Table Talk

Table Talk 14.08.17

Beer of champions is – Goats Milk!

Congratulations to Warwickshire’s Church End Brewery for winning CAMRA’s gold award at the  Great British Beer Festival in London. Goat’s Milk is a blend of pale barley, crystal malt oats and  aromatic hops, that is the brewery’s best selling beer. Church End sales manager Paul Hamblett said: “We originally brewed and named it for a festival taking place in the Goat pub, and the beer just caught on.”

New Indian eaterie

Fans of The Indian Rasoi street food at Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) will be pleased to hear that the owners have taken over the former site of Adam’s restaurant in Birmingham. The new restaurant and cocktail bar, called Indian Streatery, is due to open on 17 August on Bennett Hill, with lunch and evening menus.

Birthday celebrations

While we are talking about DDC I need to wish them many happy returns! Celebrating their fifth birthday, the team have some exciting plans up their sleeve – including expanding into Nuneaton in September – but before then they are having a party on Friday 18 August.

With events across the Midlands DDC will be celebrating their roots in our original home — Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth where it all started. Lineup for the night includes:

Original Patty Men
Spectacular Goat
Low ‘n’ Slow
Baked In Brick
Flying Cows
Buddha Belly
English Indian
Fancy Fries
Bournville Waffle Company
Holy Moly Macaroni
Indian Rasoi
Platinum Pancakes
Street Souvlaki

(Tickets are available for the event now at £1.50 with entry on the door £2.50).


Coming soon to Birmingham…

coming soon to Birmingham

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 @yumlaut curries 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.

1st Thursdays launch

1st Thursdays 5 March


It took ten weeks of planning to launch 1st Thursdays and I’m glad to say that the event was a success with the town buzzing with late night shoppers soaking up the entertainment and tucking into street food.

The next event is Thursday 2 April so follow @LoveRugbyTown for updates.

Thursdays in Rugby just got tastier

By working with the retail group 1st Thursdays and Scoff Street Food, I am delighted to announce that Rugby will hold its first evening street food market on Thursday 5 March.


Hungry shoppers can tuck into speciality chicken and lamb dishes, feast on gourmet hotdogs, enjoy guilt free vegan snacks , relish gourmet toasties and sink into freshly made waffles piled with sweet treats.

The Hungry Toad burrito

Fans of Tex Mex food should head over to The Hungry Toad for their signature dish. Free range chicken, fried in buttermilk and their secret coating, served with choice of toppings and homemade hot sauce, honey and lemon, seasame seed or blue cheese dressing.

Savanna Grill bunny chow

Savanna Grill specialises in South African street food, and their dishes for the night include the mighty meat feast Bunny chow – a lamb curry served inside a hollowed out loaf of bread and homemade biltong – air-dried beef marinated in coriander and spices.

The Vegan Grind House

Putting a healthy twist on junk food, The Vegan Grindhouse has their own take on the classic American Philly Cheesesteak. Their version is a freshly baked sub roll filled with marinated seitan steak strips, mushrooms, onions and jalapenos, topped with their homemade nacho cheese sauce.

The Jabberwocky scotch egg toastie

After eight months of research, The Jabberwocky is premiering a new gourmet toastie. The Scotch Egg toastie is full of free range egg, covered in cheese and with sausage meat from a local butcher.

Big Daddies Diner

Gourmet hot dog fans will remember ‘The Edna’ from Big Daddies Diner’s previous visit to Rugby Food Festival.  This is an all beef dog in brioche bun served with lashings of homemade beef chili, dressed with cheese and homemade jalepeno relish. Not for the fainthearted!

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Those with a sweet tooth won’t be left out. For dessert The Bournville Waffle Company will be serving Rocky Road waffles with marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunks with freshly whipped cream and chocolate sauce from their pretty, pastel converted ice cream van.

For the chair of the 1st Thursdays team Simon Ainley, it was an easy decision to locate the street food market on Jubilee Gardens.  He says “Right in the heart of the town centre we have this lovely triangle of grass, trees and benches in which to soak up the delicious tastes and aromas of our street food chefs. It is an underused public space that we are delighted to be able to make the most of for our late night shopping extravaganza.”

From 5 – 8pm visitors can eat alfresco and relax under gazebos in Jubilee Gardens to the soothing sounds of local musicians Ben Watts, Kate and the Moon Cats, Becki and The Dove and The Rattletones.

Appetites will also be sated by shopping for locally produced cheese, pickles and other deli delights inside the Clock Towers and savouring hot dogs and burgers crafted from locally reared pork by the Red Banger outside Rugby Tap.

Rugby’s 1st street food night

I’m counting down the next six weeks until Thursday 5th March when Rugby’s first night time street food market launches!

The Jabberwocky Birmingham Post

Working with the lovely Flic and Barny, from Scoff and The Jabberwocky, we are lining up a tasty array of traders to give the town centre a boost in the evening.


This is all part of a new initiative by local retailers to generate fans for the town’s businesses and bring the town alive after 5pm with special promotions and entertainment.  Held on the first Thursday of the month, the town centre will be buzzing with shops and businesses remaining open until 8pm. Shoppers can enjoy some retail therapy, catch up on appointments without taking time off work during the day, or just soak up the party atmosphere as a night out.

Rugby Real Bread scones

There will be plenty of gourmet treats to take home too. A mini artisan market of delicious local produce will be set up in the Clock Towers. A range of stallholders will be selling freshly made bread and pastries, speciality cheese, preserves packed with seasonal fruit and vegetables, exquisite handmade chocolates and flavoursome cooking sauces.

Red Banger

Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing which street food traders and local food businesses are taking part – like The Red Banger from Southam who use pork reared on their farm in the sausages – so keep checking the blog for updates and come along!

Eat Street goes to Coventry

The lucky students at Coventry University were treated to their first street food market on campus last Wednesday.

Bare Bones pizza

Eat Street from Leamington Spa brought nine traders and live music over for a day of freshly prepared Turkish, Caribbean, Mexican cuisine, burgers, hot dogs, pizza  and even cakes.

63 Islands drinks

Refreshing drinks to cool down the heat of 63 Islands Caribbean dishes include sorrel and ginger plus carrot juice from Jamaica and an orange milkshake from the Dominican Republic.

Sultan montage

Maureen and Suat have been running Sultan, a Turkish kitchen for just six months and already loving the freedom to meet their customers.  I tried mucver – courgette pancakes with feta, onions, parsley and dill. Seasoned with sumak and served with a garlic yoghurt dip and esme  – crushed tomatoes , onions, parsley and pepper for a subtle heat. Maureen and Suat want to expand their mobile kitchen in the New Year with a gazebo to house a gas ring, so that they have the space to create more food including the “best kebabs you’ll ever taste” promised Suat.

Mister V

Mister V from Leamington Spa cooked his handmade sausages and burgers to an appreciative audience, with options to choose your bread and toppings to create the perfect snack.

The Cake Doctor montage

Within his funky vintage converted ambulance, Cake Doctor James provides what he calls “the sixth emergency service” serving delicious wedges of homemade cakes and freshly brewed Bluebird whole leaf teas. Taught to cook by his grandmother and mother, James bought the ambulance from Ebay to get his lifelong passion for a cake business moving. His carrot cake, banana loaf and chocolate brownies were gorgeous!

So with the opening of Fargo Village and the Eat Street market launch, Coventry is getting a taste of some great street food traders from the Midlands.

CJS Events at Coventry University

The organisers CJs Events hope that this will become a regular event and I’ll let you know when the next Eat Street market will take place in Coventry.

Birmingham street food favourites


In case you missed it, here is the link to a great feature on street food in the Birmingham Post, with the Digbeth Dining Club traders in advance of their 2nd birthday party celebrations next Friday.

Flying Flea lands in Moseley

Their January market was cancelled due to bad weather, so fingers crossed that it will be blue skies for the Flying Flea on Sunday.

Moseley’s monthly vintage market has a host of great street food traders lined up for you.

Spectacular Goat pizza

The Spectacular Goat will be bringing their wood fired pizza oven into Moseley for the first time.

With toppings of N’Duja sausage, goats cheese and figs, caramelised butternut squash and maple roasted bacon, these pizza champions have been making friends at street food events across the Midlands.

Top Dogs from Big Daddies Diner and Malaysian Beef Rendang curry from Canoodle should whet your appetite. Caribbean Express, Beckys Bharjis and Victorian Creperie with their freshly cooked treats are also on the menu.

Rambling Vine

All washed down with hot-milk-tails, coffees and teas, courtesy of the café bar Rambling Vine.

Street food spectacular

Roll up roll up for a street food spectacular. I need a little trumpet fanfare for this post.

The majority of our local street food traders took an extended break over January, but the good news is that Eat Street and Digbeth Dining Club are back and a new street food collective is being launched.

Let’s start first with the big news from Flic and Barny at The Jabberwocky.


“We have started a street food collective Scoff with some of our fellow outdoor chefs – the Hungry Toad, Spectacular Goat, Big Daddies Diner and Meat Shack.

“There are a fair few people out there who want to support the street food industry, but don’t know where to start. They have an idea for a market, or a piece of land, and don’t know where to go next. Individually all we could do is wait until they sort themselves out, hope that they didn’t go under and keep half an eye on the twitter feed. Now we’re actually in a position to help.” Follow @ScoffingFood for updates.

Eat Street Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa is the hometown for both Flick and Barny plus the street food market Eat Street. Joining the traders for their debut is You Me & A Cup of Tea.  With a passion for whole-leaf tea they will offering a ‘proper’ brew during the market. @umeandacuppatea

You’ll have to a bit a bit longer for the Digbeth Dining Club which returns on Friday 7 February. On the line-up are Meatshack, Esmies Seafood Kitchen, Fat Duck Spuds and Low ‘N’ Slow.

As this is my partner’s favourite (he gets meat sweats just thinking about it) I thought that I’d tell you more about Andy Stubbs.

Low N Slow burger

Andy is a regular at DDC. He specialises in slow-cooking locally sourced ingredients to perfection. He prepares, cures and smokes meats at home before taking them out with his stand, cooking them and serving them al fresco at street food events, markets and shows.

Andy’s signature pulled pork is smoked with oak and hickory and cooked for a mammoth 18 hours before being served with his own homemade coleslaw and BBQ sauce in a brioche bun baked by a fellow Brummie artisan. Andy’s other trademark dish is 12-hour beef brisket chilli with ranch coleslaw. He also makes his own pickles and cures his own hickory bacon.

Due to bad weather forecasted for Sunday, the Flying Flea street food market in Moseley has been postponed, with the next event scheduled for Sunday 23 February. I’ll add details of these traders to the Events page on Monday 3 February.

Flying Flea street food

Warwick Rocks Menu

Film tickets are all sold out, but you can still soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some great food in Warwick on Saturday at the Warwick Food & Film Festival.

Smith Street Warwick

Things get underway from 10am on Smith Street tomorrow, which is closed to traffic for the day to allow for a food demonstration stage and food market. From falafels and sausages to pancakes and fudge there is a great selection of more than twenty food producers. Look out for Picks Organics, with their hot and cold organic meat, Spice it up with their jerk chicken and jerk sauces and When its Scone its Scone with gluten, lactose free scones and biscuits.

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In the evening you can pop along and sample some of the amazing street food on offer as part of the drive-in. Fans of Brumyumyum in Birmingham will recognise some of these;

Habanero Cafe – Mexican street food

Chilidog – NYC style foot long sidewalk dogs

Original Patty Men – 5-week aged Longhorn burgers

Bagel Boy – hot and cold deli bagels

Ross & Ross – 14-hour slow roast Cotswold lamb on sourdough

Yogiyo – Korean sushi and chargrilled bulgogi Skewers

Spectacular Goat -Neapolitan wood fired pizza

Pimpernel Delights – Breton crepes

The Bournville Waffle Company – Belgian waffles

Swirl – FroYo cones and sundaes

Really Awesome Coffee

The Grocer @Edgbaston – gourmet popcorn, sweets, ices and sodas.

All sounds delicious!