A bit of everything for everyone. Relaxed front bar downstairs for more informal over-the-bar drinking and catching up. Excellent restaurant on the same level serving a modern full menu with impeccable service. Outside sunshine & decking for the warmer months and an intimate lounge bar upstairs.
Mixed crowd across these different zones. You'll feel right at home with your friends in any of the settings. Not full of peeps that are too cool (unless you're a cool kid, and well, there's nothing wrong with that).
Drink prices at the bars are reasonable enough that you could come here regularly and it doesn't have to be a "special occasion" spot. Food prices in the restaurant are comparable with what you'd expect at any decent restaurant with a tablecloth. By no means out of this world expensive at all. You can feed adequately here at fair prices. If you're a smoker, there's a decked area outside just off the restaurant to catch a helpless gasp between courses. Wine selection is extensive and covers most budgets. And the service I found for a large group dining was impressive on the day visited.
Over the years, I've been to the Tilbury probably about 10-15 times. I've always had fun, enjoyed the atmosphere, service, food & drinks. All round a winner and consistent performer. As some others have mentioned before me, it's a great place to catch some outside drinking time with friends in a relaxed crowd that at times can have a real hum when the people start to flock in. It has it's quiet times too. It's really what you want to make it. Thumbs up.
Oh, I almost forgot, upstairs on the outside decking they fire up a BBQ to serve more informal food and snacks to patrons. Usually consisting of freshly made burgers, etc. The smell is intoxicating, and grub delicious if you're not up for the sit down knife and fork food opportunity downstairs in the restaurant.