July Events

afternoon tea

A dainty afternoon tea, following a tour of the Alscot Estate gardens, is the first calendar date for July on the Events page.

At Restaurant 23 you can meet the producer David Tompkins from Lighthorne Lamb. Stratford upon Avon diners can enjoy ‘the food of love’ menu at No 9 Church Street.

Over in Birmingham the city is hosting both the Colmore Business District Food Festival and Chilli Festival.

Beer fans can sup at the Warwick Beer Festival and Birmingham Beer Bash, while whisky connoisseurs can toast Independence Day at The Church Inn.

Alfresco eating and drinking

Having taken advantage of some alfresco dining and drinking recently, I thought I’d give you some recommendations for venues offering paella on the patio and cocktails in a courtyard.


For a taste of the Mediterranean, head to Café Catalan in Warwick, they cook paella in the covered, heated, patio garden on Wednesday’ s. On Thursdays you can select your choice of fish to be barbecued outdoors.

Piccolino Birmingham

The majority of restaurants in Brindleyplace benefit from outside seating and the newest is Piccolino, who recently opened a new terrace. This is an outdoor lounge with stylish seating and a cocktail bar for 40 customers that can be enjoyed all year round, thanks to the heaters and glass partition walls.

The Saxon Mill

Views over the river and Guys Cliffe give The Saxon Mill in Warwick its picturesque setting and a popular place to start or finish a long stroll. There is a good variety of salads, pizza and pasta options. One of my favourites is the Mediterranean Mezze of Baba ghanoush, harissa hummus, tzatziki, chermoula crusted flatbread and hazelnut dukkah crusted aubergines. http://www.saxonmill.co.uk

The Bell Alderminster

The Bell sits in the heart of Alderminster, a picturesque village on the outskirts of the historic market town. This traditional country pub and restaurant with individual boutique bed and breakfast accommodation is part of the Alscot Estate. Here you can eat and drink in the spacious country pub garden. www.thebellald.co.uk

The Jekyll & Hyde cocktails

When its Pimms o’clock, the Alice in Wonderland inspired sheltered rear courtyard at The Jekyll & Hyde gin palace is the place to go.If you reserve a table for the Mad Hatters Tea Party, the sharing cocktails will be served in tea pots, watering cans and bath tubs! www.thejekyllandhyde.co.uk