Harvey Nichols head to Bolton 

Head chef Stuart Thomson
Head chef Stuart Thomson

Luxury department store Harvey Nichols is opening up a pop-up restaurant in Bolton for the town’s Food and Drink Festival.

Chefs from the award-winning Second Floor, in Harvey Nichols Manchester will take up residence in the vacant Olive Press restaurant premises on Nelson Square.

The Second Floor Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is firmly established as one of Manchester's top dining establishments.

“The Harvey Nichols Supper Club” a concept which runs in the Second Floor Brasserie, will operate on all four days of the festival which is organised by Bolton Council.

This year’s foodie extravaganza takes place from Friday, August 26 to Monday, August 29.

Head Chef Stuart Thomson and Sous Chef, Matthew Horsfield will delight guests with mouth-watering cuisine.

A special three-course menu is on offer which costs £20 per person and includes a Beefeater Tom Collins cocktail on arrival. 

The choice of starters includes spiced mussels and duck rillette - a pâté of shredded duck. Main courses range from Masala salmon to Goosnargh chicken breast, and desserts include peanut and chocolate brulee and apple wontons – a pastry parcel variation on a traditional apple pie.

Lunch will be served on all four days from noon to 3pm. Dinner will be served from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August.

Tables can be booked online at the link on the right hand side or by calling 0161 828 8573 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Booking early is advised to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

The festival, now in its sixth year, has established itself as an event of regional significance. In 2010 an estimated 75,000 visitors came to the four-day festival.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re very excited about Harvey Nichols coming to Bolton. To attract a brand like Harvey Nichols to Bolton for the festival is fantastic. It shows confidence in the town and how much our festival has grown since it started in 2006.

“Together with other ingredients like the celebrity chefs and a fantastic speciality market, there really is something for everyone.”

Harvey Nichols’ hospitality manager, Michael Currie, added: “The Bolton Food and Drink Festival has really gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years. We have historically been involved with the Manchester festival but this year we decided to cast our net further afield to the other great food festivals in the region.

“Being just a short train journey away from Manchester we saw no reason not to take a taste of Harvey Nichols to Bolton. We hope that our pop up restaurant "The Harvey Nichols Supper Club" will allow the people of Bolton an opportunity to sample our popular £20 Supper Club on their doorstep.”

Two Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines is opening this year’s festival. Celebrity chefs Hairy Bikers, James Martin and Gino D’Acampo are also making appearances.

Local, regional, and specialist traders will entice shoppers with a range of food, drinks and craft products in a speciality market that will take over Victoria Square and surrounding streets.

Tickets for cookery demonstrations can be purchased from the Albert Halls box office on 01204 334400 or online via the Food and Drink festival website.

To keep up to date with the latest festival news, log on to the website, visit Facebook and search for Bolton Food and Drink Festival or search for #boltonfoodanddrinkfestival on Twitter.

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