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 Sankey's The Public House & Function Rooms to your Itinerary

    Sankey's The Public House & Function Rooms

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Fish and seafood restaurant / bar

    Type

    Fish & Seafood

  2. Add Toad Rock Retreat to your Itinerary

    Toad Rock Retreat

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Pub / bar

    Type

    Pub/Inn

  3. Add The Superfood Company to your Itinerary

    The Superfood Company

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Breakfast and lunch, nutritious and healthy, vegan friendly

    Type

    Café

  4. Add The Black Dog to your Itinerary

    The Black Dog

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Italian restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  5. Add Istanbul Mezze Bar and Grill to your Itinerary

    Istanbul Mezze Bar and Grill

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Turkish restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  6. 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

  7. Add Top Wok to your Itinerary

    Top Wok

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Chinese & Thai Take Away

    Type

    Take Away

  8. Cochin Marine

    Add Cochin Marine to your Itinerary

    Cochin Marine

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Indian restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  9. Saffron Bangladeshi Restuaurant

    Add Saffron Bangladeshi Restuaurant to your Itinerary

    Saffron Bangladeshi Restuaurant

    Tunbridge Wells

    Bangledeshi restaurant / take away

    Type

    Bangladeshi

  10. Add Basil's Cafe to your Itinerary

    Basil's Cafe

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS

    Cafe serving cakes, sandwiches, snacks & take away food

    Type

    Café

  11. Add Radhuni to your Itinerary

    Radhuni

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Indian take away

    Type

    Take Away

  12. Add Thackerays Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Thackerays Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    French cuisine

    Type

    Restaurant

  13. Junaki Tandoori Restaurant

    Add Junaki Tandoori Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Junaki Tandoori Restaurant

    Hawkhurst

    Indian restaurant and take away in Hawkhurst

    Type

    Indian

  14. Add The Black Pig to your Itinerary

    The Black Pig

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    British gastro pub / bar

    Type

    Pub/Inn

  15. Mister Chef

    Add Mister Chef to your Itinerary

    Mister Chef

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Chinese take away / delivery

    Type

    Chinese

  16. Add Carluccio's to your Itinerary

    Carluccio's

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Family friendly Italian restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  17. Add The Brecknock Arms to your Itinerary

    The Brecknock Arms

    Tunbridge Wells

    Pub / bar serving English food, seafood, snacks

    Type

    Pub/Inn

  18. Add Kai's Kitchen to your Itinerary

    Kai's Kitchen

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Thai food as well as sandwiches snacks tea and coffee

    Type

    Restaurant

  19. Add Alexandra's Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Alexandra's Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Greek Restaurant

    Type

    Restaurant

  20. Maza Restaurant

    Add Maza Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Maza Restaurant

    Tunbridge Wells

    Indian restaurant / take away

    Type

    Indian

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