The Tilbury

4.5
1232 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive

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About

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 1232 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous roast dinners, all 6 of us enjoyed all of our food

c
London
28 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening for aperitif's in the garden followed by a meal that worked in every way possible. Throw in a terrific wine recommendation from Ashmira plus the usual high level of service from the team then, what more do you want? Taxi! 11/10 as Mr Marshall once said.

MM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were surprised how popular The Tilbury is on a Wednesday lunch time. That said, it did not make for a noisy lunch or effect the service, which was impeccable from start to finish. Laura and Louise who looked after us were appropriately friendly; both were knowledgeable about the food and wine menu.

Each dish was perfectly prepared, excellently presented and, importantly, flavoursome.

All in all an excellent lunch, with great services and superb value.

Thank you The Tilbury team, we will be back!

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice venue and food was lovely as well, very posh pub nosh

SR
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Very happy with service and will definately return. The only negative point was that the noise level was so loud at times we found it hard to converse. The restaurant was not full so it would be even more difficult in this case if it were. Saying that-we really enjoyed the meal and will return.

K
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great visit to this cute pub.

Food is very nice and service always excellent.

KL
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Great menu with new and interesting choices. Delicious food. Excellent service. We love it here.

BC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service, we will definitely be going back.

AM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Very Nice
Service Excellent. Wine first rate. Vegetarian starter was very nice indeed
pork ribeye original and with slaw and pigs ears excellent

JA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As you probably reallise, I recommend The Tilbury frequently! Thank you for being there.

LR
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Poor, was not offered a drink once during the whole mean. Made a complaint since with no reply.

i
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative and well executed

PS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great
Service was spot on
Very friendly and helpful staff
Nice ambiance
Overall a great lunch

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times and it never disappoints. Great menu choice and friendly people. Sadly, we don't get there as often as we'd like.

NJ
London
15 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is exceptional. Lots of choice and everything on the menu sounds delicious, without exception everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meal. My fish main with roast chicken sauce was delicious and the Eton mess was standout. Even the ice cream flavours were amazing. The decor, though traditional and cosy, could do with a bit of freshening up and some pops of colour - some flowers or some luxe cushions? We will definitely be back though!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Wine recommendation made by staff was very good. Will return in the future to try another weird but yummy combo - white chocolate and peppercorn hummus

DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Spring roll hot in the middle cold outside, microwave heated? Soft crab too crisp.
Crayfish could have been better presented, to make them easier to open. Bread not offered had to ask for it.

F
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Staff very friendly and food excellent.

LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service and our food was served within 15 minutes. All our dishes were nicely presented and tasty. However the main course at £21.50 is a little overpriced.

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent, with just one disappointment: the roasted potatoes were hard and tasteless.
The wines were good and good value.
However The room was very noisy.

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my parents and partner to The Tilbury for my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary. The staff were professional, polite and respectful. They were clearly knowledgeable and didn’t feel the need to check on us too often. The food was simply amazing. It couldn’t have been better.

ER
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is delicious. The snug is fabulous room. Service is extremely friendly but can be slow at times.

J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food
Fantastic service
Love it here
The food was so good, great selection

PJ
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife for her birthday lunch after reading reviews.
We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the staff capped off a lovely day. So friendly and diligent.
I would recommend the Tilbury if you want very good well presented food and great staff .
Thank you.

R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

always a favourite destination, great pub excellent food, my only concern is the portions are frankly on the small side, which is a slight concern when you are paying top gastropub prices you want very good food and enough of it, on the starter and main I felt a little under served - not a big issue but a concern if your very hungry.

AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Nice food friendly staff

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and good service

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely meal. Good value especially considering the quality and standard of cooking. Great, understated service and lovely surroundings.

Highly recommended.

c
London
28 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three satisfied diners - all that is needed!

m
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

e
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our evening at the Tilbury - the food was delicious and beautifully presented, it was underpriced in my opinion! Staff were great and they have a well-rounded wine list to cater for all tastes. We will be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a please by experience, highly recommend 👍🏻

M
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food and good service. A little slow perhaps for the starters but otherwise great.
Loved my sweetbreads starter and I’m secretly delighted that my friends were not as impressed with the floating island dessert as they might have been ;-)

LC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very warm and welcoming pub with friendly local vibes, high quality food and a decent drinks menu. A very enjoyable stop off during our weekend country walk. Thank you

G
London
24 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent gastro-pub, serving very good food in a lovely building. Have visited on a number of occasions but not for a Sunday lunch for many years.
Overall it was another good experience despite a few niggles (Sunday lunch set menu prices shown on OpenTable were not available, asked to vacate our table for another booking despite relatively slow serving of food etc).
Concise menu offering both Sunday roasts and items from regular menu, similarly concise but good wine menu with a variety of styles and prices. Helpful and enthusiastic service.

KW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, outstanding service, nothing was too much trouble. Really good with the kids and the dessert they brought out because it was my Mum’s birthday was a lovely little touch that we weren’t expecting. I recommend it as somewhere to go to all my friends and will definitely be back (maybe without the kids so I can work my way through the gin menu!)

KJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always consistently good. I love the vegetarian option - makes such a nice change from the typical veggie options on most menus!

r
Hertfordshire
31 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfection

FC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Friendly and welcoming service. Food seemed to be a little disjointed ate the Salmon & Guinea Fowl did not understand why the slider on both plates seemed unnecessary. Less is more. However the floating Island was delicious.

f
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, friendly and helpful staff, fantastic food and great wine list. Definitely return and recommend to friends. Tables not too close for couples.

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