As Vermillion in Rugby says adios to their paella night, The Encore toasts the Bard in a special supper for Shakespeare’s birthday. April diary dates for foodies are now on the Events page.
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. 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
Le Truc Café is hosting its second pop-up event in Birmingham for Bastille Day (14th). Judging by the photos and tweets, for their last event, La Soiree Popette, it should be great fun. www.letruc.co.uk
In Southam, The Butcher’s Arms is hosting a four course dinner with Warwickshire ales to the sounds of a local jazz band on Thursday 12th July for £30. www.thebutchersarms.com
Vermillion head chef Paul Ayres is demonstrating smoking and sugar work as part of the Rugby Food Fayre on Thursday 12th. (I’ll add photos from the day to the Midlands Gourmet Girl Facebook page.) http://rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk
In the spirit of shop local, eat local, I’ve set up a new Destinations page with guides to the food shops, producers, farmers markets, cafes and restaurants in Warwickshire. The first guide is on Rugby.
The Rugby page features – The Rose Tea Rooms, The Abraxas Cookshop, Delish Deli, Wild & Free, Rugby Farmers Market, Vermillion, Cafe Gnosh, Cafe Vin Cinq, Summersaults, Cheese on The Green, Malt Kiln Farm Shop and boutique hotel Number Sixteen.
Guides on Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon and Warwick to follow, so let me know if you have any recommendations.