Table Talk – Friday 21st September

Cheers to an award-winning pub, the new Head Chef at Hencote Vineyard Estate and a special pop-up restaurant to celebrate British Food Fortnight.

 The Old Joint Stock pub Birmingham

Congratulations to The Old Joint Stock, in Birmingham city centre, which has scooped Town Pub of the Year by the 2019 Good Pub Guide. The guide said: “With its lively atmosphere, flamboyant interior, all-day popular food and even its own theatre, the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham is our Town Pub of the Year 2019.”

Trystan-Ross Williams

In the run up to the October opening, Hencote Vineyard Estate has revealed more details about their new restaurant. Diners will be able to enjoy a carefully curated menu of southern-European and international inspired sharing plates, created by Head Chef Trystan Ross-Williams (previously Senior Sous Chef at Murano by Angela Hartnett).

From Thursdays – Sundays, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. In addition to the dining space complete with an Italian rotary pizza oven and an open-fire charcoal grill, the restaurant will also feature a large terrace that overlooks the 17-acre vineyard and a beautifully appointed wine bar.

Sophie Hyam British Food Fortnight pop-up

Grab a ticket quick for a special dinner that celebrates local producers and seasonal ingredients. Coventry chef Sophie Hyam is hosting a British Food Fortnight Pop-up Restaurant on Saturday 6th October in the city. With a glass of British fizz on arrival and three course dinner with ingredients sourced from a local butcher, fishmonger and the city centre market. Click on the link for full menu details and ticket bookings on Eventbrite

Celebrate Summer


Take a culinary trip to the Caribbean, Greece and Thailand in this month’s events as we celebrate Summer in August.

Check the Events page for more details of Yiayia Mama pop up, Rum & Reggae night, A Taste of the Mailbox, Sophie Hyam’s pop-up, An Afternoon Tea & Tasting with The Cotswolds Distillery and Birmingham Whisky Club plus the Lichfield Food Festival.

Table Talk – Friday 15th June

A new craft beer pub in Birmingham, a Leamington pub opening for breakfast and brunch, plus the return of Coventry City Centre’s Food and Drink Festival all feature in this week’s news.

Full Head of Steam Birmingham burger

Ale drinkers have a new craft beer pub to sup in. Opened on Temple Street last week,  The Head of Steam  offers more than 100 types of craft beer, real ale, and world beer from its 43 keg lines, bottles and cans as well as being a dog-friendly venue.

Breakfast at the Royal Pug Leamington

The Royal Pug in Leamington is now open for breakfast and brunch, every Tuesday to Sunday. From 9am until noon you can tuck into English back bacon in a toasted sourdough bun, American style pancakes, hash, veggie flatbreads and of course a full English.

Sophie Hyam chef

If you are heading over to Coventry for the city centre’s Food and Drink Festival next weekend, look out for a demo by local chef Sophie Hyam, a stall from the Castle Yard Tea Rooms (which is due to open on Thursday 28th June) and Heritage Bakehouse who will be selling their authentic Godcakes, Corporation Custards and Warwickshire Pies.