Fabulous February

Over on the Events page you’ll find my top ten picks for food and drink events this month.

Feb events

The Sketts Fine Foods Market in Victoria Square and Food Market at the mac are great places to buy hot food to eat there and then as well as treats to take home.

Over a leisurely four courses,  Portugese and German wines will be tasted at Hotel du Vin and Square Door wine tasting dinners.

The art of tea is explored at Itihaas and following Chinese New Year Lap-Fai Lee tutors a Chinese Family Feast evening class at Harborne Food School.

Street food fans need to know that Leamington’s own Fresh Rootz make their debut at Digbeth Dining Club, while street food guru  Low n Slow is back at Brew Dog for a pop-up. Andy’s signature ribs, alongside ox cheek tacos and brisket fries will be on the menu.

The popular Opus Dinner Series continues with Carrolls Heritage Potatoes hosting the next evening. Over at their sister venue Bar Opus, you can shake it up with Sam during an hour long cocktails masterclass.

So whether you are food shopping with local producers, learning about wine regions, tucking into street food or mastering new culinary skills it all adds up to being a fabulous February!



Nuneaton goes to town with fine foods market

Sketts is running a new fine foods market in Nuneaton. Held on the second Thursday of the month from 9am – 3pm, their stalls include breads, meats, chutneys, cakes and cheeses from local producers.

Nuneaton fine foods market

Spice Fever – homemade samosas

The Cherry Tree – a huge selection of pickles, chutneys and preserves

Sweets Trees – handmade sweets

Hindleys Bakery –sweet and savoury baked goods

Ely Gin- specialists in high strength fruit gin

The Baking House Wife – Caribbean cakes, cordials and marmalades

Whizzy Whisk –must have kitchen gadget

19Gales – family run business with a wide range of pies, pastries and cakes

Platinum Pancakes – fresh and all locally sourced ingredients used to create these sweet pancakes

Honeyfields Bee Farm – locally made honey and bees wax products

Manor Farm Fruits – fresh, local, quality soft fruits

Morris & Sons – all types of eggs

Zingh Foods – fresh, authentic Indian products

Oslinc – ostrich meats and burgers

Ceylon Spice – Sri Lankan spiced curries

The Mixing Bowl – cheese, jams, curds, pickles, chutneys, cookies and fudge

Mister V – high quality homemade burgers

Spice It Up – Caribbean foods inc jerk chicken, dumplings, curried mutton, rice and peas

Norbury’s – locally produced cider.

Next dates are Thursday 13 November and Thursday 11 December.


Bare Bones pizza

The quest to get out and about at lunchtime continues with my latest foodie find.

With their shiny van kitted out with a wood fired pizza oven, father and son team Mike and Tim Evans are taking local food markets by storm with  Bare Bones Pizza

Two pizzas stand out from their menu – Fishbone a 10″ pizza, with anchovy fillets, black olives and mozzarella plus Sweetza with butterscotch sauce, sliced apples with a cinnamon and all-spice mix, finished off with mixed chopped nuts.

Bare Bones pizza have been at Sketts market in Victoria Square, Mell Square in Solihull and Leamington Spa’s Eat Street recently – just follow the queue to find the delicious thin, crispy based pizzas!

Warwick University’s New Food Market

The persistent rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the twenty traders at Warwick University’ s new food market yesterday. Students and employees flocked to the piazza for a new market by Sketts.

The olives, preserves, eggs, fruit and veg stalls were quiet, as it was the hot food attracting everyone’s attention.

Hot food at Warwick university food market

2012 Masterchef contestant Sai Deethwa is a regular at the Warwick and Stratford Farmers Markets and her Buddha Belly spicy vegetable noodles were selling well.

Buddha Belly

I follow Iberico Jack on Twitter, so it was lovely to meet him in person. His online deli business has only been running for a few months, so he is attending local food events to raise awareness of his Spanish artisan products. Unfortunately for me, his chorizo rolls with piquillo peppers, machengo cheese and rocket had sold out by the time I got to his stall (hence the photo of his sign instead!)

Iberico Jack

Ten minutes before the market closed, I managed to buy a pancake with Belgian chocolate sauce from Platinum Pancakes, who source their fresh, local ingredients within 50 miles of Hall Green, Birmingham.

Platinum Pancakes

The next market is Thursday 20 June 10am – 3pm.

Warwick Dining Guide









New! Guide to dining in Warwick now on the Destinations page. From award-winning gastro pub The Rose & Crown and traditional tea shop Thomas Oken Tea Rooms  to fine dining at Tailors and steaks at The Lazy Cow, this medieval market town has a lot to offer lovers of good food.

National Markets Day






National Markets Day starts on Saturday 23rd June in a two week campaign to revitalise town centres. Farmers market organiser Sketts is hosting events throughout Warwickshire and providing additional marketing support for stallholders to encourage visitors .Stalls will be available from £10.

Tuesday 26th June Southam

Friday 29th June Stratford upon Avon

Saturday 30th June Warwick

Thursday 5th July Kenilworth.



Feel The Heat

Farmers Market operator Sketts will be running a two day Chilli Festival in Brindleyplace Birmingham on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October.

Chilli-related produce such as jam, chutneys, breads, oils and chocolate will be on sale. The fiery festival will also feature cookery and cocktail demonstrations.