Along the upper reaches of the London Road, facing the common, stand a number of villas where spa visitors would have stayed in the Eighteenth Century. Amongst the oldest of these is one that is weather-boarded, tile-hung and built in a traditional Kentish style.
In the Nineteenth Century the building acquired fame becoming home to English novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray. The town features in a number of his works, notably ‘The Virginians’ and the essay ‘Tunbridge Toys’ in which he recalls his childhood here.
"I see Tunbridge Wells Common and the rocks, the strange familiar place which I remember forty years ago."
Thackeray's is now a restaurant with a quality worthy of its setting.
Discover the wonders of rural France
Join us at Thackeray’s for an amazing wine dinner hosted by master sommelier Vincent Gasnier. 30th January 2013. Click here to download our PDF file.
"Located in the centre of the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, the Grade II-listed building has stunning interiors and superlative food, wine and service that help create the magical and memorable dining experience." Giles Coren The Saturday Times
"Thackeray's is one of the most charming and stimulating restaurants I have seen outside London. The youth of those involved belies the professionalism with which it is run. The greeting is warm, the atmosphere enchanting whilst the food sparkles with flavour."
Terry Durack The Independent on Sunday
"There is a clear, culinary intelligence at work here that understands how ingredients work together."
Jay Rayner The Observer Magazine