Table Talk – this week’s foodie news

The Baby Bell Aldreminster

It started its life as a dreary huntsman’s cabin somewhere south of the M25, and after just a few weeks at Alscot it’s been lovingly transformed into The Baby Bell mobile bar. Parked in the gardens of The Bell in Alderminster, this is set to be a sure fire hit for the summer.

Tuning Fork Supper Club-38

Just outside Rugby, The Tuning Fork has opened an outside dining area and is now open in the evenings too.

Independent Birmingham Festival September 2017

Independent Birmingham has announced the date for their second festival. On Sunday 17 September (12pm – 7pm) at the iconic Aston Hall, complete with: restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent culture throughout the day.Tickets cost just £8 (early bird is £5) and can be purchase here – Children under 12 go free, no ticket required.

Converted fire engine extinguishes flames of thirst


On Thursday I missed the launch of the Tipple Truck – a gleaming Dennis fire engine which looks stunning in its new guise a mobile bar.

The Tipple Truck has six taps and serves a selection of high quality craft beers and sparkling wines, it also lets customers pour their own drinks and pay for them with an Oyster type pre-loaded card.


“Whilst we can of course run The Tipple Truck as a normal service bar, we believe the self-pour will be hugely popular, as it means customers can get right up close to the fire engine,”  explains director Richard Brown (right of the picture above).

“Also, because we will be selling new and exciting craft beers, brewed by small micro-breweries that people may not have come across before, customers don’t have to go straight for a full or half pint: they have the opportunity to taste them all and see which ones they like best, as they only pay for what they pour.”

Helping to source the initial beers on sale is local beer expert and cellar man, Jason Greene (ex The Victoria in Birmingham).  Jason (left of picture above) adds “I’ve been working with brewers and landlords across the Midlands for over 25 years, and loved the idea of taking the best of the brews out and about, rather than relying on people travelling to one set venue.”


Beers and wines featured at the launch included Urban Assault, a 5% ABV American Pale Ale from Anarchy, Flatiron, a 4.7% ABV American Red from Fourpure and Glera Frizzante, an 11% vol sparkling wine from the San Martino vineyard in Veneto, the Prosecco region of Italy.

Check their Facebook page to see where the Tipple Truck will be extinguishing flames of thirst next.