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The Ambrette Restaurant to open in Canterbury

The Ambrette Restaurant to open in Canterbury ( Dev Biswal, chef patron of The Ambrette award-winning restaurants in Margate and Rye, has announced The Ambrette @ Canterbury will open on 21st July, with further openings on the horizon.

The TV chef, who champions a ‘curry-free menu’ of south Indian style dishes utilising locally sourced seasonal ingredients with a modern twist, has secured the site of the former Beer Cart Arms. Refurbishment works are under way, ahead of an opening expected sometime during July.

The two existing Ambrette restaurants are recommended by all the leading guides including Michelin, AA, Waitrose Good Food and Harden’s. Their numerous accolades include the prestigious Taste of Kent’s ‘Best Restaurant’ award.

Biswal, who still spends several days each week in the kitchens, has moved from Ramsgate to Canterbury as a more central location to his growing operations. A keen all-round cricketer, Biswal now overlooks Kent County Cricket Club’s St Lawrence Ground. Although his offer to fill as a No.3 batsman have been politely declined.

“Canterbury is a fantastic historic town with a great food heritage and perfect demographics for my style of cooking,” said Biswal, “We have over 2,000 people on our customer database with a Canterbury postcode who have already made the trip to the restaurants in Margate or Rye.”

Biswal was been looking for suitable premises to open a restaurant in the cathedral city after three very successful pop up restaurant events held at the Kent&Canterbury Club in October in 2012. Open to both members and the general public, the 8-couse tasting menu lunch and dinners, sold out almost immediately.

Canterbury will also serve as a training and development site, with centralised production of marinades and sauces, to ensure consistently high standards across the group, as operations expand.

Biswal hopes to open a fourth restaurant, somewhere between Canterbury and Margate specialising in seafood and vegetarian cooking, with the emphasis on gluten and allergen free foods. The chef has also set his sights on locations in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and London, as part of his planned expansion.

The Ambrette @ Canterbury site, with seating for around 100, will be larger than the existing the restaurants in Margate and Rye.

“We plan to explore all-day dining with an Indian accent and offer breakfast and afternoon teas,” said Biswal.

Biswal trained at the Dubai Sheraton, before moving to London in 2003, aged 26, for spells at Mangoes and Eriki. With fine-dining restaurants rarely working as scalable concepts, the chef is fully aware that others have tried to expand and failed. He has also tried to distance himself from the ‘fine-dining’ tag bestowed on him by food critics and customers alike.

“We are a mid-market restaurant with mid market prices,” he insists.”

As resident chef on the Channel Four TV series ‘Superscrimpers’, Biswal regularly shows viewers how to prepare gourmet meals on a budget using cheap ingredients, left over and wild plants forged for free.

Editors’ Notes:
Dev Biswal grew up in Calcutta and trained at the Dubai Sheraton, before moving to London, aged 26 in 2003 for spells at Mangoes and Eriki. He became a partner in The Indian Princess in Margate in December 2006, becoming patron and rebranding it as The Ambrette in 2010. His second restaurant, The Ambrette @ Rye opened in November 2011. Both are recommended by all the country’s top restaurant guides, including Michelin, AA, Good Food and Harden’s Guide. Dev is the resident chef on Channel 4 TV’s ‘Superscrimpers’, showing how to prepare gourmet meals on a budget. The Ambrette was named ‘Best Restaurant’ at the coveted Taste of Kent Award because of its “well balanced menu, use of local seasonal ingredients, its lovely ambience and a contemporary marriage of Indian and English food.” Other awards received by The Ambrette have included ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ by Morrisons magazine and ‘Best Restaurant in the South East’ by the Cobra Good Curry Guide.

The Ambrette @ Canterbury, 14-15 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2NY
T: 01227 200 777
The Ambrette, 44 King Street, Margate Old Town, Kent CT9 1QE
T: 01843 231 504
The Ambrette @ Rye, 24 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF
T: 01797 222 043

Media Contact: Recipes, menus, samples and photos available. T: 01892 750851 M: 07860 695555 E :

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