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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 …

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 …

Can I have a cup of hot coffee, please?

It’s the new law of coffee physics and you don’t have to be Stephen Hawking to understand it. The basic principle is simple if not bizarre: the rise in the number of coffee shops is in inverse proportion to the temperate of the hot beverages served in these establishments. In other words, …

Cash crisis forces Birmingham homeless charity to axe services

An award-winning homeless charity is being forced to axe its weekend cover because of a £74,000 cash shortfall. SIFA Fireside in Birmingham can no longer afford to hold drop-in sessions on Saturdays and Sundays as its staff, some of whom are facing redundancy, struggle to balance the books. The cut in funding has …

Lunch at 35,00ft in Business Class with US Airways

I settle down for the flight from Manchester to Philadelphia with a singer from Memphis and a glass of sparking Italian wine. I’ve got Al Green on the headphones (the bishop isn’t actually travelling with me) and the Prosecco has just been poured by a welcoming stewardess from US Airways. We are still …