Teetotallers should look away now, as this week’s table Talk is dedicated to rum, gin and ale.
Staffordshire-based Nelson’s Distillery & School have branched out from gin to offer two new rum blends. Nelson’s Signature Blend Rum and Nelson’s Roasted Pineapple Rum are blends of three individual rums from Barbados, The Dominican Republic and Jamaica. It is then aged in oak barrels for three years to give it a distinct aroma, before natural flavourings such as the pineapple are added. Prices start at £40 per 70cl bottle which can be purchased online at their shop.
Kenilworth has a new bar. The Ale Rooms has opened in Smalley Place and offers cask-conditioned ale from several local breweries and a huge selection of gins (50 at the last count). The bar is split over two floors and has an outside seating area too.
Coventry Food & Drink Festival has introduced a new Ale Trail for next weekend. Just book your ticket and arrive at Twisted Barrel Brewery in FarGo Village to collect your exclusive 1/3 pint Coventry Ale Trail glass. Your ticket and glass entitle you to a free 1/3 pint at The Phoenix, Draper’s Bar & Kitchen, Castle Grounds, The Golden Cross, Town Wall Tavern, Gatehouse, Old Windmill and Dhillon’s Brewery.
Whether cheese, chocolate, BBQ food, puddings, tapas, gin or Japanese whisky is your guilty pleasure, there is an event for you over on the Events page. November is a feast of good food and drink so enjoy!
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.
A couple of ideas of how to spend the weekend if you like gin, chocolate and Italian food. Enjoy!
The stylish Italian restaurant Fumo is now open on the fourth floor of Selfridges. This is the second Birmingham outpost for the popular family owned eaterie, with some new exclusive dishes on the menu.
Keep your eyes peeled for a new deli opening soon in Warwick. Scran will offer breakfasts, coffee, salads and baked goodies from Oken’s Kitchen. Premises are currently being refurbished at 1 St.John’s.
Probably the smallest bar in Birmingham has scooped a major award. Congratulations to 40 St Pauls for winning Best Gin List in the country. They are also the first bar in the UK to stock Sacred Gin’s new sloe gin – a must for juniper fans.
Chocoholics should head over to Brindleyplace on Saturday, where from 11am – 5pm Chocival will feature music, entertainment and a variety of food stalls. On sale will be a range of indulgent and unusual chocolate treats – from cookies to cakes, gooey brownies and chocolate flavoured cask beers, Central Square is going to be choc-a-block with cocoa flavoured goodness!
Tomorrow I will be sampling ALL the gin at a festival in Leamington and kicking off a month of events in April. Also on:
Weston Park is wishing a fond farewell to their head chef Guy Day with two special demos and tastings.
Whiskey fans will be torn between sinking a few drams at The Plough or The Alchemist who both have tastings on.
You can’t go wrong pairing craft beer with Aubrey Allen steaks, so head over to The Star & Garter in Leamington to meet the brewer too. Still in the spa town, enjoy tapas and raise funds for autism at the Season’s restaurant tapas and quiz night.
At Warwick Kitchen, Price’s Spices are hosting their first restaurant pop-up and in the Custard Factory you’ll find street food fans tucking into everything from German sausages to curries, these are both brand new events.
You’ll have to wait until the end of April to show off your chilli-eating skills at Eastnor Castle’s Chilli Festival.
My top tips for what to do are always popular, so as usual please check with the venues on ticket availability and enjoy filling your bellies!
I met Northamptonshire based craft distillery Warner Edwards at the BBC Good Food Show last year and after purchasing their divine elderflower gin I quickly became a fan.
Their latest news is a limited edition launch of Victoria Rhubarb Gin. As you’d expect with these guys, there is a story behind the blend.
The key ingredient, Queen Victoria rhubarb, was originally grown in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in the 1800s and in the 2000s was moved to Crown Estate property. Rather than being grown using today’s commercial techniques which employs chemical sprays and artificial fertilisers, the rhubarb is grown using the organic and traditional Victorian kitchen garden style. Apparently this technique greatly enriches the soil where the rhubarb is grown, so over the many years the flavours of the rhubarb are greatly improved.
Victoria Rhubarb Gin is an infusion of the distiller’s award winning Harrington Dry gin with rhubarb juice and sugar.
Tom Warner, co-founder of Warner Edwards said: “Our rhubarb gin is smooth and earthy with an exquisite fruity balance of sweet and sour. The rhubarb combines natural acidity with a fruity sweetness to create a real palate cleanser that’s exceptionally quaffable.”
Only 8,000 bottles of Warner Edwards delicate pink-hued gin are being produced, which retail at the royal corner shop Fortnum & Mason’s for £35.