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Tom Hardy has lunch with family in The White Lion pub in Tenterden

ByRebecca Tuffin

Award-winning actor Tom Hardy was spotted with his family in a Kent pub.

The BAFTA-winning actor, who stars in Peaky Blinders, visited The White Lion in Tenterden yesterday afternoon.

Tom Hardy with The White Lion chef, Sarah
Tom Hardy with The White Lion chef, Sarah

He had lunch with his wife, actress Charlotte Riley, two children and some friends, who reportedly live in the town.

Mr Hardy seemed to want to keep a low profile, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses while eating his pizza.

Only the staff noticed they had a world-famous name under their roof at first, with guests appearing oblivious.

But diners soon caught on and there was a sense of excitement in the pub.

Beverly Paige, who works at The White Lion, which is also a hotel, said: "I wouldn't have known it was him at first. One of the girls told me and I said 'don't be silly, you need to get to Specsavers!'

The White Lion pub and hotel. Picture: Google street view
The White Lion pub and hotel. Picture: Google street view

"But it was him. He asked one of the staff if it was possible to take the food away if they needed to but then he relaxed and looked like he enjoyed his meal.

"Everyone was looking but they didn't make a fuss."

As Mr Hardy got up to leave, chef Sarah dared to ask for a photo with him.

A few customers followed suit and Mr Hardy was polite and accepted the picture requests.

"I wouldn't have known it was him at first. One of the girls told me and I said 'don't be silly, you need to get to Specsavers!'" - Beverly Paige, The White Lion

Duty manager Hannah Page said: "I think he might have been out for some early birthday celebrations because it's his birthday today.

"He's been seen around Tenterden today as well."

Since the pub posted the photo of Mr Hardy and Sarah on its Facebook page, it has had more than 1,400 likes and 1,800 comments.

Beverly added: "It has gone mental on social media. We've never seen anything like it!"

This isn't the first time The White Lion has seen some famous faces.

A few years ago, it welcomed Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star John Cleese, as well as broadcaster Richard Baker.

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