ALL STAR WEEKEND
Six renowned chefs who together boast a collection of Michelin stars are set to descend on Cumbria to deliver a weekend of fine dining, all for charity. The culinary stars will take over the kitchens of the luxury Abbey House Hotel and Gardens in Barrow for the annual Lake District Farmers’ Fundraiser.
The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Trust was established in memory of local businessman and philanthropist, Ray Armstrong, after he died of cancer in April 2013. Since then, the charity has distributed more than £250,000 to good causes.
The celebrity chefs at the event will be Phillip Howard, Angela Hartnett, Clare Smyth, Brett Graham, Adam Byatt and Cumbria’s own Tom Barnes, who is chefpatron of Rogan & Co in Cartmel.
Abbey House Hotel and Gardens’ general manager, John Horton, said he was thrilled the hotel was once again the venue for the event, which is on February 15 and 16. He added: ‘This will be the third year we have supported the Lake District Farmers event by providing our banqueting facilities, kitchens and staff free of charge and I must say it is a delight to be supporting such a worthwhile local cause and charity.’
Some of the menu options over the weekend will include Herdwick lamb rack, native lobster wrapped in mushrooms and a salted caramel custard tart. Money raised from the weekend will be funnelled into the LDF Armstrong Family Charitable Trust, which through its monthly grant donations will continue to provide help and support to people most in need across Cumbria. A Lytham restaurant has been shortlisted in a national award.
Olive Tree Brasserie, on Dicconson Terrace, Lytham has been named as a finalist amongst the Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards 2019.
Owner and director of the Greek/mediterranean brand, Dean Wilson said: “I’m really proud to have created a brand, menus and an atmosphere that people want to return to time and time again, alongside my team.’
Abbey House Hotel, the venue for the Lake District Farmers fundraiser