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The Hand and Sceptre in Tunbridge Wells is set to reopen this month after undergoing a significant investment that will give the much-loved eating and drinking destination a modernised, stylish and contemporary feel. 

Upon reopening, The Hand and Sceptre will continue to offer a top-quality menu, serving fresh flavours inspired by the seasons and modern world-food trends where you can enjoy a broad range of premium grill dishes, plus plenty of healthier and lower calorie options.

Leading the charge is Head Chef Martin Elliott, working alongside an expert team of old and new chefs using the very best ingredients. Whether you fancy something from the grill, such as Rotisserie Pork Belly or expertly aged Steaks, there will be something to suit all tastes. Showcasing seasonal flavours, from Pan-Fried Wild Scallops with Smoked Haddock Bonbons to Buttermilk Chicken Brie & Bacon Pie, the menu is packed full of irresistible creations and comforting classics, plus a dedicated vegan menu. Still offering fantastic value, the lunch menu will include dishes under 650 calories, hand stretched stone baked pizzas and freshly prepared sandwiches. All freshly prepared by its expert team of chefs using the very best ingredients. There will also be plenty of delectable deserts to choose from; including the Sicilian Lemon Posset and Melting Chocolate Bomb.

The extensive cocktail menu will include classics with a twist, such as a Koko Colada, everyone’s favourite Martinis and a selection of Spritz. 

Roast dinners at The Hand and Sceptre are sure to be a fan favourite – on Sundays, diners can enjoy a hearty roast with all the trimmings with family and friends. A brunch menu of classic favourites and healthy alternatives is also be served from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. 

General Manager Kelly Richards comments: “We can’t wait to welcome guests to show off the new look pub… it’s stunning! At The Hand and Sceptre, we have a wonderfully attentive team who are all eagerly waiting to welcome customers back to the pub. The Hand and Sceptre has had a complete transformation, and we’re sure that regulars and new guests alike will be thoroughly impressed.”

As part of the refurbishment, The Hand and Sceptre is undergoing a full makeover, including impressive pendant lighting featured above the bar, vibrant wallpaper, curved fixed seating with edged detail and comfy seats in the Connoisseur Club area, and a luxurious wine display in the Great Room. For larger bookings, the Sanctuary room will host a lavish eight-seater table and feature statement wallpaper – the perfect backdrop for an exclusive dinner party, family get together, or an evening with friends.



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