[Photo Credit: Danny North]

A former head chef at Michelin-starred St John restaurant will be bringing fine dining, gourmet food and waiter service to this year’s Secret Garden Party.

Chris Gillard will be responsible for running the 80-cover restaurant, which will run a full lunch and dinner service. The restaurant will also use a wood-fired often and a menu of mostly Italian food.

Fitting in with the sci-fi theme of the festival, the restaurant will be named Milliways, a reference to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

Gillard said: “Quite often at a festival you’re walking around drinking warm beer out of wobbly plastic containers. It’s a chance to have a break from that. We’ve got plates, knives, forks, tables, waiters. It’s a restaurant in a field, a little oasis of civilisation.”

Secret Garden Party will take place from 21 to 24 July with a ‘Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy’ theme.