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Is your favourite local restaurant on the list?

The list of Michelin star winners, that is. The prestigious 2020 awards have just been announced - with new entries including a Kent seaside hotspot.

It’s always exciting to see which of our favourite local kitchens nab Michelin stars. The new 2020 Michelin awards were announced this week so, hot off the press, here are the best in business in Kent.

Take a look at the holy trinity for our region – with only 3 there’s no excuse not to try them all. A very warm welcome to Stark in Broadstairs for celebrating its first ever Michelin star. I’ll take a table for two at all of the below, please!

STARS IN THEIR EYES FOR…

Stark, Broadstairs

We love everything about this family-owned seaside restaurant. It was opened less than three years ago by husband and wife team, Ben and Sophie Crittenden, with the aim of securing a better work/life balance and enabling Ben to enjoy more time with their two young daughters (insert heart emoji). And now they have grown this small and perfectly formed eatery into one of the county’s finest dining experiences (insert fist-pump emoji).

Chef Ben, who favours stripped-back style cooking with bold flavours, previously worked alongside one of Kent’s finest chefs, Graham Garrett at The West House, another of our Muddy favourites. And, if you thought you couldn’t love them any more, the restaurant is even named after the Stark family in Game of Thrones (can’t find a swoon emoji). Open from Wednesdays to Saturdays and catering for only a dozen dinners at a time, you pre-book (£60 per person for six courses from a set menu). Intimate, laid-back and simply very, very good at what they do – Stark we salute you!

The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury

The Fordwich Arms received a Michelin star just 10 months after the day they opened and Chef-patron, Daniel Smith, was then swiftly awarded Observer’s Young Chef of the Year which is pretty good endorsement. It’s the winning mix of a great Kent pub that just so happens to serve exquisite food which affirms once again why it’s really not that bad living in the sticks. The riverside location adds to its charm and the trail from the village of Fordwich to the Reed Pond is meant to be good – apparently the pond once supplied the monks of Canterbury with water (fact fans). fordwicharms.co.uk

The Sportsman, Whitstable

This Shepherd Neame pub is very low key – even describing itself on Twitter as the ‘grotty rundown pub by the sea’. But this is a bit tongue in cheek as it’s consistently voted one of the top gastro pubs in the whole country. They just don’t buy into pretentiousness and there’s a really laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. The menu is simple but perfectly executed and the fish could not have tasted fresher (it’s right by the sea just outside Whitstable). The pub’s not exactly a looker but there’s a windswept, barren beauty to the coast road from Whitstable and almost all the food is sourced from the surrounding terroir, so you can expect some spectacular seafood.

Faversham Rd, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4BP, Tel:01227 273370; thesportsmanseasalter.co.uk

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