Having trained as a chef in Australia in the 90s and following a stint as an Executive Chef in London, George moved to Whitstable in 2004. He was heading to Antibes to work as a personal chef on a very nice boat when he spotted an empty shop just a short walk from the beach. His plans changed, and Samphire was born offering Whitstable’s first bistro to be open all day, every day using the best Kentish produce.

“Enjoy a delicious fill of Kentish produce at this established, comfortable, locally popular Whitstable bistro, where ‘the food is on the up again’ according to local spies. It’s a place where the day-boat catch of the day could become a dish of gurnard with purple sprouting broccoli, or pan-fried bream with new potato and chorizo hash, or where the meat offer could tempt with local lamb and rosehip harissa.

Come for conventional bistro fare by all means – kedgeree, fish cakes or gnocchi with wild mushrooms are all praised – but look out for some more unusual options, too, such as dosa-spiced potato cake with fermented chilli or an elegantly presented miso and chilli mackerel, the fish skin scorched crisp and the whole served with gently pickled carrot and fennel and a seaweed and sesame cracker.

A chocolate ganache on a crumb base with blood-orange sorbet is an ‘absolute delight’, and there’s love, too, for a pistachio cake with cardamom ice cream. Wine from £18.95.”

Good Food Guide 2018

Red mullet #seafood #fish #whitstable #bistro #chef #cheflife #seafoodmenu #summer @ Samphire https://t.co/KXLHHKOJ0N

Bank holiday Seafood menu #whitstable #bistro #august #food #seafood #fish #lobster #lobstermacncheese #rosé #chef #wine #sun #summertime #crab #fishpie #oysters #mussels @ Samphire https://t.co/H0b4zGzoNW

Curried crab, lentils, flatbreads and pickles #crab #whitstable #seafood #curry #joy #bistro @ Samphire https://t.co/tzpxYSztXm

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