Keep up to date with our FREE newsletter
Twitter link
Site search

For Email Newsletters you can trust

Facebook link

All the regions food news & reviews you can digest

New FUMO Restaurant & Bar for Selfridges Birmingham

New FUMO Restaurant & Bar for Selfridges Birmingham

New FUMO Restaurant & Bar for Selfridges Birmingham

Birmingham’s multi-award winning Italian restaurant company, San Carlo Group today announces it’s to further expand operations in the city.

The Italian family owned and run group which has 17 leading UK restaurants, including the original and hugely popular San Carlo on Temple Street and Fumo on Waterloo Street, is to open a Fumo restaurant, champagne and cocktail bar at Selfridges in Birmingham this Autumn.

Fumo will be located in Selfridges on the 4th floor with stunning views overlooking the iconic Bullring. With a nod to the popular and critical success of its Fumo restaurants in Birmingham, Manchester and St Martins Lane, London, Fumo will serve delicious, seasonal Italian small plate dishes to share or eat alone and a feature bar will specialise in cocktails and Laurent Perrier champagne.

The £1m restaurant will be the third Selfridges San Carlo Group restaurant – San Carlo Bottega and Gran Café are situated within Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester.

The Group’s success has been built on providing original Read more »

  • Share/Bookmark

MFDH Awards goes off with a Bang!

Sabai win mfdha17

What a magnificent night! Monday 26th June 2017 saw the Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards take place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

The Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality industry was out in full force and saw over 450 people in attendance, including the biggest names and faces in the food and catering industry from all around the West Midlands, to honour and award the very best restaurants, cafes, eateries, chains, hotels, chefs and more in the Midlands world of hospitality.

The MFDH awards, founded by Anita Chumber, Ifraz Ahmed and Anita Champaneri, was sponsored by Pepsi Max, with diamond sponsor NFU Mutual, and category sponsors Birmingham City University, Pathway Group, NA Consulting, High Speed Training, Bacardi and Laurent Pierre.

The night kicked off with a stellar reception that welcomed the guests, hosts, judges and sponsors to the beautifully decorated venue at the cricket ground. It was an electric night full of fun and frolics.

Host Raaj Shamji, known for his flamboyance and infectious humour, and his eclectic band kept the guests entertained with their unique brand of wit, wonder and flair. They brought a sense of cabaret, zest and fun to the night that kept everything up and lively.

Live music was provided by the Walsall Wallaz and Beat Asylum, guests were also treated to a stunning performance from Nemesis from Britain’s Got Talent.

Drinks were aplenty at the bar and food was provided from Mahir’s Experience.  The delectable cuisine was perfectly fitting for a night celebrating the very best in food.

Needless to say, when it came to the winners, the level of excitement and tension was palpable. Some of the most coveted awards and winners of the night included Sabai Sabai for Best Oriental Restaurant; Best Spanish which was picked up by El Borracho De Oro; Best Themed awarded to Indico Street Kitchen; Best Boutique Hotel went to Hotel Du Vin and a special Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Rajdoot. Also a big congrats to Edgbaston Boutique Hotel for winning Best Cocktail Bar and Best Afternoon Tea; Asha’s for winning Best Curry House, Malmaison for winning Best Hotel Bar and the most petulant, but wittiest food blogger around, Simon Carlo for winning the Best Blogger Award.

The crowd moved to the after party after the awards was over, which saw yet more fun, laughs and partying with music provided by DJ AKB.

The organisers of the night, commented:

It is overwhelming to see so much support for this very important industry in the Midlands. The awards, now in its second year, has been a huge success.  A huge congratulations to the winners & nominees and thank you to everyone that has supported the event this year.”

Next year’s MFDH awards is already being planned and looks set to be even bigger, better and brighter. Look forward to seeing you next year!

For images from the night, please click here and for further photos please click here.

See Winners List here!

  • Share/Bookmark

Delicious PR celebrates a Delicious decade

Screen shot 2017-06-14 at 15.44.41











Delicious PR celebrates a sparkling decade in business. Specialising in the city’s food drink and hospitality sector, the PR agency in Birmingham hosted a delicious party to mark their 10th Anniversary at the Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Bar.

Clients old and new, press and friends who have been a part of the delicious journey came out in force to support this milestone.  With fizz, canapés and cake, not to mention Edgbaston boutiques fabulous bespoke cocktail called Deliciously Golden made with old pressed Golden Delicious Apple Juice, Meadowsweet Cordial, Quince, London Dry Gin, Citric Acid & Magnolia. Serving delightful, playful afternoon tea canapés that went down a treat along side a few hours of sunshine in the brand spanking new luxurious Moet & Chandon terrace – it’s safe to say it was definitely a great way to mark a delicious decade.

MD Anita Champaneri said,

“Having founded the company after a career as a showbiz producer with ITV and BBC in London, I am fiercely proud that the company is really plugged into the dynamics of my adopted city. It’s been an adventure, and we want to say a big thank you to all our clients, colleagues and hospitality comrades who have been on this fantastic journey with us. We are looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond.

Click here to see all photos from the event.

  • Share/Bookmark

Chef Brad Carter Interview

Chef Brad carter Signature chefs

Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter is looking forward to getting out of the kitchen and meeting food fans and producers at Ragley Food Festival, in Alcester, Father’s Day weekend.

We caught up with Brad who has appeared on television’s Saturday Kitchen, whowill be demonstrating the culinary skills that earnt him his prestigious star at Ragley Food Festival in the magnificent 18th century Ragley Hall between Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in the hall’s stunning grounds, the event falls on Father’s Day weekend and – with a barbecue, craft beers and family fun galore – is the perfect place to take to Dad on 17-18 June.
Brad Carter is chef/proprietor at Carters of Moseley, which he launched in his hometown in 2010. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide 2016, making it the fifth restaurant in Birmingham to receive a coveted star.

Although proud to receive this and other honours, Brad hasn’t changed his core values and enjoys getting out and about and meeting everyday foodies. As a chef who is known to be passionate about seasonal food, Brad enjoys spending time at food festivals, receiving feedback from the public and listening to what other foodies want.

“It’s a chance to showcase the restaurant to a wider market and show people how passionate we are about food. You get a real sense of discovery from a larger audience,” he says.
He is looking forward to Ragley Hall Festival due to the large number of independent traders, producers and start-ups.

“I hope to be able to discover new suppliers from the region, and maybe cook with them on stage. Our food is ALWAYS driven by the ingredients.”
Brad loves the summer months and is eager to show off what can be done with British green peas, broad beans. strawberries and raspberries.
He says: “Our soft fruit is from nearby New Farm Produce, in Lichfield. We use both ripe and ‘green’ strawberries; we use the unripe berries in savoury dishes, which we are looking at using in our demo.”
Cooking seasonally is just an everyday job to Brad.

“It will be bang on seasonal just like we do in the restaurant. Our menus are based on ‘on-the-day ingredients’ using what comes in from our suppliers, so our demo will be the same.”
Brad has recently spent time in Cornwall bonding with his kitchen team and researching seafood and produce from the area; all of the restaurant’s seafood comes from the region.

“Our team visited our mussel farmer in Foye, in Cornwall, during our spring break; we like to work as a team. I met Gaz who farms our mussels in deep sea, rather than an estuary, which is rare – he is the first to do so. It makes a huge difference to the flavour. They are the best I’ve ever had, the meat is right to the rim, and the flavour is like nothing else I’ve tried before.
“Mussels now form one of our ‘snack’ dishes on our menu with wild garlic that we have fermented from last season mixed with fresh wild garlic with wild garlic seeds. We like to experiment with flavours all the time.”
Brad’s favourite dish on the menu at the moment is Cornish turbot.

“Its just at its best now due to the tides in Cornwall. Served with our own smoked roe, Lichfield asparagus and Kent truffles, you cant get much more seasonal and British than that,” he says.
The Michelin star still counts as one of the highlights of Brad’s career, though he says it was completely unexpected.

“I never realised what it meant and how it gives an inner confidence for the team and opens doors to help push the boundaries with exciting new ingredients and methods, whilst still keeping true to our roots: the flavour. It opens so many doors beyond the kitchen. I always wanted to go on Saturday Kitchen since I was a young chef, it was a dream come true when it happened.
“I do enjoy it. I never thought I’d be on TV, or even on stage, it’s so humbling.

Read more about Brad’s plans for the next year and Ragley Food Festival here

  • Share/Bookmark

Top 10 Midlands Father’s Day Gourmet Gifts

Nut Tree Inn Michelin Chef Mike NorthMake Dad’s day: 10 best food gifts for dad.

Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so, this year, don’t buy Dad yet another pair of cuff-links that will rarely see the light of day. Treat your father to a gift that he’ll truly enjoy.

Whether he’s an aspiring gourmand, sees himself as head chef in the kitchen, or simply loves delicious food and drink, you won’t go far wrong with a gourmet gift. We have gathered together ten of the best from Midlands based ‘GourmetXperiences’

  1. Cocktail masterclass. Teach dad to create cocktails, shaken and strirred. The Verzon Hotel, near Ledbury, offers a cocktail masterclass with an expert mixologist, using spirits from the Chase Distillery. For this entire month, book or attend a masterclass for a minimum of two people and learn tips on perfect Chase Gin cocktail accompanied by a Herefordshire sharing platter. Each couple also receives a complimentary Chase Gin Taster Pack to take home as a thank you, before the end of June. More on Chase Cocktail Masterclasses Here
  2. Michelin-starred cooking eXperiences For dads who fancy themselves as budding chefs, give them a Michelin-starred eXperience hosted by top chef Brad Carter at his eponymous Birmingham restaurant. This is a restaurant that focuses on a warm welcome and a ‘wow’ factor. Discover the secrets behind an award-winning dessert and sample the five-dish tasting menu courtesy of this Michelin-starred chef, who has appeared on television’s Saturday Kitchen. £65 per person. More on an experience with Brad here.
    Or try seasonal English fare at Nut Tree Inn, Oxfordshire served up by chef patron Mike North. Cook with Mike North here
  3. Thai cookery eXperience. Love Thai food but have no idea how to recreate the authentic experience at home.? Multi-award-winning Thai chef Suree Coates is renowned for her flavours and presentation. The former Thai Curry of the Year can teach you Dad to cook traditional Thai with an interactive demonstration (including lunch and wine), at her Shropshire restaurant, near Bridgnorth. More on Thai Cooking Here
  4. Gourmet tasting menu eXperience. More into eating than cooking? Why not try Edmunds Bistro de Luxe Tasting Menu eXperience at the classic French bistro, in the heart of Birmingham’s fashionable Brindley Place. Offering six courses celebrating the flavours of France. Edmunds Bistro eXperience and gift voucher details here
  5. BBC MasterChef Winner eXperience. In recent years, cook schools have popped across the country offering culinary lessons to beginners and experts alike. One of the best is by BBC MasterChef Professional winner Mark Stinchcome and his wife Sue. They’ll offer tips and insights gleaned from the BBC show at Eckington Manor Cookery School, in Worcestershire. MasterChef Masterclass details Here
  6. Stay in a country retreat in foodie heaven. Ludlow, in Shropshire, is gourmet heaven. Why not make a top class meal even better by adding a relaxing night’s sleep to the evening? Old Downton Lodge, near Ludlow, offers a top class menu with rustic refurbished converted stables and barns, so there are no worries about how Dad’s getting home. Ludlow Retreat details here
  7. Cooking inspiration with quality cook book. Start Dad’s creative juices flowing with inspiration for a Signature Chef recipe book featuring recipes from top chefs from Heart of England & Wales or South West and Channel Islands. With recipes from some of the greatest British chefs including all Birmingham Michelin-starred chefs, alongidie 10 others in the region, celebrity chefs and rising stars, this quality cook book with mouth-watering photography makes a thoughtful addition to any gourmand’s recipe book shelf.  Heart of England & Wales Recipe book here.
  8. Beer or wine evening. Many breweries, vineyards and wine shops offer a tour and tasting experience. Tanners, in Shropshire, holds regular events that Dad will love. This month, you can sample an Ale, Cider and Cheese masterclass with Clare Downes of Monkhouse Food and Drink, who also happens to be part of the Appleby family behind Appleby’s Cheshsire cheese.  The evening, at Tanners, in Shrewsbury, on 24 June, will pair cheese with sweet cider, stout and Tanners 175th anniversary ale. £18 per person.
  9. Craft beer. Indulge the man in your life with quality craft beer. The Wild Beer Company has a selection of merchandise for the dad who loves a pint. From a Craft Master Glass for £4 to Bag O Swag including a hat and bottle opener £15, hoodie £32, or simply opt for a mixed case of his favourite beers.
  10. Save 20% Off at Chase Distillery. Who does nt love a tipple? What bette than a delivery from the regions’ very own Single estate Distillery. Chase, located in Herefordshire offers World beating Gin, Vodka and liquors that will lift anyone’s spirits – especially dad. Being made from Herefordshire potatoes, and apples, rather than grains, means they are all Gluten Free too! Visit the Chase Shop, and quote “WorldGinDay” to save 20% off at check out Here (before the end of June)All of the above provided by (c)
  11. White Hart GourmeXperience Oxforshire

    White Hart GourmeXperience Oxfordshire – Sample their produce with a  special Tasting Menu here


  • Share/Bookmark

Canal Square celebrates a year in business

Harvey Bains and Anita Champaneri

Birmingham’s newest Punjabi fine dining restaurant took over the square celebrating their 1st birthday last week. Basking away in Brum’s glorious heat wave press, bloggers and finance professionals were out in force to enjoy an evening by the canal with fizz, food and Punjabi entertainment.

Serving delightful, playful canapés such as Chicken Tikka and Mini shell Aloo Channa Chaat followed by a divine main menu that went down a treat, with stand out dishes such as Punjabi Pind Wala Murgh and Punjabi Tharee Wala Lamb. Nothing other than exemplary service and great food was expected and definitely delivered.

Canal Square has been quietly tucked away for a year now perfecting its Punjabi cuisine and excellent service. Nominated for Best Curry House at this year’s Midland Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards and it’s easy to see why!

Owner Harvey Bains said

“It’s a great pleasure to host such a great event celebrating a year in business. The team are ecstatic with how much everyone loved and enjoyed our food and I hope everyone continues to do so.” 

  • Share/Bookmark

The Colmore Food Festival is back again at the end of the month and its bigger and better than ever!

colmore food fest

The event kicks off on Friday 30th June with our very own superchef, the Michelin starred Glynn Purnell, making a welcome return to the city’s biggest free-entry food and drink festival.

The Saturday Morning Kitchen regular who describes Birmingham as ‘the centre of the universe’, will help officially launch Colmore Food Festival 2017 before hosting cookery demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage.

The Festival will take place between Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st from 11am-7pm.

The annual celebration of Colmore Business District restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, is now in its seventh year, and each year attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

Each of the taster dishes costs no more than £4, which means visitors can try the different menu options on offer at the 35 stalls without breaking the bank. Yes you can travel the culinary world all over one weekend!

A lot of our favourites will be hosting a stand: you get to try 10 different wines from Hotel du Vin, and mini plates from Gusto, Chung Ying Central, Asha’s, Zen Metro and many more.

There are so many independents taking part this year such, which is great to see and this is a chance for all restaurants large and small to stand side by side. Expect great food and entertainment, cooking demos and hopefully sunshine!

  • Share/Bookmark

Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge celebrate their 1st Birthday with a Bloggers Event

Screen shot 2017-05-24 at 15.11.23

Bloggers were invited to enjoy a taste of sugar heaven to celebrate Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge 1st birthday in Digbeth. The upmarket venue opened in May 2016 with a glorious launch party that the crème de la crème of Brum attended. A year in business they have successfully grown loyal customers and have a range of offerings from private hire to live music on Sundays.

Pirlo’s resembles a New York loft style café experience and is sure to delight dessert lovers everywhere.  Treats included the heavenly puddings wonderful waffles, gelato and crepes.

Screen shot 2017-05-24 at 15.12.31

Whether you have a passing sweet tooth or are a committed chocoholic, Pirlo’s has a plethora of dishes to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t worry about those dietary dilemmas as Pirlo’s offers Gluten free waffles for coeliacs, desserts for vegans and vegetarians as well as dairy free treats.

Also nominated for the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Midland Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards. With its buzzing ambience, high ceilings, exposed brickworks and lots of copper the venue certainly looks the part and it certainly makes an ideal place to indulge in all your sugary favourites – and who can say no to dessert? Vote today:

  • Share/Bookmark

Izza Pizza launches in Selfridges Birmingham

Izza Pizza by Aktar Islam

Wood-fired artisan pizzas with a unique sourdough base are coming to Selfridges Birmingham this week with the launch of the Lasan Group’s latest venture, Izza Pizza.

Restaurant royalty, Aktar Islam and his chefs from the succulently successful Lasan Group are bringing a quality unseen in the city before and it will officially open in the iconic Birmingham Selfridges Foodhall on Thursday 6th April.

Izza Pizza brings carefully-sourced ingredients of the highest quality from near and far, to create a picture perfect pizza for diners and shoppers and it is all about that base.

Aktar Islam, chief director at Lasan Group, said: “The bases are made with a combination of white and wholemeal flours. The wholemeal adds flavour as well as goodness and creates a lighter and slightly more ready texture than you find in ordinary pizzas.”

The sourdough itself is fermented using natural yeasts, ensuring a healthy and natural product. Izza’s wood-fired oven will ensure that the pizzas emerge crisp, irresistible and with slightly smoky notes.

To top it all off, the pizzas are dressed with mouth-watering ingredients ranging from classic and simple Margherita with tomato, mozzarella and basil to the indulgent Truffle in Paradise with Read more »

  • Share/Bookmark

Staffordshire Lymestone Brewery and Inspired Film and Video launch a new beer


Staffordshire  Lymestone Brewery ‘Brew Macari’.

Staffordshire businesses Lymestone Brewery and Inspired Film and Video have teamed up to launch a new beer called ‘Brew Macari’.

The beer has been brewed to mark the announcement of a new film marking the 1992/93 winning Stoke City side. Production has already begun and the film is due for release in March 2018.

Michael MacDonald, Business Development Director at Inspired said, “We decided to make this beer to support the production of “Macari’s Red and White Army”, a documentary we are making celebrating the league winning team, the fans, terrace culture of the 90s and Stoke-on-Trent in general. We wanted to do something a little different to raise awareness and thought nothing goes better with football and films than beer.”

The aptly coloured 4.5% red ale got its name following a competition carried by Duck Magazine and will be on sale at venues across Staffordshire as well as on line, over the next couple of weeks.

Ian Bradford, brewer from Lymestone said, “As a lifelong supporter of my local team I am delighted to be involved with Inspired in the creation of this brand new beer that will raise the profile of the project and help to raise funds.”

More information on Lymestone Brewery


  • Share/Bookmark