Beer Central is on its way

I’m putting the finishing touches to part two of my food festival feature, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you news of a new beer festival coming to Brum. Continue reading “Beer Central is on its way”

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.

The Fab Four

There has been a glut of new restaurant openings in Birmingham over the last few weeks, with more on the way, so I thought that  now would be a good time to take a look at four of some of the exciting  new eateries.

Maribel Restaurnat Birmigham dessert

Maribel  quietly took over the space formerly occupied by Edmunds and now has chef Richard Turner at the helm. This Brindley Place restaurant offers “French influenced modern British cooking”. Birmingham food writer Paul Fulford visited on their opening night and you can read Paul’s review here

Baked in Brick

Street food fans are counting down the days until Baked in Brick opens a restaurant  in the Custard Factory (opposite Kanteen).  Owner Lee is swapping his converted Mini for a woodfired oven to cook his BBQ chicken wraps and Neopolitan style pizzas in the venue that will seat 60 diners.

Opheem restaurant Birmingham

Opheem is Aktar Islam’s new solo restaurant, which has been welcoming diners during a soft launch this week. From the beginning of June, diners can expect Dorset Cross hoggat cutlet, with date and sultana puree and green cardamom; slow braised ox cheek, with millet kichdi, girole mushroom and desserts including curd dumpling, with milk sorbet, milk skin, granite and yoghurt shard. It is on Summer Row, next door to his second new eaterie Mi Amore, which serves Italian dishes.

The Rebel Chicken Birmingham

Social media is clucking about  Rebel Chicken  Hot on the heel of Bonehead, this chicken joint in the Jewellery Quarter will be serving rotissetie cooked birds, with all the sweetcorn and slaw sides you’d expect when it opens on Friday 1st June. (Look out for tomorrow’s Table Talk with details of a 10% discount off food).

 

So four fab new venues for you to try in Birmingham!

Table Talk – Friday 9th March

A regional flavour to this week’s table talk, with an extension to Hanbao in Worcester planned, a new craft beer pub in Stafford opening  and Digbeth Dining Club’s first visit to Shrewsbury.

Hanbao Worcester

If they receive planning approval, burger fans in Worcester will have more space to enjoy at Hanbao. The restaurant and cocktail bar would like to add a rooftop bar to their Foregate Street premises. Due to open just in time for the summer.

Titanic Brewery beers

Titanic Brewery has designs on the former Co-op in Bodmin Avenue Stafford to transform the building into a café bar. Scheduled to open in April, the new venue will serve craft beers alongside food and coffee.

Dim Sum Su

The Digbeth Dining Club is on its travels again, this time going over to Shrewsbury for the first time. Teaming up with Severn Social, they will bring ten of their favourite street food traders from around the UK to start off a summer of monthly events in the town. Featuring Fat Snags, Dicks Smokehouse, Dim Sum Su, Baked in Brick, Bournville Waffle Company, Urban Cheesecake, Pimp My Wings, Street Souvlaki and Leave it to Esmie’s. From Saturday 7th April. Noon to 9pm £2 entry.

Converted fire engine extinguishes flames of thirst

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On Thursday I missed the launch of the Tipple Truck – a gleaming Dennis fire engine which looks stunning in its new guise a mobile bar.

The Tipple Truck has six taps and serves a selection of high quality craft beers and sparkling wines, it also lets customers pour their own drinks and pay for them with an Oyster type pre-loaded card.

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“Whilst we can of course run The Tipple Truck as a normal service bar, we believe the self-pour will be hugely popular, as it means customers can get right up close to the fire engine,”  explains director Richard Brown (right of the picture above).

“Also, because we will be selling new and exciting craft beers, brewed by small micro-breweries that people may not have come across before, customers don’t have to go straight for a full or half pint: they have the opportunity to taste them all and see which ones they like best, as they only pay for what they pour.”

Helping to source the initial beers on sale is local beer expert and cellar man, Jason Greene (ex The Victoria in Birmingham).  Jason (left of picture above) adds “I’ve been working with brewers and landlords across the Midlands for over 25 years, and loved the idea of taking the best of the brews out and about, rather than relying on people travelling to one set venue.”

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Beers and wines featured at the launch included Urban Assault, a 5% ABV American Pale Ale from Anarchy, Flatiron, a 4.7% ABV American Red from Fourpure and Glera Frizzante, an 11% vol sparkling wine from the San Martino vineyard in Veneto, the Prosecco region of Italy.

Check their Facebook page to see where the Tipple Truck will be extinguishing flames of thirst next.

On your bike for a new craft beer

Warwickshire’s award winning Purity Brewing Co is launching a new craft beer to the media at real ale pub The Wellington in Birmingham on Monday.

Purity Brewing Co founders

Saddle Black is their first black beer, made with smoked, chocolate and black malts that create a well-rounded beer with aromas of citrus, chocolate and espresso. Saddle Black can be paired with  tangy hard cheeses such as Black Bomber cheddar.  It also suits rich chocolate puddings, chocolate cake, tarts and tortes.

Purity Brewing Co Saddle Black

The beer’s name is a tribute to cyclists and signals a collaboration between the brewer and Pashley Cycles from Stratford upon Avon, who have designed some special bicycles with leather saddles embossed with the Purity Brewing Co logo.  (These are limited edition bikes that will be available as competition prizes.)

Look out for Saddle Black from the end of November at local pubs.