Table Talk – Friday 12th October

Spectacular Goat pizza

From now until the run up to Christmas, The Parade in Leamington will be hosting a Sunday market. Offering hot food from street food favourites Jabberwocky and Spectacular Goat to fuel your shopping.

Springfield Kitchen

I hope that the weather picks up next weekend for the Alcester Food Festival on Saturday 20th October. With the High Street closed to traffic, you can expect local cafes, pubs and restaurants joining a wide selection of local producers giving you a chance to try and buy lots of delicious food.

Nelson's Gin

The countdown to this year’s Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards is on. The big night will be at Uttoxeter Races on Monday 22nd October, where the winners in 11 categories including restaurant, pub, tea room/coffee shop and farm shop will be revealed.

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Table Talk – Friday 5th October

Salt restaurant Stratford upon Avon
Congratulations to Paul Foster and his team at Salt who have been awarded their first Michelin star. A record number of stars were announced by the food guide this week, with 21 restaurants achieving their first star. The Stratford upon Avon restaurant is delighted on the accolade as the guide says that “the cooking of Paul Foster is daring yet has real clarity”.

wood fired pizza oven

The Globe in Theatre Street, Warwick is re-opening next Friday (12th) following a big makeover. Changes include a new wood-fired oven to serve hand-crafted pizzas made in the Neapolitan style, a fresh new look and layout in the pub’s bar and dining areas plus the refurbishment of their guest bedroooms.

Brad Carter Carters of Moseley

The man hiding behind the cover is Birmingham wonder chef Brad Carter, who has just scooped Sustainable Star award from olive magazine. For the past 15 years olive magazine has championed the chefs that are making a difference to the way we eat in the UK. Instead of focusing on ‘celebrity chefs’ and ‘TV cooks’, they have sought out the professionals behind the pass who are breaking a sweat, innovating and pioneering. Carter’s of Moseley has been recognised for proving that they care just as much about the environment as the food they’re serving.

Table Talk – Friday 28th September

Cheese and beer – simple pleasures.

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Would you eat Shropshire Blue or Parmesan with a locally brewed pale ale? See if you agree with the taste experts at the Slow Food Birmingham cheese and beer pairing workshop.  During the evening you will be introduced to five local beers that pair beautifully with both UK and international cheeses from Heritage Cheese and 1000 Trades.  Event is on Wednesday 3rd October at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter. Tickets are. £18 (plus booking fee) from Eventbrite

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8th October won’t be a Blue Monday for commuters at Stoke train station, as Titanic Brewery is opening Bod bar and café in what used to be the first class lounge. Open early for rush hour coffee, then during the day lunches will be offered before the craft beer is poured in the evening.

Table Talk – Friday 21st September

Cheers to an award-winning pub, the new Head Chef at Hencote Vineyard Estate and a special pop-up restaurant to celebrate British Food Fortnight.

 The Old Joint Stock pub Birmingham

Congratulations to The Old Joint Stock, in Birmingham city centre, which has scooped Town Pub of the Year by the 2019 Good Pub Guide. The guide said: “With its lively atmosphere, flamboyant interior, all-day popular food and even its own theatre, the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham is our Town Pub of the Year 2019.”

Trystan-Ross Williams

In the run up to the October opening, Hencote Vineyard Estate has revealed more details about their new restaurant. Diners will be able to enjoy a carefully curated menu of southern-European and international inspired sharing plates, created by Head Chef Trystan Ross-Williams (previously Senior Sous Chef at Murano by Angela Hartnett).

From Thursdays – Sundays, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. In addition to the dining space complete with an Italian rotary pizza oven and an open-fire charcoal grill, the restaurant will also feature a large terrace that overlooks the 17-acre vineyard and a beautifully appointed wine bar.

Sophie Hyam British Food Fortnight pop-up

Grab a ticket quick for a special dinner that celebrates local producers and seasonal ingredients. Coventry chef Sophie Hyam is hosting a British Food Fortnight Pop-up Restaurant on Saturday 6th October in the city. With a glass of British fizz on arrival and three course dinner with ingredients sourced from a local butcher, fishmonger and the city centre market. Click on the link for full menu details and ticket bookings on Eventbrite www.eventbrite.co.uk/british-food-fortnight-dinner

Table Talk – Friday 14th September

Stave off an Autumn chill with Caribbean dishes, a Sunday Best pie and chilli festival in this week’s Table Talk.

Tan Rosie Cookery School

The Tan Rosie Cookery Club is now open.  The lovely mother and daughter team Monica and Lee have been bringing a taste of Caribbean sunshine to Birmingham foodies for over eight years and now is your chance to share in the secrets of their home cooked food. Course in October include Rotu & Tings, Caribbean Veggie and the Caribbean Classics Masterclass. You can find out more and book here https://tanrosie.com/lessons/

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The next time I am in Birmingham I’m going to try a Sunday Best pie from Pieminster – it’s a Sunday Roast pie and gravy mash up! An award winning pie on a pile of delicious mash, topped with a Yorkshire pudding filled with roast garlic and rosemary potatoes and finished with free range British pork crackling and a pig-in-blanket.

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On Sunday (23rd September) there is a Chili, Cheese and Chocolate Festival in the Dorothy Clive Gardens in Market Drayton. Enjoy the artisan market stalls, live music, chilli trail around the garden, cooking demos, a chilli eating contest. From 10am – 6.30pm with £6 entry for adults and £2 for children in this annual fundraising event.

Table Talk – Friday 7th September

A new bar in Digbeth, award –winning smoked salmon from Droitwich and a champagne bar for Shrewsbury all feature in my news round-up this week.

Finders Keepers bar Digbeth

The next time you are in Digbeth, check out a new bar – Finders Keepers which has taken over the old Rainbow Pub. Expect lots of exposed brick, street art, a huge range of gins and a Happy Hour on cocktails until 7pm.

Macneil's Smokehouse slamon

Congratulations to Macneil’s Smokehouse in Droitwich. The Great Taste Golden Fork has been awarded to their Beech Wood Smoked Salmon as the best food or drink from the Midlands. Cured and then smoked in a vintage Norwegian smoker, this salmon ‘s “gorgeous texture dances on the tongue in tango with the perfect smoke, resulting in a very moreish mouthful. “

Ten & Six champagne bar logo

The champagne corks will soon be popping in Shrewsbury as Ten & Six bar gets ready to launch. Located in what used to Jonathan’s gift shop, the historic building is currently being transformed taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. When it opens in September, Ten & Six will also offer a range of cocktails, dining platters and afternoon teas.

Table Talk – Friday 31st August

Blanc NRI paneer tikkaI’ve been reading about a new Indian restaurant which is due to open in Stone next week. Husban Ahmed already owns the James Dhal restaurant in Birmingham and is in the midst of spending more than £300,000 to refurbish the Bengal Lodge to be his latest eaterie. Called Blanc NRI  (which stands for Not Really Indian) the new 80-cover restaurant will serve traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine and is expected to open on Monday 10th September.

Becketts Farm bakery

Good luck to all of the eateries nominated in the Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire awards, which will be announced on Tuesday. The Eating Out category sees Becketts Farm Shop go head-to-head with Castle House Hotel and Cellar Door bistro in Hereford,  Churchfields, famous for their icecream, of Droitwich and Feli’s of Worcester.

Hilltop Farm Shop and Cafe breakfast

I wish I could make the Yoga & Brunch at Hilltop Farm, but I will be at the Leamington Food Festival instead.  On Sunday 9th September you can take a 75 minute outdoor class, followed by a delicious brunch of freshly prepared smoothies, a meat or veggie option breakfast plus teas and coffees. Price per person is £21.50 which is payable in advance and booking is essential.

September Events

September is always a good month to visit food festivals, to meet producers and enjoy seasonal produce. My round up this month takes you from Shropshire to Warwickshire, with the return of huge well known events like the Ludlow Food Festival to lesser known celebrations like the Ginger and Spice Festival.

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In Staffordshire, the StrEATfood Social at Burton’s Market Hall and a Wolseley Wine Loft wine tasting of wines from handmade, small producers caught my eye.

It’s a busy month for foodies in Shropshire  – you can become an expert in cheese at the Turnbulls Cheese Experiences Academy of Cheese; Deliciously Ella will be signing her latest cookbook; Ludlow will be hosting  hundreds of food producers for the Ludlow Food Festival and at the end of the month The Ginger and Spice Festival is held in Market Drayton.

I’ll be going to one of the biggest food festivals in Warwickshire (which I’m pleased to say is still free entry) the Leamington Food & Drink Festival. The Arden Hotel in Stratford upon Avon is celebrating 100 years of the RAF with a special RAF Afternoon Tea and the whole town toasts theStratford upon Avon Town Centre Food Festival on the 22nd and 23rd of September.

In Birmingham Opus Restaurant is hosting a Cheese Dinner, you can sup a few pints at the Ale & Cider Festival, which is set in the gardens of Blakesley Hall and the Midlands Whisky Festival returns with a huge selection of drams.

All the details for addresses, opening times and ticket prices are over on the September Events page.

Table Talk – Friday 24th August

Let’s raise a glass to a wine merchant in Worcester, an award-winning micropub in Warwick and Shropshire’s first wine school.

Bottles wine merchant Worcester

If you are a fan of rosé wine, then Bottles wineshop in Worcester has a date for your diary. ‘Rosé Wines From Around The World’ is the theme of their next monthly wine tasting club on Thursday 30th August, where they will be showcasing a selection of summery rosé wines alongside some tasty nibbles. Tickets are £15 per person.

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Congratulations to The Old Post Office in Warwick, who has won Warwickshire Pub of the Year 2018. The family run micropub on West Street offers a selection of real ales, craft beers and traditional ciders. The Old Post Office impressed the judges with their outstanding quality, service and community involvement.

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If you are quick you might be able to grab a ticket for a Charcuterie and Wine Workshop at The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury. Hosted by the Shropshire Wine School, on Friday 31st August, guests will be able to match six different types of charcuterie with six classic wines from France, Spain and Italy. From 7 – 9pm tickets are priced £35.