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Richard McComb

Johnny Cash’s “Live At Folsom” … 50 years on

“I’m stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin’ on…” Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues” The rolling country hills are strewn with barbed wire fencing and are punctuated by guard towers. At the “STOP” sign by the jail perimeter, a line of wild turkeys struts past, heading in the direction of the visitors’ processing office. Welcome …

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 …

Turners to axe “stifling” fine dining and tasting menus

Award-winning chef Richard Turner is to axe high-end Michelin star dining to escape the “straitjacket” of tasting menus and “stifling” formality. Turner is planning a radical revamp of his three AA Rosette Birmingham restaurant because he thinks elaborate £80-£90 dégustation menus are alienating customers. His small 26-cover restaurant in Harborne, just …

Jaboulet wine dinner at The Cross, Kenilworth

It is 2010 and someone tells me I will get an outstanding lunch if I go to Coventry. And it doesn’t end there. I am informed that the culinary delights will be complemented by wines that would make a Mayfair sommelier weep into his ridiculously oversized decanter. What do I tell this gastronomic soothsayer? I tell him the only thing that …

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 …