The Carpenters Arms

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£25 and under
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Whether you are visiting the historic town of Tonbridge for a weekend, evening or simply to dine, add the Carpenters Arms to your visit and you wont be disappointed. Walk in and you will be welcomed into a warm rustic atmosphere complete with open fires. We go to great lengths to source local produce as much as possible and everything is prepared and cooked, fresh to order.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service and good food from a nice menu of English classics.

PM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic service, fantastic food will recommend to everyone and will be going back

k
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely Sunday lunch , with all the trimmings. We will be back!

JE
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Sunday roast

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy, smart pub with accommodation. Well maintained rooms with an outstanding shower. Checking in could be a little more clearer & sharper but that's a niggle. Food was superb. Excellent wine choices. What's not to like in essence...

A
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good and well presented food, great service and an excellent room/ suite. The staff were very caring, attentive and very efficient. They made it a great stay. Try the house merlot.

JE
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for breakfast with a friend, fabulous food and service would recommend

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Sunday Roast! Food was delicious and staff excellent.

B
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to The Carpenters Arms. The food is excellent and service so good.
On this visit everything was lovely, but there was a tiny thing - I had the Cod dish with leeks, with a Vermouth sauce. The dish was really over salted making it not that enjoyable. Our waitress was lovely and took it back to chef, who in turn agreed (I hope!). I had Lamb steak instead and this is delicious, so all handled well. The salt thing is difficult - everybody's palette is different. In future I will just mention seasoning as I have to be very careful re salt as I recently had a stroke. Anyway, it was all lovely.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every course tasted delicious. The waiting staff were all very friendly and helped with anything we asked.

RP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for breakfast with the family and the service was good and the pancakes were the best we have ever had!

JH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely pub with excellent food and very friendly and efficient staff

KN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice pub/restaurant with a reasonable menu. we were there early evening so it wasn't too busy. Food was ok, we had Beef & Ale suet pudding it was very nice. my only comment was that is was a little salty but this is just my personal taste. Service was fine. Service charge is added to bill which is a little cheeky.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was very slow but the waitress was very nice and we were not in a rush. We were a party of five and everyone said they enjoyed their meal. My starter was lovely but my main which was roast beef was smothered in very salty gravy. I had the beef on a previous visit and don’t remember the gravy being like that. It was almost like granular stuff. Anyway that apart my beef was beautiful so it was a shame. My desert was treacle pudding with creme anglais and that was also a let down. The sauce was split but pudding was nice. Again a shame. The restaurant is very nice and we took our drinks outside after as it was a nice day and a lovely effort has been put in the outdoor areas. On the whole our second visit was slightly less enjoyable than the first but it was fairly busy. I would say 6.5/10

AW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is some time since we visited the Carpenters and we really were pleasantly surprised, it has always been good honest fare, but does seem to have moved up a gear in all areas, presentation in particular. Good well cooked food, an interesting menu and very good service, for what was a busy Sunday lunchtime. Well done.

ED
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor, inexperienced service. Food over priced for what you get.

R
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately the food was not very good. The lamb koftas were hard and cold and the chicken curry was poor. We waited a very long time for the desserts which when they came, the brandy roasted peaches with amaretto ice cream turned out to be barely warm nectarines without any brandy and the ice cream was vanilla! The manageress did remove the cost of desserts from the bill which was a thoughtful action. Service was very good and it’s a pleasant place to go. Maybe Mondays are not a good time to go.

C
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

We waited nearly an hour for food and it came out cold!

AA
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Celebrating a 50th Birthday. The service was appalling the area we sat was extremely loud, even though we requested a quieter area upon booking as 1 of the party was older and has a speech condition.

The food was nothing special and the roasts did not reflect well for the price, we didn’t receive the extra veg we requested by the time we finished our meal.

All in all a very disappointing celebration for such a special birthday.

VB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family meal, staff friendly and helpful, food really good, service good too, the only critism is that our seating area (we chose one of the huts) hadn't been cleaned and the glasses for our drinks weren't too clean either, which was a real shame as we love this restaurant and have used it on and off for many years, we could have moved in fairness as this wasn't the first choice of seating , just took the edge of the meal a little bit, otherwise a lovely evening

RJ
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

We went there Sunday early evening and were looking forward to a roast meal however they could not provide roast potatoes which is not very good considering top prices.

M
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food good, service poor. Staffed by students I think, on a Sunday afternoon. Drinks were slow to arrive, 1 dessert was forgotten about/not delivered with the rest. Chased up the dessert and was presented with 2 Yorkshire puddings - and the waitress laughed! Staff were generally not that attentive. We had to ask for several different things which were then slow to arrive and had to be chased up. Glasses were not cleared in a timely manner. Lastly, please buy some mint to put in Pimms.

IW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As on previous occasions, the food and service was extremely good.

JF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent evening for a family celebration of 93rd birthday.

H
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal, speedy service which was impressive as it was a very busy Friday evening. Great value for money. The only downside was the amount of smoke which blew in from the outside terrace, it reminded me of how bad pubs used to smell.

EG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This pub was excellent when I was last here 5 years ago but now not so much. A poor greeting buy shabily dressed staff (whose response to my announcing our reservation was 'no problem'), prompt drinks service, no consideration of separating screaming children aged about 7 from us - an adult couple with fewer years in front than behind, the desert was so long in arriving that we paid what was due and walked out before it turned up. It will be a long time before we return to this gastro pub.

HG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a lovely place to go, been multiple times and food always scrumptious.

BH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there for a birthday meal - food was well cooked and presented with care - unfortunately the “birthday boy” couldn’t have his choice they’d run out of ham eggs and chips a simple choice but obviously very popular. Good selection of beer

MW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here often, and always have our friends Xmas meal here. Service is great and it’s a relaxed atmosphere. The kitchen staff are always accommodating when we ask for something not quite on the menu. Food is hot and delicious, good portions! Keep serving lots of veg, as so many places don’t give loads of veg. A cosy place, no rush on leaving, delicious food!

PH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant and helpful staff. Food was lovely. Will definitely visit again.

CB
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was great. The service however was poor.
The waitress forgot to add an item that was ordered meaning this arrived at our table after all the meals had been eaten.
When checking our bill, we had been charged for 2 pints of beer that we did not order, so we had to ask for this to be removed.
We had poor service/comments from one of the waitresses, she was just outright rude to us.
Had it not have been for poor service then we would have probably returned

CH
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice afternoon meal. Great location and surroundings. The food was really tasty and they had some zero alcohol beer. What more could you want.

F
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place, too many lovely things on the menu - was difficult to choose. The staff were very friendly, decor of pub and outside seating areas were great - will definitely be back

TS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Sufficient choice on the menu. Service also good.

GF
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with Carpenters' Arms. I had a cheese and pickle ciabatta with chips on the side. The ciabatta, or rather the pickled therein with the cheese, tasted a bit like mouthwash and the chips were floppy and overcooked. My guests had the fish finger sandwich with coleslaw (I think) on chunky bread. Fish fingers in both cases very overcooked and the bread was way too big - I have heard of a doorstep sandwich but this was over and above the call of duty as it were. Service was good, though. Greeted by and incredibly attractive barmaid (oops . . . am I allowed to say that without incurring the wrath of every member of the PC brigade?) who handed us over to her colleague to guide us to our very nice table. Lovely ambience - shame about the food.

NM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was a bit slow. Food was medium and had fish and chips. Fish was slightly over cooked and oily fish was on top of chips which made the dish very oily!

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The booking process was fine, they had our table ready for when we arrived, the breakfast was great and good coffee!

The service was good, what more can you ask for!

P
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Carpenters is a great country pub. Warm and friendly service and good pub food.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good atmosphere and a popular place. Only reason I gave less than 5 stars is because the cutlery tray was empty in the garden and when it was filled up several of them appeared still dirty and they need a good scrub. But food was great!

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A lovely pub with delicious food. It was just the service that let it down. We had to wait quite a long time to be served and it took over an hour for our mains to arrive as it was so busy. The staff were great but they were clearly short staffed and struggled to manage all of the tables. Great food though!

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