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The Old Fishmarket by Sankey's

The Old Fish Market 19 The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, England
+44 1892 511422
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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The Old Fish Market 19 The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in a Saturday night and managed to get two places at the bar overlooking the chefs . Started with the warm brown shrimps which were delicious. Also the the fish chowder which was homemade chunky and very tasty . Both helped down by fresh...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank michaeloV8163UO
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a most pleasant and tasty lunch. Seafood is never cheap, but the quality and service was superb

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank paulsig
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We have been to the Old Fishmarket many times, both as a couple & with friends: we have never been let down. The food is superb, the staff attentive & efficient and the ambience is second to none. It always feels like a special occasion...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jolleyrats
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Made a booking based on the reviews on TA and not disappointed. Had the basic seafood platter which was a delicious mix of various sea foods washed down with excellent white wine. Staff attentive. Recommended

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank chris p
Reviewed 9 September 2018

followed by moules marinière is quite probably the best way to pass a Sunday lunch in the sun. Attentive, friendly staff made it a most pleasurable visit. Perhaps I'm a heathen but, I do prefer pommes frites with my moules. That said, the House baked...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank spooncarver
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

There’s very little to say, it’s incredible shell fish cooked by chefs who have trained for the precise purpose of cooking incredible shell fish. You won’t go wrong having a shell fish selection (fruits de mer type deal) and some white wine, do check the...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank JuniorVP-Eating
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We visited Sankey’s last Saturday as a belated birthday celebration. It never disappoints and as usual the customer service was impeccable! I don’t know anywhere else where you can interact with the chefs whilst they are cooking and where the host takes time to ensure...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Cheltenhamfoodseeker
Reviewed 8 August 2018

So glad we stumbled upon this place. My husband and I love seafood and this place didn't disappoint. We had the prawn starter which was simple but perfect and for mains I had the Lobster Linguine and my husband had the Turbot, both were delicious....More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank az_1982uk
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We have visited a number of times without complaint, but on the last visit the seafood was disappointing with small portions and indifferent service, will put it down to having an off day and try again soon.........

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank ajp9000
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We have been to sankeys before and food was ok but not amazing but all aside we fancied seafood so decided to give it another go. Well when we approached sankeys and asked for a table we waited for 5 minutes before eventually someone came...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank drizzyJJ
MSankey, Manager at The Old Fishmarket by Sankey's, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Hi, Thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry we couldn’t get you a table, but with only 26 seats our restaurant fills up quickly. Even if a table appears to be free we have booking for all times of the day. On this occasion we were...More

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Questions & Answers
14 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from MSankey | Property representative |
Hi, We don't have a dress code. But we suggest smart casual.
Alena F
9 August 2016|
Response from MSankey | Property representative |
Hi, we do outside. We can't have them inside as the kitchen is open.
15 June 2016|
Response from MSankey | Property representative |
Hi. We serve food up until 10pm, however the restaurant is licensed to remain open until Midnight. Regards Matthew
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$92
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Old Fish Market 19 The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 511422
  • E-mail
Situated in the Old Fishmarket building in the heart of the Pantiles, Sankey's exclusive Champagne & Seafood bar is the jewel in the town's crown. Serving a wide range of Champagne & sparkling wines from around the world, it's a fabulous place to relax and enjoy the very best british fish & shellfish. We specialise in Oysters and Shellfish. A range of Oysters never before seen in the town from Carlingford, Colchester, Lindisfarn, The Dutchy of Cornwall to name a few. Fresh crabs & lobsters from cornwall arrive live and direct fron Cadgwith cove and are dressed by our chefs on site daily. The menu comprises of Oysters, Starters & Mains as any contempory menu does, but also allows you to build your own platters. So be it for a a light lunch, pre evening nibble or a full banquette The Old Fishmarket is the ideal venue.
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