Seven Thanet restaurants make 2024 Michelin Guide – with new entry for Kebbells in Broadstairs

Head chef Craig Mather and Kebbells owners Sarah and Richard Kebbell Photo Dave Stillman

Seven Thanet restaurants have made it into the 2024 Michelin Guide with  Kebbells in Broadstairs making its first appearance.

Kebbells seafood restaurant in Victoria Parade has a laid-back, holiday vibe with a menu of fresh seafood plus meat or vegan offerings and the skills to adapt so customers with dietary requirements have as much choice as everyone else.

The long counter/bar, in addition to the tables, means diners who want something informal, or perhaps are alone, can eat while watching their surroundings and have a chat with staff or other diners.

The venue is the creation of Sarah and Richard Kebbell, whose lives have taken a completely new direction since buying the property in 2019.

The pair bought a holiday home in Broadstairs some ten years ago, with Richard having spent many childhood visits in the town and Sarah’s dad living in Ramsgate since she was 12.

Both families were also frequent visitors to Spain and it is a combination of those experiences which provide the base for Kebbells.

Richard, who owns an office refurbishment company and Sarah, who has worked in the IT industry for some 30 years, decide to sell up their home in Surrey and make the move full-time to Broadstairs for their new venture.

One of the prompts for Sarah’s dream to run a restaurant was the couple’s difficulties finding somewhere nice to eat that also catered for her coeliac – which means she is gluten intolerant.

This has been built into Kebbells with sourcing of ingredients and Sarah’s knowledge meaning any intolerance can be catered for.

The couple took the plunge, gained the keys for the property in December 2019 and moving in on New Year’s Eve.

Due to the pandemic the restaurant opening was delayed until May 2021 but since then it has become a popular stop for seafood, sharing platters, brunches and more.

The kitchen is headed by chef Craig Mather who has previously taught at Broadstairs College and worked at the Little Ships and Empire Room in Ramsgate.

The menu alternates with whatever is in season and features everything from mussels and oysters to pork chop, chicken, roasted pumpkin, cauliflower steak, homemade ice creams and fabulous bread made on the premises.

The Michelin Guide view of Kebbells is: “Located right on the coast, in an area known as the jewel in Thanet’s crown, this is the perfect spot for a seafood restaurant. The dining room is bedecked with a multitude of mirrors, a large open counter and shelves filled with jars of preserved goods and house-made chilli sauce.

“As with all good seafood eateries, the menu changes with the daily catch; all the prime ingredients are well-cooked and delivered in carefully balanced combinations. The cheery, relaxed staff run the place wonderfully, giving everything a personal touch.”

Sarah, Richard and Craig said: ““We are all thrilled that Michelin have included us in this years guide, It is a reward for the hard work from all of our staff and the continued support from our local customers.”

Call 01843 319 002 to book  Or Find out more about Kebbells here

Review: Brunch menu launches at Kebbells in Broadstairs

Stark in Oscar Road, Broadstairs, is listed for another year with a one star rating for high quality cooking.

The guide quantifies one star as being “high-quality cooking, worth a stop”; two stars is for “excellent cooking, worth a detour”; and three stars represent “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.

The Michelin Green Star is an annual award which highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices and the Bib Gourmand recognises friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices.

In the 2020 guide Stark was the first in Thanet, and one of only three across Kent, to be awarded a Michelin Star which it again retains.

The guide says of Stark: “Patience – and flexibility on dates – are needed when attempting to secure a table at Stark because the restaurant has just four of them. “This is one of the smallest Starred restaurants around and thus one of the most challenging to get into.

“Chef Ben Crittenden works alone in the open kitchen and offers a no-choice six course menu that should appeal to everyone. His dishes may appear quite delicate in their looks but they offer plenty of flavour and contrasts in texture, whether that’s salmon with kohlrabi or cod with almonds. The ingredients are also clearly sourced with care – like delicious Shh’annu lamb from Lockerbie.  Your best bet is to go with the wine pairings so you’re free from any decision making on the night.”

Stark opened in December 2016 and was a labour of love with Ben and his dad creating the restaurant in the shell of a former sandwich shop.

The move followed years of long shifts away from his wife and two girls, Ivy and Rosa, so the aim was to create a better work/life balance.

Ben previously worked at Dover’s Marquis at Alkham, Rhodes W1 in London and under Graham Garrett at West House in Biddenden. He also competed in MasterChef: The Professionals in 2014.

Find Stark online here

Stark in Broadstairs earns place in the Michelin Guide 2020 – Thanet’s first starred venue

Wyatt & Jones

Wyatt & Jones in Harbour Street, Broadstairs, is listed with the guide saying: “Follow the narrow road under the arch and towards the beach; here you’ll find 3 old fishermen’s cottages with sea views and a lovely vintage feel. Flavoursome Mediterranean-influenced small plates have a seafood bias – 3-4 each makes a satisfying meal. The interesting wine list offers everything by the glass.”

(Wyatt & Jones venue announced its closure in September. The venue is now Twenty Seven Harbour Street)

Find Twenty Seven Harbour Street here

Bottega Caruso

In Margate Bottega Caruso makes the Michelin pages, which say: “A fresh-looking former pub plays host to this sweet little deli-cum-osteria offering southern Italian fare. The pastas are made fresh every day and most of the artisanal ingredients come from the owner’s family and friends back in her home region of Campania. Service is engaging and heartfelt.”

Find Bottega Caruso here

Angela’s

Angela’s at The Parade, Margate, gets a green star for sustainability.

The guide says: “A friendly team run this understated little bistro set just off the esplanade. Their ethos is fiercely local and sustainable and even the tables are made of compressed recycled plastic. The concise blackboard menu lists sustainable fish and a vegetarian option – no meat – and cooking is pleasingly unfussy.”

The green star recognises the restaurant working directly with growers, fishermen and suppliers who minimise their environmental impact and that it doesn’t  use meat “because it contributes too much carbon, and our supply chain is plastic free.”

Find Angela’s here

Sargasso

Sargasso on Margate’s Stone Pier, earns a Bib Gourmand for good quality, good value cooking

The guide says: “The seaside outpost of London restaurant Brawn, Sargasso sits beside the harbour wall and comes with some great views. The ethos and the menu are similar: an almost daily-changing selection of 12-15 well-priced, wide-ranging seasonal dishes. Fish from the small local boats is a highlight.”

Find Sargasso here

Rafael Lopez (l) and Ben Hughes (r) in the kitchen at Quince credit Joe Josland Photography

In Westgate, Quince in Station Road earns its place with the guide saying: ”Two alumni of The Goods Shed in Canterbury are behind this unfussy modern bistro, which is a hit with locals and tourists alike. The simple dish descriptions on the concise seasonal menu belie the depth of the dishes, which are made with high quality ingredients and come with distinct flavours and textures. Smooth service adds to the experience.”

Quince is a 32 cover restaurant by chef-patrons Ben Hughes and Rafael Lopez in Westgate’s Station Road.

Hughes and Lopez’s approach is to use seasonal ingredients to showcase amazing produce in an accessible way in a relaxed but refined setting.

The duo previously worked together at farm-to-table restaurant, The Goods Shed, in Canterbury, where Lopez was at the helm for 19 years.

Oysters Photo Joe Josland Photography

The ingredient-led ethos continues at Quince ,with a daily-changing menu. The wine list is curated with Clive Barlow, Master of Wine.

The bistro-style restaurant serves dishes, many with a Spanish influence, featuring British produce, much of which is grown or produced a short distance from the restaurant, such as Quex Estate Sussex beef and lamb, Longland Farm duck, Staple Stores sourdough, cheese from Cheesemakers of Canterbury, and vegetables from local farms. Fish and seafood is sourced from South and West coast day boats.

Reservations via www.quincewestgate.co.uk

Local produce and Mediterranean warmth at new Westgate restaurant Quince

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18 Comments

  1. I remember the days you could get a bloody good fry-up in Broadstairs now its just all this fancy stuff – Taken over by rich outsiders with big ideas trying to compete in who can get the most stars/badges/certificates/awards.

      • Nah tried it – it’s a good attempt by a non English, tho.
        Beano’s aint a bad attempt either.
        Pavilion is a nice venue in summer, pricey but good quality with limited real heinz beans and tasty sausages.
        The Buttery when Ray & Sue had it weren’t bad if you liked the Tesco blue & white striped value stuff incl bullet beans 🙂 Thats a groovy Italian now.

  2. Still no decent restaurant in Ramsgate then that does traditional English food, like Shepherds Pie, Roasts, etc! I haven’t eaten a fry up for 40 years!

      • Couldn’t get in the door at Stewarts cafe yesterday, its too popular! Getting to and from the Racing Greyhound’s a bit too hazardous on a mobility scooter, and thats too popular too!

          • Whats the point of booking in advance Ms Pink (AKA Peter Checksfield) I have lunch out 5 times a week, but I like to see the menu before ordering.

          • Whats the point of booking in advance, I eat lunch out 5 days a week, but like to see the menu before ordering. Don’t know when the Racing Greyhound will be opening for lunch yet, so soon after their kitchen fire!

          • Kathy, something scary is going on with the comments! I posted one a few minutes ago, and my email address was shown! I was able to delete it though, good thing I noticed!

    • Yeah – The Greyhound does amazing home cooked food at a good price and they don’t need all these fancy awards as I said before Broadstairs is full of rich out siders with big egos all trying to compete, a bit like that program ‘Master Chef’
      JD spoons is great value too you even get a pint included.
      That’s exactly what Broadstairs is lacking.

      • One of the most underrated pubs (just) in Thanet is The Crown in Sarre. Good old fashioned proper food at reasonable prices with huge portions.

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