Beer Central is on its way

I’m putting the finishing touches to part two of my food festival feature, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you news of a new beer festival coming to Brum. Continue reading “Beer Central is on its way”

Table Talk – sup up!

Iron & Rose wine merchant

From the UK’s first bar creating mead cocktails to a new wine bar, it is time to sup up in this week’s Table Talk.

Samuel Boulton The Vanguard

Birmingham bar The Vanguard has launched the UK’s first mead cocktail menu. Owner Samuel Boulton is mixing the ancient drink into eight stunning cocktails with lemon grappa and pear brandy in Bassano Word; blackberry, violet and Prosecco blend into The Bubble Fiend and Up the Garden Path is delightful floral concoction of chartreuse, midori, elderflower and apple.

Glou Glou wine bar Shrewsbury signage.jpg

The owners of Iron and Rose wine merchant in Shrewsbury Market Hall are opening their second venue – a new wine bar – Glouglou. Inspired by the Italian enoteca, the kind of place where you can stop for a quick drink and a snack and pick up a bottle for dinner, or spend a few hours sharing delicious wine and food with friends. The emphasis is on real, natural, downright delicious wines accompanied by little plates of carefully considered food. They are aiming to open on Castle Gates by the end of March.

The Brownie Bus

Digbeth Dining Club is visiting Shrewsbury on Saturday 23 March. The event at Seven Social will feature DJs, live music, cocktails, craft beer and street food from traders including The Brownie Bus, Cleopatras Kitchen, Middle Feast, Dim Sum Su, Greidy’s Wings + Strips, Nyama Choma, Flying Cows, Baked in Brick & Chef Shack. From 1pm to 10pm, tickets are £1 in advance or £2 on the door.

The Fab Four

There has been a glut of new restaurant openings in Birmingham over the last few weeks, with more on the way, so I thought that  now would be a good time to take a look at four of some of the exciting  new eateries.

Maribel Restaurnat Birmigham dessert

Maribel  quietly took over the space formerly occupied by Edmunds and now has chef Richard Turner at the helm. This Brindley Place restaurant offers “French influenced modern British cooking”. Birmingham food writer Paul Fulford visited on their opening night and you can read Paul’s review here

Baked in Brick

Street food fans are counting down the days until Baked in Brick opens a restaurant  in the Custard Factory (opposite Kanteen).  Owner Lee is swapping his converted Mini for a woodfired oven to cook his BBQ chicken wraps and Neopolitan style pizzas in the venue that will seat 60 diners.

Opheem restaurant Birmingham

Opheem is Aktar Islam’s new solo restaurant, which has been welcoming diners during a soft launch this week. From the beginning of June, diners can expect Dorset Cross hoggat cutlet, with date and sultana puree and green cardamom; slow braised ox cheek, with millet kichdi, girole mushroom and desserts including curd dumpling, with milk sorbet, milk skin, granite and yoghurt shard. It is on Summer Row, next door to his second new eaterie Mi Amore, which serves Italian dishes.

The Rebel Chicken Birmingham

Social media is clucking about  Rebel Chicken  Hot on the heel of Bonehead, this chicken joint in the Jewellery Quarter will be serving rotissetie cooked birds, with all the sweetcorn and slaw sides you’d expect when it opens on Friday 1st June. (Look out for tomorrow’s Table Talk with details of a 10% discount off food).

 

So four fab new venues for you to try in Birmingham!

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.

Table Talk – 6 October

So in this week’s round-up I’ve got news of an American diner in Coventry, award-winning street food in Birmingham, a new menu for a Warwickshire pub and a new opening in Atherstone to kickstart your weekend.

Spangles Coventry

Spangles diner in Coventry is getting ready to leave Fargo Village. Their home for the past two years is now too small for them so they will be opening a new 160-seater venue for sweet treats and  afternoon teas. Spangles owner Kelly Isles said: “It’s all really exciting the new diner is going to be so fun and very different style and will bring something really exciting that’s never been in Coventry before.”

Baked in Brick European Street Food Awards 2017

Congratulations to Baked in Brick who won Euro Street Food Award for Best of the Best Street Food. Chef Lee’s winning dish was beef shin ragu and mushroom calzone, 24 hour beef chilli cheese wrap, wood fired mackerel fillet spiced with Egyptian dukkah and roasted butternut squash calzone. Catch him at Digbeth Dining Club.

The Duck on the Pond Southam

The Duck on the Pond in Long Itchington (near Southam) is celebrating a year since its reopening with a brand new menu. All will be revealed at an exclusive seven-course tasting experience on 10th October with tickets for the dinner at £25.

Steamin Billy bitter

Leicestershire-based Steamin’ Billy Brewing is to re-open The White Horse in Atherstone at the end of October, following a refurbishment. When open, the pub will offer stone-baked pizzas, steak and burgers alongside craft beer, cocktails and wine.