The Winner of the Best Tunbridge Wells Pub Poll is.....

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By AGidney | Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:12

Tunbridge Wells People asked you, the discerning drinkers of

Royal Tunbridge Wells, which was your favourite pub in town.  First you chose your top six drinking holes;

Sankeys, The Royal Oak, The Beau Nash Tavern, The Grove Tavern, The Bull and

Ragged Trousers.  And then you voted. Today

I can announce your winner.

It was a tough competition and I know many of you would like

to have been able to place more than one vote. And of course one finds oneself

in a different pub depending on one’s mood and the kind of occasion you are

after, but I’m afraid in this instance we were after a winner.  

So, after an initially significant lead held by Sankeys, The

Grove Tavern leapt in front and remained there for the remainder of the

poll.  With 31% of the total votes cast, The

Grove Tavern can well and truly be announced as Tunbridge Wells People’s best


Sankeys and The Bull tied in second place with 14% of the

votes each. The Royal Oak and Ragged Trousers came in third with 11% each and

The Beau Nash gained 8%.


Grove Tavern has been run by Steve Baxter since 2003. It is reputedly the

oldest and smallest pub in Tunbridge Wells and is conveniently set just off the

High street in the ‘village’ area.

Steve, his manager Sam Dewey and a small select team of

staff pride themselves on offering quality cask conditioned (real) ales as well

as the usual range of lagers, ciders, wines etc.  

If you haven’t yet visited The Grove Tavern then make sure

your next pint of Harvey’s or Wychwood Hobgoblin is pulled by Steve Baxter and

his friendly team of staff. 



  • Profile image for Rebecca_H

    Good question! I agree with your comments about the George & Dragon, have been a few times and it has always been great. You could also try the Vine at Cousley Wood or the Three Chimneys at Biddenden for brilliant food. The Hand & Sceptre in Southborough is always good for cocktails, a buzzy atmosphere and good wine list. Not eaten there however so I can't comment on that side - anyone got a view on this - or any other pubs near to T Wells that are worth a visit?

    By Rebecca_H at 12:35 on 09/06/11

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    Best pub within say a 5-mile radius of T Wells? It's fab to have this earlier list to hand, but sometimes it's nice to venture just ever so slightly further afield. I've been living in the town for just over a year, and so far we've been to the Hare at Langton Green (too crowded, slow service), the Beacon (average food but great views) and the George & Dragon at Speldhurst. Without doubt, the best outsde T Wells from this list has been the George & Dragon. Brilliant food, lovely setting and great staff. But there MUST be more to try - any suggestions please?

    By AbigailA at 13:53 on 08/06/11

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    Thanks & congrats to you too Matthew - Steve

    By The Grove Tavern at 08:40 on 16/10/10

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    P2 no disgrace! Well done Steve - Matthew

    By SankeysRTW at 19:17 on 15/10/10

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    Many thanks to everyone that voted us Tunbridge Wells' best pub - you have left us with a nice warm feeling inside!! ;o)

    By The Grove Tavern at 23:06 on 11/10/10

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