You may have tried pierogi, gyoza and mandu dumplings before but how about jiaozi?
A company in Warwickshire is making these dinky Chinese dumplings and claims to be the first company in the UK to sell them online.
Dumpling King is a family business run by brothers Tony and Ray Hung, along with Tony’s wife Carol.
The business idea started when Carol, disappointed about the lack of tasty fresh jiaozi in the UK, enrolled into one of Shanghai’s largest cooking schools to learn the art of making dumplings and Dumpling King was born.
Dumpling King uses traditional family recipes given to Carol by her mother, passed down by her great grandmother, along with premium ingredients – including meat from Aubrey Allen. Lamb with carrot and coriander, beef with red onions and Chinese leaf, pork and Chinese chives and vegetarian and vegan options too are all on the menu.
The fresh, handmade dumplings cook in just seven minutes and are delivered in packs of 12 to homes in Leamington, Coventry, Rugby and Southam three times a week.
Don’t worry if you live outside these areas though, as Dumpling King also pops up at Warwickshire food festivals and events – including the Down on the Close music festival in Rugby on Saturday 26 August.
After an initial setback with a property falling through, keep your fingers crossed that it is good news at last for chef Paul Foster regarding his new restaurant Salt Dining.
605 fans of the former Mallory Court head chef backed his Kickstarter campaign earlier in the year, pledging more than £100,000 to help Paul realise his dream of opening his own restaurant in Warwickshire.
Paul says; “Out of nowhere a stunning property fell onto my lap, I acted quick and had an offer accepted before it went on the market and into the hands of agents. Things are now moving forward well and Rhiain and I are very hopeful for an opening early in the New Year.
“Unfortunately at present I can’t give away more details like location etc as we haven’t signed yet and I suppose I feel like it is a case of once bitten twice shy. All I can say is that I fell in love with this place straight away, it is in good condition for us to have a relatively quick turn around and something where we can start small and humble and grow the business into something special.”
Here’s hoping that in 2017 everything will come together for Paul and he will finally be able to open Salt Dining in Warwickshire.
Inspired by the prospect of a couple of sunny days, I thought that it would be perfect timing to write about some of my favourite places for eating outside in Warwickshire. From urban patio gardens to sweeping countryside and river views, there are some gorgeous places for alfresco eating in our county when the sun is out.
In Leamington Spa I would head for the Episode Hotel in Upper Holly Walk which has refurbished their terrace to offer a larger dining space. On their menu all chicken, eggs and Warwickshire pork are free range, while chef insists on using 28-day dry-aged beef from Herefordshire Cross herds. www.episodehotels.co.uk
To welcome the summer, the bunting is already out in the courtyard garden of The One Elm in Stratford upon Avon. Run by the Peach Pub Company (who also own the Rose & Crown in Warwick and The Almanac in Kenilworth) a consistent level of quality food and service is maintained in the historic setting near Shakespeare’s birthplace, so it is a popular place for tourists. http://www.oneelmstratford.co.uk
The 17 acres of grounds make a tranquil setting for the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. As you’d expect from a 4 star hotel, the standard of food is excellent in both The River Room formal dining room and more relaxed Terrace Bar overlooking the gardens where rabbits make frequent appearances! http://www.qhotels.co.uk/hotels/chesford-grange-near-warwick
A great idea from the Hatton Arms in Warwick who will make up a picnic basket, packed full of cheeses, cold meats, pate, pickles, pork pie, bread, chutneys and salad. Then you can dine outside whilst enjoying unrivalled views over the vast green banks of the Hatton Locks, also known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’. http://www.hattonarms.com
Following a £250K refurbishment in May, The Warwick in Hockley Heath is all geared for good weather with an impressive decking area and BBQ. The gastro pub sources local regional produce for its menu. http://thewarwickhockleyheath.co.uk/
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National Markets Day starts on Saturday 23rd June in a two week campaign to revitalise town centres. Farmers market organiser Sketts is hosting events throughout Warwickshire and providing additional marketing support for stallholders to encourage visitors .Stalls will be available from £10.
Tuesday 26th June Southam
Friday 29th June Stratford upon Avon
Saturday 30th June Warwick
Thursday 5th July Kenilworth.
Fresh local produce and a picturesque setting are on offer at Grandborough’s new farmers’ market in Warwickshire.
Running on the first Thursday of every month from 10am till 12.30pm, the market will sell a range of food and crafts as well as tea and biscuits against the backdrop of the village’s church – which is helping run it all.
Market manager Peter Johnson believes it will help bring the village together. He said: “Grandborough is a sleepy little village and this is the first time we’ve tried to put something like this together. It’ll be a steep learning curve but I think it will benefit the village all round.”
Anyone interested in having a stall at the market should call Mr Johnson on (01788) 814994. Satnav users should enter the postcode CV23 8DH.
There are eleven restaurants in Warwickshire taking part in the Sunday Times Eat Out promotion, including The Chequers Inn in Ettington. Details on http://www.thesundatyimes.co.uk/eatout.