I love little independent shops and restaurants and always try to support them rather than going to big chain restaurants. Framptons is a little independent restaurant and bar on the edge of the Pantiles in the heart of Tunbridge Wells that prides itself on working with local suppliers.
Housed in an old bank with large windows, the interior is all exposed wooden floor boards and a what feels like a crumbling and shabby chic interior, which makes this a lovely environment to sit and chill out with friends.
I came here for brunch (of course) on a Sunday and it was very chilled out and not many people there, so nice and quiet to talk.
Brunch is served until 3pm Monday-Saturday and until 1pm on a Sunday, with all the usual suspects such as full English, smashed avo on toast, sweet and savoury pancakes, eggs royale and Florentine. It also has some interesting additions on there such as the ‘low & slow crumpet’ which is slow braised beef short rib, pickled shallots, marmite hollandaise and poached eggs on a crumpet, which sounds particularly interesting.
We had eggs royale with smoked salmon, poached egg and hollandaise on sourdough and ‘the hash’ with crushed potato, peppers, mushrooms and lemon feta sauce. Both were beautifully served, fresh and very tasty. I would say that prices are very reasonable considering it is an independent restaurant in this area as sometimes I find that some independents overprice their food and drinks (see Otto’s in Sevenoaks) which means you are hard pressed to find a good reason to support them.
Verdict: Recommended if in Tunbridge Wells and into brunch. Nice vibe and cool interior. Have breakfast here and then go for a wander around the Pantiles. Good date venue and would love to come back and try the ‘low & slow crumpet’ and lunch/dinner.