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 January 16

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While restaurants are currently shut right across Kent, there is no shortage of fantastic options for when they’re allowed to reopen.

However, not all of them have received the celebrity seal of approval.

Some of the world’s most famous men and women, including the likes of Canterbury’s own Orlando Bloom, superstar actor Tom Hardy and Rochester’s Kelly Brook, need to give into a cheat day every now and then.

And when they do, some have admitted they love eating here in Kent.

So, not only have they picked some of our amazing restaurants in Kent to indulge, they have also made the decision to rave about their experiences at the local foodie spots.

It seems that the rich and famous just can’t keep themselves away from these restaurants in the county.

Have you ever eaten at any?

Yama’s, Margate


A Thai restaurant in Margate was shocked to receive a phone call from New York late in 2019 – only to find it came from a Hollywood star.

Owner Terry Silk picked up the phone just before Christmas to an enquiry asking whether Yama’s Thai Eaterie, on the High Street, was dog friendly or not.

Mr Silk confirmed yes and the caller booked a table for eight people – and three pooches – on December 22.

But when the day rolled around he was stunned to see well-known actor Alan Cumming walk through the door.

The Scottish-American actor is known for his stage performances of Hamlet, Cabaret and Macbeth, and his best known film roles include Emma, GoldenEye, Son of the Mask, and the Spy Kids trilogy.

And he enjoyed the meal so much, they returned for more Thai food the following night.

Owners also said they had had visits from other celebs too, including the members of N Dubz and Alicia Dixon.

The Sportsman, Seasalter

Former England and Leicester City striker Gary Lineker tucked into a meal in June 2018 at Whitstable gastropub The Sportsman as part of a weekend out in Kent.

The Walkers Crisps poster boy dined at the pub just hours before it was named best in the country.

Match of the Day host Lineker tweeted his approval of the Seasalter restaurant after enjoying a bite to eat.

He wrote: “Had as good a lunch as I’ve ever had here on Saturday. Well played @Sportsmankent thoroughly deserved.”

Gary isn’t alone either, as the acclaimed gastropub has won many an award in the years gone by.

Lineker was also spotted that weekend at Gorillaz Demon Dayz festival at Dreamland in Margate.

He later took to Instagram to share that he was at the festival. He wrote: “Gorillaz in our midst last night. #margate b***** great too.”

The White Lion, Tenterden  


Tom Hardy was spotted in a Kent pub having food in September 2019.

The award winning actor, best known for roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Peaky Blinders and Legend, visited The White Lion in Tenterden with his wife.

It is thought he was celebrating his birthday with pizza, surrounded by his children and a group of friends.

Cafe des Amis, Canterbury

The actor was born and bred in Canterbury.

And throughout his career the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star has discussed the importance of local venues, like the Marlowe Theatre, in boosting his confidence as an actor.


While we are used to hearing about Bloom’s love for the local theatre scene – we are not so used to catching the finer details of his love for Canterbury – including his favourite local jaunt for a bite to eat.

When Bloom returns to his Kentish home town, he always makes sure to fit in a trip to Cafe des Amis – a extraordinarily popular Mexican restaurant in St Dunstans.

The actor told Canadian Living : “I do go home. I still have family there. But I don’t go back as often as I’d like.

“When I’m in Canterbury, I try to go to Café des Amis, a Mexican restaurant. I guess I was sixteen when we started going there. It had just opened. “

The restaurant specialises in Mexican cuisine with a Mediterranean twist and has sharing at the heart of its model.

And Bloom has certainly been more than impressed with the establishment, which has been open over a decade now.

He added: “The food is outstanding. The best Mexican food you’ll eat. Honestly. I’ve travelled around Mexico, and I still find Café des Amis to be a pretty good match to anything I’ve had in Mexico.”

Rocksalt, Folkestone

Rocksalt in Folkestone is popular among many in the celebrity world including none other than the Kentish actress Kelly Brook.

She posted pictures of herself on Instagram with some friends at the seafood restaurant back in April 2016.

And this wasn’t the first time Miss Brook had ventured to the coast. She was also spotted at the same restaurant with her partner Jeremy Parisis in August 2015, obviously quite taken with the place.

An ex-Premier League manager was also snapped having lunch by the sea.

Twitter user @MattyBoccer was celebrating his 40th birthday in the restaurant when he bumped into Mick McCarthy.


The fan tweeted: “Decent lunch @Rocksalt_Kent for the 40th birthday. Bumped into Mick McCarthy having a bite!”

And not to mention tycoon Richard Branson himself was spotted enjoying the seafood eatery.

Most excitingly of all, a real A-lister may or may not have graced the restaurant with his presence in 2013 while filming in Dover.

Eccentric film star, Johnny Depp, was apparently spotted at Rocksalt – if you believe everything you read on Facebook.


A spokesman for the restaurant was cagey at the time and said “We can’t confirm or deny whether he was here.”

The actor was shooting Into the Woods at Dover Castle when the rumour mill began, giving some validity to the claims.

The West House, Biddenden

The star, who used to live in Biddenden, seems to be a regular at the Michelin starred restaurant The West House and took to Twitter in October 2019 to sing the establishment’s praises.

Commending both owner Graham Garrett and head chef Tony Parkin, she said: “Most amazing meal last night at ‘The West House’. Thankyou @grahamgarrett @tonyparkinASR & team.”

Gregg Wallace, who lives locally, has also raved about the restaurant.

Fellow Biddenden resident and Coldplay drummer Will Champion is also known to pop in for a bite.

Th owner has also managed to entice the likes of Cate Blanchett, Julian Clary and more into his tiny village venue.

The West House was opened by Graham and Jackie Garrett in 2002 and is a small family run restaurant, with a reputation for fantastic food, earned through Graham’s focus on excellent delivery of the finest ingredients.

Housed in a sixteenth century weaver’s cottage on Biddenden High Street, the small family run restaurant gained a Michelin star after its first year of opening and held it until 2019.

The restaurant has also acquired several other accolades in the several years since it opened, including appearing in Waitrose’s Good Food Guide, featuring in Harden’s top restaurants list in the UK, and holding 3 AA Rosettes.

The Compasses Inn, Crundale 


Paul, who lives in Wingham, told his Twitter followers how much he loved the Sunday Roast at the Compasses Inn in Crundale, near Canterbury.

Husband and wife team Rob and Donna Taylor took on The Compasses Inn near Canterbury in 2013.

While Donna looks after front-of-house, Rob works as head chef, and his food has already received a host of accolades, including Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 and Harden’s UK Restaurant Guide 2015.

He got through to the semi-finals of the 2016 National Chef of the Year Competition, and The Compasses won Tenanted Pub of the Year in the Shepherd Neame Pub Awards 2016.

The Ragged Trousers, Tunbridge Wells

Ore, a former Newsround presenter and Strictly Come Dancing winner, has been spotted many a time at The Ragged Trousers in Tunbridge Wells.

The star currently fronts the sport on BBC News and hosted segments of the corporation’s coverage of the Rio Olympics last summer.

The sports presenter even headed into the Ragged Trousers in the Pantiles for a pre-Christmas lunch with his wife Portia and her family, just days after his shock 2016 win on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Joanne Clifton.

Richard Simm, owner of the Ragged Trousers, said he often came in with his family for Sunday lunch.

“His in-laws live locally, and they tend to come in a lot,” he said.

“He came down with his wife and her parents.

“He’s another customer, really down-to-earth so I don’t think he was mobbed, even after his win.”

Lunch at the Ragged is a local institution, offering big, hearty food inspired by the best of the British pub and the French Brasserie.

All their produce is sourced locally where possible, including meat from Peter Speaight in Tunbridge Wells, fish from Chapmans of Sevenoaks and veg from Oliver Greens in Rusthall.

The Smokehouse, Folkestone 


The Smokehouse, a posh fish and chips venue at Folkestone harbourside, was a big hit for actors Geoff Bell and the late John Forgeham.

The pair were spied tucking into some seafood there together in 2013 – and according to staff – the Kingsmen actor and the Footballers Wives star were very pleased with their meal.

Original posted at www.kentlive.news

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