• Top chefs back Royal Academy of Culinary Arts apprenticeship in Birmingham

    Birmingham has pulled off another food coup by launching a prestigious new programme for apprentice chefs in partnership with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. University College Birmingham (UCB) is the first institution outside London and the South to offer the three-year Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Chefs Apprenticeship. The …

    Glynn Purnell and Adam Bennett, two of the chefs whose restaurants will help train the new University College Birmingham Chefs Apprentices - low res
  • Red-faced council bosses axe Birmingham Food and Drink Festival

    An international food festival championing “the best of Birmingham” has been scrapped at the last minute – because the council forgot it is digging up the city centre. The Birmingham Food and Drink Festival 2015 was set to attract 100 stalls and was designed to “showcase what Birmingham has to offer alongside international flavours.” …

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  • Spanish tapas at Amantia in Birmingham

    The bread pretty much tells you everything you need to know when you dine out. If restaurateurs don’t get the bread right, they are playing catch up before the first dish hits the table. It matters if the loaves or rolls or swirly creations are made in-house. It is a restaurant’s way of saying: …

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  • The Butchers Social in Harborne, Birmingham

    Pop-up restaurants represent one of the most refreshing additions to the UK dining scene of the past five years – and one of the most annoying. Temporary restaurants in sometimes vacant, sometimes partly occupied premises, have given young chefs and hipster entrepreneurs low-cost opportunities to test the market. Do black pudding …

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  • Can I have a cup of hot coffee, please?

    It’s the new law of coffee physics and you don’t have to be Stephen Hawking to understand it. The basic principle is simple if not bizarre: the rise in the number of coffee shops is in inverse proportion to the temperate of the hot beverages served in these establishments. In other words, …

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  • Best value lunch in Birmingham: MinMin

    What can you buy for £7.80? Obviously, you can pick up a classic album, possibly two. For example.. and I find this hard to believe … you can pick up “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand (with help from Barry Gibb) and Barry White’s “The Collection” for a combined price of £7.20. Isn’t that …

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