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The Carpenters Arms
Ranked #1 of 5 Tonbridge B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

I was looking for accommodation in the Kent area to use as a base. I wanted a place that would provide a clean comfortable room with good quality food. The Carpenters Arms surpassed my expectations. The room was clean with a comfortable bed and had everything we needed. The shower in the en suite is worth a special mention. I have often stayed in accommodation where the shower provides a limp trickle of water. The shower in our room was like standing under a small waterfall! -GREAT.
The pub had a really comfortable feel with a mixture of tradition seating and armchairs. You have the choice of eating in the restaurant, bar or garden areas. If you look at the menu on line, do not presume that the food will be your standard pre- prepped pub grub.. We intended to eat there on one or two evenings and ended up using the restaurant every night. I thought that the food was to a very high standard. It was tasty, the vegetables were all fresh and the chef's have gone out of their way to present dishes that are interesting and a pleasure to eat. I also found that the wine list gave a good range of choice.
Now to the most important area for any establishment that has dealings with the public, the staff. From the moment we walked into The Carpenters, the staff were friendly and helpful. The place just had a good feel the staff are largely responsible for that feeling.
In conclusion, I have stayed in a lot of hotels that have charged me considerable higher prices for less service. I enjoyed my stay at The Carpenters and would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to friends or family!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 4 which is at the rear of the premises,We were woken early on one of the mornings...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2014

A deservedly very popular country pub surrounded by fields and with front and rear beer gardens. We stayed here for for two nights in a comfortable, recently renovated room overlooking the garden. Staff made us feel very welcome and found a table for us the first evening, despite not booking in for supper. Breakfast is charged separately but was excellent. There was, of course, some noise up until closing time but thereafter it was quiet. I would have no hesitation about staying here again or recommending it to friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

We stayed at The Carpenters Arms last Wednesday and Thursday and had a lovely stay, we stayed in Room 9 which was the Delux room, everything was brand new and the roll top bath was so relaxing and my husband loved the power shower. The staff were so friendly and helpful, we had dinner both nights in the restaurant and the food was delicious, especially the Burger. Breakfast was yummy also. I thought there attention to detail was great. Definately stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Countryside location just outside Tonbridge with free parking. Good sized bedrooms with shower and a quiet nights sleep. Good pub restaurant food on site, but nothing much else around within walking distance. No lift to the rooms.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Our 2nd visit wasn't quite as successful as the first. Same bedroom, bed still wonderfully comfortable, bathroom great, but didn't appreciate the early Sunday morning noise from the room upstairs. I understand from another review that this was probably staff getting up for work. The noise then transferred downstairs - lots of movement and coughing!

It wouldn't stop me staying here again but I'd ask for a different room.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Great meal in restaurant, friendly & efficient service. Room 5 was lovely, huge bath & shower. Very comfortable & spotless. Did not have breakfast had to go early. Staff live above room 5, so some noise after pub closed till 3am. Would book another room next time.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Woodford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stayed last Saturday the 9th November. We had also booked a table for 10. Food was good and the service was too. The staff are very friendly. We often eat here and like it a lot.

Room 5 was a decent size and the bathroom is clean and modern. The only bum note was when we went down for breakfast the following morning and found that breakfast was not included in the £110 room cost. Now am i being mean or is £110 quite pricy without breakfast??

Unfortunately it took the shine off and i will not stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Carpenters Arms
Address: Three Elm Lane, Tonbridge TN11 0AD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Tonbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Tonbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carpenters Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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