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Afternoon Tea Week Celebrations

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Dormy House Hotel

Afternoon Tea Week

Venues across the Midlands are this week celebrating National #afternoonteaweek by polishing up the finest tea sets and baking cakes and pastries for their lucky guests.

One venue who is celebrating in quintessentially English style is Fishmore Hall, a boutique country house hotel in Ludlow. During this week, guests are invited to indulge in a delicious spread of cakes, scrumptious sandwiches and freshly baked scones all for just £19.95 per person. To add a touch of sparkle to the occasion, this offer also includes a glass of Prosecco.

Head Chef Andrew Birch, previously Senior Sous Chef of the 3AA Rosette and Michelin-starred Montague Arms in Hampshire, presents a carefully mastered selection of Read more »

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King and Thai, Shropshire Wins Midlands Good Food Guide Restaurant of The Year

Chef Patron Suree Coates Celebrates Winning Midlands Best Restaurant 2015/16

Chef Patron Suree Coates Celebrates Winning Midlands Best Restaurant 2015/16

“Thai-riffic Menu” Shropshire Restaurant Scoops Reader Award for Best Local Restaurant in Midlands

A restaurant in Broseley, Shropshire has beaten eateries across the area to be named Regional Winner of the Waitrose Good Food Guide Reader’s Restaurant of the Year Awards. The King and Thai has been nominated by its customers to be their top local restaurant in the Midlands.

The establishment beat off stiff competition from some of the region’s best-known restaurants and The King and Thai sealed its win for its ‘’home-cooked” style food with “sauces made from scratch.”

The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose, called for diners, back in March, to nominate their favourite local eatery. The coveted awards honour the very best independent restaurants, pubs and cafés from around the country. The annual awards recognise the top dining establishments across ten different UK regions and are based on public nominations with a panel of Good Food Guide judges choosing the most outstanding for their overall winner, which this year is The Miller of Mansfield in Goring, Oxfordshire.

Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says: “This award is a celebration of small, independent restaurants that specialise in amazing quality food, often at great value prices. While trained inspectors carry out all our reviews, we rely on readers to let us know about eateries that might otherwise be overlooked. They are incredibly sophisticated when it comes to eating out, so it makes sense to listen to their opinions.

“This regional winner is a brilliant local gem, the kind The Good Food Guide and its readers love, offering very good home-cooked Thai food. The menu may be full of classic, familiar dishes, but they are very simple and effective with clear, fresh, punchy flavours. Suree Coates makes all her sauces from scratch, and the quality, freshness and taste of the food is truly impressive.”

Chef Suree Coates from The King and Thai says, “I am so delighted to have won this award for the Midlands. I was speechless when I heard, which is very rare for me! An award which recognises the quality of our food and ingredients is beyond my dreams. At The King and Thai we are all passionate about fresh regional produce, seasonality and create fresh clean flavours in all our Thai dishes, even growing much of our own produce in our gardens. To be recognised by such a respected publication like the Waitrose Good Food Guide, and of course our customers who nominated us, is so humbling. I would like to thank everyone for voting for us and to our local suppliers for their consistent quality of produce – and last but not least my team for their on-going shared passion and hard work.” Now in its ninth year, the award attracted 18,000 nominations after calling on diners to name their favourite local eatery in March 2015.

The regional winners are as follows:

Midlands, The King and Thai (Broseley) Read more »

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Michelin ‘Dream Team’ returns to Eponymous Birmingham Kitchens

Turners Chef Patron Richard Turner in the Kitchen with Head Chef Tom Wells

Turners Chef Patron Richard Turner in the Kitchen with Head Chef Tom Wells

Back in early 2009 Birmingham was only just seeing the green shoots of culinary recognition with the presence of two Michelin Stars. Then in September 2009 Chef Patron Richard Turner of his Eponymous Turners Restaurant in leafy Harborne was awarded the third – The team at the helm at the time was Head Chef Richard Turner with his long serving Senior Sous Chef Tom Wells who had been with Richard through his days at Paris Restaurant in The Mail Box – both achieving much acclaim. Chef Tom was then awarded UK Chef of The Year in 2008, shortly followed by the surprise to many, including Turner himself, of a Michelin Star awarded in September 2009 – Tom then left to travel the World, but has now returned alongside Turner in his Harborne kitchen “It seems like an age away since we were awarded with our Michelin Star.”

Comments Turner “Alot has changed since 2009, both in culinary terms and the City itself, but sometimes the best combinations never do. Tom and I were working very closely together when Turners was awarded its Star – we were taken aback and were by no means ready, but we stepped up to the hot plate and continued to deliver the high standards we were accredited for, and I have continued to push the boundaries year on year ever since. Tom moved on in 2010 to satisfy his desires to travel Asia and gain further culinary experiences, but I am delighted to say has now returned to the Turners kitchen to work side by side.”

In recent years Turners has been awarded The Good Food Guide Readers Award, as well as 3 AA Rosettes last year, and led the way earlier this year by being the first restaurant in the UK to introduce Read more »

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St Andrews Town Hotel appoint talented Nathan Eades as Head Chef


Chef Nathan Eades

Chef Nathan Eades

Nathan Eades, formally of Bromsgrove’s eponymous restaurant Epi at the Courtyard, has joined as Head Chef at St Andrews Town Hotel in Droitwich Spa.

Nathan will oversee all aspects of the food offering at the 31 bedroom property; including the re-launch of the hotel’s restaurant, which is due to re-open 1st September 2015.

Drawing on experience from working with industry high profile names, Nathan will look to bring a similar dining experience as to what one would have expected at Epi; great food, without the fuss of fine dining. On his appointment Nathan commented ‘”I am delighted to join such a well reputable and established hotel such as St Andrews. With such fantastic produce on our doorstep, creating a ‘modern British’ menu in such idyllic surroundings will be an absolute delight. Our goal is to Read more »

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Shropshire Pub Owners Celebrate 10 Years at the Helm!

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Bridgnorth

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Bridgnorth

This month sees Nostalgia Inns, owned by the Giles family, celebrate their Tenth Anniversary at Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn.

Since the purchase in 2005 they have invested in an on-going programme of refurbishment throughout, plus a number of initiatives including being the first AGA Carvery in the UK, as well as spending over £100,000 on new wedding facilities including an ornamental lake to launch their 2016 wedding packages. “It’s been a real roller-coaster of ten years,” comments owner and MD of Nostalgia Inns, Adam Giles. “When we purchased the pub in 2005 it was much loved by locals, but seriously in need of investment, so we have undertaken a complete top-to-toe refurbishment, replacing much of the structure of the building as well as on-going cosmetic improvements. Being such a busy pub means it under-goes a lot of wear and tear, so the ongoing project is crucial to maintain the high standards for our guests,” he continued. “We have certainly had our challenges with floods, fire and snow affecting trade, but every time we have pushed on and re-opened, bigger and better. Our customers are very loyal and travel from all over the country to experience our award-winning hospitality – giving us constant positive feedback, backed up by our national awards for customer service, innovation and, of course, our real ales – not to mention a few famous famous including BBC TV Star ‘Boycie” who we are proud to see as a regular visitor to our AGA Carvery”

Investments – With many pubs closing across the UK, the on-going investment of Nostalgia Inns means they are bucking the trend by growing year on year. “You have to keep investing in a business like this,” continues Adam “the next project we have undertaken is the purchase of the fields next door and the dual-lake and ornamental gardens we have created for our wedding guests – its beginning to look fantastic now that the plants are maturing. In July we will be opening the side of our Ludlow Suite, which seats up to 150 people for weddings and events, so guests can enjoy spectacular views across the Shropshire Hills. Our wedding guests will have exclusive access to Read more »

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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:

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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