In just its first week of opening, The Bower House is causing a stir in Shipston on Stour.
Just 10 miles form Stratford upon Avon, Shipston on Stour was recently named by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in the Midlands!
Now home to The Bower House, the restaurant occupies the ground floor of a former Georgian town house, with five boutique bedrooms above. Dishes on the sample menu range from Evesham asparagus with pink grapefruit to Herefordshire bavette with watercress salad.
The Bower House brings together a line-up of industry experts – Henry Harris (Racine and The Groucho Club) with Darren Brown as Head Chef (The Lucky Onion and 131 in Cheltenham) alongside General Manager Edward Cambridge from Soho Farmhouse.
A trio of new openings in Birmingham will be offering an appetising menu of truffle-topped pizza, street food and gin.
After India, Argentina and the USA, the Lasan Group are looking to Italy for their new concept which opens in the Selfridges Food Hall later this month. Izza! will serve sourdough pizzas, antipasti, cured meats and salads. The thin-crust pizzas will be baked in a beechwood-fired oven. Expect to pay £8 for a basic Margherita to around £15 for a truffle- topped pizza.
The Mosaic Pub and Dining Group (who own the Button Factory in the Jewellery Quarter) is turning the former Fiddle & Bone into The Distillery. The canal side pub will re-open after Easter with a gin bar upstairs and pub serving real ales downstairs.
During the Easter weekend, on Saturday 15 April, the Custard Factory will be launching Street Food Saturday their first monthly street food event. Expect German sausages from @yumlautcurries and chaats from @TheIndianRasoi homemade soups and deli sandwiches from @little6T3 and a selection of international dishes from @ChefShack627. For the sweet-toothed, @Churros_Susanna will be on hand with their Spanish churros and chocolate sauce and there’ll be cakes, bakes, and proper tea from @HMS_Cupcake @TheGinBoxUK will be serving gin-based cocktails from their lovingly converted horse box.
Whether you munch a salad at your desk, feed your sandwiches to ducks in the park or have a favourite spot in a coffee shop, here are three new spots to try for lunch.
Three opened in Rugby last week and describes itself as a café, bistro, bar and cakery. Restauranteur owner Vick wants to mix the best elements of French, British and world food and traditions to produce healthy and great tasting comfort food.
Breakfast until midday includes smashed avocado with lardons and an egg on toast. Lunch options have fresh pasta dishes of the day like penne with bacon, mozzarella and green beans alongside sandwiches, salads, sharing platters and freshly baked cakes. On Thursday and Friday Three will be open until 8pm for suppers of lamb kebabs with rice and salad plus roasted garlic chicken with buttered courgettes and mash.
Adding to the foodie outlets in Great Western Arcade, Wrap Lab is a different lunch option with a menu of (you guessed it!) wraps. A family set up they say that their ingredients are sourced locally, food is freshly prepared each morning and all sauces are our own recipes created by “expert chef Steve”.
The 12 different varieties include poached salmon with wasabi mayonnaise; turkey with honey Skyr ; rosemary and garlic lamb and feta with quinoa and shallot. Or make your own with choice of wrap, protein, three fillings and sauce all for £6. It was due to open in Brum last week, but when I walked past on Saturday it wasn’t ready, so check @wearewraplab for details.
Coming soon to Northampton – the Dapper Sandwich Co will be offering a noshery with co-working space and meeting room hire when it opens later this month at 2015 Wellingborough Road @DapperSandwich
There were a couple of new openings at the end of the year that I didn’t have a chance to mention before I went on holiday. The Eight Foot Grocer, a tasty new deli and café in Birmingham, Bread & Butter, a gourmet coffee shop in Leamington Spa and Nuovo,an expanding Italian restaurant group in Northampton.
Proving that size doesn’t matter, The Eight Foot Grocer’s tiny space in the Jewellery Quarter is a former loading bay that is crammed with goodies. In this Caroline Street store, Chris James offers fruit, vegetables, jams, marmalades, locally-made Cufuffle Preserves, Kneals Chocolates and Pip’s Hot Sauce products. Porridge is served for breakfast, and for lunch there are salads, cakes and sandwiches with bread from nearby Peel & Stone.
Around The Parade, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and baked bread and pastries already fills the air in Leamington Spa and now another coffee shop has joined the appetising fug. Bread & Butter at 53 Regent Street serves gourmet toasties alongside Monmouth coffee.
The owners of Papa Cinos in Dychurch Lane have branched out with their new Northampton restaurant . Nuovo just off Abington Street. Their dolce vita menu includes cicchetti, salads, steak, platters and pasta. The chargrill dishes are cooked on a Forno-Grill, made in Tuscany, which is the first of its kind in the UK