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Itihaas Restaurant adds another partnership to its portfolio

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Award-winning connoisseur of fine Indian dining, Itihaas Restaurant, is celebrating a perfect match with a new deal with the stunning Moor Hall Hotel.

A beautiful country house is always a good choice for a romantic wedding setting, so its with great delight that the award-winning fine Indian restaurant has added Moor Hall Hotel and  Spa in Sutton Coldfield to its portfolio of venues.

Itihaas already has an array of incredible venues under its belt, delivering traditional Indian cuisine to events and weddings at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The New Hall Hotel and more recently, Stanbrook Abbey.

Moor Hall Hotel is a unique choice for Indian weddings with its a stunning tree-lined avenue and extensive grounds, which lends itself to gardens parties and drinks receptions. The Charter Suite is an elegant spacious room with a capacity of 200 guests, overlooking the sunken garden and with its own direct entrance, with the suite and adjourning areas recently refurbished to a very high standard.

This latest partnership with Moor Hall in the north of the city sees Itihaas’ award-winning chefs design menus to complement the stunning surroundings of the venue. Speaking about the partnership, Itihaas Managing Director, Raj Rana, comments: “We’re honoured to have secured such a wonderful partnership with Moor Hall We recognise the venue’s dedication to provide an unforgettable Big Day to the happy couple, as this is something we also uphold. 

“Despite years of experience catering for Asian events, we never take for granted our inclusion in a couple’s big day, and we recognise how lucky we are to be able to provide our innovative dishes to the wedding guests. Our menus continuously prove to be a huge success for contemporary weddings, allowing choice for guests and giving the happy couple a real edge on their big day.”

Itihaas has recently drawn on its strengths to expand its portfolio, now offering décor to suit every Read more »

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Bitters ‘n twisted venues opens fifth “bodega cantina” venue

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Independent bar and restaurant operator Bitters ‘n Twisted Venues is set to open their newest Bodega Cantina in Sutton Coldfield this March.  The new venue will be the fifth Bodega Cantina, all of which are based in the Midlands. Bodega Cantina, located on the bustling Birmingham Road in Sutton Coldfield, is opening following a £150,000 investment.
The South American inspired cocktail bar and restaurant was first launched by Bitters ‘n Twisted over seven years ago in Birmingham.  Other Cantina’s can now be found in Worcester, Derby and Leicester.  Sutton will the first Bodega Cantina to open in the suburbs.
Bitters ‘n Twisted founder Matt Scriven said: “Opening Bodega in Sutton Coldfield has been on my radar for over 3 years now and I’m very excited that we’re finally able to bring our South American inspired hospitality to this vibrant area.  We’ve recently updated our food and cocktail menus as well as our website and it feels like now is a really important time in the development of Bodega. “
The launch of Bodega Sutton has created 12 new jobs. Its interior focuses on Read more »
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February will see Wrapchic take its latest voyage to Birmingham Airport

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Wrapchic will be offering Indian style street food as well as an extended menu including ‘The Great Indian Breakfast’ and a range of incredibly unique sandwiches and wraps that can accompany passengers on-board.

After a successful five years, Wrapchic is excited to continue soaring high by opening its latest outlet in a prime position within Birmingham Airport.

Wrapchic is fast Indian food – but its unique menu offers food cooked and prepared by top Indian chefs in a welcomed healthier way. Wrapchic combine authentic Indian food with modern ways of eating on the go and has created an immense buzz wherever it lands. Wrapchic is currently making an envious mark in the fast food arena because consumers are looking for something unique, interesting, and healthy. Food is about much more than just ‘filling your boots’ now, so Wrapchic’s concept, wonderful team and gorgeous eateries keep fiercely loyal Wrapchica’s coming back again and again!

Wrapchic already has hugely popular and established flagship outlets in major sites across the UK including London, Sheffield, Bradford, Milton Keynes, Dudley and even Dubai to name a few!  And with its Headquarters just down the road, and outlets in The Bullring and on Solihull High Street, Wrapchic is really making a name for itself within Birmingham.

The product range at Birmingham Airport will also offer a new and full breakfast menu. The new items include – Indian breakfast muffins, porridge and Indian filled ‘paratha’s on a budget’ as well as an array of brand new fillings, such as the egg bhurji and lamb kheema. Wrapchic will also offer a take away option for passengers wishing to take something on board their flight. Wrapchic will have a chiller rammed with grab and go items such as a beetroot lamb sandwich or soya kadhai wrap.

Wrapchic was created by Mahesh Raikar in 2012. Mahesh has 20 years of food industry experience behind him including a senior role in a Fortune 500 company. He wanted to make the much loved Indian cuisine available to the bustling lunch time market by pushing the boundaries of the way we eat our Indian food in a modern world. After working for over two years on the idea, testing and retesting, designing and redesigning, Mahesh invested his own money into opening the first Wrapchic in Birmingham City Centre and hasn’t looked back since.

Mahesh explains what makes Wrapchic’s food stand out from the crowd: “All our core ingredients are prepared at a central location by our expert chefs in order to maintain product standards and authenticity.  The ingredients are then delivered to our stores for final preparation”.

He adds why he feels Wrapchic are operating at the right time in the right place: “Our concept is unique in the quick serve food sector and brings something new and fresh to the consumer.  Our existing outlets are doing extremely well in terms of Read more »

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Blakes Cocktail Masterclass

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Have an unforgettable experience at Blakes this Valentines! Enjoy a Cocktail Masterclass with your loved one and learn to make the Valentines Love potion cocktails and Blakes signature drinks. All masterclasses include a three course Valentines dinner, available Friday 16th - Saturday 17th February 6-9pm. Masterclass only is priced at £20 pp and masterclass with three course meal is just £50 pp. Why not add a romantic overnight stay at the Westmead hotel? From only £140 for 2 people.

Spaces are limited! To book call 0121 445 1202 or email:

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Birmingham’s First Whisky Bar to Open in the Jewellery Quarter


Birmingham is set to get its first dedicated whisky bar on Vyse Street from the founder of The Birmingham Whisky Club and Festival.

Set inside the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter the venue will boast 300 plus whiskies and host a regular calendar of tastings and events.

Known for pioneering the whisky community in the city, Amy Seton has worked with Intervention Architecture to transform the space which will open to the public in February this year.

Speaking about the concept Amy said: “I set up the whisky club six years ago and have helped to build up a thriving community of whisky lovers. Opening a bar was the logical next step, giving our members a home and creating a space to introduce more people to the exciting world of whisky.

“Birmingham has shown a real love for a dram or two since I set up the club. Our annual festival sells out 600 plus tickets year-on-year and we attract high profile brands and whisky drinkers from as far as Cornwall to our events.

“We welcome everyone to our new bar from whisky aficionados to complete beginners who are looking to start their whisky journey.”

The unique partnership between Birmingham Museums Trust has been spearheaded by commercial director Alex Nicholson-Evans, commenting on the partnership Alex said: “I’ve worked with The Birmingham Whisky Club on a series of successful events over the last few years and when Amy and I were discussing the idea of a whisky bar we had lightbulb moment.”

“Birmingham Museums Trust is an educational charity so we are always looking for interesting collaborations with local businesses and for creative ways to raise vital funds, so this seemed like a perfect Read more »

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The UK’s first Prosecco Festival comes to Birmingham Town Hall

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Needless to say this event is an absolute must for fans of the fizz!

The UK’s first Prosecco Festival is coming to Birmingham Town Hall, on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th February.

There will be stations offering more than 40 types of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava’s, Brut, Pink Fizz and even Prosecco cocktails.

There will also be an array of Italian streetfoods which can be purchased at the festival, designed to compliment the varieties of fizz. Think gorgeous calzone and homemade meatballs….mmmmm.

General Admission tickets are £14.50 and look set to be a sell out. We’ll race you there!


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The Horseshoe Bar and Grill Relaunch

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Popular local pub ‘The Horseshoe Bar “ have relaunched under new management this month and will be known as The Horseshoe Bar & Grill!  With a freshly refurbed pub section,  the restaurant on Stratford Road will now be riding the desi wave and offering a bigger mixed grill selection.

There are no neigh sayers in sight, as their magnificent mixed grills are already being hotly applauded and their cosy and relaxed surroundings are making for a bright and bustling atmosphere.

There is plenty to choose from with flavoursome staples for all palates. The Murgh Tikka Masala is a favourite – a chicken dish bathed in a rich, creamy onion and tomato sauce. Not to mention their amazing veggie friendly Kadai Paneer main, packed with herbs and spices. And, not to worry if Indian cuisine isn’t for you, ‘The Horseshoe’ have a fabulous, classic European menu too, featuring traditional fish and chips, pizzas, pastas and steaks.

Entrepreneur Bally Rama has invested heavily in the new banqueting area and the gorgeous bar, so if it’s just drinks you are after, you can’t go wrong! The Bakewell Tart cocktail is perfect for anyone with a sweet-tooth and providing you have the next morning off work the Zombie is a must try! Generous with a glug of 3 premiums rums, blended with a secret recipe!

He added  ‘Desi Grills are taking off massively here in the Midlands and ‘The Horseshoe Bar” customers have always been asking us to do it, so we are really pleased to launch our grill offering this January.” 

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Itihaas Wedding Fayre at Stanbrook Abbey


Award-winning connoisseur of fine Indian dining, Itihaas Restaurant, is celebrating a match made in heaven with the announcement of a fabulous new Wedding Fayre at the stunning and historical wedding venue, Stanbrook Abbey.

The Wedding Fayre is to be held on Sunday 25th February and for those who were lucky enough to receive proposals on Valentines Day this will be a great opportunity to explore the Abbey, and speak to an impressive line up of wedding suppliers who will be on hand with great hints and tips to manage your big day effortlessly.

The extraordinary Stanbrook Abbey sits amongst the Worcestershire countryside and boasts a grand exterior and elegant rooms ideal for large wedding ceremonies. Nestled in the Malvern Hills, the Abbey has a wonderful historic charm and grace, with each of its 19 function rooms providing a beautiful setting for any part of your big day. Not only does the Abbey pride itself on its stunning vistas, but it maintains a level of practicality and experience in hosting events for up to hundreds of people.

Lovebirds will get the chance to see all the things that will make your day big, bright and beautiful, from bridal outfits and costume jewellery to luxury wedding cars and impressive wedding decor packages.

So whether you want a classy wedding like Meghan and Harry, or a bling affair like Kim and Kanye, there will be wedding planners on hand for advice and consultations and offering ‘deals of the day’.

And that’s not all, couples will also get the chance to try a plethora of delicious tastings of Itihaas’ canapés. Food is the heart of every great celebration and this will be an ideal opportunity to sample an exquisite Indian feast ahead of your big day.

This latest partnership with Stanbrook Abbey in Worcester sees Itihaas’ award-winning chefs design menus to complement the stunning surroundings of the venue. Itihaas already has an array of incredible venues under its belt, delivering traditional Indian cuisine to events and weddings at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Ricoh Arena, and more recently, West Midlands Safari Park.

The Abbey caters for every couple’s dream wedding: for those who prefer a more understated affair can utilise the intimate space of St Anne’s, and if a huge celebration is more to your tastes, there is the extravagant backdrop of the Callow Great Hall. The partnership will see Itihaas’ help provide the perfect Asian wedding experience in the classic beauty of the venue.

Speaking about the partnership, Itihaas Managing Director, Raj Rana, comments:

“We’re honoured to have secured such a wonderful partnership with Stanbrook Abbey. We recognise the venue’s dedication to provide an unforgettable Big Day to the happy couple, as this is something we also uphold.’’

 Gareth Davies, General Manager of Stanbrook Abbey, said this of the partnership:

“As a contemporary wedding venue, we’re always looking to broaden our horizons and cater for a multitude of different weddings. Itihaas’ professionalism and expertise in both Indian cuisine and the Asian wedding experience makes for a great partnership with Stanbrook Abbey. We’re so excited to see what’s in store for us!”

The partnership is set to be a real success, with years of experience under the belts of both Itihaas and Stanbrook Abbey, this is really a case of two giants in the events and catering industries joining forces to create something really special for happy couples and their nearest and dearest..

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A Bigger, Bolder And Better Indian Brewery


The Indian Brewery is getting bigger, bolder and better. The team have been busy expanding into the archway next door and will be ready to serve you all up some refreshing home-brews with your favourite mixed grills in a much bigger and brighter space!

Jaspal Purewal, who owns Indian Brewery which supplies Birmingham Lager, Indian Summer, Bombay Honey, Peacock and IPA to Birmingham venues (including Harvey Nichols and Connolly’s wine merchants) has taken over the unit to the right and created an impressive bar.

The site on Livery Street has remained open while the expansion has been underway and will aim to open in the first week of January.

The new and improved Indian Brewery will now seat 90 people with plenty more standing room too. Diners will get a direct view of the glass cellar and see their favourite brews dispensed through the pumps.

Birmingham Lager is still their most popular seller, as well as their new product, Koko, their new chocolate and cocoa infused beer.  Also on offer are 10 keg beers, 5 cask ales and over 100 different craft beers in bottles and cans.

The great architectural character is a key feature of this urban generation, with a ‘Made In Birmingham’ sign hanging in the entrance as a nod to all the local producers, talent and contractors they have employed. Last January there were just 2 people on the payroll and now they employ 20 people, a testament to their growing popularity and success.

Two talented local artists, Seven 9 Signs and Dan Griffin-Hayes have been working around the clock to create Indian inspired bespoke artwork on the walls.

They have also spent over £6,000 on the indoor heating system so it will always feel like an Indian summer in the bar!

Owner Jaspal Purewal said, “The Indian Brewery has always been drinks focussed but the past year has shown that our food offering has been just as popular.  With an expanded new food menu and a cocktail list, we’re sure it will satisfy more hungry appetites to come. We also have new teas likes the Baileys chai and new desserts too.

Check out this sparkling asset to the Jewellery Quarter this New Year.

Indian Brewery, Snow Hill, Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU

Officially opens 3rd January 2018 with extended hours.

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George Michael Tribute Night

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We all love a good shin-dig over Christmas and the cheesier the better. So it’s great to see so many tribute acts over the festive season all around Birmingham.

So if you are a Young Gun having some fun, The Westmead Hotel are launching their party nights this December.  First up they’re getting the party started with a Motown and Northern Soul night on Wednesday 6th December.

Hot on the heels of that is a Dance Through the Decades party night on Tuesday 12th. December. But the night that everyone is getting excited about, is the tribute to George Michael and 80’s night on Wednesday 13th December.

We all remember George Michael tragic passing on Christmas Day last year, but what better way to commemorate his legacy than to celebrate the music of Wham and his international solo chart success.

So whether you want to hop aboard the love train for an unforgettable night of soul classics or slow dance to Last Christmas  and reminisce over George, there’s sure to be a fun filled night for everyone.


Dining and dancing tickets available from the Westmead Hotel 0121 445 1202.

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