Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park – who’s there?

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Music and food: Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park festival expands
Music and food: Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park festival expands

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Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park food and drink festival has expanded to four locations and features some of the UK’s finest gastropubs and restaurants, but who will be starring at each event?

Kerridge, who has two pubs on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs​ list, launched Pub in the Park last year in Higgison Park, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, but has spread the event out to four locations this year due to popular demand.

Several Michelin-starred operations will be represented across the four events including Kerridge’s the Coach​ and the Hand & Flowers,​ both based in Marlow.

Other gastropub chef friends featuring at the events include Steven Harris from the Sportsman​ in Seasalter, Kent; Andrew Pern from the Star Inn at Harome​, North Yorkshire; Josh Eggleton from the Pony & Trap,​ Chew Magna, Bristol; and Rob Taylor from the Compasses Inn,​ Canterbury, Kent.

The events

Pub in the Park dates:

  • Marlow: ​17–20 May, Higgison Park
  • Bath:​ 8–10 June, Royal Victoria Park
  • Tunbridge Wells:​ 6–8 July, Dunorlan Park
  • Knutsford:​ 7–9 September

Full details and information about tickets can be found on the Pub in the Park website.

The events will take place at on separate dates in Marlow, Bath, Tunbridge Wells and Knutsford for between two and three days from May to September, starting in Marlow on 17 May and ending in Knutsford on 9 September.

As well as nosh from top chefs and their outlets, visitors to the festivals will be able to buy food and drink from local artisan producers. Crafts and furniture will also be available to buy from many of the locations.

Each festival will have live music throughout the daytime and evening, including performances by Jamie Cullum, The Milk, Texas, Melanie C, Razorlight and Will Young to name a few.

Some 40,000 tickets were sold within 24 hours of going on sale, according to local paper the Bucks Free Press​.

Tom Kerridge

At the time, Kerridge told the newspaper: “I am delighted to be able to share the magic of Pub in the Park with the beautiful British places of Bath, Tunbridge Wells and Knutsford.

“Expect great food, brilliant music and an ace day out.”

In the first 24 hours of launching in 2017, Kerridge sold more than 18,000 tickets to the one festival, he told the Knutsford Guardian.

In an interview with the local paper, the celebrity chef said he had ambitions to grow the event further in the future, with ambitions to host it in big cities including Liverpool and Manchester.

Who is exhibiting where?

Marlow:

  • The Coach
  • The Hand & Flowers
  • Paul Ainsworth Restaurants
  • Sindhu
  • Pané by the Hardwick
  • The Wigmore
  • The Pony & Trap
  • Berners Tavern
  • The Swan Inn, by chef Claude Bosi
  • The Crown at Bray
  • The Star Inn at Harome

Bath:

  • The Coach
  • The Hand & Flowers
  • Paul Ainsworth Restaurants
  • Pané by the Hardwick
  • The Pony & Trap
  • Café Murano
  • The Kingham Plough
  • Paco Tapas
  • The Star Inn at Harome

Tunbridge Wells:

  • The Coach
  • The Hand & Flowers
  • Paul Ainsworth Restaurants
  • Pané by the Hardwick
  • Indian Essence
  • The Swan Inn, by chef Claude Bosi
  • The Sportsman
  • The Wife of Bath
  • The Compasses Inn
  • The Kentish Hare

Knutsford:

  • The Coach
  • The Hand & Flowers
  • Paul Ainsworth Restaurants
  • Pané by the Hardwick
  • The Pony & Trap
  • Café Murano
  • The Church Inn
  • The Star Inn at Harome
  • The Pipe & Glass

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