News: New places, new nights…Tonbridge continues to change…

Recently, I’ve been catching up with some of the owners and managers of our local Tonbridge eating places and wanted to share with you what I’ve learnt about our evolving & exciting eating scene…get your diaries out, there’s lots going on!

The Old Fire Station will continue to bring great chefs to Tonbridge and some are starting to come back to serve us second helpings including Tonbridge’s own Gurkha Planet & Sulston’s Kitchen (brunch weekends) as well as Brisket & Barrell (14th & 15th October – no ticket required) & Ben Spalding (7th & 8th October).  Ben tells me that the menu will be revealed on the night but “expect 14 servings of delicious, playful & well-balanced cooking with maximum vibes!”

They’re also doing their bit for charity by hosting pizza nights in their courtyard 7th & 8th October.  All you need do is buy a drink and then the pizza is as much as you want to donate to ‘Tonbridge Calling’ – a great cause.

There’s so much going on at TOFS over the coming weeks and months that I can’t write about it all! I heartily recommend following TOFS on Facebook so that you can be one of the first to hear about these fantastic events and something very exciting that they have planned towards the end of the year!  Sadly my lips are sealed but it’ll be worth it…

The Bakehouse at 124 is diversifying, bringing us pizza nights and chef Dan Hatton in this lovely old setting.  The pizza nights are with Mission Pizza, “trying to save the planet one pizza at a time”, 7th & 8th October.  



Dan Hatton, a purveyor of fine foods at his store and café in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, as well as Michelin starred chef, generously gave his time and efforts to TOFS’ Empty Bowls event back in May.  The soup that he served was amazing (read about it here), so if that one bowl of soup is anything to go by, these should be great nights!  (Dates for all events are at the bottom of this page).

Little tidbits of info…

The Slug & Lettuce is set to change: it will become a Town Pub & Kitchen.  On the group’s  website the images of other TPKs, as they’re called, look promising, quite Graze-esque.  Dates are still to be finalised so watch this space.

Fuggles, the beer café that started in Tunbridge Wells, has planning permission to change the use of its premises and it’s now just waiting for the alcohol licence to be agreed by the council.

The Chequers is ‘under new management’ but what the future holds for the oldest building in Tonbridge, we’re not quite sure.  The rumour was that Sankey’s, the fish & seafood restaurant currently found in Tunbridge Wells, was going to take over but they tell me that’s not the case…

If you missed my previous post on Facebook, our Thai restaurant,  just across from The Chequers, Gaab Kao is now delivering.  I know lots of you love it in there and love the takeaways – now you don’t have to leave the house!  01732 358730



Eat Around Tonbridge is launching a jobs board for the hospitality/food industry.  There are many seasonal jobs being advertised in the town and you will now be able to find these all in one place.  We’re aiming to go live with that next week so watch your feeds and share the Facebook page, tweets and website itself to spread the word and maybe earn some extra cash for Christmas. 

Lots going on!  Surely there’s something for everyone on the High Street these days…but I’m sure it’s going to get even better! 

Keep liking and sharing my Eat Around Tonbridge Facebook posts, Tweets (@eat_tonbridge) and the website so that you can stay right up to date with news, openings, offers and competitions.

Key dates & details

  • 7th & 8th October
    Old Fire Station – Chef Ben Spalding – if you’d like to book, tickets are £65 for 14 courses and can be booked by emailing Ben directly
    Old Fire Station – Tonbridge Calling pizza fundraiser
    The Bakehouse at 124 – Mission PizzaCall 01732 360382
  • 14th & 15th October
    Old Fire Station – Brisket & Barrell – no ticket required
    The Bakehouse – chef Dan Hatton
  • 18th, 19th November, 16th & 17th December
    The Bakehouse – chef Dan Hatton

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