The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells is abuzz with excitement as Essence, the latest culinary venture by twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, opened its doors on Wednesday, 7 February.

Located within a Grade II Listed building on the historic colonnade, Essence at The Pantiles promises a dining experience like no other, blending Atul’s celebrated pan-Indian flavours with a contemporary British flair.

Dining in the “Garden of England”

Stepping into the chic, new establishment, diners are greeted by a spacious restaurant area, a stylish bar and an exclusive private room. During the hot summer months, visitors can enjoy their meals on the spacious terrace, immersing themselves in the charm of al fresco dining amidst the elegant promenade.

It’s no wonder the Essence team has already fallen for Tunbridge Wells. The restaurant’s website affectionately describes it as an “elegantly genteel spa town” nestled in Kent’s picturesque High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, often referred to as the Garden of England.

What’s on the menu?

The culinary offerings at Essence are as diverse as they are enticing. From tapas-style bites paired with innovative cocktails at the bar – to a tantalising array of pan-Indian dishes expertly curated by Atul himself; there’s something to delight every palate.

Guests can indulge in three-course set lunch menus starting from £22 on weekdays and £28 on weekends, or opt for a gastronomic adventure with a seven-course tasting menu starting from £74.95 per person, with optional wine pairings for an elevated dining experience. For those on the go, Essence also offers a convenient takeaway service, ensuring that their exceptional cuisine is never out of reach.

Private events and special occasions

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate gathering, Essence offers the perfect setting. The private dining room, complete with its own bar, provides an intimate space for gatherings of all sizes, while the option to book the entire restaurant ensures exclusivity and personalised service. With special menus curated for occasions like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, Essence invites guests to create lasting memories in a truly enchanting setting.

Welcoming Essence to The Pantiles

As Asset Managers of The Pantiles, Targetfollow is thrilled to welcome Essence to this iconic location. With its blend of culinary excellence, elegant ambiance and warm hospitality, Essence at The Pantiles is set to become a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike.

For those eager to embark on a culinary journey at Essence, reservations can be made online or by visiting the restaurant at 62-64 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TN.