Tunbridge Wells lost its main claim to culinary excellence this week after Thackeray’s was dropped from the prestigious Michelin Guide.
Owned by celebrity chef Richard Phillips, it is the second time the high-end restaurant – which specialises in French cuisine – has seen its Michelin star rating slip away.
The Mount Ephraim Road restaurant was first awarded the accolade in 2003, before subsequently losing it two years later.
It was regained in 2013 and until Monday [October 3] was just one of three establishments in Kent to hold the highly prized recognition.
Despite the loss, Director Gary Beach said the restaurant would still provide the quality service it was known for, adding: “Our team has worked tirelessly over the past 15 years to ensure the highest standards are achieved, and our customer experience is second to none.
“We are very proud of the great reputation our restaurant has and will continue to ensure our customers come first.”