Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015

Great British Food Farm Produce Awards


You might not have heard of the Great British Food magazine’s Farm Produce Awards as they are just a year old. Launched  to celebrate the country’s finest home-grown ingredients, as well as the hardworking folk who produce it, this year’s competition is now open.

By voting for your favourite producers, food sellers and services you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 10 top-of-the-range Stellar pans worth £110 each. To vote, just click this link

There are six categories that readers can vote for –

  • Best British Restaurant
  • Best Independent Retailer
  • Best British Food Brand
  • Best Online Retailer
  • Best Food Personality
  • Best Cookbook

Malt Kiln Farm Shop in Coventry is nominated for Best Independent Food Retailer and Adams Restaurant in Birmingham is nominated for Best British Restaurant.  I’ve voted for both of them and added Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales by Glynn Purnell as my favourite cookbook.

Voting is open until 7th June and the winners will be announced in the September issue of Great British Food magazine .


Champagne Summer Indulgence at Adam’s restaurant

The liquid theme continues with my latest blog post!


As a celebration of the partnership between adam’s and the champagne house, Champagne Jacquart has released a small number of magnums from their private œnothèque reserve. Located underneath their headquarters in the centre of Reims, this will be the first time this bottle has entered the UK.

Some very luck diners at the exclusive Summer Indulgence evenings and lunches on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 June will get a once in a lifetime chance to taste this champagne, as it will never be commercially available.

adam's restauarant

‘Summer Indulgence Evening’

The food and wine pairings will be explained by the adam’s team with guest appearances from wine representatives each evening. Here is the menu:

2006 Blanc de Blancs.

Native Scottish lobster, asparagus, wild garlic bread, chervil.

NV Brut Mosaïque.

Line caught Poole monkfish, ox cheek, sweet pickle red onion.

 2002 Vintage en magnum from private œnothèque.

Reg Johnson corn fed chicken, truffle, wye valley smoked halibut, sorrel.

NV Rosé.

British hard & goats’ cheeses, plum chutney, sourdough crisp breads.

NV Demi sec

Peach melba, scottish raspberries, vanilla.

Coffee/tea chocolates for £155 per person.

Alternatively, you can dine during lunchtime for £55 per person and enjoy Cornish crab, Brixham line caught turbot, white peach, Scottish raspberries, vanilla cream and almonds.

Jumpin June Events

So here are my top picks for food and drink events in the Midlands this month.

June events

Kicking off with a World Cup themed cheese and wine party in Birmingham Library, take a peek behind the scenes at a local farm during Open Farm Sunday this weekend.

Next week two major events take over Birmingham for the weekend, the BBC Good Food Show rolls into the NEC while the new Birmingham Wine Festival sets up camp at the Hyatt hotel.

Fingers crossed for sunshine for Mallory Court’s Garden Lunch and Piccolino’s Royal Ascot Ladies Day lunch in aid of Cure Leukemia.

Adams restaurant has a very special champagne lunch in the diary for 24 & 25 June (more of that later) while our Brum Yum Yum friends take over The Square for a Friday lunch market.

Details of all these jumpin June events can be found on the events page.

Adams Restaurant reviewed by The Daily Telegraph

Adams restaurnat

Matthew Norman says that Adams is “intricate, inventive, beautifully balanced cooking that justifies the slightly eye-watering prices, with barely a shred of the show-offy pontification that often compromises the Michelin-fixated efforts of seriously gifted young chefs.”

You can read the rest of his review here


Adam’s Restaurant Pops-Up in Bennetts Hill

Adam Stokes

Bookings for Adam’s Restaurant are now being taken! Due to open on Friday 12 April, the website for the 25 seat restaurant is live today and features three menu options.

Pigs trotter with bacon jam, brown shrimps  and rhubarb with foie gras anise feature on the nine course menu for £75. The five course menu includes tuna, and golden and red beetroot with walnut popcorn for £45. Lunch choices are plaice with pearl barley or chicken with pickled onion crackling, as mains in the set three courses for £27.