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The Tunbridge Wells Eating House

4.5
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91 reviews
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£25 and under
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International
The Eating House at the Tunbridge Wells Hotel is a relaxed, informal dining room serving food all day, 7 days a week. This restaurant serves everything from English and continental breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon tea to a romantic formal dining experience.

Using the finest produce Kent and Sussex has to offer, the team at The Eating House like to produce simple and classic dishes to wow on every occasion.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 91 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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tuttifruitti
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Noise levels were very high and for this reason i would not recommend the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location. Nice good

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GrahamB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Totally recommended. Great food, great service and a wonderful time had by all.

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CindyVillage1
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Sunday roast and service. Never disappointed

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RUTHW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We'd had a great time here before, so a few disappointing things this time - the banquettes were covered in crumbs/dirt and obviously hadn't been swept or hoovered.
The serving staff were friendly, helpful and easy to get hold of - but were unnecessarily very close several times, without face visors, so a bit worrying.
Other than that, nice food and jolly atmosphere.

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EmilyT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely breakfast! Great staff and a lovely morning had by all x

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DavidB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was breakfast with a friend and it was really excellent. Perhaps the best breakfast 'out' the I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Food not great

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IanB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, good food meant a good time was had

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JoHo
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Apart from receiving the wrong bill, it was a nice brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely yummy breakfast outside. Staff very accommodating. Nice ambiance

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MichaelY
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Such good food last Sunday that we've already booked for next weekend. The feta and grilled peaches salad was so delicious and something I'd never come across before.

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BenB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had brunch and it was lovely, we’ll definitely do it here again soon.

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TaniaF
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Great service

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LorettoM
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice venue, pleasant staff
Good breakfast choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

Although they didn’t have any record of my booking, the service and food were excellent. Unfortunately our table was next to a extremely smelly StBernard dog. The seating is also looking very shabby. Didn’t really that the dining area was also a bar and lounge area, which spoiled what could have been a very nice experience

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Babyt
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and very pleasant ambience. We love having a leisurely lunch here.

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Claireeatsout
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, service was perfect & they made a perfect Contreau coffee on request.

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AmyR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Eve lunch with the family! Loved it - thank you all!

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Babyt
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it, great food, ambience and the staff are always charming and efficient.

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DebW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A busy night but the staff looked after us really well and our meal was delicious. Love the new decor.

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vipZoyaD
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere for meet friends xxx

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vipLRonTT
Kent
120 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Have not been back since we had my Dad's 80th birthday meal in the upstairs room here (which was very good) so was looking forward to eating here again. The foaccia was amazing - warm, bouncy, fresh out of the oven! While not an extensive menu there is definitely something for everyone. Scallops and black pudding were a classic starter, and the chicken burger was cooked just right. No room for dessert. Good range of small plates too. Service was really friendly and on-point. Good VFM overall - 2 appetisers, 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 bottles of Merlot came in at around £55 per head. The only reason I haven't given ambience full marks is that the eating area used to feel like a proper French brasserie , with lots of pictures on the walls and a cosy feel to it. It now has pink blossom wallpaper and a large blossom "tree" coming down from the ceiling and while quite pretty, it doesn't give an especially cosy feel. Preferred the decor from when it was Brasserie des Sources. But that's just a personal thing, and couldn't fault food or service.

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TimB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

The food was not good
Had a chicken burger with very little chicken in it and couldn’t cut the burger bun wii a knife

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Gilly
London
18 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Quite noisy but to be expected as we sat outside for the music on the bandstand!

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Gilly
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was lovely and very prompt and friendly and the food was delicious. Particularly good veggies with the Sunday roast

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Clofty
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere-we were there for Jazz on the Pantiles on a Thursday so of course it was loud but that is what we wanted! Best option for outside eating on a Thursday. Have been before where there is the usual a la Carte menu and that was excellent too. Gluten free friendly as well. Charming service.

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viphptw
Kent
62 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

TW Eating House (basically the dining area of the TW Hotel on the Pantiles) utterly deserted on a summer Friday night - very odd and inexplicable to the staff.

Sat outside; food, friendly service, efficient and swift. My lamb was over spiced and tough but not over cooked. The half lobster was okay but clearly the runt of the litter! Fresh salad leaves with Parmesan shavings.

All round, very average.

DD
DorisDuster
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The service was exceptional and really attentive. All the staff are very friendly and professional. The food is obviously pre catered and as soon as we ordered was on the table which is probably a sign of pre plated food to cope with the high demand of the busy Jazz evening. The main was very simple nothing to rave about. It was hot, well presented but quite small portions on plates.
I would recommend eating here for the experience of the jazz evening ambience but try not to sit directly in front of the band as you cannot talk freely until the break as quite loud but also nice to be amongst the party vibe!

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately, despite the fact the restaurant was virtually empty, two out of three drinks were incorrect. We had no starters and two of the mains were very good, but the third had to be sent back as the burger was not 'well done'. It was replaced (without fuss) but the returned burger was so 'well done 'as to be inedible. Two of the three puddings (£7 each) were unpleasantly sweet and almost inedible. However, the third was very nice.

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vipLizY
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

This is the most perfect location, particularly on a sunny day. However, the food was not great. We went for breakfast and my scrambled eggs had tonnes of shell in them. I mentioned this to the waiter and he offered to replace it. When my breakfast was returned the scrambled egg was raw. I didn't have it in my heart to say it still wasn't right. When another waiter cleared the plates he didn't comment on the uneaten food. The bill, when it came, included my breakfast and also an item that we didn't order. We spotted this and we were refunded for the item that we hadn't ordered. I do think they should have knocked the price of my breakfast off the bill, as my food arrived when everyone else had almost finished. We will vote with our feet and go elsewhere in future. There are lots of other lovely cafes and restaurants in the Pantiles.

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Derek
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very nice meal served by a very nice young lady from Portugal called Katrina, nothing was too much trouble. Excellent time was had by all.

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JenniferG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The welcome was warm, the cepe mushroom veloute was stunning, the cauliflower cheese was deliciously indulgent, the staff were attentive, and my husband was brought a little surprise birthday dessert which was a lovely touch. Also, Matfield is beautiful. Can't wait to go back to the Poet!

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DebbieM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

But with reservations I would recommend. White wine list was down to 2 options due to us visiting on a Bank Holiday! You'd had a busy weekend - not ideal but luckily the Chardonnay was lovely. Sweet potato fries turned up finally, but we'd almost finished salad by then so they were wasted really.

Our waitress was very lovely and we weren't rushed by the team either which again was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice food with great service

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AgataS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, very cozy place

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AnitaP
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Starter
mixed meat board and bread to share, could have had more bread and for what it was it was expensive.
Main course
Two of us had steak burger which was excellent. Another family member had chicken burger, the chicken was cold and also bone in it!
But mainly the service was poor, waited a long time between courses and had to call someone each time we wanted something. Could have left without paying as waited quite a while for someone! Went to the till with the bill in the end. I wish I had taken the service charge off the bill.

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Matt
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We came here as our hotel had said they had vegan options but turned out they didn't. This place didn't have loads but were very accommodating on making changes so we had a fantastic meal. 3 courses!!

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suzieQ
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

innovative vegan options
The starter and the vegan burger really nice but as on our previous visit the "oven chips" were inedible - probably packet frozen and reheated. Shame when the chef has done so well creating lovely vegan options. A whole meal or multigrain bun would be nice with the burger too but that's a personal thing.
The service is always attentive and thoughtful, without being aloof and over formal.
Its great to be able to relax on the sofas with a drink prior to eating.
So good that our fostered rescue dog was welcome too.
How nice to have loose proper green tea though the cup and saucer feel industrial rather than fine china :)
Would always go back - lovely ambience here.

JR
JaneR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience1

Very limited menu. Far less choice than the website!!! Some dishes were really below par, so choosing was a lottery? Linguine with brown shrimps had hardly any shrimps!

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The Tunbridge Wells Eating House is rated 4.5 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

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