The Hand And Sceptre

4
16 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub

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Casual
Sunday Lunch
With beautiful surroundings, and a stylish interior, The Hand And Sceptre in Tunbridge Wells is a classic meets modern pub, a perfect setting for any occasion. Our chefs take pride in preparing fresh, delicious tasting food using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit, slow cooked pork belly with seared scallops, salmon supreme served with thyme-roasted butternut squash, and our home-made British beef burger. For a lighter bite, our spiralised carrot salad and Mediterranean mezze are both delectable, or for some sweet indulgence our melting golden chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream is sure to please!
You’ll also find a range of daily-changing specials and a carefully selected drinks list, including beautiful wines, ales and lagers, cocktails, and bubbles. So, whether it’s for a drink at the bar with family and friends, a special dining experience or a relaxed afternoon with great food – you can sit back and unwind, and
What 16 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.2
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3.7
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food in the main was ok but a bit overpriced

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Huge1
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Only one poor waitress serving the whole lunch sitting. V slow service as a result. Chose two vegan dishes off the vegan menu. Tasty but tiny portions - not value for money at all. White wine served was not chilled at all. Second disappointing lunch there, so wont be returning

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food was great, just poor service waited over 20 minutes to be asked what we would like to order. On a couple occasions the server was walking away before we had finished speaking. Asked for a couple drinks and one we had to chase then find out they were out of stock and the other turned up different to what was ordered but the food was lush

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Timothy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Food just not good enough to justify the prices. Rather over cooked on places, very salty in others.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a last-minute booking and we got exactly the time we wanted, when we turned up we were immediately shown to our table and within minutes our order had been taken. Our meal turned up in a very reasonable time and was delicious

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vipDavidS
Kent
33 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was pretty good and well-presented. The service however was poor - part of the main course never came and the waitress blamed her colleagues. She agreed to take something off the bill as a consequence but didn’t, so I had to remind her. I didn’t leave any gratuity in the end.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Far from a memorable lunch and the Yorkshire puds need serious attention. Dry cardboard on a plate - not nice. Also almost total lack of green vegetables - disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambience and service were very good and provided a restaurant, rather than pub, atmosphere.
There was quick response to our arrival and no delays of any kind.

My reservation on this occasion was that it seemed that the cod in my batter (From the fish and chips I ordered) was overcooked, so that it was lacking in the usual firmness one would expect.

I certainly intend to eat at the Hand and Sceptre again, however.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to this restaurant. The food is always amazing and there is a lovely atmosphere.

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vipExcellentservice
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clearly a little understaffed on our evening but the energy of the staff meant that this was not an issue. Well done the waitresses! Food good. Recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Hand and Sceptre in Southborough, Kent on Sunday Aug. 20 did NOT have our reservation, so I flashed my printed confirmation sheet to the waitress and she took it to the desk and that was the last we heard. Fortunately there was a table free. In our party of 4 , 2 had come from Tenterden in Kent and 2 from Bromley. It had been a long standing arrangement and I would have been SO cross if we were to have been just turned away. So what went wrong.? G.F.E.H.

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vipSimon
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service and value - we will return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife birthday

DC
DavidC
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal the food was very good but a little pricy £40 per person for starter and main course and drinks. Service was good as always an enjoyable meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the atmosphere! Good selection of beers on too! I had a mojito which was crazy good! I had the butternut squash tart which was amazing! Loved the whole experience and will be returning!

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MP27
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I've been before, when it was better, but on my most recent visit my Sunday Lunch (roast lamb) was stone cold. It had clearly sat too long on the pass. I've never sent food back before but I did this time as it was really unappetising. When the plate returned it was piping hot but missing the Yorkshire Pudding.

Just sloppy really. The Hand & Sceptre is a nice place and conveniently located so i'll probably give it another go, but they do need to pull their socks up.

FAQs

The Hand And Sceptre is rated 4 stars by 16 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.