Harewood Food and Drink Project returns with a nine course feast in a former dog kennel

The Harewood Food and Drink project is returning after lockdown with a nine course tasting event - in a former dog kennel.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 4:45 pm

The Hovel has been transformed into a luxury event space and is the setting for the latest "Dining Room" series where guests enjoy fine dining food in the lesser known parts of the 4,500 acre estate.

It will take place in September over four nights and the menu has been designed, and will be dished up, by the Yorkshire Evening Post's Best Chef of the year winner at the 2020 Oliver Awards, Josh Whitehead.

The nine course feast prominently features produce sourced from Harewood throughout each course, with around 80 per cent of the menu sourced from the estate. There will be an optional drinks pairing available to purchase on the night which has been specially designed to compliment and enhance the flavors of the menu.

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One of the dishes featuring in the upcoming Harewood Food and Drink fine dining event.

The menu features beef and venison from Harewood’s livestock; fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and edible flowers from it’s historic walled garden and a range of wild foods foraged around the 4500 acre estate.

The “Hovels” underwent a major redevelopment earlier this year and was an old stable block built in the late 1700s - around the same time as Harewood House. It was designed by Robert Carr, the same architect who designed the Grade I listed stately home.

The building has had several different purposes throughout it’s life time such as a basic dwelling, dog kennels, horse stables, hunting lodges and now for fine dining.

HFDP Managing Director, Eddy Lascelles said: “We’re so excited to be back doing what we love, bringing people together to enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed environment.

A former dog kennel and hunting lodge, among other things, The Hovel is now a fine-dining event space.

"When we set up HFDP we wanted to create menus which were built around produce sourced from the estate. We think this is the closest we’ve ever come to achieving our zero miles food aim with every course heavily featuring produce sourced from Harewood.

"We’re blessed with access to exceptional quality produce and working with such a talented chef as Josh it’s exciting to see his ideas developing of making best use of it on his menus. We think diners will love this tasting menu and are in for a right treat."

HFDP Executive Chef, Josh Whitehead, said of his menu: “I'm really excited about the menu for this, it’s great to be back hosting events for the first time since February. My team and I have been quietly plotting and planning the food for our return after lockdown.

"Having had so much time on our hands, we’ve planned this menu to represent the best the season has to offer. The menu, in my opinion, is the closest we’ve come to discovering what the "taste of Harewood" is and due to the sheer volume of Harewood produce featured, I believe it’s a great reflection of what we're about."

Foraged ingredients feature in the dishes.

The dates are September 11, 12, 25 and 26 and the events start at 7pm. Tickets are £80 via https://www.exploretock.com/harewood/

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Guests can expect vibrant and varied ingredients from the estate on the night.
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