The Beacon – Tunbridge Wells

On a lovely warm autumn day the food and scenery were spectacular . The Beacon was gently busy on a midweek with punters having leisurely lunches in the cosy interior. The very grand 1895 fireplace was gently crackling providing warmth and the lovely smell of long Sunday lunches in the winter. The service team were very friendly and accepting of the briefcase of Lego which we turned up with.

We kicked off the proceedings with a delicious pollen and lavender gin cocktail and some local ale which turned up with a delicious flower pot loaf and some just under room temperature butter, salted. When did the trend start for restaurants serving unsalted hard as a rock butter with bread…. thankfully not here!

The kids food (complete with actual vegetables!) turned up at the same time as our lovely well sized and well cooked board of starters. The miniature fish goujons were flavourful and retained all their moisture. The ham croquettes and the truffle and Parmesan profiteroles were well executed and completely addictive. In fact it was all so nice we ate it before any picture could be taken!

The signature menu here is unusual combinations well paired which you won’t find in many pubs. I enjoyed the hake with samphire and potatoes which were expertly cooked, flavoursome and accompanied by a delicious sauce which I thought there could be more of. I’m sold on the samphire and potato pairing which I was prepared to dislike. The Beacon was a beautiful way to spend a late summer’s day (pushing it a bit in October!) with lovely scenery and setting, delicious, unusual yet unpretentious food and excellent service.

The Beacon also has a private dining room for larger groups, ample parking and is very much kid friendly. We will be back!

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