Hot! Hot! Hot! Cool down with a pint of craft beer after a fiery chilli festival and an evening of rum, reggae and Caribbean street food. On the menu in this week’s Table Talk are Warwick Chilli Festival, Mart’s Brewhouse & Tap plus Rum & Reggae night at Fargo Village.
This weekend Market Square in Warwick heats up with the annual Chilli Festival. Chilli flavoured food to eat and buy, plus a chilli eating competition and a chilli con carne cooking competition will be taking place from 10am-4pm.
Friday 3rd August is a date for your diary if you love Caribbean food as the Rum & Reggae event returns to FarGo Village in Coventry on from 5pm. Tuck into dishes from Leave It To Esmie, Dookie’s Grill, Cornography and West Jerk Centre and speciality rum and cocktails to enjoy from FarGo Bar, Trailer Made Cocktails and Backhaus & Co. There will also be live music from Phase One Steel Orchestra and DJ Dave Marshall Barrett will be on the decks. Tickets cost £3 in advance from Eventbrite and £5 on the door.
A new tap bar has opened in Hanley, so that real ale fans in Staffordshire can enjoy a pint made from an on-site brewery. Mart’s Brewhouse & Tap has opened in the former Club International unit in Piccadilly, by husband and wife Will and Holly Haywood along with former Coachmaker’s Arms landlords, Sue Grocott and Jason Barlow. The two level bar can accommodate 90 people and offers up to eight real ales brewed on site and 14 tap beers, plus a selection of spirits.
The Wild Shropshire pop-up has found a permanent home. From Friday 2nd March James Sherwin and his team will be delighting diners fromTernhill Farm House, a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian property near Market Drayton. Wild Shropshire will have a weekend residency, serving a multi-course tasting menu with the option of a matching wine flight.
What used to be a branch of Natwest on Warwick High Street is being converted into a coffee shop and wine bar. Jack and Alice already has two other branches, but this will be the first for the Midlands. The new venue will be open daily for coffee and breakfast, afternoon tea and cake, then wine and cheese in the evening.
Diners in Kenilworth have an opportunity to enjoy three Michelin-starred fine dining, when Jacques Marcon, head chef at Régis et Jacques in France, will make special appearance at The Cross. On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th Marcon will join Adam Bennett’s brigade to cook a six-course lunch and a seven-course dinner.
With the Folk Festival and Smith Street Party on this weekend, there’s a nice buzz in Warwick at the moment.
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 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
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.
Hot from twitter is news of a gin club launching in Warwick.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 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 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.