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Walpole at 100

Walpole at 100


Margate's famous Walople Bay Hotel, built just before the First World War, is to celebrate its centenary with the "Event of the Season", commencing with a fashion show with top international stylist Jerome Hillion, a 1920s murder murder mystery dinner, followed by a grand ball.

Tickets are £65 per person with double rooms, including a champagne breakfast, at £110 per person.

A charity raffle will benefit Pilgrims Hospices.



Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales


Dev Biswal, chef patron of The Ambrette award-winning restaurants in Margate and Rye, has opened in Canterbury.

The TV chef, who champions a ‘curry-free menu’ of south Indian style dishes utilising locally sourced seasonal ingredients with a modern twist, has refurbished the former Beer Cart Arms pub, creating a 100-seater eatery.

The two existing Ambrette restaurants are recommended by all the leading guides including Michelin, AA, Waitrose Good Food and Harden’s. Their numerous accolades include the prestigious Taste of Kent’s ‘Best Restaurant’ award.

Canterbury will also serve as a training and development site, with centralised production of marinades and sauces, to ensure consistently high standards across the group, as operations expand.

Biswal hopes to open a fourth restaurant, somewhere between Canterbury and Margate specialising in seafood and vegetarian cooking, with the emphasis on gluten and allergen free foods.


Gravesend Restaurateurs Fined

Gravesend Restaurateurs Fined


The former owners the Currys & Dosa restaurant in Gravesend have been found guilty of hygiene offences after food inspectors closed the restaurant in March following a discovery of serious mice infestation.

Former owners Raja Manoharadhas (30) and Sebin Sebastion (28) were fined £1500, each given 180 hours community service and banned from managing food premises for a year.

The court heard that conditions of the restaurant were "shocking" and “totally unacceptable”.


Awards Triple

Awards Triple


TV chef Dev Biswal’s Ambrette restaurants in Kent and Sussex – which have won no fewer the 50 national, regional and local food and drink awards in the past four-and-a-half years – has received three more, in as many weeks.

At a glittering award ceremony at London’s Hurlingham club on 30th June The Ambrette was named one of the country’s Top 10 best eateries at National Restaurant Awards, alongside Heston Blumenthal’s internationally acclaimed ‘Fat Duck at Bray’, holder of 3 Michelin stars in Restaurant Magazine’s Diners’ Choice ‘Fit For Foodies’ category. The top 10 was determined by more than 325,000 online reviews submitted submitted by customers who had booked, dined and paid for a meal.With the sheer quantity involved, vote rigging is virtually impossible and the ratings are widely respected within the industry.

The following week, The Ambrette received a BIBA (Best in Britain Award) accolade from the Federation of Specialist Restaurants and Mood Food Magazine, putting it on a par with London’s top Michelin-starred Indian eateries; Tamarind, Benares and Quilion. Also in this year’s top 50 are TV chef Cyrus Todiwala’s Cafe Spice Namaste, Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club, the ornate La Porte des Indes, Cinnamon Club, Gymkhana and Bombay Brasserie. The Ambrette also edged out several other famous Indian eateries, including London’s Chor Bizarre, Eriki, Gaylord and Veeraswamy, which received ‘High Recommended’ accolades.

Ambrette has now featured in the prestigious Square Meal Magazine’s Great Britain’s Great Restaurants list of the nation’s Top 100 venues outside London, at #51, ahead of many Michelin-starred venues. Inclusion is based 2,400 votes from Square Meal’s nationwide team of reviewers, magazine readers and food bloggers.

Kent and Sussex are well represented in the London based magazine’s list with, #12 The Sportsman (Seasalter), #36 Apicius (Cranbrook), #38 Restaurant Tristan (Horsham),#43 The Pass (Lower Beeding), #45 Chapter One (Farnborough Common), #46 The Curlew (Bodiam), #53 West House (Biddeden), #56 64 Degrees (Brighton), #57 Nobles (Battle), #65 Thackeray’s (Tunbridge Wells), #69 Gallivant Rye, #72 GB Pizza Co (Margate), #75 Wild Mushroom (West Field), #80 Chilli Pickle (Brighton), #84 Jo Jo’s (Whitstable).



Journalists hospitalised in restaurant PR stunt

Journalists hospitalised in restaurant PR stunt


Journalists hospitalised in restaurant PR Stunt

A Brighton eatery’s publicity PR stunt, of feeding the “UK’s hottest burger” back fired, when two journalists on the Evening Argus local newspaper ate the ‘XXX Hot Chilli Burger” were rushed to hospital. Burger Off owner Nick Gambardella made the pair sign a liability waiver before serving a £3.90 burger made with an Indian sauce reportedly 1,400 times hotter than Tabasco. Reporter Ruari Barratt, who "thought he was dying", suffered severe stomach cramps after taking a bite of the burger, before he lost the feeling in his hands and his eyes rolled back in his head. News editor, Arron Hendy, suffered similar symptoms, and both were taken to A&E.

“We do try and take a certain level of responsibility,” said Gambardella, “I tell people it will ruin their weekend”.


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