The Tilbury

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1120 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
Owned & run by brothers James and Tom Bainbridge, The Tilbury offers an exciting British a la carte menu, an extensive wine list & great service.

The A La Carte menu focuses on refined British cuisine and great flavour combinations while the pub menu offers classics like fish & chips. The comfortable pub can offer premium spirits, quality wines, interesting soft drink choices & a wide range of gins.

Great service is led by Iain & Ashima who has 3 Michelin star experience – so you are sure to feel welcome. The kitchen is run by Thomas, an accomplished self taught cook who has a passion for quality ingredients & experimenting with flavours.
The large terrace and garden is perfect for those relaxed sunny days and with several areas to dine in, The Tilbury can offer private dining for special occasions & celebrations.

The Tilbury has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes & featured in the AA Pub guide & Michelin Guide for 2015 & 2016 & 2017.
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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, friendly atmosphere. We recommended the Tilbury to friends who have now recommended it to other friends who all have found the food lovely and the staff efficient and welcoming.

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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was my second time of going to this village pub, first with a group, secondly just with my wife. Nice local pub with a good, albeit small bar, with a decent food offering. The food is more gastro pub than normal pub fayre and the chef is quite inventive. Some of it worked really well (the crab crème caramel starter was excellent) and some of it was good but need to be refined. The Beef and onions, a popular main course, was not bad with nicely sous-vide rump but the raw red onion was a bit disappointing. Puddings were all good. Overall, a really nice place, attentive and knowledgeable staff and good atmosphere. if you want a nice place for a night out with good food it is really worth going.

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KM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussel popcorn is amazing! Also fab selection of gins

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DL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, the chef really knows what he is about. Very good wine selection. Friendly staff and nice location next to Datchworth Green. Will certainly visit again

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Welcome vg, table ok,the space between tables is tight...food was delicious and the was service excellent.

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PG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service was excellent would certainly recommend the Tilbury.

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LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Although we did have a lovely time the food was average, the service slow and the restaurant looks quite worn. We were also right next to the toilet which is fine as someone has to sit there but it was a bit cold every time the door leading to the toilets opened. The staff were friendly but like I said a little slow.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I know they were busy that night with a party we were told was the reason for all the delay, to be kept waiting over an hour for our main courses and have each one with an issue, I didn’t think much of my starter either, is completely unacceptable. I’m though very grateful to the manager who then saw to us personally and invited me to come back to prove to us that this is an unusual occurrence for them.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely country village setting in a very cozy and intimate building. Food was marvelous. The restaurant also touted a fine list of gins, of all things.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and this time to use one of their vouchers. Food and service was just as good as our last visit. Wonderful local produce and incredibly flavoursome. Would thoroughly recommend

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother to celebrate her 90th, she said the roast pork was the best she’d ever tasted! I’d have liked a little bigger fanfare for my mom when they bought the candle, no one sang Happy Birthday but the staff were very busy.

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GT
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Good service. This visit the food wasn't up to standard but this hasn't been the case on previous visits. The loos are a bit scruffy. I will go again but not for a while.

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g
Hertfordshire
19 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Varied menu-all good options. Service very good. Good selection of wines. Comfortable surroundings.
Would recommend.

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c
London
26 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The high standards were maintained at a challenging time of the year. Terrific lunch!

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R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to visit probably the best gastropub in the local, well presented food, good beers and wines, excellent staff, not cheap eats but recommended

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EM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to the tilbury all the time as it’s my favourite restaurant!!! The staff are fantastic and the food is the best in Hertfordshire !!
If you havent been then your missing out.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely gastro pub, food was fantastic and the service was great.

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JM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever , quintessential menu always a pleasure to consume and discuss. Superbly creative chef

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NB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my foodie family members who were visiting from up North and the food and service was fantastic. They commented it was the best ever steak!!
Can’t wait for my next visit

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and service, everyone enjoyed all the food and wine. Staff where happy to help accommodate 2 young childen

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Disappointing visit.
Incorrect drinks order, forgotten starter, but worst of all screeching kids and others watching cartoons on mobile phones at full volume.
Monkfish main course more like a starter size.
We have been numerous times before but would hesitate before returning - an expensive disappointing experience.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food in a nice pub setting. Always delivers!

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AF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great staff- not rushed at all.thoroughly enjoyable.

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GT
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely fresh food. Disappointed there was only one vegetarian option but it tasted and looked really good so wasn't a problem.

The loos could do with updating.

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KM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Local ingredients, excellent selection of gins and wine and a cosy setting. We had venison mince pie and then the Turkey shared with sprout slaw and all sorts of other delicious sides! It’s a bit out in the stix but more than worth the drive.

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DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food would definately go back. Great service also

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BW
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great venue, really interesting menu, and lovely food. Really enjoyed our visit.

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LF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and the service was excellent

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KC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing staff well done I look forward to coming again

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CL
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and good service. Would recommend and will be back.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite lunch. Wonderful food and wine and perfect staff

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c
London
26 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s too late to keep the Tilbury secret and the alternative is to trumpet its good points. Downside is there isn’t a brass instrument capable of carrying the tune that this terrific establishment demand. 11/10 as Mr Marshall would say!😀😀

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EG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

On first reading the menu appeared to be shall we say eclectic but the dishes our party chose certainly worked and were delicious.
Service was moderate but in fairness there were some large parties.
The staff were very welcoming and accommodating when we asked to be moved to quieter part of the restaurant.

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J
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tilbury is such a fantastic place. Celebrated my birthday here and had a wonderful time. Food is seriously good, staff very friendly and it’s warm and cosy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday roast. We had eaten here before on a Saturday and the meal was great but Sunday Roasts are spectacular!

Lovely atmosphere!

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AB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very goof good and atmosphere. Would go back again.

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ER
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a lovely work Christmas lunch, great food, quick service and nice and quiet

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P
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We found this pub to be way overpriced for the quality of food and service that was provided. Although it presented well as far as decor was concerned. The steak was tough and the extremely small peice of monkfish wrapped in undercooked bacon in a bowl was barely warm, the size was more like a starter.
Charging £4.00 for what was basically 2 slices of bread was out of order.

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r
Hertfordshire
21 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't visited in a while as had a poor meal a year ago. Returned for Sunday lunch with friends and all was forgiven, and back to being one of our go-to restaurants especially for Sunday roast. Two had the pork which was lovely, one had beef - divine and the other had the cod which was delightful also. The soup was really tasty as was the terrine with prawns and pineapple. An aperitif at the bar is always nice at The Tilbury and they now give out their Christmas surprise envelopes - a great touch. Well done again.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch, best in the area and we also recently had a delicious mid week evening meal. The food is great quality and well above other local gastro pubs. It’s not pretentious, yet it’s different and the menu is always interesting and great quality. Lovely staff as well. Thank you, we’ll be back!

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