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“What a Hot chocolate!”
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Ismail
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a Hot chocolate!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

I love Ismail and am a regular visitor there hot chocolate is one of a kind, melted chocolate poured around the inside of your cup with arm milk and topped with a solid chocolate disc. It is the best hot chocolate ever. However if you are not a hot chocolate fan the choice of teas are incredible and look great in beautiful glass tea pots.
The cakes are fab I believe they are sourced from another favourite Basil! This is a must experience for chocoholics.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Nicole P
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“A sheer delight, I wish I were a local.”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Being a tea aficionado, I was delighted to stumble across Ismail's. It's extremely rare to find somewhere like this. They sell the most divine teas and coffees and their hot chocolate is nothing short of a miracle. I spent the weekend in Tunbridge Wells visiting family, and already have elevated Ismail's into my top ten places (in the world) The staff are extremely knowledgeable and polite (another rarity).

I rarely drink tea outside of my home, as most places idea of serving tea is putting a cheap catering tea bag into a mug, pouring boiling water on it and then instantly throwing milk onto it. This is definitely not the case at Ismail's.

If you want to experience tea or coffee at its best, or want a simply divine "real" hot chocolate then you're in for a real treat.

Please don't pay any attention to the other reviews that say this place is over-priced, these people do not know of the concept, you pay for quality and good service. What are they comparing this too? Starbucks? A greasy spoon builder's cafe? There aren't many places like Ismail's to compare with, so how can you say it's over priced. I personally would have paid twice the price and still been delighted. Anyone who says this place is overpriced is either on a very tight budget or better stick to Starbucks. Even if I couldn't afford this place, it would be one of life's luxuries.

People of Tunbridge Wells please keep visiting Ismail's to keep it in business so on the rare occasion I am in town, I won't be disappointed.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Mark L
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tunbridge wells
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Central Coffee Shop”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Great outdoor space to watch the world go by, good coffee and usual selection of sandwiches and light salads for lunch (although a little expensive to eat there regularly) Good selection of coffee beans and specialist teas to purchase.

Visited June 2012
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Thank greenmangb
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Tunbridge Wells
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“best coffee”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

not had lunch or a proper meal, but the coffee is lovely very smooth and they have a variety of teas and coffees to choose from.

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank breakfastfoody
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“good coffee”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

The best coffee in Tunbridge Wells, hands down. Their fruit smoothies are extremely good too! i only wish it had more/better outside space

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank sarahfromsunnytunny
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