LUNCH: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, Tuesday – Sunday
DINNER: 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Tuesday – Saturday
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Well Behaved Children Welcome
About Thackeray's Restaurant
Thackeray’s is a restaurant in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. At Thackeray’s we offer a relaxed form of fine dining free from pretension, applying classic European culinary philosophies to modern dishes. We believe strongly in the importance of provenance, and for that reason use the highest quality local produce wherever possible. We believe in creativity, when applied with consistently high standards and exquisite attention to detail. And finally we endeavour to provide a warm atmosphere with friendly, attentive and knowledgeable service.
Our setting is fairly unique. The building, a former residence of author William Makepeace Thackeray, is more than 300 years old and is a virtual work of art itself. Odd angles, sloped ceilings and off-kilter stairways make it feel almost like something from a fantasy world. It sits just off London Road, among a cluster of traditional-style English villas, and overlooks the open grassy common.
We are not an exclusive restaurant and have no desire to be one. For that reason we offer a wide variety of menus, from our daily set lunch menu, to our indulgent Chef’s tasting menu. Our Head Chef, Patrick Hill uses his immense knowledge, passion and creativity to craft ever-changing, seasonal menus to inspire and delight all tastes.
We had a lovely lunch in their (COVID correct) garden , with well spaced tables, umbrellas and heaters. The team were wonderful as usual doing their best to make the occasion special even with the onerous restrictions they are currently working with. Their lunch menu is seasonal and delicious, accompanied with the wine pairing it is a very well priced treat.
Lovely meal thankyou, nice to be back!
Great for a special occasion.
Beautiful us always!!!!
Excellent, as always.
Superb lunch, exquisite service. It truly was a sublime experience.
Birthday lunch in the courtyard, very relaxing, attentive staff, fabulous food, would highly recommend for a special occasion.
We really enjoyed our return to Thackeray’s!!! Fab meal on the lovely terrace
Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant. I have always enjoyed visits to Thackerays. Yesterday's lunch was perfect! Delicious food. Fantastic wine list (and we were just ordering glasses). Service was just the right level of attentiveness. Great atmosphere. Cracking effort, thanks all!
This cosy restaurant always leaves us with the best impressions. Delicious dishes, beautiful presentation and a great wine list. The service is delightful and we cannot recommend them highly enough. Fortunately we just live across the road so we can visit often!
If there was a six-star category, we would award it to Gary, Patrick and their team. We had lunch outside on the terrace on the first day of reopening, and it was a joy. Very safe re Covid rules - and of course the menu was excellent. We had the Set Menu - lovely, particularly the beautifully-cooked pork belly.
It was an absolute joy to be back with you.
We tend to come for special occasions - birthdays & anniversaries & are always made to feel very comfortable & welcome. All the staff look immaculate & are polite, considerate & helpful. The food is always stunning to look at & tastes incredible. The little extras that unexpectedly arrive at the table make you feel that little bit extra special too.
Glad you are back. We’ve missed you.
Amazing food, service & ambience, love this place
Fantastic experience from the warm welcome, fabulous food, great service all in a wonderful setting. A real treat and if you’ve not been you definitely should!
Whilst I appreciate that our booking was the last night before lockdown there were a couple of disappointing elements to what was an excellent experience. The first thing I noticed was the chip on my side plate which in my opinion just shouldn’t happen as it reflects badly on attention to detail. The second point I would like to make is that whilst we were asked to take a temperature test at no point were we all asked to sign in on track and trace, I appreciate that I had booked and so my details were recorded however it has been the law for a few weeks that all members of a party must record their contact details. Thirdly, we all chose the set 5 course menu, however at no point were we told that the first course had been changed, it was only when I asked that we were told. Fourthly, the first three courses felt rushed as if the staff were under orders to get us turned around in time to get a second sitting out of our table. Fithly and finally it was a huge disappointment that the desert wine included in the flight of wines was a disappointing alternative that didn’t quite compliment the desert, whereas the original in my opinion would have been perfect.
Our first visit and what a lovely restaurant! All the staff were so enthusiastic and friendly and the food was delicious.
Always delicious food and wonderful service at this lovely restaurant.
Very welcoming with good COVID arrangements. Felt very safe. Food delicious. Service perfect. Highly recommended.
Excellent lunch as always
This was our visit we felt welcomed straight away our temperatures were taken & then to our table, service attentive & impeccable never had to wait for anything staff were always around. Food absolutely amazing delicious wonderful & the manager made us feel as if we were regulars so comfortable. It was my birthday & although the weather wasn’t great & we hadn’t been to a restaurant for many months we couldn’t have had a better experience all round. We do look forward to coming back when we can & permitting any further lockdowns. What a wonderful lunch & day we had. Felt very safe too😊
We had a lovely 40th lunch in the Pinkerton room. The service particularly was outstanding - big thanks to our waiter (Cat?) who went above and beyond to make my birthday so special.
We have never failed to be disappointed when we visit Thackeray’s. 5* service and food.
Another fantastic meal, wine pairings were great and really complimented the food.