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“Pub grub, good value, but generally average.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barn Pub and Grill Restaurant

Barn Pub and Grill Restaurant
1 Lonsdale Gardens, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1NU, England
+44 1892 510424
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $38
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Gastropub, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: A character pub restaurant centrally located with free parking adjacent in the evening and weekends. Privately owned and operated since 1992.In addition to the excellent food and drink at great value prices, we are proud of our very friendly staff, which combined with the ‘barn’ character setting and decor makes us a special place for a meal in our lovely air conditioned Grill restaurant, or a drink and snack in our air conditioned bar and conservatory.Enjoy a drink or snack in our delightful garden, sunny during the day, heated for those cooler days and beautifully illuminated by night.Our philosophy is "to serve freshly prepared food, using high quality raw materials at unbeatable prices."The restaurant menu has evolved over recent years, taking account of fashion changes and is based on grills and Mediterranean specialities. We have a great reputation for steaks, using only prime 28 day matured British beef.We cater for weddings and have a civil ceremony licence, and private parties.
London, United Kingdom
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“Pub grub, good value, but generally average.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We went here as it was convenient to have a pre theatre menu with two courses for £8.75.

We went to the restaurant upstairs rather than the bar area downstairs and were soon handed menus, the selection was from around 6-7 starters, 6-7 mains and 5 or 6 desserts. We went to the restaurant upstairs rather than the bar area downstairs.

My partner had the stilton & garlic mushrooms and the pizza and I had the chicken caesar salad and the sticky toffee pudding.

The starter seemed fine according to my partner and then our mains came. The caesar salad was plentiful, too much in fact and I couldn't eat it all, it needed a bit more finesse. My partners pizza however was rather average, it appeared to be just a plain cheese & tomato pizza with the extra toppings put on as almost an afterthought, it was edible, but didn't look appetising for a pizza.

The toffee pudding was nice but again, nothing special. But we managed to get to the theatre in time at the end of it.

Overall, good service, speedy delivery and good value but a slightly dated looking upstairs and an adequate, if not inspiring menu leads to an overall average experience. Given the number of restaurants I haven't tried yet, I think it may be a while before I return.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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PatronHandR, Owner at Barn Pub and Grill Restaurant, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
As one of the owners of The Barn I wish to respond to this review.

I regret on this occasion that the Caesar salad was not presented to our normal standard and nor were the pizza toppings.

There is no excuse for this and our Head Chef has taken on board these comments to ensure that they are dealt with.

I was surprised to read that the sticky toffee pudding was considered as being “nothing special” as it is one of our most popular desserts and we get lots of compliments.

The two courses for £8.75 lunch and pre-theatre menu has only recently been introduced in addition to our a la carte and 3 course fixed price menu and we believe that it offers great value with a much wider choice of dishes than are normally offered in other restaurants, promoting fixed price menus such as these, but of course, we accept that we have to ensure that our quality and presentation is up to standard.

The comment which surprised me most of all was the reference to our restaurant being “slightly dated”. One of the attractions of the Barn is the original oak beams and floorings, around which the decor and lighting is designed. Our designer worked very hard to maintain the character of a barn at the same time adding some more modern stylish aspects with lighting and paintings. Most new customers who come to The Barn restaurant for the first time are invariably impressed with our restaurant setting and on entering are often heard to say “wow, this is nice” and indeed one recent customer expressed the view that “this must be the most attractive restaurant in Tunbridge Wells”. I recognise of course that decor and furnishings are very much a personal preference but I have difficulty in accepting that our restaurant is dated not least because we have just re-upholstered all of the chairs and fixed seating.


Ron Zanre
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English first
Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Our wedding day 28/07/2013”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We had such a wonderful wedding day at The Barn. The Barn was recommended to us by the father of a previous bride. When we went to visit The Barn, we both instantly realised it was perfect for us. We loved that it was a personal venue, the layout and set up of the venue is just what you need and most importantly the athomsphere which made us feel at ease and relaxed and was a perfect match to our personalities. So we booked shortly after and the service from our initial viewing was flawless. Philippe was great at putting us at ease, making sure you get the most for your money and Janet was so prompt and professional with replying to my many many emails! The day itself was simply perfect. All our guests were happy and relaxed and ready for a good time and the day went without a hitch. The food was great and everyone enjoyed their meals. Philippe and his staff had taken care of everything on the day leaving my husband and I to simply enjoy our day, which we certainly did! We also loved the surprise personal touches. The resident DJ was great, he played all of our requests and got the mix of music just right giving us a packed dancefloor with people from all different age groups. The bar staff were also amazing, we definatly wanted a party feeling to our evening and they helped with that. We never waited for a drink, there was always someone ready to serve you and they seemed to really enjoy their jobs. Having preferential rates at local hotels was also very handy. We had booked up all the rooms at The Smart and Simple Hotel and more guests in the other hotels reccomended by The Barn. I can't think of any other way of letting you know our day was just amazing and so special to us and we enjoyed every minute. We find it quite special that my husband and I first met in a pub, then we decided to get married in a pub, now we have decided to make a tradition of spending our anniversaries at The Barn reliving our wonderful day. So see you on 28 July 2014!

Mr and Mrs Hughes 28 July 2013

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Went to the barn today for lunch with my husband. We had a lovely, pleasant meal in the conservatory and found the welcome we received, food on our plates and price of everything was fantastic!! The burger I had was very tasty and my husband had a cheese pizza which was huge and cooked perfectly!
Thank you for a lovely lunch which we really enjoyed and cannot wait to return!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Our wedding made perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We booked this venue as we wanted a nice quiet wedding. Philippe, Janet and the rest of the staff could not have been more helpful and kind from start to finish. The food was amazing, the venue, picturesque and the day was perfect in everyway. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone for any occasion. Thank you for making my wedding day absolutely perfect, you took care of all our needs and took the strain off of our day. jan and Joe xxx

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Day!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My now husband and I got married at The Barn at the end of August and I must say it was an amazing day! We can't thank Philippe, Janet and their team enough for all their hard work and dedication to making our day so special for us! The food was fantastic and some of our guests are already planning to come back for more! The ceremony room was beautiful and the team were so friendly and helpful. The garden is a wonderful background for our wedding pictures and for the gusts to relax and enjoy a few drinks in the evening. The guests and even the DJ commented on how relaxed the atmosphere was as well as how happy everyone was as they were really enjoying themselves. All in all it was a perfect day and I cannot fault them on anything so I would highly recommend The Barn to everyone for big functions or just a relaxing meal, its fantastic! From start to finish it was an easy and enjoyable experience and they really took the stress and hassle out of planning a wedding. Thank you all so very much x

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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