Pub in the Park – St Albans, 2019

Pub in the Park is a fantastic foodies event set up by Tom Kerridge. It brings together top Michelin-Starred chefs, incredible food outlets and fantastic live music. This year the event went round some great towns in the UK including St Albans, Knutsford, Tunbridge Wells, Marlow and Bath to name just a few. I was lucky enough to attend the final weekend of 2019, the Super Sunday event in September last year in St Albans in Hertfordshire, and it did not disappoint!

Arriving for 2pm, the event was set up with plenty of small tents around the venue. Food was priced at just £5 per dish, meaning you could easily taste a whole host of gourmet foods from the different restaurants which included Tom Kerridge’s own restaurant and then plenty of other Michelin and local restaurants also to add to the mix.

We of course headed first to Kerridge’s restaurant called the Hand and Flowers where we tasted the Fried Chicken and Smoked Hog Taco. Both dishes were filled with plenty of flavour and we sat watching some of the live acts on stage during Sunday afternoon whilst devouring the food. Then we wondered around the other eateries and stopped at The Hardwick where we shared the Breadcrumbed Corned Beef Hash and Tomato & Balsamic Arancino. I have to say, all the food we tried was utterly delicious – if you’re a bit of a foodie like me then you’d love this event next year.

Whilst there is no picture (…as I ate it too quickly, whoops!), for dessert I had a honeycomb Salcombe ice cream. There was also an ice cream van there and many other stands for delicious desserts if you fancied something more substantial. So plenty of choice for everyone to choose from.

Drinks were a plenty too, with many stalls for Aperol Spritz, Pimms, Champagne, Prosecco, Beer and Wine. The white wine we got was from the Dark Horse Wine Bar – a delicious Sauvignon Blanc with many fruity flavours. There were also many stands offering free samples of gin and toffee vodka (!!), whilst others offered wine tastings too. What was good is that there were only small queues for food and drink, not sure if we timed it well, but great we didn’t have to wait in line for long.

The vibes actually rivalled that of the Taste of London food festival, whilst prices for food were half the price and more local establishments which made it all in all a much better day out given you have to pay for the tickets in the first place. There was plenty to see and do, including some tents for kids to keep them entertained. They really had thought of it all including baby changing facilities, easy pram access and water refill stations. The only downside was the lack of seating due to it being so busy, but luckily we bought our own picnic blanket and found a shaded spot to sit and enjoy the music.

I’d really recommend getting tickets for next year – we will definitely be going back if we can. All we need is for the 2020 dates to be released with the towns it will be visiting – fingers crossed for St Albans again!

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