Fine food will be on the menu at this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair, as the multi award-winning Rowsley hotel and restaurant, East Lodge, is sending one of its top chefs to demonstrate the culinary skills that have made the East Lodge one of the most respected establishments in the country.
Held over three days on the 3, 4 and 5 September, the 29th Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the largest events of its type in the country; the show now has a demonstration tent as part of its ‘Fine Food Village’ programme, where top chefs are invited to come and showcase their skills for the public’s enjoyment.
Simon Bradley from East Lodge will be appearing on Friday 3 September at 12 noon, and the public lucky enough to see him at work on the day will be in for a rare treat usually reserved for visitors to the East Lodge restaurant. Simon trained at The Ritz in Paris for several years before honing his skills working with the internationally renowned Raymond Blanc at LeManoir.
“The Chatsworth Fair has become a key event in our region and we are delighted to be talking part again,” said East Lodge managing director Iain Hardman. “Simon has a few culinary ideas up his sleeve for Chatsworth, so while he is keeping his plans a closely guarded secret for the moment, we are already looking forward to what has become a ‘must-attend’ event in the local food and drink calendar.”
Along with the opportunity to see top chefs like Simon at work, the Chatsworth Fair will boast over 300 trade stands with local crafts and produce from the heart of the Peak District and scores of showground attractions around the estate, many with a local country theme. Visitors seldom realise that the fair is home to several events that are worthy of note. These include one of the largest horse driving meets in the UK, the famous sheep dog trials and the unique spectacle of one of the largest hot air balloon lifts in the country.
These attractions and many more continue to draw crowds of over 90,000 visitors over the three days from all over the UK; being the closest hotel to Chatsworth makes East Lodge the perfect place to stay and take in all the fun of the fair.
East Lodge offers 12 luxury suites and these together with the multi-award winning restaurant are based in 10 acres of stunning grounds. Each of the bedrooms has been individually furnished to the exacting standards guests would expect to find in a hotel of this calibre. Each room possesses a country house charm of its own, yet still finds space for touches of unashamed elegance – like the flat screen TV you will find in every bathroom.
East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and has picked up a wide range of prestigious accolades over recent years. The hotel has again achieved the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” accolade with three red stars for 2010, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK and East Lodge is one of just 48 hotels in UK presented with a Visit England Gold Award.
The doors for the Chatsworth Fair open at 9 am each day and close at 6.30 pm, prices are £13 on Friday and £15 on Saturday and Sunday.
For further information about East Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, or to book your room or table, visit www.eastlodge.com or call 01629 734474 to discuss your requirements.