Table Talk – coming soon

It is all about the anticipation in this week’s Table Talk, with a new pub beer festival for Worcester, bagels for Birmingham and afternoon tea for Compton Verney that are all coming soon.

Worcester Pub Beer Festival 2019

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March the first Worcester Pub Beer Festival  will be held. This new event for the town will feature twelve of Worcester’s finest pubs, over 120 different beers, some amazing ciders and perrys and, of course, fantastic food and entertainment. All of the featured pubs and bars are just a short walk from Foregate Street train station with more details on their Facebook page.

The Steamhouse bagels

The freshly baked bagels and to die for cakes have been a hit in Leamington for the past three years and now  The Steamhouse is getting ready to open a new coffee shop in Birmingham. Expect to pay around a fiver for classic smoked salmon and cream cheese filling or the funky peanut butter, banana and bacon version when their new premises open later this month on Temple Row.

Compton Verney afternoon tea

Afternoon tea will soon be served at Compton Verney on Wednesdays to Fridays. From 3 April mini bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, a handmade sausage roll, egg mayonnaise sandwiches, a peanut butter and chocolate slice, mini macaroon, scone with clotted cream and jam, plus a coconut and raspberry smoothie are on the menu at 2pm and 3pm.

Table Talk – Thursday 14 March

Very exciting news for the 2021 City of Culture – Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell is to open a new restaurant in Coventry!

Glynn Purnell

Set in the coach house adjoining Coventry Charterhouse, Glynn’s new eaterie will serve both a la carte and tasting menus in a ground floor restaurant and first floor bar. Restoration work on the historic building begins in the summer.

Coventry Beer Festival Whats on Live

Still in the city, the countdown has begun for the Coventry Beer Festival which takes place this weekend (Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March). There will be more than 75 beers, ciders, perries and country wines on offer for those who attend the CAMRA organised festival at the Butts Park Arena from noon to 11pm.

Cellar Club and The Meat Room Leamington Courier

Over in Leamington, the Cellar Club bar on the Parade has collaborated with another local business – The Meat Room – to create a new snack for diners. The Cellar Sausage is packed with pork, mozzerella, spinach and Cajun spices. Photo credit: Leamington Courier

Table Talk – sup up!

Iron & Rose wine merchant

From the UK’s first bar creating mead cocktails to a new wine bar, it is time to sup up in this week’s Table Talk.

Samuel Boulton The Vanguard

Birmingham bar The Vanguard has launched the UK’s first mead cocktail menu. Owner Samuel Boulton is mixing the ancient drink into eight stunning cocktails with lemon grappa and pear brandy in Bassano Word; blackberry, violet and Prosecco blend into The Bubble Fiend and Up the Garden Path is delightful floral concoction of chartreuse, midori, elderflower and apple.

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The owners of Iron and Rose wine merchant in Shrewsbury Market Hall are opening their second venue – a new wine bar – Glouglou. Inspired by the Italian enoteca, the kind of place where you can stop for a quick drink and a snack and pick up a bottle for dinner, or spend a few hours sharing delicious wine and food with friends. The emphasis is on real, natural, downright delicious wines accompanied by little plates of carefully considered food. They are aiming to open on Castle Gates by the end of March.

The Brownie Bus

Digbeth Dining Club is visiting Shrewsbury on Saturday 23 March. The event at Seven Social will feature DJs, live music, cocktails, craft beer and street food from traders including The Brownie Bus, Cleopatras Kitchen, Middle Feast, Dim Sum Su, Greidy’s Wings + Strips, Nyama Choma, Flying Cows, Baked in Brick & Chef Shack. From 1pm to 10pm, tickets are £1 in advance or £2 on the door.

Table Talk – Spotlight on Staffordshire

This week’s Table Talk features a new opening, return of a street food night and new products all in the county of Staffordshire.

The Corner Hanley breakfast tacos

With only a week to go until The Corner opens, Hanley diners won’t have too long to wait until they can enjoy dishes with a Stateside influence. Fill up on 10 hour pulled pork brisket, loaded fries and Po’ boy sandwiches and quench your thirst in one of the two bars at 84 Piccadilly.

The Patty Freaks

Grub Club Stafford returns on Thursday 14 March with a tasty line-up including Fat Snags, Patty Freaks, Loco Lobo Tex Mex and many more. Held on the second Thursday of every month, in Market Square, Stafford, from 5pm till 11pm.

Staffordshire Gin Company

The Canalside Farm Shop is now stocking locally distilled gin in three distinctive flavours  – Classic, Black Violet and Rose Gold – from The Staffordshire Gin Company. The shop Is currently being extended to add a new bakery and deli to serve freshly made pastries, sandwiches and salads. The extension is due for completion at the end of March.

Spring into a new season of events

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The gloves are off as Hampton Manor plays host to a Battle Royale between two egos of the Birmingham wine scene, over a decadent four course dinner with two paired wines per course. This Wine Dinner Gent vs Rebel  evening kicks off a new season of delicious food and drink events in March.

In Hereford you can learn from brand ambassadors at the Secret Bottle Shop’s Rum Tasting or enjoy a South Africa Wine Tasting of the county’s most popular blends at Longworth Hall.

Leamington is hosting a trio of special dinners. The Tame Hare joins forces with Tailors of Warwick for an Un-tamed Dinner with a collaboration of dishes, The Star & Garter gives us a Spring Sneak Peek  at their new menu and the ever popular Classic Bistro Evening returns with four French classic dishes at Oscars.

There’s chocolate and craft beer on the menu in Coventry at the Meet the Brewer  evening at Beer Gonzo as well as the Chocolate Festival at Fargo Village (which is perfectly timed for Easter and Mothers Day gift shopping).

Head over to Birmingham for the Brewers’ Lectures at the Custard Factory’s Old Library from industry experts and a gastro pub night of Dinner and wine pairing at The High Field in leafy Edgbaston.

Staffordshire’s Three Horseshoes Inn  is hosting a Wine Dinner with Nigel Wilkinson, Master Sommelier with Boutinot Wines,who  will introduce six carefully selected wines paired with a five course tasting menu. Or if gin is your favourite tipple, put the Chase Distillery Tasting in your diary at Webbs in Wychbold.

All of the details are over on the Events page. Enjoy!

Table Talk – keeping it local

Birmingham isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to great dining in the West Midlands, Warwickshire has its own stars too in the shape of The Butchers Social, The Tame Hare and Tailors.

The Butchers Social

When The Butchers Social opened four years ago, the lure of salted caramel chicken wings was enough to get Birmingham diners to make the short trip to Henley in Arden. Now the restaurant has  launched a new tasting menu, that sees the finest seasonal produce served  from the a la carte menu.

Crafted by owner and Chef Director Mike Bullard, diners can enjoy a tartar of venison and mushroom ketchup, a pan-fried scallop and foie gras crumble, celeriac risotto, glazed pig cheek, pan fried cod and lamb wellington, finished off with roast banana sorbet, alongside  a mango and caramelised white chocolate cremeux. Priced at £70 per person.

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There are just three weeks until The Tame Hare from Leamington and Tailors from Warwick collaborate in a special ‘Un-Tamed Dinner’. The chefs will take it in turns to create dishes including mojito cured trout, Wagyu beef and treacle tart. Held at the Tame Hare, the dinner costs £60 and there is an option of matching wines for £35. Call The Tame Hare on 01926 316191 to book your place for Sunday 10 March.

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