Table Talk – Friday 20th July

Hot! Hot! Hot! Cool down with a pint of craft beer after a fiery chilli festival and an evening of rum, reggae and Caribbean street food. On the menu in this week’s Table Talk are Warwick Chilli Festival, Mart’s Brewhouse & Tap plus Rum & Reggae night at Fargo Village.

Jackys Pantry Warwick Chilli Festival

This weekend Market Square in Warwick heats up with the annual Chilli Festival. Chilli flavoured food to eat and buy, plus a chilli eating competition and a chilli con carne cooking competition will be taking place from 10am-4pm.

Leave it to Esmie

Friday 3rd August is a date for your diary if you love Caribbean food as the Rum & Reggae event returns to FarGo Village in Coventry on from 5pm. Tuck into dishes from Leave It To Esmie, Dookie’s Grill, Cornography and West Jerk Centre and speciality rum and cocktails to enjoy from FarGo Bar, Trailer Made Cocktails and Backhaus & Co. There will also be live music from Phase One Steel Orchestra and DJ Dave Marshall Barrett will be on the decks. Tickets cost £3 in advance from Eventbrite and £5 on the door.

Marts Brewhouse and Tap Hanley

A new tap bar has opened in Hanley, so that real ale fans in Staffordshire can enjoy a pint made from an on-site brewery. Mart’s Brewhouse & Tap has opened in the former Club International unit in Piccadilly, by husband and wife Will and Holly Haywood along with former Coachmaker’s Arms landlords, Sue Grocott and Jason Barlow. The two level bar can accommodate 90 people and offers up to eight real ales brewed on site and 14 tap beers, plus a selection of spirits.


Don’t jerk around with my johnnycake

The Caribbean restaurant chain Turtle Bay opens in Birmingham today. I went to the Leamington Spa launch party last month with bloggers @glamourcounty and @EnglandGourmand to sample cocktails and canapés and listen to a great band.

If you hanker for jerk chicken, salt fish fritters and johnnycake then you’re in luck. The landlocked Midlands offer a taste of island delights with a Caribbean supper club, street food traders, restaurants and even a Caribbean influenced afternoon tea.

Caribbean food

The Carib Grill in Moseley, Big Nannys in the Jewellery Quarter and the Tan Rosie supper club have all built their reputations on offering authentic Caribbean cuisine served with a warm welcome in Birmingham.

2-Tone cafe

Over in Coventry, nestled in the secluded courtyard of 2Tone Village, is 2 Tone Cafe and Simmer Down restaurant. This BETAYou added 2 Tone Cafe & Simmer Down Restaurant to your Saves listfamily run café is home of the jerk sausage with all day breakfasts and ‘home’ style cuisine.


Jamrock’s street food van was at the Rugby Food and Drink Festival last year, but their home is Wellingborough Northampton, where they also have a new restaurant.

Bowl with Pineapple Jam

For something completely different how about a Caribbean afternoon tea? Zacks  claims to be Birmingham’s first Caribbean coffee shop, serving sustainably grown, ethically farmed, organic coffee through a partnership with Marley Coffee.

Alongside cakes, sandwiches, paninis and Caribbean special hot dish of the day the café also hosts an afternoon tea. Twice a month twenty four lucky diners get to enjoy a Saturday afternoon of a quintessential English afternoon tea with Caribbean flavours for £12 per person.  Brie and guava jam, chicken and avocado, cucumber sandwiches; jerk chicken skewers, plantain or sweet potato skewers; ginger or lime cooler, banana bread, chocolate brownie, freshly baked scones with rum Chantilly cream and Zacks pineapple jam are all on the menu at 12.30pm and 3.30pmWell worth a trip out to Sutton Coldfield!