Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco

by D Hodgkinson

Restaurants & Places To Eat & Drink in Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells is a gastronomic glory set in the epicurean Garden of England.

If you are looking for a gourmandise meal, then Tunbridge Wells is definitely the right place to come to in Kent.

For eating out, food lovers prepare to be seriously spoilt for choice in Tunbridge Wells with such a range of superb restaurants, pubs and cafés.

This is an exciting place to eat with sparkling modern restaurants, gourmet dining, award winning venues, elegant bars and traditional British fare including good old fish 'n' chips!

250 Places to Eat in Tunbridge Wells

From global to local, there are 250 places to eat across the Tunbridge Wells borough with a wide variety of international and English cuisines.

Amongst others you can find 19 Indian, Nepalese and Bangladeshi restaurants, 19 Italian, 4 Thai, 3 French, 2 Japanese places to eat as well as Spanish and Portuguese.

There are fish restaurants, venues serving hearty three course meals, delicate tea rooms, dynamic restauranteurs, al fresco dining, little bakeries and Italian delicatessens.

For country dining at its best, there is some artisanal quality in the villages of Lamberhurst, Goudhurst, Matfield and Hawkhurst down the country by-ways.

For top end urban dining, restaurants are to be found from St John’s down the spine of the town: Mount Ephraim, Mount Pleasant Road, around the High Street and The Pantiles as well as in the hotels.

Located along Camden Road and on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells there is atmospheric mid-price and quirky dining to be had.

Be warned there are so many good ones to choose from, each one unique, you might have to stay around a bit longer!

Tunbridge Wells Eating Out on a Budget

Not only do we have high-end fine dining, but we have cheap eats to make your mouth water too.

Whether you’re self-catering or on a budget, not to worry as there are enough take-away restaurants to have a different lunch and dinner every day of the week for over a month! There were 59 outlets at the last count!

To dine out cheaply, try the cafés in the parks at lunch time or in the countryside and go to Sopranos (Spanish tapas) or Japanese restaurant Kitsu.

Informal pub dining is often good value too as portions can be larger.

Look out for the special offers on the internet for the usual food chains and use the Search facility on the right to find the places to eat in Tunbridge Wells that will suit you and your budget.

“High quality, authentic food”

The great English Breakfast can be had at any one of a number of cafés in the town or countryside.  Perhaps turn it in to Brunch and you’ve got 2 meals for the price of 1!

If you’re looking to sampling the Traditional English Roast Dinner we recommend one of the numerous pubs.

Beef, lamb, pork, fish, vegetables, fruit, dairy, flour, oil, wine and ale – all are within a few miles of your plate to give you the freshest, tastiest dining experience.

There is many a café to relax in at bustling up-town Royal Tunbridge Wells with morning coffee, tea and cake or hot chocolate.

Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine in the sociable atmosphere of the Pantiles, or dine indulgently in a luxury hotel restaurant.

Equally relaxing is sampling traditional afternoon tea in Cranbrook or one of the quaint Wealden villages whilst exploring the area.

Children are also well catered for with family friendly cafés, pubs and restaurants around every corner.

What’s for afters?

Ice cream parlours are a novel import from the United States of America. Going out for dessert might not be so common in the United Kingdom but delectable dessert shops are popping up.

Tunbridge Wells has four to boast of as mentioned on our café page.

Sample the local Tunbridge Wells’ produce

The Garden of England naturally has much to offer food fans.

Take home a memory of your visit in the form of a local food and drink souvenir - available from farmers markets, vineyards, farm shops and independent stores.

You can even take the opportunity to discover the taste of the area with local produce on the menu at many pubs and restaurants.

2017 saw the very first annual Royal Tunbridge Wells Food & Drink Festival including the annual Pantiles Food Festival in September! It's all free, so come on down!

Learn to cook with all these lovely ingredients whilst on vacation. How about a Cookery Holiday with one of the Cookery Schools in the area?

Further Recommendations

Some of the best places to eat are tiny or well out of the way. Try the unexpected and it will be worth it.

Although Tunbridge Wells has a lot of amazing places to dine out, why not make the most of your time here and check-out some of the other great things to do?

For example, if you don't mind a bit of retail therapy then there's plenty of shopping bargains to be had!

If you are more of an explorer then you can always visit one of the many excellent landmarks in Tunbridge Wells such as The Chalybeate Spring, The Seven Wonders and Dunorlan Park.

If you are one for foodie events then we recommend you frequently visit our what's on page where you can find out the latest on foodie events that are happening in the area.

Last but not least, after all all that food, drink and exploring, you will want some accommodation...Fortunately, there are some excellent hotels, bed and breakfasts and camping properties where you can relax and recuperate after a good day and night out, many with free parking

Food & Drink Highlights

Shopping in Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Auntie Anne's Pretzel Bar

Fast Food - Pretzels

Manna Charity Cafe in the High Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Manna Charity Cafe

Cafe and snacks

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