Welcome to Feast with a Chef, which brings great food cooked by Britain’s top chefs to the simple and friendly surroundings of a village hall. We’re lucky enough to have been cooked dinners by a star-studded lineup of chefs including Michael Wignall, Ottolenghi’s head chef Ramael Scully, David Everitt-Matthias, Richard Davies, Emily Watkins, Matt Gillan, MasterChef Pro winner Steven Edwards, John Campbell, Silla Bjerrum, Will Holland, Nathan Outlaw, Ryan Simpson, Liam Trotman, Chris Harrod, Olly Jackson and Adam Banks. All have been sellouts. Most feasts have been in Long Ashton near Bristol, but we’ve also run feasts in Abergavenny (as part of the Food Festival) and in Oxford (to launch Ottolenghi’s NOPI Cookbook). We’ve even gone a bit wild with some Soup & Starling Feasts on the Somerset Levels, and Bangers & Birdsong and Dawn Chorus feasts in Long Ashton – all centred around birds and/or birdsong.
Great food deserves great wines so we ask a local wine expert to select wines of varying prices to match the evening’s menu and we sell them, plus local ciders, beers and juices, at our licensed bar. Scroll down to read what both chefs and diners thought of the overall village hall feast experience.
So what’s lined up for this autumn? We’re thrilled to announce that Rob Howell, from Root restaurant on Bristol’s Harbourside, will be cooking a Gourmet Winter Feast on Sunday 18th November. Before opening Root (owned by chef Josh Eggleton) Rob used to be head chef at Josh’s Michelin-starred Pony & Trap gastropub, and before that worked at Edinburgh’s prestigious Ondine fish restaurant.
Rob is a fierce champion of sustainability, so has become known for giving vegetables, rather than meat, the star billing. He also uses every single bit of the vegetable, from root to leaf, which includes sometimes ingeniously turning peelings into crisps. Rob has recently notched up a string of awards, including being named one of Britain’s top 100 restaurants by Restaurant magazine. SORRY – SOLD OUT. PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU’D LIKE TO GO ON THE WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS.
|GOURMET WINTER FEAST
by Rob Howell, head chef Root, Bristol
Sunday 18th November 6pm
Long Ashton village hall, Long Ashton BS41 9DP
£46 for 4-course dinner plus bread, coffee/tea & petits fours
SOLD OUT – EMAIL TO GO ON WAITING LIST
What’s been cooking
Feast with a Chef, 36 Royal Albert Road, Bristol BS6 7NY
Illustrations by Ann Edwards www.annedwardsart.co.uk
Adam Banks Cornish Fifteen Feast by Clare Hargreaves and Francesca Didymus; Richard Davies Welsh Winter Feast by Issy Stafford; Orwells by @StephenPerez70; Nathan Outlaw by Tania Richards; Dawn Chorus Feast by Ingrid Kvale & Tania Richards; Will Holland, Chris Harrod & Olly Jackson by Phil Chisnall; Scully (NOPI cookbook Feast) by Stuart Ovenden; Matt Gillan (Michaelmas Feast) by Roger Menaldino; John Campbell and Steven Edwards by Chris Speller; Scully and Richard Davies by Ingrid Kvale; Matt Gillan and Silla Bjerrum by Stephanie Chadwick; Emily Watkins by Jeff Hargreaves; Michael Wignall and David Everitt-Matthias by Charlotte Scott