Molly Miller raises a glass to some of the best spots to enjoy a cocktail, carafe of wine or craft ale Tunbridge Wells…
Cool and sophisticated? Lively and modern? Traditional and quiet? Whatever your taste of pub or bar might be it’s fair to say we’re spoilt for choice here in Tunbridge Wells. From small independent wine rooms with carefully curated menus to cocktail bars with marvellous mixologists and cosy pubs serving craft ales there’s lots to please most palates. Molly Miller reveals a round up of some of our favourites…
The Bar at One Warwick Park Hotel
If you’re looking for an extra touch of elegance for after work or pre-dinner drinks The Bar at One Warwick Park Hotel is sure to be a winner. Think plush seating, fine wine, and sophisticated art deco glamour situated amidst the hustle and bustle of Chapel Place and The Pantiles. Feeling hungry? Be sure to order one of their impressive charcuterie boards to graze on as you enjoy the bar’s stylish ambience. And for an extra dash of charm, why not swing by during the day for a decadent afternoon tea on the terrace?
Chapel Place Gin Bar
Looking for the best place to drink gin in Tunbridge Wells? Then this is it! Located in the heart of town, Chapel Place Gin Bar has been a local favourite for over five years and holds an impressive #1 spot for nightlife on TripAdvisor. This intimate and chic hideaway filled with distinctive furniture, ambient lighting and local artwork, boasts an impressive selection of over 165 gins! From exquisitely executed cocktails to classic G&Ts, this trendy hangout is adored by gin lovers and locals alike thanks to its lively atmosphere and welcoming staff.
The Wine Rooms
Offering a range of crisp and refreshing sips, The Wine Rooms houses over 350 varieties of wine from around the world and is a popular haven for fellow connoisseurs. The passionate team of oenophiles headed up by Daniel Hatton are dedicated to finding real gems from small family-owned wineries that tend to the vines day and night, so guests have the pleasure of popping the cork and enjoying something very special and particularly unique. Their sharing plates are also a must-try when visiting.
TN1 Bar & Kitchen
From blood orange cosmos to the Pantiles Spritz, TN1 Bar & Kitchen brings that all important gold standard when it comes to enjoying a drink or two in Tunbridge Wells. And if you like bottomless lunch, 2-4-1 cocktails, and live music then you’re in for a treat. Imaginative dining and delicious drinks are the norm at this spacious restaurant so it’s no surprise it’s so popular. Open until midnight from Monday to Saturday, and until 9pm on Sundays, there’s plenty of opportunity to soak up the warm and inviting atmosphere over a tipple or two.
Soprano Tapas & Wine Bar
Specialising in authentic, tasty tapas crafted using the finest ingredients, Soprano brings a refreshing twist to Tunbridge Wells’ hospitality scene. Oozing with tastefully modern décor, this trendy restaurant and wine bar ticks all the boxes for locals looking to soak up a spot of Spanish indulgence. Aside from its selection of mouth-watering small plates and expertly picked wine list, Soprano houses a cocktail menu inspired from around the world boasting unrivalled presentation that’s enough to capture anyone’s imagination. From a Strawberry Royal to a Route 66, a Soprano Special to a Singapore Sling, there really is something for everyone.
Situated along Calverley Road, The Townhouse is another tapas and charcuterie infusion that’s serving up scrumptious eats, superb Sangria, and all kinds of exciting events too! This cool and sophisticated bar is divided into four different zones carefully designed to give you the finest mix of dining, drinking and entertainment. Expect bottomless brunch, happy hour, paella Thursdays and so much more – this is a spot you do not want to miss!
The White Bear
Charming, unique and a local favourite, The White Bear puts a sophisticated twist on the traditional British pub. This great drinking and dining spot mixes masterful cocktails with glorious food and boasts a beautiful and unique orangery style restaurant. Relax, unwind, and join the buzzing atmosphere in Tunbridge Wells’ number one spot for a delicious roast dinner, traditional real ale, and hand-picked fine wines as you immerse yourself in their delightful surroundings popular for family days out, birthday celebrations and after work drinks alike.