Table Talk – Friday 20th April

Kilder Bar Birmingham

In Birmingham, OPM has opened a new bar, Kilder, next door to their Digbeth eatery. The bar serves craft beer, cider, natural wine and a host of tasty bar snacks including pork pies made from locally reared Paddock Farm pigs.

Denstone Hall farm shop cakes

Denstone Hall Farm Shop has scooped both the Large Farm Shop and Midlands Retailer of the Year awards earlier in the week at the Farm Shop and Deli Show. Congratulations! The family run farm shop and café on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire border is part of a thriving beef and arable agricultural business  They use their own produce from the farm and source high quality local produce with provenance.

The Four Alls Welford on Avon

Locals in Stratford upon Avon are counting down the days to The Four Alls pub re-opening in May. Following a £1.9m refurbishment and redesign, works include the addition of a glazed extension which faces the river to provide a light-filled restaurant for up to 80 guests, a new inglenook fireplace in the bar plus a barn will also provide additional dining for larger groups and parties.

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Table Talk – Friday 13th April

#DigbethDozen

Birmingham graffiti artist Andy Mills has created #DigbethDozen – a map of twelve independent bars and restaurants to visit in the area. So next time you are wondering where to go check out the artwork in Little Anne Street for inspiration, with venues ranging from a tapas bar to the region’s best street food event there should be something to whet your appetite.

The Old Post Office Warwick

Congratulations to The Old Post Office in Warwick, which has just been awarded Heart of Warwickshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018. This independent micropub in West Street, was created by Tom Douglas, a publican with over 40 years experience in the industry and it is managed by his daughter Gem Douglas. The Old Post Office serves cask ale, craft beer and real cider.

The Manor House of Whittington dessert platter

The Manor House of Whittington , has launched a new Spring menu. Nestled between Kidderminster and Stourbridge in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, this is a new all-day bar and restaurant offering steaks, wood-fired pizza, Sunday roasts and dessert platters.

Table Talk Friday 6th April

All change for two venues in Shrewsbury and  Coventry and where you can drink Neat Gin in Birmingham in this week’s Table Talk.

Darwin's Kitchen Shrewsbury

The Porter House in Shrewsbury has been refurbished and has reopened as Darwin’s Kitchen. With some monkey-inspired interior design features, the bar offers a variety of sharing platters and grilled dishes.

Totally Vegan cafe Fargo Village Coventry

Totally Vegan in Coventry have expanded to new, bigger premises in Fargo Village, where the café serves freshly cooked breakfasts, pizzas, salad bowls and cakes.

Neat Gin by Adam Woodyatt at Resorts World

World Bar and Sky Bar at Resorts World are now serving  Neat Gin, distilled by actor Adam Woodyatt (aka Ian Beale in Eastenders). April sees Neat become World Bar’s Gin of the Month, for the perfect serve add Mediterranean tonic and pink grapefruit.

Table Talk Friday 30th March

The world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker, pierogi made in Hereford and discounted BBC Good Food Show tickets all feature on this week’s Table talk menu.

Baker

Kenilworth is set to welcome a new bakery, which will open on Thursday 5th April in the Talisman Shopping Centre. Warrens Bakery is proud to be the oldest bakery in Cornwall and recognised as the world’s oldest Cornish pasty maker. As well as award-winning pasties, the new Warrens Bakery store in Kenilworth will offer freshly baked bread and cakes.

The Old Granary Pierogi

The Food Programme’s Food and Farming Awards finalists have been revealed . They include the Old Granary Pierogi from Hereford who are one of three food businesses in the Best Streetfood and Takeaway category. Winners will be announced later in the year.

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2018

Looking ahead to the BBC Good Food Show in June, they are offering an egg-cellent 25% off standard adult tickets purchased this weekend. Quote EGG when booking, offer valid until Tuesday 3rd April.

April events – where to eat and drink around the West Midlands

April 2018

Right now on the Events page are a host of great events to eat and drink your way around the West Midlands.

In April, The Wellington and 100 Trades in Brum are the places for real ale lovers to head for, whereas cocktail fans can get hands-on in the Breaking Bad Cocktail Experience.

Learn how to mix the perfect negroni, make Indian street food snacks or which cheeses are best paired with whisky in mini classes and tastings.

Dinners paired with gin and wine are taking place at The Tame Hare in Leamington, as well as the Rose & Crown and Old Shire Hall in Warwick.

You can take also afternoon tea with an Indian twist at Praza in Birmingham or celebrate musicals at Coventry’s Priory Visitors Centre.

Enjoy!

Libertine Burger to launch in Leamington Spa

Libertine Burger street food

Street food trader Libertine Burger has found a permanent home in Leamington Spa, so have set up a kickstarter page to crowdfund their dream of opening their first burger shop.

They are taking over what used to be the Aubrey Allez café on Warwick Street and hope to fill the gap left by the closure of Meatcure for a family friendly place to eat great quality burgers.

Created by local chef Charles Harris, Libertine Burger started its life 18 months ago serving hungry punters double ground beef patties using the best dry-aged Aberdeenshire beef . Their van has wheeled into the Digbeth Dining Club and a kitchen take-over at The Royal Pug in Leamington Spa. In a short space of time, the burger boys have been a finalist in both the British Street Food Awards in 2017 and in this year’s National Burger Awards.

Libertine Burger

Charles explains “We have travelled all over the country flipping our wares, making sure that our customers know that Libertine Burger is the first word in taste and value. Along the way we have been nominated for some very prestigious awards and even been given spots at the country’s top street food markets. It’s been one hell of a ride, and one that we are not ready to disembark just yet.

“Call it serendipity, kismet or destiny, but we have now been given the opportunity to turn our street food dreams into an actual restaurant. And all we need to achieve that goal is your help in raising £12,000 to make sure that our equipment and signage are up to the high standard that our customers have come to expect from us.

“In return, we will commit to giving you some amazing rewards, ranging from tasty Libertine Burgers to awesome merchandise, and even the chance to design your very own burger to add to our ever-growing burger index. “

Libertine Burger is set to open in May, initially from Thursday to Sunday.

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Table Talk Friday 23rd March

The Jekyll & Hyde gin parlour

Birmingham’s Jekyll & Hyde bar is offering two new ‘Parlour Packages’ one savoury and one sweet when  you are a little peckish. Cheese and  charcuterie from local deli Anderson & Hill for £20 and eight sweet treats from Miss Macaroon with strawberries and a bottle of Prosecco, from £25. Bookable via their website with 24 hours notice.

The Riverside Inn Aymestrey.jpg

Two local hospitality businesses have made it to the finals of the Visit England awards for excellence. Cotswold Distillery is one of three venues shortlisted for Guided Tour of the Year and The Riverside Inn at Aymestrey in Herefordshire is nominated as Pub of the Year. Winners will be announced on 23rd April.

Moyden's Cheese

BBC1’s Countryfile programme on Sunday 25th March pays a visit to Shropshire, so look out for Moyden’s Cheese  and chef James Sherwin from Wild Shropshire pop-up, who both feature in the programme.

Grub’s up in Lichfield

Nearly every town has its own street food event and now it is the turn of Lichfield to tuck into some fantastic dishes.

Bare Bones pizza

Grub Club launches on Wednesday 28th March on Market Street in the town centre. This new monthly event will feature great food, cocktail bars, a seating area and live music. Traders already signed up include Becky’s Bhajis, Bare Bones Pizza, 63 Islands and The English Indian. Free entry, from 5 – 11pm.

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.