New developments for the Harewood Food & Drink Project.

A major new building project on the Harewood Estate is reaching its completion and will give guests of the popular Harewood Food & Drink Project events a new venue to enjoy. 

The Hovels, an old stable block built in the 1700’s around the same time as Harewood House has been converted and renovated by the estate and will be used for future pop up dinners as well as being available for private hire.

Designed by Robert Carr, the same architect as the Grade I listed stately home, the structure has had several different purposes throughout it’s lifetime from dogs kennels to horse stables, hunting lodges and now finally as a top-end event space for Harewood Food & Drink Projects fine dining events.

The building, which should be complete in the coming weeks now features a new glazed structure and a commercial kitchen which will allow an array of events to be hosted in it.

The first event to be held in the new-look Hovels will be a special Valentines night dining event which will see the Harewood Food & Drink Project collaborate with Opera North for a night of great food interspersed with a live whistle stop performance of Mozarts The Marriage of Figaro.

Executive Chef Josh Whitehead, has designed a six course tasting menu using the very best of seasonal produce from the estate for diners to enjoy in the newly refurbished surroundings.

Tickets are currently on sale for £85 per head which includes a 6 course tasting menu, two 20-25 minute live operatic performances and a drink upon arrival and can be purchased online at

Managing Director Eddy Lascelles said: “We can’t wait to see what people make of the newly refurbished venue.

“We’re also thrilled to be collaborating with our friends at Opera North to create this special one-off event. There’s a long standing history and connection between Harewood and Opera North so it’s fitting to be continuing this relationship.

“We’ve been delighted by the uptake of tickets for this event, so much so, that we’ve just added an extra 10 places which means that we can get even more people to Harewood eating Josh’s stunning food”

As well as the Valentines event the Harewood Food & Drink Project will be hosting a Burns Night special running on the 24th & 25th January at the popular Muddy Boots Café in Harewood village where Josh Whitehead has designed a set 3 course menu inspired by the very best of Scotland’s cuisine.

Diners will have a selection of starters, a choice of 3 mains and 3 desserts. The cost of this will be £20 for 2 courses £25 for 3 courses.  Call the café on 0113 2886 676 to book your place.