Table Talk – Friday 20 September

This week we are talking about beer, asparagus gin and three courses at different restaurants.

Sadlers Brewery pint

First the bad news – Sadler’s Brewing Co has closed their pop-up on Harborn High Street. The good news is that a permanent bar Brewer’s Social will open on Friday 27 September!  Alongside Sadler’s award-winning ales and spirits, the all-day venue will offer collaborative and special edition brews,  craft spirits and cocktails – and great food like Mud City Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Brisket in Sadler’s Ale Sauce and Truffle Mac and Cheese.

RHS Malvern Autumn Show

The Malvern Autumn Show will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next weekend  (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September). From one of the country’s biggest ever food bank donations, to world record breaking giant vegetables, a new gin festival will see weird and wonderful gins from asparagus to fruits, go head to head in a competition.

The Drawing Board Leamington interior

Looking ahead to 15 October, The Rotary Club of Royal Leamington Spa is once again partnering with Parkinson’s UK to host a fundraising dinner. A Taste of Leamington starts with  a drinks reception at Leamington Town Hall, diners then take a different  course at three restaurants  which includes a choice of Oscar’s, Valles at 44, Momenti, Eleven, The Drawing Board (pictured) Emperors, Sabai Sabai and Paprika Club. Tickets are £38 and available on Eventbrite

Table Talk – Friday 6 September

As I’ve spent all week at work thinking about a Real Ale Trail promotion for Rugby’s Food & Drink Festival, it is fitting that that this issue of Table Talk is all about pubs and bars!

The Plough & Harrow Malvern

The Plough & Harrow in Guarlford, Worcestershire, is to re-open on Wednesday 18 September. After a year long refurb, this historic pub now features a garden room that will look out on to a stone patio, lawns and a wildflower meadow beyond. There will also be a 20-cover private dining room upstairs with a private balcony offering views across the Malvern Hills.

Bloom cocktail bar Hanley.jpg

New cocktail bar Bloom will shortly be joining the thriving food and drink scene in Hanley. The owners are planning to offer a full array of cocktails, gins, cask beers and ales and are taking their inspiration from nature for the décor with a pastel palette and florals. Look out for the opening next month in Piccadilly.

Thornbridge Brewery

Derbyshire business Thornbridge Brewery will be opening its first pub in Birmingham this Autumn. Based on Colmore Row in a former branch of Lloyds Bank, the owners say that the Birmingham Tap will be a traditional take on the modern craft beer pub, incorporating the Thornbridge brand values and making the most of the history of the building.


Food Writers Day at The Farm

The Farm Snitterfield.jpg

The Farm is holding a Food Writers Day on 31st August  to meet some inspiring cookbook authors and chefs, so if you like Italian cuisine, chocolate, honey and vegan food read more here Continue reading “Food Writers Day at The Farm”

Table Talk – Friday 9 August

Waffles, burgers and craft ale are all on the menu in to today’s Table Talk.

Stickie Fingers

In need of a sweet fix? Then head to the Custard Factory in Digbeth where a new café Stickie Fingers  will  soon be serving  pancakes, crepes, smoothies and waffle pops on Gibb Street (next to Kanteen).

Brothers of Ale

Two brothers from Stourport will be launching their own taproom, Brothers of Ale next Saturday (17th). Alex and Seb Vale have spent recent months converting a 200-year old unit into a brewery and taproom on Baldwin Road.

Libertine Burger No.06

In my home town of Rugby we are looking forward to the opening of  Libertine Burger. Roll on October till we can get our hands on their stacked, mouth-watering burgers, loaded fries, hot sauces and thick milkshakes.

August events


While we are soaking up the sunshine, we can be learning about Japanese cooking, tequila and rum or simply enjoying Summer puddings and streetfood. All the details for August are over on the Events page.


A trio of new openings

From Leamington to Stoke, here are a trio of new openings putting the West Midlands on the food and drink map.

Hayashi restaurant Leamington

Leamington now has a second bijoux Japanese restaurant. Located at 115 Warwick Street you’ll find sushi, katsu curry, donburi, yaki soba and ramen along with bento boxes on the menu at Hayashi.

Bru bar Stoke

Bru is the latest opening in Stoke. This bar serves a selection of 30 different gins, plus 30 beers and craft ales and is run by the same chap who owns Hotel Rudyard and Six Towns Brewery.


And last but not least newest kid on the block in Birmingham is the Craft Dining Rooms. Housed in the ICC the 150 seat restaurant has a menu packed with British artisan producers featuring dishes like wild boar and black pudding sausage roll and traditional Brummie bacon cake, beef wellington with Wiltshire truffle and roasted sea trout with Isle of Wight tomatoes.

July is here!

July 2019

Beer of gin seems to be the decision to make in July, all we need now is the sunshine to enjoy Pub in The Park, a yoga brunch and a Purity Brewing dinner . All the details for July are over on the Events page.

Beer Central is on its way

I’m putting the finishing touches to part two of my food festival feature, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you news of a new beer festival coming to Brum. Continue reading “Beer Central is on its way”

Jump into June

June 2019

June starts with a Pudding Party and finishes with a Rum Festival. Let my blog will be your guide to eating and drinking at the best events this month. All the details are over on the Events page.