Once refreshed and recharged, a leisurely walk in the Pantiles is the perfect way to take in the Georgian architecture, especially on one of the frequent market days. For keen walkers, there’s the option of strolling through the lush Common, up to the Wellington Rocks, where kids delight in risking life and limb jumping over the gaps in the sandstone outcrop. On warmer days, locals can be seen picnicking around the cricket pitch. You may want to grab some picnic goodies from the Old Auction House before leaving the Pantiles. Another option is to take the short walk to the West Station and hop onboard the historic Spa Valley Railway and enjoy stunning views aboard this steam-powered marvel.
Tunbridge Wells is truly a food-lovers haven and fantastic restaurants for all tastes and budgets are never far away. After an active first day exploring the town, you might want to relax at your hotel before heading out to The Warren at the top of the High Street. Of the high-end restaurants in town, this gem stands out on a number of fronts. It prides itself on sustainable, locally-sourced produce, from the seasonal asparagus to the local venison. The interiors are richly decorated and the ambiance welcoming without being over-bearing. For a more casual option, you can’t go wrong with a wander up to Cantuccio’s in Camden Road for authentic, wood-fired sourdough pizza.
The sustainable foodie’s weekend in Tunbridge Wells wouldn’t be complete without a trip out to one of the country’s few restaurants to be awarded a Michelin Green Star for sustainability. The Small Holding in the village of Kilndown has won numerous awards for inventive use of ingredients grown onsite or sourced within a mile of the village. If transport or budget are limited, a Sunday leisurely exploring wonderful local parks, Calverley Park and Dunorlan Park is always an option, especially if children and/or dogs are part of the equation. A stroll down Camden Rd beforehand will provide plenty of fresh, local ingredients for the perfect picnic. From the freshest fruit, veg and Kentish produce at Locality, to warm artisan bread and indulgent pastry creations from the Bicycle Bakery.
On a sunny weekend, Tunbridge Wells is the perfect escape from hustle and bustle, especially for lovers of sustainable cuisine and nature.