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This white weatherboarded house dates from the time of the Restoration, and was later home to William Makepeace Thackeray in 1860 when he wrote the essay 'Tunbridge Toys' about his childhood in the town. A sense of Victorian period elegance infuses the place, with smartly clothed tables and leafy wallpaper setting a refined tone. The core of Richard Phillips' modern European repertoire is Kentish produce, but there are forays to Cornwall and Orkney for immaculate seafood, Hereford for the beef, and Anjou for the famous squab pigeon, seen perhaps as a starter with foie gras, celeriac fondant and Savoy cabbage. Phillips can play delicate notes as well as the big cadenzas, so a serving of crab consommé with mackerel and pink grapefruit jelly could be followed by sirloin hung for 58 days, accompanied by saddle-fat roast potato and onion, chervil roots and puréed watercress in a deep red wine sauce. Kentish cobnuts go into the oil to dress a serving of sea bass with pearl barley risotto and confit lemon, and among the desserts, you could choose the bells and whistles of 'Tropical Forest' or the simpler white chocolate cheesecake with rhubarb jelly and sorbet.

Further information

Tel: 01892 511921
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Open all year.
Days closed: Mon
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Richard Phillips, Shane Hughes
Number of seats: 70
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.



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A21/A26, towards Tunbridge Wells. On left 500yds after the Kent & Sussex Hospital
Nearest station: Tunbridge Wells

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