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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Contemporary dining in a historic building

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Once home to the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair, this lovely, white-weatherboarded old building dates back more than 300 years. Inside it’s full of delightful period details – sloping ceilings, odd little corners, uneven steps – a fine setting, with bags of character. The dining room is a great combination of ancient and modern, with stylishly up-to-date touches and smart table settings. The food, too, is elegantly contemporary and intelligently constructed, with precise presentation and refined, intricate re-workings of classic combinations. Service hits all the right notes of friendliness and professionalism. A pressing of ham hock and leek proves to be an elegant terrine, the meat tender and full of flavour, studded with leek and lightly curried potato. Main courses might include a highly satisfying corn-fed chicken breast with Beauvale blue macaroni cheese, salsify, roast shallots, mushroom and Madeira cream, providing a great balance of flavours and demonstrating a real lightness of touch. Bring down the curtain with rum soaked pineapple tart Tatin and a fabulous kafir lime ice cream.

What's on offer?

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Pat Hill

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 153
  • Wines by the glass: 33

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £18
  • 3-course lunch from: £20
  • 2-course dinner from: £43.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £55
  • Tasting menu from: £78
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: On street in evening, NCP

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Tunbridge Wells
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