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Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park to return to Tunbridge Wells, Dunorlan Park in 2019

By Angela Cole

A food and drink festival started by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge is set to return to Kent next year.

The chef's Pub in the Park was launched in his home town of Marlow in 2017, and branched out to take in more towns, including Tunbridge Wells, last year.

It was held in Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells last summer, attracting thousands to celebrate local food and drink and enjoy live music by the likes of Tom Odell, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Toploader, Gabrielle Aplin, Razorlight and Spice Girl Mel C, among others.

Chef Tom Kerridge will bring Pub in the Park back to Kent Picture: Studio Lambert, Andrew Hayes-Watkins
Chef Tom Kerridge will bring Pub in the Park back to Kent Picture: Studio Lambert, Andrew Hayes-Watkins

The presenter of BBC2's Lose Weight for Good also brought local culinary talent to the stage including The Sportsman's Stephen Harris, The Wife of Bath and Rocksalt chef Mark Sargeant and Kent-born Angela Hartnett MBE as well as the Tanner Brothers from The Kentish Hare near Tunbridge Wells, and Rob Taylor from the Compasses Inn at Crundale.

Angela Hartnett was at Pub in the Park in Tunbridge Wells last year
Angela Hartnett was at Pub in the Park in Tunbridge Wells last year

Today Tom announced that it will visit even more locations in 2019 - eight in total - including returning to Dunorlan Park.

He said: “This year's Pub in the Park festivals were so much fun, I cannot wait to bring the same brilliant standard of food, class chefs, ace music and awesome vibe to eight locations across the UK next year.”

Tom Odell was among the live music line-up at last year's festival
Tom Odell was among the live music line-up at last year's festival

And he's promised each venue will have Michelin-starred and award-winning pubs and restaurants serving tasting dishes, more live music and chef demonstrations.

Pub in the Park will be held at Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Tickets won't go on sale until early next year, but to register for priority booking, sign up for the newsletter here.

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