Cracking Fathers Day gifts

If you’re looking for a ‘cracking’ Fathers Day present, then I don’t think that you can go wrong with Glynn Purnell’s eggcellent first book Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales.


Revealing the recipes of 100 much loved dishes including ‘The Emotions of Cheese and Pineapple’ and ‘Haddock, Eggs and Cornflakes’ the book also gives readers an insight into Glynn’s cooking history. With no holds barred, his humour and passion for food and cooking fly off the pages. £19.99 from all good bookshops, including Waterstones in Birmingham.

Here are two other ideas for Fathers Day gifts, with a distinctively Midlands flavour.

It is not just us ladies that love an afternoon tea! Over at Coombe Abbey gentlemen can enjoy their very own Knights Afternoon Tea.

Coombe Abbey Knight's Gentlemans afternoon tea

Scotch duck egg, Malt Farm pork pie, venison and red wine sausage roll, mature cheddar and sticky pickle sandwich, a chocolate fudge brownie, freshly baked scone with preserves and Cornish clotted cream are served with half a pint of Coombe ale. Available for£19.75 per person (Monday to Friday) and £22.75 per person (Saturday and Sunday).

If you’re Dad likes his food hot, then a Fathers Day Spicy Man Box from Ross and Ross Food may be a good option. As winners of last year’s Best Midlands Street Food at the BBC Good Food Show, these guys are purveyors of fine cheeses, terrines and pates all produced in the Cotswolds.

Ross & Ross Food Fathers Day spicy man box

Goodies contained in the box are a bottle of Pale Whale, British Charcuterie made by the Cotswold Curer, Mr Trotter’s Great British Crackling  pork scratchings flavoured with jalapeno chilli and a jar of smoked apple chutney. All for £20.

So three tasty Father Day gifts all for £20!

February food and drink events

So what food and drink events are on the horizon for February?

Feb events

Celebrate the end of the British game season with the The Star and Garter in Leamington Spa.

Spice up your taste buds with a North Indian food festival in Birmingham with Lasan, or slap your thighs to the oompah band at Coombe Abbey’s Bavarian Night.

Continue the Chinese New Year celebrations at The Oriental with their wine matching dinner, join the old world versus new world debate at Hotel du Vin, or bubble into the weekend with the Friday Fizz birthday party at The Leamington Wine Company.

The choice is yours!

November events

November events start with a bang at Coombe Abbey’s Gunpowder Gala.

In Birmingham you could be quaffing wine with Olly Smith at the Hotel du Vin or port at Opus restaurant.

Leamington Wine Company

The Leamington Wine Company will be getting into the festive spirit with their Christmas tasting of over 100 wines while at Hill Top Farm the party continues for their 10th anniversary.

Pika Pika burger

For a pop-up with a difference there are Japanese burgers in Kings Heath and an Italian deli in Moseley.  The last event for the month is the UK’s biggest food show from BBC Good Food Show Winter at the NEC.  More details on the Events page.

June Food Events


Which food events are you going to in June? From to a street food market to a medieval banquet, there should be something to tempt you on the Events page.


April Food Events

Details of Kids Easter Biscuit Decorating Class at Carluccios; a Good Friday Fish Supper at Mallory Court Hotel; a Spanish themed evening at Grant’s of Sheep Street; a Jazz Brunch at The Arden Hotel; National Stilton Week and an Easter Sunday Lunch at Coombe Abbey are now on the Events page.