Breaking news – two Georgian town houses in Stratford upon Avon are to be converted to form a new Hotel du Vin. The new boutique hotel in Rother Street will include 48 rooms, a bistro and private dining rooms when it opens at the end of next year.
Over on the Events page you’ll find my top ten picks for food and drink events this month.
The Sketts Fine Foods Market in Victoria Square and Food Market at the mac are great places to buy hot food to eat there and then as well as treats to take home.
Over a leisurely four courses, Portugese and German wines will be tasted at Hotel du Vin and Square Door wine tasting dinners.
The art of tea is explored at Itihaas and following Chinese New Year Lap-Fai Lee tutors a Chinese Family Feast evening class at Harborne Food School.
Street food fans need to know that Leamington’s own Fresh Rootz make their debut at Digbeth Dining Club, while street food guru Low n Slow is back at Brew Dog for a pop-up. Andy’s signature ribs, alongside ox cheek tacos and brisket fries will be on the menu.
The popular Opus Dinner Series continues with Carrolls Heritage Potatoes hosting the next evening. Over at their sister venue Bar Opus, you can shake it up with Sam during an hour long cocktails masterclass.
So whether you are food shopping with local producers, learning about wine regions, tucking into street food or mastering new culinary skills it all adds up to being a fabulous February!
So summer is officially over and what have we got to look forward to in September?
A trio of food festivals, wine tastings, a new gin festival, a South African street food pop-up and the start of the British lobster season are my top tips for food and drink events this month.
Birmingham Independent Food Festival is back at a new venue, Millennium Point, to showcase more than 40 local producers. Over in Warwickshire, The Great British Food Festival is a new event for the county and Shipston on Stour’s food festival returns for a second year.
Hotel du Vin’s long standing sommelier Francois takes guests on a tour of his favourite wines, Northamptonshire vineyard New Lodge unveils three new wines at their open day, while in Warwick The High Pavement savours wines from Bordeaux. Juniper fans can get their fix at the new Gin Festival in Birmingham.
The details for all of these food and drink events are on the Events page.
As well as some tasty food events, there seems to be a glut of wine tasting events on this month. From new Spanish wines at Hotel du Vin and New World at The White Swan, to sampling South African varieties at the Leamington Wine Company.
Two new events are being launched in Birmingham. New Hall Hotel & Spa is hosting a dinner with a difference. Their Big Heart Bollywood Bash is a fundraiser for the Cardiac Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Over in Digbeth, the guys behind The Bournville Wafffle Company are laying on a spread of food, drink, arts and entertainment at the Spring Market.
‘Call my quaff’ is a fun wine quiz being held at The Clarendon pub in Leamington Spa and if you ‘knead’ to learn a practical skill try the bread making classes at Crustum Bakery in Kenilworth.
All of the details are on the Events page.
So what food and drink events are on the horizon for February?
Celebrate the end of the British game season with the The Star and Garter in Leamington Spa.
Spice up your taste buds with a North Indian food festival in Birmingham with Lasan, or slap your thighs to the oompah band at Coombe Abbey’s Bavarian Night.
Continue the Chinese New Year celebrations at The Oriental with their wine matching dinner, join the old world versus new world debate at Hotel du Vin, or bubble into the weekend with the Friday Fizz birthday party at The Leamington Wine Company.
The choice is yours!
November events start with a bang at Coombe Abbey’s Gunpowder Gala.
In Birmingham you could be quaffing wine with Olly Smith at the Hotel du Vin or port at Opus restaurant.
The Leamington Wine Company will be getting into the festive spirit with their Christmas tasting of over 100 wines while at Hill Top Farm the party continues for their 10th anniversary.
For a pop-up with a difference there are Japanese burgers in Kings Heath and an Italian deli in Moseley. The last event for the month is the UK’s biggest food show from BBC Good Food Show Winter at the NEC. More details on the Events page.
I have changed the blog slightly by deleting the Competitions, Drinks and Profiles pages, but don’t worry I will now be incorporating these features into the Home / news page.
I’ve also added a new Table Talk page, with weekly updates on the best deals and incentives from local restaurants, bars and hotels. This week you can find out how to get 20% off at Turners, £10 off the Olly Smith Wine Dinner at Hotel du Vin and 15% off your bill at Opus restaurant in Birmingham.