The Wheelwrights Arms, Tunbridge Wells

The Wheelwrights Arms

Welcome to the Wheelwrights Arms...

The Wheelwrights Arms at Matfield is a traditional Kentish weatherboard pub. Built in 1602 as a farm building, the pub is now owned by Shepherd Neame but has been privately run by Rob & Gem Marshall since May 2011.

Visitors will find a traditional pub with a warm atmosphere, well kept ales, good wine, and interesting food.

Five cask ales usually available on draught, including favourites from the Shepherd Neame Stable and now also frequent guest ales. We serve a varied selection of good wines generally under £25 a bottle, with most available by the glass. 

We keep a small, frequently changing menu, prepared from fresh ingredients which we serve at lunch & dinner times. At lunch we also offer sandwiches made from our own bread and butter churned in our own kitchen. We serve traditional roasts on Sundays. The menus reflect the seasons, both in ingredients and style. We also like a dessert, be it a  classic with a twist, or something a little different. As a small, independent business, we support other small, local, independent businesses wherever we can, which means there is always a lot of locally sourced produce being used in our kitchen.

We've sometimes been called a gastro pub, and if we are then we insist it is as much about the pub  as it is the gastro. Drop in for a pint, or a glass of wine - or a coffee from beans ground to order - and enjoy over friendly chat. If you've never visited us before, you won't be a stranger for long.

Hope to see you soon,

Rob & Gem.

The food is lovingly prepared to order from fresh ingredients. It is normally a good idea to reserve a table, as passers by have occasionally been disappointed when the pub is at capacity.

The pub is run by a small team who care very much about what they do, but ask for understanding in busy periods. We don't do fast food, we do good food as fast as we can.


WEDS-SAT 12.00-17.00 & 18.30-21.00,
SUNDAY 12.00-20.00

We would always recommend calling ahead to reserve a table. In recent months, several customers have been disappointed to find us fully booked both mid-week and at weekends. Sundays are particularly busy, and we would recommend booking well in advance.

Clearly it is in our own interest to do our best to accomodate as many diners as possible; but please understand if we have not been able.

We hold bookings for 15 minutes, & ask that customers kindly ring ahead if their party is delayed.

Many thanks in advance.

Rob & Gem.