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Pantiles Tap, Tunbridge Wells

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39-41 The Pantiles
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 5TE
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Pub SignMan left this review about Pantiles Tap

Set slightly below street level on the busy Pantiles, this is a relatively new craft beer bar that has sadly discontinued cask ale in recent months. The pub has a tiled floor, with the servery located along the rear wall of the right hand side of the building. The bar has a good wood panelled counter and stone bar back with all the keg taps lined along the back wall, in true craft beer bar style, although the lack of a beer board made it impossible to know what beers were on, as the taps are far too far away to be read. Opposite the bar, fridges full of bottles and cans as well as plenty of boxed ciders helped expand the range available. There’s a nice seating area to the right of the bar with pews and low stools around a pleasant brick fireplace. Wacky artwork, a cool clock and some more traditional pub knick-knacks have been put on display around the walls to good effect. To the left of the bar there are a few kegs, a single table with a couple of chairs and a drinking ledge with high stools under a mirror, with lots of local listings material stuffed on the ledge. This mixed use space leads on to an overspill drinking area, empty on my Friday night visit, where chairs and sofas combine to create an approximation of a lounge. More mirrors, some retro beer advertisements and a shelf with an extensive collection of beer bottles across three walls, were the main points of interest. There was a good soundtrack playing and with most punters being friendly locals, the place had a bit of a micropub feel to it.
With no ale available and the keg taps too far away to read, I had to enlist the help of the friendly barmaid to help me figure out what to pick from the 16 keg taps. I ended up with a half of Hammerton Crunch – a 5.4% peanut butter milk stout, which was a most unusual but surprisingly enjoyable drinking experience. Plenty of the taps have been set aside for cider and perry options to compliment those in the fridges.
This is a good addition to the pub scene at this end of town and I enjoyed my brief visit here, which was enhanced by the helpful service and interesting beer choice. Definitely worth a look when in town and perhaps if enough people enquire about the ale, they might bring some back eventually.

On 31st May 2019 - rating: 7
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Mark Davey left this review about Pantiles Tap

I can see the attraction of the Tap, but it didn't do it for me. The selection of ale was large, but all similar with no brown beer in evidence. Along with another in our drinking clan, I decided to sit this one out. Give it a go and decide for yourself.

On 11th July 2016 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about Pantiles Tap

A semi-subterranean pub down half a flight of stairs from street level yet maintaining some natural light. The bar is directly ahead as you enter, all the taps are on the back wall and if you need to choose, the keg and cask offerings are not immediately obvious by distinction. They are marked above by beer mats or clips on an upper shelf. There is however a board listing the beers as you enter from outside.Bit of a skull theme going on with various gold painted examples around. Loads of exposed brickwork, a quarry tiled floor, fridge covered in gig tickets, the area meanders around to a small rear recess with sofas, through the bar to another inset area. Old inglenook fireplaces, one with fairy lights, low ceilings, a shelf of books on sale for 50p for charitable causes.
Back to the beers, cask offerings were Marble Pint plus award winning Chocolate Marble, Arbor The Devil Made me Brew it, Saltaire Stateside IPA and Wild Weather Ales Sundown.
"His" and "Hers" toilets a bit cheesy but I loved it in here and enjoyed my pint while being fussed by a friendly Jack Russell terrier.

On 26th February 2016 - rating: 8
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Tunbridge Wells, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
High Brooms, 2.15 miles, 41 min walk (show)
Frant, 2.54 miles, 49 min walk (show)
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31st May 2019, 21:07
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2nd Feb 2019, 13:12
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : No last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 September 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 09 March 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 27 February 2016 by Malden man
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 31 May 2019 by Pub SignMan
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