Thackeray's
Thackeray's

Thackeray's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thackerays-restaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01892511921
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Richard Phillips
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Restricted roadside parking until 6.00pm, unrestricted after 6.00pm.
A word from Thackeray's
Set back on a green off the main London Road in the quaint Kentish spa town of Tunbridge Wells, Thackeray’s occupies a Grade II-listed building of unique character with ancient floorboards and low ceilings. In 2001 it was subject to a glorious conversion, which has created two dining rooms that are cool and modern whilst remaining sympathetic to the age of the building by its understated elegance. Ascend the original ancient wooden stairway, two further private dining rooms, lounge and bar await. These areas have been imaginatively designed and lavishly decorated to provide experiences ranging from intimacy to spectacular. Richard Phillips, chef and co-proprietor creates an intelligent Modern French menu which sparkles with flavour. The meticulous preparation and presentation reflects the elegant atmosphere and surroundings to provide the ultimate dining experience.
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Thackeray's reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since 20 May 2014
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4
    Value3.9
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (147)fit for foodies (111)romance (87)business meals (60)sunday lunch (46)outstanding value (25)group bookings (20)outdoor eating (19)brunch (10)good vegetarian options (8)child friendly (3)disabled access (3)pre/post theatre (3)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Thackeray's - Fantastic
    Sparks78
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    A great booking through OpenTable. Every course was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed going to Thackeray's for the 1st time. The service is outstanding too.
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    fit for foodies, romance
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  • halfmoon
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Fantastic food, great sommelier and good wine list. It is always a fun evening out.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • This restaurant can be recommended.
    firsttimer
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The meal was very good and the service excellent.though the main course was a little disappointing. The general impression was that the courses are otherwise imaginative and the recommended wines were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Lunch
    Woodman
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Excellent value for a special Sunday lunch to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. The wine recommendation was appreciated. Soufflé superb. Quail dish excellent. Convivial and helpful service.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion!
    Monkey
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Not been there for ten years or more. The food experience was great and the service fantastic. It lived upto expectations.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual
    Sal100VIP
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We have had Sunday lunch at Thackeray's lots of times, and it is normally very good. This time is wasn't so good. Food was just warm, service was not great. We had to keep asking for our wine to be topped up. Sat on an uncomfortable seat. Shame as it is normally so nice
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Worthy of serious consideration.
    Glutton
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Generally, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this lovely old restaurant. The staff were polite, friendly and considerate without being obsequious - and it was good to see a young waiter correct himself when he brought out our starters, by stopping in mid-flow when he was about to lay my plate in front of me, in favour of attending to my wife first and murmuring "ladies first". The food was very good indeed - beautifully presented and stopping just short of pretentiousness, with a more than adequate wine-list, though quite a pricey one. We would go again.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - mixed dress code
    Carol
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Food was very good, service was ok - only two waiters and a manager - the manager only takes order! The Japanese garden was very tired - torn benches! The disappointing thing was the dress code - some customers were smartly dressed but others were dressed quite down - flip flops - for dinner!!! It did make me feel over dressed!!!
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    special occasions
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  • Five Belgian Lady Professors
    cramalley
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    We (Belgian habitué's of european dining in Brussels, Paris and London) had a marvelous dinner at Thackerays. Food was excellent, in particular the Pithivier and duck, wines very reasonable, the maitre and team "impeccable", desserts and drinks in the upstairs den great ambiance. One (slight) remark: a bit dark. And we were too noisy for the serene atmosphere at Thackeray's, for which we apologize, but an adolescent excitation was part of our senior ladies dinner outing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spoily lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Wonderful treat for lunch with excellent summer special 3 course a la carte menu. To be savoured and enjoyed both visually and orally! Much enjoyed and appreciated!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    Derek100
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Excellent food, service and setting. Background music too loud.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food, terribly slow service
    Eatlikeaking
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We had the tasting menu and were seated at 7pm on Saturday evening. There were 5 courses of truly tremendous tasting food. The staff were very attentive and helpful but the wait on the food was awful. We didn't end up leaving the restaurant until quarter to 11 and there were occasions where we were sitting twiddling our thumbs for extensive periods of time between courses. It really is such a shame because the food was trememndous but our evening was tarnished somewhat by the above.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Top notch nosh
    snoop
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We visited Thackeray's for our first anniversary dinner and had a wonderful time. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food was simply astounding. What flavours! What presentation! We're already looking for another occasion to go back there.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Lunch
    TastebudQueenVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Lovely setting, we sat outside as it was a lovely warm lunchtime, great food especially starter and main, good choice for a lunchtime menu. Loved also the fact that they did matched wine and good prices for lunchtime. Definitely want to come back for the full taster menu, the building was lovely too, so will eat indoors next time.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food and service were excellent and the environemt relaxing
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • swordfish
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food is outstandingly creative and wonderful, service is fussy rather than friendly. The banquette seating is too low to be comfortable for short people!
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    special occasions
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  • Colliver
    Foodiefussyeater
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Excellent food (as always). Attentive staff. Would highly recommend for value, quality, presentation and service.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit underwhelmed
    notforme
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    The wait for the starters was too long. The food did not have the wow factor I was expecting. Some components of the meal I really did not like the taste and texture of at all. The floor was very noisy and shook when the staff walked behind our chairs.
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    romance
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  • Wonderful lunchtime dining
    Rarecuckoobird
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Sitting outside in the beautiful garden with excellent service, food and wine was perfect for meeting an old friend. The fixed price lunch came with a wide ranging vegetarian menu offering good choice. Beautiful food and attentive staff. Fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • saturday 26th July
    littlemisskc01
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    a really lovely atmosphere, with music playing. I went for the vegetarian tasting option which i enjoyed and my bf went for the chef tasting menu. Really nice table by the window. it was an exceptionally hot day so that evening was very close - could have done with some more ventilation but little they could do about that. Really enjoyed the food, the service was great - it was a treat for us which we both enjoyed.. my only gripe is that they had foie gras on the normal taster menu - why does a restaurant still need to have this on a menu?
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    DMP78
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    It's always a worry when you glance at a menu of a out of town restaurant and all the prices resemble Mayfair or Fitzrovia. I can honestly say this restaurant breaks the mould. Food is excellent in every respect. Locally sourced well presented and a joy to eat. The chef has a real talent for simplicity and yet theoatrical presentation. You always know a restaurant worth it's salt when the menu isn't biblical in length. It assures attention to detail and qaulity. Very good wine menu. The bar could keep up to date with the spirits they stock but honestly I can't mark them down just because the gin selection is a tad middle of the road. Music and ambience is excellent budda bar meets hotel costas. An excellent restaurant and well executed.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    As I left this this restaurant I was asked ( for the umpteenth time ) how my meal/evening had been and I replied honestly that it had been very nice. And that it had been, but it was so close to being perfect, if the food had been a little warmer ( the quality was stunning ) and the ambience less sterile then I think bells would have rung.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Proof of life outside London!
    Dave
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Having moved to Kent from South London last year, my wife and I really miss the quality and variety of the restauant scene. Thank you Thackeray's for doing it so very right! Terrific food goes without saying for a michelin starred establishment and wine that made me so glad I didnt have to drive to get there! They do a mean g&t too. Great, sophisticated dining experience that until then, I thought was very sadly missing from my new home county.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thackareys special dinner
    angie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We really enjoyed the attentive yet unobtrusive superb service, the food was absolutely delicious.
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    special occasions
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  • Lovely romantic dinner
    love2lunch
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a very nice evening on friday 11th July. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable about the food. We had a quite romantic table as requested just off the room with the bar. The Food was delicious!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Wedding Anniversery Meal
    champagnetaste76
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    After pre - dinner drinks at Sankeys we arrived prompt for an early sitting. Chose the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine. The combinations were bang on - who knew Washington State Gewurztraminer was so good! The wife and I were bowled over. Not cheap but it was our 38th
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic evening
    sgmx
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    What a great evening. The team of staff were fantastic, so attentive, quick and friendly. The food came out quickly but not rushed and it was fantastic. Only thing to fault was when the meal finished we had to leave. Having eaten at another of their Restaurants we knew it would be good but the Chefs Taster was fantastic, the taste was exquisite. Yes its expensive but for 7 course it was good value, The Lunch Menu is great value as well and I will be going there as the food is around the same price as the chains yet so much better
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Superb
    Localgirl
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    As always, a very special dining experience. The food was as beautiful as it was delicious and we always appreciate not being rushed.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative menu
    SlinkycherubsVIP
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    Each dish at Thackeray's was lovingly created and full of intriguing ingredients to make it a very exciting experience in a gorgeous setting.
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  • JadePaige
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    The excellent food was only matched by the superb service, which whilst attentative was nevertheless relaxed and friendly
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  • Amazing meal
    Gills
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    We went to celebrate my husbands birthday, having visited before knew it would be good. However, this time they surpassed our high expectations. This is fine dining on another level. We have eaten at many Michelin star restaurants but I can honestly say this was the best meal I have ever had. After a tasty amuse bouche, the Pithivier I ordered was to die for, then a complimentary fish course was not only a nice touch but a delicious addition. The beef Rossini main was everything it promised to be. Our mistake was ordering a portion of potatoes and spinach to share, we shouldn't have as there was plenty already on our plates. My raspberry souffle was so good and the birthday petit fours for my husband was really appreciated.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reality
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Poor start having been served with a flat Kir Royale. When I first pointed this out I just received a shrug, however when I mentioned it for the 2 nd time it was replaced. Despite this food and service were good although very expensive when compared to similar restaurants with same standard of food and service.
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  • Superb as usual.
    Ahungrydiner
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    Great food, great service and great value. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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    outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • No vanity here just delicious fare
    Antonego
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    Our first visit so took advantage of set lunch menu. Great value for money, the food was beautifully presented and every mouthful a joy. We had the shellfish cannelloni followed with the Kentish lamb and the braised oxtail and marrow. Nice chilled out atmosphere and attentive, professional service. Booked an evening meal for a future date as couldn't leave without knowing we'd be coming back.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food - Excellent service
    Robertspurgeon
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    I have visted this restaurant several times and have always been served wonderful food and excellent customer service. Their lunch menu is great value for money and delicious but their tasting menu is a MUST . I would.highly recommend this restaurant for its incredibly food, excellent service and relaxed ambience
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    brunch, business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    shiraz
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    We went for Sunday lunch and ordered one vegetarian meal and one fish. The food was dreadful, the vegetarian dish was actually inedible and the fish very poor. We have been to Thackerays in the past and always been very happy with the food, we know that it is quite expensive but thought that it was good value, however, paying nearly £100. for a meal that was so bad means that we will not be coming back. The dessert was good though.
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  • Back on track!
    Yum42
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    Thackerays high standards have returned and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.. The service was slightly off, but well meaning and pleasant. We will return.
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  • Lunch Special menu
    Anniekins
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    The lunch time menu represented excellent value for money, was well presented and the variety of tastes was excellent. I would recommend this way of experiencing Thackerays.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Summer treat
    happyeeta
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Greatly enjoyed partaking of the summer lunch offer. Great food and their wine recommendations were excellent. We will be going there again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Good food
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    The chef has distinguished himself from past Thackeray's cooking standards. The food was like those you saw on television program "Celebrity Masterchef". But the taste is really good. Much better than last year and well deserved for its Michelin star rating.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.