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Lee Mead: My Favourite Places

After years living locally, actor Lee Mead recently moved back to his hometown in Essex. But not before getting to know some of the best bits our fair county has to offer...


After years living locally, actor Lee Mead recently moved back to his hometown in Essex. But not before getting to know some of the best bits our fair county has to offer. Dry your tears – he’s back regularly to see his daughter Betsy – which is why I was lucky enough to catch up with him and get the lowdown on his favourite places. What’s more if you need your fix of one of Kent’s dishiest Dads (well that’s what my mother-in-law says) you can see him in Some Enchanted Evening at the Assembly Hall Theatre performing songs from the golden age of musical theatre. But book your tickets quick – it’s for one night only (Thurs 27 Oct)! Here’s where Lee likes to hang out:

The Lobster Shack in Whitstable


Photo by: Kerry Morgan

I recently discovered Whitstable because I was working for two weeks in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and I stayed there for a week. It’s a lovely little town and there is a great lobster restaurant on the beach called The Lobster Shack, which I highly recommend.

Britcher and Rivers in Rye


I last visited Rye about a month ago with my daughter Betsy. I used to go every couple of weeks when I lived nearby. We go to Britcher and Rivers, an old fashioned sweet shop on the High Street, where you can pick the sweets from the tubs and then they weigh them. My favourites are the rhubarb and custards!

The beach at Camber Sands


I love going there with Betsy and walking along the beach, and throwing stones in the sea.

Thackeray’s restaurant in Tunbridge Wells


Tunbridge Wells was half an hour from where I used to live and I really love the town. It’s got some great places to eat. I especially like Thackeray’s, a restaurant with great food over-looking the common.

Simply Seafood in Southend-on-Sea


I recently moved back to my hometown after 15 years and I love being down by the Cockle Sheds in Old Leigh.  There are a couple of great pubs down there and a lovely fish restaurant called Simply Seafood.

The Cotswolds


I once dated a girl in the Cotswolds so spent a lot of time driving there and getting to know the area. It’s really beautiful countryside and there are some nice villages and pubs in villages like Broadway, and Chipping Campden.

The Witchery Edinburgh


I love Edinburgh and going to The Witchery restaurant. But you won’t see me staying in the hotel again as it’s haunted! I stayed there once and didn’t sleep all night! I have been to the Edinburgh Festival twice and really love the architecture and atmosphere of this city.

The Gower Peninsula in Wales


I took my daughter Betsy there last year for a five day stay with friends and it rained four days out of five! But we had a great time anyway and loved walking along the beaches and the cliffs.

Lee Mead: Some Enchanted Evening, Tickets: £22. Starts 7.30pm, Thurs 27 Oct. Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU, Tel:

(For more on Kerry Morgan photography click here)

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