Escape to the Cotswolds visitor centre welcomes the Cotswold Chef Rob Rees

A unique opportunity to listen to one of the UK's leading chefs, Rob Rees MBE, will take place at the Escape to the Cotswolds visitor centre, at The Old Prison, Northleach on 2nd October.

Known for his passion about locally produced food and dedicated to creating a better food culture for Britain, the ‘Cotswold Chef’ is guaranteed to provide an entertaining and inspiring talk.

As well as being a well-known chef, food columnist, demonstrator and campaigner, Rob is also a social entrepreneur, having established the Star Bistro at Cheltenham which aims to provide real life work experience for young people with disabilities. Another of Rob’s inspired ideas is the Little Green Wiggly Machine that brings street food to the Cotswolds -

The talk, which starts at 2pm on Wednesday, 2nd October, will also provide visitors with the opportunity to look around the exhibition telling the story of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as view the unique Rural Life Collection.

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Notes to editors:

  • Escape to the Cotswolds is housed in the Old Prison at Northleach and tells the story of the Cotswolds, its history, culture and natural heritage. Current opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: