The Ambrette at Rye, White Vine House, 24 High Street, East Sussex

Rye, one of the south coast's historic Cinque Port towns, has a long and colourful history of smuggling. And this week's restaurant is very much in the local tradition. Nothing about The Ambrette is quite what it seems. Chameleon-like, it hides behind splendid Georgian frontage on one of south-east England's prettiest historic high streets, looking as quaint and genteel as any of the area's myriad tea-shoppes. The name bespeaks generic Frenchified refinement.

Emin: Torch role a 'surreal dream'

Artist Tracey Emin could not hide her delight as she carried the Olympic flame through her home town and said she had been overwhelmed by one of the more surreal experiences of her life.

Turner: On the crest of a wave

Turner and the Elements is exhibiting in Margate. It shows perfectly the artist's genius for capturing the power of nature, says Adrian Hamilton

Tracey Emin and the Margate Birds

Tracey Emin has long shown a sometimes bittersweet love for her home town of Margate. A keen supporter of the resort's recently opened Turner Contemporary gallery, she is now hooking up with a different group of local artists: the surf-pop gang Two Wounded Birds.

Make the most of Summer in Kent!

Kent has welcomed visitors since Chaucer's time. Today, it has beach resorts from the kitsch to the chic. Oh, and apples by the barrel load, says James Litston

Galleries and festivals are reinvigorating our coastline but do they

Folkestone is one of those English seaside towns which, on a nice day, can lift the spirits but, in the drizzle, dampens them. Yes, it has a good-natured, rough-and-ready atmosphere, a working harbour, a sandy beach and a vestigial holiday industry; notably on a genteel, hotel-lined cliff top parade called The Leas. There is even a couple of new additions: a child-pleasing walk-through fountain and a brace of groovy glass-and-steel restaurants.

Farah paves the way with gold

Briton wins 10,000m on first day of European Championships as team-mate Thompson celebrates a well-deserved silver

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