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12th annual edition

WA R W I C K S H I R E & B I R M I N G H A M

A comprehensive guide to eating out in the region Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Welcome Welcome to the Warwickshire & Birmingham Food & Drink Guide 2019. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key below.

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Market Bosworth

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Birmingham

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Solihull

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Coventry

WM Dudley

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Stourbridge

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Sutton Coldfield

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Atherstone Coleshill

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Nuneaton Wolvey

Coventry

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Solihull

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Rugby

Kenilworth WaRoyal Leamington Spa

Henley-inArden

Southam

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Stratford-upon-Avon

Wellesbourne

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Shipstonon-Stour

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Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents Foreword .................2 Modern British .........3 Fine Dining ............10 Modern European...10 British ...................11 Italian....................14 Brasserie................17 Bistro ....................18 Grill .......................19

French ...................20 Mediterranean........22 Fish & Chips ..........23 Gastropub ..............23 Pizzeria..................26 Café & Restaurant...27 Café .......................28 Bar & Restaurant ...30

Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe

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Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Rosie Best

Warwick Alcester

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Traditional .............32 Indian ....................46 Thai .......................50 Pan Asian ..............50 Chinese ..................51 Japanese ................52 Chef Profiles ..........54 Index .....................56

Photography Greg Thurtle (www.blandfordstudios.com) Contributors Diane Davies, Lucy Dowson, Emma Eastham, Sasha Holt, Frances Taylor Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Emma Clarke, Sam Terrett, Tara Hennell, Russ Sealy, Tim Hall Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed March 2019.

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Foreword

Paul Foster Born and raised in the Midlands, it was always my dream to open my own restaurant in the area so I was ecstatic to launch Salt in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, a typically beautiful Warwickshire town. I feel so fortunate to be based in the centre of this county, surrounded by a wide variety of amazing produce; it’s a chef’s dream. I’m proud to celebrate Warwickshire produce on Salt’s menus; without dedicated local producers supplying us with their incredible wares, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – food grown and produced in this area practically writes the menus for us. We use everything from Berkswell cheese and Kineton asparagus, to Cotswold lamb and kid goat. It’s not just food that this area excels at – Warwickshire is home to some fantastic drinks producers too. On our drinks menu at Salt we have some amazing beers from Purity Brewing Co and regularly feature Stratford Gin from the Shakespeare Distillery in our cocktails. Not only does this region produce a plethora of first-class goods, we’re also excellent at celebrating that fact. During the spring and summer months there are food festivals and food markets all around the county that give locals a platform to showcase their wares. It’s a great way to meet passionate small producers, find new and exciting ingredients to incorporate into our dishes, and celebrate what’s so fantastic about this region we call home. It’s a great time to eat out in Warwickshire and Birmingham, as the culinary scene is thriving. In recent years I’ve noticed that attitudes towards dining have shifted hugely. Customers are looking for high-end establishments that are relaxed and approachable, rather than the more traditional, formal ambience that fine dining venues are usually associated with. The public has become much more knowledgeable about food, and people want to be able to enjoy amazing cuisine and service without being told what to wear and how to sit. We’re spoilt for choice in this region, with a wide range of diverse eateries from top-notch cafés and traditional country pubs to restaurants showcasing the finest Japanese cuisine. The county now boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants. I hope reading this guide makes you as excited about the Warwickshire and Birmingham dining scene as I am. No matter what you’re looking for, this dynamic foodie region is sure to have several outstanding establishments that take your fancy. This guide is the best place to start your culinary journey and discover some real local gems.

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Salt

Modern British

 Location 8 Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB t: 0844 625 2650 w: www.salt-restaurant.co.uk e: info@salt-restaurant.co.uk

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After a lot of hard work and the help of a Kickstarter campaign, head chef Paul Foster and his wife Rhiain opened Salt. This impressive eatery offers a fine dining experience within a relaxed setting, allowing the magnificent food to speak for itself. The quality of the food is the kitchen’s priority and it shows, with exceptional dishes being produced all year round. Before the end of its first year, Salt had been praised in The Good Food Guide’s Editor’s Awards and was also named best new entry for 2017. The restaurant was also the first in Stratford-upon-Avon to win a Michelin star.

£45 to

£50

The dining areas are separated into two rooms: a quaint and intimate space that’s ideal for smaller bookings, and a larger room with an open kitchen that allows diners to watch their food being carefully prepared by the experts themselves. Head chef Paul changes the menus regularly, taking fresh seasonal produce and creating spectacular dishes, both in flavour and presentation. The tasting menus come highly recommended, for lunch and dinner. The evening tasting menu comprises eight innovative dishes. Sample salt-baked beetroot with horseradish and baked apple purée, followed by cured halibut, brown shrimp, seaweed and miso. The third course of carrot cooked in chicken fat is enhanced by crispy chicken skin and pickled carrot, and the Cotswold kid taco with bhuna style onions and spicy green herb ketchup demonstrates unrivalled skill and passion. The fifth plate is tartare of red deer, accompanied by artichoke, mushrooms and chocolate. It’s presented immaculately, but it’s the flavours that really make this dish a triumph. The menu concludes with three courses including cheese and two sweets: lemon parfait with buttermilk and pistachios and finally, the luxurious Papouasie chocolate, raspberries, meadowsweet, and salted caramel. There’s an option to pair each course of the tasting menu with an expertly selected tipple. Plenty of attention to detail has been put into creating these phenomenal menus. Salt is clearly focused on the height of success and is wholly deserving of it. The small and dedicated team completes the experience with effortless efficiency.

Open: Weds-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9.15pm; Sun noon-2pm

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Modern British

Tailors

 Location 22 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SL t: 0844 625 2337 w: www.tailorsrestaurant.com e: info@tailorsrestaurant.co.uk Drawing its name from the building’s history as a tailor shop, Tailors has been serving quality food and wine in the heart of the market square for over a decade. This outstanding establishment has received a multitude of accolades including two AA rosettes, and a feature in The Michelin Guide and The Good Food Guide for the past six years. Using locally sourced and foraged ingredients, Tailors serves exciting evening taster menus and good value lunches. Chefs Dan Cavell and Mark Fry pride themselves on crafting exciting dishes using traditional and modern cooking methods – dishes include ‘faux-lafel’ – a take on the classic falafel using local beetroot, venison and suet dumpling – and you’ll find tempting desserts such as a take on the classic black forest gateaux, and one inspired by the classic Marathon bar. A carefully compiled wine list ensures there is an offering to complement each dish, and knowledgeable staff are on-hand with the perfect recommendation.

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£55

Open: Tues-Sat noon-1.30pm, 6.30pm-8.45pm Modern British

No 9 Church Street

 Location 9 Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB t: 0844 502 7031 w: www.no9churchst.com e: dine@no9churchst.com Housed within a beautiful Grade II listed building, No 9 Church Street serves exceptional seasonal cuisine with a contemporary twist. Thoughtfully chosen suppliers deliver produce of the highest quality, which is then turned into an outstanding set of dishes. The flamed mackerel with fennel choucroute, smoked almonds, grapes, buttermilk and dill are an inspired beginning, equally matched by a main of Cotswold venison, salt-baked celeriac, wild mushrooms, sticky chestnuts, prunes and truffle emulsion. A delicate dessert of rum baba with pineapple, mint, passion fruit and a Piña Colada snowball provides a fitting end to such an accomplished meal. The pre-theatre offering (served from 5pm until 6.30pm) and lunch menu boast similarly excellent dishes, priced at £15 for two courses, or £19.50 for three. Five- and nine-course tasting menus and private-dining facilities are further alluring factors in the already sensational experience that is a visit to No 9.

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£30

Open: Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm (open the third Sunday of every month) Modern British

Cheal’s

 Location 64 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5BX t: 0844 625 2312 w: www.chealsofhenley.co.uk e: info@chealsofhenley.co.uk Cheal’s of Henley is situated on the High Street in Henley in Arden, one of the oldest market towns in Warwickshire. Henley’s mile-long High Street is steeped in history and charm, with Cheal’s of Henley sitting centrally amidst picturesque buildings, beautiful private homes, shops and public houses. The food on the menu at Cheal’s is seasonally sourced from Warwickshire suppliers that specialise in rare breeds of meat and game. The team also uses local ingredients, some of which are grown in their own local allotment – picked and served the same day. Chef-director Matt Cheal (chef profile page 54) has his own modern British style of cooking, working with fine quality ingredients to produce interesting menus that change frequently and continually interest diners, whether new or regulars. In addition to the main restaurant, private dining and celebration meals can also be enjoyed upstairs for groups of six to 12 guests. *Price represents the cost of three courses from Menu 33.

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£33

Open: Weds & Thurs 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat 12.30pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-3pm 4

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The Bluebell

Modern British

 Location 93 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AT t: 0844 502 2930 w: www.thebluebell-henley.co.uk e: info@thebluebell-henley.co.uk

SW A real hidden gem, The Bluebell is nestled in the beautiful market town of Henley-in-Arden. A charming, timber-framed building, this stunning eatery was founded in 1513 and boasts a pretty garden, cosy interior £21 to and an exquisite menu of modern British fare. The Bluebell’s restaurant £41 has even been awarded two AA rosettes and is currently listed in The Michelin Guide. Owner Joe Adams places great importance on using local produce in his dishes and even visits the local market himself to purchase fresh vegetables. For Joe, this is all part of crafting a memorable dining experience. Begin with a delicious starter of venison and smoked bacon terrine or opt for the luxurious Cornish scallops with sweet potato, pickled walnut and crisp garden apple. The selection of mains at The Bluebell offers exciting modern twists on well-loved classics. Expect tempting and hearty dishes such as succulent duck breast with a chorizo croquette, Open: Tues-Sat 11am-11pm; and roasted partridge with truffle, Sun noon-9pm red kale and blackberry sauce. For vegetarians, there’s the flavoursome cauliflower, spiced couscous, plum, and lime yoghurt dish. Select a tipple from The Bluebell’s carefully curated wine list to accompany your meal. At the weekend, why not stop by for a delectable Sunday lunch? Choose from roasted strip loin of beef, slow-roasted pork belly or corn-fed chicken breast with all the trimmings.

The Orangery

Modern British

 Location Park Hall Hotel & Spa, Park Drive, Wolverhampton, WV4 5AJ t: 0844 502 2921 w: www.ramadaparkhall.co.uk e: reception@ramadawolverhampton.com

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The Orangery Restaurant (chef profile page 54) at Park Hall Hotel & Spa is a haven of indulgent cooking. Decorated in delicate shades of cream with £15 floor-to-ceiling French windows affording plenty of natural light, the restaurant to £35 looks out over beautiful landscaped gardens. Early-birds can enjoy a leisurely breakfast buffet with the option of a hearty full English, or classic Continental favourites. Those visiting later in the day will find an à la carte bursting with refined delights, as well as a range of mouth-watering traditional dishes. Menus at The Orangery are kept fresh and seasonal to take advantage of the region’s best produce and there’s truly something for everyone. For more details on what’s available, visit the website. The real crème de la crème of The Orangery is the afternoon tea, with a decadent selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and warm scones Food Served: with clotted cream and fruit Mon-Sat 7am-10am, preserves. These delicacies are noon-5.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm paired with a glass of sparkling Prosecco and a choice of loose-leaf tea. The gourmet menus and stunning views make every visit to The Orangery an unforgettable experience, and booking is strongly advised. This chic restaurant can also be booked for private functions of up to 150 guests, and with 300 free parking spaces it’s as accessible as you could wish. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Modern British

Harborne Kitchen  Location 175-179 High Street, Birmingham, B17 9QE t: 0844 502 3061 w: www.harbornekitchen.com e: bookings@harbornekitchen.com

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Harborne Kitchen is a restaurant that prides itself on showcasing the boldest flavours with minimal fuss. Staff are knowledgeable and professional, but pride themselves on delivering friendly and informal service, making for a laid-back atmosphere in which the dishes can really speak for themselves.

£25 to

£35

‘…the boldest flavours with minimal fuss…’ At this forward-thinking modern British restaurant, you can expect punchy, creative dishes. Once inside the stylish interior, take a seat at the kitchen counter to dine, where you can interact with the team of expert chefs while watching them hard at work preparing exciting tasting menus, as well as a concise set menu at the start of the week. Everything you see on the menu is exquisitely presented, very well sourced and makes the most out of high-quality ingredients. Open: Tues & Weds Opt for the silky chicken liver parfait dotted with white chocolate, gariguette 5.30pm-11pm; strawberries, macadamia nuts and Thurs-Sat noon-3pm, shards of crisp chicken skin which 5.30pm-11pm has been voted one of the best dishes of 2019 by The Good Food Guide. As well as being awarded the Midlands Best Local Restaurant Award for 2019 by The Good Food Guide, Harborne Kitchen has also been awarded a Michelin Guide plate, as well as two AA rosettes in its so far short but prevalent life. A visit is an absolute must. Modern British

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill  Location 127 Main Road, Meriden, Nr. Coventry, CV7 7NH t: 0844 502 2919 w: www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk e: info@mpwsteakhousemeriden.com

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Set in a beautiful Georgian manor house in the heart of the charming village of Meriden, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is an innovative fusion of luxury and affordability. The team believes that great dining should be accessible to everyone. Inside you’ll find a stylish but relaxed restaurant and an irresistible menu of British classics, all crafted from fresh local produce.

£21 to

£43

Whet your appetite with a baked Camembert fondue, or opt for succulent seared scallops with black pudding and crispy pancetta. For the main course, even the most ardent of carnivores won’t fail to be impressed by the selection of mouth-watering steaks. Sourced from award-winning Campbells Butchers, guests are spoilt for choice from the 35-day-aged T-bone steak to the roast Chateaubriand for two. If you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian plate, be sure Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, to try the creamy polenta with wild 6pm-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; mushrooms; the new vegan menu Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-9pm is sure to delight. Seafood-lovers won’t be disappointed by the sweet and spicy shrimp curry or the flavoursome haddock fishcake. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea, served with a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries. You can even upgrade to a Champagne or Prosecco tea. 6

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Three Church Road at St George’s Place

Modern British

 Location 3 Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3SH t: 0844 625 2410 w: www.threechurchroad.co.uk e: info@threechurchroad.co.uk

Bi

Set amid a backdrop of stately Victorian grandeur, the Grade II listed grounds that house Three Church Road at St George’s Place are a splendid example of 19th-century architecture. Nestled between two listed Regency villas, the restaurant exudes elegance and style, reinforcing this with a kitchen team known for its culinary substance. Chic, contemporary furnishings are paired with period artwork, setting the scene for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, while attentive service ensures that you’re well informed to make the best choices, and wine glasses remain topped-up.

£25 to

£35

Menus at Three Church Road boast an inspired marriage of European and British cuisine. The dinner offering – served between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Saturday – comprises a high-quality, artfully conceived collection of dishes that are skilfully crafted and beautifully presented. With starters such as gurnard, monkfish and prawn bouillabaisse, and smoked chicken and rabbit terrine with parsnip and carrot salad, roasted apple and pickled walnuts, it’s easy to see where classical influences meet modern techniques. For the main event, take beetroot Bourguignon and suet pudding accompanied by lentils, kale, and roasted mushroom jus, or perhaps slow-roasted belly of lamb with yeasted pearl barley, salt-crusted celeriac, sweetbreads and carrot purée – both dishes are superb takes on perennially popular British ingredients. Provenance and quality are the foremost concerns for the kitchen team, who source as much produce as they can from local suppliers that they’ve come to know and trust. Served from noon until 6pm daily, the kitchen’s bistro-style menu features light bites and sandwiches alongside the superb dishes also found on the evening menu. Sandwiches such as Parma ham, Brie and grape are sure to impress, while classic dishes like Caesar salad enhanced with smoked salmon provide a beautifully fresh and light option for a leisurely meal. Completing an already captivating picture, Three Church Road’s private hire service and afternoon tea offering are a final feather in the restaurant’s already much-decorated cap. Awards are surely on the horizon for this Warwickshire gastrodome.

Open: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 8am-6pm

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Modern British

Whittle’s at Binswood  Location Binswood Avenue, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5SE t: 0844 502 7712 w: www.whittlesrestaurant.co.uk e: info@whittlesrestaurant.co.uk

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Contemporary British and European cuisine served in striking, historic surrounds is what sets Whittle’s at Binswood apart. The Grade II listed Binswood Hall bears all the stately hallmarks of late 19th-century Gothic architecture, instantly setting the tone for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Inside, large windows fill the room with natural light during the day, while ornate chandeliers hanging overhead provide atmospheric lighting during the evening hours. Whittle’s signature cobalt and royal blue hues are exhibited on both the walls and the upholstered furnishings, inviting a splash of lustre and luxury into what might otherwise be austere, dignified Victorian environs.

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£25

Menus represent an up-to-the-minute take on classic British and European cuisine. Exemplary standards are maintained throughout, ensuring that taste, presentation and service are of the highest quality, while first-rate produce is carefully sourced from trusted local suppliers. Take king prawn and chorizo cooked in red wine sauce to start, or perhaps citrus-cured salmon gravadlax with a radish and beetroot salad. For the main event, sample the likes of confit duck leg accompanied by bubble and squeak hash, parsnip purée, and thyme and juniper jus, or pan-fried gnocchi with broad beans, tenderstem broccoli and roasted red pepper sauce. Alternatively, for something a touch on the classic side, strike for wild boar and apple sausage with grain mustard mashed potato, sautéed cabbage and pan gravy. If you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one, afternoon tea at Whittle’s is the perfect solution. Enjoy the quintessential offering of tea, finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and preserves, followed by an assortment of cakes and pastries. Add some pizzazz to proceedings with a glass of Prosecco, a gin and tonic or something from the list of cocktails. Open: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 8am-5pm

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Staff are knowledgeable and welcoming, providing unobtrusive service to guests who are made to feel instantly at home. Given the calibre of food and service, it’s no wonder that Whittle’s is a popular destination for corporate events and private occasions. Private hire packages can be tailored to organisers’ needs, ensuring a memorable time is had by all.

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The Chequers Inn

Modern British

 Location 91 Banbury Road, Ettington, Nr. Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7SR t: 0844 502 0034 w: www.the-chequers-ettington.co.uk e: chequersinnettington@hotmail.com A haven of outstanding service and great food, The Chequers Inn is a hidden gem in the picturesque village of Ettington. Adored by visitors and locals alike, it’s even been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Inside, you’ll find a stylish and warm environment in which to enjoy a meal with family or friends and the modern menu has something for every palate. Changing regularly to showcase the very best local produce of each season, the menu consistently delights with the perfect balance of classic favourites and new trends. The restaurant also boasts a beautifully green and spacious garden, complete with twinkly fairy lights to make for a tranquil al fresco dining experience in the warmer months. On a Sunday, why not stop by for a tasty roast complete with all the mouth-watering trimmings? Accompany your meal with a choice from the impressive drinks list.

SW £21 to

£35

Food Served: Tues-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun 12.30pm-3.30pm

Queans

Modern British

 Location 15 Dormer Place, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA t: 0844 502 6873 w: www.queans-restaurant.co.uk Chef-proprietor Laura has put her own unique stamp on the delightful Queans restaurant, preparing ingenious dishes and using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Offering truly personal service, she will take your order and cook your meal herself. With only one sitting, we could relax and take our time sampling the inventive, vegetarian-friendly menu knowing that the table would be ours for the entire evening. Beginning with starters of pea, spinach and Parmesan pâté, and lentil and sunblushed tomato fritters, our tastebuds were awoken. It was breast of partridge with perry sauce and pear compote for me next, and sea bass with garlic and onion dressing in coriander and chilli oil for my companion. To finish, our apple, cinnamon and ginger crunch, and lemon and gin choices from Laura’s 17 unique homemade ice cream flavours were served up with a freshly baked cookie. Dishes here are doubtless one of a kind, so, whatever the occasion, Queans is the place to go.

Wa £35 to

£40

Open: Tues-Sat 6pm-9.30pm (last bookings)

Banners Café and Restaurant

Modern British

 Location 12 Finstall Road, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove, B60 2DZ t: 0844 502 6883 w: www.cafeandrestaurant.co.uk e: info@cafeandrestaurant.co.uk Banners Café and Restaurant is a popular dining venue in the village of Aston Fields serving classic and contemporary British favourites. The minimalist interior, with wooden tables, exposed brickwork and jam jar chandeliers, creates a relaxing ambience for diners. Menus are thoughtfully crafted, showcasing their own butchery within the breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch options. Within two years of opening, Banners Café and Restaurant won a healthy eating award for using superb quality fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce. When it comes to drinks, Banners offers an impressive array of soft drinks and is currently unlicensed, offering diners the chance to bring their own alcoholic drinks to keep the bill down. Special menus are often introduced on important days of the year, and steak nights prove very popular with locals. *Price range represents the cost of two courses from the evening à la carte menu.

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Fine Dining

The Dining Room  Location Mallory Court, Harbury Lane, Royal Leamington Spa, CV33 9QB t: 0844 502 7089 w: www.mallory.co.uk e: info@mallory.co.uk

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The magnificent Lutyens-style Mallory Court hotel and spa sits proudly amongst ten acres of formal lawns and vegetable gardens. After taking a walk around the stunning grounds, we settled down in the drawing room next to a roaring £50 to fire, and warmed up with a glass of fine Champagne. The Dining Room is an £75 extremely elegant setting for even more impressive cuisine, and features a wall of ornate oak panelling, tables laid with crisp white linen and fresh flowers. Head chef Paul Evans (chef profile page 54) and his team create bold, seasonal dishes using produce from the estate’s own vegetable garden, and cater for all palates and dietary requirements. It’s no wonder The Dining Room has been showered with accolades including three AA rosettes. We opted for the highly recommended tasting menu, and were delighted by the likes of cured Food Served: Loch Duart salmon with avocado, garden radish and cucumber essence, and Mon-Sat 6.30pm-9pm; salt chamber-aged venison with salsify, parsnip and preserved blackberry Sun noon-2.30pm, jus. Each course was outstanding, 6.30pm-9pm bursting with flavour, and crafted Afternoon Tea Served: with the finest ingredients. The Mon-Sun 1pm-5.30pm accompanying wines were expertly chosen, perfectly complementing the flavours of each course. The attentive, passionate staff, with their extensive food and wine knowledge, were always on-hand and made our dining experience an unforgettable one. We’re already eager for our return to sample the next seasonal menu. Modern European

Millsy’s  Location 20 Earlsdon Street, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6EG t: 0844 502 6933 w: www.millsys.co.uk e: info@millsys.co.uk

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Founded back in 2000 in Earlsdon – a vibrant quarter of Coventry – this family-owned venue incorporates both a café-bar and restaurant, and has earned itself a reputation for good food, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. Be it a £12 to full English breakfast, a catch-up over coffee and cake, a wind-down drink after £25 work accompanied by sharing little plates, a Sunday roast, or a special evening celebration, this venue has something to offer – whenever you visit. Upstairs, the stylish restaurant provides the perfect venue for anything from a romantic meal for two up to a large Christmas party. You will be looked after by the dedicated and friendly team, ensuring your visit is always one to remember. Open: Mon-Sat 8.45am-late Throughout the venue, the famous early-bird offer runs from Monday to Saturday, (last food orders 10pm); 3pm until 7pm, offering two main courses – and a superb bottle of house wine Sun 10am-late (last food from just £25. Downstairs in the café-bar you can relax in the comfortable, orders 5pm) sophisticated surroundings and enjoy the same high standards of food, drink and service. The restaurant is listed in the Coeliac UK Venue Guide and offers a separate gluten-free menu. There’s also an outstanding range of vegetarian dishes and a stand-alone vegan menu. Whether you’re looking for a delicious, homely family meal, or you’re a bit of a foodie in search of a haunt, Millsy’s has something for all tastes. By night, Millsy’s transforms into a vibrant wine bar, with a fabulous array of gins, wines and cocktails. Combine this with live music on a Sunday evening and the famous Monday open-mic night, and Millsy’s is simply the place to be if you are in the Coventry area. 10

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Recess

British

 Location Hilton Garden Inn Brindleyplace, 1 Brunswick Square, Birmingham, B1 2HW t: 0844 502 3371 w: www.birminghambrindleyplace.hgi.com

Bi A modern and spacious restaurant, Recess is located at the heart of Birmingham’s Hilton Garden Inn. Opposite The Crescent Theatre, down the road from the Sea Life Centre and a short walk from Birmingham Museum £15 to & Art Gallery, Recess is the perfect place for a spot of lunch during a day out. £35 The hotel itself also provides comfortable, reasonably priced rooms for those looking to stay in the area for a few days. The menu at Recess is packed full of indulgent, tasty dishes, as well as some lighter healthy options. Mixed olives, warm artisan bread and a ploughman’s board are just some of the tempting sharers on offer, while the selection of small plates includes melt-in-the-mouth mushroom arancini and crushed avocado bruschetta. Guests are spoilt for choice when selecting a main course. The burger menu is particularly popular, including Food Served: the mouth-watering Recess Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; burger, while other favourites Sat & Sun 7am-10pm include the Irish rib-eye steak and the delicious king prawn and squid linguine. The fully stocked bar offers a wide selection of carefully chosen wine from all over the world, as well as beer, spirits and soft drinks. From family get-togethers to business lunches and coffees, the stylish decor and relaxing ambience, alongside free Wi-Fi, makes Recess the perfect destination.

The Royal Redgate

British

 Location Watling Street, Nuneaton, CV10 0RY t: 0844 502 3305 w: www.theredgate.co.uk e: the.redgate@yahoo.co.uk

NW Benefitting from a wonderful countryside location with plenty of scenic walks and family-friendly activities nearby, The Royal Redgate is the perfect place to relax and refuel with an outstanding meal. Stepping inside this historic country inn, you’ll £18 to receive the warmest of welcomes. If you’re stopping by in the daytime, the bright £30 space and green plants make for a calming and laid-back atmosphere, while those visiting in the evening are drawn in by the pub’s cosy open fires and ambient lighting. This friendly pub is always bustling – testament to the superb food and drink on offer. The menu features a host of tempting British favourites, and each dish is exquisitely presented – you’ll want to take a moment to appreciate your meal before tucking in. You might start with the likes of seared scallops with beetroot blini, lemon salsa, crackling and goat’s cheese emulsion, or perhaps the buffalo mozzarella and roasted root veg croquette with pickled carrot and minted yoghurt will take your fancy. For the main course, you’ll be spoilt for choice with dishes such as confit pork belly served with bubble and squeak and Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; celeriac and apple jus, as well as Sun noon-10pm whole roasted black bream with crab and bacon gnocchi and salsa verde. Tempting vegetarian options include the roasted root veg casserole with beetroot and mozzarella dumplings, while meat-lovers will be enamoured with the mouth-watering 28-day-aged Hereford beef steaks. There are also stand-alone children’s, gluten-free and lactose-free menus, making this an establishment that truly caters for everyone. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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British

The Tame Hare  Location 97 Warwick Street, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4RJ t: 0844 625 2304 w: www.thetamehare.co.uk

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If you’re looking for beautifully presented, creative dishes in a relaxed atmosphere, look no further than The Tame Hare in Leamington Spa. It boasts a stylish interior, an unpretentious vibe and is centrally located. Warm and £32 to attentive service awaits, so you’re guaranteed to feel well and truly taken care £40 of at this Warwickshire gem. If you’re struggling to decide what to order from the menu, the knowledgeable staff (chef profile page 55) will help. A popular option is the three-course set lunch for £20, which includes the likes of market steak with roasted tomato jam, shallot and triple-cooked chips. If visiting in the evening, the tasting menu is perfect for a special occasion and promises a wealth of adventurous flavours – it can be tailored to suit your dietary preferences. Try the pan-fried Cornish cod fillet, served with sweetcorn, samphire, crushed potatoes and wild garlic oil Open: Weds & Thurs from the main menu, or the soft herb and pea risotto with feta, almonds and pine noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm; nuts, which is a great vegetarian Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, choice. Cooked fresh to order, 6.30pm-9.30pm; all dishes originate from local Sun noon-3pm suppliers and seasonal ingredients, and the Little Hares menu means you can bring the whole family. For dessert, choose the lemon curd, coconut mousse and pea sorbet if you’re looking to try something new, or the apple crumble Pavlova for a twist on the classic. It’s no wonder The Tame Hare has gained an impressive crowd of returning customers. British

The Bell Inn  Location Banbury Road, Ladbroke, Nr. Southam, CV47 2BY t: 0843 155 0619 w: www.thebellinnladbroke.co.uk e: bookings@thebellinnladbroke.co.uk

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Savour your drink and enjoy a get-together with friends in this cosy, rustic country pub, complete with exposed timber beams, open fires and tweed-clad furniture. Situated just two miles from Southam and only four and a half miles from £20 to the M40 (Junction 12), The Bell Inn is ideally located for informal gatherings and £29 corporate meetings alike. There’s a large car park available for customer use and the friendly team can cater for parties, business lunches and events of all kinds. Walkers will be pleased to discover some fantastic local walks nearby and there’s a large lawn and patio area, perfect for al fresco dining and drinking during the warmer months. You might like to take advantage of the prix-fixe menu, which offers amazing value for money, with two courses available for £16.50 and three Open: for just £20.50 at lunchtimes on Wednesday through to Saturday. The same Weds-Sat noon-3pm, fantastic deal is available during the evening on Wednesdays and Thursdays 5.30pm-11pm; before 7pm. A varied main menu is also available and if you visit on Sunday Sun noon-5pm you’ll discover the joys of The Food Served: Bell’s traditional roast, which Weds-Sat noon-2pm, incorporates the finest quality 6pm-9.30pm; British meat with all the usual Sun noon-4pm delicious trimmings. Gluten-free options are available, but be sure to call ahead if you have any special dietary requirements or would like to make an enquiry before booking – the team will do their very best to assist you. Dogs are also welcome in the bar area. 12

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Horizons Restaurant at Wolverhampton Racecourse

British

 Location Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton, WV6 0PE t: 0844 502 2962 w: www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk e: info@wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk

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If you fancy an exciting evening at the races combined with a truly memorable dining experience, why not try the three-tiered Horizons Restaurant? This stunning contemporary British restaurant is open on race days and can be found on the third floor of the racecourse, located directly opposite the finishing post and providing panoramic views of the track. This unbeatable setting is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two but also offers a warm welcome to families, friends and the solo punter. The congenial restaurant manager introduced us to all aspects of the restaurant, including how to lay bets, and as the sun set and the pens opened a charming member of staff came round to each table to take cash wagers. The menu at Horizons Restaurant offers three choices for each of the courses, including tempting vegetarian options. Diners can stagger courses throughout the races and this facilitates a particularly relaxing evening, allowing plenty of time to take in the atmosphere, study form and place bets. To start, I enjoyed a delightfully light cheese soufflé, which was delivered piping hot with pickle and a salad garnish on the side. My friend opted for a colourful ham terrine full of succulent pieces of ham accompanied by a flavoursome sauce. For the main course I had pan-roasted chicken breast which was juicy and succulent, served with smooth creamed potato, honey-roasted salsify, emerald green kale, and charred spring onion with a red wine jus. My companion had the pan-fried sea bass with chorizo and bean cassoulet and tenderstem broccoli drizzled in herb oil. We both chose different wines from the extensive selection to accompany our respective dishes but the bar also offers a fantastic range of beer, spirits and soft drinks. Elated by our winnings, I began the fifth race with a huge portion of indulgent sticky toffee pudding, accompanied by salted caramel sauce and custard. My companion enjoyed a French-style crisp lemon tart with Chantilly cream and sweet poached raspberries. Each course was politely delivered by our server, and we even had time to stroll around the racecourse to areas including the Parade Ring and the Winners Enclosure, and enjoyed the final race trackside. After we had soaked up the atmosphere from outside, we made our way back up to the Horizons Restaurant to enjoy our tea and coffee, a lovely way to end our raceday experience. *Price range represents the cost of the Horizons Restaurant package.

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Open: please see website for fixture dates

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Ristorante Da Vinci

Italian

 Location 48-50 Earlsdon Street, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6EJ t: 0844 502 6879 w: www.ristorante-da-vinci.co.uk For nearly 30 years, the chefs at Ristorante Da Vinci have created unique specials and Italian classics using only the finest, freshest ingredients sourced either locally or directly from Italy, giving guests a true taste of Italian cooking. The delicious antipasti offer a tantalising treat for the palate and the fresh pasta is made with a high level of skill and a whole lot of love.

Co £30 to

£35

The succulent main courses are also a triumph, featuring an array of the highest-quality meat and a selection of the freshest fish and shellfish. Be sure to leave space for one of Da Vinci’s homemade desserts; the tiramisu is best described as ambrosia. Complement your meal with a tasty tipple from the award-winning wine list, and your visit to Coventry’s best-loved Italian is sure to be memorable for all the right reasons. Open: Mon-Sun 10am-late

Sorrento Restaurant

Italian

 Location 8 Ely Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LW t: 01789 297999 w: www.sorrentorestaurant.co.uk Providing a little piece of Italy in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon is Sorrento Restaurant. Adored by locals and visitors alike, this family-run restaurant has been welcoming guests since 1984. With its classy, neo-classical style of decor, this traditional Italian eatery focuses on authenticity and quality in order to provide a truly memorable dining experience. Conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from the Shakespeare Theatre, this wonderful establishment presents a delicious set lunch and pre-theatre menu offering two courses for £17.90 and three for £21.90, alongside a tempting à la carte and daily chef recommendations. You can expect to find delectable dishes such as calamari, lobster tail linguine, Dover sole, veal escalope and a mouth-watering range of steaks and pasta dishes. There’s also a Prosecco lounge for pre- and post-dinner classic Italian cocktails and a patio that’s perfect for al fresco dining.

SW £16 to

£37

Open: Tues-Fri 11.30am-1.45pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Sat 11.30am-1.45pm, 5pm-10.30pm

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Tradita

Italian

 Location 273 Church Road, Birmingham, B26 3YH t: 0844 502 2326 w: www.tradita.co.uk

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Tradita is a haven of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, conveniently located just outside Birmingham. With a focus on authenticity, flavour and service, this friendly restaurant is popular with local foodies, as well as those passing through on their way to the city centre.

£17 to

£28

Food is served throughout the day at Tradita. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast – there’s a range of scrumptious plates on offer, from pancakes to a full English breakfast. For something different, try the Italian-inspired Sorrento featuring scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. At lunchtime, the menu offers various light meals guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. Perhaps you’ll try the ciabatta with grilled halloumi, avocado, tomato and pesto, or maybe you’ll sample a traditional Greek gyro filled with slow-cooked beef, lamb, chicken or vegetables. In the evening, the menu showcases a feast of Mediterranean Open: delicacies. The pasta selection Mon-Sun 9am-11pm includes spaghetti carbonara and spinach and ricotta cannelloni, while the rest of the menu ranges from chicken bruschetta to a veggie lover’s pizza. Still not satisfied? Peruse the tempting list of delicious calzones and burgers, or try the popular Mediterranean garlic and herb chicken. Throughout the year, Tradita also hosts several special offers – be sure to check the website and call ahead to ask how you can receive a free glass of Prosecco.

The Tipperary Inn

Italian

 Location Meer End Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1PW t: 0844 502 7186 w: www.thetipperaryinn.co.uk e: info@thetipperaryinn.co.uk

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The Tipperary Inn is well known for both its quality food and its famous history. Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and originally owned by one half of the duo who wrote the notable wartime marching song It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, the inn now serves special Italian-inspired dishes that are hard to beat.

£20 to

£25

With plenty of stunning walks nearby, customers are encouraged to park in the inn’s car park and explore the surrounding countryside before being treated to a well-earned drink and meal. The menus reflect classic Italian dishes. The highly recommended chef’s choice of Portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat’s cheese and crushed herbs served with rocket salad and balsamic dressing is the ideal light and fresh starter. The mains follow in traditional Italian style, boasting a wide-ranging selection of meat, fish, pasta dishes and pizza, all of which are reasonably priced and beautifully presented.

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm

The staff are friendly without being intrusive; you’re encouraged to sit and enjoy the beautiful views along with your delicious food and thirst-quenching real ale in the large beer garden. The Tipperary Inn’s al fresco dining area really makes it stand out as a go-to venue for friends or family, not forgetting the dog. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Italian

Bella Venezia  Location 1628 High Street, Knowle, B93 0JU t: 0844 625 2267 w: www.bella-venezia.co.uk

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High-quality ingredients are always the focus at Bella Venezia. The restaurant’s ethos of ‘tutto sugli ingredienti’, or ‘it’s all about the ingredients’, certainly shines through in the sourcing, preparation and presentation of each and £20 to every cut of meat, garden-fresh vegetable, herb and spice that finds its way £30 into the kitchen and onto your plate. Keep your hunger at bay with an appetiser of bocconcini speciali – little bites of thickly cut buffalo mozzarella wrapped in Parma ham and drizzled with olive oil – while you peruse the diverse and seasonally changing menu. Penne all’amatriciana – penne pasta in a sauce of onions, garlic, chillies, pancetta, white wine and fresh tomato – is a delicious primo dish, perfect before secondi of saltimbocca alla Romana – pan-fried scallops of tender veal Open: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, topped with Parma ham and sage in a white wine and butter sauce – or pollo 5pm-11pm; cacciatore, a dish of fried chicken breast served with mushrooms, onions, mixed peppers, white wine and Sat 11am-10pm; fresh tomato sauce. A fantastic Sun 11am-8pm range of freshly baked pizzas and a tempting list of Italian desserts finishes off Bella Venezia’s carefully crafted and truly authentic bill of fare. The restaurant caters for practically every occasion, be it a couple’s romantic evening out, a business lunch or an important family gathering. Parties of 11 or more are advised to call in advance; booking is essential for any number of diners. Italian

La Nonna  Location 16 Arden Oak Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3LX t: 0844 502 2923 w: www.lanonna-restaurant.co.uk e: info@lanonna-restaurant.co.uk

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La Nonna is an excellent Italian restaurant located in Sheldon. This charming eatery serves authentic Italian cuisine centred around high-quality local produce. Inside, the ambience is warm and welcoming, with traditional Italian £15 to decor providing elegant charm. £30 Fine, fresh ingredients are showcased in the range of authentic and innovative Italian dishes that populate the much-loved menu, including ingredients imported directly from Italy. Start with the funghi ripieni: mushrooms filled with fresh crab meat and coated in breadcrumbs, cheese and parsley, served with garlic mayonnaise, or the smooth homemade chicken liver pâté with caramelised onion. For a show-stopping main, try the shellfish risotto filled with scallops, langoustines, clams, prawns, onions, cherry tomatoes and a touch of chilli. The duck breast served with caramelised plums, sundried tomatoes and Port sauce also comes highly recommended. To round off your meal, choose from one of the irresistible desserts. The Open: Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm tiramisu is rich and comforting, while the affogato, comprising Italian vanilla ice cream, espresso, amaretto liqueur and crushed amaretti biscuits is sure to delight. As you’d expect from an authentic Italian restaurant, the extensive wine list is a treat to peruse, spanning many of Italy’s regions. Whatever your reason for visiting, this intimate Italian restaurant will have you returning time and again. Advance booking is essential. 16

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Malmaison

Brasserie

 Location 1 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RD t: 0844 502 7152 w: www.malmaison.com/birmingham e: brasserie.birmingham@malmaison.com Malmaison’s refurbished brasserie, Chez Mal, is a real treat. Inside, the atmosphere is ultra-romantic, with dark wood, leather seats, candles and mirrors galore. Efficient and friendly service from a team of accommodating staff made us feel truly relaxed.

Bi £25 to

£45

‘...for a truly indulgent dining experience, let Malmaison sweep you off your feet...’

To start, I plumped for the pan-fried sea scallops served with braised squid, Puy lentils, root vegetables and squash purée, while my companion tucked into the sweet and sticky Korean tiger prawns. These were followed by signature côte du boeuf, 450g of rib-eye, beautifully marbled and matured on the bone, served with blooming onion and black aioli, and pan-fried sea bass, with winter ratatouille and chive butter sauce. Both were delicious and generously portioned.

Food Served: Mon-Fri 7am-10am, noon-10.30pm; Sat 8am-11am, noon-10.30pm; Sun 8am-11am, 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-10pm

Servings of Valhrona dark chocolate mousse with honeycomb, cacao nib tuile and crème fraîche, and sticky toffee pudding concluded our meal with a touch of decadence. For a truly indulgent dining experience, let Malmaison sweep you off your feet.

Browns Brasserie & Bar

Brasserie

 Location Spiceal Street, Birmingham, B5 4BH t: 0844 625 2364 w: www.browns-restaurants.co.uk

Bi Browns Brasserie & Bar isn’t far from Birmingham’s main shopping area and boasts an impressive view of the eye-catching Bullring building. Browns has long been a firm favourite among local foodies, and is ideally situated for a pre-show £21 to dinner or welcome break from an afternoon of shopping. Offering first-rate food £40 and drink in this buzzing city, Browns is a social hotspot complete with stylish decor and a host of sumptuous dishes gracing the menu. It’s no wonder the Birmingham brasserie has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Expect a warm welcome and fantastic hospitality from the friendly and knowledgeable team, whether you’re an early riser after a hearty breakfast, a social butterfly searching for the perfect spot for lunch, or you just love a delicious evening meal with great company. Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; Kick-start your day with one of the vegan-friendly smoothies such as mango, Fri & Sat 9am-midnight; pineapple and passion fruit. If your taste is more traditional, the scrambled Sun 9am-9pm eggs and smoked salmon, and eggs Benedict are sure to provide enticing alternatives. A bountiful main menu offers options to suit every palate – award-winning fillet steaks, slow-cooked salted pork belly, and seasonal mushroom tagliatelle are just three options. There’s also a dedicated gluten-free menu. Those with a sweet-tooth are amply catered for with the likes of chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream and salted caramel profiteroles. With exquisite afternoon teas and expertly crafted cocktails available all week long, Browns certainly is the go-to place for every occasion. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Bistro

Hotel du Vin & Bistro  Location 25 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NR t: 0844 502 6876 w: www.hotelduvin.com

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Once an eye hospital, this landmark Victorian building makes a grand setting for Hotel du Vin Birmingham. Nestled in the Jewellery Quarter, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the bustling city, whether you’re visiting for business or £17 to pleasure. Step into the welcoming open-air courtyard – with its retractable roof £50 – for a lazy al fresco lunch or afternoon nibble, or enjoy an aperitif or nightcap in the opulent Bubble Lounge, decorated in the style of Venice’s own Caffè Florian. For special occasions, keep things private in one of the four unique function rooms or dine in the candlelit splendour of the hotel’s AA-rosette-awarded bistro, where you’ll discover delicious French classics with a distinctly British twist. Bistro Food Served: Mon-Fri The experience is complemented by an award-winning wine and Champagne list noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm; featuring over 300 bins, and the advice of your helpful sommelier to guide you in Sat noon-2.30pm, choosing the perfect tipple. For something a little less formal, head underground 5.30pm-10.30pm; to the vaulted Pub du Vin for a pint of quality ale and good, honest grub Sun noon-4pm, such as the Pub du Vin burger, a 5.30pm-10pm curry sauce chip buttie or an onion Bubble Lounge Food Served: bhaji and mango chutney sandwich. Mon-Sun noon-9pm Alternatively, retreat from the Pub du Vin Food Served: hustle and bustle of the city in the Tues-Sat noon-10pm bistro and indulge in afternoon tea with Champagne or a delightful Sunday brunch. Whether you’re visiting the city for work or play, Hotel du Vin can cater to your needs. Bistro

Aria  Location Hyatt Regency Birmingham, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JZ t: 0844 502 2375 w: www.ariarestaurantbirmingham.com e: aria.restaurant@hyatt.com

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Aria is Hyatt Regency Birmingham’s signature restaurant serving exciting and flavoursome dishes from breakfast through to dinner. The team is inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book The Secret Garden, crafting plates of food that are classic and elegant, with pretty, seasonal twists. All dishes are prepared using only the freshest seasonal produce from across the county.

£27 to

£50

Food Served: Mon-Fri 6.30am-11am, noon-10pm; Sat 7am-11am, noon-10pm; Sun 7am-11am, 12.30pm-10pm

The Secret Garden theme is reflected through the decor. Under a glass atrium roof, the restaurant benefits from natural daylight, and when the sun sets the atmosphere becomes warm and cosy. The beautiful water fountain and large trees create a relaxing and natural environment for guests to dine in, whilst the sleek bar and seating area is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or a unique floral cocktail. Luxury afternoon tea is served from Monday to Saturday. Fresh scones, finger sandwiches and cakes prepared by the talented pastry team are served on birdcage-style three-tiered stands.

Breakfast is also served daily. Guests can choose from all the items that make up a full English breakfast or opt for a large Continental section including a build-your-own granola bar and pastry table. The kitchen also prepares dishes to order such as waffles and pancakes with fresh fruit toppings. 18

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Harringtons on the Hill

Bistro

 Location 42 Castle Hill, Kenilworth, CV8 1NB t: 0844 502 7707 w: www.harringtonsonthehill.com e: enquiries@harringtonsonthehill.com

Wa This charming and delightful rustic restaurant stands facing Kenilworth Castle. Setting itself apart from other eateries in Kenilworth, Harringtons boasts a warm and friendly ambience throughout, with attentive service to match. The £20 to philosophy at Harringtons is simple – source fresh, local ingredients and carefully £30 prepare them to deliver simple, tasty food. There’s no pretension, just delicious fare prepared with exceptional culinary skill. The specials are particularly eye-catching, with options displayed on a chalkboard showcasing tempting fresh fish dishes such as seared scallops with black pudding and smoky bacon salad, and steak dishes like beef Wellington. All are cooked to a faultless standard. If you’re unable to resist something sweet, finish with chocolate brownie or treacle tart with clotted cream ice cream. If you’ve a special event to organise, Harringtons will do your occasion justice. With a room upstairs lending itself to private dining, parties, wedding receptions Food Served: Mon-Sat and even business meetings and noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; lunches, you’ll be hard-pushed to Sun noon-4pm; find a venue more accommodating. Bank Holidays noon-8pm Perfectly placed in its picturesque (last orders) setting, Harringtons on the Hill deserves every bit of the success it enjoys. It’s easy to see how it has won the hearts of local regulars and new customers alike. Take a look at Harringtons’ Facebook page and Twitter feed for further information about this top-notch establishment.

The Parkbrook Bar & Grill

Grill

 Location 434 Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, WS2 8RJ t: 0844 502 2363 w: www.theparkbrook.com e: perry@theparkbrook.com

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An independently run bar and grill, The Parkbrook reopened just a few years ago to great acclaim. Now one of the highest-rated restaurants in Walsall and winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this pub has gained a loyal local following but warmly welcomes new visitors as well.

£13 to

£34

The Parkbrook boasts a great reputation for its varied menu of home-cooked fare. Begin by perusing the list of starters: the gooey baked Camembert is perfect for sharing and the soup of the day is a great winter warmer. For your main, allow yourself to be tempted by a juicy steak, or opt for the succulent Barnsley lamb chops served with mint gravy. For traditionalists, the options don’t end there: the cod and homemade chips is a firm favourite, the butternut squash and goat’s cheese lasagne is packed with flavour, and the chilli dog with homemade chilli, melted cheese and jalapeños is guaranteed to satisfy. Alternatively, for Open: Mon-Fri 6pm-11pm; a taste of something different, why Sat noon-11pm; not try the mushroom Stroganoff Sun noon-10pm – a vegetarian twist on a Russian classic – or opt for spicy chicken tikka masala? The chefs at The Parkbrook have made sure to cater for a range of dietary requirements and you can also find a coeliac menu which incorporates tasty plates such as grilled chicken breast with garlic potatoes and garden peas, and delicate steamed cod. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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French

Bistrot Pierre  w: www.bistrotpierre.co.uk What sets the well-established Bistrot Pierre restaurants apart is the winning combination of great-value French cooking, seasonally inspired, versatile menus and friendly service. Each of the friendly bistrots are suitable for all manner of occasions and luckily, diners in the region have six fantastic venues to choose from. Inside, warm and cosy French-inspired interiors echo the brand’s roots and create a truly relaxing space in which to sit back and enjoy delicious cuisine.

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‘...seasonally inspired, versatile menus and friendly service...’

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Birmingham’s Bistrot is set in a Grade II listed building along the city’s bustling canalside, while Stratford-upon-Avon’s can be found on the banks of River Avon, where guests can enjoy picturesque views from the terrace. The Kidderminster location also boasts riverside views of River Stour. Commanding a prime spot surrounded by shops and boutiques, the Leamington bistrot presents elegant dining with large windows, perfect for people-watching. Mere Green’s stylish bistrot has a bar area and outside seating, too. The Coventry branch is a welcome new addition to the city’s dining scene, and is ideally located in the centre.

Co £14 to

£25

‘...warm and cosy French-inspired interiors...’ The menus have been expertly crafted to ensure all bases are covered, and there’s something for all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re calling in for a midweek treat, a laid-back lunch or tempting three-course feast, your food will arrive beautifully presented, freshly prepared and of the highest standard. The experienced chefs use an assortment of artisan produce and carefully sourced ingredients when preparing the dishes. The culinary line-up showcases French bistrot classics like steak frites and boeuf Bourguignon alongside a host of regional favourites.

‘...showcases French bistrot classics...’ Inspired by travels around France, the evening menu includes starters of homemade chicken liver parfait and toasted sourdough with fricassee

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of mushrooms and Alsace bacon. For the main event, why not go for pan-fried Barbary duck breast with Dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables and blackberry jus? Desserts are the pièce de résistance and include warm baked apple and pear frangipane, traditional crêpes with your choice of filling and classic vanilla crème brûlée. Don’t miss the eminently popular prix-fixe lunch menu, which represents great value for money. Two courses are priced at £12.95, while guests can enjoy three courses for just £14.95.

‘...beautifully presented, freshly prepared and of the highest standard...’ As you’d expect from a French eatery, the wine list is just as important as the food. A glance at the distinctive wine list reveals a fantastic selection, with an offering to complement any dish. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian and vegan options alongside gluten-free dishes and a dedicated child-friendly menu, enabling all to frequent Bistrot Pierre.

 Location 46 Gas Street, Birmingham, B1 2JT t: 0844 502 6986 e: birmingham@pierre94.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm  Location Swan’s Nest, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LT t: 0844 502 6960 e: stratforduponavon@pierre94.co.uk Open: Mon-Weds 7am-10pm, noon-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Thurs & Fri 7am-10pm, noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 8am-10.30am, 12.30pm-10pm; Sun 8am-10.30am, 12.30pm-5pm  Location 28 Park Street, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN t: 0844 502 6975 e: leamingtonspa@pierre94.co.uk Open: Mon-Weds noon-9.30pm; Thurs & Fri noon-10pm; Sat 9am-11.30am, noon-10pm; Sun 9.30am-11.30am, noon-9pm  Location Exchange Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1BY t: 0844 625 2283 e: kidderminster@pierre94.co.uk Open: Mon-Weds noon-9.30pm; Thurs-Sat noon-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm  Location Mulberry Walk, 2 Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5BP t: 0844 625 2285 e: meregreen@pierre94.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 9am-11.15am, noon-10pm; Sun 9am-11.15am, noon-9pm  Location Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre, Broadgate, Coventry, CV1 1LL t: 0844 502 2570 e: coventry@pierre94.co.uk Open: Mon-Weds 11.30am-9.30pm; Thurs & Fri 11.30am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-11.30am, 4pm-9pm

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Mediterranean

Red Peppers  Location The Mailbox, 117 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RF t: 0844 502 6964 w: www.red-peppers.co.uk

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A lively, authentic Mediterranean dining experience is on offer at Red Peppers in Birmingham. The luxury of being canalside adds to the sense of occasion, and inside there’s a celebratory, sociable ambience that lends itself to everything from a night out with friends to a meal for two. Get your evening off to a sophisticated start by sampling something from the superb cocktail list that includes favourites like the classic Sangria, Mojito and Strawberry Daiquiri, as well as fruity treats like Black Forest Martini.

£15 to

£25

Once you’re relaxing with your favourite tipple in hand, it’s time to enjoy some treats from the extensive food menu. We began with richly flavoursome wild mushroom and rocket soup served with garlic sourdough, and chipotle barbecue chicken wings with sour cream dip. It was tricky to choose from such a wide Open: Sun-Thurs selection of tempting main courses, including burgers and pizzas, but in the end noon-10.30pm; we were glad to opt for sea bass Fri & Sat noon-11pm served with baby potatoes, Sicilian tomato and caper and olive sauce, and lamb moussaka served with Greek salad and garlic flatbread. If you think you’re not a dessert person, the delectable sweet treats we sampled – classic tiramisu, and baked cheesecake on an Oreo cookie base served with fresh strawberries and strawberry coulis – are sure to change your mind. This vibrant venue offers spot-on Mediterranean dining; when you dine here you don’t just get great food, you get the whole package. Mediterranean

Bar Estilo  Location The Mailbox, 110-114 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RF t: 0844 502 6957 w: www.barestilo.co.uk

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Whether you’re looking to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a relaxed evening meal, the ambient Bar Estilo is well worth a visit. Located centrally beside one of Birmingham’s main canals, this is the perfect place to enjoy a few laid-back £20 to drinks – the speciality cocktails and jugs of Sangria are particularly tempting. £25 From the moment we stepped inside, we found the Mediterranean vibe and welcoming atmosphere warm and inviting. The menu itself was a fiesta of large plates and tempting tapas dishes, and it was mainly the latter selection that attracted our attention. We couldn’t resist the allure of perfectly seasoned prawns pil-pil with garlic and chilli, delicious halloumi fritters with a quince dip, patatas bravas with spicy tomato sauce and alioli, lamb kofta with cool tzatziki, and mini lamb and beef burgers in little brioche buns with all the trimmings. These perfectly portioned small plates are deliciously moreish and Open: Sun-Thurs just the thing for sharing with a group of friends. Whatever you choose, be sure noon-10.30pm; to sample the delicious Spanish Fri & Sat noon-late rice on the side. I’d also advise leaving room for dessert. We finished in style with thin crêpes in a warm cinnamon and orange liqueur sauce with vanilla ice cream, and traditional Spanish churros dusted with sugar and served with a pot of decadent chocolate dipping sauce – how indulgent. Not only did we enjoy top-quality cooking, the courteous, attentive staff made us feel well looked after. An all-round excellent dining experience awaits at Bar Estilo. 22

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Byzantium

Mediterranean

 Location 11 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7SA t: 0844 625 2306 w: www.byzantiumtapas.co.uk. e: info@byzantiumtapas.co.uk Byzantium is all about serving food to share and encouraging sociable dining. Tapas is ideal for getting people talking and is perfect for sharing. With an aim to give diners something new to try, Byzantium doesn’t serve just Spanishinspired tapas; the team whips up dishes that take inspiration from all across the Mediterranean. Tuck into a bowl of olives as you glance over the menu and pick a few dishes to start. There’s a lot to choose from, with dishes such as fresh-as-canbe paella and slow-cooked Moroccan tagine to patatas bravas and mouth-watering pork belly marinated in garlic, ginger and sea salt, served with spicy balsamic glaze and salad. Always make sure you leave room for dessert; Moroccan orange cake and Catalan crème brûlée with cardamom seeds and caramelised sugar are just two of the delicious options. Take your time when choosing a wine to pair with your feast – drinking and dining at Byzantium is a relaxed affair.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm

The Big Fish

Fish & Chips

 Location Maybird Centre, Birmingham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0HZ t: 0844 625 2530 w: www.thebigfish.uk.net e: info@thebigfish.uk.net Prominently located on Birmingham Road, it’s not easy to miss The Big Fish; the enticing aroma of chips and freshly battered fish draws the attention of passersby. Founded in 1997, this family-run restaurant has been a hit with hungry diners looking to indulge in the British classic of fish and golden chips ever since. Living up to the name, the team serves a great variety of quality fish that’s been carefully sourced, caught and cooked with care. On the menu, the choice ranges from fresh flaky cod, haddock and sea bass, to wholetail scampi, calamari, lemon sole and delicious fishcakes. It doesn’t stop there: pies, gourmet burgers and kebabs also make an appearance on the menu. If you want to go all out, the famous Big Fish Combo is a fantastic way to sample everything on offer. A range of beer, wine, soft drinks and healthy smoothies completes the offering. The Big Fish also boasts gluten-free batter and children’s meals, ensuring nobody misses out. An online order service provides a click and collect and delivery option.

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The Plough

Gastropub

 Location Huddlesford, Nr. Lichfield, WS13 8PY t: 0844 502 2920 w: www.ploughinnhuddlesford.co.uk e: info@ploughinnhuddlesford.co.uk The Plough is a superb destination for drinking and dining. Situated alongside the Coventry canal, the team serves a fantastic menu of locally sourced dishes without the high price tag usually associated with such well-executed fare. The relaxed ambience and welcoming staff make this country pub a wonderful spot for all to enjoy, from families and groups of friends to those seeking an intimate dinner à deux. To start you might select the succulent gambas with garlic butter, pickled radish, and lime and katsu aioli, or perhaps the baked mushrooms in Stilton and pinot grigio cream served with focaccia. To follow, diners can select from tasty pizza, burgers, and perfectly cooked steaks from the chargrill alongside mains such as beef shin Bourguignon with horseradish mash. There’s also a separate gluten-free menu. To accompany the food or if you’re just visiting for a drink, you’ll find an unbeatable selection of tipples.

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The Four Stones  Location Adam’s Hill, Clent, DY9 9PS t: 0844 502 2935 w: www.thefourstones.co.uk e: enquiries@thefourstones.co.uk

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Overlooking the picturesque Clent hills, The Four Stones can be found just a short drive from Stourbridge in a beautiful rural location that draws visitors from near and far. The team at The Four Stones works hard to offer every guest a memorable dining experience, offering impeccable hospitality and delicious, internationally inspired meals prepared with high-quality ingredients.

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Inside, the cosy but classy restaurant is ideal for anything from a romantic dinner to coffee and a light lunch on the terrace. Take a seat and unwind while perusing the extensive wine list – why not ask your knowledgeable server for a recommendation? Menus here change regularly to reflect the availability of seasonal produce. Lunchtime guests can expect a choice of ciabatta rolls Open: Tues-Fri 11am-4pm, with various tempting fillings – bacon, Brie and cranberry is a firm favourite 6pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; – as well as several sharing boards, including Camembert with house chutney. Sun 10am-6pm Meanwhile, the seasonal à la carte Food Served: Tues-Fri menu can always be relied upon noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; to tempt diners, typically listing Sat noon-5pm, 6pm-9pm; mains as varied as roast duck with Sun 10am-5pm sumptuous honey and Cointreau glaze to arancini in lightly spiced, creamy tomato sauce. In addition to all this, The Four Stones also serves up an irresistible Sunday lunch. Choose from roasted beef, trout, a vegetarian option or the roast of the day and enjoy with all the classic trimmings. Gastropub

The Punchbowl  Location Mill Lane, Lapworth, Nr. Solihull, B94 6HR t: 0844 625 2511 w: www.punchbowllapworth.co.uk e: info@punchbowllapworth.co.uk

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The Punchbowl is a charming pub in the historic village of Lapworth that’s recently been refurbished. A bed and breakfast, bar and restaurant all rolled into one, The Punchbowl manages to perfect each element, making it a £25 to wonderful destination for a weekend away in the Warwickshire countryside. £30 Talented chefs have created a menu that showcases the finest ingredients, including freshly baked breads, rare-breed heritage meat and a daily fish special. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day, making The Punchbowl the ideal setting for all manner of occasions, from a relaxed breakfast to a celebratory dinner. The seasonal menu is bursting with delicious flavours. To start, try hearty Shetland mussels in smoked bacon and cider cream with Open: leek crisps, and follow with the beautifully presented slow-cooked beef and Mon-Thurs 7.30am-11pm; Roquefort en croute accompanied by mash, maple carrots and piccolo parsnip Fri 7.30am-midnight; jus. Feed your sweet-tooth with the popular toffee apple tarte Tatin and toffee Sat 8.30am-midnight; ice cream. The inviting bar has an Sun 8.30am-5pm excellent selection of beer, local ale and wine to accompany your food. As it’s separate to the restaurant, you can visit for a simple drink or enjoy a tipple before your meal. Outside seating makes The Punchbowl a firm favourite among locals during the summer, and the amiable atmosphere is enhanced by friendly, helpful staff. This thriving, independent restaurant is a cut above the rest thanks to its quality food, enticing bar and lovely staff. 24

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The King’s Head

Gastropub

 Location 21 Bearley Road, Aston Cantlow, Nr. Henley-in-Arden, B95 6HY t: 0844 502 6973 w: www.thekh.co.uk e: info@thekh.co.uk

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This pretty village may seem unassuming, but it has a tale to tell that literature fans in particular will be interested in – Shakespeare’s parents were reportedly married in its church and are rumoured to have had their wedding breakfast at The King’s Head, which is just next door. This listed pub has lost none of its charm in the intervening years, and is still serving the people of Aston Cantlow well, with a menu of seasonal dishes, a bar well-stocked with quality wine, ale and whiskey, and homely surroundings featuring original oak beams and open fires.

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There are many walking routes that start and end at The King’s Head, making this a welcome retreat after a ramble in the countryside – dogs are welcome in the bar area too. If the weather is fine, guests can take advantage of the lovely beer garden, with a huge chestnut tree as its centrepiece, where there is often live music during the summer months.

‘...well known for serving top-notch duck suppers...’ Everything is made using local, seasonal produce where possible, with some ingredients sourced from the pub’s own garden. The à la carte menu is extensive, promising something to suit all palates and appetites. Perhaps begin with peppered venison loin with spiced plum and gooseberry jam and roasted fig Port jus, or crispy duck egg with roasted thyme root veg and crumbled feta. From the main-course offering, opt for pan-fried breast of local pheasant with confit leg croquette, creamed Savoy cabbage and pancetta if you’re in need of a hearty meal, or roast fillet of stone bass with shellfish bisque, langoustines and samphire if you’re a fan of seafood. The King’s Head is well known for serving top-notch duck suppers, a tradition that has been upheld with the duck mixed grill – a dish that is not to be missed. There are also pub classics like fish and hand-cut chips, served with homemade tartare sauce and minted pea purée. Desserts such as Nanny Winnie’s bread pudding and King’s Head carrot cake with stem ginger ice cream will please even the most seasoned sweet-tooth.

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Pizzeria

Basement Browns  Location 77-79 Warwick Street, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4RR t: 0844 502 7051  Location 14 High Street, Coventry, CV1 5RE t: 0844 625 2628 w: www.basementbrowns.co e: info@basementbrowns.co

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It’s impossible to walk past Basement Browns without the delicious smell of freshly baked pizza enticing you inside. While travelling through Italy and the USA, the owners noticed that local pizzerias weren’t simply restaurants but social hubs, the place you’d head to after work to unwind or just pop into during the day for a quick snack. Seeing this inspired the brothers to bring a slice back to their hometown of Leamington Spa, and so Basement Browns was launched. They subsequently opened a site in Coventry, where it has also had a fantastic reception.

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The team is truly passionate about pizza, priding itself on producing authentic food that is both delicious and healthy. Ingredients are sourced primarily from Italy, and everything is cooked in the traditional stone oven. Try the scrumptious pepperoni pizza made with authentic salsiccia Napoli piccante, or the delectable pulled roast chicken breast pizza. The dough has been artfully mastered over years of practice and experimentation, and the hard work has certainly paid off. It’s lovingly made on-site every day and slowly fermented over 72 hours – which, according to Basement Browns, makes it easier to digest. The results are superb. Even the chips are stone-baked; they’re cooked at a blistering 350 degrees, resulting in crisp on the outside, fluffy in the middle perfection. Time spent in Italy didn’t just inspire these guys to make mouth-watering pizza, they also honed their coffee knowledge too, making Basement Browns the ideal place for your morning pick-me-up. Combine your cappuccino with Sicilian cannoli or a mozzarella and sundried tomato toastie and you’re in for a treat. For real pizza aficionados, the team offers the BB breakfast, which comprises signature hand-stretched dough topped with a free-range egg, sausage, bacon, mozzarella and a choice of free extras. Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri & Sat 11am-10.30pm; Sun 11am-9pm

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Since opening in summer 2015, Basement Browns has cemented itself as the area’s go-to pizzeria for its authentic, delicious food and laid-back, communal setting. With glowing reports from customers and two PAPA Industry Gold Awards under its belt, it looks like Basement Browns is fast becoming a local institution. Buon appetito.

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Hilltop Farm Shop, Café & Restaurant

Café & Restaurant

 Location Fosse Way, Hunningham, Nr. Royal Leamington Spa, CV33 9EL t: 0843 153 0427 w: www.hilltopfarmshop.com e: enquiries@hilltopfarmshop.com

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Hilltop Farm is located in Hunningham just outside Leamington Spa in a spot overlooking the beautiful hills of Warwickshire. This family-run business specialises in fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce and boasts a philosophy to provide great food sourced from as close to the farm as possible, at the fairest prices. Daily menus are inspired by the best seasonal ingredients available and showcase traditional farmhouse breakfasts, homemade lunches, freshly baked cakes and proper Sunday roasts. The farm shop stocks everything from local fruit and vegetables to bread, pies, chutneys and cheese. Their very own butchery provides the best cuts of meat including Hilltop Farm’s own lamb and beef, and the quality of each cut is superb.

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Hilltop Farm is open seven days a week, all year round, so it’s the perfect place Farm Shop Open: to pop in for a hearty breakfast or a Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; leisurely lunch. For a special treat, visit Sun 9am-4pm for afternoon tea or a slice of homemade Café Open: cake – then sit back, relax and take in Mon-Sun 9am-4pm the view. The café is a wonderful place to visit whatever the weather, but if you’re lucky enough to call in when the sun is shining, there’s a brilliant playground to keep children occupied. Stay up to date with Hilltop Farm’s news on Facebook, and check out the wonderful on-site glamping available at www.hilltophideaways.com.

Becketts Farm

Café & Restaurant

 Location Heath Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall, B47 6AJ t: 0844 502 6950 w: www.beckettsfarm.co.uk e: info@beckettsfarm.co.uk

So The Beckett family has been farming in the Wythall area for eight decades, bringing fresh produce to appreciative customers. The concept of the restaurant was created in 1984, reborn in 2008, and the venue was refurbished in early 2018. * £5 Expect excellent English country cooking for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and for to private events in the evening. It’s no wonder Becketts Farm has earned the People’s £15 Choice Award at the Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards for the past two years running. The lovely team creates a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere, ensuring that everyone leaves with smiles on their faces. Always on-hand to advise us on menu items and dietary requirements, the staff were delightful and efficient. We sampled Becketts’ Hearty Ploughman’s Plank – lauded as one of Birmingham’s Open: most beautiful restaurant dishes – comprising homemade Scotch egg and pork pie Mon-Sat 7.30am-5pm; straight from the deli, the chef’s own piccalilli and chutney, homemade pickled onions and crusty bread from Sun 8.30am-4pm Becketts’ Bakery. We would also highly recommend the all-day breakfast. Becketts Farm also serves a weekday afternoon tea, which must be pre-booked, and an unlimited Sunday carvery. The coffee shop has some delicious-looking cakes and biscuits, and the farm shop sells freshly baked bread, local meat, vegetables and fruit, a huge selection of international cheeses, and a variety of gifts. You can even book butchery masterclasses and cookery courses at the Orange Kitchen cookery school. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Café & Restaurant

Belgrade Café Bar  Location Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS t: 0844 502 2926 w: www.belgrade.co.uk e: jclayton@belgrade.co.uk

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The Belgrade Theatre’s ground-floor café and bar is a friendly and relaxed eatery offering a delicious selection of light meals, drinks and snacks. Situated in the heart of the city, Belgrade is an ideal spot whether you’re attending the theatre or not, and its position inside an impressive Grade II listed building just adds to its appeal.

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Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm (-5pm on non-performance nights)

Why not bring a friend and pop in for coffee and a slice of cake? You won’t be able to resist classics such as zesty lemon drizzle and rich chocolate cake, or perhaps opt for one of the Belgrade’s infamous Coventry God cakes. If you’re looking for a savoury snack, opt for a bowl of piping hot soup; there’s a varied range of warm toasted panini on offer too. The jewel in the venue’s crown is an enticing tapas menu. Guests can enjoy three tapas for just £8.50. Options include delicious feta-stuffed bell peppers, patatas bravas, homemade garlic and carrot hummus, and spicy meatballs. These tasty dishes combine to make the perfect pre-show meal and are great for sharing with friends and family.

Those celebrating a special occasion can also enjoy a traditional cream tea at the Belgrade. You might even upgrade to the full afternoon tea or, if you fancy something different, try the afternoon chai tea. *Price range represents the cost of afternoon tea for two.

Hatton Locks Café

Café

 Location Canal Road, Hatton, Nr. Warwick, CV35 7JL t: 0844 502 2949 w: www.hattonlockscafe.co.uk e: paulapoole14@hotmail.co.uk Occupying a prime canalside location, Hatton Locks Café consistently delights with its traditional home-cooked food. Under new management since June 2018, Hatton Locks Café has become a staple of the canalside. Alongside heart-warming cuisine and baked goods, the café also offers merchandise and services for boaters. With plenty of scenic footpaths nearby, the café is popular with walkers and cyclists as well as those arriving by boat for a light bite or a hearty meal.

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Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm (hours vary seasonally)

The menu boasts generously filled sandwiches and toasties, traditional homemade hot mains and tempting all-day breakfasts, as well as a daily specials board. Popular dishes with returning fans include the classic lasagne and hearty casseroles. To accompany the delightful menu, a selection of drinks, including coffee, herbal tea and special hot chocolates, are available alongside refreshing chilled drinks. A pleasing array of fresh cakes and bakes are displayed at the counter – why not enjoy one of these alongside your choice of hot drink?

In the summer months, you’ll find the space bustling with al fresco diners soaking up the sun’s rays by the water, and in the colder weather, it’s the perfect place to warm up and refuel after a long walk – you can even bring your four-legged friends. The café is completely dog-friendly, even offering doggy towels on wet days. With great food, a welcoming atmosphere and an outstanding location, it’s no wonder the café retains a loving crowd of returning customers. All menu items are also available to take away. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. 28

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Arden’s

Café

 Location 17 Talisman Square, Kenilworth, CV8 1JB t: 0844 502 2432 w: www.ardenskenilworth.co.uk e: kenilworth@darwincoffee.co.uk

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You’ll find Arden’s in the heart of Kenilworth, amongst the town’s various shops and just a short walk from the historic Kenilworth Castle ruins. This charming independent café offers its visitors a comfortable and welcoming environment in which to enjoy anything from a cup of freshly brewed coffee to a mouth-watering panini. Its setting also makes Arden’s a great stop off for those on their way to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Coffee aficionados popping into Arden’s are offered a range of blends sourced from all over the world. Warm up with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee from India, El Salvador or Brazil or enjoy one of the café’s 12 loose-leaf teas. Feeling peckish? The range of snacks available at Arden’s provides something for every palate and is guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied. The warm toasted sandwiches are gooey and delicious, with fillings including mushrooms and cheese, Brie and onion, and Open: Italian meat feast. For something Mon-Sat 7.30am-5pm; refreshing, opt for a light salad – Sun 10am-4pm perhaps crispy beef salad or the flavoursome tuna mayonnaise salad will tempt you. As well as all this, you can always rely upon Arden’s supply of cakes. Choices typically range from a rich chocolate marble cake and a zesty lemon cake to millionaire’s shortbread and maple and pecan plaits. *Price range represents the cost of one food item and a drink.

Rising Café Coventry

Café

 Location Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB t: 0844 502 7184 w: www.risingcafe.co.uk/coventry e: info@risingcafe.co.uk

Co Consistently rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top spots to eat out in Coventry, Rising Café has been showered with five-star reviews since opening. Housed within Coventry Cathedral – a building steeped in history – Rising Café is a * £6 favourite with locals and offers a wide range of quality food and drink and to generous portion sizes at reasonable prices. £12 The inspiration behind the café’s name, ethos and tagline – ‘rising from the rubble’ – no doubt comes from the medieval cathedral’s ruin and rebirth following the Blitz. Witty wartime quotes accompany the 1940s-inspired dish names listed on the menu, which boasts enough delicious options to keep you pondering a while. Expect the likes of American-inspired sandwiches, sharing platters and mains such as battered fish and chips. Classic English and American-inspired breakfasts are also on offer, along with a range of afternoon and cream teas, and a little menu for children. If you’re looking for Open: something sweet to follow your Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm main, don’t miss the puddings and homemade sweet treats displayed on the counter, which are tempting accompaniments to the selection of artisan coffee and tea. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options aplenty, and the consistently glowing reviews prove that this café is ahead of the game. Best of all, 100 per cent of the café’s proceeds go towards UK charity Betel. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Simply Delicious

Café

 Location 18 High Street, Aldridge, WS9 8LZ t: 0844 502 7042 w: www.simplydeliciousaldridge.co.uk e: simply.delicious@hotmail.co.uk Now celebrating its 11th year, Simply Delicious is still delighting customers through great food and drink and artisanal produce. Sarah and her team are as passionate today about their food offering and excellent customer service as they were the day they first opened. In the years since, Simply Delicious has established itself as a fantastic foodie retreat where guests can relax and take time out of their day to enjoy dishes from the expertly crafted and seasonally changing breakfast, lunch and drinks menus. Think eggs Benedict, open sandwiches, soups, fresh pasta and panini, all of which are prepared with the same carefully selected produce that you’ll find sold in the delicatessen. The team now offers a range of afternoon tea options, suitable for any special occasion or just a delicious treat.

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Leif Tearooms & Piano Bar

 Location 116 Warwick Street, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4QP t: 0844 502 2952 By day, Leif Tearooms & Piano Bar is a cosy and quaint family-friendly café and tearooms offering a relaxing safe-haven from the busy outside world. Pop in with friends to try one of the 18 loose-leaf teas or speciality coffees on offer and watch the world go by. Delicious fresh food and snacks are served between 9am and 5pm, so if you fancy a bite to eat, the friendly team will be happy to help. Browse the specialist wine menu and find your new favourite tipple to complement your meal or enjoy on its own. Come evening, Leif takes on a bar-like vibe and becomes the perfect place for a quiet drink or weekend cocktail. Aided by gentle live piano music, open mic nights every Tuesday are an opportunity to show off your talent. Salsa classes are held on Wednesday evenings and are open to dancers of all levels of experience. *Price represents the cost of three tapas.

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The Sun on the Hill

 Location 23 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QP t: 0844 502 2913 w: www.thesunonthehill.co.uk e: info@thesunonthehill.co.uk Occupying an enviable position in the heart of Birmingham, The Sun on the Hill is an all-round crowd-pleaser. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner for a wealth of tempting homemade options. You might enjoy a freshly baked flatbread topped with halloumi and sweet potato falafel, or juicy pulled pork with chorizo and smashed avocado. If you can’t decide, the pick-and-mix deal offers a choice of three or four smaller dishes. Tuck into the likes of crispy teriyaki beef, beetroot and feta bon bons, and buttermilk-fried chicken with blue cheese mayonnaise. The well-stocked bar makes The Sun on the Hill a perfect choice for a casual drink, but this vibrant venue also puts on regular evening entertainment. Settle in to watch the latest match, or drop by on Friday and Saturday nights for live music and local DJ sets.

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Craeft

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 22 Gas Street, Birmingham, B1 2JT t: 0844 502 3057 Located in the heart of Birmingham, Craeft is set on Birmingham Canal’s Old Main Line and is the perfect place to pause and watch the boats come and go. Its position adjacent to the city’s Theatreland district, home to Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Symphony Hall, makes this traditional British restaurant a great spot for a relaxed pre-show meal. Visitors to the city will find attractions such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and St Philip’s Cathedral just a short walk away.

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Craeft opened its doors in February 2019, taking its title from the Old English word for skilled, and the team here works hard to live up to the venue’s name. Serving staff are friendly and welcoming, as well as incredibly knowledgeable about the restaurant’s offering. Begin by perusing the drinks menu. There’s a varied selection of gin, tantalising cocktails, classic cider and quirky craft beer – if you’re struggling to decide, just ask for a recommendation.

The food selection is equally Open: varied and the menu’s focus is Tues-Sat 11am-11pm on fantastic, ethically sourced British produce and traditional preservation methods. Expect a variety of scrumptious vegetarian and vegan dishes, various sharing platters and creative twists on classics such as fish and chips, moules marinières, and juicy grilled steak. Finish your meal with a delicious dessert or a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

The Waterside Brasserie

Bar & Restaurant

 Location The Arden Hotel, 44 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA t: 0844 502 7148 w: www.theardenhotelstratford.com e: info@theardenhotelstratford.com

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The Waterside Brasserie offers diners award-winning food in a relaxed and comfortable setting. The talented chefs frequently update the menus to reflect £25 to the season’s harvest – though diners can always expect imaginative and £40 flavoursome fare that delights the palate. When we visited, the restaurant was bustling, filled with theatre-lovers, couples and large groups. From the à la carte menu I began with the Cotswold venison Carpaccio, which was beautifully presented with sweet pickled girolles, carrot ribbons, blackberries and hazelnuts. My appetite whet, I moved on to the main course. From the tempting selection I chose the Herefordshire beef served two ways – melt-in-the-mouth sirloin steak and flavoursome braised blade of beef in a rich jus. The meat was accompanied by buttery mashed potato, wilted Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, spinach, glazed carrots and a floret of broccoli. From the extensive range of 5pm-9.30pm; wine, Champagne and craft beer Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm I chose a lovely red. The meal concluded with steamed orange pudding with slices of tart orange, drizzled in a complementary Grand Marnier and clotted cream sauce. The restaurant’s two-AA-rosette-awarded fare can be enjoyed in the main dining room or on the all-weather terrace, which boasts lovely views of River Avon. The Arden Hotel also offers afternoon tea in The Lounge, and a range of tipples in the Champagne Bar.

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Bar & Restaurant

Gentleman & Scholar  Location Hyatt Regency Birmingham, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JZ t: 0844 502 2420 w: www.gentlemanandscholarpub.com e: gspub.birmingham@hyatt.com The Gentleman & Scholar is Hyatt Regency Birmingham’s on-site pub. Its rich atmosphere and varied food and drink offering make it a favourite spot for both staying guests and locals alike. The pub’s theme is inspired by the story of the Lunarmen society, a group that began meeting together in 1765 in Birmingham. Their conversations sparked the building of Birmingham’s canals and business that changed the face of the city.

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The long bar serves an extensive range of beer, classic spirit and mixer blends and unique house cocktails. There is also a tasty menu of Black Country classics, seasonal salads and pub favourites. Whatever the British weather may bring, the large terrace area can be Open: used all year round. It’s heated Mon-Sun noon-1am and undercover in the winter and provides a place to make the most of warm evenings throughout the summer months. If you feel like dancing the night away with your favourite tipple in-hand, pay a visit to the Gentleman & Scholar every Thursday evening, as the venue comes alive with music performances from local talent. *Price range represents the cost of a main meal and a drink. Traditional

The Hatton Arms  Location Birmingham Road, Hatton, CV35 7JJ t: 0844 502 2949 w: www.hattonarms.com e: enquiries@hattonarms.com

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Set along the Hatton Locks, this traditional British restaurant is a haven of fantastic hospitality and excellent food. Diners can enjoy a breathtaking view of the famous flight of locks – also known as the stairway to heaven – as they enjoy a bite to eat.

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In 2013, The Hatton Arms underwent extensive refurbishment and today the charming interior offers a casual dining atmosphere, complete with exposed beams and a roaring open fire. Outside, you can also find a spacious dining area that’s ideal for summer.

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Once you’ve arrived, your attention will be immediately drawn to the well-stocked bar. Begin with a pint of classic cask ale or high-quality beer. For those who prefer grape to grain, there’s an excellent range of wine on offer, as well as spirits and various soft drinks. The chefs at The Hatton Arms prioritise the use of fresh local ingredients to prepare their dishes. All year round, you’ll find delicious pub Open: favourites such as fish and chips, Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; grilled gammon with pineapple and Sun noon-10.30pm fried egg, and flavoursome sausages with creamy mash. However, if you’re looking for something a little different why not try the sea bass with Bombay fondant potato, pine nut salsa and yoghurt? On Sundays, the restaurant serves a scrumptious roast lunch. Diners are offered a choice of meat and all the classic trimmings, including fluffy potatoes, fresh carrots and cauliflower cheese. 32

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The New Bowling Green

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 Location 13 St Nicholas Church Street, Warwick, CV34 4JD t: 0844 502 2969 w: www.newbowlinggreen.pub e: nbgwarwick@gmail.com

Wa The New Bowling Green in Warwick is an establishment of two complementary halves. Inside, you’ll discover a cosy and comfortable interior, where a well-stocked bar and traditional decor create a truly inviting environment. £16 to Meanwhile, the expansive outdoor beer garden provides the perfect place for £27 drinks during summer. Both the pub and the garden are dog-friendly, even offering doggy treats at the bar, so bring your four-legged friends along. The New Bowling Green is the epitome of a hidden gem. The staff are exceptionally knowledgeable about the beverages on offer and since taking over in 2018, the pub’s new owners have focused on delivering delicious British fare prepared with skill and care. Peruse the delights listed on the food menu; there’s a mouth-watering dish for every mood and dietary requirement, from a selection of homemade pies, including vegetarian and vegan options, to beer-battered fish and chips, tasty bean burgers and traditional Food Served: Italian lasagne. Mon-Sat noon-9pm; On Sunday, the chefs serve up Sun noon-6pm a mouth-watering roast lunch, including all the traditional trimmings and tender, succulent meat that has been slow-roasted overnight, alongside the delicious vegan option. Why not follow your sumptuous lunch with a classic apple crumble for dessert? Located in the heart of Warwick, The New Bowling Green is the perfect spot for visitors and is fast becoming a favourite with locals.

The Holly Bush

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 Location Gorcott Hill, Nr. Redditch, B98 9EN t: 0844 502 3307 w: www.thehollybushgorcotthill.co.uk e: hello@thehollybushgorcotthill.co.uk

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Located just off the A435, The Holly Bush can be found in the peaceful Hamlet of Gorcott Hill. This traditional British pub is family-friendly and offers a laid-back atmosphere that’s ideal for casual drinking and dining. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a friendly member of staff and welcomed into the spacious bar area, which is also dog-friendly, or the comfortable dining room. On warmer days, you might even choose to take a seat outside in the beautiful beer garden and terrace area.

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The bar is remarkably well-stocked with a variety of spirits, wine and beer. For ale-drinkers, there’s also The Holly Bush’s own ale and a selection of regularly changing guest ales.

Open: Tues-Sat noon-late; Pair your tipple with a tasty snack – why not share some courgette fritters Sun noon-8pm or garlic pizza dough sticks? If you’re looking for something more filling, opt Food Served: Tues-Fri for local Aubrey Allen sausages noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm; with creamy mash and gravy, or Sat noon-9pm; try the vegetarian quinoa burger Sun noon-6.30pm with crispy kale fritters. Other pub classics range from juicy steaks and homemade pie of the day, to beer-battered fish and chips and succulent braised ox cheek. The Holly Bush is the ideal spot for private dining, whether it’s a family gathering or a business meal. Relax and chat as you choose from one of the various set party menus. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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The Nevill Arms

 Location New End, The Ridgeway, Astwood Bank, B96 6NB t: 0844 502 2492 w: www.thenevillarms.co.uk An independently owned village pub, The Nevill Arms boasts a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere and the friendly team is eager to welcome guests, whether you’re popping by for a post-work pint or enjoying a three-course meal.

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Begin your visit with a trip to the bar. There’s a fantastic selection of local beer, wine and real ale on offer. The menu at The Nevill Arms caters for everyone and there are dedicated vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free lists available. Mains range from slow-cooked pork belly with apple sautéed potatoes to smoked three-bean chilli, flavoursome Mediterranean chicken and an indulgent mixed grill. Made from locally sourced ingredients, these delicious dishes are bound to satisfy any palate. Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel

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 Location 27-29 Crompton Street, Warwick, CV34 6HJ t: 0844 502 2940 w: www.4pennyhotel.co.uk e: hello@4pennyhotel.co.uk

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This independently run hotel is located just a ten-minute walk from the heart of Warwick and a short drive from Stratford-upon-Avon. The team at The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel puts their guests at the heart of what they do, and their attention to detail has even won them a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Inside, you’ll find a welcoming dining area, as well as a series of beautiful rooms, each one tastefully decorated to emphasise the history of the building while also providing all the necessary creature comforts.

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Its location also makes The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel popular with parents visiting students at the University of Warwick. Why not fuel a day of sightseeing with a scrumptious lunch? Or perhaps you’ll enjoy a tasty dinner following your day out. The menu changes regularly but you’re always guaranteed a varied selection and with The Fourpenny Pub downstairs you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. Begin with a spiced lamb Food Served: Mon-Thurs and mint flatbread, followed by a noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; chargrilled sirloin steak. Or try a Fri & Sat noon-3pm, charcuterie sharing board to start, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-8pm before moving on to a main of juicy, pan-fried duck breast. For vegetarians, the selection includes hearty wild mushroom Stroganoff and mushroom, lentil and walnut ragu with delicate tagliatelle and Parmesan shavings. Whatever your palate, the food here is bound to leave you feeling satisfied.

The Antelope Inn – Lighthorne

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 Location The Green, Lighthorne, CV35 0BX t: 0844 502 2925 w: www.theantelope-inn.com e: antelope.lighthorne@gmail.com

SE Situated in the idyllic village of Lighthorne, The Antelope offers the fine gastronomy of an inner-city restaurant, with the charm, warmth and cosiness of a traditional English village pub. £20 to As a relaxed prelude to our meal, we soaked up the laid-back atmosphere £32 of the intimate bar area with a crackling log fire and cosy chairs, before settling in the restaurant to peruse the menu. Comprising both Western and Eastern flavours with a healthy selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, the menu truly spoiled us for choice. To start, the chicken yakitori Open: Mon-Thurs kebabs were packed with Asian sweetness and tang, accompanied by fresh, noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; crisp slaw. My partner opted for crispy breaded whitebait with tartare Fri & Sat noon-late; sauce, and we both eagerly awaited our mains. Sun noon-11pm I was unable to resist the classic 8oz beefburger, which towered high with Food Served: Mon-Thurs extra bacon and melted mature noon-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm; Cheddar cheese. My partner’s Fri & Sat noon-9pm; more rustic choice of pheasant Sun noon-8pm breast was cooked to perfection and accompanied by pheasant in blankets, fondant potatoes and a delicious root vegetable ragú. We topped off our meal with homemade classics of sticky toffee pudding and baked cheesecake. For friendly, prompt and overall exceptional service, The Antelope is the perfect place to dine for both lunch and dinner, and the Sunday lunch is a firm favourite for both locals and those from further afield. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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The Pheasant  Location Main Street, Withybrook, CV7 9LT t: 0844 625 1945 w: www.thepheasanteatinghouse.com e: thepheasant01@hotmail.com

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A warm welcome awaits at this 17th-century inn, idyllically situated beside a babbling brook in the village of Withybrook. The Pheasant is a popular free house; cosy and full of character with rustic beams and an inglenook fireplace. The family-owned restaurant serves delicious homemade dishes alongside hand-picked wines that complement the enticing menu. The team prides itself on its friendly and efficient service that only adds to the restaurant’s relaxed ambience.

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‘...serves delicious homemade dishes...’

Open: Tues-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-8.30pm (last orders)

The chalkboard highlights a fantastic range of daily specials, which complement a wealth of staples that range from locally sourced steaks and fish dishes to traditional homemade comforts such as slow-cooked lamb shank, and chicken and mushroom pie. Each meal is accompanied by a choice of potatoes, ensuring that there’s something to suit every palate.

A lovely patio area adjacent to the brook is perfect for a leisurely lunch on a hot summer’s day, or a thirst-quenching pint of real ale after a ramble in the beautiful countryside. Throughout the year, The Pheasant brings people together thanks to top-quality British food, a great range of drinks and an inviting atmosphere. Traditional

The White Hart Inn – Ufton

 Location White Hart Lane, Ufton, CV33 9PJ t: 0844 502 2970 w: www.thewhitehartufton.co.uk e: info@thewhitehartufton.co.uk

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Situated in the pretty village of Ufton, The White Hart Inn is a family-run establishment that prides itself on its great food and exceptional service. The pub pairs an authentic country pub ambience with modern style and comfort – think warming log fires and comfy seating creating a laid-back atmosphere.

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My companion and I pored over the varied choices on the à la carte as well as the daily specials menu. The starters, ranging from Stilton and garlic Portobello mushrooms and panko-crusted Somerset Brie to pan-fried scallops with crispy bacon and pea purée, were enough to start us on our way to an exceptional meal. The choice of mains boasts something for all tastes, from the tempting pie of the day and the signature burger, to the homemade salmon and crab fishcakes. We were not disappointed – our dishes were perfectly executed and well proportioned. A selection of light bites, fixed-price options, and children’s dishes make Open: up the rest of the varied and Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; reasonably priced menu, along Sun 11.30am-7pm with a drinks menu featuring an extensive selection of wine and gin. The team takes great pride in providing a dog-friendly area complete with water bowls and treats, and the pub also boasts a pleasant garden with commanding views over the countryside – perfect for warm, sunny days. Our evening at The White Hart was one to remember. Delighted with both the impeccable food and service, we’re already looking forward to our return. 36

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The Howard Arms

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 Location Lower Green, Ilmington, CV36 4LT t: 0844 502 3329 w: www.howardarms.com e: info@howardarms.com

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Tucked away in the peaceful village of Ilmington, The Howard Arms is located just off the beaten tourist track, about 20 minutes’ drive from Stratford-upon-Avon. Those in the know are quick to praise the great food and excellent service found here and every guest – whether two-legged or four-legged – is guaranteed a hearty welcome.

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Having recently been refurbished, the pub’s interior is a fusion of old and new, with restored antique furniture, traditional flagstone flooring and a crackling log-burning fire paying homage to the pub’s Elizabethan roots. Behind the bar you’ll find a fantastic range of wine, spirits, beer and real ale. With its authentic interior and picturesque setting on the edge of the village green, it’s easy to picture Shakespeare himself enjoying a pint or two at this cosy pub. To eat or not to eat? That is certainly not the question among visitors to The Howard Arms as the menus offer an unmissable range of tempting dishes. Why not begin by splitting a sharer? The baked Camembert with red onion chutney and crusty bread is mouth-wateringly gooey and the breaded whitebait is a firm favourite. Alternatively, order your own starter of classic ham hock terrine, smoked haddock chowder or a sumptuous shallot tarte Tatin. For your main meal, opt for one of The Howard’s classics. The ale-battered haddock, chips and peas is a safe bet for guests of all ages and the hamburger topped with bacon, mature Cheddar and tomato relish is a feast of flavours. If you’d like something more luxurious, sample the Loomswood Farm roast duck. Served with crushed potatoes, celeriac, rainbow carrots and hazelnuts, the meat is cooked to perfection. For many, the sirloin steak is the one to beat, while vegetarians rave about the pine nut-crusted goat’s cheese. For guests dining at lunchtime, there’s an offering of salads as well as an array of sandwiches, including a goat’s cheese and Mediterranean vegetable sandwich and a classic honey-glazed ham option. Conclude your meal by perusing The Howard Arms’ luxurious desserts; expect tasty classics such as sticky toffee pudding, apple and plum crumble, and crème brûlée.

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Black Boy  Location Warwick Road, Knowle, B93 0EB t: 0844 502 6976 w: www.theblackboyknowle.co.uk

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The Black Boy public house has been independently owned by the Rigby family since 1993. Only minutes from the NEC and the village of Knowle, its great location next to the Grand Union Canal offers diners a unique opportunity to relax in the expansive garden and admire canal life while enjoying wholesome food.

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From the hearty, traditional British menu why not share the baked Camembert to start before moving on to freshly caught and daily delivered catch of the day? Steaks are also a popular option here. Reasonably priced cuts of sirloin, fillet and 24oz rump steak are served with a choice of potatoes and mushrooms, onion rings, grilled tomato and peas. There is also a varied gluten-free menu and an enticing range of desserts such as four-layer chocolate fudge cake and gluten-free cheesecake.

Homemade main courses start at just £8.45, making the Black Boy a pocket-friendly option. They have the capacity to cater for large groups, and its secure outdoor play area and private mooring attract families, canal folk, cyclists and walkers alike, making it an ideal place to while away an afternoon or two. Traditional

The Boat Inn  Location Birdingbury Wharf, Rugby Road, Birdingbury, CV23 8HQ t: 0844 502 6918 w: www.boatinnbirdingbury.co.uk e: info@boatinnbirdingbury.co.uk The Boat Inn is a canalside pub and restaurant that offers so much more. This popular pub proves a hit with all who visit thanks to a winning combination of delicious food, excellent drink and a guaranteed warm welcome. Head chef Matthew Barnes has worked tirelessly to produce a wonderful dining menu offering everything from traditional pub fare to delightful contemporary dishes. The menus change seasonally to make the most of local produce, while the specials not only satisfy Matt’s quest for the perfect dish but are also a gift for any customer who appreciates excellent, superbly presented food.

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In addition to the restaurant, you’ll find canalside dining, a children’s play area in the rear garden and a fish pond for those who like to sit and take in the scenery. A rustic barn with a large covered decking area and three TVs with Sky Sports, BT Sport and other live TV Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm events is perfect in summer and is available for private hire. Well-behaved dogs on leads are also more than welcome to visit. Visit the website for news on all the events and festivals to come, as well as to make reservations and check out the menus and loyalty reward scheme. It’s no wonder The Boat Inn won Best Pub in the Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2017, Best Roast Dinner in the Midlands by Unilever in 2017, and Best Pub in Rugby by Lux Life Magazine for 2018 and 2019. 38

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The Rose Inn

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 Location Main Road, Baxterley, CV9 2LE t: 0844 502 0025 w: www.roseinnbaxterley.co.uk e: info@roseinnbaxterley.co.uk

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The Rose Inn is a traditional English pub situated in the picturesque village of Baxterley in beautiful rural North Warwickshire, and boasts stunning views over Leicestershire and Birmingham from every vantage point.

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The Rose Inn is an ideal spot for walkers and those with dogs at any time of year thanks to the large beer garden, which overlooks the village pond. However, if the British weather has let you down, the cosy open coal fire will warm your cockles. The vast selection of cask ales, combined with the traditional pub food, offers the perfect solution after a long walk in the British countryside. The well-kept cask ales make a regular appearance in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. The extensive menu makes use of local produce and includes pub classics such as beer-battered fish and chips and a large steak and ale pie, guaranteeing something for everyone. Alternatively, look to the grill Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; section of the menu for a range of Sun noon-10.30pm steaks and burgers accompanied by the chef’s delicious sauces. The Rose Inn’s Sunday carvery shouldn’t be missed – it ticks every box for a traditional roast with all the trimmings, and is very well priced. Whether you pop in for a pint or to indulge in a three-course meal, you won’t be disappointed.

The Swan Hotel

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 Location Banbury Street, Kineton, CV35 0JS t: 0844 625 2665 w: www.swanhotelandpub.co.uk e: hello@theswankineton.co.uk

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The Swan Hotel is situated in a prime spot in the rural village of Kineton. Dating back to 1668, The Swan has stood at the heart of the village in many incarnations, from a commercial coaching inn to a petty sessions court. Today, it is a traditional countryside hub where guests go to sit back and relax.

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An open log fire makes the pub extremely inviting in the winter and the large beer garden and patio is perfect on a summer’s evening. The Swan Hotel is a favourite with locals thanks to its delicious food and friendly staff. No matter what night of the week you visit, there’s always a bustling atmosphere, reflecting the charming community vibe. The menu boasts a variety of home-cooked dishes, from minted lamb shank to the popular double butcher’s burger as well as fine pub classics such as fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and sausage and mash. Visit on a Sunday and sample the set menu, which includes a flavoursome roast. The Swan has gained a reputation in the village Food Served: as a top foodie pub, so it’s definitely Mon-Sat noon-3pm, worth a visit. Whether you stay for 5pm-10pm; Sun noon-5pm a few nights, or just pop in for a pint of guest craft ale or a glass of wine from the extensive list, you’ll be well looked after at The Swan Hotel. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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The Bell Inn  Location Binton Road, Welford-on-Avon, CV37 8EB t: 0844 502 7726 w: www.thebellwelford.co.uk e: info@thebellwelford.co.uk

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The Bell Inn boasts a roaring log fire, a varied menu to suit all tastes, and a bar stocked with plenty of local real ale and cider. A very comprehensive wine list features approximately 16 varieties available by the glass including Champagne and Prosecco. As well as being named Warwickshire Dining Pub of the Year 2018 in The Good Pub Guide’s County Dining Awards, this snug inn is also recommended by Michelin, Sawday’s and AA, and is renowned locally, not just for its friendly welcome and fine refreshments, but as the place where Shakespeare famously met with Ben Jonson. Today you’ll find it manned by friendly, dedicated staff – Colin and Teresa have run the inn for over 20 years and many members of staff are long-serving hands.

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The main menu provides plenty of choice alongside the specials. We began our lunchtime meal by tucking into scallops St Jacques and chicken goujons with a spicy dip. These were followed by a hearty steak and ale pie for me, and delicate parcels of salmon in filo pastry for my companion. Other delights include fresh beer-battered haddock with crushed minted peas and chips, and an impressive mixed grill comprising Lashford sausages, gammon, sirloin steak, black pudding, grilled tomato and red wine jus. Deciding that we’d make a relaxing afternoon of it, dessert was definitely on the cards. We decided to sample a delicious lemon tart with clotted cream ice cream, but the signature sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream looked great and was a very tempting option. Colin sources ingredients as locally as possible, supporting local businesses and farms. Should you wish to know where your meal has come from, you’ll find a list of suppliers on the menu. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, a fantastic roast is served all day and comes with fresh seasonal vegetables and all the trimmings. The Bell Inn celebrates many occasions such as Burns Night, complete with bagpipes and poetry readings. Indeed, with its log burner, wooden beams and 17th-century charm, it’s easy to imagine William Shakespeare pulling up a pew to enjoy some poetry recitals.

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The George Townhouse

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 Location 8 High Street, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 4AJ t: 0844 625 2127 w: www.thegeorgeshipston.co.uk e: book@thegeorgeshipston.co.uk

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The George Townhouse has proudly stood at the heart of its community in Shipston-on-Stour for many years. All three stories of the beautiful 18th-century building boast stylish and well-appointed rooms, including the 15 en-suite bedrooms. Awarded five AA stars, the guest accommodation at The George Townhouse provides a modern and sophisticated experience with splendid decor and plenty of contemporary amenities. It’s luxury in its simplest form that makes for the most comfortable of stays. Locally renowned for its fantastic food offering, The George Townhouse is a firm favourite with families, couples, locals, and visitors alike. Head chef Matthew Hiscoe sources the best of local produce wherever possible and focuses on crafting unpretentious dishes with modern flair. You may wish to start with the salt and pepper squid with rocket, aioli and lemon, the pork and apple panko croquettes with sweetcorn salsa and garlic mayo, or the tandoori chicken skewers with tzatziki dip and tomato, onion and cucumber salad. Many of the starters are perfect for sharing, so why not order a few for the table? Just make sure you save room for the main course – portions are generous and there are so many delightful options to choose from. We would recommend the breast of Gressingham duck with roasted salsify, sautéed Brussels sprouts and orange sauce. Seafood-lovers will savour the salmon and herb fishcake with pea purée, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce, and bacon-crusted cod with rosemary and garlic potatoes, wilted spinach and white butter sauce. The roasted shallot and Brie tarte Tatin with rocket, pear, and walnut salad and horseradish dressing is packed with flavour and suitable for vegetarians. For dessert, it doesn’t get much better than The George Townhouse’s warm treacle tart with Cornish clotted cream, and the wonderful local farmhouse cheese plate. To accompany your meal, a wide variety of drinks include Brakspear Bitter, Brakspear Oxford Gold and the local favourite, Cotswold Distillery gin, which is served with Double Dutch tonic and a slice of grapefruit over plenty of ice. This tipple is perfect in summer and is best enjoyed al fresco in the lovely terrace garden.

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Hoar Park Restaurant

 Location Ansley, Nr. Nuneaton, CV10 0QU t: 0844 502 2915 w: www.hoar-park.co.uk e: info@hoar-park.co.uk A pleasant drive through the North Warwickshire countryside takes you to the beautiful green Hoar Park Craft Village. After exploring the shops, a trip to the charming restaurant is the ideal way to relax. My friend and I entered the conservatory and took in the stunning views around us, perusing the menu of English classics. The breakfast menu offered a generous selection of favourites, as well as a great vegan option for my friend, which was as tasty as it was filling. I opted for the chicken and mushroom pie served with mash, peas and a generous helping of gravy. As for dessert, there’s a generous selection of homemade treats on offer, including coffee and walnut cake, pastries and scones. These can also be ordered as part of the afternoon tea. I chose the lemon drizzle cake – the perfect balance of zesty and sweet flavours. *Price represents the cost of two courses for Sunday lunch.

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The Manor House

 Location Coventry Road, Fillongley, CV7 8ET t: 0843 153 0401 e: stuart@themanorhousefillongley.co.uk NW As its name suggests, this charming pub was a manor house until the turn of the century, and part of it dates back to the 1600s. Run by husband-and-wife team Stuart and Julie Gray, The Manor House is a popular haunt with locals and visitors £14 to the area alike – not to mention the supposed resident ghosts, the property’s 1911 to inhabitants. Stuart says: ‘I’ve not seen them myself, and I don’t expect to – but I’ve £18 certainly seen plenty of spirits behind the bar’. Those embarking on the nearby circular six-mile walk will be glad to retire to the cosy surroundings of The Manor House to enjoy some hearty, home-cooked traditional fare washed down with a pint of well-kept ale. Visit on a Sunday for the ever-popular Sunday roast. The Manor House is popular all year round, but especially during the summer, when the garden is filled with local families and groups of friends enjoying the sunshine – there’s even a play area for the little ones. The pub also hosts a day-long music event every summer. Open: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-11pm; Fri 9.30am-late; Sat 9am-late; Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Mon-Fri 9.30am-3pm; Sat 9am-1pm; Sun noon-5pm Traditional

The Hare & Hounds

 Location Watery Lane, Keresley, CV7 8JA t: 0844 502 2924 w: www.hareandhounds.co.uk e: contact@hareandhounds.co.uk The village of Keresley, just outside Coventry, is home to The Hare & Hounds, a traditional English pub offering an impressive range of real ale and a menu of good, wholesome pub grub. Having recently undergone refurbishment, The Hare & Hounds boasts a comfortable and relaxed dining area as well as new menus and a revised specials list. As a family-friendly pub, The Hare & Hounds goes the extra mile. There’s a free children’s meal available during school holidays with each adult meal, and every dish is made fresh to order – from the hunter’s chicken to the Thai veggie burger. The Sunday lunch menu lists a choice of roasted meats alongside fresh seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and unlimited gravy. This wonderful establishment also boasts a children’s play area and a function room available for weddings, funerals, birthdays and celebrations.

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The Townhouse

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 Location 16 Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB t: 0844 625 2016 w: www.stratfordtownhouse.co.uk e: book@stratfordtownhouse.co.uk

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With historic charm in abundance, Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful market town famed for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. At the heart of the olde-worlde town, just a five-minute walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, you’ll find The Townhouse. This 400-year-old, Grade II listed building is home to fantastic British fare, comfy bed and breakfast accommodation and a well-stocked bar.

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Those staying the night or stopping by for a morning coffee will delight in the comprehensive breakfast menu, which features eggs Florentine, Royale, and Benedict and a fantastic full English, as well as a vegetarian full English and smashed avocado with quinoa, tomatoes and poached eggs.

‘...unique and luxurious...’

The main menu comprises starters such as thyme-marinated beetroot with whipped goat’s cheese, orange-poached pear and candied walnuts, and comforting mains like butternut squash risotto with goat’s cheese, crispy sage and toasted pine nuts. Perhaps you’ll opt for the seared scallops, served alongside crispy cod cheek scampi, smoked bacon jam and black pudding, followed by the flavoursome lemon and garlic chicken with chickpea purée, chorizo, and grilled courgette. Even the sandwiches here are packed with flavour and provide the perfect lunchtime treat. Choose from a range of fillings including fish fingers with tartare sauce, roast beef with horseradish mayo, and grilled halloumi with pesto and Mediterranean vegetables. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes on the varied menu, and those with food allergies are catered for. Desserts at The Townhouse are a must – there’s a tempting selection of favourites on offer. Try the warm treacle tart with Cornish clotted cream, the delectable apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream, or the warm Belgian chocolate brownie with toffee popcorn ice cream – you won’t be disappointed. With fantastic dining, top-notch service and an abundance of drinks to choose from, including a varied gin selection and an extensive cocktail list, there’s no shortage of reasons to visit The Townhouse. If you would like to stay and explore Stratford-upon-Avon, and discover its rich history, why not book yourself in for an overnight stay in one of the 12 boutique guest bedrooms? Each of these rooms is unique and luxurious, with a lovely en-suite bathroom, a Nespresso coffee machine, and blackout blinds for a well-deserved lie-in.

Open: Mon-Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri 8am-11am, noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 8am-11am, noon-10pm; Sun 8am-11am, noon-8pm

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Traditional

The Horse & Jockey  Location Coleshill Road, Bentley, CV9 2HL t: 0844 502 2374 w: www.thejockeybentley.co.uk

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The Horse & Jockey has been welcoming guests for more than two centuries and has become a cornerstone of its local community. Boasting a beautiful beer garden and a selection of award-winning real ales, the pub attracts locals and visitors alike – there’s even a caravan site for those wishing to camp in the area. Diners at The Horse & Jockey admire the beautiful restaurant, housed inside a cosy and tastefully restored barn.

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Open: Mon-Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-8.30pm Food Served: Tues-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-4pm

Begin your meal with a tasty starter, bound to whet your appetite. Sample the soup of the day or opt for a traditional prawn cocktail. The vegetable samosa, served with mango chutney, is a tasty vegetarian choice too. When choosing a main you’ll be spoilt for choice by the variety of hearty meals and light snacks on offer. At lunchtime, choose the classic ploughman’s board, build your own burger with your choice of patty and toppings, or order one of the freshly made sandwiches – the Brie, bacon and cranberry option is especially popular.

If you’re after something more filling, why not opt for your favourite cut of juicy steak? Or perhaps you’ll sample the traditional British pie of the day with peas and mash. Finish off with a slice of indulgent banoffee pie, or a selection of cheese and biscuits.

Traditional

The Dog & Doublet Inn  Location Dog Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B76 9JD t: 0844 502 2931 Set along the picturesque Birmingham and Fazely canal, this traditional British pub is full of character and charm. Step inside and you’ll discover woodpanelled walls, open fires and a friendly crowd of locals. As a family-friendly and dog-friendly venue, this pub welcomes guests of all ages and there’s even an outdoor play area.

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Begin by ordering a pint of real ale – choose from the likes of Greene King Abbot Ale, Old Speckled Hen and Wainwright Blond Ale. Next, check out the food – the chefs are well known for their generous portions of hearty, homecooked fare. There’s a regularly changing selection of specials, as well as the usual menu of pub classics and you’ll find something for every palate. The steak and ale pie comes highly recommended and is packed full of juicy steak, while the gammon steak with egg and pineapple is a consistent favourite. If you’re a spice-lover, there are several curries to choose from – opt for a hot chicken balti or a rich tikka masala. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten at The Dog & Doublet and dishes such as creamy vegetable lasagne and broccoli and cheese bake provide tasty and satisfying meals. Round off your visit with one of the pub’s tempting desserts. Treat yourself to an indulgent chocolate fudge cake or try the mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding. Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-8pm

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The Royal Oak

Traditional

 Location Station Road, Brandon, CV8 3HR t: 0844 502 6870 w: www.theroyaloakbrandon.co.uk e: info@theroyaloakbrandon.com

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Located in the small village of Brandon, The Royal Oak is a lovely country eatery that offers a one-of-a-kind spot for drinking and dining, easily accessible from Coventry, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and other surrounding areas. The Royal Oak’s atmosphere owes much of its charm to its rustic look, which is enhanced by an open fire that roars under a collection of traditional old beams, as well as original cask barrels and even an indoor water well. The owners of this well-established venue have had a hand in highly successful pubs, restaurants and hotels for over 50 years now, while the experienced front-of-house team extends a warm welcome to all. They invite you to enjoy a variety of English cuisine – from light bites to hearty, traditional fare. As a member of SIBA, The Royal Oak also boasts the support of local brewers and serves a great range of drinks. While you enjoy your tipple at the bar, you can also take full advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-2.45pm, 6pm-9.45pm; Fri & Sat noon-9.45pm; Sun noon-9pm

So, whether it’s coffee and cake with friends in the coffee lounge, a fantastic two-for-one lunch or dinner offer, or a full evening meal, The Royal Oak can cater for parties of all sizes. This is surely the place to come to enjoy some good food or a relaxing drink.

The Falcon

Traditional

 Location Warwick Road, Warmington, OX17 1JJ t: 0844 502 6540 w: www.falconatwarmington.co.uk e: falcon@brunningandprice.co.uk

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Named for the falcon’s symbolic affinity with success, The Falcon at Warmington began life as a phoenix. Rising from the ashes of the fire that decimated The Wobbly Wheel in September 2013, the team behind The Falcon made spectacular use of the opportunity to develop a contemporary yet cosy space – bringing traditional pub ideals to a 21st-century venue.

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The menu also makes use of these values – you’ll find a great range of traditional pub classics including straight-from-the-grill burgers, steaks, and pork sausages alongside exciting contemporary dishes such as seared venison rump with truffle potato terrine. No matter what you choose, you can be certain it will be delicious. On top of all this, you’ll find a range of menus encompassing children’s meals and lighter bites, with honey-roast ham, crispy chicken goujons, and pasta all freshly prepared to keep little ones happy. There is a great garden to the rear of the pub, where children can Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; play and flowers bloom through Sun 11.30am-10.30pm spring and summer. The Falcon is Food Served: Mon-Sat perfectly situated to provide a spot noon-10pm; Sun noon-9.30pm of relaxation following a day out at one of the many local attractions, from the magnificent regality of Broughton Castle, to the spectacular walks of Burton Dassett Hill Country Park. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Traditional

The Physician  Location Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3DH t: 0844 625 2035 w: www.thephysician.co.uk e: physician@brunningandprice.co.uk

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Oozing historic charm, the stunning building that is now home to The Physician once housed the vast Sampson Gamgee Library for the History of Medicine, hence the pub’s name. Thanks to high ceilings and large sash windows, light floods the bar area and the beautiful garden room that overlooks the spacious terrace. Smaller rooms afford diners a feeling of intimacy, while open fires ensure that diners feel cosy throughout the winter. Afternoon tea is served between noon and 5pm every Monday to Saturday. The pub is dog-friendly so it’s the perfect place to sate your appetite after a stroll with your four-legged companion. At the heart of the building is a large bar constructed from reclaimed wood. Here you’ll find eight local cask ales and ciders, an extensive wine list with over 50 varieties, and an array of spirits.

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The food at The Physician is second-to-none, and an abundance of unique and enticing choices are listed on the daily menu. Start with the likes of pan-fried scallops with cauliflower purée, roasted pancetta and cauliflower crisps, or a traditional favourite such as chicken liver pâté with carrot and apricot chutney and granary toast. Smoked haddock fishcake topped with a soft poached egg and chive and caper sauce is the perfect lunchtime treat, while tempting mains such as braised shoulder of lamb provide sustenance and tantalise the palate. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, and the friendly team is always on-hand to offer advice. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm

Indian

Anju’s  Location Park Hall Hotel & Spa, Park Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV4 5AJ t: 0844 502 2914 w: www.ramadaparkhall.co.uk e: reception@ramadawolverhampton.com

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Food Served: Mon-Sun 6.30pm-9.30pm

Situated in the Grade II listed Park Hall Hotel & Spa, Anju’s specialises in modern Indian cuisine. Its location just outside Wolverhampton makes this hotel the perfect pit-stop for those on their way to the city, or those wishing to escape for the weekend. Inside the restaurant you’ll find a chic interior with touches of traditional Indian style, and a friendly team (chef profile page 54) waiting to greet you. The menu at Anju’s aims to accommodate as many dietary requirements as possible and the food is crafted from locally sourced ingredients, expertly combined to create exciting and delicious dishes. Indian classics such as mild chicken korma, spicy lamb jalfrezi, and rich tikka masala are served alongside more innovative and unusual dishes. If you’re seeking something different, the chef’s narangi bathak – succulent duck breast in a special onion and orange sauce – is bound to satisfy, and the onion- and mango-stuffed gourd makes for a mouth-watering

vegetarian main. The huge selection of mains is followed by an equally impressive array of desserts. For a traditional Indian sweet, opt for the creamy kesari kheer – long grain basmati rice simmered in milk and saffron – or try the classic Indian carrot cake gajar ka halwa. Alternatively, the gajar halwa Bakewell tart offers a creative fusion of Indian and British cuisine. 46

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Rilys

Indian

 Location 1b The Quadrant, Alcester Street, Redditch, B98 8AE t: 0844 502 2948 w: www.rilysredditch.co.uk e: admin@rilysredditch.co.uk

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Set in the heart of Redditch, Rilys is located just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Palace Theatre. Having opened in 2007, this restaurant has cultivated an outstanding reputation for its exquisite, authentic Indian food and in 2011 the team claimed the title of Best in Midlands at the British Curry Awards. Its setting also makes Rilys the perfect spot for a pre-show meal with friends or family.

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Inside, you’ll find a beautiful, stylish interior that creates a spacious but welcoming feel. Wait to be seated by a member of the restaurant’s friendly staff and begin by ordering a drink – perhaps a chilled pint of beer or a hearty red wine. There are several menus available at Rilys, perfect for a variety of occasions. The cuisine is a mixture of classical and contemporary Indian cooking and there’s something for every palate, whether you like hot and spicy dishes or creamy, satisfying curries. The à la carte menu offers a fantastic variety of plates – this is a great choice for those wishing to experiment with a combination of new dishes and familiar favourites. Begin with a traditional onion bhaji or vegetable samosa, order the tetul mix special – tender chicken and lamb cooked with crunchy green peppers and onions in tangy tamarind – or share the mixed grill with your party. For your main, why not opt for something adventurous? The Goan chicken is a rich dish made with the chef’s own blend of spices and coconut milk, and the dhansak is a mouth-watering sweet and sour dish with lentils, pineapple and your choice of lamb or chicken. Alternatively, choose the likes of a traditional lamb rogan josh or spicy vegetable biryani. Guests celebrating a special occasion often opt for the banquet menu – with special events taking place on holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, Rilys is the ideal place in which to enjoy a meal out with loved ones. Enjoy either two or three courses and choose from tempting selections such as garlic chilli chicken and paneer tikka and saag. For those having a night in, there’s the takeaway menu, which lists all the traditional classics along with seafood specials and delicious vegetarian plates.

Open: Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat 5.30pm-midnight; Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm

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Shababs

Indian

 Location 163-165 Ladypool Road, Balti Triangle, Birmingham, B12 8LQ t: 0844 502 7102 w: www.shababs.co.uk e: shababsbirmingham@gmail.com

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If you’re in search of a delicious and authentic Indian meal, look no further than Shababs. Occupying a prime spot on Birmingham’s famous Balti Triangle this restaurant has a well-earned reputation for offering a first-class dining experience. Past visitors to Shababs include the Hairy Bikers, David Myers and Sid King – why not pop along for yourself and see why Shababs is so popular?

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‘...a first-class dining experience...’ The interior is decorated in shades of purple and gold, and is both spacious and cosy, while showcasing all of the charm of Indian culture. The restaurant is suited to host large parties as well as those in the market for an intimate meal.

‘...showcasing all of the charm of Indian culture...’ Diners are spoilt for choice with the menu, though friendly owner Zaf is only too happy to recommend exciting flavour combinations to suit your taste and appetite. Perhaps begin with the house mixed grill, which can be adapted to suit a large group or an individual. For the main course, Shababs offers intriguing versions of popular classics, like the balti chicken tikka masala keema jalfrezi, and the lamb tikka masala bhuna. Seafood-fans delight in the likes of the balti king prawn and mushroom dish, while vegetarians are catered for with a vast range of options including aloo and pea paneer, balti egg and spinach, the vegetable jalfrezi and the veg-filled dopiaza. Traditional accompaniments like sundries and rice are freshly made on-site and provide the perfect side dish. Finish your meal in style with a chocolate torte or strawberry cheesecake, or with an authentic Indian dessert like sticky gulab jaman or pistachio barfi. The restaurant is not licensed to serve alcohol, but diners are more than welcome to bring a tipple with them. With excellent fare, lovely surrounds and service with a smile, Shababs ticks every box. Walk-ins are welcome at Shababs, though as the restaurant is rather popular it’s always worth calling ahead. *Price range represents the cost of a two-course meal.

Open: Sun-Thurs noon-3am; Fri & Sat noon-5am

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Thai Kitchen

Thai

 Location 1-2 Millar Court, 43 Station Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1JD t: 0844 502 7717 w: www.thaikitchenkenilworth.co.uk e: booking@thakitchen.co.uk Nestled on Station Road in the centre of Kenilworth, Thai Kitchen is revered by locals and visitors alike for its wonderful dining experience. Attractive, minimal decor greets you as you prepare to be whisked into the taste paradise of Thai cuisine at its best. Service is efficient, with waiting times just long enough to enjoy a basket of melt-in-the-mouth prawn crackers, and short enough to avoid food envy when mouth-watering dishes are being served around you.

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Thai Kitchen’s popular mixed starter is an undeniable favourite comprising spring rolls, fishcakes, prawn toast, chicken wings and satay chicken bites, accompanied by a tray of dainty dipping sauces. For the main event, the array of Thai classics and experimental alternatives makes it tough to pick just one. The massaman lamb shank cooked in creamy coconut and roasted pumpkin is a feast for the senses, as is the pla Open: Mon-Sun 11am-2.30pm, choo chee. This sublime fillet of sea 5pm-11pm bass is cooked to perfection in a (last orders 10.30pm) flavoursome infusion of kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. The coconut pancakes and banana fritters are worth saving room for and are a sweet and gentle way to finish a unique and exciting meal. If you’re looking for a restaurant with both style and substance, Thai Kitchen will not disappoint.

Pan Asian

Street  Location 24-26 Earlsdon Street, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6EJ t: 0844 502 6928 w: www.streetrestaurant.co.uk e: info@streetrestaurant.co.uk

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Since opening in the summer of 2015, Street has confidently made its mark on the rapidly developing Earlsdon food scene, serving up a menu of Asian-inspired street food. The menu features many classic South East Asian teppanyaki, ramen, and curry dishes such as the braised beef massaman – marinated slow-braised brisket of beef in a mildly spiced, tangy Thai curry flavoured with peanuts, tamarind and coconut cream. However, the menu also includes other favourites that are given an inventive Street twist, such as the Asian-inspired Sunday roast sharing board which also proves to be great value.

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If decisiveness is a challenge for you, Street’s range of sharing little plates offer a fantastic way of sampling several dishes in one sitting. Sumptuous servings of spicy Korean fried chicken, tempura cauliflower and burnt end barbecue brisket, to name just a few, are sure to please. The menu also offers Open: plenty of vegetarian options, along with stand-alone vegan and gluten-free Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm; menus, so you can be certain that Fri-Sun noon-10pm there’s something for everyone. Finally, to complement the fantastic bill of fare, the team has put together a decidedly world-class menu of homemade juices and shakes, imported beers and Asian-inspired cocktails. The community ethos at Street – well-matched with its Asian street-food vibe – is such that the team has dedicated 50 per cent of the restaurant’s capacity to walk-in custom, preferring guests to turn up, take a seat and appreciate this little hub’s fantastic food. 50

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China Red

Chinese

 Location 58 Hertford Street, Coventry, CV1 1LB t: 0844 502 7079 w: www.chinared-coventry.co.uk e: info@chinared-coventry.com For top-notch Chinese cuisine in the heart of Coventry, look no further than China Red. The menu showcases a medley of dishes, from age-old favourites like dim sum to intriguing house specials, all of which are made to order by the skilled chefs. Particularly popular options include duck in oyster sauce, Thai red curry, spicy Szechuan-style dishes, and the selection of warming hotpots. An all-you-can-eat banquet menu is available every day of the week; priced at a very affordable £17, it’s the perfect choice for those looking for variety. Rather than being presented with a buffet, diners are invited to peruse the lengthy menu before ordering their dishes to be freshly made and delivered to the table while piping hot. The menu also offers plenty of choice for those with special dietary requirements. The excellent food is enhanced by faultless service. The team is hospitable and friendly, and also knowledgeable about the menu, so will happily recommend a dish to suit your tastes.

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Restaurant Open: Sun-Thurs noon-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm Karaoke Lounge Open: Mon-Sun 6pm-late (reservation required)

After enjoying a wonderful meal here, why not continue your evening with a visit to the stylish karaoke lounge? It can also be hired for special events like weddings and birthday parties. *Price represents the cost of the all-you-can-eat menu.

Sans

Chinese

 Location 71a High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AT t: 0844 502 7023 w: www.sansrestaurants.co.uk e: sansrestaurants@gmail.com

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If you’re a fan of Chinese food, you’re sure to love Sans. Established in 2006, it’s a top choice for Chinese and pan-Asian dining in the medieval market town of Henley-in-Arden. Focusing on high-quality, fresh ingredients, the team promises a variety of well-loved favourites and a few lesser-known specialities that incorporate regional Chinese and Thai flavours.

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‘...extensive menu offers something for everyone...’ Sans offers a wide variety of classics such as sweet and sour chicken and chicken chow mein, as well as signature dishes including spicy pork yuk sung, Thai honey and chilli king prawns and fillet steak in sweet Cantonese king do sauce. The extensive menu offers something for everyone, and if you’re having a hard time deciding you can choose from a range of set banquet menus. The sumptuous seafood banquet will take you on a culinary journey, introducing Open: Tues-Sun noon-2pm, you to a delicious spicy squid 5.30pm-11pm starter, minced prawn and scallop yuk sung, and lobster with ginger and spring onions to name but a few highlights. Sans hosts regular music nights and is a highlight of Henley-in-Arden’s annual music festival – if you’re looking for a place to enjoy great music with delectable food, a visit to Sans is a must. Warwickshire & Birmingham Guide 2019

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Japanese

Miyako Teppanyaki  Location Arcadian Centre, Ladywell Walk, Birmingham, B5 4ST t: 0844 502 6901 w: www.miyakoteppanyaki.com e: info@miyakoteppanyaki.com

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Miyako Teppanyaki has 25 successful years of trading under its belt, and has the honour of having been the first Japanese restaurant in Birmingham, as well as the first of its kind in the Arcadian Centre. It flies the Japanese flag with pride, presenting a refined interior with beautiful, authentic artwork decking its natural stone walls. The mood is sophisticated but welcoming, with floor lamps providing warm illumination, soothing music playing softly in the background and friendly, charming staff.

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‘...stunningly crafted dishes...’ Teppanyaki is a famed culinary art in Japan, where food is prepared on a steel surface in full view of diners. Our chef created a dish while juggling eggs – a spectacular way to begin a meal. Using fresh ingredients, the restaurant’s expert chefs cook up a range of stunningly crafted dishes – expect to find the likes of succulent fresh seafood, crispy spring rolls, tasty noodles and tender prime fillets on the lunch and main menus. A bill of fare featuring fresh sushi and appetisers is also available, as are various tempting set menus. Whether you’re a long-term lover of Japanese cuisine or you’re a total newbie, there is something for everyone at Miyako Teppanyaki.

‘...whatever the time of day, you’re sure to find yourself spoilt for choice...’

Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 5pm-10.30pm; Sun 6pm-10pm

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Whatever the time of day, you’re sure to find yourself spoilt for choice. My king prawns and monkfish, cooked teppanyaki-style with soy butter and white wine, was sharp, tangy and utterly delectable when washed down with a glass of sake. If you prefer a glass of lager with your meal, you can choose from Kirin, Asahi and Sapporo. Adventurous palates might like to sample Shochu with pickled plum and warm water or a glass of Japanese whisky. If alcohol isn’t your thing, why not enjoy a rejuvenating green tea with your meal? After enjoying such first-rate cuisine here, my go-to restaurant for an authentic Japanese dining experience is definitely Miyako Teppanyaki.

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Shogun Sushi & Noodle Bar

Japanese

 Location The Cube, Level 7, 196 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN t: 0844 502 6909 w: www.shogunteppanyaki.com e: shogunsushi@btconnect.com

Bi Situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre and set within the stylish, contemporary surroundings and world-class architecture of The Cube, Shogun Sushi & Noodle Bar has earned its position on Birmingham’s culinary radar, and for good £20 reason. Modelled on the famed sushi and ramen vendors that populate the streets of to £35 Japan, Shogun’s modern restaurant boasts a fantastic sushi conveyor with bar seating – great for a swift working lunch. There’s also table seating and, for foodies looking to add a little spectacle to their evening out, teppanyaki tables manned by Shogun’s skilled chefs, which allow diners to sit back and watch their food being prepared and presented with style and flair. Drawing on typically Japanese roots, menus at Shogun are exciting and diverse and showcase a particularly outstanding level of mastery over traditional fish and shellfish dishes. Hone in on some fantastic plates by opting for one of the set menus. The Samurai, Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; priced at £30, treats diners to hearty miso soup, ebi tempura of king prawns in light, crispy batter, delicious, tender sirloin Sun noon-10pm of beef, and jumbo prawns and salmon fillet, all served with fried rice and seasonal veg. If you’re still in need of a helping hand, Shogun’s experienced hosts are on-hand to guide you, whether you’re looking for a bowl of noodles or a selection of handmade sushi. Popular among chopstick-savvy connoisseurs and newcomers to East Asian cuisine alike, Shogun Sushi & Noodle Bar continues to attract foodies in droves to sample a menu that pairs the authentic taste of Japan with culinary theatre that’s nothing short of breathtaking. ides eded kgu e drin ers n food graph to Pho

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Chef Profile

Matt Cheal – Cheal’s – Pg 4 Having grown up in his family’s hotel, Matt was aware of the importance of good food from an early age. After college, Matt learnt his trade working at the Michelin-starred Simpsons in Birmingham, where he worked his way up the ranks to become head chef.

‘...always experimenting and adapting recipes...’

Matt places great emphasis on using seasonal produce and fine ingredients to create innovative and inspiring menus, much to the delight of his diners. In 2015, Matt opened his first solo venture, Cheal’s of Henley. Since then, Cheal’s has gone from strength to strength, winning numerous accolades along the way. Even with all this success under his belt, Matt is always experimenting and adapting recipes to create new flavour combinations and find new ways to showcase fresh ingredients.

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Kush Pitale – The Orangery & Anju’s – Pg 5, 46 Growing up in Mumbai, Kush was inspired by his mother’s cooking and loved helping her in the kitchen. After training in his home city, Kush embarked on his first job in the industry cheffing on Carnival Cruise Line ships in Miami. He has since worked in various highly regarded restaurants, his most memorable experience being the time he cooked at Royal Ascot with Michael Caines.

‘...works with quality local suppliers to ensure the freshest ingredients in his recipes...’ Kush enjoys the experimental aspect of being a chef, and delights diners with his new inventions – there’s nothing he loves more than making people happy with great food. Kush works with quality local suppliers to ensure the freshest ingredients in his recipes, and says this and treating his ingredients with respect is the key to great cooking. His top tip for readers is to place onions in icy water for ten minutes before cutting them to save teary eyes.

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Paul Evans – The Dining Room – Pg 10 From a young age, the process of taking basic ingredients and transforming them into a finished product captivated Paul. After studying at Liverpool Catering College, he gained his first job in the industry at fine dining restaurant The London Carriage Works, working under chef-patron Paul Askew.

‘...defines good food as ethically sourced, sympathetically prepared...’ Modern European cuisine and the highest quality seasonal ingredients inspire Paul’s cooking style, as well as the fantastic produce available in Mallory Court’s vegetable garden and the local area. He defines good food as ethically sourced, sympathetically prepared, and always enjoyed with great company. Now head chef at the three-AA-rosette-awarded Dining Room at Mallory Court, Paul’s favourite part of the job is training and developing younger chefs and watching their talent blossom. 54

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Jonny Mills – The Tame Hare – Pg 12

Chef Profile

Jonny Mills takes great satisfaction from seeing diners leave The Tame Hare with smiles on their faces thanks to his delectable food. Jonny learned his trade during his time at Stratford-upon-Avon College, while also working part-time at Mallory Court hotel.

‘...creates outstanding modern British cuisine...’ Jonny has come a long way since his training days, and now runs The Tame Hare where he creates outstanding modern British cuisine that’s garnered much critical acclaim. He loves the crossover of spring to summer, when all the berries, flowers, fresh beans and peas come into season, as it allows him and his team to play around with new and exciting ideas. He believes that to be a good chef you need to be hard-working and always prepare well. This passion has seen Jonny retain an AA rosette for three years running at The Tame Hare.

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Index Anju’s – Wolverhampton .................................................. 46

Leif Tearooms & Piano Bar – Royal Leamington Spa ........ 30

Antelope Inn, The – Lighthorne ........................................ 35

Malmaison – Birmingham................................................ 17

Arden’s – Kenilworth ....................................................... 29

Manor House, The – Fillongley ......................................... 42

Aria – Birmingham.......................................................... 18

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill – Meriden ...... 6

Banners Café and Restaurant – Bromsgrove ....................... 9

Millsy’s – Coventry .......................................................... 10

Bar Estilo – Birmingham ................................................. 22

Miyako Teppanyaki – Birmingham ................................... 5 2

Basement Browns – Royal Leamington Spa, Coventry ....... 26

Nevill Arms, The – Astwood Bank .................................... 34

Becketts Farm – Wythall ................................................. 27

New Bowling Green, The – Warwick ................................ 33

Belgrade Café Bar – Coventry .......................................... 28

No 9 Church Street – Stratford-upon-Avon ......................... 4

Bell Inn, The – Ladbroke ................................................. 12

Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel, The – Warwick ....................... 35

Bell Inn, The – Welford-on-Avon ...................................... 40

Orangery, The – Wolverhampton ........................................ 5

Bella Venezia – Knowle ................................................... 16 Big Fish, The – Stratford-upon-Avon ................................ 23 Bistrot Pierre .................................................................. 20 Black Boy – Knowle ........................................................ 38 Bluebell, The – Henley-in-Arden ......................................... 5 Boat Inn, The – Birdingbury ............................................ 38 Browns Brasserie & Bar – Birmingham ............................ 17 Byzantium – Birmingham ................................................ 23 Cheal’s – Henley-in-Arden.................................................. 4 Chequers Inn, The – Ettington ............................................ 9 China Red – Coventry ...................................................... 51 Craeft – Birmingham....................................................... 31 Dining Room, The – Royal Leamington Spa ...................... 10 Dog & Doublet Inn, The – Sutton Coldfield ....................... 44 Falcon, The – Warmington ............................................... 45 Four Stones, The – Clent .................................................. 24 Gentleman & Scholar – Birmingham ................................ 32 George Townhouse, The – Shipston-on-Stour ..................... 41 Harborne Kitchen – Birmingham........................................ 6 Hare & Hounds, The – Keresley ........................................ 42 Harringtons on the Hill – Kenilworth ................................ 19

Parkbrook Bar & Grill, The – Walsall............................... 19 Pheasant, The – Withybrook ............................................ 36 Physician, The – Birmingham........................................... 46 Plough, The – Huddlesford ............................................... 23 Punchbowl, The – Lapworth ............................................. 24 Queans – Royal Leamington Spa ........................................ 9 Recess – Birmingham ...................................................... 11 Red Peppers – Birmingham .............................................. 22 Rilys – Redditch .............................................................. 47 Rising Café Coventry – Coventry ...................................... 29 Ristorante Da Vinci – Coventry ........................................ 14 Rose Inn, The – Baxterley ................................................ 39 Royal Oak, The – Brandon................................................ 45 Royal Redgate, The – Nuneaton ........................................ 11 Salt – Stratford-upon-Avon ................................................ 3 Sans – Henley-in-Arden ................................................... 51 Shababs – Birmingham.................................................... 49 Shogun Sushi & Noodle Bar – Birmingham ...................... 53 Simply Delicious – Aldridge ............................................. 30 Sorrento Restaurant – Stratford-upon-Avon...................... 14 Street – Coventry ............................................................ 50 Sun on the Hill, The – Birmingham .................................. 30

Hatton Arms, The – Hatton .............................................. 32

Swan Hotel, The – Kineton............................................... 39

Hatton Locks Café – Hatton ............................................. 28

Tailors – Warwick ............................................................. 4

Hilltop Farm Shop, Café & Restaurant – Hunningham ...... 27

Tame Hare, The – Royal Leamington Spa ......................... 12

Hoar Park Restaurant – Ansley ........................................ 42

Thai Kitchen – Kenilworth................................................ 50

Holly Bush, The – Gorcott Hill ......................................... 33

Three Church Road at St George’s Place – Birmingham ...... 7

Horizons Restaurant – Wolverhampton............................. 13

Tipperary Inn, The – Kenilworth....................................... 15

Horse & Jockey, The – Bentley ......................................... 44

Townhouse, The – Stratford-upon-Avon............................. 43

Hotel du Vin & Bistro – Birmingham ............................... 18

Tradita – Birmingham ..................................................... 15

Howard Arms, The – Ilmington ........................................ 37

Waterside Brasserie, The – Stratford-upon-Avon .............. 31

King’s Head, The – Aston Cantlow.................................... 25

White Hart Inn, The – Ufton ............................................ 36

La Nonna – Birmingham ................................................. 16

Whittle’s at Binswood – Royal Leamington Spa .................. 8

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