Marvellous March

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Looks like we are in for a marvellous March – in a chef pop-up / street food takeover / nosh up in a brewery / hot cross bun baking kind of way. Hop over to the Events page and see where the month takes you.

Table Talk – what’s on the menu


Bread, beer, mussels and frites are on the menu in this week’s Table Talk.

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Just in time for Real Bread Week, Sarehole Mill is back baking for the people of Birmingham, thanks to launch of its new bakery and the restoration of the site’s Victorian bakehouse. It has been nearly 150 years since the original bakehouse was in action at this famous property. New baker Siri Kaur will be preparing freshly baked food in the café and take away loaves and sweet treats for the shop.

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Great to see that local street food business The Flying Cows has scooped Best Street Food at ITV The Food and Drink Awards and are finalists in the National Burger Awards.  These burger boys only serve  the best quality locally-reared beef and you can usually find them at the Digbeth Dining Club.

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Next week my local Merchants Inn will be transformed for their Ccafé Belgique nights, where they will be showcasing the best traditional Belgian food. A £10 deposit is required with tables bookable at the pub.

New eateries in Coventry coming soon

I haven’t visited the Lazy Monkey yet and now there are two more new venues to look out for in Coventry.

Table & Wine supper club

Launching on Friday 28 February is a new supper club by Table & Wine. Open on Friday and Saturday nights at Emily’s on Earlsdon High Street, they will specialise in small plates rather than serving starters and mains.

The Green Dragon Spon Street

Over on Spon Street in the city centre the venue that was Truth and Alibi bar and the Blue Bistro is getting ready for its next reinvention. Luke Truslove is the new owner of the eaterie that will offer coffee, small savoury plates, brunches, afternoon teas and an evening taster menu in The Green Dragon. Due to open at the end of the month.

New owners for The Virgins & Castle

The oldest pub in Kenilworth, The Virgins & Castle, is about to welcome new business owners.

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Marc Hornby and Jonathan Carter-Morris will take over the pub, after a refurb by Everards Brewery, in March.

Jonathan lives in Kenilworth and will be a familiar face as he has managed The Almanack in the town centre and The Rose & Crown in Warwick. He said: “Having lived in Kenilworth for the last five years, I’ve enjoyed many a pint in The Virgins. It’s a beautiful pub, with incredible character and heritage. When the opportunity came to take it on, Marc and I jumped at the chance.”

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Jonathan and Marc will welcome customers from Friday 13th March 2020 with customers able to enjoy new menus in time for Mother’s Day and Easter. With four cosy snug rooms to escape the world and enjoy a quiet drink, The Virgins & Castle also has a dining room that will serve customers during lunch and dinner times with classic and traditional pub food and plant-based menus .


If you are in The Neighbourhood

We popped over to Leamington earlier to have lunch at The Neighbourhood and tucked into Philly Cheesesteak from Stripclub Street Food and Korean Fried Chicken from Canoodle.

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Canoodle Korean Fried Chicken

The transformed pub still has a huge bar area, but the ground floor is now home to eight street food vendors, which will be rotating.

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You simply choose where to sit, buy your food (cards only) then a waitress brings it over to you.

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On the menu today were @stripclub_streetfood, @thatsmaturetoasties, @phataphatfood, @canoodlestreetfood and @thelittlecookiemumsters as well as coffee and cakes from Coffee Architects from over the road, so there was plenty to keep the families with young children and hipsters happy.

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Bit of a different vibe in the evening with a DJ, this Warwick Street venue gives you the street food experience indoors all day.

Table talk – Friday 17 January

A trio of local food stories featuring a new ale, new C4 food programme and new street food market.

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The Falcon hotel has teamed up with the local Bridgnorth Brewery to create a new Falcon Ale.  Described as a modern craft beer with a citrus flavour, the beer will be served in the Bridgnorth venue’s bar and restaurant.

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Shropshire chef Adam Purnell will be appearing on C4 alongside Heston Blumenthal on Tuesday 21 January. In a new show ‘Crazy Delicious’ features three contestants who forage for ingredients to create a fantastic feast. The six part series airs at 8pm.

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A new indoor street food market and bar has opened in Leamington. The Neighbourhood has a roatating selection of eight food traders, coffee shop and DJ in the evenings.

Hello January

January is already setting the bar high for 2020, with a host of local chefs from Glynn Purnell to Stu Deeley creating special dinners and events for us to enjoy this month.

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All the details are over on the Events page.

Happy New Year!

Not long now until we welcome a New Year and in 2020 a trio of local chefs have a few surprises in store for us…..



In Birmingham Masterchef Professionals 2019 winner Stu Deeley will be opening his own restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter and Aktar Islam is partnering with the Craft Dining Room team to open Craft English Garden; and over in Shropshire James Sherwin’s pop-up Wild Shropshire will be settling into their new home.