All in the Mix

Since it opened just over a year ago, Charlotte’s In The Pantiles has enjoyed unprecedented success and is now one of the hallmarks of our local hospitality scene writes Eileen Leahy

Whether you’re heading there for a coffee and fresh croissant to meet friends first thing, weekend brunching or enjoying a couple of expertly mixed cocktails on a Saturday night, Charlotte’s In The Pantiles certainly offers all things for everyone. And it does so in an incredibly stylish manner, but always with exceptional customer experience at its heart.
It opened at the end of April 2023 and since then Charlotte’s has outperformed on every level, making it one of Tunbridge Wells’ hallmark hospitality venues in a very short space of time.
Its talented team is headed up by Operations Director Adam Peters-Ennis whose career CV is hugely impressive having worked in some of the capital’s best bars. He trained under the pioneering Dick Bradsell, who created some of the most famous modern-day cocktail classics including the Espresso Martini and the Bramble. During his early career Adam also helped launch some of the capital’s best-known bars including Hakkasan, Isola, Nobu Berkeley St and The Connaught before working for many world famous drinks brands.
“What we wanted to create with Charlotte’s was a place you’d usually find in London – but on your doorstep,” he smiles. “And I think we have definitely created that.”
Well yes, it would appear so given how many loyal clients the café and bar, which also serves delicious seasonal on-trend tapas, has clocked up in just over twelve months.
“I think that’s what I’m most pleased about,” adds Vanessa, who is Adam’s wife and also Front and Back of House Manager.
“We have so many really incredible regular guests who have been with us from the start and love what we do here. But interestingly enough, people are still finding us so that’s lovely too.”
Charlotte’s founder and Creative Director is Emma Wright, who was able to turn the vision she had four years ago of creating an upmarket cocktail bar here in Tunbridge Wells into a reality.
“Creating has always been something I’ve been passionate about,” reveals Emma. “It gives an incredible sense of achievement to create a destination where people go to have fun, socialise and experience first-class service in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.”
Charlotte’s certainly excels in offering quality and inventive cocktails, fabulous food and an incredible ambience but can we have a moment for the amazing interiors which were designed by local interiors firm SGS Design? Just in case you haven’t had the pleasure, when you do eventually visit you’ll be impressed by the totally Instagrammable décor which includes blush pink bistro-style banquettes, brushed brass accents, glossy marbling and plenty of statement lighting.
All of which has made Charlotte’s In The Pantiles such a success story and long may that continue for all the team – as well as all the venue’s discerning drinkers and diners.


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