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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.”

 

Shropshire Steak-Ludlow-Ale-Pie-Crown-Inn-Hopton

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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Restaurant owner turns waiter at Salvation Army dinner for the homeless

Raj Rana, Manjit Rana, Sanjay Anand MBE, Major Samuel Edgar, Shabana Mahmood MP, Cllr John Lines_

Raj Rana, Manjit Rana, Sanjay Anand MBE, Major Samuel Edgar, Shabana Mahmood MP, Cllr John Lines_

Restaurant owner turns waiter at Salvation Army dinner for the homeless

The owner of an upmarket Birmingham restaurant turned his hand to waiting on guests, at a special dinner for residents of The Salvation Army’s William Booth Centre.

Itihaas on Fleet Street celebrated its ten year anniversary on Sunday by inviting 25 of the city’s most vulnerable people to dine on a menu of authentic Indian cuisine, carefully prepared by the restaurant’s chefs, and overseen by the owner’s mother.

In an unusual and heartwarming twist, the guests were served not by waiters, but by Read more »

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First Anniversary for AGA Carvery with over 80,000 diners served to date!

TV Actor John Challis AKA Boycie with AGA Carvery Cretor Adam Giles and AGA RAngemaster MD William McGrath

TV Actor John Challis AKA Boycie with AGA Carvery Creator Adam Giles and AGA Rangemaster Chief Executive William McGrath

This week saw the anniversary of the UK’s first official AGA Carvery – Created by Shropshire based restaurateur and publican Adam Giles MD of family run Nostalgia Inns.

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn is located just outside Bridgnorth and was the first of its kind in the UK to create the AGA Carvery concept and launch it last February 2014, to much acclaim.

Since its launch Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn has announced it has served a staggering staggering 80,000 diners from it’s AGA Carvery who have enjoyed the unique flavours created by the slow cooking of the meats and the fresh vegetables – It has even now become a regular haunt for famous faces from TV, News and Sport, including Nick Owen of BBC Midlands today, BBC TV Actor ‘Boycie’ from the hit comedy series ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – “It is the best carvery I have ever had”, commented actor John Challis, who is also a Shropshire resident. Gareth Edwards the famed Welsh Rugby player is also set to make an appearance there shortly and is sure to be converted to the AGA Carvery.

‘Fresh from the hot plate to your plate’ – Diners travel from all over the UK and many have commented on the quality and tenderness of the meats, as well as the extra crispy potatoes and vegetables all cooked in the AGA cooker ‘The feedback has been amazing’, comments Adam Giles, creator of the AGA Carvery concept and MD of Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn owners Nostalgia Inns – “We always received very positive feedback from our diners, as well as Read more »

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Ellenborough Park Hotel Charity Rugby Dinner Raises the Bar and Over £8000

Ellenborough Park Hotel Charity Rugby Dinner Raises the Bar and Over £8000

Battle of the Chefs contest sees Wales win a Six Nations Culinary Challenge. Phil Vickery MBE, the former England and Gloucester rugby captain, presided over a charity auction that raised £8,150 for the Wooden Spoon children’s rugby charity, on Friday 6 February, as part of an evening of Six Nations celebrations.
See the teams ‘warm up’ in the video below, and the full round up of the nights events and photos Here

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Sales Expansion at Shropshire Based Catering Centre UK

Catering Centre MD Richard Davies with Sales Manager Duarte Castro

Catering Centre MD Richard Davies with Sales Manager Duarte Castro

Telford based Catering Centre UK has announced it is set to expand it sales operations, alongside its kitchen consultations in order to keep up with demand for its speciality services.

MD Richard Davies from Bridgnorth who established the business in its current form in 2009 has always been at the leading edge of catering equipment supply – Now based on Stafford Park in Telford are winning contracts across the UK and more recently overseas. Keeping up with trends and the ever changing market, the focus in recent years has been more on sales, supported by the investment of over £30,000 in 2014 for a state of the art website to ensure demands for catering supplies can be fulfilled on line, speeding up the process and enabling the company to match on line prices as part of their ‘Price Promise Guarantee’. A finalist in last years Shropshire Star Small Business of the Year Awards, Catering Centre UK have now continued their expansion.

“Catering equipment supply in the hospitality industry is very competitive”, comments MD Richard Davies. “It is crucial to keep ahead of your competitors, and continue to supply your customers with exactly what they need, when they need it, for a very competitive price. We took the decision last year to invest heavily on line, with a new website, which now displays over 20,000 sales products, as well as Read more »

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Birmingham Whisky Festival Expands for 2015

Whisky Birmingham festival - Visitor nosing a dram

Birmingham Whisky Festival Expands for 2015

Birmingham’s major whisky festival will return for a third year in 2015, after a successful second year that saw visitor numbers double.

Organisers have now released 600 tickets for the one-day event at The Bond on 7th March, with over 100 tickets already snapped up in the Christmas gift-buying rush.

Outside of London, it now ranks England’s biggest whisky festival.

Whisky Birmingham 2015 will see whisky enthusiasts and novices gather to taste, try and buy from over 25 whisky brands and retailers at The Bond, a historic canalside venue in Digbeth.

This time the festival will grow to take over two exhibition spaces. Visitors will be able to sample over 150 whiskies from respected brands and distilleries, including Laphroaig, Buffalo Trace, Macallan and Chivas Regal.

Whisky Birmingham is the brainchild of Amy Seton, founder of the Birmingham Whisky Club. She explained the reason for expanding the event in 2015:

“The festival has taken off brilliantly, and it’s thanks to the great reception Birmingham has given it. People are really interested in Read more »

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Five Rivers A La Carte wins second British Curry Award

British Curry Awards 2014. L-R; Kate Silverton, Kindi Sunner, Shamim HM, Theresa May, Enam Ali
Five Rivers A La Carte in Walsall has won ‘Best National Newcomer’ at the 10th Annual British Curry Awards on Monday 1st December 2014. The fine dining Indian restaurant now has a total of two British Curry Awards.

The glittering British Curry Awards 2014 ceremony, quoted as ‘the Oscars of the curry industry’ by Prime Minister, David Cameron, was held at the Battersea Evolution, London. As well as the Prime Minister, other notable figures at the ceremony included former footballer David Seaman, comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli and Home Secretary Theresa May, who presented Five Rivers A La Carte’s Shamim and Kindi with the award, alongside BBC News journalist, Kate Silverton, and British Curry Awards Founder, Enam Ali.

In its debut restaurant year just three years ago, Five Rivers A La Carte won ‘Best Midland Newcomer’ at the 2012 British Curry Awards, and has now won a second, but in the national category, at this year’s 10th anniversary British Curry Awards.

Five Rivers A La Carte’s Group Sales & Marketing Director, Shamim HM, said: “We are over the moon to have won the Best Newcomer award, for a second time and in the ‘National’ category! We owe a massive thank you to all of our diners for their continued support and, of course, to our wonderful team for their loyalty, commitment and dedication.” Comment ends.

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The Ludlow Food Centre Announced as the Midlands’ Best Deli

Good Food Show Deli of the year

The Ludlow Food Centre was today announced as the Midlands’ Best Deli at the BBC Good Food Show, fending off competition from hundreds of entrants.

The BBC Good Food Show, in association with BBC Good Food Magazine has been scouring the Midlands’ for the past six months to search for the Midlands’ Best Deli or Farm Shop. The Ludlow Food Centre has won the coveted prize following an arduous judging process, with the judges describing it as ‘the ultimate food destination in the Midlands’.

The team of experts from BBC Good Food have been collecting and reviewing hundreds of customer nominations from across the Midlands’, including a mystery shopping exercise performed by Read more »

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Michelin Pub Guide 2015 crowns Cotswolds Pub of the year

14-new-stars-in-Michelin-Guide-2015Following the furore over the Michelin Restaurant Guide released late September, the eagerly anticipated Pub Guide UK 2015 has been announced.

The new look 2015 guide recommends more than 590 pubs from all over Great Britain and Ireland, of which 70 are new entries. All the pubs have been selected, first and foremost, for the quality of their food. So which Cotswolds Pub have Michelin crowned UK pub of the year? 

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