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Turners Michelin Restaurant to Return to More Accessible Cooking

Chef Richard Turner

Chef Richard Turner

Chef Patron Richard Turner, of his eponymous Michelin Starred restaurant, Harborne Birmingham, has today announced that he is going to return to his roots, focusing on accessible cooking for his loyal customers.

Turners restaurant is a small 26 cover restaurant , one of the smallest restaurants of its level in the Uk, that has held a Michelin Star since 2009. “Many of our customers travel from right across the UK and we receive a huge amount of positive feedback directly and in the media, all being very supportive. My passion from over 30 years of cooking remains sourcing quality seasonal ingredients and creating balanced simpler dishes,

Continuing “My customers increasing tell me they want to dine with us more often and in a more relaxed atmosphere. The trend towards tasting menus and the formal service inhibit such. So, I have decided to create a more relaxed experience for my customers, dropping Tasting Menus,  with a simplified a la carte menu, which will maintain the focus on quality just on a more accessible basis.”

“We will be opening for more hours, serving the best ingredients available, at accessible prices.” Continuing “Customers just want great food, value and a friendly welcoming service, it’s a simple as that. I love cooking and look forward to the renaissance of my restaurant following our annual closure in august .”

Richard is keeping the actual details of his new venture Read more »

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Birmingham Hospitality Awards Host the Finest of the Midlands

BFDH Awards Judges

BFDH Awards Judges

Many luminaries from the Hospitality industry gathered at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium Monday night to celebrate, reward and highlight the great work done within the city at places where people EAT DRINK and SLEEP.

The inaugural Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards was held on Monday 6th June at the prestigious sporting arena, which is making a name for itself by hosting high profile events. The event, hosted by celebrity TV personality and proud Brummie, Alison Hammond (pictured with James Day, editor of ETM Above) raced along at a brisk pace and the attendees were fabulously entertained.

The Awards are the first of their kind, including a plethora of Read more »

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Birmingham Foodies Festival Cannon Hill Park

Birmingham's Michelin Chefs Nathan Eades, Richard Turner, Brad Carter

Birmingham’s Michelin Chefs Nathan Eades, Richard Turner, Brad Carter

Birmingham basks away in the glorious heat wave at the Foodies Festival

The UK’s largest food festival returned to Brum on the 3rd, 4th, 5th June set in one of Birmingham’s most popular, scenic destinations, Cannon Hill Park – and with the glorious heat wave everyone was out to play.

 With music playing, drinks pouring, people eating plus the gleeful blast of sunshine the festival couldn’t have gotten any better. The lawns were served up with delightful dish of food stalls, live music, entertainment and cooking talks from famous sommeliers and Michelin Starred Chefs like Richard Turner, Brad Carter and Nathan Eades. These nationally renowned Chefs cooked their signature Chefs Recipes in the AGA Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, with the lovely Great British Bake Off Winner Read more »

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‘Flavours of Shropshire’ Pop-up By TV Chef

Shropshire Pop-Up Chef James Sherwin HOTRS

Shropshire Pop-Up Chef James Sherwin HOTRS

Chef James Sherwin returns for ‘Flavours of Shropshire’ Pop-up

A Shropshire chef, who became known for his regional pop-up restaurant events and a stint on a national TV cooking show, is returning to the popular pop-up format in Shrewsbury after a gap of two years.

James Sherwin has been invited by Ginger & Co, Shrewsbury’s newest independent coffee shop, to stage a series of pop-up restaurant events at the venue throughout June and July. James burst onto the culinary scene in 2014, when he successfully competed on Channel 4’s ‘The Taste’, hosted by Nigella Lawson, and set the region’s taste buds alight with his ‘James-in-a-space’ pop restaurants at venues across the Midlands.

James, known for his challenging flavour combinations and passion for cooking with seasonal local ingredients, is a regular chef-demonstrator at food festivals throughout Shropshire and the Midlands and is also the new sous chef at Shrewsbury’s House of the Rising Sun restaurant.

His first Ginger & Co pop-up, ‘Flavours of Shropshire’, will take place on Wednesday June 8, offering a seven-course taster menu focussing on spring and early summer Shropshire flavours. Further ‘pop-ups’ will follow at the coffee shop, in The Square, on June 22 and July 20th

“I love the springtime flavours of Shropshire, so it couldn’t be a better time of year to Read more »

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New Rooftop Birmingham Restaurant By Top London Chef

Chef Des Macdonald Rofuto Restaurant

Chef Des Macdonald Rofuto Restaurant

Rofuto brings Birmingham dining to new heights.

Renowned restaurateur, Des McDonald (pictured) is set to shake up the Birmingham dining scene with his latest venture Rofuto, a restaurant set high in the City skyline at over 141 feet in the sky with incredible 360 degree views. Now open with a £3 million investment, Rofuto offers an izakaya-style restaurant, serving a high quality modern Japanese menu of world class dishes. The restaurant sits alongside the stunning cocktail lounge and sake bar, Kurabu, from its unique rooftop position at the new Park Regis Hotel.

Located high above the City centre, the restaurant and cocktail lounge sits on the 16th floor of Park Regis, the new 4 four star modern luxury hotel located in the heart of Birmingham. Rofuto is a direct translation of the word ‘loft’ in Japanese and the interiors reflect this inspiration. With a large central bar, an open Japanese style kitchen and an eclectic mix of furnishings, unique hand painted murals and design, Rofuto is a truly theatrical dining space. Kurabu, with its panoramic views of the city skyline, world class DJs and a backlit bar is perfect for more intimate drinking and dining.

The vision for the restaurant and cocktail lounge has been created by one of the UK’s most respected restaurateurs, Des McDonald. With over 20 years’ experience running some of the world’s most high profile establishments including Le Caprice, Scott’s, Soho House and Annabel’s. Early in his career, Des was Head Chef at the world famous Ivy restaurant, before moving from the kitchen into the boardroom to become CEO of Caprice Holdings. Des was inspired to open Rofuto following visits to Tokyo and Singapore; he has developed every aspect of the concept, design and menu to bring a new izakaya-style restaurant to Birmingham’s thriving dining scene.

Des McDonald says: “I am delighted to be opening my first modern Japanese restaurant Rofuto, with my partners at Park Regis Birmingham. I love rooftop spaces, having opened four successful restaurants on the roof of Selfridges in London. I fell in love with the unparalleled dramatic views from the 16th floor, Birmingham is a great, vibrant city and I’m excited to become part of its dynamic and diverse dining scene.”

Rofuto will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday and lunch on Sunday. The restaurant will serve Read more »

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From Field to Fyfield: Oxfordshire Village On A Plate

Kay & Mark Chandler Owners of The White Hart Fyfield

Kay & Mark Chandler Owners of The White Hart Fyfield with their ‘flavours of Fyfield’ dishes

Award-winning Oxfordshire gourmet pub The White Hart at Fyfield, near Abingdon, is helping to put village produce on the UK foodie map by taking ‘source local’ to a whole new level with their ‘flavours of Fyfield’ dishes.

The flavours of Fyfield are being served up on a plate with new seasonal dishes that are comprised entirely of quality ingredients sourced from the village and producers within just a two-mile radius.

Owners Kay and Mark Chandler, who have been at the helm of the White Hart for ten years, have long been passionate about supporting the local community and the best of the region’s produce. “Fyfield is not a large village, but right on our doorstep and almost within walking distance we have some of the best suppliers in the UK,” said chef-patron Mark.

“Our eggs are delivered daily by farmer Ben Lay, of Manor Farm in the village, who also supplies Waitrose. Farmer Jamie Thompson, of Swannybrook Farm, supplies some of our game including the wild pigeons that are currently on our menu served with Fyfield wild garlic.

“We are also currently being treated to some of the first of the season asparagus, which arrives at our back door directly from local Millets Farm. Brothers Nigel and Tony cultivate some of the best asparagus I’ve tasted. It’s so fresh – only travelling less than a mile from field to fork – and our customers love it.

“It’s exciting when these soil coated stems arrive at our kitchen door. Fresh asparagus to a chef is the first true taste of the year, and is best served simply. So we wash and blanch them, before serving them lightly griddled with one of Manor Farm’s free range eggs, slowly poached. The dish is so fresh, it almost tastes of the village and is already Read more »

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Glynn Purnell to welcome X-Factor winner Sam Bailey into his Friday Night Kitchen

Glynn Purnell Friday Night Kitchen

Glynn Purnell Friday Night Kitchen

Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell will open the doors of his Friday Night Kitchen on October 7th at Villa Park’s Holte Suite and the ‘Yummy Brummie’ will be joined by X-Factor winner Sam Bailey.

The East Londoner, now living in the Midlands, will join Glynn on stage to assist with the cooking along with other celebrity friends of Glynn, before performing for over 400 guests at the prestigious Midlands venue.

Tickets are now on sale for the fun-filled, live show-cooking event that over the last two years has gained the reputation of being the best Friday night out in the Birmingham social calendar. Award-winning presenter Suzanne Virdee will host the evening alongside Heart West Midlands presenter Ed James. The night will include on stage guests discussing and cooking their favorite dishes with Glynn before the audience enjoy the dishes themselves.

The one and only raffle prize on the night will give guests the chance to win a meal cooked at home by Glynn and his Purnell’s team for up to six people a money can’t buy experience, Glynn and his team will turn up, cook Sunday lunch and clean the kitchen up before they leave!

To round the evening off guests will then be treated to live music from Read more »

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First Food Festival off The Season Held in Shropshire Apley Farm Shop



The Apley Bake Off is set to be one of the county’s culinary highlights of 2016 at a farm shop near Bridgnorth.

Apley Farm Shop has compiled a programme of 30 minute demonstrations given by six of the county’s leading chefs: Chris Burt, owner of several restaurants in Shrewsbury including The Peach Tree & Momonoki, is one of the country’s most prolific recipe book writers, publishing a recipe book every month; James Sherwin appeared in the finals of Nigella’s ‘The Taste’ TV show; Suree Coates of the King & Thai in Broseley won Midlands Thai Chef of the Year in 2015; Stuart Philips is Head Chef of the Hundred House in Norton, the Apley Estate village within walking distance from Apley Farm Shop; Lajina Leal has rapidly developed a vibrant curry & spice business, supplying Shropshire restaurants & foodie shops; Gilly Clayton is already known to many for running the monthly Apley Cookery Club.

Chris Burt, Peach Tree restaurant head chef began “I’m sure it’ll be a day of international cuisines from local Shropshire chefs. Between us, we will demonstrate a wonderful mix of English, Japanese, Thai & Indian recipes.”

The day runs 10-4pm, so the demonstrations will begin on the half hour from 10:30am until 3:30pm. Chefs are given fresh, local & seasonal ingredients from the Apley butcher, Apley delicatessen & Apley Walled Garden.

“I want our customers to go away not only full of delicious food but also full of a wonderful culinary experience – to remember the day as one of the best in the year & to feel ‘culinary satisfaction’ ” began Lady [Harriet] Hamilton, Read more »

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Punch Bowl Inn Bridgnorth Wins Venue of The Year.

Punch_Bowl_Award_03Punch Bowl Inn Wins Venue of The year 2016– Awarded by the prestigious ‘Les Routier’ Guide.
Bridgnorth’s much loved Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn has been Nationally recognised for its consistent quality customer services and quality cuisine in a prestigious national award. The annual Awards highlight establishments that consistently meet and exceed the fastidious membership standards. Awards are based around performance, customer feedback, reviews and recommendations.
A representative of Les Routier commented “The 2016 competition was fierce with extremely strong contenders for each category; but the judges Read more »
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It’s Time For ‘Waters World’ – Andy Waters Opens New Restaurant at Resorts World Birmingham.


Chef Patron Andy Waters

Waters Restaurant Chef Patron Andy Waters

Multi Award Winning Midlands chef Andy Waters will open his brand new venture, Waters Restaurant on Monday 23rd November at Resorts World Birmingham, Europe’s first large scale resort destination.

Waters Restaurant will be situated adjacent to the cinema and near to the High Line New York Bar and Lounge and the Bottega Prosecco Bar and will serve classic British and French dishes with a twist that has become associated with Andy Waters approach to cooking.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week and have 65 covers and alongside the main menu, a 2-course menu rapide for £14.95 will be available at lunchtime and early evening.

The opening of the Waters Restaurant at Resorts World Birmingham further adds to the range of dining available at the resort and will complement the options for visitors to the complex including those on business and staying at the Genting Hotel and for delegates using the VOX conference centre.

Commenting on the new venture Andy Waters said “I am really excited to be part of Resorts World Birmingham. It is a fantastic complex and our location puts us at the heart of the leisure offer.”

“My aim for the restaurant is simple, Read more »

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