Table Talk Friday 16th March

From biltong to Shakshuka, there is an international feel to this week’s Table Talk.

Bread from farmers market

Coventry is about to welcome a new farmers market. Starting from Saturday 28th April, the farmers market at Fargo Village will run from 11am to 5pm with a wide range of fresh, local produce.

Ben's Biltong

Ben’s Biltong full range is now available from The Meat Room butcher’s in Leamington Spa. The South African snacks include original, garlic and chutney, chilli and chipotle varieties.

Comptoir Libanais

Next week a new Lebanese restaurant will open in Birmingham’s Grand Central. Comptoir Libanais prepares authentic Middle-Eastern dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and to takeaway including tagines and mezze.



Table Talk – Friday 9th March

A regional flavour to this week’s table talk, with an extension to Hanbao in Worcester planned, a new craft beer pub in Stafford opening  and Digbeth Dining Club’s first visit to Shrewsbury.

Hanbao Worcester

If they receive planning approval, burger fans in Worcester will have more space to enjoy at Hanbao. The restaurant and cocktail bar would like to add a rooftop bar to their Foregate Street premises. Due to open just in time for the summer.

Titanic Brewery beers

Titanic Brewery has designs on the former Co-op in Bodmin Avenue Stafford to transform the building into a café bar. Scheduled to open in April, the new venue will serve craft beers alongside food and coffee.

Dim Sum Su

The Digbeth Dining Club is on its travels again, this time going over to Shrewsbury for the first time. Teaming up with Severn Social, they will bring ten of their favourite street food traders from around the UK to start off a summer of monthly events in the town. Featuring Fat Snags, Dicks Smokehouse, Dim Sum Su, Baked in Brick, Bournville Waffle Company, Urban Cheesecake, Pimp My Wings, Street Souvlaki and Leave it to Esmie’s. From Saturday 7th April. Noon to 9pm £2 entry.

Table Talk – Friday 2nd March

St Basils souper challenge

If you want to be a souper-hero  and help raise money for St Basils charity, all you have to do is enjoy a bowl of tomato soup.  From Monday  5th- Sunday 11th March you can enjoy a hot bowl of Tomato & St Basils soup at Cherry Reds, Quarter Horse Coffee, Evolve Café, the Jam House  and Fazeley Studios in Birmingham and Unicorn Bars in Stratford and Coventry to raise funds to help the homeless.

Carole Mason thai food.jpg

Food blogger and supper club host Carole Mason has published a book of Thai recipes. Mae’s Ancient Thai Food is available as a 200 page hardback book for £20 or as a kindle download for £7.50 on Amazon. Worcestershire based Carole learnt to cook Thai food in Bangkok. One of Carole’s teachers was the food historian and chef  Gobkaew Najpinij and this cookbook is in her honour.

March-ing on our stomachs

March 2018

When will it ever be spring? There is gin to swig, Easter eggs to craft, cocktails to sip and street food to tuck into! See what’s on the menu for March over the Events page.

Table Talk 23 February

James Sherwin

The Wild Shropshire pop-up has found a permanent home. From Friday 2nd March James Sherwin and his team will be delighting diners from Ternhill Farm House, a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian property near Market Drayton. Wild Shropshire will have a weekend residency, serving a multi-course tasting menu with the option of a matching wine flight.

Jack and Alice cafe Tring

What used to be a branch of Natwest on Warwick High Street is being converted into a coffee shop and wine bar.  Jack and Alice already has two other branches, but this will be the first for the Midlands. The new venue will be open daily for coffee and breakfast, afternoon tea and cake, then wine and cheese in the evening.

The Cross dinner

Diners in Kenilworth have an opportunity to enjoy three Michelin-starred fine dining, when Jacques Marcon, head chef at Régis et Jacques in France, will make special appearance at The Cross. On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th Marcon will join Adam Bennett’s brigade to cook a six-course lunch and a seven-course dinner.

Table Talk

In this week’s Table Talk  you can wash your triple stacked burger down with a pink gin or freshly brewed coffee.

Wayland's Yard coffee shop

Does Birmingham city centre have room for another coffee shop? Apparently so.  In March  latte lovers should head to Bull Street for the new Waylands Yard. Owned by Sam Smith, this is the second branch for the ex rugby player whose first coffee shop in Worcester supports local suppliers.

Seven17 burgers Coventry

A new independent venue has quietly opened in Coventry. The photos of their burgers on Instagram caught my eye and I liked the nod to the city’s heritage. From Friday to Sunday  Seven 17 offers a triple stacked ‘Cathedral’ and is working on a 2Tone burger too.

The English Drinks Compnay pink gin

If you like your gin pink, then look out for the English Drinks Company’s new  Classic Pink Gin. Flavoured with pomegranate and cinchona bark this is a luxury, small batch gin made in Shropshire that can be savoured on its own or blended into cocktails. RRP £35.

Digbeth Dining Club comes to Coventry

Some of my favourite street food traders are heading over to Coventry, thanks to the Digbeth Dining Club who is setting up a new monthly lunch club.

Leave it to Esmie

Head over to Friargate on the last Wednesday of the month and you can tuck into UK Street Food Awards’ Best Burger winner The Flying Cows, Middle Eastern dishes from The Middle Feast, a Caribbean feast from Esmies, sourdough wood-fired pizza from Handmade Pizza Co and to finish churros, hot chocolate and coffee by Bare Bones Churros. From 11am to 3pm. Launches on Wednesday 28th February.

Table Talk – Friday 9th February

Shrewsbury Market Hall

Congratulations to Shrewsbury Market Hall for winning Britain’s Best Market at the Great British National Market Awards. The judges said: “Over the last ten years Shrewsbury Market has reinvented itself, adapted and changed its offer, turning the business around using a distinctive food offer to build a local reputation.”

The Town House Market Drayton dish

The Town House has opened this week in Market Drayton.  The family owned British restaurant on Cheshire Street has an interesting mix of posh dogs, Shropshire fidget pies, a savoury afternoon tea and Tandoori Cod on the menu.

Lucky Duck noodle shop Birmingham

I love the name and I’m damn sure that I will be a fan of their bao buns too, so I’ll be heading over to Lucky Duck.  The noodle shop will be serving Asian-style broths too from the ex head chef at Purnell’s Bistro, when it opens at the end of February in Birmingham’s Caroline Street.

February’s feast

February 2018

Whether you want to taste champagne in the historic Highbury Hall, enjoy a six course dinner paired with beer in Burton on Trent, or tuck into some of the UK’s best street food in Coventry, head over to the Events page to find some great events for February.

Table Talk – Friday 2nd February

Bean & Leaf coffee house

Good luck to new business Bean & Leaf , a coffee house which is due to open on Saturday 10th February. The new venue on 76 Hertford Street is next to Rymans and will be serving freshly brewed Caravan roasted coffee.

Cenu Cacao Leamington

Leamington’s only bean to bar chocolate makers are expanding.  On Tuesday 13th February, Cenu Cacao will be opening their upstairs space as the new Hot Chocolate Bar. Selling amazing homemade hot chocolate and a selection of chocolatey puddings. Booking will be essential as space is limited.

glasses of prosecco

Stratford upon Avon could be getting a new cocktail and Prosecco bar soon. The owners of Shakespeare Cocktail Bar have applied for planning permission to change the use of a retail unit on Shrieves Walk.