• Baltic reboot at Two Cats Kitchen, Birmingham

    Two Cats Kitchen, one of the most original restaurants in Birmingham, is shedding its “New Baltic” roots for a wider culinary exploration. Chef patron Niki Astley is planning a liberating menu overhaul in the Jewellery Quarter to give full vent to his creativity and food influences. Two Cats was born in April 2014 as a “pop-up” known …

  • Dining at St John’s College, Cambridge

    Steamed, wet vegetables, baked beans, lots of baked beans, pies in tin foil, room temperature yoghurts, Mother’s Pride bread, plastic chairs… That is pretty much my memory of dining in halls at university. It was the 80s; it rained a lot; students had big hair; it was Hull. In fact, “dining …

  • Tonight, I’m a rock ‘n’ roll star… on a Greek oasis

    The last time I lazed on this beach, backed by rich, ochre cliffs and tumbling trees, it was virtually deserted. On a busy day there were perhaps 20 fellow sun-worshippers, slicked with Factor 1 Ambre Solaire tanning oil, in various states of undress. I spent hours looking over the clear …

Baltic reboot at Two Cats Kitchen, Birmingham

Two Cats Kitchen, one of the most original restaurants in Birmingham, is shedding its “New Baltic” roots for a wider culinary exploration. Chef patron Niki Astley is planning a liberating menu overhaul in the Jewellery Quarter to give full vent to his creativity and food influences. Two Cats was born in April 2014 as a “pop-up” known …