Eating out with kids can sometimes be a challenge so I’m always on the hunt for family friendly pubs and restaurants. A friend recommended Sankeys Tunbridge Wells for their super Sunday lunches so we decided to give it a try. I didn’t realise until making the booking that children eat for free at Sankeys with each adult meal purchased. What a great start!
Based on Mount Ephraim, Sankeys is a family run unique and authentic pub with open fires and craft & cask ale from around the world. There is a popular seafood brasserie in the cellar area downstairs, which is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays and a function room upstairs.
We were eating in the main pub and were given a table by the window with plenty of space for our bags of toys to keep the children occupied. Our friendly waitress brought over some crayons and the children’s menu doubled up as something for them to colour on, which kept them occupied for at least a little while!
Ordering starters can sometimes be a risky business when children are involved, so we decided to skip them although they sounded lovely, and went straight to the main course. My Mum went for the roast beef with all of the trimmings, while Dave went for his roast beef served in an enormous Yorkshire pudding. I went for the unusual, but exceptionally tasty ‘fish’ roast dinner which was haddock. This included the normal roast dinner trimmings but replaced gravy for a beautifully creamy sauce. For the boys, I decided to play it safe and ordered them sausage, chips and peas (for Harry) and beans (for Ben).
There was a great selection of local ales on offer. Dave got to sample some of them before choosing the interestingly named ‘Coppernob’ from East Peckham. We didn’t wait long for our generous portions to arrive. The beef was melt-in-your-mouth and the trimmings were terrific. I was delighted with my haddock and really enjoyed the combination of flavours. It’s something I might try cooking at home! Unsurprisingly, the children’s meals went down very well – sausages and chips are one of our few reliable meals and it kept them quiet for at least a few minutes…
The overall vibe at Sankeys Tunbridge Wells on a Sunday afternoon is very relaxed and there were several families dining there with children of different ages. The weather wasn’t great so we didn’t venture outside, though the garden would be a good outdoor dining option in summer. We went down to the seafood restaurant to have a look at the lobsters which Harry enjoyed too!
Although I had every intention not to have a pudding (it’s three months away from me wedding – say no more!) after seeing sticky toffee pudding on the menu, I thought it would be rude not to give it a try 😉 Dave ordered the chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream while my Mum went for the cheesecake. I tried them all and my personal favourite was the sticky toffee pudding – no surprise there then! The boys enjoyed their ice-cream too, which is also free of charge as part of the ‘children eat for free’ offer.
Would we return again? Definitely! If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere in a central Tunbridge Wells location with high quality food, then Sankeys Tunbridge Wells won’t disappoint. The roast dinners were one of the best we have ever had….
Address: 39, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8AA
Phone: 01892 511422
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