• Essence is Now Open

    Essence is Now Open

    At The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells.

Essence by Atul Kochhar

Welcome to Essence at The Pantiles by Atul Kochhar, in the historic colonnades of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Welcome to Essence at The Pantiles by Atul Kochhar, in the historic colonnades of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Housed within the Grade II listed Georgian buildings of The Pantiles in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells on the former site of Woods Restaurant & Bar, this new, chic restaurant brings Atul’s celebrated traditional pan-Indian menus – served with a contemporary British touch – to this elegantly genteel spa town in Kent’s beautiful High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, often referred to as the Garden of England.

Essence features a spacious restaurant, bar and a private room perfect for life’s celebrations, whilst in the summer months, the restaurant will spill out onto a spacious terrace to enjoy al fresco dining at its best in the elegant promenade.

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Discover a taste of the East in the heart of Tunbridge Wells

Enjoy a true taste of Pan-Indian fine dining.

Indulge in a variety of Pan-Indian fare, re-discovered and re-interpreted with deft flourishes and European techniques by acclaimed chef, Atul Kochhar at Essence at The Pantiles. The aromas, textures, flavours and spices of the East come alive in the recipes drawn from across this vast sub-continent on Atul’s extensive travels across the regions. Housed within an elegant Grade II listed Georgian building in the midst of The Pantiles, rediscover the delights of the East at the hands of a Michelin master in a spacious, brightly lit dining room enlivened by a warm heritage colour palette and high vaulted ceilings. Alternatively pop in for some Indian tapas and a cocktail at the welcoming bar.

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Menus at Essence at The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Well’s latest culinary destination

Step across a Georgian threshold into a warm welcoming space inspired by the colours, aromas and aromatic spices of India.

Essence at The Pantiles introduces a wide range of classic dishes culled from the regions of Atul’s homeland with plenty of choice available for pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans. When time is at a premium, enjoy some tapas at the bar with a hand-crafted cocktail or when the time is right for indulgence, discover a world of flavour with both à la carte, set and tasting menus on offer. To accompany your meal, Essence at The Pantiles offers carefully curated pairings of wines with by-the-glass matches for every dish on the menus.

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Enjoy Essence by Atul Kochhar’s food at home for takeaway

Order up a taste of the East.

Essence at The Pantiles offers an at home service available for collection for those who prefer to experience fine Indian dining in the comfort of home. Simply select your favourites from a range of popular dishes during the lunch or dinner service and they will be waiting, wrapped, ready for collection. Advance notice is essential, please contact the restaurant directly.

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Celebrate life’s key moments with private dining and exclusive use

A private dining and event space at Essence at The Pantiles.

When a touch of privacy is required for a social gathering or a private event, book the elegantly styled Private Dining Room at Essence at The Pantiles, comfortably seating up to 26 people for private cocktails and canapés or a seated meal. Situated on the mezzanine floor, this brightly lit space sits apart from the body of the restaurant and overlooks the main promenade. It also features its own private bar to cater for any event, big or small. Working closely with any client to ensure the perfect event, the enthusiastic events team at the restaurant will do their best to ensure it’s a date to remember whether that’s a small anniversary lunch, a private party or a major corporate event. The entire restaurant can also be booked out for Exclusive Use.

Contact our dedicated events team to start tailoring your event by clicking on Private Dining below. For more information, pricing and room capacity, see our events brochure.

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Let’s drink to …

A sophisticated cocktail with a flavour of the East or a memorable whisky…

Enjoy a range of premium spirits, wines, champagnes and cocktails at the bar at Essence at The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Sip on cocktails crafted from world-renowned labels alongside Atul’s own branded spirits or enjoy a selection of whiskies from around the world. Our sommeliers will also be on hand to suggest the perfect pairing to accompany any dish on the menu

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Give the gift of culinary discovery with a gastronomic voucher from Essence at The Pantiles.

For the perfect gift, buy a culinary voucher for Essence at The Pantiles by Atul Kochhar, allowing friends and family to enjoy a delicious and innovative gastronomic journey through the regions of India. A range of denominations is available starting at just £20. There are also vouchers to cover a weekday set three-course lunch from £26 and for a weekend set lunch, from £30. Vouchers for a seven-course tasting menu start from £74.95 and with accompanying wine flights, £114.95 per person.

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Open seven days per week

Monday to Thursday
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30 pm
Dinner: 5.30 pm – 10.00 pm

Friday and Saturday
12 noon – 2.30 pm
5.30 pm -10.30 pm

12 noon – 2.30 pm
5.30 pm to 9.00 pm


01892 614 411

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