Celebrity chef Richard Phillips is reimagining the traditional culinary experience of Thackeray’s in Tunbridge Wells, breaking the mould most spectacularly with a five-course “Honesty” Menu. The extraordinary move offers guests the opportunity to indulge in an assortment of unique and awe-inspiring dishes, later paying only what they sincerely think it’s worth to them.
This pioneering Honesty Menu which launched earlier this month has been stirring up pundits from dining enthusiasts to restaurant reviewers and critics from all over the country. It will run through until March, with interested diners urged to book early and in advance, as spaces are booking up very fast for the twenty covers available each evening, Tuesday to Friday.
Thackery’s Head Chef Patrick Hill who plotted the five-course extravaganza explains: “This is a menu without boundaries. There are no rules and we have been pulling out all the culinary stops with an experiential sensory journey. It has been a very exciting proposition for the kitchen team.”
No restaurant considered even remotely akin to Thackeray’s prestigiousness has ever done anything quite like this before. Thackeray’s co-owner and Exec Head Chef Richard Phillips explains where the idea came from:
“We really want to challenge our guests to see food in a new light. I think it will entice new diners as well as our loyal regulars to try something completely new and exciting. Our faith in our guests and confidence in our work will ultimately be the driving factors behind this refreshing venture.
“Everyone is welcome at Thackeray’s. We have created a relaxed environment where we serve exceptional food and offer incredible service with it – this will never change – but we wanted to try something truly innovative in 2020, to take away the traditional boundaries and challenge the way our guests experience food. This definitely isn’t a test – it’s a treat – we want you to pay what it is worth to you.” Says Richard Phillips.
Situated near the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Thackeray’s has always striven to captivate its guests, with the Honesty Menu just the latest in a series of ground-breaking endeavours undertaken by the team. Everything about this renowned, ever-popular establishment is surprising; from the astonishingly accessible lunch menu at only £25 for 2-courses, to the centuries-old, off-kilter, almost fairy-tale style building, to its consistently alluring food offerings – there aren’t many restaurants in Kent or even the UK that have continued to lead and thrive for over eighteen years.
Thackeray’s has kept originality, creativity and provenance at the core of its Modern European culinary interpretations. Never following fads or themes, consistency has been key to the continued success and distinguished reputation of this establishment.
The Honesty Menu is open for pre-booking, each week between Tuesday and Friday. Call 01892 511921.