Meet the dynamic cooking duo from Kent.

Chris and James Tanner are acclaimed celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, having owned and operated their own businesses for the past twenty years.

Using their experience, the celebrity chefs now offer a wide range of restaurant consultancy services, including; product development, pop-ups & event catering, brand promotion, and restaurant & kitchen design.

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Dine in style at our Kent based gastropub.

Situated in the picture postcard Kent countryside, award-winning gastropub, The Kentish Hare, captures the spirit of a traditional, quaint English pub, delivering high quality food in a stylish setting. Championing the very best in British produce, The Kentish Hare's menu celebrates all that is on offer in the garden of England that is Kent.

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Explore the best of Devon's Ocean City.

Opening in 2006 and housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, the Barbican Kitchen is famed for its use of high quality, local food, delivered at an affordable price in a relaxing atmosphere. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the brasserie has created a legacy as one of the top independent restaurants in the region

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James Tanner

James' career began at an early age, and whilst training at West Kent college in Tonbridge, he had his first taste of the catering industry as he worked at several renowned Kentish restaurants. Later continuing his journey in Jersey with his brother Chris, it wasn't long before Upstate New York beckoned, with James taking a position with the Roux brothers at the renowned Lake Placid Lodge. Upon his return to the UK, he headed to the 2 Michelin – starred restaurant Lettonie in Bath with Martin Blunos where he worked his way up the ranks before eventually opening his first restaurant with Chris in 1999.

Chris Tanner

Chris began his culinary career with a job in a local restaurant at the tender age of 12. After a City and Guilds course at West Kent college in Tonbridge, a position at the newly opened Brands Hatch hotel followed, before a five year stint with the Roux brothers in London at Le Gavroche/47 Park Street which also took him to New York and France. Back in the UK, stints on Jersey and a move to open the Kitley Hotel in Devon were next, before joining forces with his brother, James to open their first restaurant in 1999.

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