Thackeray's
Thackeray's

Thackeray's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thackerays-restaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01892 511921
  • 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
212 reviews since 27 November 2013
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.9
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (149)fit for foodies (115)romance (89)business meals (59)sunday lunch (52)outstanding value (27)group bookings (19)outdoor eating (19)good vegetarian options (10)brunch (9)child friendly (4)pre/post theatre (3)disabled access (2)Show More
  • Special occasions
    NickibTW
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    Thackerays is perfect for a special occasion. The upstairs bar is lit with lots to of candles and is incredibly romantic. The food was excellent and we had a waiter who was lots of fun, not too stuffy which suited us. We were celebrating a birthday and Thackerays was the perfect venue.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Boatwoman
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Excellent service and beautiful venue. Worth checking out upstairs and the private rooms and private bar. Perfect for an event. We would return.
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  • Fabulous food
    Jonboy
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The 3rd of 3 Michelin 1* we had visited for lunch in the past 3 days and have to say kept the best to last. My wood pigeon followed by assiette of Beef "bourgignon" and finishing with Raspberry Souffle whilst my wife had a Duo of Kentish rabbit followed by roasted loin of Venison with Italian Lime Torte to finish were all wonderfully cooked and presented. The Amous Bouch's were a delightful addition so much so we are trying to replicate the Butternut and Artichoke.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely Meal
    GaryB
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Booked a table for lunch for my parents & wife as it had recently been their bithdays. We were not disapointed at all great food at a great price (lunch time set menu) The chef even piped Happy Birhday on a plate in chocolat along with a lovely cake for each of them, a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great lunch venue
    Delighted
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This restaurant is a great venue for that special lunch treat with a good friend. The surroundings are very stylish, with a relaxed and warm atmosphere. The food is varied with several surprises en route, to delight each table in a different way. Staff are attentive and try to please. Highly recommended!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful dinner!
    Gastrolovers
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Thakeray's. The waiters were knowledgeable and courteous. Rather expensive for regular dining though at juste under £300 for two!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All very Average
    cambow
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This was supposed to be a 'special' evening out for me and my wife. Arrived to a very poor, impersonal reception. Lots of bohemian décor, ok if you like animal skins and trophy deer heads, but not really conducive for vegetarians. My starter of smoked salmon arrived as pigeon, the waitress did not understand the words 'Grüner Veltliner' from the wine list, enunciated perfectly by us. Very, very expensive, with barely adequate service and only reasonable food. So, an interesting evening, which we both made the most of, but costly. We had so wanted to have a 'special' restaurant to go to occasionally but this one will not be it.
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    good vegetarian options
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  • Blueslate
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    A lovely saturday lunch with a great value lunch menu which was badly let down by the service. We ordered the wines that had been recommended to accompany our meal - only the wine with the starter arrived but we were charged for all. Had to ask for another bottle of sparkling water 3 times as it kept being forgotten. After the 3rd time the waiter brought a carafe of tap water (no issue with tap water just not what we'd asked for). Overall a lovely experience but had we been paying the a la carte prices this review would be far more searing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service poor
    Lizzidine
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    We were recommended Thackerays for a special celebration. The food was nice. However the service was very poor. Our water glasses were filled twice before our wine order was even taken. We waited a long time between courses and when they did arrive it was usually part of our order, not the 5 meals at once. We ordered a 2nd bottle of wine to be told that there was not another of the same wine chilled but they could they chill one for us. That bottle didn't arrive until we asked for it much later. At the end of the meal we ordered tea & coffee. The coffee arrived but not the tea until we asked for it later. There are obviously serious problems in the service which need addressing. We were really shocked
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Every mouthfull was a sensation
    LenaVIP
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    I booked a special Sunday birthday lunch for my partner's birthday. It was out first time. The food was sensationally good, every bit of it. Presentation exquisite. Wine list a surprise ( we had a glass of Slovenia wine each, super quality!) They also brought a little special Birthday cake as a compliment.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Perfect
    Donuts2014
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    All the benefits of high quality service, excellent food and ambience without the pretentious nonsense. A real pleasure and one that I can't wait to experience again. Thanks to everyone for a memorable experience (again!).
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    A most enjoyable meal with very good service. The fixed price lunch is particularly good value
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Outsatanding
    sd19
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    Superb menu with wide range of interesting choices for Sunday lunch, food to die for, excellent efficient service. The new maitre d' knows his wines and loves talking about them (knowledgably) We have been around 6 times previously, always good but this was best ever. If this is a new team (certainly the floor staff are), congratulations
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Colin Buckle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The overall meal was excellent, The desert, Thackeray's Black Forest was exceptional and possibly the best desert I have ever had, This restaurant is well worth the detour.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • French with a twist
    Adam
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lovely setting, attentive service and French cuisine with a really modern touch - knowledgeable wine carte without being exorbitant. Allow few minutes extra for parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    holidaymaker
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've been several times before and the experience has always been good. The same applied to our lunch on Thursday 10th October 2014. The staff were very good about the fact that two of our party of five were a half hour late because of traffic problems. There was one slight disappointment. Three of us ordered the lobster salad starter. What came was fine but we were too engrossed in conversation to spot that it wasn't the right order. When we got home and studied the bill it seems we actually got monkfish cheeks. Nothing was said about the substitution and we don't even remember monkfish cheeks being an option on the menu. This did not spoil our enjoyment but remains a mystery.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Special Occasion
    Zachary
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and have been to Thackrays before as it is the ideal place for special occasions. We were not disappointed the meal was up to the usual standard and the staff were excellent. We will certainly be returning
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    CSLB
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Wonderful meal. Brilliant service and great maître de. I had mentioned at the time of booking that it was my husbands birthday but didn't say a word while we were there yet they still provided us with a birthday pudding complete with candle and happy birthday chocolate icing - very good customer service and much appreciated.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    Richie883
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a lunch at Thackeray's. The food is simply brilliant, I had one of the best desserts I've ever had. The set lunch menu is outstanding value and we like the attentive yet friendly service. We've been several times before and the quality is consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Value Fine Dining
    JAW007
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Went for the 3 course set lunch menu - fantastic value for money considering you get three courses for the price of one a la carte main! Great service and delicious food.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Lunch
    SatSriAkal
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Been here for an outstanding dinner a few years ago, tried the set smaller lunch menu which was on offer this time........outstanding food at a fantastic price in what is the best restaurant in Tunbridge Wells by far.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cousins
    jr62
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    While the food was good, the service, although friendly, was not of a standard you expect from a Michelin-starred restautant. We waited quite a long time for our order to be taken and we had to request extra bread several times We felt there should have been a wine waiter (or someone knowledgeable about the wine being offered) and something a little more sophisticated than a bowl of pea soup for the "amuse-bouche". Prices should reflect better value for money.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • A great experience
    Bacchus
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Havent been for a while, but food was excellent, service very attentive (though sometimes felt could have been smoother). Maitre d' could not have been more helpful with my 8 year old, recommending simpler dishes and organising everything with the kitchen. Top notch.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Superb !
    markc
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    I have visited Thackerays on many occasions over the years & it never fails to live up to expectations . I have been fortunate to eat in some of the finest restaurants @ twice the price & not delivered the same quality . Good to see the Maitre de back in charge at front of house
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get Together
    acjingle
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Had a chance to experience the British Taster menu which I must say was lovely and extremely good value for money at only £49 per person. However, we did not receive the cheese as advertised - had to make do with a cheddar !!!! this was due to a party on the first floor - made us feel a bit like the country cousins. We were not informed of this - it had to take one of our party to point it out to the management, who did apologise. However, the food was scrumptious and the service very good indeed. Would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Once again what an excellent evening Second time at Thackeray's this time had the Best of British Tasting Menu which was an outstanding meal full of seasonal Autumn ingredients showcased to perfection in not only taste but presentation. Service was exceptional the staff are so attentive and cant do enough to make the whole dinning experience exquisite. if you haven't been to the restraint then your missing out - Book a reservation now
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    business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Amazing value
    Magpie11
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Set lunch is amazing value and quality of food could not be faulted.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • tasting menu
    helen1
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Great for special occasions for us the price meant a once in a life time visit. Service was excellent. A real experience but not every day dining.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting and delicious
    luvitall
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    The set lunch on the occasion in September when I took my daughter on her birthday was perhaps the best one I have had. We're both very interested in food and wine, and apart from the food being adventurous and beautifully arranged, the wine we asked to be matched to the first two courses was perfectly chosen.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't disappoint
    bexster64
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    I've wanted to go to Thackeray's for years and it didn't disappoint - we went for the tasting menu and it was excellent. Sometimes there was one too many ingredients on the plate but it was stunningly presented and the overall experience was brilliant. The bar is rather nice too.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thackeray's
    donnaVIP
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Sunday lunch excellent value £29.95. Food of a very high standard. The service was brilliant, we were moved without any fuss when unhappy with the first table offered. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and helpful without being overbearing. I would definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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  • Great food - but pricey!
    WestWickhamWanderer
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    A bit shocked by the bill, but then it was a special occasion and definitely the best restaurant meal I've had in years. We particularly liked the chef's complimentary "amuse-bouche" and sorbet between courses. My main course (vegetarian spicy lentils) was gorgeous too. Some dishes perhaps a little over-complicated, in particular the black forest gateau desert which was very fussy - too much going on on the plate - sometimes less is more, but I realise this is a matter of personal taste. Great atmosphere. Great service. Note to the manager - the only thing that let's the restaurant down is the cheap and nasty hand towels in the ladies' loos. Everything else - lovely!
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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.
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    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.
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    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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  • 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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