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Gadgets and grooming for long-haul travel

You’ve got to love long-haul flights because without the pain of travel there is no gain. Still, it’s no picnic being cooped up in a jet-propelled tube at 35,000ft and once you arrive at your destination it’s nice to have some home comforts, especially if you are travelling alone, as I frequently …

Burger and Lobster – and Gaucho – bank on Birmingham

Two premier London-based restaurant brands are being linked to a prestigious vacant bank building in central Birmingham. Lobster and Burger and Argentinian steak specialist Gaucho are understood to have expressed interest in the  imposing £1.5 million former banking hall at 33 Bennetts Hill. Intriguingly, an unnamed third party – thought to be …

Why the best Birmingham restaurants need to get StreetSmart

There was a kerfuffle when the Good Good Guide 2015 released its Top 50 restaurants list. Birmingham failed to register a single entry, provoking fume-venting and teeth-gnashing. You know things are bad when poor old Manchester registers above Birmingham, gaining a placing for The French. In truth, it was shoulder shrugging, rather than …

Birmingham restaurant reviews and the rise of social media

The vast majority of diners aged under-35 have never read a traditional restaurant review, according to a survey conducted for a Birmingham food festival. Social media and changing consumer habits are sounding the death knell for “old-style” newspaper reviews, it is claimed. Clearly, this is bad news for professional food pundits like Marina …

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 …

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 …