“Contemporary dining in a historic building” - AA Inspector
ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
One way systems, both for customers and staff. Only one in the toilets at a time with a member of staff overseeing this. Masks for all staff. Staffs temperatures checked before every shift.
Our Inspector's view
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. Begin with maple-glazed roasted veal sweetbreads with orzo pasta and flaked osso bucco, girolles and winter truffles, before moving on to cannon of lamb with roast pear, braised neck fillet, toasted almonds, and potato and thyme terrine. Bring things to a close with roast banana soufflé with white chocolate and lime crème anglaise and kalamansi sorbet.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 10.30
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 33
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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