Hotel Du Vin was once a house on the historic Calverly grounds, before being converted into a hotel in the 19th century. The views from the hotel across the grounds are stunning, with delicious food to accompany those views.
Hotel Du Vin has a great location, only a short distance from Tunbridge Wells train station and the centre of town. With its central location, this is ideal for exploring many of the wonders that Tunbridge Wells has to offer. No visitor can miss, the Chalybeate Springs, which brought fame to the town after it was discovered in 1606. If you are driving to the hotel, there are limited parking spaces in the hotel’s small car park, however there are amicable public paid parking, just across from the hotel.
The service at Hotel Du Vin was spot on, we made a spontaneous decision to have afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin. I called up about 1 hour prior to booking a table for tea, half expecting not to be able to get a table. The receptionist was very polite throughout, and even took the time to go to the kitchen and ask the chef if there was enough space for us. She came back and confirmed we had our table booked. When we arrived, the staff where very friendly, polite and welcoming. We also spoke to the waiters, and manager of the hotel, who were all friendly, polite and very welcoming.
We didn’t stay in the hotel, but now wished we had. We did however have a look at some of the rooms. Both rooms we saw were of a very high standard, with the standard amenities, such as wardrobe with safe, TV, sofa, and table and chair. The first thing we noticed in the bathroom, is the stunning bath tub. It gives the bathroom a great style and feel of relaxation. In both the rooms we saw had a bath and a shower which are separate, this gives a choice for the individual’s preference. The second bedroom we visited was a suite room, this was very luxurious, with the added bonus of the period fire place. This would have to be our favourite room, and would love to stay here. Many of the rooms have the most amazing views across Calverly park. Whilst we live locally, we would still look to stay here, and would recommend anyone to stay in these amazing rooms and hotel.
Food and drink:
Whilst we only had the afternoon tea, this was enough to give us a good impression of the food we would expect in Hotel Du Vin. The chef has created a twist on the traditional afternoon tea, and we have to say it really works. The savoury food consisted of Salmon and creamed cheese on dark rye bread, egg mayonnaise in a brioche bun, ham and Gruyere croissant, heritage tomato and tapenade galette, and finally goat’s cheese and spinach quiche. If this is not enough, the divine mini sweets with a twist will be to follow, with tutti-frutti macaroon, black forest gateau, pistachio pin wheel, rhubarb and custard, and not forgetting a lovely warm scone with Bonne Maman Jam, and clotted cream and Lescure butter. Our favourite would have to be the tutti-fruiti macaroon and rhubarb and custard, as these are so different, but tasted so amazingly incredible. The rhubarb and custard were not quite what you would expect, but the flavors of rhubarb and custard in this twist really works, and is very moreish.
The cost to stay or eat at Hotel Du Vin is very reasonable. We had afternoon tea which cost £22.00 per person, I had the afternoon tea whilst Shams had classic cream tea for £12.00. The rooms and food are of a very high standard; therefore, this will be reflected in the price.
The cleanliness of the hotel is to a high standard, we could not see a spot of dirt or dust. Within the bedrooms, the beds where perfectly made, and the bathroom was clean tidy, with all the important amenities especially the selling point of those baths. In the communal areas, again clean tidy, the public toilets looked like it’s cleaned regularly, and stocked with enough toilet paper, and hand towels. We also noticed there are no smells, especially no bleach or cleaning product smell which is always important.
Be that you are a local, or passing through Tunbridge Wells on business or holiday, we would recommend visiting Hotel Du Vin to stay, or for the delicious food. This is one hotel which has stayed in our minds, and one we will be visiting regularly. To book a room or, to book a table in the restaurant for for afternoon tea, or lunch, then visit their website by clicking the following link.
If you are planning a trip to Royal Tunbridge Wells, read our blog on Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.