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Five reasons to go to Pub in the Park

Time is ticking, which means this is your last chance to grab tickets for this brilliant food-fest

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Pub in the Park.
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Fancy upping your foodie fun this summer? Well, Tom Kerridge’s ace festival brings together a selection of award-winning and Michelin-star pubs and restaurants (between them they have seven Michelin-stars) and it’s not something you – or your appetite – will want to skip out on.

A staple spot for friendly gatherings, awkward first dates and post-work veg-outs, pubs have our backs. So why not celebrate all the things we love about this British institution with the ultimate pub-garden-meets-festival? Here’s why you can’t miss it.

Tickets for the final two stops of the tour, Chiswick (September 6 - 8) and St Albans (September 13 - 15), are still on sale. Grab yours here.

1. It’s headed up by Tom Kerridge

Chef extraordinaire, it’s fair to say that Tom Kerridge is a man with great taste. That’s lucky, then, because he’s not only the founder of the festival but he’s got a load of his friends involved, too. And since he’s so well connected with the very best in business, you’ll get to enjoy incredible talks, chef demos, book signings and more. Who by? Just little-known chefs such as Rick Stein, James Martin, Monica Galetti, Angela Hartnett, Matt Tebbutt and Claude Bosi...

2. You can discover delicious food

It wouldn’t be a festival without something to get your teeth around. But while pub fare has a reputation for being basic and bland, you can expect way more than scampi fries and salted peanuts here, thanks to a line-up of admired chefs. We’re talking pop-ups from Tom Kerridge, Angela Hartnett, Tim Allen, Atul Kochhar, Rick Stein and Heston Blumenthal. Yep there are a whole load of edible delights on offer, from extra fancy scotch eggs and posh pies to seafood galore. 

(Check website to see which pop-ups will be available at each tour stop).

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3. and then savour great drinks

Whether you’re a pub purist and long for only hoppy offerings, or you prefer a long, floral gin and tonic, Pub in the Park has you covered. In fact, you can find your favourite tipple from the likes of Campari, Chase Distillery, Sipsmith, Pimm’s, Dark Horse Wines and more or head to a Greene King bar, where you’ll be poured a cask ale. We’ll raise a glass to that.

4. There are treats for your ears, too

Beating a pricey jukebox hands down, there’s a stellar line-up of artists playing at both Chiswick and St Albans, so you can dine and dance. At Chiswick, you’ll soak up sounds from Texas, Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Gabrielle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Soul II Soul Soundsystem. At St Albans, expect Tom Odell, Will Young, The Rifles and Scouting for Girls.

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5. Plus, it’s the UK’s largest touring food, music and drink festival

Over 80,000 people have attended Pub in the Park so far, so the festival must be doing something right. Yep, that’s a whole lotta love for the Great British boozer and since this is a party, the more the merrier. 

To book tickets for Pub in the Park, or for more information, visit www.pubintheparkuk.com.

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