Top 50 Gastropubs chefs team up for tasting nights

By Nikkie Sutton

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Travelling chef: Jesse Dunford Wood is taking his cooking style to other gastropubs this year
Travelling chef: Jesse Dunford Wood is taking his cooking style to other gastropubs this year
Chefs from across the country are joining forces to host tasting nights to showcase their dishes and pubs.

Chef-patron Jesse Dunford Wood from Parlour in Kensal Green, north-west London, is travelling to various gastropubs to be a guest chef in the tasting nights.

He is travelling to the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna, near Bristol, next month (April) when Dunford Wood will be joining Josh Eggleton and team to create a one-of-a-kind menu, available for one-night only.

Dunford Wood is famed for his playful take on dishes, featuring quirky and nostalgic favourites such as Cow Pie, Arctic Roll and ‘posh fish fingers’.

Inspirationally modern

Tickets are £70 and there is a £20 deposit required at the time of booking.

Next up is the Kingham Plough in the heart of the Cotswolds in September with chef-proprietor Emily Watkins.

Food at the pub is “inspirationally modern British” and dishes produced are English classics. All meals are produced from scratch, on-site.

The pub has an emphasis on celebrating local produce sourced in and around Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Heading north

The tour concludes in November, when Dunford Wood is heading north to work with John Calton at the Staith House in North Shields, Tyne & Wear.

This is also part of the Staith House’s guest chef tasting nights, following the success of these nights in 2016 and 2017.

Each event will feature a carte blanche menu, served at a relaxed pace, created by Calton, his business partner Jimmy Laffan along with the guest chef for the evening. It will be set in the informal surroundings of the pub, and there will be some acoustic entertainment too.

The pub’s website states that these “fun, foodie evenings give the diner a unique chance to sample to finest cookery and dishes of some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and eateries right here on the Fish Quay, as well as enjoying the fine food the Staith House has become renowned for.”

The menu is a celebration of great British meat and fish. Tickets are £70 each.

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