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The Sportsman in Seasalter near Whitstable named UK's best gastropub at Estrella Damm Restaurant Awards

ByLydia Chantler-Hicks

Seaside dining destination The Sportsman has been named the UK's gastropub of the year.

The Michelin-starred eatery scooped the accolade in this year's Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards annual list of the top 100 restaurants - voted for by leading chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.

The Fordwich Arms, in Fordwich near Canterbury, has also been named in the UK's top 100 restaurants.

The Sportsman in Seasalter (12136935)
The Sportsman in Seasalter (12136935)

The Sportsman, in Faversham Road, is run by brothers Philip and Stephen Harris - the latter also the restaurant's self-taught head chef.

It specialises in "serving good food in relaxed and informal surroundings". Having held a Michelin star since 2008, it has become a popular haunt for celebrities visiting Kent - including football star Gary Lineker.

The restaurant has already been named gastropub of the year four times, in the Top 50 Gastropub Awards.

The Fordwich Arms, in Fordwich near Canterbury
The Fordwich Arms, in Fordwich near Canterbury

The Fordwich Arms - run by Guy Palmer-Brown and Dan and Natasha Smith - reached number 30 in this year's Top 100 restaurant list.

Despite only opening at the end of 2017, the riverside restaurant has already managed to scoop a Michelin star for its impressive cuisine.

Last month, it was also named UK pub of the year in the prestigious GQ Magazine Food and Drink Awards.

Daniel and Tash Smith at the Fordwich Arms with its Michelin star award
Daniel and Tash Smith at the Fordwich Arms with its Michelin star award

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