September diary dates

Shipston Food Festival

September is nearly over, but there is still time to catch the Seafood Festival at The Granville in Barford that starts on Tuesday. On Thursday there is an Argentine Wine Tasting at The Leamington Wine Company and the Shipston Food Festival is on Sunday. You can find details for these on the Events page.

I’m currently researching events for October, which I will add to the blog next week. If you would like to recommend a festival, tasting, opening or dinner then please let me know

2012 Warwickshire and Worcestershire Life Food & Drink Awards Winners


Congratulations to all of the winners (and finalists) who are showing just how fantastic the range of food and drink in our region is.

On winning the award for Best Newcomer, Blue Bistro owner Peter Dunkley said:”I’m absolutely delighted with the award. For any restaurant, reaching the first year is a real milestone and to win Newcomer of the Year tops off all the hard work that Emilie, Sarah and the whole team have put in to making Blue a success. It will also spur us on to greater things!”







Newcomer of the Year  – Blue Bistro, Coventry 

Butcher of the Year – Aubrey Allen, Leamington

Independent Retailer of the Year –  Blueberry Hill Patisserie, Leamington 

Tea/Coffee Shop of the Year –  Ginger Pig Café Bar & Bistro, Worcester

Best Farm Shop  – Hillers, Alcester

Food Product  – Auntie Winnie’s Pork Pie, Berryfields Farm Shop, Coventry

Drinks Product – Saddleback Best Bitter, The Slaughterhouse Brewery, Warwick

Best Local Supplier/Produce – Hopley’s Farm Shop, Bewdley

Pub of the Year – The Granville at Barford

Restaurant of the Year –  Peel’s Restaurant at Hampton Manor

Chef of the Year  – Toby Fletcher, Venture Inn, Ombersley

Outstanding Contribution to Food – Daren Bale, Worcestershire


Table talk







Sample a range of fish dishes during the Seafood Festival at The Granville in Barford, such as scallops,crab salad, king prawns and lemon sole.  From 18th – 22nd September.

A taste of Spain wine tasting at Bar Utopia in Birmingham will be sampling eight different wines. With sharing platters for lunch included in the £25 price, it’s a Mediterranean way to start your weekend.

Enjoy a leisurely two course (£ 11.95) or three course (£14.95) lunch at Harrington’s on the Hill in Kenilworth and receive a complimentary glass of house wine to go with your meal. They will also refund your three hour parking ticket if you park in the car park next to the restaurant.