Welcoming Atul Kochhar’s Essence to The Pantiles

13th February 2024

The Pantiles is abuzz with excitement as Essence, the latest culinary venture by twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, opened its doors on Wednesday 7th February.

Nestled within a Grade II Listed building on the historic colonnade, Essence at The Pantiles promises a dining experience like no other, blending Atul’s celebrated pan-Indian flavours with a contemporary British flair.

A Culinary Journey with Atul Kochhar

Atul Kochhar is a name synonymous with culinary excellence. With a career spanning over two decades, Chef Kochhar has earned international acclaim for his innovative approach to Indian cuisine. Born in Jamshedpur, India, Atul Kochhar began his culinary journey at the prestigious Oberoi Group of Hotels before relocating to London in the early 1990s. His groundbreaking restaurant, Benares, became the first Indian restaurant in the world to receive a Michelin star in 2007.

Driven by a passion for showcasing the diverse flavours of Indian cuisine, Atul Kochhar has since continued to push boundaries, garnering accolades and a loyal following along the way. His commitment to using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients ensures that each dish is a celebration of freshness and flavour.

A Fusion of Flavours at Essence

Dining at Essence is a feast for the senses. As you step into the chic, new establishment, you’re greeted by a spacious restaurant area, a stylish bar, and an exclusive private room. During the warmer months, guests can savour their meals on the expansive terrace, soaking in the charm of al fresco dining amidst the elegant promenade.

The Pantiles, affectionately described as an “elegantly genteel spa town,” provides the perfect backdrop for Essence. Nestled in Kent’s picturesque High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, often referred to as the Garden of England, Tunbridge Wells offers a serene setting for culinary indulgence.

Culinary Offerings

The culinary offerings at Essence are as diverse as they are enticing. From tapas-style bites paired with innovative cocktails at the bar to a tantalising array of pan-Indian dishes expertly curated by Atul himself, there’s something to delight every palate.

Guests can choose from three-course set lunch menus starting from £22 on weekdays and £28 on weekends or opt for a gastronomic adventure with a seven-course tasting menu starting from £74.95 per person, with optional wine pairings for an elevated dining experience. For those on the go, Essence also offers a convenient takeaway service, ensuring that their exceptional cuisine is never out of reach.

Private Events and Special Occasions

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate gathering, Essence offers the perfect setting. The private dining room, complete with its own bar, provides an intimate space for gatherings of all sizes, while the option to book the entire restaurant ensures exclusivity and personalised service. With special menus curated for occasions like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, Essence invites guests to create lasting memories in a truly enchanting setting.

Welcoming Essence to The Pantiles

With its blend of culinary excellence, elegant ambiance and warm hospitality, Essence at The Pantiles is set to become a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike.

For those eager to embark on a culinary journey at Essence, reservations can be made online or by visiting the restaurant at 62-64 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TN. Whether you’re a seasoned food enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable dining experience, Essence invites you to savour the rich tapestry of flavours crafted by Chef Atul Kochhar, right here in the heart of Tunbridge Wells.