impressionistic landscape or a quintessential English village with white clapboard cottages and Tudor beams.

If you want to make a big impression, visit one of four magnificent attractions that are open:

Don’t forget your selfie stick!

St Valentine is also the patron saint of travelling, so take the plunge and book your own romantic custom mini-break with us.

Get more ideas from our blogs, like 7 places to go for romantic meals - the locals’ recommendations and the special events listing.

The Tourist Information Centre is here to help capture your magic memories as well so do get in touch for more inspiration.

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