HARD TO FIND WHISKEY: WELL NOT ANY MORE


I came across information on The Hard To Find Whiskey shop in Birmingham’s Jewellery quarter via Twitter and a fabulous piece in the Birmingham Post by Mary Griffin.

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/…/good-whiskey-no-longer-hard-7878177

I’m a big whisky fan and single malts always go down well with me.

Birmingham has a few places that you can buy whiskey by the bottle, the Whiskey shop in the Great Western Arcade is the pick of them and the most reliable for a good range and good service.

That is until now. The Hard to Find Whiskey Shop is different, it aims to sell those hard to find drams for collectors, but also celebrates single malts and splits their display into whiskey regions, areas and a section for foreign imports. For example Japanese.

The shop newly opened in the Jewellery Quarter is crammed full of whiskey from the most expensive at £35.000 ( a 50 year old Macallan) to a £25.00 bottle plus £1.95 on some whiskey liqueurs.

They also sell Macallan honey, marmalade, and even a whisky bath gel, for those indulgent whiskey moments,

The shop is on Spencer Street and has set out its displays on whiskey producing regions in Scotland: The Highlands, The Lowlands, Campbell Town, Islay, The Islands.

The Hard To Find Whiskey Shop Also sells Bourbons, blends and is in the process of setting up tasting masterclasses and a bar stool area where customers can sample the whiskey.

Keep an eye on their website for details and classes when they arise,

http://www.htfw.com

There is also a growing link with whiskey and food.

Itihaas restaurant have recently held a whiskey and indian food tasting with the Birmingham Whiskey Club who run events throughout the year.

There maybe plans for more nights like this and the growing trend to pair Spirits with food is becoming more available such as Jekyll and Hyde’s Gin tasting and gin inspired food menus.

The Birmingham Whiskey club have up on their website an event next March 2015 Birmingham’ s whiskey festival at The Bond in Digbeth, where the Soul Food Project and Peel and Stone will be developing a menu for the festival. Menus to be announced.

http://www.whiskeybirmingham.co.uk

The Birmingham Whiskey scene is certainly on the up and for Hard to Find Whiskies the shop in Spencer Street, Jewellery Quarter is the shop to start.

Go seek out those Whiskies😊

http://www.htfw.com

1 Spencer Street
The Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham
B18 6DD

08456803489

Email: sales@htfw.com

http://www.Facebook/HTFWhiskey

@HTFWhiskey Twitter.

The Whiskey Shop

Unit 35 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham B2 5 HU

http://www.whiskeyshop.com

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MAC FOOD MARKET: 10-30-3.30pm SUNDAY 26TH OCTOBER


Indulge your culinary desires at The MAC, Edgbaston, Birmingham this Sunday 26th October 2014.

The MAC in Cannon Hill Park, is an excellent place to visit in the Autumn. The park lovely to stoll around, kicking leaves, feeding the ducks…

The food market is a monthly event (last Sunday of the month except in December) and features a host of local artisan producers, artisan bakers, and specialist food producers and street food vendors.

There will be loads for veggies to enjoy such as:

Kneals: Handmade chocolates
Hibiscus Grove: Authentic southeast Asian food
Hintons pies: including vegetarian pies.
Kuskus Foods: Middle Eastern Veggie and vegan food (see previous post)
The Vegan Grindhouse: 100% plant based vegan burgers and hot dogs, chillis and mobile with their new van :)

Buddha Belly: Home made Thai Street food
Vegetropolis: Local seasonal, organic, vegetables and fruit, plus bread, eggs and honey.

For a full list of vendors/stalls take a look at

http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/food-market

The MAC Food Market takes place on the last Sunday of the month apart from in December when it is on the 21st.

Dates are: 26th October 2014
30th November 2014
21st December 2014

keep and eye on the MAC website for vendors, as month by month they can change.

http://www.macbirmingham.co.uk

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#TASTYMORSELS: NEW BAR AND RESTAURANT OPENINGS NOVEMBER 2014


There are two new bars/restaurants opening in November 2014. Both of which will be superb for vegetarians and be a classy addition to Birmingham and to Worcester.

The first is Bar Opus from the Opus Team who will be opening their third venue after their Opus Restaurant on Cornwall Street and Cafe Opus in Brindley Place in Birmingham City Centre. Bar Opus will be based in a new Snow Hill complex near the railway station in the Colmore Business District and adjacent to the new Midland Metro line due to open in 2015.

Bar Opus will be open for breakfasts, and lunch, but it is the after 5pm hours where the bar will come into its own. Its inspiration will be Barcelona and Copenhagen, offering shared plates of food created from an open kitchen. There will be good vegetarian options. The ethos will be the same as the other restaurants, well sourced local produce, creatively delivered with a twist. Bar Opus will also have a terrace which should enhance the continental idea, ableit in the Summer months. :)

Bar Opus is due to open its doors on the 6th November 2014.

http://www.opusrestaurant.co.uk
@baropus

The second #TastyMorsel is in nearby Worcester where the fantastic Bodega Cantina will be opening in November. Bodega owned by the Bitter N’ Twisted group already have a very successful and veggie friendly bar/restaurant in Birmingham City Centre which is superb.

Bodega are known for their hand crafted cocktails and delicious food in equal measure, will be offering their authentic South American food-Burritos, nachos, and tacos with a large vegetarian selection. It will be right next door to Foregate Street train Station. They are not taking bookings as yet, but keep an eye on their website, facebook page and twitter page for details, or you can sign up for their mailing list on their website.

Bodega will also be offering their Go Go Burrito take away service.

All being well Bodega will be opening in Worcester at the end of November.

I will keep you posted.

Two great openings:)

@bodegaWorc
@bodegaBirm

http://www.bodegacantina.co.uk/locations/worcester

14 Foregate Street Worcester WR1 1DB (near the train station)
01905 22200

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VEGGIEFOODIE GUIDE TO: CURRY RESTAURANTS


Today I’m introducing a new guide to my blog Veggie Foodie. This will be an occasional listing and musings on a different foodie topic. The list and guide isn’t a definitive but some of my favourites and recommendations to look out for.

To kick off, I’ve decided to look at Curry Restaurants in Birmingham, with a few from outside the area that i’ve come accross or visited.

Curry in its various guises is for many vegetarians and vegans their go to food. It is for me and often the first meal I have when I come back from a holiday abroad for instance.

For vegetarians, it seems it is the cuisine that we have the most options on the menu.

There are a number of pure vegetarian curry restaurants, sweet shops, and cafe’s in Birmingham

Deepalis: An Indian vegetarian restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter which is smart and offers a good range of dishes. Comes well recommended.

16 Hall Street, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6BS

0121 265 4726

http://www.deepalisrestaurant.co.uk

They also have a smaller cafe in Sparkbrook:

1A Alfred Road, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B11 4PB

Sangam A vegetearian Cafe/sweet centre. Authentic curries, samosas, Pakoras, bhajis, to eat in and take away. Highly recommended.

334 Soho Road, Handsworth B21 9NA

Milan Sweet Centre: Vegetarian sweet centre, cafe and resturant. Good choices and always busy.

191 Stoney Lane, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8HB. 0121 449 1617

Jyoti restaurant together with sweet centre is one of my favourites, offering 72 main courses and 15 starters, with an autthentic sweet centre to take away or eat in. Highly recommended. A favourite of Jamie Oliver. A personal favourite.

1045 Stratford Road, Hall Green, B28 8AS.

0121 778 5501. Booking can be made online at http://www.jyotis.co.uk

Pop Up Dosa: Making vegetarian dosa at home, at markets, at cafe. Offering cooking classes, and pop ups. See them at Ort Cafe in Moseley/Balsall Heath. See previous review on my blog. Superb.

@popupdosa

http://www.popupdosablogspot.co.uk

My favourite curry restaurants that are superb for veggies are:

Lasan Restaurant: Contemporary, stylish and delicious, high end curry that packs a punch in lovely classy surroundings near St Pauls Square. A treat at any time. See previous review.

Lasan, 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, St Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, B3 1SO 0121 212 3664

http://www.lasan.co.uk

Pushkar Restaurant: beautiful Cocktails, great curries, superb service on Broad Street. Highly recommended for that touch of class and sophistication.

Pushkar, 245 Broad street, Birmingham b1 2HQ

http://www.pushkardining.com

0121 643 7978

Ashas delicious curries, good veggie choices, consistent service, good lunch time deal and cocktails. Lovely restaurant, in central Birmingham off Colmore Row.

Ashas Restaurant: Edmund House, 12-22 Newhall Street B3 3LX

http://www.ashasrestaurant.com

0121 200-2767

Itihaas restaurant Exquisite, Indian food, lovely colonial style environment with superb attentive service. Excellent vegetarian options. Recommended.

Itihaas also have a cafe in Selfridges Food Hall. Eat in or take away.

18 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JL

0121 212-3383.

http://www.itihaas.co.uk

Also to be recommended are:

Punjabi Rasoi:Authentic Cooking and attentive service in Acocks Green Birmingham.

Kababish: Long standing curry house in Moseley, excellent curries, consistent with good service. Next to the Patrick Kavanagh pub. Recommended.

Maharaja: Long standing and consistent. Old style service, and authentic curries. The saag paneer is superb. Next door to the Hippodrome on Hurst Street.

Raja Monkey cafe superb dosas, talis and curries. A lovely take away too. Owned by the Lasan Group.

Also on my radar are:

EastZEast new curry restaurant on Broad Street. Had good and tasty reviews. Good veggie options. ‘The home of Punjabi cooking’

Horseshoe: Refurbished old pub in Hall Green. Recommended by Paul Fulford of the Birmingham Mail.

Sylhet Spice on York Road, Kings Heath. Has a good reputation locally and also does takeaways. Always busy. Loyal regulars.

Imlees in Moseley, on the Alcester Road also has a good reputation and a bring your own bottle policy. Always busy.

Al Frash: On LadyPool Road, perenial favourite, balti dishes and bring your own.

Delhi 6: Sutton Coldfield favourite: Good reviews and recommendations. Good veggie options.

Street Food:

Becky’s Bhajis: Onion bhajis sold at food markets and street food days. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Outside Birmingham:

Mendhi Vegetarian Indian Restaurant in Droitwich Worcestershire. Comes recomended. Pure vegetarian curries.

Prashad vegetarian restaurant near Bradford Yorkshire: Gordon Ramsey favourite With a Superb cookbook. Always popular and run the Veggie hour on Twitter once a month.
One to visit.

Also in Yorkshire, North to be precise and Leeds to be exact, is an Indian vegetarian restaurant called Hansa. Which is Gujarati and run by all women. I have heard good reports. They have won
Cobra good curry awards, and also have a vegetarian Indian cook book like Prashad.

Bernares Berkeley Square London: A superb Indian Restaurant. High end and Michelin Starred. One of the best curries i’ve ever had in glam Mafair.

As I’ve said it isn’t a definitive list and I will add to it as I go along.

If anybody has any favourites that serve good veggie dishes please let me know either in the comment box below or via twitter @andydhare

Thanks for reading.

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Pushkar Restaurant

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THE WEST MIDLANDS VEGAN FESTIVAL 25th OCTOBER 2014 @ WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL


The next West Midlands Vegan Festival 2014 will be held on Saturday 25th October from 10am-6pm at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Everyone is welcome, whether veggie, vegan, or neither. There is plenty to interest all foodies and eco friendly browsers. Admission is only £1 and the festival will have stalls promoting healthy, cruelty free and eco friendly products and food.

In 2013 the festival held over 100 stalls, and 2000 visitors attended. half of them non vegans.

Vegan Midlands campaigns and details about veganism and the festival can be found at http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk

The festival is sponsored by Moo free Chocolate and Animal Aid.

http://www.animalaid.org.uk
http://www.moofreechocolates.com

The 2014 festival will include over 100 stalls from clothing, footwear, cosmetics, books, campaign organisations and lots of food.

Caterers present will include Tall Poppy Foods and Shambhus

http://www.Tallpoppyfoods.co.uk
http://www.shambhus.co.uk

For a full list of food, cosmetics, and drink, see the
Vegan West Midlands website under stall holders.

http://www.veganwestmidlands.org.uk/festival/stalls.html

The festival is organised by a Midland Vegan campaigns a small group of volunteers, committed to promoting healthy cruelty free eco friendly plant based diets/life style accross the West Midlands region.

There will also be cookery demo’s, talks and workshops.

See http://www.veganwestmidlands.org.uk/festival/talks.html

including Lizzy Hughes, http://www.ourlizzy.com
and ChangeKitchen http://www.changekitchen.co.uk with Birgit Kehrer.

12-12.45 Vegan Brunch Session with Lizzy Hughes
1.15-2pm Healthy Lunch Ideas with ChangeKitchen/Birgit Kehrer

2.30-3.15 Vegan Vitality with Lizzy Hughes
3.45-4.30 Vegan Chocolate Mousse with ChangeKitchen/Birgit Kehrer.

The festival is held at The Wolverhampton Civic Hall, North Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RQ.

http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk

http://www.veganwestmidlands.org.uk

http://www.veganwestmidlands.org.uk/links.html

http://www.vegfest.co.uk

http://www.vegsoc.org/groups

http://www.vegsoc.org

@VMVeganFestival

http://www.vegansociety.com

#TASTY MORSEL: EDIBLE EASTSIDE A CONTEMPORARY URBAN GARDEN AND ALLOTMENT


Edible Eastside in Digbeth, Birmingham is run by Urban Grain Social Enterprise partnership C.I.C is a unique, vibrant and contemporary urban garden covering a quarter of an acre of canal side land. A former gas filling station converted into a pop up garden ‘edible park’ using temporary containers and raised beds.

http://www.edibleeastside.net

Edible Eastside supply businesses and educational institutions a space in the city to master the art of horticulture. They rent out raised beds to local people, city workers, and dwellers to grow produce and to develop their horticlture skills.

Edible Eastside also provide a cookery school and cafe and provide support to community groups who are growing vegetables, herbs, flowers and are interesetd in horticulture.

Edible Eastside also promote urban food production in the city and aim to create a spontaneous landscape and raise the profile of food and urban agriculture in Birmingham.

Edible Eastside also sell produce to restaurants in the city such as vegetarian Bistro 1847 whose development chef Alex visits every week to pick flowers, herbs and garnish for the beautiful vegetarian dishes created every day.

See my previous review on Bistro 1847’s new grazing, sharing exploring menu.

I was fortunate to visit Edible Eastside with Alex of Bistro 1847, and as a keen grower of vegetables (with some success) and lots of un-success :) finding a peaceful and creative space that is like an oasis near the canal amongst factories and creative businesses and is the inspiration behind the beautiful dishes created by Alex.

It was very inspirational and gave me lots of ideas on how to use raised beds and containers and how plants can grow compatabily together in a small urban space.

In September this year Edible Eastside began an exciting partnership with Hotel La Tour nearby in Birmingham City Centre to provide a roof top garden where the restaurant of the hotel, Grill La Tour will grow their own fruit and vegetables for use in their kitchen.

It’s an exciting opportunity to develop a space that can bring the source of the food closer to the kitchen and respond to seasonality and to their guests requests more directly. Good for vegetarians :)

Visitors to the hotel will also be able to visit the roof top garden. The garden will be maintained by Hotel La Tour in house. Offering a unique experience to staff who work in the kitchen who will experience a from the ground to the plate philosophy.

Next year Edible Eastside will be merging with Kitchen School http://www.kitchenschool.co.uk to form one organisation offering a range of culinary services and food spaces.

Edible Eastside is a unique social enterprise C.I.C a place to grow, cook, and eat your very own food an asset to any city, but certainly one to Birmingham and its community.

Edible Eastside
122 Fazeley Street,
Digbeth,
B5 5RS

07970 730 646

http://www.facebook.com/edible-eastside

Twitter @edibleeastside

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BISTRO 1847: VEGGIE GRAZING, SHARING AND EXPLORING AND PICKING FLOWERS


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Bistro 1847 is a vegetarian restaurant in the Great Western Arcade in Birmingham City Centre near Snow Hill Station.

It is just over a year since it opened its doors in Birmingham after the success of its Manchester bistro. In that time it has taken vegetarian dining to a whole new level in Birmingham. A success with veggies and non veggies alike.

Bistro1847 is named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed. This year it has been the winner of the best vegetarian restaurant outside London at the Cook Vegetarian Awards.

The emphasis is on creating modern innovative dishes using the finest ingredients sourced from local suppliers. With an emphasis on foraging, dishes are complex and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Bistro 1847 also provide a full range of cocktails, spirits, wine and beers.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Bistro 1847 Development chef Alex Claridge to visit with him the
Edible Eastside garden and urban allotment on Fazeley Street Digbeth. As a keen gardener this was very exciting for me.

Edible Eastside is where some of the most delicate ingredients that are found on the plate in Bistro 1847 are grown. The flowers, herbs and some of the vegetables come from this beautifully tranquil spot in Birmingham by the canal. This is the place that inspires the food that Alex creates.

The passion show by Alex to the delicate ingredients and to the food that he has created for the restaurant gave me a unique feeling for the dishes I had eaten just three days before.
See pictures to follow.

Alex works tirelessly on new food concepts, flavours and ways to improve dishes even further. It is a lovely partnership between Edible Eastside and Bistro 1847 that works because both the growers and Alex are committed to the best quality and the product. I was lucky to be able to pick my own flowered and herbs and try them in the allotment myself, a real joy in the Birmingham sunshine. Thanks Alex.

The ‘Grazing, Sharing and Exploring’ menu is is a modern approach to dining, allowing you to sample a number of smaller, mezze style plates that are perfect for sharing.

This is the menu Ruth and I chose to sample invited by Bistro 1847.

The dishes we enjoyed in no particular order were:

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Tarragon polenta crisp, pickled wild mushroom, goats’ curd, baby aubergine, tahini and petals

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Crispy potato & old Winchester dumpling, herbed sauce, toffee apple, mead reduction, caramelised celery & foraged herbs.

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Pickled candy beet, spiced honey, & smoked yogurt, salt baked beetroot, rose hip, beet falafel.

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Heritage tomato, & preserved lemon, pearl barley, Yorkshire fettle.

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Beer-battered Halloumi, seashore herbs, mushy pea emulsion, smoked lemon curd, gin pickled shallots.

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Garden Pea mousse, black sesame crisps, broad bean, Yorkshire fettle.

All of the dishes are were excellent, but our favourites were the Pickled candy beet, the Tarragon polenta crisp, the heritage tomato and the crispy potato dishes.

We also sampled two deserts and a chefs pre desert.

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Chefs pre desert

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Peanut brittle, slow-roast pineapple, Hoxton gin snow, white chocolate creme fraiche.

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‘Allotment Aero’

The chefs desert and the Allotment aero were especially good and demonstrated the use of flowers perfectly.

The textures and flavours on each dish were varied and showed a great deal of understanding of the ingredients, and the importance of good sourcing.

The dishes are quirky, adventurous and make you smile and in done cases such as the aero desert reflect childhood memories. The execution of each dish was spot on.

The new menus show a highly innovative and creative touch. The food is more intricate, more advanced in thought and artistic construction than before, its a quiet joy.

Bistro 1847 is a must for veggies, vegans and non veggies alike. It’s changed the way vegetarian food is perceived in Birmingham.

Seasonal, fun, foraged and quirky.

Bistro 1847 Birmingham
26 Great Western Arcade
B2 5 HU

http://www.bistro1847 (for menus)

tasting menu available. See my previous post for more details.

@Bistro1847

Facebook/ Bistro-1847-Birmingham

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Has anybody been to Bistro 1847 and tried their new menu? What did you think.

Let me know on the comments page below or via twitter @andydhare or Facebook at Andy Hare or Veggie Foodie.

Disclaimer: we were invited as guests of Bistro 1847 and thus our meal and drinks were complimentary. No review was required. All my opinions are my own and honest as always.

Thanks for reading

Andy :)

Edible Eastside

122 Fazeley Street,
Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 5RS

http://www.edibleeastside.net

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#VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN FOOD HERO: CHANGEKITCHEN CIC. AWARD WINNING VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN EVENT CATERING


I came accross ChangeKitchen CIC Community Interest company via Twitter when I began my Vegetarian Food blog six months ago.

ChangeKitchen are an award winning vegetarian and vegan catering company and social enterprise based in Birmingham and to me is a real vegetarian and vegan food hero in the city.

http://www.changekitchen.co.uk

ChangeKitchen cater for corporate events, weddings, civil partnerships, and community gatherings and run a monthly pop up cafe.

ChangeKitchen offer innovative vegetarian and vegan menus, using local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. The idea is to provide, create and serve dleicious and healthy, nuritious and ethical dishes that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

A sound philosophy :)

Birgit Kehrer is the individual behind the enterprise. She is a passionate vegetarian and entrepreneur who has developed the idea of the business through her love of growing vegetables as a child (see website for her story)

She plays a key hands on role in all that Change Kitchen do. She is the lead cook, trainer, and business manager and currently runs a programme of community workshops and training (See website) and can be contacted on 07828 825 850.

ChangeKitchen are proud to cook for disadvantaged and socailly excluded people and have worked with SIFA (who work with the homeless).

They also provide a 5 a day budget cookery class( see website for details)

Their food philosophy is about sharing a meal. The food is fully vegetarian (always with vegan and gluten-free options) and everyone shares food from the table, bringing people together, celebrating diversity through good healthy dishes and the community. Food from all over the world is served.

Their pop up cafe is held once a month from their Birmingham Headquarters, full menus on their website. See below. I plan to visit to to sample the food soon.

ChangeKitchen are a real vegetarian and vegan food hero providing innovative, healthy and nutritious food which supports a healthy life style and healthy community.

Has anyone been to a ChangeKitchen pop up or one of their events? What did you think?

ChangeKitchen CIC
Bordesley Centre
Stratford Road
Camp Hill Circus
Birmingham
B11 1AR

http://www.facebook/changekitchen

@changekitchen

Birgit.Kehrer@changekitchen.co.uk

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EPI RESTAURANT: BEAUTIFUL VEGETARIAN DISHES IN BROMSGROVE WORCESTERSHIRE


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Epi Restaurant is located in Bromsgrove a little outside of Birmingham in Worcestershire.

The Epi concept is one that is innovative. Nathan Eades is an excellent chef, his vegetarian creations were thoughtful and innovative, sublime in texture with no risotto or pasta in sight.

I had heard many excellent reports of Epi. From their pop ups in Kings Heath in Birmingham which were well received, though I didn’t make any of their nights I knew Nathan was a creative sympathetic chef when it came to vegetarian food and had thus kept an eye on his movements.

Epi headed to Bromsgrove and has been open close to a year so I thought it was about time I tasted the Epi concept in the beautiful courtyard in which it resides.

Ruth and I headed to Bromsgrove on a Friday night and found the courtyard to be a beautiful setting for what was to prove to be a fine evening.

The building Epi at the Courtyard is in has delightful period details, low beams and a creaking floor and staircase. It has a lovely atmosphere, with nooks and a small intimate feel that is charming and quaint with a winding stair case that leads to an upstairs restaurant where we sat. There is also a downstairs section too.

Nathan and his wife and business partner Charlie run the restaurant jointly. Charlie looks after front of house and Nathan the kitchen.

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Ruth and I chose the 5 course menu. Ruth had the non vegetarian.

The dishes I ate were not off a set menu but created on the night adapting the main menu with the ingredients at hand. This makes for an organic and challenging process that keeps dishes fresh.

We began with some beautiful home made bread.

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I began with the Sweetcorn fritters, Sweetcorn relish, celeriac, remoulade, (veggie BBQ)

Well cooked Sweetcorn fritters with a subtle notes of Sweetcorn relish. With a thinly sliced celeriac remoulade offering a bite of mustard. (Celeri remoulade) which gave it a BBQ flavour. A lovely dish.

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To follow I had what was called Cauliflower tasting, roasted florets, purée, couscous, tempura, carpaccio.

My favourite dish on the night. Beautiful contrasting textures of cauliflower, perfect for the cauliflower lover. The roasted cauliflower and the purée sitting on a bed of couscous like rice offering contrasting textures. Every texture of cauliflower shone through independently to make a complete dish. Absorbing.

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To follow I had the Roast shallots, blue cheese croquettes, onion purée/ash/pickled.

The roast shallots harmonised well with the blue cheese croquettes to create a pickled texture that worked well.

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Then came the fennel braised in orange, heritage carrots, watercress purée, roasted millet couscous.

A delicious combination of flavours, a fine main course dish the carrots offering a crunch against the purée of the watercress and the brayed fennel with the subtle sweetness of orange on a bed of millet couscous.

A lovely dish.

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For desert Ruth and I had the same dish it was stunning.

The white chocolate mousse, blackberry purée, foraged blackberries macerated in port with pistachio crumble and praline lemon curd.

A complex desert, lavish and decadent. A lush port flavour complimented by the wild blackberry, offering a splash of colour. The mousse creamy and full of lovely chocolate flavour.

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The service was friendly throughout without being intrusive.

Nathan is an enthusiastic chef who shows a generous flair for creating superb and memorable vegetarian dishes. Very high end on style and flavours, the textures are sophisticated and worthy of the hard work he puts into his menu and restaurant.

Epi at the courtyard is a lovely restaurant that is as good as many more expensive restaurants in the midlands and for vegetarians it is a dream. Well worth a trip out to.

It cannot be recommended more than that.

Epi at The Courtyard
Satchwells Court
High street
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B61 8AQ

http://www.epirestaurant.co.uk
@RestaurantEpi

01527878242

Epirestaurant@hotmail.co.uk

We paid for our own meal. My opinions are my own and honest of the food and the service.

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KUSKUS FOODS: VEGETARIAN STREET FOOD HEAVEN AT A FARMERS MARKET NEAR YOU


Streetfoodin Birmingham is a major success story, yet there aren’t that many completely Vegetarian and vegan traders that showcase their food.

One of the vegetarian and vegan traders is KuskusFoods who specialise in vegetarian food inspired by the Middle East.

They are a family business who produce quality freshly prepared inspirational receipes for Farmers Markets, Corporate events, and private functions.

A real vegetarian and vegan food hero.

Begining over 20 years ago, Moses the chef learnt his recipes in the Middle East and then had the idea of creating a business that would attend farmers markets showcasing all he learnt in the countries he visited. Fresh, healthy, Middle Eastern food.

Moseley Farmers Market is one of the places to find KusKus foods where they provide high quality veggie and vegan dishes.

Kus Kus Foods are Vegetarian Society approved and can be found at Moseley Farmers Market on the last Saturday of the month and the MAC food fair on the last Sunday of the month. This weekend. As well as Solihull, Stratford Upon Avon and Harborne on other dates. See below.

Note They will be at The Malvern Autumn show this weekend. Saturday and Sunday.

Dishes such as
Lebanese Falafal with naked humous,
Arabic veggie kebabs with sweet chilli,
Lebanese Mousaaka,
Moroccan plum and sweet potato tagine.

are available at the venues below.

The food by Kus Kus Foods sounds yummy, I haven’t tried it yet, but please look out for them at a food market near you.

Kus Kus Foods for a taste of veggie/vegan food heaven.

Office: 0121 373 2805
@kuskusfoods
http://www.kuskusfoods.co.uk

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