Tunbridge Wells, a town renowned for its picturesque surroundings and vibrant lifestyle, has earned a spot on the coveted list of the UK’s best inland towns and villages to reside in, as assessed by Which?. This recognition speaks volumes about the town’s unique appeal. While it may have landed at number 87 out of 96 entries, it’s important to note that Tunbridge Wells was the sole representative of Kent on the list.
A Taste of Tunbridge Wells: Food and Drink Galore
Tunbridge Wells stands out when it comes to culinary delights. With a commendable score of 4 out of 5 for food and drink, it’s a haven for gastronomy enthusiasts. The town offers a diverse range of dining experiences, from the upscale elegance of Thackeray’s and Hotel du Vin to the cosy charm of Coco Retro Restaurant and Bistro. Seafood lovers can indulge in fresh catches at The Old Fish Market on The Pantiles.
For those seeking international flavours, Bengal Brasserie and Zorba Meze Grill serve up mouth-watering Indian and Turkish cuisine, respectively. And there’s even more to look forward to with the upcoming Essence on The Pantiles, a new restaurant by twice Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar. Tunbridge Wells has your culinary cravings covered.
Exploring the Town: Shopping and Attractions
The town’s shopping scene also garnered a noteworthy score of 4. The thriving High Street is a shopper’s paradise, featuring a variety of boutiques like Changing Room, Kitch, Anthropologie, Bod and Ted, Caroline Charles and Mint Velvet. Whether you’re hunting for fashion, homeware or unique finds, Tunbridge Wells has it all.
It’s likely that The Pantiles played a role in securing points for Attractions. This stunning Georgian colonnade has a rich history, drawing visitors with its health-giving spring and offering a vibrant hub for food, music, and entertainment.
The Scenic Beauty and Green Spaces of Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells’ architectural diversity and picturesque landscapes continue to enchant residents and visitors alike. The town boasts a blend of architectural styles, from the honey-coloured local sandstone designed by famous architect Decimus Burton to historic red-brick structures from the High Brooms Brickworks era.
As you explore the streets and pathways, you’ll be treated to views of charming homes, lush gardens and scenic vistas across the town’s green spaces. The spectacular Tunbridge Wells Common, covering 75 acres of open green spaces, woodland and avenues with deer is a cherished asset for outdoor activities, from running and cycling to dog walking and horse riding.
Council-owned parks, including The Grove, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, Calverley Grounds and Dunorlan Park, offer even more opportunities for leisure and relaxation, with amenities ranging from boating and picnicking to outdoor gyms.
Tunbridge Wells may have ranked 87th on the list, but it’s a town that captivates with its culinary diversity, shopping experiences and the natural beauty of its surroundings. For those who call it home, it’s not just a place to live; it’s a place to savour life’s pleasures, whether in the heart of the town or amid its scenic greenery.