“Country-house dining beneath crystal chandeliers” - AA Inspector
ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT
Our Inspector's view
This grande dame of the elegant Georgian hotels in Tunbridge Wells continues to capitalise on the spa business. The Zagatos brasserie presents a rather more contemporary face, with crowd-pleasing modern cooking to boot, while the sumptuous Chandelier Restaurant provides something rather more refined for a special occasion.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 80
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12.30
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 24
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern, Traditional British
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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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