Spring into March

Over on the event page you’ll find some great food and drink experiences to enjoy this month.

March events

My top five picks for March are

  •  Thursday 5 1st Thursdays street food market in Rugby
  • Thursday 19 Cotswolds Distillery tasting at The Bell in Alderminster
    Friday 20  Afternoon tea with Lisa Faulkner at Hampton Manor, Solihull
  • Thursday 26 Champagne Evening at Edmunds in Birmingham
  • Saturday 28 Food Fair at The Almanac Kenilworth

If you are going to any of these events why not write a review that I can share as a guest post?

A wee dram for Burns’ Night


There is a whole weekend of activities to celebrate the life and verse of the Scottish poet in Birmingham and Warwickshire coming up, so if need  somewhere to swing your sporran in style here are my top three picks.

The Pump Room Restaurant

Starting with The Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.  On Friday 23rd, the evening starts with a sparkling drinks reception around the magical torch-lit Roman Baths, a Piper, Burns’ Night supper in The Pump Room Restaurant, Burns’ poetry readings by Leonard Pearcey as well as a charity raffle in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal and live band. The menu includes a shot of Cullen skink soup, fillet steak and cranachan for £55 per person.

Hampton Manor Grand Drawing Room

The  Hampton Manor boutique hotel in Solihull, serves their traditional Burns Night Supper in their fabulous grand drawing room on Saturday 24th. The evening will start with a welcome cocktail at 7.30pm followed by a delicious meal at 8pm. Pipe Major Martin Hewins will lead the proceedings and address the haggis, before guests tuck into Haggis Neeps and tatties, Scottish hand dived scallops, Scotch Beef Wellington, a selection of Scottish cheeses and biscuits, whisky cream and shortbread. Vegetarian option includes a veggie haggis and butternut squash Wellington.

 Birmingham Whisky Club

On Sunday 25th, from 7pm-9pm the Library of Birmingham is hosting Birmingham’s Poet Laureate Joanna Skelt and a selection of fantastic poems. To accompany this event the Birmingham Whisky Club has chosen a fantastic collection of Scottish whisky for everyone. Held at Book Rotunda, Level 2, tickets are £30.

Pop into the Parlour

How elegant does the new Parlour at Hampton Manor look!

The Parlour Hampton Manor

The hotel says “We are delighted to open the Parlour this month, which provides a relaxed setting, overlooking the gardens. Sink into a deep sofa for a long chat by the roaring fire, spoil yourself with an indulgent afternoon tea, or sip away the evening with a glass of fizz”.

Peels unveils a new look

The team at Hampton Manor has been tweeting about an exciting new development for Peels restaurant.

Peels is unveiling a new eight seater Tasting Room, while the restaurant moves into the original dining room of the Manor house to serve twenty six diners at a time.

Chef Ryan Swift will be launching a new a la carte menu, along with four and seven course tasting options.He says “I’ve enjoyed cooking for our guests in the beautiful courtyard, but as a team we’ve had a growing sense that, given a more intimate environment, we could bring something more to the table.”

Peels montage

The new restaurant is designed to reflect the natural and artisanal passion in the kitchen. With leather topped tables, linen napkins and handmade plates from local potter Neil Alcock.

And the revamp does not stop there, in May the original drawing room will be restored to its former use as a lounge area for drinks and afternoon teas.

Peel’s Restaurant by Martyn Pearn









The winner of the Warwickshire and Worcestershire Life Food and Drink Awards for Best Restaurant 2012 is Peel’s Restaurant by Martyn Pearn.  I have interviewed Executive Head Chef Martyn Pearn to try and discover his recipe for success. Find out what his favourite ingredients are and who he would like to cook for on the Profiles page.