Table Talk – this week’s foodie news

The Baby Bell Aldreminster

It started its life as a dreary huntsman’s cabin somewhere south of the M25, and after just a few weeks at Alscot it’s been lovingly transformed into The Baby Bell mobile bar. Parked in the gardens of The Bell in Alderminster, this is set to be a sure fire hit for the summer.

Tuning Fork Supper Club-38

Just outside Rugby, The Tuning Fork has opened an outside dining area and is now open in the evenings too.

Independent Birmingham Festival September 2017

Independent Birmingham has announced the date for their second festival. On Sunday 17 September (12pm – 7pm) at the iconic Aston Hall, complete with: restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent culture throughout the day.Tickets cost just £8 (early bird is £5) and can be purchase here – Children under 12 go free, no ticket required.


Spring into March

Over on the event page you’ll find some great food and drink experiences to enjoy this month.

March events

My top five picks for March are

  •  Thursday 5 1st Thursdays street food market in Rugby
  • Thursday 19 Cotswolds Distillery tasting at The Bell in Alderminster
    Friday 20  Afternoon tea with Lisa Faulkner at Hampton Manor, Solihull
  • Thursday 26 Champagne Evening at Edmunds in Birmingham
  • Saturday 28 Food Fair at The Almanac Kenilworth

If you are going to any of these events why not write a review that I can share as a guest post?

Four fab places for Sunday Roasts







For the second year in a row, The Bell in Alderminster is a runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards for the Best Sunday Lunch. Commended for their platters which offer diners a free range chicken, roast pork loin, Alscot roast lamb or Warwickshire sirloin beef joint with all of the trimmings for the whole table to share.  You can also enjoy maple and coriander hock ham hock terrine with melba toast as a starter or sherry trifle for dessert.

I’ve enjoyed the Vermillion Sunday lunch in Rugby numerous times, as its local to my home and exceptionally good value at £25 for two roasts with bottle of wine. Choose from either the  28 day dry aged Aberdeen Angus roast beef or ¼ free range chicken, with roast potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, roast jus and seasonal vegetables. Or you could skip the wine for a  starter or a dessert each instead.

One of my vegetarian friends, who loves all of the trimmings that come with a Sunday roast, recommends The White Horse in Leamington. Their Sunday Lunch Nut Roast sits on a bed of cabbage, mashed potato, Yorkshire pudding, roast parsnip and roast potatoes with a generous serving of gravy.

Earlier this year Loves restaurant in Birmingham started opening once a month for Sunday lunch.  The £28.50 per person for three courses menu has a choice of meat, chicken or fish for mains and classic desserts including sticky toffee pudding and caramelised apple crumble. 25 November, 9 and 23 December are your last chances this year to try it.

Table Talk







Glynn Purnell’s new bistro, in place of The Asquith, is scheduled to open on Wednesday (5th September) which I will be reviewing shortly.

Every Wednesday at The Bell in Alderminster you can enjoy £5 off a bottle of wine or £10 off Wine of The Week. Both are served with complimentary cheese nibbles.

For wine lovers in Coventry, Blue Bistro has set up a Coventry Wine Group. Contact the restaurant for more details or

Every Friday evening The Granville in Barford offers “Fizz & Chips” – a sharing platter for two with fish goujons, whitebait, hand-cut chips, crushed minted peas, tartar sauce, bread and  butter plus two glasses of “fizz” for £20.