• The classic and the modern collide at Turners in Birmingham

    It is not that long ago that everyone, including me, got very excited about the resurgence – or should that be birth? – of good cooking in Birmingham restaurants. When I started reviewing the city’s eating out scene seven years ago, I was, frankly, a lucky bastard. My appointment as …

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  • Richard McComb featured on Rip Off Food on BBC One

    Sandwiched between Homes Under The Hammer and Watchdog Test House, a small piece of broadcasting history will be made on BBC One on Monday (17.03.14). The second series of Rip Off Food, a spin-off from Rip Off Britain, gets underway at 11am. And I’m on it. Daytime TV may never be …

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  • New Spring Market for Birmingham

    Birmingham’s funked up food scene is getting a new market dedicated to street food, craft beer, music and art. The inaugural Spring Market, planned as the first of a quarterly series of events, is being staged at the Bond, a canal-side venue at Fazeley Street, Digbeth, on Saturday, April 12. (Question: when …

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  • The Goring, Belgravia, London

    The lighting inside my suite is adjusted via a gold master switch featuring four settings. Guests can selected from: Bright; Calm; Cosy; and Oooh. I am a sucker for “Oooh,” which is just as well. Because “Oooh,” as in “Oooh, how lovely,” “Oooh, how gorgeous,” and “Oooh, all right, I’ll …

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  • It’s all about the cleaver – and the ducks

    The blade of the cleaver has a dull metallic hue. Frankly, it looks like it has been in the wars. There are small blemishes and the edge of the blade has a couple of tiny nicks that have smoothed out over time. But do not under-estimate the clinical effectiveness of …

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  • The blog that brought home the bacon

    A breakfast service for the homeless, axed due to an unprecedented cash crisis, has been re-launched – with a little help from this blog. SIFA Fireside caters for some of the most vulnerable men and women in Birmingham and reluctantly took the decision to end its morning meal provision for …

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  • Bottoms up at Galvin at Windows, Mayfair

    It’s the night of the year when only stalkers and the unhinged dine out. But if I had to go somewhere on Valentine’s Day, without a gun being held to my head, I’d make a furtive beeline for 22 Park Lane, Mayfair and take the lift to the 28th floor. …

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  • A taste of Roussillon to warm the soul

    Sun-deprived? Can’t remember what blue skies look like? Forgotten the smell of dusky paths and ripe peaches? Fret no more. A bottle or two of Roussillon wine is just what the doctor ordered at this time of year. The effect is not dissimilar to sitting in a light box, only …

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  • 45 Park Lane, London: The Dorchester’s adorable little sister

    If you have a brother or a sister you will be familiar with the concept of sibling rivalry. It can be very divisive. For no apparent reason, children nurtured in the same womb have a tendency to fall out, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently, often spectacularly. There is a fair chance …

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Richard McComb featured on Rip Off Food on BBC One

Sandwiched between Homes Under The Hammer and Watchdog Test House, a small piece of broadcasting history will be made on BBC One on Monday (17.03.14). The second series of Rip Off Food, a spin-off from Rip Off Britain, gets underway at 11am. And I’m on it. Daytime TV may never be …

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New Spring Market for Birmingham

Birmingham’s funked up food scene is getting a new market dedicated to street food, craft beer, music and art. The inaugural Spring …

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The Goring, Belgravia, London

The lighting inside my suite is adjusted via a gold master switch featuring four settings. Guests can selected from: Bright; Calm; Cosy; …

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Take five from Virgin Wines

I’ve lost my Virgin Wines virginity, and you know what, it was all rather lovely. Here are my thoughts on five very …