Wonders of Warwick

With the Folk Festival and Smith Street Party on this weekend, there’s a nice buzz in Warwick at the moment.

The Hungry Toad hot sauce

Hungry party goers can savour the food and real ale festival in the food court with dishes from Nepalese curries to Whitby fish and chips. Street food regulars The Hungry Toad are also there with a Mexican inspired feat, including ‘Burritoad’ slow cooked chili con carne, cheese and sour cream wrapped up in a warm tortilla (with or without fiery jalapeno sauce).

The Globe alfresco terrace

The refurb of Grade II listed pub The Globe (formerly The Lazy Cow) is now complete just in time for summer. During the Folk Festival, Church Farm Brewery will also have a pop-up bar on The Globe’s brand spanking new terrace.

Rose & Crown Warwick / refurb

Rose & Crown Warwick / refurb

Rob Hartwell has left the Rose & Crown to go and work for sister pub The Almanack in Kenilworth, so the new head chef is Liam Higham. Liam cooked at two other fine eateries, Harrington’s and The Queen and Castle in Kenilworth before joining Peach Pubs and knows a thing or two about great seasonal food.

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I’m working on some great new features for the blog – English Wine Week, an eating and drinking guide to Warwick and a review of The Drawing Board in Leamington.

I’ll also be popping along to the Cosy Club launch on Thursday and Foodies Festival on Sunday, so look out those posts too.

Jumping Juniper

Hot from twitter is news of a gin club launching in Warwick.

Square Wine Compnay gin club

Tom, Hannah and Alistair from Square Wine Company are hosting a weekly event to taste three different gins. For each gin and tonic you buy, you will receive one stamp in your gin passport. When you have collected 9 stamps, you will receive your 10th gin and tonic for FREE!

Starts: Friday 20th February

Time: 7-9pm

£3.50 Single G&T £6 Double G&T

No booking required.

The Lazy Cow has to moo-ve

The Lazy Cow Warwick cow

For five years a life size fibre glass cow has greeted guests to The Lazy Cow in Warwick, but that is all set to change.

Hertfordshire-based company Oakman Inns has confirmed terms to acquire the steak house and boutique hotel rooms.

TLC pic

The Lazy Cow opened in 2010 following a £1.5m investment  to refurbish what was the former Globe Hotel. The venue is owned by Urban & Country Leisure, managing director Ross Sanders  said: “The Lazy Cow in Warwick will always be a very special place for me and my team – it’s a beacon of success and I’m proud to be leaving it as a solid platform for someone else to continue its successes and no doubt grow in time.”

Oakman Inns have mentioned that they are considering changing the name of the venue back to the Globe Inn, before inviting Warwick residents to have their say in the final name.

The Lazy Cow restaurants in Stratford upon Avon and Solihull remain unchanged by the sale of the flagship Warwick site.

What’s on in Warwick

It has been pretty quiet over in Warwick for a while and all of a sudden there are two new openings planned for local venues!

Smith Street Warwick

According to Big Hospitality, the Castle Keep Kitchen Bar has been bought by a group of local friends, who intend to open a new restaurant and cocktail bar. Number 6 Castle Street is scheduled to open in May, with Andrew Paul as general manager and Shahid Ahmed as chef.

I’m watching Twitter to see when the new bar The Old Post Office opens in West Street, with its real ale and pies.

High Pavement Warwick

Until then, on Tuesday 8 April, High Pavement  is hosting a French dine with style evening in association with Wine Poole. Chilled crab consommé, fillet of cod and navarin of lamb feature on the menu for £35 per person.

Home from home luxury in Warwick

The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square double room 4

Warwick’s The Rose & Crown has been busy creating some luxurious new hotel rooms. Together with Suzie and Sarah from Peach Pubs, I followed the red vinyl footprints outside the pub to Market Place, went up a flight of stairs to find eight rooms offering a small haven of tranquillity.

The building used to house a nightclub and work began on the refurbishment in March. With a completion deadline of the Cliff Richard concert at Warwick Castle on 8 June, eight new en suite rooms with plenty of home comforts have been created.

The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square detail

Each room has really good, handmade beds, fine Egyptian cotton sheets, piles of pillows and soft pure wool throws in a soft dove grey, with splashes of zingy lime and white.  Furniture is well spaced into curves and alcoves, mixing an old trunk as a bedside table with the latest flat screen TV. The double showers and great lighting make the bathrooms really attractive. 

The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square family room bathroom

Guests check in at The Rose & Crown pub to be shown round to their rooms. The rates, which include a good English breakfast to set you up for the day, are £75 midweek and £85 at the weekend. www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk

Competition

The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square are offering Midlands Gourmet Girl readers a lovely competition prize of an overnight stay and breakfast for two people!

Simply email your answer to this question to midlandsgourmetgirl@gmail.com by Friday 12 July.

Where are The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square located?

A winner will be chosen at random from the entries received. The winner must book the stay directly with The Rose & Crown on 01926 411117. The prize is subject to availability, non transferable and has no cash value.

Deli-cious new food products

With Spring almost around the corner, our local delis are tempting us to shop with them by introducing new seasonal products to their shelves.

Talton Mill farm shop

Talton Mill is now producing their own Kassler. What is Kassler? It is cooked, cured, lean pork which is smoked and sliced thinly and perfect for salads and snacks. Smoked duck and chicken breast will soon be on the menu too, for the farm shop and deli just outside Stratford upon Avon. www.talton-mill.co.uk

Barkers Deli & More

Barkers Deli and More is a brand new delicatessen, opening soon in the heart of Warwick. They are planning to stock the freshest veg and the best artisan cheeses, charcuterie and deli cupboard delights they can find. As well as creating fresh pasta dishes, salads and meals to serve at home.  Check their Facebook page or tweets @BarkersDeli for updates.

Trio of new food festivals

Alcester Food Festival

From the 22 applications for Operation Footfall support to revitalise town centres, Warwickshire County Council has awarded funding to three new food festivals.

Alcester & Forest of Arden Autumn Food Festival – as with the Spring festival, the Autumn Food Festival on Saturday 19 October will have over 100 exhibitors displaying a delicious and unusual array of foods and beverages, with competitions and surprises also added to the mix http://alcesterfoodfestival.org.uk

Rugby Food and Drink Festival, with a real ale trail – a weekend of food and drink in Rugby town centre, due to take place in the Autumn.

Warwick Food and Film Festival – launching in the Summer, follow #warwickrocks for updates on this new event.

These festivals are a great way to put Warwickshire on the culinary map and I’m looking forward to visiting all of them.

High Pavement restaurant opens

 

 

 

 

 

The former Prezzo in Warwick has been transformed into a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar. Taking its name from the historic reference to the street, High Pavement offers a modern British menu.

Head Chef Martin Connelly is using locally sourced ingredients and sustainanbly sourced fish, tempting diners with ginger beer braised pig cheek served with spiced new potato.

Director Paul Brown said: “We are looking forward to introducing ourselves into the vibrant Warwick scene, and providing a bar and dining experience where people can enjoy excellent quality food and drink in a relaxed setting.”

High Pavement, 1-3 High Street, Warwick CV34 4AP 

01926 494725

www.highpavementwarwick.com

If you have been let me know what you think.