• Pastry chef Sandra is a Birmingham star baker

    Sometimes you have to take your hat off to a young chef’s drive, talent and creativity… Take a bow Sandra Sentjurin. The Birmingham-based pastry chef runs a burgeoning bakery business in her native Estonia, managing orders for handmade chocolates, cakes and desserts via the internet from her UK home. Sandra balances her business interests with the …

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  • Top cooking at The Cross, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

    Starter envy, it’s the pits. It is not unusual to grow insanely jealous of a fellow guest’s plate of food at any point during a meal, but when it happens at the get-go it is torture. It usually sets the tone – the “I’ve-screwed-this-up-badly” tone – for the entire dining experience. And that …

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  • Whisky a go-go at Birmingham’s best pubs

    Gone are the days when the local boozer just sold budget blended whiskies and kept a bottle of single malt near the pickled eggs for weddings and wakes. The quality of the whiskies sold in pubs has undergone a rapid transformation in the last couple of years as landlords have sought to diversify …

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  • Dinner at The Hippodrome theatre, Birmingham

    Dining at the theatre… it’s not the most inspiring prospect. The idea of a pre-show meal sounds like a great idea but then reality, poor produce and slapdash cooking usually intervenes. That special occasion night-out leaves a bad taste in the mouth; the smell of the greasepaint and the roar …

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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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Pastry chef Sandra is a Birmingham star baker

Sometimes you have to take your hat off to a young chef’s drive, talent and creativity… Take a bow Sandra Sentjurin. The Birmingham-based pastry chef runs a burgeoning bakery business in her native Estonia, managing orders for handmade chocolates, cakes and desserts via the internet from her UK home. Sandra balances her business interests with the …