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Michelin-starred Food, Celebrity Chefs & Huge Bands – Pub in the Park is Coming to Roundhay Park

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

The food is as good as the music at this new festival.

Pub in the Park

Top chef Tom Kerridge is bringing his renowned food, drink and music festival to Leeds for the first time.

Pub in the Park isn’t just another music festival. Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge started it back in 2017 with one aim – to serve quality food and drink alongside a packed line-up of live music. And it’s finally coming to Leeds this year. Get down to Roundhay Park from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2019 for a weekend of pop-up pubs and restaurants from the UK’s best chefs, while an eclectic array of artists take to the stage.

You can try out Kerridge’s own wares at The Hand & Flowers. This was the first ever pub to be awarded two Michelin stars and it’s known for its clever combinations, cooked using local produce. But that’s not the only thing you have to look forward to. They’ll be joined by Cafe Murano, the renowned restaurant run by Angela Hartnett that specialises in classic Northern Italian cuisine.

Tom Kitching

There will be a focus on four of Yorkshire’s most acclaimed eateries. Andrew Pern is bringing The Star Inn at Harome and its modern Yorkshire cuisine, while James Mackenzie will show off his inventive, modern take on British fine dining from The Pipe and Glass in South Dalton. You can try dishes from one of the world’s highest rated restaurants as Tommy Banks’ The Black Swan heads over from Oldstead, and they’ll also give you a glimpse of sister venue Roots, which focuses on sharing plates made using produce grown at The Black Swan.

Alongside the food, they’ll have a special demonstration stage where a host of top chefs will share their wisdom throughout the weekend. Alternatively, you can browse stalls laden with local produce. You can even bring the kids – it’s a 100% family-friendly event with loads of activities for the little ones to enjoy.

Once you’ve sated yourself with food, head to the stage where they have a never-ending procession of live acts for you to see. The Friday night headliner is singer-songwriter Tom Odell who rocketed to the top of charts with ‘Another Love’ and will show off cuts from his new LP ‘Jubilee Road’. He’ll be joined by noughties trio Scouting for Girls – remember tunes like ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘It’s Not About You’ and ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’?

Saturday afternoon kicks off with a set from Eastbourne rockers Toploader whose legendary cover of ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ was one of the first big hits of the 21st century. In the evening, you can look forward to dance anthems like ‘Back to Life’, ‘Keep On Movin’ and ‘Jazzie’s Groove’ from Soul II Soul and a DJ set of epic proportions from 90s big beat superstars Basement Jaxx.

Will Young

The final day of Pub in the Park brings us legendary 80s Liverpool group The Christians and you can see them run through hits like ‘Words’ and ‘Harvest for the World’, before mod-loving Londoners The Rifles blast through full-throttle indie tunes. The weekend closes with a British pop superstar taking to the stage as Pop Idol winner and serial chart-topper Will Young plays a greatest hits set, featuring tunes like ‘Leave Right Now’, ‘All Time Love’ and ‘Changes’.

Food at festivals is usually an afterthought at best, but at Pub in the Park it takes centre stage, so grab your friends and check it out. This could be the best place you eat this year…

Pub in the Park comes to Roundhay Park from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2019. Afternoon session tickets are £30 for adults, evening session tickets are £45 for adults and weekend tickets for every session are £165 for adults.