RestaurantsKentSouthboroughTN4

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Rob and Donna Taylor - formerly of The Compasses in nearby Crundale - opened this 26-cover bistro in early November. When Grace Dent of The Guardian heard they were moving on, she wrote “Wherever they go, I will follow”.

survey result

Summary

£70
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s been a good year for Rob & Donna Taylor, who moved to this “charming, cramped little room in a fun stripped-out townhouse in Southborough – a near-neighbour of Tunbridge Wells” – and who topped the Good Food Guide’s list of Top 100 local restaurants in July 2023 just two years after their opening (having moved here in 2021 from The Compasses Inn in Crundale). For a second year, it is one of the more commented-on venues outside the capital in our annual diners’ poll: the “highly skillful” food is “out of this world” and available à la carte (yay!) as well as in an alternative tasting format. Dishes include “plenty of well-judged strong touches” and “the presentation, balance and clarity of flavours are standout” (“meat cookery is a highlight, but the pastry section runs it a close second”). “Staff are super-sweet too and know their stuff!”. “The overall feeling is of a place that’s fairly priced (if not cheap) and a special place for a special occasion”.

Summary

£65
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Not only “an excellent new addition in Tunbridge Wells” (“a fine-dining desert for too long”) – Rob & Donna Taylor’s move in late 2021 from The Compasses Inn in Crundale to this “small and intimate” (26-cover) beamed venue has created the most commented-on newcomer outside London in our annual diners’ poll. The menu can seem “limited” in scope but “changes monthly and every dish is put together with thought, care and obvious skill” delivering meals that are “full of flavour and beautifully presented”. “Front of house really know their stuff too. Highly recommended.”

Summary

After eight years at The Compassess Inn in Crundale, Rob and Donna Taylor moved on to open this 26-cover bistro near Tunbridge Wells in November 2021. Both Grace Dent in The Guardian and Marina O’Loughlin in The Sunday Times are fans, so we can likely expect both of their takes on this new arrival.

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15a Church Road, Southborough, TN4 0RX

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Tallow Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Tallow Restaurant in TN4, Southborough by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Tallow restaurant.
Vaughan L
Carefully selected small menu with 3 starte...
Reviewed 11 months, 26 days ago

"Carefully selected small menu with 3 starters, mains and desserts, and the option to combine into a tasting menu. Great flavours that are boldly and confidently made. Beautiful presentation. Excellent service in a small and cosy room."

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 90.00 Always available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.50 £26.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
15a Church Road, Southborough, TN4 0RX
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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