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Pop-up “The Hay Bale Diner” is back – with a French twist

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The Hay Bale Diner – the first and original pop-up restaurant in The Dales – is back with a fresh French twist inspired by the Grand Depart.

Open weekends until 29 June, private chef Katy Holmes will be serving up fine French wines and a French-themed menu on the family’s former strawberry farm at Birstwith.

The 30-year-old, who has been perfecting her menu over the winter while working as a head chef for a luxury ski chalet company in Val d’Isere, in the French Alps, will also have a fully stocked bar for guests to enjoy.

Food highlights will include croque-monsieur canapés; asparagus tarte tartin; Black Sheep braised beef cheeks with parmesan chips, onion rings and roasted tomatoes; and a strawberry and basil knickerbocker glory.

Katy will also be foraging for ingredients around the family farm for wild garlic for homemade pesto, hedgerow elderflower for cocktails, while also making use of meat from the family butcher Appletons of Ripon and locally sourced fruit and veg. 

Katy said:

“Last year we built a restaurant from a derelict barn in under four-weeks.

“This Spring, with the experience behind us and the barn still standing, the focus is on the food and creating a French inspired menu in celebration of the world’s biggest and best bike race that is due to pedal into Harrogate on Saturday July 5.”

Katy was inspired by a childhood spent on her father’s farm.

She has worked as a private chef in the Alps, London and Scotland.

By their very definition pop-up restaurants are temporary, and have grown in popularity over the years.

Last year’s diner served quality English dishes with a vintage American twist.

The Hay Bale Diner 2014 is now open until 29 June, with sittings from Thursday to Saturday at 7pm for 7.30pm, and on Sundays at 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

Tickets cost £25 and a welcome cocktail, canapé, three course set menu with coffee and petit fours.

The Hay Bale Diner is located at the Birstwith Strawberry Farm, Harrogate, HG3 3DR.

Katy Holmes sat on a hay bale in the French Alps
Katy Holmes sat on a hay bale in the French Alps

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