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Sunday 17 November 2019

Chef Clodagh cooks up new venture and gets a taste of Downton lifestyle

Clodagh McKenna lives in Broadspear House with partner Harry Herbert
Clodagh McKenna lives in Broadspear House with partner Harry Herbert
Partner Harry Herbert
Clodagh picking apples

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna is setting up a new culinary business with her blue blood boyfriend as their romance continues to blossom.

She is happily coupled up with British aristocrat Harry Herbert, whose relatives own Highclere Castle, aka the sprawling mansion where Downton Abbey is filmed.

The TV chef, who has been dating her other half for nearly three years, is living with him in the grounds of a huge estate in a house called Broadspear House.

And in a clear sign that they're planning a long future together, the Herald can reveal that she is setting up cookery workshops in the spring of next year which she has indicated she will run in the plush Hampshire venue.

Apples

Taking a leaf from the book of Darina Allen - who has made a huge success from running workshops for budding chefs in her renowned Ballymaloe cookery school - she is following suit with her own venture.

Clodagh, who has written six best-selling cookbooks, was keeping fans up to date with her progress this week as she posted a picture of herself holding a barrel of apples in the grounds of Highclere.

She said that she was "so excited" after they picked the last of their apples, and she plans to take them to a nearby press to create the first batch of Broadspear juice as she branches out into a range of local produce.

The couple have already created a range of home-made honey as they put their local resources to good use.

Clodagh's beaming other half Harry posted an identical picture with a similar message as he held the barrel of apples aloft.

Last month saw them announcing plans for the restoration of the 18th-century walled garden at Broadspear, which also has chickens and pigs, as they chronicle their "journey to creating a sustainable home".

She previously told how she felt very fortunate to be living in Highclere and being there brought back happy memories of her own rural roots in Cork.

"I think when you grow up in the country you never really get away from that. I love foraging and being outdoors," she said.

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