March-ing on our stomachs

March 2018

When will it ever be spring? There is gin to swig, Easter eggs to craft, cocktails to sip and street food to tuck into! See what’s on the menu for March over the Events page.

The Edgbaston’s Moseley Serve afternoon tea

The Edgbaston Moseley Serve afternoon tea

The Edgbaston has launched afternoon tea, with a delightful selection of cakes and pastries, including the Moseley Serve of tea-infused gin cocktails.

You may be thinking what is the Moseley Serve? Apparently it originates from when ladies in Moseley used to hide the fact they were drinking gin during the day by serving it from a teapot and drinking it out of teacups!

Ryan Swift Head Chef The Edgbaston
Head Chef Ryan Swift said ‘there is nowhere more fitting than The Edgbaston to launch a decadent and delicious afternoon tea, using vintage crockery in our 1920’s Art Deco cocktail lounge, it really is something very special’.

Served in the cocktail lounge or on the sunny terrace between Tuesday and Saturday 2pm until 5pm you will need to boook in advance. From £20 – £50 per person depending on choice of drinks.

If you have not yet visited this stunning boutique hotel, then the Gastro Card competition to win afternoon tea for two at the Edgbaston could be your chance!

To enter, simply RT and follow @thegastrocard and @TheEdgbaston or email with the subject heading “Afternoon Tea at The Edgbaston” by 31 May.

Good luck!

Birds Custard is a Local Legend

Sometimes inspiration can strike in the funniest places when creating a new recipe. For bar tender Robert Wood from The Edgbaston it was lurking in the back of a store cupboard.

Local Legend The Edgbaston

Bird’s Custard has proved to be the magic ingredient for Robert when creating a new cocktail that summed up the great city.His award winning cocktail Local Legend contains Langleys No.6 Gin, lemon, local honey, cream distillate, toffee distillate plus a dash of Tahitian vanilla extract with Birmingham’s home made flavour.

What’s on – food and drink events

May is set to be a busy month for food and drink events.

It started with a bang for the opening of cocktail bar The Edgbaston (which I will feature soon) and the biggest street food night in the Midlands at Digbeth Dining Club.

may events summary

From Crabstock in Northampton and a spring fair at the Newbold Comyn Arms in Leamington Spa to an Awadhi banquet at Lasan, I hope there will be something that you like the sound of. Details for my top picks are on the Events page.

Enjoy yourself and why not tw-eat me your pics @midlandsgourmet.

New Birmingham Openings

So what have diners in the Midlands got to look forward to in 2013? In Birmingham there are four new openings that are already raising expectations for being the hottest tables of 2013.

Fleet Street Kitchen logo









In Summer Row the owners of Mechu and Après are rebranding Bluu Bar as the Fleet Street bar & kitchen, which is due to open in February. The new venue will be a late night gastro bar, with a menu created around a charcoal indoor barbeque grill. Featuring British air dried cured meats, Chorizo, saucisson and 28 day aged steaks along with seafood. Downstairs will be a bar and music venue, with mosaic floors, battered leather furniture, vintage chandeliers and textured timber walls.

Adam Stokes






In March, Adam’s, a 25 seat pop-up restaurant is due to open in Bennetts Hill. Adam Stokes, 31, is leaving his post as head chef at the Michelin-starred Glennap Castle in Scotland to set up his first solo venture. Initially the restaurant will run for 18 months, but Adam would like to establish his reputation in the city with a larger 60-cover permanent restaurant.  Stokes said: “Our pop-up will allow people to get to know us and us to get to know them, we are starting small and we will give Birmingham a taste of our food.”

The Kenilworth






Cocktail experts Stuart and Darren Insall have been impressing customers of The Kenilworth Hotel with their mixology skills for more than seven years. Their attention to detail is exquisite, from their ten page cocktail menu to the three days they spend freezing 60 litre blocks of ice for the perfect clarity, which has also earned them a place in The Independent’s Top 50 bars. They will be opening The Edgbaston, a small hotel and cocktail lounge in Birmingham this year.

Chris Kelly and David Cappendale Metro






When the School Yard opens in Harborne, Metro owner Chris Kelly will be unveiling a new tapas-style restaurant. Chris said: “Harborne is a superb site.  We are spending half a million pounds and creating 25 new jobs for the new restaurant, which should be open in the summer.”