Table Talk Friday 6th April

All change for two venues in Shrewsbury and  Coventry and where you can drink Neat Gin in Birmingham in this week’s Table Talk.

Darwin's Kitchen Shrewsbury

The Porter House in Shrewsbury has been refurbished and has reopened as Darwin’s Kitchen. With some monkey-inspired interior design features, the bar offers a variety of sharing platters and grilled dishes.

Totally Vegan cafe Fargo Village Coventry

Totally Vegan in Coventry have expanded to new, bigger premises in Fargo Village, where the café serves freshly cooked breakfasts, pizzas, salad bowls and cakes.

Neat Gin by Adam Woodyatt at Resorts World

World Bar and Sky Bar at Resorts World are now serving  Neat Gin, distilled by actor Adam Woodyatt (aka Ian Beale in Eastenders). April sees Neat become World Bar’s Gin of the Month, for the perfect serve add Mediterranean tonic and pink grapefruit.

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Table Talk Friday 16th March

From biltong to Shakshuka, there is an international feel to this week’s Table Talk.

Bread from farmers market

Coventry is about to welcome a new farmers market. Starting from Saturday 28th April, the farmers market at Fargo Village will run from 11am to 5pm with a wide range of fresh, local produce.

Ben's Biltong

Ben’s Biltong full range is now available from The Meat Room butcher’s in Leamington Spa. The South African snacks include original, garlic and chutney, chilli and chipotle varieties.

Comptoir Libanais

Next week a new Lebanese restaurant will open in Birmingham’s Grand Central. Comptoir Libanais prepares authentic Middle-Eastern dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and to takeaway including tagines and mezze.

 

Table Talk – 6 October

So in this week’s round-up I’ve got news of an American diner in Coventry, award-winning street food in Birmingham, a new menu for a Warwickshire pub and a new opening in Atherstone to kickstart your weekend.

Spangles Coventry

Spangles diner in Coventry is getting ready to leave Fargo Village. Their home for the past two years is now too small for them so they will be opening a new 160-seater venue for sweet treats and  afternoon teas. Spangles owner Kelly Isles said: “It’s all really exciting the new diner is going to be so fun and very different style and will bring something really exciting that’s never been in Coventry before.”

Baked in Brick European Street Food Awards 2017

Congratulations to Baked in Brick who won Euro Street Food Award for Best of the Best Street Food. Chef Lee’s winning dish was beef shin ragu and mushroom calzone, 24 hour beef chilli cheese wrap, wood fired mackerel fillet spiced with Egyptian dukkah and roasted butternut squash calzone. Catch him at Digbeth Dining Club.

The Duck on the Pond Southam

The Duck on the Pond in Long Itchington (near Southam) is celebrating a year since its reopening with a brand new menu. All will be revealed at an exclusive seven-course tasting experience on 10th October with tickets for the dinner at £25.

Steamin Billy bitter

Leicestershire-based Steamin’ Billy Brewing is to re-open The White Horse in Atherstone at the end of October, following a refurbishment. When open, the pub will offer stone-baked pizzas, steak and burgers alongside craft beer, cocktails and wine.

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.

Flying-Cow-burger

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.

Fargo Village six months on

fargo-village-artwork

Despite the miserable weather yesterday, I had an enjoyable afternoon mooching about Fargo Village in Coventry meeting some new food traders and producers.

Nosh and Ciaow

Italian inspired and gluten-free street food from Nosh and Ciaow, part of the Scoff Street food collective – with arancini to die for!

63 Islands menu

It was a difficult choice but we went for the Bajan Chicken from 63 Islands who serve Caribbean dishes in a burrito style wrap. They will be at the Warwick Food Festival on Sunday 24 May.

Brownie Brownie

Coventry-based baker Eileen will be at 1st Thursdays in Rugby on Thursday 7 May.

Winter warmers

If the weather outside is frightful here are some January events guaranteed to warm you up!

January events

This month you can brighten up a Winter’s day with a glass of Nyetimber English wine, as part of Mallory Court’s winter afternoon tea, or laze away your weekend at the new back room brunch by Peel & Stone in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa and the Library of Birmingham are just two of the venues piping in the haggis to celebrate Burns’ Night. Another cause for celebration is the luxurious four course dinner at Turners Restaurant Taste of Winter dinner.

If yo ucan wait until the end of the month, Scoff Street Food returns to Fargo Village in Coventry after their seasonal break.

As usual all details can be found on the Events page. If you are going to any of these events let me know  – I’d love to hear what you think of them.

Something for the weekend….

Are you like me planning next weekend before this one is over? If you missed them on the Events page, here are three local food and drink activities taking place next weekend.

Nuthurst Grange

Friday 28 November

MasterChef Evening Nuthurst Grange

 beer taps

Friday 28 November – Saturday 29 November

Winter Beer Festival, Towcester Race Course

 Spectacular Goat pizza

Saturday 29 November

Street food and beer festival Fargo Village , Coventry

 

Frommage fun at Fargo Village

Do you remember the periodic table from school chemistry class?

Dan Akers

Dan Akers does and will be wearing this rather fetching hat for a cheese tasting quiz at Fargo Village on Saturday 15 November.

Cheeses from periodic table of cheese

Frommage fans will be tasting 10 mystery cheeses and trying to guess which ‘element’ on the periodic table they are, with the highest scoring team winning a cheesy prize.

The Periodic Table of Cheese 50 varieties

The periodic table of cheese  quiz is just one of the events that is running as part of Fargo Village’s first Artisan and World Food festival. Scoff Street Food will be there alongside stallholders packed with ideas for Christmas gifts.

Tickets for the periodic table of cheese are available here but Midlands Gourmet Girl has four tickets up for grabs!

To win, answer this simple question – which leaves are used to wrap Cornish Yarg?

Send your answer to midlandsgournmetgirl@gmail.com. Winner will be drawn on Wednesday. Good luck!

Whats on this weekend

What are you doing this weekend? Here are some idea that might tempt you to eat and shop local.

Chamberlains pan-fried scallops tapas

Chamberlains Birmingham

This is the fourth year that the award-winning fish and chip shop is offering a weekend of tapas from £4.99. How many chippies in Birmingham could you try Artic char, yellowfin sole and soft shell crab?
Sweet As chocolate cake by Karen Massey

Sweet As Leamington Spa

Two excuses to eat cake this weekend in Leamington, it is the fifth birthday for the lovely Sweet As team on Saturday and their shop has had a makeover.

Spectacular Goat pizza

Fargo Village Coventry

Spectacular Goat, Canoodle and 63 Islands will be serving tasty fresh food at Fargo Village this weekend.

Bourneville Waffle Company

Autumn Market The Bond, Digbeth

Seasonal markets are returning to The Bond for a one day urban festival with local artists, artisan food producers, street food, bar and music. New for this event are a cocktail masterclass by The Shack revolution for £17 and an afternoon tea for £16 per person. From 12 – 6pm.