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WINNER: Gennaro Esposito at A Casa Mia, Herne Bay
WINNER: Gennaro Esposito at A Casa Mia, Herne Bay

Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham are home to some of the finest food in England – from traditional fish and chips, Whitstable oysters, Faversham’s fruit and veg crop and Herne Bay’s multicultural offer. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. We asked readers to vote in our poll for their favourite eatery and the results put global eating at the top.

  • In Canterbury Japanese restaurant Tamago topped the poll with 15 per cent of voters favouring their ramen and traditional dishes. Tamago has a little sister restaurant, Bambina opened on Friday
  • Vegetarian and vegan business Veg Box Café in Jewry Lane finished second. It is open 10am to 6pm with lunch including gluten-free options between noon and 3pm.
  • Salt in Palace Street came third and serves small plates of fresh local food interestingly paired with a seasonal wine list. It opens Tuesdays to Sundays, lunch is noon to 3pm with dinner at 6pm to 9.30pm (8pm on Sundays).
  • Faversham readers voted Posilipo as the winner. At the creekside development of Provender Mill, the Italian restaurant offers a small piece of Naples within the river banks of Faversham.
  • The Anglo-Mexican mix at the Albion Taverna in Front Brents and The Café at Macknade were close behind in our readers’ affections.
  • Herne Bay also went Italian with A Casa Mia voted favourite. Gennaro Esposito’s authentic A Casa Mia restaurant opened in September 2013. His team serves pasta and pizza cooked with local ingredients by Mr Esposito and two chefs from Italy. It a the only UK pizzeria to be recognised as serving true Neapolitan pizza.
  • Seafood specialists Riggings in East Street came a close second with their wide variety of locally caught produce.
  • 1940s themed tea room Vintage Empire was third.
  • JoJo’s was the people’s choice in Whitstable. Chef Nikki Billington and front-of-house Paul Watson are the couple behind it. The licensed restaurant serves “freshly cooked food with a Mediterranean influence” and has earned rave reviews from national newspapers and Loose Women host Janet Street-Porter. The restaurant opens Thursday to Sunday lunchtimes, dinner on Wednesday to Saturday.
  • JoJo’s pipped Tankerton Italian Mucini and the town’s oldest restaurant, Wheelers Oyster Bar ran by Delia Fitt and chef Mark Stubbs.

Herne Bay Times, June 25th 2014

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