The next time you hanker for an authentic mac ‘n’ cheese, head to Grand Central in Birmingham. From June this will be the home of Anthony Duffy’s debut restaurant Holy Moly Macaroni, which will be serving authentic Harlem soul food inspired by his trips Stateside.
You may have seen Anthony in his Mac Shack at Digbeth Dining Club, or street food events up and down the country, as he has spent the last couple of years perfecting his recipes.
Get ready for dishes including The Fun Guy – mac and cheese with smoked pancetta and wild mushrooms – and The Vampire Slayer – macaroni with roasted garlic oil and Parmesan. As well as their four cheese macaroni double dipped fried chicken in a ginger beer batter , baby back eight-hour smoked ribs and New York cheesecakes will feature on the menu.
Anthony says: “I am so excited for the opening of the restaurant. It gives me such pride to open an independent restaurant in Birmingham that has it individuality and personality. It’s not a corporate and never will be.”
Opening towards the end of June, Holy Moly Macaroni will be open every day from 11 am to 10 pm. More details on their FB page www.facebook.com/holymolymac.
With only a month until they open, work is well underway on The Orangery Restaurant and cocktail lounge at Old Rectory House in Redditch.
After investing £500K into the makeover, the Shaker Group is transforming the The Old Rectory Hotel into a restaurant and cocktail bar with outside seating and private dining areas.
The new Orangery Restaurant will create a 90 seater dining room overlooking the impressive terrace and gardens. To eat you can expect a great value lunchtime set menu, afternoon tea, sharing plates, bottomless brunch and a Sunday family roast lunch, featuring locally sourced selected cuts of prime rare breed 28 day dry aged steaks.
On the drinks side, the team behind The Kenilworth Hotel and Gas Street Social are creating signature cocktails for the 30 seater cocktail lounge. A rotating selection of craft beers will also be available on tap and in bottles, as well an extensive international wine menu.
Lindsey Turner, General Manager said: “Old Rectory House has stood on the Ipsley site for several hundreds of years and is one the most significant historical buildings within the region, having played host to lords and ladies in years gone by. Most of the people we speak to in Redditch don’t even know this hidden gem exists, you really will feel like you are being transported into the middle of the Warwickshire countryside or the Cotswolds for that matter.”
Apart from the deli boards at The Almanac and cocktails at The Kenilworth, I’m always at a bit of a loss at where to go to eat and drink in Kenilworth.
The Cross is spectacular, but not an everyday venue, so I’m hoping that the opening of Number 11 Restaurant may help bridge the gap between snacks and full blow-out Michelin star meals.
The former Beef restaurant on Warwick Road has been given a makeover by the new co-owner chef Amir Dilba. Amir was born in Leamington Spa and worked with the brigade at Mallory Court before becoming Head Chef at Beef. Last year the opportunity to buy Beef from Andreas Antona came up, so Amir and restaurant manager Shireen Sabedien siezed the chance to open their own restaurant.
Number 11 will open for brunch, lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Diners can expect a relaxed, friendly, neighbourhood restaurant serving brunch classics such as eggs Benedict and more restaurant style dishes such as scallops, black pudding, pancetta and pea purée. Burgers with all the trimmings start at £9.50 with beef cuts at £14.50 and an early bird midweek supper of two courses for £15.95.
Number 11 Restaurant opens this weekend and I wish Amir and Shireen the best of luck with this new restaurant in Kenilworth.