Situated in a splendid Grade 11 listed building, dating back to the mid 18th century, which more than once housed Queen Victoria. The dining room's decorated with wine pictures and hung with dried hops, giving a romantic atmosphere.
While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is still serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
The menu changes a little each month, but a summer snapshot brought the likes of 'Black Pudding Mousse with Poached Egg Salad'; 'Chilled Pea Soup'; ' Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Toasted Brioche' and 'Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Rillette, Beetroot & Pea Jelly' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Pan-fried Turbot with Ratte Potatoes and Salmon Consommé'; 'Confit of Duck Leg with Pak Choi and Red Wine Jus'; 'Whole Squab Pigeon with Fricassé of Summer Beans' and 'Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille and Olive Mash' among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Gooseberry Fool with Lime Sorbet'; 'Honey-roasted Figs with Goats' Cheese Ice Cream; or Farmhouse Cheese, in peak condition.
No mobile phones.
If you plan ahead, you can book one of their comfortable bedrooms for the night.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: all week, 12.30-14.00; set L Sun £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses); mains from about £15 to £25. A bar menu is also available.
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-22.00; Mains from about £15 to £25
- Seats: 84, plus 20 outside
- Wine: A truly impressive wine list (about 700 bottles are listed), has its roots in France, but travels the world. Prices are firm, and you might not necessarily be shown their list of wines by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Tunbridge Wells Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available