The Tilbury

4.6
1001 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.
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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 1001 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

From the moment we walked in we were made to feel welcome and every member of staff were incredibly helpful and on top of the food being “top drawer” and added to a super experience

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Really lovely evening. The highlight was the Rib of beef for 2, which was to die for. Delicious.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Very nice time catching up with old friends .
Good food and service.

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4.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Very nice restaurant which I would recommend. Most of the food was delicious but there were some odd bits e.g. entire carrot uncut accompanying the Sunday roasts was boiled too long and tasted of nothing
Went for my mum’s birthday and they had a cute treat for her with a candle which was a lovely touch

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4.0Dined on 26 April 2018

We went to the Tilbury to celebrate our friends birthday. The menu is interesting with plenty of choices. The food is beautifully presented with good sized potions. I always enjoy it here and once again the Tilbury did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Great food, nice staff and a lovely location. Would recommend the steak

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5.0Dined on 19 April 2018

A lovely meal - great attention to detail and delicious.
Good professional service. We look forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

We have used the Tilbury many times but not recently until we took friends there last Sunday lunchtime. It quickly became apparent we have missed it! Great food, good wine and beer and friendly efficient staff. What more could you ask for

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Amazing food and great service. Great to try different food combinations that tasted lovely. Will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

We had a great time for our sons birthday. Very reasonably priced and excellent food.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Enjoyed Sunday lunch with friends. Liked the idea of the alternative Sunday menu and the choices were excellent, not run of the mill. We did have to wait a while to be served but our waitress advised us of the hold up so that was fine. We were asked to vacate our table as we had just finished and the restaurant was busy. Can’t remember seeing a time limit on the menu when we booked but we had been there two hours so I suppose on a busy Sunday that’s to be expected.
Overall a very good experience and would recommend.j

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Excellent food and service once again. Relaxed atmosphere and a very creative menu.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Lovely venue. A very pleasant waitress served us. Very good food.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Great lunch, although a long way to come worth the drive

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4.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Very good gastro pub - serves quality lunches with wide choice of good local food which is both well cooked and well presented. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Loved this perfect Easter lunch
Great atmosphere and perfect set.
Really good roast

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Absolutely amazing food, outstanding! Three excellent courses, faultless in every way, incredibly good value for such high quality food, wonderful friendly service. Will definitely go back ASAP !!

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The food was delicious. However the portion sizes didn't reflect the price they need to be bigger . I found the cheese and biscuits to be very meagre for the price in fact a bit of a disgrace.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Never disappoints. Fantastic food and service. Had the venison hotdog which was extraordinarily good. Salt and pepper frogs legs for starter where perfect. Our favourite restaurant only shame I was driving so couldn't drink my favourite Some young punks wine 😀

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

We had a lovely meal with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Staff were extremely pleasant and helpful.

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

I had little hesitation in recommending the Venison Hot Dog to my guests and the three virtually clean plates later spoke for themselves! First rate all-round as ever.

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4.0Dined on 28 March 2018

I spent an enjoyable extended lunch with some former work colleagues. We were treated very well by the staff of the pub, who were attentive but not obtrusive. The food was excellent - quite elegant and certainly a good step up from standard pub fare. The atmosphere was friendly. I would recommend the Tilbury to anyone looking for a quality meal at a friendly pub .

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Every attentive staff and really interesting food will go here again

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Genial staff and surprisingly good food. Very much enjoyed the lunch we had and would certainly recommend and will go again

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