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Chase Distillery Create The Perfect Combinations with Michelin Chef Richard Turner

Chef Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant Birmingham

Chef Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant Birmingham

The regions’ finest have teamed up to create a dining experience which will bring the award winning Chase distillery together with Michelin Restaurant Chef Richard Turner for a very special evening.

Single estate Chase Distillery, who produce their World accredited spirits on their farm in Herefordshire seek to create the perfect experiences with their range of spirits and newly added wines. Michelin accredited Chef Richard Turner, patron of his eponymous restaurant in Harborne, Birmingham is acclaimed as one of the UK’s finest Chefs whose no nonsense approach to sourcing the finest ingredients to create his menus resonates throughout his repertoire of dishes.

They have teamed up to host a special evening to showcase the best of the region by creating a tasting menu to compliment the range of Chase spirits and wines, accompanied by a talk by founding family member James Chase on the family firms history and ethos.

“We all hear that ‘local is best’ when it comes to food’” comments Chef Richard “But it is not always necessarily so. At Turners Restaurant we always seek the best seasonal produce from where-ever it originates, and of course, best is often freshest in respect of produce as it holds its flavors to point of service, but when you are talking about spirits, this is not relevant. However, when we first tried Chase Spirits we were impressed with the depth of flavor notes, clean palate and subsequently how well they complimented our style of cuisine – and being based in the Midlands, they were the perfect match. We now only pour Chase Spirits across our drinks range, and have worked closely with Read more »

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English Wine Takeover Birmingham

English Wine in Birmingham English Wine Takeover Three Choirs Vineyards

The Three Choirs Vineyards

English Wine Takeover is launching a new series of events in Birmingham during English Wine Week 2015.

The event is catering for an increased consumer demand for wine with provenance and a growing awareness and interest in English wine.
A series of consumer events will be taking place across the city from 22nd May celebrating English Wine Week including food matching with a range of British and international cuisines, tutored producer-led tastings and a flagship event – the producers festival on Saturday 23rd May at The Bond, Digbeth.

English wineries are already signed up to take part in the festival include Biddenden, Hush Heath, Three Choirs, Bolney and Sixteen Ridges.
Phil Innes from Loki Wine said; “We’re seeing more customers coming into our tasting shop asking to try English wines, specifically the sparkling varieties. Consumers want to try Read more »

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Breath of fresh air at Fishmore Hall, Ludlow?

Fishmore Hall Chef Andrew Birch

Fishmore Hall Chef Andrew Birch

Ludlow’s latest Chef, Andrew Birch, rising Star or Boil-in-the-bag? We sample the new passions and plates at Ludlow’s Fishmore Hall. Read our review Here

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Bridgnorth Restaurant and Local Supplier Rugby Team Support

Asparagus producer caroline Lee, with Chef Jess Sharples and Loic Leboiteiller

Asparagus producer caroline Lee, with Chef Jess Sharples and Loic Leboiteiller

Bridgnorth’s Peepo Bar has been amongst local diners favourites since it opened on the High Street nearly five years ago, now expanded to employ over 25 people, it is now consistently reviewed as serving the best Breakfast in town – possibly the County, via the hundreds of positive comments on Trip Advisor, and over 2500 ‘LIKES” on their Facebook page - Whilst we are all in the grips of of election fever its the perfect place to share views on politics and policies whilst enjoying a Peepo breakfast or unlimited refill coffee, and pick top a few tips on who, or indeed who not to vote for – but diners are now enjoying some ‘tips’ of a different kind on the menus.

Shropshire’s freshest local breakfast -The ethos of Peepo’s owners has always been support local, and local suppliers have always featured heavily on their menus – which currently reads like a who’s who of Shropshire food producers – Most recently inviting local grower of fresh Asparagus, Caroline Lee of Quatt Farm (pictured with a tray of fresh asparagus), who grows and supplies high end retailers across the Country from their farm just outside Bridgnorth, who was delighted to be invited to supply Peepo “I often dine at Peepo with my young family, and have enjoyed their new breakfast, so when owner Phill Jeffrey called me to supply them with our first asparagus of the season we were delighted – We pick asparagus as soon as the sun comes up in the morning as that is when it is at its freshest, so it’s great excuse to deliver some asparagus in time for breakfast at Peepo and wake up properly with their bottomless coffee refills”

Peepo Owner Phill Jeffrey added “Asparagus is such an emotive ingredient in this Country – It’s the first shoots of Spring and you cant beat the taste and texture of fresh crisp asparagus – especially at breakfast time when your taste buds are as fresh as Read more »

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Good Food Guide Readers Award Nominations Announced

Good Food Guide Nomination Cards

Good Food Guide Nomination cards featured in nominated Restaurants

The prestigious Good Food Guide, owned by Waitrose, is currently half way through its much sought after ‘Readers Restaurant’ nominations campaign, and have announced the front runners so far.

The Waitrose Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award champions local eateries and recognises great food and service at restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK.  Nominations are for readers, as well as the public who can vote at participating restaurants by completing the nomination post cards available at many across the region. Also nominations on line often linking from their own websites.

Previous winners from the region include Carters of Moseley, Birmingham who currently hold the accolade as overall winner for the UK, as well as Turners Michelin Restaurant in Harborne, and the Bluebell in Henley in Arden, alongside Edmunds when Andy Waters was Chef Patron.

At this halfway stage, Midlands frontrunners include:

Midlands
34 Windsor Street, Leicester
The Queen’s Head, Sleaford
The Duncombe Arms, nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire
The King and Thai, Broseley, Shropshire

Chef Patron Suree Coates celebrates her Good food Guide Entry

Chef Patron Suree Coates celebrates her Good Food Guide 2015 Entry

Chef Patron Suree Coates of the King and Thai who are shortlisted for Shropshire commented,”We are delighted to hear we are even in the competition. Its a real honour. Any customer feedback is welcomed and last year we were highlighted as one of the Waitrose Good Food Guides  ’Local Gems’ which was incredible – but to be nominated as finalist for the readers award is a huge accolade to even get this far. We would like to thank all our customers for their kind comments to date ask wish everyone the best of luck”

Consultant editor Elizabeth Carter commented ’Once again Good Food Guide readers have come up trumps, nominating their favourite independent restaurants with enormous enthusiasm and in such detail. I’m delighted by the selection at this halfway stage and, as always, impressed by the sheer variety of owner-run eating places, from simple cafes and pubs to smart destination restaurants. I can’t wait to find out who the winners will be.’

Nominate your favourite Restaurant Here

Other regional half way finalists include: Read more »

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Ludlow Restaurant Awarded 3 AA Rosettes Under New Chef

Andrew Birch Chef Fishmore Hall Shropshire

Andrew Birch Chef Fishmore Hall Shropshire

Fishmore Hall, located near Ludlow in Shropshire is delighted to announce that they have been re-awarded the prestigious accolade of 3AA Rosettes following a recent inspection under new Head Chef, Andrew Birch.

Previously Senior Sous Chef of the 3AA Rosette and Michelin-starred Montague Arms in Hampshire, Birch joins Acorn Award winner and owner of the boutique hotel, Laura Penman, to re-launch Forelles restaurant for Spring 2015.

Birch has created a series of new tasting menus and brings a wealth of experience with him. Originally from Swansea, Andrew has previously been awarded Welsh Chef of the Year in 2004, Young Chef Apprentice of Britain in 2005, Young Chef Apprentice of Europe in 2005, and was a finalist in the Roux Regional Scholarship in 2006.

Hotel owner, Laura Penman, said: ‘We are truly delighted to have been awarded 3 AA Rosettes for Forelles, which is a great testament to Andrew Birch and the whole team at Fishmore Hall. It is onwards and upwards from here!’

Andrew commented, “It is a real privilege to be recognised for our hard work and dedication. It has been a Read more »

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The Botanist Opens in Birmingham – Save 25% Off Food

Botanist LogoThe new ‘Botanist’ bar and restaurant has now opened in Birmingham. Reader offer: save 25% off Food in April. More Here

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Birmingham Michelin Restaurant Launches Pre-pay ‘Ticket’ System to add value for diners

Chef Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant Birmingham

Chef Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant Birmingham

This week a Birmingham Michelin Restaurant will set the UK trend by launching a special pre-payment facility for guests to pre-book their meal, and save over 20% off their meal price.

There is often a high perception of Michelin dining to be expensive, but with high overheads, attentive service and often small venues, margins are tight and diners not always turning up means costs do remain high – however a Chef Patron of a Birmingham Michelin Restaurant is set to lead the UK by announcing a special pre-pay system to help diners with immediate effect.

Chef Richard Turner of Turners Restaurant in Harbourne, Birmingham, one of the smallest Michelin Restaurants in the UK, and one of 4 in Birmingham, Turners. which has recently been refitted, has announced that he is launching a special pre-pay ‘Ticket’ system to help add value to the customer experience “Being a Michelin restaurant can be considered to be a bit of a double edged knife” comments Chef Richard “diners expect the best in service, food and the highest quality fixtures, fittings and of course tableware, but often don’t choose to dine at such restaurants as they perceive them to be expensive – but to service the demands of customers we need to keep ahead of the game and maintain high staff levels to attend to their needs at every service, and being one of the smallest Michelin Restaurants in the UK with just 28 covers our costs remain high – then if they decide not to turn up without letting us know, it can make the difference between a profit or loss on certain services.”

Chef Richard continues “So to help customers save on Michelin Dining, and to maintain our tight margins we have adopted the American ‘Ticket-System’ of booking – It is simple, much like booking an airline ticket or theatre, the earlier you book, the better chance you have of dining on your chosen time. Diners can pre-book by visiting our special ‘Turners Ticket’ website page direct, and if they choose to pre-pay they save over 20% on our Simply Turners a la carte menu menu – normally 5 dish a la carte menu for £55, will be just £45 per person on a Thursday night, however unlike lots of online offers they will Read more »

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The ‘pies the limit’ for Two Shropshire Real Ale Pubs Battling for Top Crust in #piewars

Crown Inn Hopton Owner-Terry-Roberts-with-team-Symon-Ginnever-and-Chynna-Marshall

Crown Inn Hopton Owner-Terry-Roberts-with-team-Symon-Ginnever-and-Chynna-Marshall

Shropshire enjoys it’s fair share of traditional pubs and artisan real ale breweries, but two landlords are battling it out for ‘top crust’ in the pie world and are challenging the public to vote for their favourite homemade pie, each containing Shropshire real ale in their secret recipes. 

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Venison & Hobsons Ale Pie from the AGA

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Venison & Hobsons Ale Pie from their AGA

Adam Giles owner of Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn near Bridgnorth, Shropshire commented ”We are famed for our AGA Carvery – the first in the UK – also perfect for slow cooking our pies – I’ve frequented the Crown Inn near Cleobury Mortimer on a number of occasions en route to our sister pub The Plough Inn at Far Forest just over the border in Worcestershire, where we source our venison for our pies. It’s a lovely traditional country pub like ours, but I strongly believe we make the best pies in Shropshire, all made in our AGA.”

 

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Shropshire Steak-Ludlow-Ale-Pie Crown Inn Hopton

Terry Robertson, proprietor of The Crown Inn, Hopton Wafers near Cleobury Mortimer added ”We are aware of the Punch Bowl and their AGA Carvery but as a traditional coaching inn we have a history of serving traditional pies to weary travellers. More recently we have increased our range and now serve three types of pie on our daily 2 course £10 lunch menu. They are all very popular and I challenge the public to vote and decide who makes the best pies during National Pie Week. What better combination than a homemade soft crust pastry pie with a pint of local real ale?”

 

Both pubs will be going head to head from Monday March the 2nd during National Pie Week. They will each be serving a range of daily pies, including a vegetarian option during lunchtimes and early evenings, and the added option of a pint of local craft ale which will be included in each pie – the Crown Inn serving their Shropshire steak and Read more »

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Birmingham Food Festival for Cannon Hill Park

Chef Glynn Purnell to appear at Cannon Hill Park Birmingham Food Festival

Chef Glynn Purnell to appear at Cannon Hill Park Birmingham Food Festival

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, transforms Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park into a foodie heaven 15,16,17th May

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, transforms Cannon Hill Park into a foodie heaven this summer with Birmingham’s Michelin-star and top chefs, new tasting theatres, pop-up restaurants and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at.

The AGA Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Michelin-star chef Glynn Purnell and top local chefs Matt Cheal of Simpons and Atkar Islam of Lasan Group who will cook their favourite summer recipes and share top tips for visitors to take away and impress family and friends with at home.

Fans of MasterChef can also watch 2014 winner Ping Coombes cook her signature dishes from the series in the Chefs Theatre and try dishes from her Malaysian Pop-Up on the Street Food Avenue. Ping is also joined by Read more »

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