The Tilbury

4.6
1052 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 1052 People Are Saying
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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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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though there was only one sea bass meal from the Lunch menu my cod fillet as a substitute was sublime! Excellent value for money.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A cosy catch up with a friend, both struggled to choose from the array of delights before us but were more than happy with the colourful dishes we were presented with
Well done Tilbury

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DJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly welcome,very good service,choice of 2 different types of menu giving range of prices, good food on both,sensible wine list.

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KG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, friendly and attentive staff. Excellent quality food.

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DC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food, good service, thoroughly enjoyable evening

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PP
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch. Great service. Best fish and chips in Hertfordshire and beyond!!

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e
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very comfortable environment with good food both in choice and quality. My brother and I plus our wives will continue to use it as an excellent halfway regular meeting point as long as we can continue to drive.

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T
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would 100% recommend to anyone. We had the tasting menu & all was excellent. Staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely be returning in the future.

Many Thanks

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BF
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited early on a Saturday night for a special occasion and booked the Tasting Menu with the Wine Flight.
The food was delicious, creative and the passion for food and knowledge of the staff was amazing. Great service and very friendly staff. It was a pleasure to eat in a restaurant where you can see and feel the passion for food and drinks and the staff are happy to answer questions and chat to the customers but are at the same time very professional!
The Tasting Menu with the wines was excellent with a selection of great food with unusual combination. Worth adding the Wine Flight for a "full experience"! The menu changes periodically so it was not the one we saw online (that is a sample menu, so worth checking which menu is being served if you particularly want to try a specific dish) but was just as interesting. More dishes available on their A la carte menu with a mix of creative and traditional dishes so there is something for everyone. A lunch time set menu is available too. Nice background music. Nice touch at the end for our celebration. We'll surely return!

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SP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful country pub with great service and fabulous food

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good value 3 course lunch.
Items from main menu rather than seperate 'simpler' dishes.
Will definitely return.

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such good food, innovative, interesting and perfectly executed. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Good choice of wines by the glass. Couldn’t be happier to have The Tilbury as our local.

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with Friends.
Loved food
Staff great and helpful

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as ever - best value for money fish and chips you can find and a decent out to wash it down!

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The meal was nice. Disappointingly the wine we ordered when seated did not arrive until after we had already finished our starters. Staff did apologise but it did take the shine off an otherwise pleasant meal.

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VG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice surroundings, very pleasant service but I was very disappointed that the duck breast was not served pink as the waitress had told me when I ordered. It was explained to me three quarters of the way through my meal, that it is against health & safety regulations to serve duck pink now.
I was misinformed when ordering and would have made a different choice.
This was not a cheap meal and not even a free cup of coffee was offered in apology.
What a shame.

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AH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent three course meal from the lunch menu. Everything was presented with a little twist to make it stand out. For example the tomato and mozzarella salad had a delicious tomato sorbet with little pickles, deep fried mozzarella and dressing. The trout starter was equally delicious.
Mains of cod and fish cake was great value with a large piece of cod. The belly pork was tasty and the curried lentils nice. Maybe a bit more variety needed.
Chocolate brownie was rich and tasty to finish with. All for £20 a head.
Good quality cooking and efficient and friendly service.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have visited on a number of occasions & it never disappoints. Friendly, courteous & timely service. Great food - had the roast beef which was cooked to perfection & melted in the mouth. Good amount of room between tables so you can hold a conversation without feeling like you can be overheard by those around you but still feels cosy. Whole heartedly recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic, second to none. Sunday lunch was very good on the whole, but could have done with just one more slice of meat. Fish dish was fine but not memorable. Coffees were very nice! Just feel that it wasn’t really worth the high price, otherwise I’d probably feel a lot more positive about it on the whole.

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SO
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good evening out, but pricey at £100 for two people

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BT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Ordered the £60 prime rib of beef for two. For something of this price we were expecting an amazing cut of beef, however it was chewy and hard to eat. We told the waitress we were disappointed to which she came back and argued that it is a rib of beef so it is a fat cut of beef. I understand this, however it does not mean that every single piece should be chewy and not tender. No apologies and we still had to pay the full price. It was a shame as the atmosphere upon arrival, restaurant area and wine were all nice.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A really lovely place to eat. Such wonderful and helpful staff. The food was amazing. We had pork belly and bread with dipping oil as a snack. Followed by tuna and watermelon salad and deviled eggs and bacon as starters both were delicious. We both had the shrimp burger which was tasty but not quite as delicious as the previous courses. Pudding was simple pineapple upside down cake which was lovely. We will definitely be returning and trying the tasting menu next time. They do also offer a 3 fours meal for £20 which, is a small selection from the main menu but considering the quality of food excellent value!

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d
London
20 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely, innovative, meal at the Tilbury. It is more of an eatery than a pub and on disappointing fact was that there was only one (Brakspears) real ale available and the quality of that was poor. Chose food from the set menu which had three interesting options for all courses ant the food was excellent.

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D
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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J
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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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r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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IM
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DH
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, would recommend, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon

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C
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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JH
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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