Table Talk – Friday 3rd November

The One Elm in Stratford upon Avon has reopened its doors after a top-to-toe refurbishment.  As well as transforming the look and feel of the pub, the refit has brought a brand new all-day menu of top-notch pub dishes, made with great quality fresh ingredients.

The One Elm bar high res (1)

New to try are free-range Scotch eggs and brown sauce and Westcombe cheddar and ham hock croquettes bar snacks; the Two Elm double burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato and burger sauce as well as a new grill and sizzler menu features seriously good chicken, king prawn and marinated halloumi sizzlers and great steaks from Aubrey Allen.

Hotel Chocolat chocolates

Thinking of Christmas yet? Luxury British chocolatier and cocoa grower, Hotel Chocolat, is opening a brand new store in Birmingham New Street on 8th November where you could stock up on gift ideas or simply treat yourself.

As well as a huge selection of boxed chocolates and single-origin bars, shoppers can also purchase cocoa-infused interpretations such as cocoa gin, cocoa beer,  spiced cocoa nib ketchup, cocoa balsamic and chocolate orange marmalade.



Table Talk 15 September

The latest news from Lasan, The Steamhouse Company, Restaurant 23 and Patina in this week’s table talk.

Lasan restaurant Birmingham

Lasan in Birmingham has closed its doors  – but don’t worry its only temporary! The restaurant is being refurbished and a more spacious interior plus new menu will be revealed in October.

The Steamhouse

Steamhouse, the  coffee and bagels café in Leamington, has expanded and opened a new branch in Stratford upon Avon on the High Street.

Restaurant 23 Leamington Spa

Restaurant 23 in Leamington has welcomed  Abigail Connolly to the team. Abigail is taking over from  Eduardo Neto  as Restaurant Manager and Sommelier.

Patina Bakery wedding cake

A new bakery has opened in Kenilworth. Patina is owned by Amy Clarke, who was previously pastry chef at The Cross. Ingredients used for her wedding and celebration cakes come from fair-trade sources and often local ones too – with flour from nearby Charlcotte Mill.

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A boozy table talk this week, with news of new bar openings in Coventry, Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon for you.

The Botanist Birmingham cocktail

The Botanist bar and restaurant has submitted an application for an alcohol license, which if approved could see them opening up in Unit 4 of the Broadgate Centre in the heart of Coventry. How the city will fare with hanging kebabs, watering cans of cocktails and even mini wheelbarrows to serve food remains to be seen.

The Canal House Birmingham craft beer

I missed the launch party due to train woes (maybe I should have taken a barge instead!) so I am keen to get inside the newly opened Canal House and try some of their home distilled gin. The former home of 18th century engineer James Brindley has been transformed into two levels serving food, premium craft beers and cocktails, alongside live music.

Limoncello at Veeno

Italian wine café Veeno has become the first restaurant to open at the Bell Court complex in Stratford-upon-Avon. The 90-seat venue serves wines from the family vineyard back in Sicily and Spuntini – platters of meats, cheeses and other appetisers imported from selected Italian producers.

Summer menu at The Encore

Eton Mess The Encore Stratford upon Avon

I’m going to miss the Summer menu launch party at The Encore in Stratford upon Avon on Wednesday.

This is a shame as there are some fab new dishes that Head Chef Christian Radu has created that  I would like to try including –

Black pudding croquets with whisky hollandaise

Sloe gin salmon with lime crème fraiche

Rondos with ginger beer glaze

Eton mess.

Slumber in Stratford

Rother Street Stratford upon Avon

Breaking news – two Georgian town houses in Stratford upon Avon are to be converted to form a new Hotel du Vin. The new boutique hotel in Rother Street will include 48 rooms, a bistro and private dining rooms when it opens at the end of next year.

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Following last week’s Food Festival, this week’s offers have a Stratford theme.

Breaking news – opening in October is The Flat Chicken.  An award-winning gastro team has taken over the former Bernadette’s site in Guild Street.

Just outside of Stratford upon Avon in Snitterfield, Ingon Manor wants us to forget about the weather with a 50% discount off the summer a la carte menu on Friday and Saturday evening.

If you picked up a programme at the Stratford Food Festival last weekend, you could receive 10% off your lunch bill from the bar bill at Alveston Manor. Or a complimentary glass of wine with every two course dinner in the Manor restaurant.