Nearby points of interest

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  1. Distance: 5.37mi
  2. Distance: 10.38mi
  3. Distance: 12.11mi
  4. Distance: 14.71mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 5.37mi
  2. Distance: 10.38mi
  3. Distance: 12.11mi
  4. Distance: 14.71mi
  1. Distance: 5.37mi
  2. Distance: 10.38mi
  3. Distance: 12.11mi
  4. Distance: 14.71mi

About The Tilbury

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.

1 Watton Road
Datchworth, Hertfordshire SG3 6TB
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, British

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 2:30PM; Sunday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM,


Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01438 815550

Website:
http://www.thetilbury.co.uk/

Catering:
By Appointment Only.

Parking Details:
Private parking for 35 cars.

Public Transport:
Knebworth British Rail.

Executive Chef:
Tom Bainbridge

Private Party Facilities:
By Appointment Only.

Private Party Contact:
James Bainbridge: 01438 815550

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine

The Tilbury Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (70)
Creative Cuisine (49)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Sunday Lunch (46)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Worth the Drive (40)
Good for a Date (39)
Neighbourhood Gem (36)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Cosy (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Casual (29)
Romance (27)
Local Ingredients (26)
Child Friendly (18)
Seasonal (16)
Authentic (15)
Business Meals (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Great Beer (13)
Group Bookings (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Fun (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Outdoor Eating (10)
Brunch (6)
Healthy (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

We just love it. It’s local, the food is innovative and the service is fantastic. The staff know about the food, not just reading off the menu. This is SO rare these days. This is top dollar dining in a rural area. Amazingly good and I would like to keep it a special secret!!

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·Dined on 12 January 2018

We eat at the Tilbury every couple of months and always enjoy our food. This time was no exception, there were 6 in our party and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Will be returning very soon. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on 11 January 2018

The Tilbury is simply a very, very good restaurant. The food is always interesting and often truly outstanding. The wine list never fails to work for me and the staff are always friendly and professional. The set 3-course menu (I think a mid-week deal) for £20 is magnificent value, considering the quality of the food. We absolutely love this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 10 January 2018

The prix fixe was amazing value, great ambiance and fantastic staff

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·Dined on 31 December 2017

Very good only down side was roast potatoes needed longer in over

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 30 December 2017

The food is always fabulous, there is always a little twist so it's a nice surprise when the food arrives. The staff are really friendly and helpful, love it there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 26 December 2017

Always fabulous service and great food and wine choice.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on 23 December 2017

Cauliflower cheese soup was sublime
Roast turkey delicious and beautifully presented
Clementine and Cointreau trifle a disappointment as not a trifle and orange jelly not sweet enough- served in a jar that made getting tastes of each layer impossible!

Service impeccable and super friendly
Highly rated

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 19 December 2017

Four out of five went for the festive menu - the one that went off piste still had the Venison mince-pie which we all agreed was terrific. Mains were principally steak which went down very well plus a nut roast and I had the whole sea-bass fillet., which was a delight if not more than enough for a big appetite! I am now even more confident than ever to recommend and/or take friends and colleagues to the Tilbury (or White Hart on Mondays!). I will be interested to know how many of them take the opportunity to check what's in the burgundy coloured envelope during Jan/Feb 18.

Merry Christmas to you all and especially the Bain & Bridges team.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Fabulous food and amazing service. Another wonderful evening at The Tilbury!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on 14 December 2017

The food is never disappointing it is interesting and varied seasonal local produce, the Sunday lunch is the best yet and such good value.
The staff are charming very helpful.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 14 December 2017

Great food, lovely helpful staff - fun evening all around

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 9 December 2017

Lovely food and great service, really enjoy visiting here and the food is always great 👍

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·Dined on 1 December 2017

Wife loved it, food was amazing, staff were friendly all in all a pleasant experience from the moment we got there to the moment we left and will definitely be going again

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food5
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service4
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

Food was lovely, the menu looks to change by month which is good, although I did see some dishes previously that I would have liked. The fish with ham was a little too salty but apart from that a wonderful meal

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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food4
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 21 November 2017

As always we recieved a friendly greeting and great service. The food was lovely and well presented. The menu didn’t have the choices my husband was inspired by but that’s just personal taste. Everyone else was very happy and really enjoyed the food and we all had a very good evening.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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value4

 
·Dined on 17 November 2017

Had a great evening, food was amazing have already booked to go back for their Christmas menu.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 16 November 2017

The £20, 3 - course, three choices per course is/was excellent value and the high quality of service, ingredients, presentation and environment, is truly consistent from month to month when I and my colleague eat here. Keep it up Tom, Jamie, Ian et al - we'll be back!

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·Dined on 12 November 2017

Great food and service - def going again. The food was unusual, tasty and the portion size spot on. The wine was great with plenty of choice

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

Love going there me and my wife both do. The team there are always very pleasant and polite with great service. Couldn’t recommend enough

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Great venue for catch up with friends - the service was great - staff very attentive - food was awesome - I would definitely recommend this for all types of occasions - a little pricey but we knew that before we sent.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 29 October 2017

Delicious food and great service - would recommend!

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 (London)·Dined on 24 October 2017

The Tilbury never disappoints - all the staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. The food is phenomenally good - there were four of us and we loved every bite! Superb!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on 8 October 2017

Delicious food, relaxed atmosphere. Really love it here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on 6 October 2017

The Tilbury never disappoints - top class food, always innovative and surprising, and always delicious. Friendly service, good choice of wines by the glass.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Fronted by Maitre d' Ian the Tilbury Team continues to surprise and delight in equal measures. You can be justifiably proud of what we customers enjoy at and take away from your tables. Bravo!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 30 September 2017

Chose the tasting menu and the drinks float. Food really good without being "over the top", drinks range was probably the best bit with some different products on the list from the norm.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on 29 September 2017

Wonderful restruant, great menu with special meals. We came with elderly family and found the car park dark when going back to our car especially as there was uneven ground.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on 21 September 2017

Always a great meal out. Wonderful flavour combinations and something a bit different. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on 20 September 2017

I took my boyfriend for his birthday, I just googled somewhere local with great food to eat, up The Tilbury popped. It was only a couple of miles from where I lived, which was an added bonus.

The minute you walk in you feel welcome, the staff can't do enough for you, attentive without been a pest.

We had a couple of snacks which included anchovy toast with a white chocolate hummus which sounds weird but it was amazeballs, I would definitely recommend this to anyone...

I had the squid ink poached chicken which I something I haven't had before the vegetables were charred and the broccoli tasted similar to seaweed. All the tastes were fantastic.

I couldn't eat dessert as the portion sizes were generous, but my boyfriend has the frozen toffee crumble. It came out and looked like something out of Masterchef. All the individual elements bounced off your tongue and combination was out of this world.

We will definitely be back...!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 19 September 2017

All 4 of us thought our starters, mains and puds were outstanding. We will be going again and recommending The Tilbury to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 12 September 2017

For a special occasion, it is just that little bit extra special from regular pub food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 8 September 2017

Fist time there and a great Experiance, will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 8 September 2017

Great food. Good parking and pleasant staff. Will be back !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 3 September 2017

Our second time visiting the Tilbury and it was just as good as the first. The menu was varied, the atmosphere welcoming and the food delicious. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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·Dined on 3 September 2017

Good quality meal in a nice countryside inn location. Perfect ambience with a very welcoming approach from the staff. Very pleasurable experience and no hassle with parking.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 2 September 2017

We had the tasting menu and drinks flight that was fantastic value and quality
I am biased as this is my favourite local restaurant but the tasting menu was exceptional and surpassed their usual quality in taste and presentation

No need for trip to London with this gem on our doorstep

We opted for the drinks flight so I couldn't fit in my usual favourite of the some young punks wine 😀

Can't wait for the next update to the tasting menu as will be first in line

Exceptional!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on 30 August 2017

We have not been back for several years but we're pleasantly surprised that the quality is back to where it used to be. Very enjoyabke meal & we will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 25 August 2017

We went there for my birthday. It had been a few years since our previous visit but we were impressed. The staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and the presentation of the Sea Bream was stunning. We will be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on 24 August 2017

"Today's special" was exactly that! And, as always, impeccable service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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