• Barmy for umami: a bento box from London’s best Japanese restaurants

    Give a bottle-fed, four-month-old baby a sweet drink, courtesy of a 10% sucrose solution, and he will look content. Swap sweet for sour, using a dash of lemon juice, and the baby will look decidedly unimpressed, wrinkling his nose and pursing his lips. Then try out the nipper’s palate by substituting …

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  • Butchery masterclass in Birmingham with salt marsh lamb

    Take one salt marsh lamb, a butcher, a good cook and a convivial host and what have you got? You’ve got a lamb masterclass in the middle of Birmingham, that’s what you’ve got. Kitchen School, run by Jayne Bradley Ghosh, is one of a growing number of food schools and …

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  • Purnell’s in Birmingham: Lunch of the Year 2015

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the critic from barking with a juicy bone… Because I think I’ve already had it: Birmingham’s Lunch of the Year. I know it is only July, but I can’t see how my experience at Purnell’s is going to be topped. It’s poetry on a …

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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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