Table Talk – Friday 12th January

Whitley Neil gin

Ginuary just gets better in Birmingham, as for the rest of the month The Canal House in Bridge Street and The Botanist in Temple Street are offering two-for-one deals from their New World Gin List. This includes Masons, Whitley Neill, Bombay Sapphire, Liverpool Gin and the Scottish handcrafted gin Caorunn.


Spangles American Diner has closed up in Fargo Village, as the sweetie shop and café prepares to open a new tea shop in Leamington Spa. Opening on 3rd February, they are taking bookings now for their Beauty & The Beast themed afternoon teas.


Table Talk – Friday 1st December

Amore wine importers

While I keep my fingers crossed for Coventry’s bid for City of Culture to be successful, it is heartening to see the growing number of independent food and drink businesses in Coventry. Another to add to the growing list, is a new Italian wine importer Amore . Set up by two cousins who buy Italian fine wines direct from vineyards to bring customers great wines at reasonable prices.

Kitchenorium dish

If you haven’t been to a supper club in someone’s home before, check out Cat Dutton in Leamington. Her Kitchenorium nights in January include  – Sunday Smorgasbord, Midweek Meat-Free, Comfort Food Feast, Turkish Tuesday or Veganuary Adventure. Evenings are priced from £24 BYOB.

San Carlo Gran Cafe

On Monday (4th) Italian restaurant group San Carlo will open their new Gran Café, with all manner of sweet treats from luxury gelato and sorbets to cakes, desserts and afternoon teas. Located on the ground floor of Selfridges in the Bullring, the café will also serve gourmet sandwiches, freshly-baked croissants, pastries and muffins.

Jump into June’s events

June 2017 events

This is a good month to see your favourite chefs in action, with cookery demos at festivals all across the West Midlands in June.

Catch Jean-Christophe Novelli in Coventry,  Simpson’s Nathan Eades  at Foodies Festival in Birmingham, Brad Carter at Ragley Hall’s Fabulous Food Festival and Chris Burt at Shrewsbury Food & Drink Festival.

Specialist dinners this month include a forage walk and inspired menu in Hereford at Madam & Adam, celebrating asparagus at The Cross in Kenilworth and three of Colmore Row’s best eateries in an evening tour.

Look out for National Beer Day themed events in Staffordshire too, with a supper club and beer tasting.

Hunger for a taste of Harvey Nichols?

Harvey Nichols shopping bag

The luxurious new Harvey Nichols store in the Mailbox is due to open in July and at its heart will be The Harvey Nichols Restaurant curated by Glynn Purnell.

Glynn Purnell at Harvey Nichols

Glynn has worked closely with the store to develop a stylish all-day dining menu, mentor the restaurant’s new Head Chef and hospitality team, recruit local suppliers and source the specialist ingredients used in each dish.

To give you a taste of the luxurious new shopping haven, Harvey Nichols has teamed up with Flybe Flight Time and Gastro Card to offer one lucky winner a £250 shopping spree instore, dinner for two (up to the value of £100) in its new restaurant as well as a signed copy of Glynn Purnell’s bestselling book Cracking Yolks and Pigs Tales.

So what are you waiting for?! For the chance to win this fabulous prize and enter, please read T&Cs here Competition closes 30 June.

Foodies Festival VIP competition

Foodies Festival

In conjunction with Simpsons restaurantFlybe Flight Time and Foodies Festival, Gastro Card is delighted to promote a food lovers prize to enjoy a luxury overnight stay in Birmingham.

The winner and guest can enjoy a VIP day out at Birmingham’s first ever Foodies Festival being held at Cannon Hill Park, on 15-17 May, with top chefs, including Matt Cheal, Head Chef from Simpsons.

Matt Cheal Simpsons Restaurant

The prize includes VIP guest passes for the Foodies Festival, use of the exclusive VIP lounge with private bar and refreshments, food and drink masterclasses, showguides and goody bags to take home.

After a sumptuous dinner for two at Michelin star Simpsons, with a specially selected bottle of wine, guests can retire to one of the four individually designed bedrooms for their overnight stay.

For a chance to win this fabulous prize, enter the competition here

Competition closes midnight 30 April – good luck!

Changing rooms at Simpsons

Simpsons Restaurant exterior

Simpsons Restaurant has just started extensive refurbishment to extend the main dining area, moving into what is currently the lounge and private dining room.

Proprietor, Andreas Antona commented, “The refurbishment has been on the cards for a couple of years now, and during that time we have been working through plans to enhance the building in a manner that is sensitive to the buildings grade II listed status, whilst improving efficiency of service for the restaurant. It is a huge and exciting undertaking that will signal the beginning of a new era for Simpsons and underline our ambition to remain at the forefront of Birmingham’s dining scene.”

Shopping bags at the ready

In two weeks time the BBC Good Food Show Winter will be back at the NEC.

Christmas cookies BBC Good Food

Whether you are going for the first time or are a seasoned visitor, here are my top tips for making the most of the show

Download the iPhone app

BBC Good Food Show app

The BBC Good Food Show app helps you to plan your day, with the latest theatre timetables, the show floorplan and current exhibitor list, ticket offers plus tips on accommodation and where to eat.

Talk to the producers

Pip's Hot Sauces Birmingham Mail

They all have great stories to tell and one of the main reasons for them being at the show is to elicit customer feedback. Many producers launch new products at the show, so you can be among the first to try something different. Look out for Pip’s Hot Sauces, made in Moseley. Pip has won a BBC Good Food Show Bursary to appear at the show.

Watch a demonstration

BBC Good Food Show Winter 2014 supertheatre

The atmosphere in the theatres is buzzing and you get to see TV chefs in action. This is the biggest consumer food show in the country, where 41 chefs and food personalities appear on seven different stages.


If you’d like the chance to win a pair of tickets, just answer this question – Which producer from Moseley has won a BBC Good Food Show bursary to appear at the show?

Send your answers to by Sunday 16 November. Winners announced on Monday 17 November.


  • Each winner will receive a pair of tickets to the show valid on Thursday 27 or Friday 28 or Sunday 30 November.
  • The tickets do not include a super theatre seat.
  • Tickets will be posted to the winners by a third party acting on the behalf of the GFS.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket terms and conditions apply.

Fine dining at Nailcote Hall

On Saturday my partner and I dined in The Oak Room at Nailcote Hall, you can read my review on Coventry Telegraph’s website here

Nailcote Hall

If this tempts you to try it, then don’t miss the chance to win dinner and a glass of champagne for two people via the Gastro Card competition.

You can enter by either emailing with the subject heading Nailcote Hall or RT the competition tweet and follow @nailcote hall and @thegastrocard.

Be quick though! The competition closes on Monday 21 April at 5pm. The prize entitles the winner and a guest to a glass of champagne each and a set meal by prior arrangement with Nailcote Hall.

Fleet Street Kitchen Competition

Fleet Street Kitchen restaurant, Birmingham.

Get a taste of Birmingham’s hottest new restaurant opening with this sizzling competition prize!

Fleet Street Kitchen is offering Midlands Gourmet Girl readers and twitter followers a competition prize of a three course meal for two. Together with a bottle of house wine with soft drinks, this is a great chance to experience the barbacoa grilled beef, seafood, rotisserie chicken, vegetarian treats and sharing platters in this contemporary venue.

Simply tweet ‘Fleet Street Kitchen’ to @midlandsgourmet to enter. A winner will be chosen on Monday 18 March.

Please note that the winner’s table must be booked in advance with the venue and is subject to availability. This offer excludes Friday and Saturday evening from 7pm-11pm and is non-transferable.

Win! A luxury hamper from Benjamin’s Deli

Benjamin's Deli hamper




To celebrate the launch of their luxury Christmas hampers, Benjamin’s Deli is offering Midlands Gourmet Girl readers a chance to win a hamper worth £45!

Owner Ben has carefully sourced the contents. He says “Each one will be slightly different as I’m only using independent producers and have chosen a limited quantity of goods. Rosemary oil, quail pâté with white wine and grapes, smoked salmon, sticky toffee apple crumble, hazelnut coffee and luxury chocolates are just some of the delicious treats inside. We’ve got three ranges available, at £45, £65 and £85 and we can deliver in time for Christmas.”

To enter this competition simply RT the tweet @midlandsgourmet.

Ben will pick a winner on Monday 17 December and your hamper will be delivered by Saturday 22 December.

Plus if you don’t win you can still receive a 15% discount off your order when you mention Midlands Gourmet Girl.