Both hospitality trade and Birmingham media have reported on the announcement that Steve and Claire Love are closing their Birmingham restaurant at the end of May.
Here is what they have to say about leaving the city and their plans for a new venture;
“After six wonderful years, Steve and I are closing the doors at the end of this month.
We have come to the end of our current lease and made the difficult decision not to renew for a further six years. Not an easy decision, I am sure you can imagine, as we have made some great friends and welcomed so many of you to our home here in Birmingham.
“But fear not, this isn’t the end. Our home and our young family are in Warwickshire and so we are heading back home to open a beautiful “Restaurant with Rooms” in about 12 months time. We are in negotiations on the property at the moment and are looking for investors for the project. But we hope to offer our guests, a full intimate fine dining experience, with eight bedrooms, a contemporary bar and lounge eatery and a wine tasting room.
“A massive, huge and heartfelt thank you to all you for supporting us during our time in Birmingham. None of it would have been possible without you continuing to support us both with dining with us and all your wonderful, kind words over the years. We can’t wait to welcome to our new home and will keep in contact between now and then as we do some pop ups to keep ourselves busy.”
So it sounds like the closure of Loves Restaurant is Birmingham’s loss but Warwickshire’s gain, when they open their new venue.
Amy Seton (Whisky Miss) and Ian Harvey (The Wine Tasting Company) are the masterminds behind a brand new event – Birmingham’s first wine festival.
Festival goers will have unlimited tasting of wine, champagne, sparkling and fortified wines and expert master-classes led by leading figures from the wine and food industry.
Taking place at The Hyatt Regency on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 June, the festival is expected to attract nearly 2,000 wine lovers from around the country. They will have the chance to taste a large selection of wines including new and rare varieties, some of which have not been seen in the city before.
Some of the region’s top chefs and restaurants are providing gastronomic delights too. Richard Turner will be creating six tasting dishes each being matched with suitable wine, Loves Restaurant will be championing local produce matched with English wine and Clarke & Lee will be creating some exciting food and wine pairings.
Tickets cost £25 and are available via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-wine-festival-tickets-11020214759
Cheers to Birmingham’s first wine weekender!
The Birmingham Food Fest and Colmore Business District Food Festival are back for a second year. More foodie activities, including a Summer Lobster event at Turners, a Gastro Card charity lunch and a canapés masterclass at Loves restaurant are now on the Events page.
From Sunday (3rd) Loves restaurant will be open for Sunday lunches. Served from noon -2pm their five course menu boasts Steve’s mammoth Yorkshire puddings.
Café Gnosh in Rugby has launched a great Summer offer – a bottle of house wine and sharing plate of cured fish, meat or vegetarian for £15.95
Birmingham says ciaow to Italian tapas with the opening of Fumo on Friday 9th June. I’ll be trying lunch there and posting my review on Tuesday 12th June.