The Michelin Star culinary maestro was due to host his Pub in the Park event in Dunorlan Park for the third time this month, but due to coronavirus the event was postponed until August.
Organisers of the popular festival said an official announcement stating whether it will still go ahead is due in the next couple of weeks.
But not one to disappoint his foodie fans, Tom, who runs the Hand and Flowers and Coach Inn pubs in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has now offered an additional programme of summer epicurean events which puts social distancing and safety as a top priority.
The Drive and Dine event, announced today (June 10), is the first of these and the idea is to serve up a gastronomic and entertainment treat for families and individuals which can be enjoyed without having to socially interact with others.
It comes on the same day the Government announced that outdoor attractions such as zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can begin operation from Monday (June15).
Happening across eight different locations in the UK including Bath and Chiswick, Tom’s Drive and Dine will pitch up at Hever Castle between July 14 and 19.
Its aim is to ‘reignite the glory days of drive-in cinema screenings with a delicious twist.’
“Guests will be able to choose from an impressive selection of family films, iconic classics, and the latest award-winning blockbusters, whilst tucking into an exclusive menu curated by Tom Kerridge – all for you to enjoy with members of your household in the comfort and safety of your own car,” explains a spokesperson for the new event.
In addition to the curated line-up of movies, visitors will also be able to book exclusive stand-up sessions from Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club across the tour in all locations.
With personal speaker systems provided for each car and food served straight to parking bays, visitors simply need to pull up, sit back and enjoy the show on the world’s largest mobile HD LED screen.
Tom Kerridge said: “I am so excited to announce a great new event created to have a load of fun in a way that is safely suited to current times.
“Come and eat some good grub, catch some quality movies, and make some new memories with your loved ones. It’s the perfect trip out of the house!”
Films to be screened include recent blockbusters 1917 and Knives Out, along with family favourites such as The BFG and Aladdin.
There will also be a few ‘drive-in classics’ including Grease, Back to the Future and Jaws. The current schedule at each tour destination can be found on the Drive & Dine website.
Each screening costs £17.50 for adults and between £5.50 – £7.50 for children. Food served will include gourmet burgers, chilli vegan burritos and posh picnics, with prices ranging from £4 – £15.