Midlands Foodie News Edition #1

2015 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for food and drink in the Midlands with all the new openings and exciting cocktail events that I have blogged about before here and here. Lots of events in and around Birmingham and the wider Midlands are popping up all the time, here are the details for just a few that you might like to go to!

THE JABBERWOCKY & CAKE DOCTOR LAUNCH MOCK TURTLE

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The Mock Turtle is a new restaurant and café venture based at Queensway Court, Leamington Spa based in an assisted living development for the over 55s.
The Jabberwocky will be running the restaurant with seasonal produce, home cooked meals and their varied menu of toastie favourites and the Cake Doctor will bring his excellent cake and passion for coffee with him to the Café.
 These two fabulous street food vendors want to transform retirement home food and prove that great ingredients sourced locally and cooked with passion are the best way to anyone’s heart.
The Restaurant and café will be open to everyone, not just residents, from April 2nd and they already drawing up plans for pop-ups with lots of local foodie contacts to keep the evenings interesting. Follow them on twitter for all the latest!

ORANGE TREE NOTTINGHAM LAUNCHES NEW MENU
Part of the East Midlands based Orange Tree Group, The Orange Tree in Nottingham is going back to British with its new monthly rolling menu.
The menu will be smaller and focus on seasonal, locally produced ingredients to create traditional food cooked to perfection.
Expect dishes such as Slow roast lamb shoulder with warm broad bean pea and mint salad and crumbled feta, Baked salmon with pesto crust, roast tomato coulis and lemon and dill potatoes and yummy puddings like homemade Bakewell Tart.
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AKHTAR ISLAM TO RECREATE ‘GREAT BRITISH MENU’ FOR LASAN’S 13TH BIRTHDAY

To celebrate Lasan’s 13th year in Birmingham chef Aktar is preparing a feast! For two days, he will be recreating the flavours of his winning menu “The People’s Banquet” from the popular BBC television series Great British Menu.

It will take place on the 26-27th April and cost £45pp with optional wine flight. See here for more details and how to book!

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BIG DADDIES DINER TO POP-UP AT THE PARCEL YARD, LEICESTER

One of the Midlands’ finest street food traders, Big Daddies Diner, will be taking up residency for a one night American Diner pop up in Leicester on Saturday 25 April. Diners at the exclusive pop up will be treated to a 4 course menu consisting of Big Daddies’ finest; with the main course being a platter of 2 of his signature loaded Dogs.

The event will be hosted by Rib Nights and UK Burger Battle’s Ahmed Kage, so, as always expect a raucous night!!
 Early Bird tickets to the event are on sale now and priced at just £16.95 before rising to the standard price of £19.95 and can be purchased online through DesignMyNight and are also available from The Parcel Yard in person.


NOMAD LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO GIVE DINERS A UNIQUE FOOD EXPERIENCE USING THEIR OWN FOOD MEMORIES!

I have already dedicated a whole blog post to this, but it never hurts to say things twice. Chef Alex Claridge wants to hear all about you food memories for chance to win a place at an exclusive dining experience where he and his team will use YOUR memories to create a fantastic meal!
This is a once in a lifetime type of experience, so to enter, simply email your food memory to nomadbirmingham@gmail.com. Further info here!
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 FLYING WITH THE FISHES

And lastly, a little further afield for my readers a bit further South….

The Fishes in North Hinksey, part of the Peach Pub Group (sister of The Highfield for the Brummies) is continuing its run of country pursuits by casting off for a day’s fly fishing on Saturday 9th May 2015, when there’ll be prizes for the biggest catch as well as a fantastic fish supper back at the pub afterwards. 

 Join Fishes manager and would-be country gent Owain Llwyd Jones for a sausage sarnie at the pub and then on for a full day’s fishing at a picturesque Oxfordshire trout fishery that’s well-stocked with rainbow and brown trout and see who can be first to land a catch.

Fly Fishing with The Fishes takes place on Saturday 9th May 2015.  Meet at the pub at 8.15am and spend a whole day fishing with all tackle and flies provided.  Tickets, which include morning refreshments, transport, equipment, tuition, lunch and supper cost £115 and can be booked by going to http://www.fishesoxford.co.uk/events/


 

Disclosure: I wasn’t paid to write about any of these events, blah blah. They just interest me, so might also interest you 🙂

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