Clodagh’s boyfriend? He’s a man of pedi­gree

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - OUT AND ABOUT -

SHE has been at the helm of hit TV cook­ery shows, but celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna doesn’t own a TV set – which is a pity, as watch­ing Down­ton Abbey would give her an in­sight into the work­ings at her new boyfriend’s an­ces­tral home.

Clodagh, 43, was in Dublin this week as she helped launch Greene Farm’s Take Back Lunch ini­tia­tive, urg­ing peo­ple to re­sist the urge to eat ‘al desko’ in the of­fice.

It sounds like evenings chez Clodagh are busy.

‘I think so many peo­ple chat away about TV se­ries,’ she said this week. ‘I love the­atre and I love film, so I go to the cinema and I go to the the­atre to get my fix of en­ter­tain­ment. Mostly it’s be­cause of peo­ple com­ing over. I love hav­ing peo­ple over, even if it’s just a big pot of some­thing in the mid­dle of the ta­ble.’

Lon­don-based Clodagh also spoke about her new man. ‘I’m re­ally happy and it’s lovely,’ she said. Clodagh is dat­ing Henry ‘Harry’ Her­bert, whose brother Ge­orge owns High­clere Cas­tle, inset, where Down­tonAbbey was filmed. Harry’s late fa­ther, the 7th Earl of Carnar­von, was Queen El­iz­a­beth’s rac­ing man­ager. Harry is him­self a race horse owner, and last week­end he and Clodagh at­tended the Ep­som Derby.

Ladies’ day: Clodagh McKenna with Harry Her­bert at Ep­som last week­end

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