Michelin starred Broadstairs restaurant Stark reveals relocation plan

Ben and Sophie Crittenden from Stark

The owners of Michelin starred restaurant Stark have revealed they will be leaving Broadstairs to relocate to Essex this Spring.

On the Stark social media page it has been revealed that the last service at restaurant in Oscar Road will be on Friday, May 31. Owners Ben and Sophie Crittenden and their children will then head off to Mersea Island.

The restaurant was the first in Thanet to be awarded a Michelin Star in 2020 and has retained that star ever since.

The tiny venue, which provides for just 14 covers, has been run by chef Ben and Sophie since 2016, gathering accolades for the distinctive style of food.

Ben creates menus which are based on seasonal ingredients, simplicity and taste.

Stark 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 children, 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.

Stark has been a regular in Michelin and Good Food guides. The venue offers a seasonal six course tasting menu for £85 and optional wine flight for £45 and  is open 6.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Find the restaurant online here

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  1. Dedicated and talented creator of amazing food, thanets loss , may their new venture be ever more successful.

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