If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that us Brits really love the pub. From pinots and pints to giant Yorkshire puds, there’s no finer way to spend a sunny (or-not-so-sunny) afternoon in Kent’s countryside. And if you’re looking for the perfect spot to indulge, we’ve got you covered.
Expect charming eateries, quirky boozers, and sun-soaked beer gardens in this cracking list of the best pubs in Tunbridge Wells.
The Pub & Dining Rooms at Salomons Estate
With so much history, wealth, and charm under its belt, it’s no wonder that Salomons Estate houses one of the most charming eateries in Tunbridge Wells. If you’re after fine wine and authentic British dishes, then The Pub and Dining Rooms is exactly what you’re looking for.
Nestled in the glorious Kent countryside, the 1850s Victorian estate boasts traditional pub classics all lovingly created from scratch with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Packed full of local produce, The Pub is popular for its roast sirloin of beef and homemade cakes, where guests can indulge whilst soaking up stunning views spanning 36 acres of rolling gardens. And for well-behaved pups, this pub is dog-friendly too, so it’s a win-win.
To book your table, visit www.salomons-estate.com/pub-dining/
The White Bear
Charming, unique and a local favourite, The White Bear puts an elaborate twist on the British pub. This great drinking and dining spot mixes masterful cocktails with glorious food set amongst a beautiful orangery style restaurant. Think 28-day aged Aberdeen Angus steaks, traditional real ale, and mouthwatering desserts all to be enjoyed in the buzzing atmosphere of Tunbridge Wells’ number one spot for quintessentially British food with a hint of sophistication.
With one simple mission, The Guinea aims to serve up brilliant drinks, banging food, and bring the best people together. The quirky boozer combines traditional classics with modern favourites and is known as the neighbourhood hangout sat proudly in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Specialising in cocktails, craft beer and street food, this hotspot has something for everyone. Whether you’re hungry for traditional pub grub, bottomless brunch or homemade burgers, The Guinea will leave you coming back for more.
Tucked away down Tea Garden Lane by the edge of the woods in Tunbridge Wells, The Beacon is a naturally abundant and delicious pub popular for celebrations of all kinds. Set within 17 acres of woodland and natural waters, The Beacon known for its garden bar grows many of its own vegetables, herbs and fruit and sources everything else as locally as possible. Pop along to tip back a range of sumptuous sips alongside beautifully elevated British fare. Expect maldon oysters, whole Kent coast mackerel and wild garlic ravioli to name a few.
This delightful favourite sits in the village of Langton Green, a pleasing suburb of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Here you’ll find quality, fresh, and traditional dishes that favour classic British flavours complemented by more exotic influences. The roaring fire makes for a spectacular treat in winter, where punters can feast on the likes of Moroccan vegetable and chickpea pie, glazed goat’s cheese and nectarine tart or a king prawn and hot smoked salmon pappardelle pasta. If that sounds too upmarket, you can always settle for a cracking steak burger or fish and chips.
If you’re on the hunt for a homely country pub in the heart of Lamberhurst, make your way to The Vineyard. Built in the 17th century, this rustic find boasts beautiful botanical interiors complimented by cosy mood lighting where guests can dine to their hearts content in a selection of seasonal menus that celebrate local suppliers, quality wines and imaginative cocktails. Expect fresh farm food, artisan sourdough and woodfired pizza amongst live music and special offers too good to miss!