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Devonshire Food Festival


No sooner have we blogged about the stellar cast of chefs cooking at Northcote Manor’s

Obsession Festival, than the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey are in touch to tell us about the Devonshire Food Festival  a week long event on similar lines to Northcote.

Though the cast list is not as internationally star-studded, at £34 for lunch and £59 in the evening, it is considerably cheaper. So here are the details.

The Festival runs for seven days from 19-25th November. It kicks off on Monday lunchtime when two chefs will compete against each other preparing a starter, main course and a dessert. The winner will be the chef who gets the most orders.

First up is the Devonshire Arms’ own Michelin-starred chef Steve Smith up against Mark Poynton of Alimentum in Cambridge; Tuesday it’s Alan Hill from their sister restaurant in Derbyshire, the Devonshire Arms at Beeley v. Rakesh Ravindan from London’s Cinnamon Club. Other chefs taking part are Anthony Flinn from Anthony’s in Leeds, Dan Birk from the Box Tree and Tim Bilton from the Hepworth Arms. You can see the full list and read the chefs profiles here.

No competitions in the evening, instead a dinner cooked each night by a top chef so you can choose from the likes of James Mackenzie of the Pipe and Glass at South Dalton; Kenny Atkinson, of Rockcliffe Hall, Darlington; Mark Birchall, from L’Enclume in Cartmel  and Simon Crannage from Swinton Park near Masham.  An excellent line-up at almost half the price of the Lancashire line-up, sounds like a good deal.
To book call 01756 710441 or visit www.devonshirefoodfestival.co.uk