The Mount Edgcumbe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent: hotel review

October 3, 2017

This former lodging house for people taking the waters was reborn as a bar and restaurant five years ago and has now added six fun-but-tasteful bedrooms

It’s Thursday night at the Mount Edgcumbe – a restaurant and bar, now with rooms – in Tunbridge Wells, and the place is abuzz. This affluent commuter town may have a rather staid reputation but here a sense of character and eccentricity strikes as soon as you walk in the door. For starters, there’s a cave just off the bar. Chiselled into sandstone in the sixth century (the house was built over it), it’s now a cosy snug with leather sofas, tonight busy with young drinkers.

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More modern touches include forest-pattern wallpaper from Cole & Son, hung with a collection of wooden bird boxes. I take it all in sipping a local 1606 gin. Named after the year the mineral spring that put the Kent spa town on the map was discovered, it is apparently made with the very same water (though it tastes not of sulphur, but deliciously citrussy).

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We sleep well in comfy Hypnos beds, despite rumours that the (friendly) ghost of a lady called Mary roams the building

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