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Foodie news in-and-around Warks

Want to know the latest goss on the hip happenings around Warks? Let’s start with news that Salt’s Paul Foster is cooking a six-course tasting menu collaboratively alongside Atul Kochhar at Atul’s restaurant Hawkyns in Amersham on Mon Oct 2.

Fans of the award-winning former head chef at Mallory Court, who painstakingly raised £100,000 through a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to pursue his dream of opening his own place can book by emailing or take a sneaky peak at the menu here:


British Food Fortnight, until Sun Oct 8

Pubs, restaurants, farm shops and cafes across Warwickshire are celebrating #BritishFoodFortnight which runs in autumn at the same time as Harvest Festival – hence the recent run of fab local food festivals. For instance at The Kitchen in Farnborough owners Jo and Antony Robinson search out local food and drink heroes including Aubrey Allen butchers and the Cotswolds Distillery. They’re also 50% sustainable this autumn – growing their own veg, fruit and herb from beetroot and celeriac to pumpkins, squashes and even olives. Head chef Dan has created two British dishes to celebrates British Food Fortnight. These are Garden Leek Mac & Cheese with a cherry tomato salad and Guinea Fowl Cider and Leek Pie with Buttered Mash and Autumn Vegetables.  I’m starting to feel hungry now!



New Afternoon Tea Experience, Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden, nr Solihull from Wed Oct 11

The Parlour, a theatrical lounge at Hampton Manor

The parlour doors at this exquisite boutique hotel and Michelin-award-winning restaurant will swing open and beckon you to a try a new type of afternoon tea with a nod to the traditions but this is more geared towards ‘the foodie’. Guests will be invited in at 3pm for a garden-led cocktail, followed by a procession of savoury and sweet creations. Delicious warm scones will still make an appearance and perhaps even occasionally a very good finger sandwich. I’m intrigued! £40 per person, Tue-Sat at 3pm.


Vegan Afternoon Teas and Pre-Theatre food at the RSC

With World Vegan Day coming up on November 1 the RSC has introduced a yummy sounding new vegan pre-theatre and dinner three-course fixed price menu, plus a vegan afternoon tea – which may even tempt a few carnivores! Starters include warm marinated vine tomatoes, roasted baby beets, basil puree and rocket, or giant couscous with red quinoa, fig, toasted almond and red onion salad and pomegranate molasses. Mains range from Turkish aubergine and chick pea stew with freekeh pilaf, herb salsa and pine nuts, or fusilli with butternut squash, red onion, chestnut mushrooms, fried sage and creamy walnut sauce. The meal can be rounded off with sloe gin poached pear served with blackcurrant sorbet or Autumn fruit compote with Calvados custard.  A traditional afternoon tea vegan style, includes scones, sandwiches and a range of desserts including dipped chocolate fruit, tartlets and chocolate cake from £6.95 to £24.95 including a glass of champers.

To book a two (£21) or three course (£26) vegan/gluten-free dinner go here: here for afternoon tea,


Nightmares and Nibbles

Halloween’s just around the corner and over 18’s are invited to join Dr Frankenstein for a no holds barred immersive theatrical experience in the medieval surroundings of Coventry’s Old Grammar School for a sip and a nibble. There’s be a ‘darkly humorous bodily buffet’ and cocktails. Fri Oct 27-Tue Oct 31.


Restaurant 23’s new Express Business Lunch

Bored of butties at your desk? Treat yourself to an Express Lunch with 1 Main, 1 Wine in 1 Hour for £18 at Leamington’s Restaurant 23 & Morgan’s Bar. Choose from 4-5 tempting mains each day, together with a glass of wine selected by sommelier Abigail Connolly. Add freshly-baked bread and seasonal butters. Working lunch sorted,


Cheers to all Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Award-Winners!

Toutes nos félicitations to the brilliant winners of Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards held at Coombe Abbey last Thurs. They include French Steakhouse and Bistro Oscar’s in Leamington Spa which has been named Best Restaurant. Oscar’s has been owned and run by local family business Aubrey Allen for more than 15 years and the team are understandably thrilled with the award. Best Pub: The Boat Inn, Birdinbury on the canal side nr Rugby; Best Hotel: Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Leamington Spa; Best Venue: Theatre Absolute, Coventry; Artisan Award: Twisted Barrel Ale, FarGo Village, Coventry; Culture Award: Leamington-based UK dance company, Motionhouse; History & Heritage Award: the RSC’s The Play’s The Thing exhibition; Kids & Families Award: Rugby Art Gallery & Museum; Visitor Attraction: Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall; Small Hotel/B&B: Avonlea; Business Tourism Award: Shakespeare’s England and Customer Care: Bubble Boba Tea and Milkshake Bar, FarGo Village, Coventry.


The Pharmasea, a new independent tapas, grill and seafood restaurant opened in Rugby this week, in the former premises of cafe, Summersault, a beautiful building right in the town centre. Cocktails and live music too.


Tempted by award-winning Tudor recipes including Farts of Portingale (Tudor meatballs if you’re asking)?

Fantastic news for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity which cares for the five historic Shakespeare houses in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, which has won a Gold Food for Life Served Here award from the Soil Association! They rear their own rare-breed animals on Mary Arden’s Farm which are organic, source free-range eggs and organic milk from the Midlands, the bread is hand-crafted and the orchards provide fruit for recipes while the herbs are all grown on-site. You can sample some Tudor inspired fare at Halls Croft, overlooking Shottery Brook at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and at Mary Arden’s Farm including award-winning Tudor recipes such as Farts of Portingale no less – Tudor meatballs.  The award recognises restaurants and caterers who serve fresh food, free from controversial additives and better for animal welfare.


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