I don’t think that it is a coincidence that the scorching weather is back and the news in my inbox all features beer, so here is a round-up of all things mash-related.
Ten Green Bottles branches out
Pub and off-licence Ten Green Bottles has expanded by opening its second site in Stone, Staffordshire. Joining the Newcastle-under-Lyme branch, this site stocks more than 60 varieties of bottled beer for people to take away, as well as offering seating for customers to enjoy a beer in the venue. It also serves wine by the bottle or glass and artisan gin, as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Craft beer festival
Over in Leamington, The White Horse is raising a glass or two to the amber nectar during their Craft Beer Festival. From now until 15 July, the pub will be bringing you an exceptional range of bottled, cask, keg and canned craft beers, plus a range of show-stopping limited edition beers from independent American brewer, Sierra Nevada.There will be beer flights and a loyalty card where for every pint or beer flight you purchase, get your card stamped and your 7th pint is free.
A hat-trick of awards for Purity Ale
And its congratulations to Warwickshire’s own Purity Brewing Company for winning Small Business and Fast Growth Business of the Year at the West Midlands Business Masters awards. Followed by a winning vote for Mad Goose, which was named Best Bitter at the Wolverhampton CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival.
With a farmers market and annual food festival, Leamington Spa is quite rightly showing off its great local produce, chefs and restaurants. I hope that my guide, on the Destinations page, helps you navigate eating and drinking at some of my favourite venues in this compact spa town.
For the first week of the New Year, I’ve been looking for the best restaurant promotions that offer value for money without compromising on quality.
With their first appearance in the Michelin guide this year, The Chef’s Dozen is offering to beat the Winter blues with a four course meal with a sparkling cocktail for £28 per person. Available Tuesday to Friday in January. www.thechefsdozen.co.uk
I spotted an offer for High Pavement in Warwick on Travelzoo. For £39, two Travelzoo subscribers can visit Warwick’s newest restaurant for a two course dinner, plus a side dish and cocktail each, saving up to 54% on the usual bill. Choices for mains include lamb osso bucco with braised beans and pancetta or fillet of sea bass with lemon and tarragon fries and caper mayo. www.travelzoo.com/uk.local-deals
Choose from hearty lunch options such as free range Gloucester Old Spot sausages with kale mash and lentil and spinach burger with houmous and fries, at The WhiteHorse in Leamington. Together with a drink this midweek offer will set you back £18 for two people until the end of January. http://www.thewhitehorseleamingtonspa.co.uk/
Opus is offering a grilled Aberdeenshire 7 oz rump steak, served with chips or salad and peppercorn sauce, plus a glass of house wine for £15 during weekday lunches and 6pm Saturday dinner. http://www.opusrestaurant.co.uk
For the second year in a row, The Bellin 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.http://www.thebellald.co.uk/
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. http://www.vermillionrestaurant.co.uk
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. http://thewhitehorseleamingtonspa.co.uk/
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. http://www.loves-restaurant.co.uk
On Saturday I was in the White Horse for a cooling drink in the courtyard after the Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival and picked up a flyer. The pub is closed on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th September for a refurb. Opening again on Wednesday 12th with live graffiti art by Mag1c, caricature drawing by Okse and drinks offers. I hope that they keep the mismatched furniture and great food menu! http://www.thewhitehorseleamingtonspa.co.uk