Festival No.6 Reveals Festival of Feasting

Multi award-winning Festival No.6 has today announced the return of its bespoke dining experience, Dinner at Clough’s, for the fourth year running with an incredible line-up of Michelin-starred and ground-breaking chefs.

After three years located on White Horses promenade Dinner at Clough’s moves this year to the auspicious main dining room of Hotel Portmeirion, the most spectacular dining location on site, with stunning views across the estuary of the River Dwyryd.

Previously taking place twice a day at lunch and dinner, this year will see a rolling service each day from 1pm until 9pm. Seating tables of any size, guests will experience an elegant feast in truly stunning surroundings with breathtaking views of the River Dwyryd Estuary.

Hotel Portmeirion’s wonderful dining room was originally built by Portmeirion’s founder, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, in 1931 as a curvilinear extension to his main hotel overlooking the estuary. It’s the perfect place to take time out for a little respite and enjoy the finest food available at any festival in the country this summer.

East London’s hottest restaurant – Som Saa – opens Friday’s culinary extravaganza, serving regional Thai food with uncompromising flavours and promises to be the finest, most innovative Thai feast ever served at a British festival.

Som Saa started life through various Thai food pop-ups, takeovers and street food events before taking up residency at Climpson’s Arch in East London which, after a successful crowd-funding campaign, was shortly followed by the opening of it’s permanent home in Spitalfields Market in April, 2016 attracting rave reviews from the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Times, to name a few.

SOM SAA – FRIDAY (£49 per person):

Snacks and Small Plates

‘Miang chomphu’ – rose apple with Prick Ki Nu chilli, young ginger and a peanut, palm sugar and smoked fish caramel

‘Mu dad deaw’ – Thai pork jerky marinated with whiskey and coriander seed, chili vinegar sauce

Single Plate Dishes

Yum khao thort – fermented pork and red curry rice cake salad, with ginger thai herbs and roasted rice

Main Course (served family style

‘Ngop pla’ – grilled banana leaf parcels of brill, red curry, young coconut and ‘Bai yor’ leaf

‘Sup hang wua’ – Muslim style oxtail soup with Thai cardamom and crispy shallots

‘Yum dtakrai’ – lemongrass pork and poached prawn salad with sour leaves and cashew nuts

‘Jan nahm prik gung hang’ soft cooked eggs with dried prawn and dried chilli relish, pickled morning glory and thai herbs


‘Som chun’ – Kaffir lime, fresh lychees and green mango in an iced ginger syrup

Saturday sees the return of Festival No.6 favourite, resident chef and industry legend Aiden Byrne, who joins us in Portmeirion for his fourth successive year. Former head chef at The Grill, London Dorchester, Aiden is the youngest chef ever to win a Michelin star. Previously mentored by Tom Aitkens at Pied à Terre and developing his style at Michelin-starred establishments such as The Oak Room and Orangery and The Commons Restaurant he now holds the helm at the iconic Manchester House – which currently has a four-month waiting list for a weekend table – as well as at his British grill pub, The Church Green in Lymm.

This year will see Byrne host some of his most renowned dishes from his career. Book a table now to avoid missing out on key times!

AIDEN BYRNE – SATURDAY (£69 per person): 


Caramelized onion sour dough served with roasted chicken butter
Caramelized onion sour dough served with roasted onion butter (v)


Roasted hand-dived scallop with white chocolate and truffle risotto
Roasted palm heart with white chocolate and truffle risotto (v)

Second Course

Chilled beetroot gazpacho, avocado sorbet, and vodka jelly (v)

Main Course

Braised beef cheek, Secretto ham, choucroute and sweet miso Hollandaise

Braised leek, smoked goats cheese, pink for apple potatoes and watercress (v)


Crème brûlée, pressed apple terrine, blackberries, bramble ice-cream

Sunday’s finale is created by renowned Michelin-starred chef, Paul Ainsworth. Now considered one of the greatest chefs in Britain, Ainsworth combines influences from his childhood with flavours from around the world to create his own, very regional, Cornish cuisine. With his Michelin-starred restaurant in Cornwall fittingly named as ‘Paul Ainsworth at Number 6’, and lauded as “one of the best dining experiences in Britain” by The Independent, his menu is guaranteed to be a festival highlight.

PAUL AINSWORTH – SUNDAY (£69 per person): 


Daily bread, two butters, smoked cods roe, pork crackling


BBQ Mackerel (influences of japan), kimchi style cabbage, katsobushi mayonnaise
Roast heritage tomato soup – ratatouilee –  basil oil (v)

Main Course

Steamed lamb pudding ~ seaweed butter charlotte potatoes ~ crisp Porthilly oyster

Shallot tart tatin – ewe’s milk curd – watercress (v)


Chocolate (Michel Cluizel 100%), puff pastry slice, passion fruit curd, vanilla Chantilly

Dinner at Clough’s will be a rolling service all day. Early booking is advised to avoid missing out on key time slots due to limited places per time allocation. Premium cocktails, fine wines and champagnes will be available for purchase throughout the meal.

As well as Dinner at Clough’s, Festival No.6 has brought together a selection of the UK’s finest food and drink pop-ups, serving food in the Street Food Village in the main arena. Guests can sample food from around the globe including No.6 partner the incredible Honest Burgers, London’s burger legends, who put the very best quality British produce at the heart of their mouth-watering food.

Also on offer in in the Street Food Village is Anna Mae’s gourmet mac n cheese, Stakehaus serving up mouth-watering steak sandwiches and homemade relishes, Paellaria, Passion & Smoke, Rainbo, Popdogs, wood-fired pizza from Fundi Pizza, Pho Sho serving up a fresh take on classic Vietnamese dishes with style, the finest grilled cheese sandwiches from The Cheese Truck plus many, many more.

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Festival No.6 is a bespoke banquet of music, arts, culture and gastronomy, taking place over the weekend of the 7-10 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. With more live artists, DJ’s, renowned chefs, speakers and surprises yet to be revealed the sixth Festival No.6 will undoubtedly be the most impressive to date.

Acts will perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, beside the picturesque estuary, in the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd.

Constructed between 1925 and 1975 by maverick architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is a wonderfully bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa, nestled in the stunning mountains and forests of North Wales overlooking the expansive estuarial waters of the Irish Sea.

For a festival dining experience like no other, be seeing you at Dinner at Clough’s.

For further information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.festivalnumber6.com/foodanddrink

For the full line-up to date visit: www.festivalnumber6.com

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I’m very glad I got a ticket then as I’ve heard such great things about this festival and have wanted to go every year - so footloose, fancy free and going alone I’ll get to see what will hopefully be the best year yet!!!!

This is the best festival I have been to! Amazing venue, lots of kookiness, fabulous variety of acts and such a great vibe. Have been to 3 out of 5, sorry I won't be there this year. 😣

Gutted to receive this email today, Festival No.6 has been on my bucket list for a long time but for various reasons we’ve never made it and never will now 😭

I'm beyond sad to hear this news😭 Its been by a mile the most spectacular festival we've ever been to...made great memories and fantastic friends along the way...I guess if it Was gonna end it is only fitting it would be on the 6th... Sorry about the news, but we look forward to sharing the last year. Be seeing you xxx 1 more time

Since we found you 4 years ago we have been every year since - just love the whole experience even getting towed out of the car park in 2016! Fab memories thank you Festival No. 6. Looking forward to a huge party now this year!

So sad. We came to FN6 in the 1st year, 6 weeks after I finished chemo & have been every year since. It is very very special to me, I will miss you xx

We went for the first 4 years. First 3 were outstanding then went a bit glamping Mad. Primal scream the first year was a religious experience. Pet shop boys and I’m not a fan in general but probably one of my all time favourite sets. Oh and grace Jones hula hooping topless for 7 mins. Was a great festival to start.

Noooo! It's our annual family festival get together - love it! We need to make sure we make the most of this one.......... Sue Lawton

Would be great to compketely scale it down and do a small version just held in the village areas/venues ..

Last year was our first ever festival. We had the best time, utterly amazing, as we were packing up the tent, we were discussing coming back this year. Luckily we have tickets, and I’m so excited ...... gutted you won’t be back in 2019, fingers crossed for 2020

Best festival I’ve ever been to (third time this year too...). The music, the buzz, the food, great beer and the people. Nothing like it! Please come back in 2020!

That’s a real shame, we got engaged there in 2016 and came back married in 2017! We so hope you’ll be back. Fantastic festival and location 👍🏼

I was hoping to go to this next year?!....a fantastic festival no doubt, however running and financing a festival is a huge challenge. There are many stories of festivals throughout the country who's organisers struggle to make them viable long term. The music industry needs festivals to showcase rising talent, it's one of artists main exposures and income benefits "as well as touring" because these days there's no decent income coming from music sales......Sad news indeed.

Festival No.6 is genuinely in every way the best festival I’ve ever been to. You guys have done such a good job curating such a wonderfully cultured festival, the atmosphere there is the friendliest and loveliest I’ve ever been to, and there’s easily something for everyone. I’m so glad that I can volunteer for you this year, and I hope I have the opportunity again some year! ❤️❤️❤️

So quirky, authentic and exactly what you would wish for in your perfect festival. It kept its soul, didn't sell out to the plastics and has a magic about it that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Like Alice taking a trip to Wonderland and never being the same again.... Gutted the adventure is over ♥️

Despite my rainy experience two years ago,I’m so glad I went - the atmosphere was still amazing, you’ve created an incredible event year after year - putting on this amazing festival - no matter what size it is - is an absolutely fantastic thing in itself, unless you’ve done it small or large no one truly understands the risk, hard work everyone puts in..its takes years /months in preparation to ensure everyone has an amazing time (not easy)- not to mention the local economic benefit - hope you return - you’ll be missed - don’t give up - Big festival love 🦄🌟💜

So much love for FN6... have been to all but the first and would be so sad to see it go. A fixture. Sure there is a way to make it work in 2020 (or ‘19!) Be seeing you 🙌

Really wanted to get to No6 at some point, but clashes with kids return to school. Hopefully sometime in a few years it will be back and we’ll be able partake.

Absolutely gutted to hear this, it’s by far the best festival 😢 can’t wait for this year....but please come back!

David Judic Lee Bailey - going to be a monster party this year - good job we got tickets. Going to be a blast for the big 40! Still the best festival I’ve been to so looking forward to going again! Sad it’s going to end for now though.

So so gutted. And due to very poor health I can't go this year. Port M is very special to me (Not)beseeingyou

I’ve been the last two and I’m due a baby week before festival so no chance for me to go absolutely guttered sad times I can’t make it was looking forward to returning next year 😢

Sad times... last year was one of the best weekends of my life 😢 I’m going to make the most of this year for sure! Be seeing you...

Beautiful festival with magical people this makes me very sad, one of the most bewitching festival settings ✌️

Si Stow no 😭😭😭😭😭😭!!! This was supposed to be my hen party too eventually. Will have to look at boomtown instead

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