Pop-up Hay Bale Diner is back for June

Private chef Katy Holmes' latest restaurant venture at Birstwith is inspired by the French Alps.

Private chef Katy Holmes' latest restaurant venture at Birstwith is inspired by the French Alps.

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It made quite a big impression first time round and now the Hay Bale Diner is back.

Almost a year since its brief appearance, this popular pop-up restaurant in the Dales has returned for a limited time, partly to mark the arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Open Thursdays to Saturdays all the way to June 29, 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 and it was a huge success. This year we have created a French-inspired menu in celebration of the world’s biggest bike race.”

For more information visit www.thehaybalediner.com