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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.” 

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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:

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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 »

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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


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Luxury Lodge Michelin Breaks Launch in Oxfordshire

Luxury Lodge Accommodation Oxfordshire Panshill LeisureOxfordshire-based accommodation provider Panshill Leisure in Murcott near Biscester Outlet Village, have announced it is due to launch four, state-of-the-art luxury lodges complete with hot tubs, linking to local Michelin Star Pub, to help satisfy the area’s growing demand for premium luxury leisure breaks.

Set in 16 acres of private woodland, surrounded by fishing lakes and country walks the area is a haven for relaxation. The red Cedar wood structures have been built and developed by owner Ian Adamberry, who previously owned a successful Oxfordshire building firm.

Each detached lodge offers the perks of a secluded sanctuary while allowing guests to indulge in extra special creature comforts like top of the range kitchens, bathrooms, sumptuous bedding, oak flooring throughout, flat screen TVs and double doors opening onto a private terrace with hot tub, framed by a private backdrop of woodland.

 Built to the highest of standards and privately funded by local couple Tracey and Ian Adamberry, the lodges’ five star accommodation is matched by exceptionally high service standards delivered by the Tracey herself. 

Joint owner Mrs Adamberry said: “We are so excited about our new luxury lodges, they have been a long time in planning, with Ian and I researching many different constructions from all over the UK.

“We settled on these chosen ones, as they best reflect the woodland they are based in, and the local area, offering the most up to date facilities with the focus on comfort as well as luxury for our leisure break guests and business travellers.

“We have been owners of Panshill accommodation for 14 Years, and always received very positive feedback from our loyal customers who travel from all over the UK, and world to stay with us.

“In recent years the demand for quality has been raised as peoples own homes improve, so we have tried to meet their requirements with some amazing mod-cons, and hopefully adding a unique element to each lodge creating a more personable experience, attracting more leisure seekers to the region.”

Working to grow and develop Oxfordshire’s visitor economy, Panshill Leisure can sleep up to 37 guests in total and also offers private hire of a fully fitted cafè for wedding guests and business conferences.

The lodges appeal to both staycationers and guests from surrounding areas due to easy access to top attractions such as Silverstone, Blenheim Palace, shopping-mecca Bicester Village and the ever-romantic Oxfordshire and Cotswolds countryside.

Michelin Gourmet Breaks. Panshill Accommodation has teamed up with UK-based ‘GourmetXperiences’ that celebrates the greatest British chefs and restaurants, to create a bespoke dining experience adding a culinary dimension to the luxury break.

In association with the local Michelin Starred restaurant ‘The Nut Tree Inn’- voted in the top 50 of UK gastro pubs – guests can enjoy Read more »

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New Thai restaurant brand Siamais to open in Birmingham


City dwellers looking for a different kind of night out, need look no further than Birmingham’s brand new restaurant/bar, Siamais.

Opening with a soft launch on 24th March, the name Siamais (pronounced Siam-aze) is a clever play on words incorporating twins (Siamese), and Siam (the old name for Thailand) to reflect its dual offerings of drink and food, and also the style of the food – delicious modern Thai with a twist.

It’s the brainchild of young businessman Nishil Nathwani, who opened his first restaurant in Manchester at the age of 22. He then went on to launch Aluna cocktail bar by the water’s edge at The Mailbox, and now Siamais – a sister venue to Aluna.

“Aluna has been a huge success as a ‘mixology’ specialist cocktail bar,” says Nishil. “There, we combined sumptuous interiors, experimental cocktails and lively music, all designed to appeal to young professionals. And as a secondary offering, you can also choose from our Thai inspired food menu.”

“With Siamais, we’ve reversed the concept, and created a magical restaurant as the primary offering, and a completely curtained off, separate bar – with a choice of up to 60 cocktails)- to complement the food.”

“The choice is the customer. You can come here simply to drink and stay in the bar all night. Or choose to eat in the restaurant, but either way – it’s all going to be done very differently, with a little bit of Siamais magic.”

So – expect the unexpected! Cocktails in bamboo glasses, smoking drinks served in teapots, food to reflect the mystery of Old Siam, and décor that will take your breath away. All served by highly-trained and knowledgeable staff. Siamais, bringing an authentic taste of the true Thailand to Brindleyplace.

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Plain sailing for launch of 1580 restaurant in Sutton

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All curry lovers in the city are certainly spoilt for choice – with an exciting new arrival of 1580 opening soon in Sutton Coldfield. The restaurant is inspired by the year sailor Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the earth in search of something rather precious. His expeditions paid him handsomely. For, he did not just return with sterling silver and glittering gems, but sacks full of exotic spices to present to the Queen of England.

The restaurants menu takes you on an exotic culinary journey too with dishes such as Drakes mussels. The interior design depicts his sailing vessel on its most famous journey.

Four friends have joined forces in business to bring their own brand of Indian hospitality to Suttonians.

Diners can expect a variety of authentic, flavorsome dishes from Handi Gosht (Pot Pepper Lamb Curry) to Drake’s Royal Meat Feast Platter (includes soft shell crab, tiger prawns, chicken tikka and lamb chops). The menu boasts contemporary interpretation of classic Indian cooking. Definitely worth trying out!

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The Edgbaston Launches a NEW Cocktail Menu ‘The Taste of Birmingham’

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The Edgbaston has a fascinating history, it was completed in 1848 by John Barnsley as part of the famously luxurious Calthorpe Estate. This area of the city is often nicknamed the ‘Mayfair of Birmingham’, with beautiful white Georgian buildings and green spaces. The Edgbaston was the home of the Martineau family for at least two generations and it is they who are responsible for adding the stunning porch and library, where we now display see of our rare Bourbon and Islay Whiskies. In 1953 the house became an office space until we took it on!

The Hotel was the brainchild of Stuart and Darren Insall, brothers from the neighbouring town of Kenilworth, and the Calthorpe Estate. Together we have refurbished the building from scratch to create a stunning art deco environment for our guests. With over 100 years experience between our small team (not least some time spent in New Orleans) you’ll always find someone you know you can trust. And once you’re here, it’s hard to leave.

The New Cocktail Menu ‘The Taste of Birmingham’ has been designed around the rich history, culture and heritage that the city is so well renowned for with drinks designed around the following categories:

Jewellery, Arts, Textiles, Glass, Metals, Great Minds, Confectionary.

With familiar flavours we all know and love, nostalgia a reminder of days gone by, of course the scientific using the fruits of our laboratory and unusual and exciting new flavours and experiences. There are also a variety of light cocktails with a lower booze content but equally enticing flavours and soft virgin drinks without the devil’s sauce!

This menu is filled with passion and creativity at its best, it’s industry leading and a sensational addition to the growing national awareness that Birmingham is indeed a serious food and beverage destination in its own right, within the UK.

Here is an example of one of our NEW cocktails:

A Trifle Bazaar – Birmingham’s Invention of Tennis

Strawberry Wine, Fino Sherry, Finlandia Vodka, Trifle Liqueur, Custard

Little known to many is that tennis was first played just five minutes away, where a club was set up on a former treasure trove of wild strawberries

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The Tipple Truck bar is live and raring to go!

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Officially launched on 9th February 2017 at the NEC Genting Arena, The Tipple Truck is the only fire engine bar in the country which is fitted with the technology to let customers pour their own drinks.

The engine uses an Oyster card style system, so people buy credit, take their card to the pumps, and choose which drink to sample.

“Whilst we can of course run The Tipple Truck as a normal service bar, we believe the self-pour will be hugely popular, as it means customers can get right up close to the fire engine,”  explains director Richard Brown.  “Also, because we will be selling new and exciting craft beers, brewed by small micro-breweries that people may not have come across before, customers don’t have to go straight for a full or half pint: they have the opportunity to taste them all and see which ones they like best, as they only pay for what they pour.”

“Giving people the chance to try something new is at the heart of our business,” agrees co-director Mel Evans.  “Incredibly bored with traditional beers and lagers, you can imagine our excitement when we discovered the amazing taste and variety of craft beers being brewed right here in the UK.

“Our joy soon turned to frustration when we realised how few bars offer a decent selection on keg – so we decided to do something about it.  The Craft Engine Limited, and its first outlet, The Tipple Truck, were born, to fulfil our mission to take awesome craft beers to the people – and, hopefully, to have a few leftovers to finish up ourselves!”

The beers on sale will change on a very regular basis, and will initially be sourced by local beer expert and cellar man, Jason Greene, but this won’t always be the case, as Jason explains:

“I’ve been working with brewers and landlords across the Midlands for over 25 years, and loved the idea of taking the best of the brews out and about, rather than relying on people travelling to one set venue.

“Whilst I have played a big part in sourcing the beers for launch, what The Tipple Truck is really about is getting customers to tell us what they love – not just of the beers we are already serving, but others they have sampled anywhere in the country –  so we can add the best to our stock list.”

Customers will be asked to share their thoughts via social media, where they will also be able to keep up to date with the Truck’s schedule of events.

All public events will be listed on The Tipple Truck’s Facebook page, where people can also click through to hire her for private and corporate events, celebrations and parties.


Beers and wines featured at the launch are:

Urban Assault, a 5% ABV American Pale Ale from Anarchy

Hopfest, a 3.8% ABV Golden /Blond Ale from Red Squirrel

Flatiron, a 4.7% ABV American Red from Fourpure

Bo Ho Lager, a 5% ABV unfiltered Bohemian lager from Tiny Rebel

Gammaray, a 5.4% ABV American Pale Ale from Beavertown

Glera Frizzante, an 11% vol sparkling wine from the San Martino vineyard in Veneto, the Prosecco region of Italy

Rosé Frizzante, an 11% vol sparkling rosé from the same family vineyard, only recently available in the UK


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