This detached Victorian property is situated just a short walk from the centre of town. The…
“Accurate cooking in historic building.” - AA Inspector
ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT
A former residence of Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray, this lovely, white-weatherboarded building dates back more than 300 years. It offers some delightful period details – sloping ceilings, odd little corners – adding up to a charming setting. With precise presentation, the food delivers intricate re-workings of classic combinations. Hand-dived scallops, Jersey Royal brandade, salt cod, asparagus and new season peas starts the show, before moving on to halibut, pearl onions, monk’s beard, razor clam, endive salad, tarragon and Pommery mustard. Bring things to a close with raspberry soufflé, white chocolate and bay leaf sauce, raspberry sorbet.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 70
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30: 153
- 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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