Original article from Kent Live
Picture the scene, you're tucking into your duck and confit potato in a rural Kentish restaurant and, as you lift your head between bites, you're surrounded by stars of stage and screen.
It seems an unlikely situation to wind up in, but stranger things have happened at The West House in Biddenden.
The family-run restaurant has a reputation for fantastic food, holding a Michelin star, and attracts some high-profile names to dine between its four walls.
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MasterChef Gregg Wallace is another Kent local who has raved about the restaurant, as too has Coldplay drummer Will Champion.
The owner has also managed to entice the likes of Cate Blanchett, Julian Clary and more into his tiny village venue.
The West House first opened in 2002 with Graham and Jackie Garrett at the helm and is set in a small 16th Century weaver’s cottage on Biddenden High Street.
The restaurant aims to showcase local produce and outlines its goals online: "In moving to Kent ‘the garden of England’, the aim was to be seasonal and local with ingredients, long before those were fashionable buzzwords in cooking.
"The purpose of both is to optimise flavour, finding things of finest quality and using them at their peak.
"In a contemporary kitchen certain desirable ingredients are not found locally, but a wonderful olive oil from Italy has a place alongside the amazing larder provided by the fields, farms and shoreline of Kent.
"The driving force is depth and purity of flavour. This remains the key intention for our food."
It's not just all fancy talk either as the restaurant has an average of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor from 586 reviews.
Recent diners wrote: "Amazing food and wonderful staff, we felt really looked after. A brilliant wine list and excellent cheeseboard. An incredible dining experience and I can’t wait to go back!"
Another said: "Wonderful food, served by friendly and very knowledgeable staff. Combinations were interesting, imaginative and delicious, with portion sizes just right. We left perfectly full! Great value for such high-quality cuisine."