Sudden death prompts restaurant closure
An Aylesford restaurant has closed suddenly after the death of its owner.
The Hengist restaurant, Aylesford
Kent businessman Paul Smith, 43, died at his home last month.
At the beginning of September an inquest was opened, which recorded his death as suspension.
A statement has now appeared on The Hengist's website explaining the fine dining venue has had to close with immediate effect.
The statement added that Mr Smith had worked "tirelessly to ensure that Aylesford was graced with a first class restaurant, which he often frequented."
It added: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to guests who have reservations and all our diners who, like the staff, enjoyed afternoons and evenings in this very special environment.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
Mr Smith was also the founder of Regal Estates a sales and lettings agency. He had since sold that business and it continues to trade as normal.
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