16th Jul, 2019

Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park pulls in the crowds in Warwick

Ian Hughes 10th Jul, 2019

MUSIC and fine food were on the menu in Warwick at the weekend.

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge brought along a few pals for his Pub in the Park festival at St Nicholas Park from Friday to Sunday.

By and large the weather behaved itself with only a little rain on Saturday which was certainly not enough to dampen teh spirits of the many who attended.

Tuning up on the main stage over the course of the three days were the likes of Tom Odell, Scouting for Girls, Will Young, The Rifles, Toploader, Cecil, Razorlight, Stereo MCs, Courthouse Band, The Christians, Chalk Drawings and Holloway Road.

While top chefs, including Fred Sirieix, Adam Bennett, Candice Brown, Atul Kochhar, Stephen Terry, Nick Deverell-Smith, and Tom himself, shared expert tips and showcased classic recipes live on the demonstration stage.

Pubs may be disappearing from high streets up and down the country at an alarming rate, but there were plenty of pop up versions at the festival, including Tom’s own The Hand & Flowers plus The Half Moon Kirdford, The Hardwick, The Cross at Kenilworth, Café Murano, The Churchill Arms, Sindhu and Rose & Crown.

Warwick District Council was pleased to welcome the event.

District business and environment spokesman Coun Alan Rhead said: “It’s very exciting for Warwick to have been chosen to host this fantastic event and a great opportunity to put our town on the map as a ‘must visit’ destination all the year round. It is very important that we take all practical steps to increase the footfall in our historic town of Warwick so that we can support existing businesses and encourage new businesses as well.”

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