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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Birmingham’s best biriyani has left the building

So he’s gone. Guneet Singh Bindra, the self-effacing chef responsible for turning one of Birmingham’s very average Indian restaurant into one of the best has decamped for a new challenge. Guneet has left Asha’s in Birmingham for Manchester where he will head up the kitchen operation for an ambitious catering company. I am sorry to …