This excellent restaurant was once the home of William Makepeace Thackeray. The comfortable airy dining room has crisp napery and modern artwork - defying its 17th century origins.
Starters might include the likes of 'Pan-fried Escalope of Foie Gras with a Roasted Potato Cake, Caramelised Apples and a Sweet Wine and Chive Sauce'; 'Pan fried Scallops with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto' or Roulade of Smoked Salmon with a tian of Devon Crab'.
Mains perhaps 'Gloucester Old Spot 'four ways' with Black Pudding a Spiced Red Wine jus'; 'Poached Monkfish in Barolo Wine' or 'Fillet of Steak roast in a Wild Mushroom and Herb Crust'.
Finish with 'Fig Tart flavoured with Vanilla and Lemon '; 'Rhubarb and White Peach Mousse' or 'Raspberry Soufflé with Raspberry Sorbet'. Dishes are beautifully presented.
They have a very pleasant 'Japanese' terrace for outside eating.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30, set L from £16.95 (2 courses), £18.95 (3 courses); Sun £28.50 (2 courses); mains £24 to £29
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-22.30; Set D from £24.50 (2 courses) to £69.00; mains £24 to £29
- Seats: 70, plus 30 outside
- Wine: An interesting wine list kicks off at around the £20, and about 20 varieties by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Tunbridge Wells Rail
- Directions: On the right hand side of the hill leaving Tunbridge Wells towards Southborough and London - see the map at the top of the page
- Parking: NCP at bottom of hill, street parking during the evening
- Closed: D Sun; all Mon
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating