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The Ambrette – Canterbury

Muddy says: Located in the heart of Canterbury’s historical city centre, The Ambrette is where to head for innovative and exotic food where traditional Indian dishes have been cunningly combined with influences of global cuisine.

It’s all very well living outside of London with less of the hustle and bustle and more space for you, and the family, to run around in but you can compromise on the more exotic choice of restaurants as the general eating-out local trend is for good gastro pubs and restaurants, serving  predominantly British food with seasonal produce. Luckily you have contenders like Canterbury’s The Ambrette restaurant to contradict that curve.

Head chef and founder, Dev Biswal, has created a fresh and unique menu with his open-minded and artistic approach to cooking. You are going to find innovative and exciting dishes where Dev has combined traditional Indian dishes with influences from global cuisines, such as French and South East Asian. The result is a range of modern, subtly flavoured food that is sure to tickle your tastebuds, plus feel good in the fact that they use a lot of local ingredients. Foraged seaweed, game, and traditional lamb and chicken from local suppliers are just a few of the ingredients that go into their dishes to make them extra unique.

The tasting menu comes with the Muddy stamp of recommendation (option to do the wine pairing too) but you can also go a la carte and its Sunday roast menus are a novel treat for the entire family, as they serve them on butcher’s boards as sharing roasts where guests enjoy the experience of carving their own mini joints on the table with interesting starters and puddings, as a spin on the traditional Roast experience. And don’t despair, children are well-looked after too plus there is a vegan, set price lunch and pre/post theatre menu so they have pretty much thought of everything.

With the grand piano in pride of  place as you arrive at the restaurant,  it’s also a fab place for  events and The Ambrette play to their strengths (quite literally) with regular jazz evenings and music recitals and is also a good option for your own special events and you can hire the space, exclusively, for up to 100 guests.

Lastly, it’s also about location. The Ambrette is positioned on Beer Cart Lane, right in the heart of the historic city centre of Canterbury and less than a five minute walk from the famous Canterbury Cathedral so post your very satisfying and tasty feed,  take a walk around the neighbouring lanes and soak up the history of this beautiful city. If you get hooked on this fancy fayre, you can also hunt down its sister restaurants in Margate and Rye.

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