The Tilbury

4.5
1088 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
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 1088 People Are Saying
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j
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite lunch. Wonderful food and wine and perfect staff

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c
London
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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AB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
17 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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BT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely meal from this constistantly good venue. The staff are great, really professional and nothing is too much trouble. Always busy and a lovely buzz. The food, as ever, is delicious. I had the turkey, which was the first of the season and sumptuious. We will return again.

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AP
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As alaways, great food and excellent service! Great lunch with the family. Good selection on the menu.

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AB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family Sunday lunch for a birthday celebration. We were made to feel very welcome and the food was lovely. Special thanks to our waitress, Chloe.

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ZN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and setting with very attentive staff. Couldn't fault it.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We love this restaurant. The food is excellent. The service is usually very attentive and friendly. Management is great and dishes are creative. However, until our last visit we had only enjoyed a weekend lunch rather than an evening meal. This great little restaurant filled up quickly and got too load for a nice conversation. The staff were very busy and our mains took much longer than usual to arrive. Nevertheless, the food was fantastic as always and the staff tried their best to make up for the wait. A great restaurant with some very interesting food.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal at The Tilbury. Superb clever cooking with great ingredients . Will defiantly be back soon.

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. So glad this is my local.

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k
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Tilbury was a perfect choice for a family Sunday lunch. Generous portions and attentive service. All round good value

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

creative food menu and excellent tasting dishes.

Enthusiastic, friendly and quality service

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SM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal and were looked after brilliantly by the restaurant manageress, who was very knowledgeable about the food. Will definitely be back!

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SA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely perfect evening
Tasting menu and accompanying drinks were superb and very good value for money.
For a tasting menu portions were very generous as well as the drinks. It was nice to try different drinks and not just wine. Would never choose a Bloody Mary but it went perfectly with the cauliflower dish.
Staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

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JG
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A highly recommended place to eat!

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JR
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wife and I LOVE this place. The food is always amazing, the wine list is great and the staff always male you feel welcome. I wouldn't change a thing about this lovely place

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LG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Privileged to have this as our local but we would drive out to eat here. Foood consistently good and interesting, goood advice about wine pairing. New specials regularly so we don’t get bored with the menu.
Menu stretches from good fish and chips and pub basics to elaborate dishes and there is always a good fish main on offer as well as quality beef. Pork, lamb and venison make regular appearances. Reliably good at gluten free options too.

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JO
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely spot. We had lunch here before having a walk in the local area. The food was interesting and very tasty. Service was great.

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PP
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great evening once again and good service from James and his team. Good pub food always at its best.

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BT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and lovely food. We also took a doggy bag back with us which they were happy to do. I would glady go there every weekend for lunch!

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A
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here! Can always guarantee good food and service. The burger I had was one of the best I've ever tasted! Also nice touches like little experiments from the chef as we waited for our food to arrive, a unique curried popcorn that went down well.

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SP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, if a lil pricey. Starters are a lil too haute cuisineish for my tastes, but overall very tasty. I'd go more if portions were more generous.
Service was lovely and it always has a good ambiance.
Im sure we'll be back.

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BM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always find that the special Lunch menu offers excellent value. Although choices are limited, dishes are interesting, very tasty and we have never been disappointed.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff were friendly and helpful , food excellent with a good choice and in a comfortable atmosphere .
What more can I say !

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D
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tilbury is consistently a fabulous place to eat. The staff are welcoming and friendly and there is always a great atmosphere. The set menu is terrific value for money. I love it.

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LE
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Run out of Sunday roasts but the service was very good

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J
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Didn’t mind paying abit extra for the beef on the Sunday roast option but do think 2/3 slices was a bit of a small portion. The men found the lunch rather small.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal from starters to desserts. Vegetarian option was outstanding. Staff, as always were lovely, attentive with a good knowledge of the meals. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for a special meal out!

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RA
Hertfordshire
138 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been for a year or so. Same friendly welcome, excellent service and delicious, seasonal food. The venison rump was outstanding.

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R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a lovely meal at the Tilbury. So lucky to have this as our local.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service in Welwyn with a always changing menu!

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food as always but had run out of 2 of meat options for Sunday lunch which was a little disappointing for our guest !

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CM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch! Great menu options and fantastic service!

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service throughout the night from the bar to the table, prices are on the high side, dessert wasn't great, but food was very enjoyable, lighting always too bright - no candlelights

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