Table Talk – Friday 26th October

Taste of Staffordshire

Thank you to Richard at Taste of Staffordshire for giving us the scoop on the county’s  best restaurants, pubs, tea rooms and farm shops – all winners at the 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards.

Liam Dillon The Boat Inn Lichfield

The Boat Inn

The Boat Inn won the Independent Restaurant of the Year award even though it has been open for less than 18 months! Owner and head chef Liam Dillon has used all his experience from working in some of the world’s top restaurants to great effect, with spectacular dishes which truly set his menus apart from the rest. His ambition of becoming Staffordshire’s first Michelin-starred eatery may not be too far away.

Three Horsehoes County Inn Leek

The Three Horseshoes Country Inn

If you’re looking for something more laid-back, head for our Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year,. The Three Horseshoes Country Inn . You’ll find traditional British favourites alongside more modern signature dishes, plus a breath-taking Staffordshire Peak District backdrop. This beautiful venue has won this award for the past two years

The Roebuck Staffordshire

The Roebuck

Staffordshire is packed with great hostelries, but none are better than the 2018 Pub of the Year, The Roebuck Owned by Titanic Brewery, this 400-year-old inn offers an excellent range of cask and craft ales – with 19 pumps to choose from – plus roaring fires and home-cooked traditional fayre. And your canine companions are guaranteed a warm welcome and a tasty treat or two as well.

The Cottage Kitchen Cafe Leek

The Cottage Kitchen Country Café

Our Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year, The Cottage Kitchen Country Café is committed to using local suppliers, with a menu full of homemade treats – including the outstanding cheesecake! The Cottage Kitchen provides a true taste of Staffordshire, and you can buy many of the delicious ingredients from the neighbouring Cottage Delight outlet to take home.

Denstone Hall Farm Shop

Denstone Hall Farm Shop

The winner of the prestigious Farm Shop of the Year accolade, Denstone Hall Farm Shop is well known for excellent customer service and packing the shelves with the county’s tastiest produce, such as cheeses, chutneys, meats and chocolates from within 40 miles of their front door. This year, Denstone Hall also won the Judges Choice Award after scoring a faultless 100% in their inspection.



Table Talk – Friday 22nd June

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This weekend the UK’s largest food festival takes over Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park. Foodies Festival has Michelin starred chefs Glynn Purnell and Brad Carter  demonstrating their culinary flair on stage, whilst there will be plenty of artisan producers, street food stalls, bars and master classes to enjoy.  Open today from noon – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm. Entrance costs are free for children under 12, £5 for teenagers and a range of different adult tickets from  £12.

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The next evening event at Denstone Hall Farm Shop  appealing titled ‘Summer Fresh Feasting’ is on Friday 6th July. Here you can choose local and seasonal dishes, including Staffordshire Moorlands lamb and Denstone Hall 28 day aged sirloin steak, and dine overlooking the beautiful River Churnet.

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The Old Bramshall Inn, on the outskirts of Uttoxeter is welcoming a new landlord. You might recognise his face, as it is the actor Neil Morrissey. This is the second Staffordshire pub  for Neil who already runs The Plume of Feathers in Barlaston. The Old Bramshall Inn  is currently undergoing a refurbishment and will reopen on Thursday 28th June with a new separate dining room, bar and lounge area and pub garden

Table Talk – Friday 20th April

Kilder Bar Birmingham

In Birmingham, OPM has opened a new bar, Kilder, next door to their Digbeth eatery. The bar serves craft beer, cider, natural wine and a host of tasty bar snacks including pork pies made from locally reared Paddock Farm pigs.

Denstone Hall farm shop cakes

Denstone Hall Farm Shop has scooped both the Large Farm Shop and Midlands Retailer of the Year awards earlier in the week at the Farm Shop and Deli Show. Congratulations! The family run farm shop and café on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire border is part of a thriving beef and arable agricultural business  They use their own produce from the farm and source high quality local produce with provenance.

The Four Alls Welford on Avon

Locals in Stratford upon Avon are counting down the days to The Four Alls pub re-opening in May. Following a £1.9m refurbishment and redesign, works include the addition of a glazed extension which faces the river to provide a light-filled restaurant for up to 80 guests, a new inglenook fireplace in the bar plus a barn will also provide additional dining for larger groups and parties.