Michael Wignall has left Devon’s Gidleigh Park after two years at the helm to set up his own venture. He has been replaced by former Restaurant Nathan Outlaw head chef Chris Simpson. Simpson delivers his first service when Gidleigh Park re-opens after its annual closure on 12 January. Wignall joined Chagford’s famous Tudorbethan manor house in […]

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Tom Kerridge is hosting a week of dinners with the pick of West Country chefs at his new private-dining space The Shed, almost next door to his Marlow pub the Hand & Flowers, in the last week of March. The Gloucestershire-born chef has lined up Peter Sanchez of Casamia in Bristol (Monday  March 27), Michael […]

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Gidleigh Park in Devon has earned the AA’s ultimate five rosettes accolade, exactly a year after chef Michael Wignall took over the kitchen. Only 12 other restaurants in the UK share the motoring organisation’s highest distinction, and for the first time this award has been announced in January rather than waiting until September. Wignall’s cuisine at Gidleigh […]

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Distinguished chefs from as far away as China, Japan and Australia will line up alongside stars from Europe and closer to home at Obsession, the two-week gastro-festival hosted by Northcote restaurant and hotel in Lancashire early next year. Now in its 17th year, Obsession runs for 17 successive nights from Friday January 20. Tickets tend […]

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Chef Ben Spalding will launch a rather tasty sounding series of dinners next month with some big name chefs from around the world. #AllGunsBlazing starts on 31 May at 4th Floor studios on Commercial Road, Shoreditch. The line up sounds impressive: Paul Foster – former head chef at Mallory Court, he is due to launch his own venture […]

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Matthew Worswick has been announced as the new head chef of The Latymer – Pennyhill Park’s luxurious and highly fêted country house hotel dining room in Bagshot. He takes the reins from Michael Wignall who left for Dartmoor’s lauded Tudorbethan manor Gidleigh Park in January. Matthew, who previously led the kitchen team at The Lawn, Thornton Hall […]

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It was big news last year that Michael Wignall, long-time chef at The Latymer in Surrey’s Pennyhill Park, was to leave to take over from Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park in Devon. It is still not known who will fill Wignall’s undoubtedly big shoes – his “fine and complex” cooking helped secure a spot just outside […]

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It’s not often the comings and goings of chefs causes too much excitement here at Harden’s – but this is BIG news. We’ve known for a while that Michael Caines was planning to take a step back from Gidleigh Park after 21 years at the helm, in order to launch his own hotel and restaurant […]

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Westminster institution, Shepherd’s, a favourite haunt of politicos, lobbyists and journalists is offering Harden’s readers 50% off food next weekend. Just call 020 7834 9552 or email restaurant@shepherdsrestaurant.co.uk and quote ‘Harden’s’ when you book a table to redeem the offer. When Shepherd’s closed in 2013 it was dubbed “the end of an era” by The […]

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Westminster institution, Shepherd’s, a favourite haunt of politicos, lobbyists and journalists has returned to London’s dining scene after two years. When the restaurant closed in 2013 it was dubbed “the end of an era” by The Spectator and certainly that part of town remains curiously bereft of mid-priced alternatives. So news that Shepherd’s has reopened (under […]

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