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.

April events – where to eat and drink around the West Midlands

April 2018

Right now on the Events page are a host of great events to eat and drink your way around the West Midlands.

In April, The Wellington and 100 Trades in Brum are the places for real ale lovers to head for, whereas cocktail fans can get hands-on in the Breaking Bad Cocktail Experience.

Learn how to mix the perfect negroni, make Indian street food snacks or which cheeses are best paired with whisky in mini classes and tastings.

Dinners paired with gin and wine are taking place at The Tame Hare in Leamington, as well as the Rose & Crown and Old Shire Hall in Warwick.

You can take also afternoon tea with an Indian twist at Praza in Birmingham or celebrate musicals at Coventry’s Priory Visitors Centre.


Table talk – 22 September

Apparently the West Midlands has both the best burger and best real ale pub! Find out who picked up these accolades, as well as who is celebrating a birthday and mixing up a new cocktail list, in this week’s Table Talk.


Warwickshire burger boys the Flying Cows went to Manchester for the British Street Food Awards and returned with the prize for Best Burger. Their recipe contained Dexter beef, cheddar, Swiss cheese, red onion, club sauce and glazed streaky bacon in a seeded brioche bun.

Red Banger street food

Happy birthday Fargo Village! Coventry’s creative quarter will be three on Saturday and celebrating all weekend with a craft market, food by Red Banger and the Vegan Grindhouse, plus drinks by Twisted Barrel Ale.

The Pig & Tail cocktail

The next time you are in the Jewellery Quarter, have a look at The Pig &Tail’s new cocktail menu. The list includes Smoked Kentucky, with bourbon, caramel syrup and apple liqueur. Between 3pm and 7pm Tuesday to Friday they are two for £10 too.

The Weavers real ale house

Congratulations to one of the region’s smallest pubs for winning CAMRA West Midlands Pub of the Year. The Weavers Arms in Kidderminster has eight guest ales, six craft ales, plus four real ciders on the hand pulls as well as a gin menu of 12 different blends for customers to enjoy.

Next week there will be details on the  new cafe opening in Stratford upon Avon and the return of Hawkers Yard in Birmingham to look forward to.

H-Art of glass

Tickets for this event go on sale at midday today!


‘Expanded Intimacy’ is a unique experience of culinary cocktail experimentation served in a range of bespoke glassware created by artists Nuala Clooney and Kaye Winwood, Creative Producer and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham.

During this unforgettable evening, the audience will be presented with three specially prepared cocktails by esteemed mixologist Robert Wood (Smultronstalle/The Wilderness/In Rob We Trust Ltd). These culinary concoctions have been developed to explore the sensual nature of the glassware which has been specifically designed to explore touch, taste and smell.

‘Expanded Intimacy’ will also provide an opportunity to gain insight from the artists and to find out more about their working practice and the research that has shaped this event, presented as part of University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival.

Wednesday 15 March at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm
Tickets £20/18
Secret city centre location, details will be sent on booking

A new cocktail star is born

Pink Lady at Bourne & Co

The next time I am in Brum I am looking forward to finding out what a ‘Flamenco’ or’ Last Minute Cancellation’ tastes like, at the new cocktail bar Bourne & Co in Suffolk Street..

Bourne & Co Suffolk Street Birmingham

Here’s what Michael Lee Corkon says: “Bourne & Co. is an AM to PM operation. During the morning and lunch times we focus on providing a nutritious offering of raw organic cold pressed juices and super smoothies, not to mention different extraction methods for our artisan coffees and loose leaf teas. After 3pm we begin offering our selection of fantastic sparkling wines, mixed drinks – vintage and modern as well as a good range of draught and packaged beers.”

Halloween cocktails

For Halloween I’ll be digging out my Siouxsie and the Banshees CDs while I heat up some pumpkin soup. If you’re heading into Birmingham, then Ginger’s Bar on Newhall Street has the spookiest cocktail list for the night.

Corpse Reviver cocktail Ginger's Bar

Corpse Reviver – blueberry infused gin, blue Curacao, black cherry absinthe and cherise Monin (pictured above from

Witch Craft Bellini – lime marmalade, midori, fresh pomegranate and prosecco.

Rise of the Evil Spiritsmarshmallow infused vodka, benedictine, vanilla infused milk and scorched marshmallow.

Green Eyed ZombieMount Gay rum, vanilla infused brandy, blue Curacao, blood orange puree, orange juice, lime with eyeball garnish!


The Bureau Bar

110 Colmore Row in Birmingham has been empty for a while now since One Ten’s bar, restaurant and private members club closed, so I’m interested to see what The Bureau Bar have done with the space.

The Bureau Bar soup

They are due to open this weekend, promising a bar with innovative and classic cocktails, plus deli with locally sourced charcuterie, cakes and hotdogs. I have ‘The Earl of Birmingham’ on standby to conduct a review for you very soon.