The Hand & Sceptre, Tunbridge Wells

Last week we were driving round Tunbridge Wells, really hungry, and just decided to stop at a random pub for some food. The pub we chose just happened to be The Hand & Sceptre.

I immediately knew I would like this place as soon as we walked in. The decor was gorgeous, lots of mirrors everywhere, fresh flowers, big plush chairs and a lot of copper accessories.

The lunch menu is great, there is definitely something for everyone and it’s really affordable. They do a fixed menu so you can get 2 courses for ยฃ12.95 or 3 for ยฃ17.95.

The fixed price menu included classic kids meals made ‘grown up’ like beer-battered cod fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce. Or duck liver parfait for starter.

I chose Thyme- Roasted Portobello Mushrooms to start and Mitch had soup of the day which was cauliflower. The soup and came with artisan rustic bread which was absolutely gorgeous.

The mushrooms were lovely, a little too creamy for me but I don’t really like cream anyway so for people who do I imagine they’d be perfect. They came on a nice think slice of rustic bread.

For mains I had Lobster & Devon crab fishcakes which came with asparagus, pea & truffle oil veloute and topped with crispy seaweed.

The dish itself looked quite pretty. I would have liked a bit more asparagus and a little less seaweed. It was quite overpowering but the fish cakes were delicious and extremely filling.

Mitch had Spit-Roasted Chicken with fries, lemon & garlic confit, red wine jus & aioli. Everything was this dish was perfect. The chicken was so moist and tasty and I liked how it was laid out, just quite simple and rustic.

I can’t wait to go back here again. They look like they have a great selection of cocktails that I can’t wait to try!

Thanks for reading,

Love Lucy x

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