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Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco

by D Hodgkinson

Restaurants in Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells is a gastronomically fulfilling location. We’re not just talking about the town either.

Right across the borough in our rural pockets and villages you will find some surprising foodie heaven.

Local Produce, International Cuisine

Excellent quality food and drink is easily found thanks to the abundant nature of the region.

Sustainability and buying local are both high on chefs’ agendas round here.

Local lamb, beef, chicken and pork are popular and used in the variety of international cuisines. Regionally grown fruit and vegetables are of course a staple of the menus.

We’re not far from the coast, so Fish and Chips is readily and freshly available as are oysters and other delicious sea foods.

Look out too for divine wines made locally, sparkling or still, and the same goes for cider. Local gin and ale have become more and more popular.

The Best Restaurants in Tunbridge Wells

Many dining places in Tunbridge Wells are in glorious settings and ancient historic buildings with tales to tell.

The Poet at Matfield has a lovely story of its grade 2 listed building with highlighted “quirks”.

In this tiny village, made famous by Siegfried Sassoon, this is a staff “that cares” about the food they serve. Should we mention the chef has been on Masterchef:The Professionals?!  An eclectic British style with high standards, it’s worth the drive.

For fine cuisine, there is Thackeray's Restaurant in Royal Tunbridge Wells which is in one of the most historic buildings in the town.  Over 300 years old, this used to be the writer William Makepeace Thackeray’s home (he wrote Vanity Fair).

The Milk House in Sissinghurst is mentioned in the Condé Nast Traveller guide.  It is situated in a lovely little village nestled amongst cute white clapboard cottages.

Again conscious of sourcing supplies locally, this recently established venue has already made an impact on the food scene.

Cheap eats in Tunbridge Wells

It is said that great things come in small packages and family-run, independent restaurants here do exceedingly well, with their individual followings and regulars.

Il Vesuvio and Rendez Vous are hugely popular with locals, Italian and French cuisine respectively. Both are to be found on Camden Road in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Kai’s Kitchen, a Thai restaurant, and The Spice (Indian) have both been long stayers in various chart listings!

Tapas is available at Soprano’s, The Townhouse Wine Bar and Kitchen, and watch this space!

Unique places to eat out across the Tunbridge Wells Borough

Some of the best dining options are tucked away from the main thoroughfares so go on, be adventurous and get away from the crowds.

Stroll down Camden Road in Royal Tunbridge Wells as well as the villages of Goudhurst, Hawkhurst, Lamberhurst….

The Old Fishmarket Champagne and Seafood Bar is in an ancient historic building in the Pantiles and rivals the top London restaurants.

First built in 1745 this is a unique place to dine out; it’s a tiny former market stall and right in the middle of the pedestrianised zone!

The Warren on the High Street serves a lot of game and focuses on a small number of high quality dishes.  ‘Quirky décor’ is a description that pops up regularly in relation to this recently opened restaurant.  Visit and see what you think.

Kitsu is the only Japanese option selling sushi in the region.  A firm favourite of the local residents, and often difficult to get a seat. Bring your own bottle if you fancy a tipple.

Rosemary Shrager Chef’s Table dining is one of the most mesmerising ways to eat. See top professionals in action in front of your very eyes.

Tunbridge Wells Restaurants with the Best Views

Just on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Beacon restaurant has views that will make you go “Wow!”

Overlooking beautiful woodland away from town, it is positioned high up on the edge of Rusthall Common facing the curiously named Happy Valley.

The Star and Eagle in Goudhurst is more of a hotel but you can’t beat Goudhurst for country Wealden views. Way above sea level this is the highest point for miles around in a downland setting. 

Goudhurst can be taken in on a scenic tour or stay in this quintessential spot and lose yourself on vacation.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro is in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.  Relax with elegant views over their gardens and the historic Calverley Grounds. Award winning and sophisticated, this is one classy place!

Giuseppe's at High Rocks is an unusual place to eat as it is opposite a gigantic mass of sandstone rocks or 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' and 'Ancient Monument'. 

The locale is lush and jungle-like owing to all the ferns and shrubbery that abound. Popular for weddings, you could get a steam train or vintage diesel there!

Top Tips for Restaurant Eating in Tunbridge Wells

It is advisable to book for peak times as eating out is so popular in this area, browse our venues in the right hand search box to find your choice of restaurant.

For family friendly restaurants use the drop down menus on the right to filter our list of almost 250 venues.

For more inspiration, read the blog 36 hours of Food in Tunbridge Wells

Final note: never fear to ask for dairy free, gluten free or vegan options, they are there.

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  1. Add The Barn to your Itinerary

    The Barn

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Recognised for serving the best steaks in town!

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    Pub/Inn

  2. Add Woods Restaurant &  Bar to your Itinerary

    Woods Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A Warm welcome awaits you at Woods where you can enjoy excellent food and drink in a warm and friendly environment. Whether for all day breakfast or brunch, lunch, afternoon tea (… or maybe just a quiet coffee or drink whilst taking advantage of our free WIFI access…..).


    Woods is the cosiest,...

    Type

    Restaurant

  3. Add Fenwick Terrace Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Fenwick Terrace Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Terrace is a walk-in restaurant serving classic and contemporary dishes throughout the day featuring specially sourced local ingredients from the “Garden of England”.

    Type

    Restaurant

  4. Add Salomons Bistro to your Itinerary

    Salomons Bistro

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Popular Bistro, where you can enjoy superb food in an elegant setting.

    Type

    Restaurant

  5. Add New Mount Edgcumbe to your Itinerary

    New Mount Edgcumbe

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Eat, drink, relax and enjoy.

    Type

    Restaurant

  6. Add Hotel du Vin & Bistro to your Itinerary

    Hotel du Vin & Bistro

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Take your choice from Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Dine Alfresco or Bistro dining at its heart warming, mouth-watering best!

    Type

    Restaurant

  7. Add The Spa Hotel to your Itinerary

    The Spa Hotel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cuisine is classically based modern British, complemented by an extensive and carefully selected wine list.

    Type

    Restaurant

  8. Royal Wells Hotel

    Add Royal Wells Hotel to your Itinerary

    Royal Wells Hotel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Bar / bistro

    Type

    British

  9. Add Wagamama to your Itinerary

    Wagamama

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Wagamama is like no place else to eat. A pan-asian, noodle restaurant with friendly service and value for money.

    Type

    Restaurant

  10. Rosemary Shrager's Cookery School

    Add Rosemary Shrager's Cookery School to your Itinerary

    Rosemary Shrager's Cookery School

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Enjoy the exclusive Chef's Table dining experience.

    Type

    Restaurant

  11. Add Zizzi Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Zizzi Tunbridge Wells

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Zizzi Tunbridge Wells is 2 minutes walk from the train station and stone's throw from the historic Pantiles. It is set in a listed building with stunning wood burning oven making a meal here the perfect complement to a sightseeing or shopping visit

    Type

    Restaurant

  12. Add The Poet at Matfield to your Itinerary

    The Poet at Matfield

    Matfield

    Offering great British classics with a modern twist, and a comfortable pub with cask ales and a global wine cellar - our emphasis in on quality, taste and a fair price.

    Type

    Restaurant

  13. Cote Brasserie

    Add Cote Brasserie to your Itinerary

    Cote Brasserie

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    French restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  14. The Camden Arms at Pembury

    Add The Camden Arms at Pembury to your Itinerary

    The Camden Arms at Pembury

    Pembury

    Pub / bar serving British sunday roast with a carvery

    Type

    British

  15. Frankie & Benny's

    Add Frankie & Benny's to your Itinerary

    Frankie & Benny's

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    American restaurant

    Type

    Family Restaurant

  16. La Lipu Cuisine

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    La Lipu Cuisine

    Tunbridge Wells

    Indian Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  17. Thai Lemongrass

    Add Thai Lemongrass to your Itinerary

    Thai Lemongrass

    Tunbridge Wells

    Thai Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  18. Toad Rock Retreat

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    Toad Rock Retreat

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Pub / bar

    Type

    Pub/Inn

  19. Juliet's

    Add Juliet's to your Itinerary

    Juliet's

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Cafe serving afternoon tea coffee snacks & sandwiches

    Type

    Café

  20. Kai's Kitchen

    Add Kai's Kitchen to your Itinerary

    Kai's Kitchen

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Vegetarian sandwiches snacks tea and coffee

    Type

    Restaurant

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