Table Talk – Friday 9th February

Shrewsbury Market Hall

Congratulations to Shrewsbury Market Hall for winning Britain’s Best Market at the Great British National Market Awards. The judges said: “Over the last ten years Shrewsbury Market has reinvented itself, adapted and changed its offer, turning the business around using a distinctive food offer to build a local reputation.”

The Town House Market Drayton dish

The Town House has opened this week in Market Drayton.  The family owned British restaurant on Cheshire Street has an interesting mix of posh dogs, Shropshire fidget pies, a savoury afternoon tea and Tandoori Cod on the menu.

Lucky Duck noodle shop Birmingham

I love the name and I’m damn sure that I will be a fan of their bao buns too, so I’ll be heading over to Lucky Duck.  The noodle shop will be serving Asian-style broths too from the ex head chef at Purnell’s Bistro, when it opens at the end of February in Birmingham’s Caroline Street.


Table Talk

I’m back from a short break to an inbox bursting with the latest openings and chef news to share with you. My round up for this week includes, burgers, fine dining and a venue with extended opening hours thanks to The Meat Shack, Mallory Court and Shrewsbury Market Hall.

The Meat Shack Burgers

Digbeth Dining Club regulars will be pleased to hear that The Meat Shack now has a new, permanent home opposite Birmingham Hippodrome. They guys are promising  “a 5 0z hefty hunk of well aged grass-fed beef, hand smashed, creating the best, crispy caramelisation of beefiness on the outside, leaving all the dripping filthy goodness on the inside.”

Paul Evans Head Chef Mallory Court

Paul Evans has joined the three AA rosette Mallory Court  as Head Chef. Paul joins the Leamington hotel from previous roles at the Devonshire Arms Hotel, L’Enclume and Waterside Inn in Bray.

The Bird's Nest Cafe Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Market Hall is to become a regular Saturday night food and drink venue with late night openings and special events planned. The market hall is already home to various restaurants and bars including The Bird’s Nest Café, Saint Pierre Seafood Bar and Spanish tapas restaurant AleOli.  Check out the August events page tomorrow for details of The Forgotten Greenhouse pop-up on 11 and 12 August.