Table Talk

Table Talk 14.08.17

Beer of champions is – Goats Milk!

Congratulations to Warwickshire’s Church End Brewery for winning CAMRA’s gold award at the  Great British Beer Festival in London. Goat’s Milk is a blend of pale barley, crystal malt oats and  aromatic hops, that is the brewery’s best selling beer. Church End sales manager Paul Hamblett said: “We originally brewed and named it for a festival taking place in the Goat pub, and the beer just caught on.”

New Indian eaterie

Fans of The Indian Rasoi street food at Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) will be pleased to hear that the owners have taken over the former site of Adam’s restaurant in Birmingham. The new restaurant and cocktail bar, called Indian Streatery, is due to open on 17 August on Bennett Hill, with lunch and evening menus.

Birthday celebrations

While we are talking about DDC I need to wish them many happy returns! Celebrating their fifth birthday, the team have some exciting plans up their sleeve – including expanding into Nuneaton in September – but before then they are having a party on Friday 18 August.

With events across the Midlands DDC will be celebrating their roots in our original home — Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth where it all started. Lineup for the night includes:

Original Patty Men
Spectacular Goat
Low ‘n’ Slow
Baked In Brick
Flying Cows
Buddha Belly
English Indian
Fancy Fries
Bournville Waffle Company
Holy Moly Macaroni
Indian Rasoi
Platinum Pancakes
Street Souvlaki

(Tickets are available for the event now at £1.50 with entry on the door £2.50).

Time for tea

Afternoon and Gentleman’s Tea will be available from tomorrow (Wednesday) at The Lost & Found bar in Birmingham.

L&F Afternoon Tea

Fans of the traditional afternoon tea can sample delicate sandwiches of smoked salmon, Hendrick’s-infused cucumber and cream cheese, feta, red onion and honey pastries, Earl Grey panna cotta, raspberry trifle and a bittersweet popcorn tiffin, all served alongside warm fruit scones with clotted cream and jam for £18.95.

The Gentleman’s Tea also offers small baguettes bursting with crispy chicken and chorizo and a warm Scotch egg before the sweet section for the same price.

With National Afternoon Tea Week coming up I’ve been looking at different menus and venues to tempt you with so watch this space…

Table Talk

I’m back from a short break to an inbox bursting with the latest openings and chef news to share with you. My round up for this week includes, burgers, fine dining and a venue with extended opening hours thanks to The Meat Shack, Mallory Court and Shrewsbury Market Hall.

The Meat Shack Burgers

Digbeth Dining Club regulars will be pleased to hear that The Meat Shack now has a new, permanent home opposite Birmingham Hippodrome. They guys are promising  “a 5 0z hefty hunk of well aged grass-fed beef, hand smashed, creating the best, crispy caramelisation of beefiness on the outside, leaving all the dripping filthy goodness on the inside.”

Paul Evans Head Chef Mallory Court

Paul Evans has joined the three AA rosette Mallory Court  as Head Chef. Paul joins the Leamington hotel from previous roles at the Devonshire Arms Hotel, L’Enclume and Waterside Inn in Bray.

The Bird's Nest Cafe Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Market Hall is to become a regular Saturday night food and drink venue with late night openings and special events planned. The market hall is already home to various restaurants and bars including The Bird’s Nest Café, Saint Pierre Seafood Bar and Spanish tapas restaurant AleOli.  Check out the August events page tomorrow for details of The Forgotten Greenhouse pop-up on 11 and 12 August.

Table Talk – this week’s foodie news

The Baby Bell Aldreminster

It started its life as a dreary huntsman’s cabin somewhere south of the M25, and after just a few weeks at Alscot it’s been lovingly transformed into The Baby Bell mobile bar. Parked in the gardens of The Bell in Alderminster, this is set to be a sure fire hit for the summer.

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Just outside Rugby, The Tuning Fork has opened an outside dining area and is now open in the evenings too.

Independent Birmingham Festival September 2017

Independent Birmingham has announced the date for their second festival. On Sunday 17 September (12pm – 7pm) at the iconic Aston Hall, complete with: restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent culture throughout the day.Tickets cost just £8 (early bird is £5) and can be purchase here – Children under 12 go free, no ticket required.

Meet the trader – Dumpling King

You may have tried pierogi, gyoza and mandu dumplings before but how about jiaozi?

Dumpling King Warwickshire

A company in Warwickshire is making these dinky Chinese dumplings and claims to be the first company in the UK to sell them online.

Dumpling King is a family business run by brothers Tony and Ray Hung, along with Tony’s wife Carol.

The business idea started when Carol, disappointed about the lack of tasty fresh jiaozi in the UK, enrolled into one of Shanghai’s largest cooking schools to learn the art of making dumplings and Dumpling King was born.

Dumpling King uses traditional family recipes given to Carol by her mother, passed down by her great grandmother, along with premium ingredients – including meat from Aubrey Allen. Lamb with carrot and coriander, beef with red onions and Chinese leaf, pork and Chinese chives and  vegetarian and vegan options too are all on the menu.

The fresh, handmade dumplings cook in just seven minutes and are delivered in packs of 12 to homes in Leamington, Coventry, Rugby and Southam three times a week.

Don’t worry if you live outside these areas though, as Dumpling King also pops up at Warwickshire food festivals and events – including the Down on the Close music festival in Rugby on Saturday 26 August.

Table talk – this week’s food news

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Sad news from Two Cats Kitchen in Birmingham. The innovative restaurant, that introduced Baltic cuisine to the city as a pop-up before setting up in the Jewellery Quarter, is closing its doors at the end of September.

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Farmers Fayre in Stoneleigh is expanding to increase its restaurant from 80 to 120 seats and install a wood-fired oven to cook large joints of beef for their Sunday carvery.

Carl Sampson chef Worcester News

In just a week’s time, ‘burger king’ Carl Sampson will be opening his pop-up in the refurbished Conservatory.  The bar and kitchen in Worcester is due to unveil a brand new look featuring open brickwork, abstract tiles and wood cladding, accessorised with brightly coloured bric-a-brac on 14 July.  One of Carl’s signature burgers is a combination of rump and chuck steak with herbs and spices, cayenne pepper, shallots, garlic and an all-important helping of Worcestershire sauce.



July’s food and drink events

July 2017 events

Were you one of the lucky people that got a ticket to the Birmingham Rum Festival that sold out this weekend? If not never fear, there plenty of food and drink events happening in July to whet your appetite.

Jean Christophe-Novelli is back in the West Midlands for a cookery demonstration at the Hereford Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Also in the festival spirit, Viva! will be bringing an array of vegan food and products to Coventry Cathedral.

 You could Sip British wine in a tour of Hencote Estate vineyard in Shrewsbury or go ‘across the pond’ to discover North American Wines at Spit Wine School in Birmingham.

 Learn how to cook Brazilian dishes at Oken’s Kitchen in Warwick, or take a culinary tour of South India at Unami’s monthly regional cuisine dinner.

Real ale fans will have a weekend at the Warwick Court Leet beer festival and a whole week with Birmingham’s  Beer Week to indulge in their favourite brew.

Juniper fans I haven’t forgotten you – head over to The Cross in Kenilworth  for a gin masterclass, with Shakespeare Distillery.

All the details and ticket information can be found on the July Events page. Enjoy.





New skyline bar for Birmingham

The Haig Club entrance

From Thursday 29 June, whisky fans will be able to sip a few drams up on the 25th floor of The Cube, when the Haig Club Bar opens in Birmingham.

In charge of the drinks list is former Bourne & Co head barman Jack Spencer, who has created 22 whisky cocktails including the Twisted Scotsman – Haig Club, chocolate port, chocolate bitters and cinnamon syrup garnished with a cinnamon stick. A menu of small plates including black pudding bon bons will also be on hand.

The Haig Club Bar will be open from Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm until 1am and will seats 36 guests.

A mash-up of beer news

I don’t think that it is a coincidence that the scorching weather is back and the news in my inbox all features beer, so here is a round-up of all things mash-related.

Ten Green Bottles Co Stone Stoke Sentinel

Ten Green Bottles branches out

Pub and off-licence Ten Green Bottles has expanded by opening its second site in Stone, Staffordshire. Joining the Newcastle-under-Lyme branch, this site stocks more than 60 varieties of bottled beer for people to take away, as well as offering seating for customers to enjoy a beer in the venue. It also serves wine by the bottle or glass and artisan gin, as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

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Craft beer festival

Over in Leamington, The White Horse is raising a glass or two to the amber nectar during their Craft Beer Festival. From now until 15 July, the pub will be bringing you an exceptional range of bottled, cask, keg and canned craft beers, plus a range of show-stopping limited edition beers from independent American brewer, Sierra Nevada.There will be beer flights and a loyalty card where for every pint or beer flight you purchase, get your card stamped and your 7th pint is free.

Purity Brewing Co pint

A hat-trick of awards for Purity Ale

And its congratulations to Warwickshire’s own Purity Brewing Company for winning Small Business and Fast Growth Business of the Year at the West Midlands Business Masters awards. Followed by a winning vote for Mad Goose, which was named Best Bitter at the Wolverhampton CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival.