Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is packing a punch with this year's Pub in the Park Festivals, with his glitzy address book of celebrity chef friends cooking up a storm.
The Pub in The Park Festivals have carved out a reputation for recreating the ultimate fantasy pub garden, combining great music and food in cool, beautiful locations around the country.
This year they doubled the number of locations from four to eight. And following Marlow, Leeds, Knutsford, Bath, Warwick and Tunbridge Wells, the festival is now gearing up for the final two jamborees: Chiswick (6-8 Sept) and St Albans (13-15 Sept).
The festivals play host to a selection of award-winning pubs and restaurants, which boast 18 Michelin Stars between them. Chefs taking part on the tour include Tom Kerridge, Angela Hartnett, Rick Stein, Claude Bosi, Tommy Banks, Josh Eggleton, Atul Kochhar, Jason Atherton, Stephen Terry and Monica Galetti, among others, and they will each be cooking up signature mini-dishes from their restaurants.
New establishments that catch our eye this year include The Blackbird in Bagnor and The Beehive in White Waltham, both in Berkshire, as well as The Hardwick in Abergavenny, The Hind’s Head in Bray, and Bibendum Oyster Bar in Chelsea.
It’s not all about the food though, as the music line-up is not to be sniffed at either. Acts you can expect to see perform include the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Texas, All Saints, Scouting for Girls, Will Young, Clean Bandit, Jake Bugg, David Grey and Gabrielle.
Alongside all of the action, there’s bars galore serving enticing drinks – including wine, beer and cocktails – as well as tastings, chef demonstrations and masterclasses, where you can learn from the best in the business. In addition there will be fun shopping opportunities, incorporating artisan and lifestyle brands, particularly food, drink and kitchen accessories!
Pub in the Park takes place at various locations around the country this summer. To get your tickets, click HERE.
Want to know more about the man behind the festival? Read our interview with Tom Kerridge.
Words: Mark De Wesselow
Featured image: Will Bailey