Table Talk – Friday 31st August

Blanc NRI paneer tikkaI’ve been reading about a new Indian restaurant which is due to open in Stone next week. Husban Ahmed already owns the James Dhal restaurant in Birmingham and is in the midst of spending more than £300,000 to refurbish the Bengal Lodge to be his latest eaterie. Called Blanc NRI  (which stands for Not Really Indian) the new 80-cover restaurant will serve traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine and is expected to open on Monday 10th September.

Becketts Farm bakery

Good luck to all of the eateries nominated in the Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire awards, which will be announced on Tuesday. The Eating Out category sees Becketts Farm Shop go head-to-head with Castle House Hotel and Cellar Door bistro in Hereford,  Churchfields, famous for their icecream, of Droitwich and Feli’s of Worcester.

Hilltop Farm Shop and Cafe breakfast

I wish I could make the Yoga & Brunch at Hilltop Farm, but I will be at the Leamington Food Festival instead.  On Sunday 9th September you can take a 75 minute outdoor class, followed by a delicious brunch of freshly prepared smoothies, a meat or veggie option breakfast plus teas and coffees. Price per person is £21.50 which is payable in advance and booking is essential.

Table Talk – Friday 15th June

A new craft beer pub in Birmingham, a Leamington pub opening for breakfast and brunch, plus the return of Coventry City Centre’s Food and Drink Festival all feature in this week’s news.

Full Head of Steam Birmingham burger

Ale drinkers have a new craft beer pub to sup in. Opened on Temple Street last week,  The Head of Steam  offers more than 100 types of craft beer, real ale, and world beer from its 43 keg lines, bottles and cans as well as being a dog-friendly venue.

Breakfast at the Royal Pug Leamington

The Royal Pug in Leamington is now open for breakfast and brunch, every Tuesday to Sunday. From 9am until noon you can tuck into English back bacon in a toasted sourdough bun, American style pancakes, hash, veggie flatbreads and of course a full English.

Sophie Hyam chef

If you are heading over to Coventry for the city centre’s Food and Drink Festival next weekend, look out for a demo by local chef Sophie Hyam, a stall from the Castle Yard Tea Rooms (which is due to open on Thursday 28th June) and Heritage Bakehouse who will be selling their authentic Godcakes, Corporation Custards and Warwickshire Pies.