The Tilbury

4.5
1025 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation


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


Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday.
If you are looking to book at 2:30 for Lunch or 9:30 for weekend dinner, please contact the restaurant for availability.
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Phone number
01438 815550
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tom Bainbridge
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Private Party Facilities
By Appointment Only.
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Private Party Contact
James Bainbridge: 01438 815550
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Catering
By Appointment Only.
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Parking Details
Private parking for 35 cars.
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Public Transit
Knebworth British Rail.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1025 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I love this restaurant and really appreciate how it introduces those that might be afraid of fine dining to relax and enjoy both the atmosphere, food and drink. Most places I've visited this high end are intimidating, but the Tilbury really makes sure you are comfortable, relaxed and above all enjoy your evening. The food is to die for and the staff are kind. I really couldn't recommend this place high enough and would visit every week if I could afford to do so. Keep up the good work and hope to visit again soon.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

No good value for money! £11 for a double pink gin and tonic. Food was average but over priced £107 for 2 course meal with 4 drinks.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice dinner all dishes good quality and well cooked. Good service maybe a little expensive but good

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Fantastic lunch for our wedding anniversary! From the moment we walked through the door we were made to fell welcome and the service was exceptional.
Excellent selection of lunches on a Sunday with the roast being a highlight!

We will definitely be back soon!

Ian and Lisa

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Perfect as always

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

For his birthday dinner we took our son-in-law, D with J, his wife, all the way down Brookbridge Lane to our nearest restaurant, The Tilbury. He/they is/are no strangers to this establishment and his first comment at the end was "these guys have upped their game, several notches." He particularly lavished praise on the tuna & watermelon tartare as being worthy of any Japanese high-end fayre, and for all of us, we were blessed with food and wine ( the Lalande-Pomerol recommended by Jamie included) of the highest order. Between us, M and I have eaten here 5 times in the last 6 weeks and apart from the danger of getting too used to the immense pleasure involved, cannot recommend Tom and Jamie's principal restaurant too highly. The whole team deserves praise. Thank you all for being The Tilbury.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Always great food and service. Great to have it local and know it’s always a winner!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Excellent food, beautiful presentation, imaginative menu, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Looking forward to returning again soon.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

For a change we were the guests and our hosts were returning to the Tilbury for the first time since it was also known as the Inn on the Green. They had returned that day from visiting Verona (for the opera as well as food) and were mightily impressed with the whole experience. And Verona! Thank you Ash and team plus those brave ring away in the kitchen - first class as always!! 😀😀

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Lovely food, would recommend, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

First time we had eaten at the Tilbury ...food was excellent , the actual waiting service was fine but the front of house were miserable and unwelcoming ...

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Overall the experience was good, but there were some glitches. The pre-dinner drinks were not as we ordered (the barman put soda in the whiskey rather than the Campari). The sauce with the main course (pork belly) was rather think and their was too much for our taste. The greens had large salt crystals in amongst them. When we told the staff about these things, the chef/owner gave us free desserts which was a nice gesture. Sitting outside in the garden was very pleasant except for some neighbours who were noisy and didn't turn off their mobiles so we were treated to regular pings as messages arrived.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

First class - a joy to eat here. An amuse bouche caught us out but we still managed three courses each!

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Great place, great staff and great service but the food was the ultimate star. Inspired menu, beautifully prepared, unusual combinations and wonderfully subtle and refined flavours. A real joy. Good wine list too!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We visited with friends and everything was great from when we were greeted when we arrived , the table that we had and the food .
The ambience was just right with background music playing .
All the waitresses were very attentive and ensured that the evening was a great success.

The food was exceptional and good value for money.

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

The menu was limited and the choices were not to our tastes. The food we ordered was OK, we were so disappointed as the last time we ate at this pub the menu was better with a lot of choice.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great food and service - a really enjoyable evening for my mother's 81st birthday meal

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

I went to The Tilbury with my husband and 2 children. We sat outside in the garden and we had a fabulous meal. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were super friendly. We really liked that there was a garden for the kids to run around in and even some toys for them to play with. It has immediately become one of my favourite places to eat in Hertfordshire and we will definitely be going back there again.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Love this place, the food is amazing and the staff are friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Food was absolutely delicious. Service excellent and garden lovely.
Thoroughly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Friendly, professional service and lovely food. Would go back.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

The service and food were good....it wasn't 5 star dining but it was 5 star dining prices. The restaurant served sparkling water on tap....you know those taps that just add fizz to tap water..but they had the cheek to charge £1.20 per bottle. On the whole I enjoyed the food and enjoyed the setting but there are areas for improvement. That being said it wouldn't stop me going back.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Food, service, atmosphere outstanding as always. Never fails!

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Our first time dining at The Tilbury. We will definitely return the food and the service were both excellent. And a lovely garden for a pre dinner drink too. What more could you want?!

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Superb food, great ambiance and above all great service.
Could not fault.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Our second visit with our friends and we hoped that it would be as good as we remembered - we were not disappointed - brilliant food and atmosphere -looking forward to the next visit.
Our friends both had the fish dish and it was amazing - we both had steak and as ever cooked to perfection -

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

We were greeted warmly, offered options for our table and served immediately by very attentive staff. We found the staff extremely friendly and very efficient during what was a very busy Sunday afternoon service. Would recommend it for a Sunday lunch if you're hungry - the portions were huge and the food was fantastic. We would definitely go again !

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3.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Went here on Friday for a girls night out. We have all eaten here before on separate occasions and all agreed the food was not up to their usual standard. Hopefully it will bounce back as it is a great eating pub usually.

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

We ate a great traditional Sunday roast. Starter and pudding too. Totally filled ourselves up!
This is a lovely place to eat, food is great and the staff are so attentive and knowledgeable. It might seem pricey for some but if you like a really nice atmosphere and appreciate your food this is the place to come.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Excellent service with great food choices. Highly recommended for all occasions

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Amazing service, great food & a lovely atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Food good but not exceptional. Only one slice of beef for Roast Dinner (£19). Vegetables and potoatoes nicely cooked. Fish and chips ok. Pineapple and berry sundae had chillis in (not mentioned on menu) otherwise would have been great. Staff were lovely. We waited 45 minutes for our meal. May possibly visit again as an ideal location for us to walk to but probably only for drinks and a snack.

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Great service as always. Food was very good too.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We had a fabulous meal even though the rib-eye was gone, I was served one of the best sirloin steaks I have had, the sea trout nicoise starter was tremendous. Our wine was also upgraded and a drink made especially for me and my friends. I made a point of saying the Tilbury was now in my all time top three! Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Lovely restaurant in a peaceful location really creative cuisine freindly Staff
And wonderful owners highly recommended

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Excellent food, great service, very friendly staff and management

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Very nice meal with very good service. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Never felt so looked after from a typical pub before, they had arranged a birthday surprise and even gave a complimentary starter not on the bill.

Service was exceptional, they waited the appropriate amount of time to ask how the food was and were knowledgeable about their menu and timely in delivering the food.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Great food. Great service !

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Food was amazing and this was complimented by outstanding service. My husband and I had a really lovely night and would absolutely recommend

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