A trio of new restaurant openings

new openings

In Leamington Spa a sign on an empty shop in Warwick Street has sparked my interest. Paleo is scheduled to open in August, the head chef has worked at Nobu in London and promises to use wood, charcoal, fire and smoke to cook your food.

There’s something fishy going on in Birmingham as two new restaurants are getting ready to welcome diners. The Great Western Arcade will soon be home to the quirky Sushi Passion and over in Brindleyplace seafood lovers are eagerly awaiting Le Monde to open its doors.

Look out for my reviews soon.

Bistro 1847 Easter Supper Club

Hop over the Great Western Arcade and you could be tucking into a new Supper Club menu especially for Easter, from the vegetarian restaurant Bistro 1847.

Bistro 1847 grapevine

Chef Alex Claridge explains why he is excited about the evening.

“Easter is an exciting time in the kitchen. Our native crops are coming in and with that comes an increasing arsenal of colour, texture and delicate flavours from which to         choose. Our first supper club menu captures just that with lots of bright colour, fresh        herbs and florals and I hope a lighter, playful touch.

“If you fancy a tipple, we’ve also concocted an exclusive special menu of cocktails and wine and whisky matching for this evening.”

The five course menu includes;

edible flowers, garden herb, goats’ curd, candied beetroot

lovage and herb soup, ricotta fritters

fennel and blue tarte tartin, spring pickles, hay and honey-roast potato

smoked whisky fudge

rhubarb and ginger bakewell, brown bread ice cream.


The dinner starts at 7.30pm and guests will be seated on one shared table. The Easter Supper costs £35 per person. http://bistro1847.com



Good luck to Bistro 1847 , a new vegetarian and vegan restaurant, opening today in the Great Western Arcade, Birmingham.

Bistro 1847

Expect dishes with cute and quirky titles.  Oh I do like to be beside the seaside local beer and Balti battered mead marinated halloumi or smoked tofu, hand cut chunky chips, burnt Lemon and crème fraiche tartare. Apple of my eye celeriac and Granny Smith hush puppies, sour cream and jalapeno popcorn, green chilli and pear jelly.  As an opening special offer, a two course lunch will be £16 and £20 for three courses.

National Cupcake Week

12th – 16th September is National Cupcake Week, so whether you need a  sensational centerpiece for a party or just a single treat, there are a selection of cupcake bakers in Warwickshire that can satisfy your sweet fix .

The gorgeous cupcakes at 90 Day Café in the Great western Arcade are handmade on the premises in their open kitchen, which can be taken away or enjoyed in the cute café upstairs. The window display is always stunning so forget the diet – you deserve it!  www.the90cafe.com

Chocolate orange, apple and cinnamon and a taste of Bakewell are among the freshly baked to order treats from Rachel’s Cupcakes, which are available to buy from the Yew Tree Café in Henley in Arden or via the website www.rachels-cupcakes.co.uk.

Founder of Jolly Good Pud Company Heidi Thompson started baking when she was six years old! She now shares her tips on making the perfect cupcakes with lucky residents in Rugby who are fans of the sophisticated, elegant creations (which are pictured above). http://www.jollygoodpud.co.uk

For a birthday, leaving present or just because its Friday, Chitty’s Cake Company in Birmingham will deliver a box of a dozen cup cakes to a Birmingham city centre postcode for £20. www.chittyscakecompany.co.uk

Anderson & Hill

Strolling through the Great Western Arcade, with the willpower not to buy gorgeous cupcakes from the 90 Day Café, I went into Anderson & Hill instead.

This bijoux deli has a small, but carefully selected, range of coffees, biscuits and pasta that you’d expect plus the best range of cheeses you’ll find in the city centre. Anderson & Hill doesn’t have a website yet, but their product update tweets are well worth following.

 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham B2 5HU 0121 236 28 29