CHUNG YING GARDEN CELEBRATES THREE DECADES IN BIRMINGHAM

James and William Wong celebrate 30 years of CY Garden

This month sees one of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants, Chung Ying Garden, celebrate its 30th year of business. As one of the Chung Ying Group’s three venues situated in the city centre, it has a firmly established reputation as one of the UK’s best Chinese restaurants. The team are delighted to have just been recognised nationally; picking up a nomination in the upcoming British Chinese Food Awards. Chung Ying Garden has gone from strength to strength throughout the past three decades, as the team at Chung Ying offers everything from delicious dim sum to cracking corporate events, and even a

WE WON!

CIPR award win

We’re very excited to announce that we won ‘Outstanding Small Consultancy (Silver) at the CIPR Midlands PRide Awards last week!  CIPR PRide is the Midlands’ largest PR industry awards; the full list of winner on the night were… Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy Gold winner: WPR Agency Silver winner: Whistle PR Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy Gold winner: Story Comms Silver winner: EAST VILLAGE. Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team Gold winner: West Midlands Police Silver winner: East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Corporate and Business Communications Campaign Gold winner: NFU Mutual – Clean Eating: The Food Hygiene Ratings Report Silver winner:

NEW STORE ADDS THE SPARKLE TO MAILBOX HOMEWARES

iLite Mailbox exterior

There’s no place like homewares for luxury brand iLite as it gets set to open Birmingham’s first Swarovski Lighting partner store. Joining the likes of Heal’s and Made.com, iLite Mailbox will open its doors on Monday 13 November on level one of the luxury shopping destination. The Birmingham boutique will be the only place for lighting lovers and those with an eye for interiors to get their hands on the signature crystal glass styles. Building on iLite’s existing partnership with Swarovski Lighting, this unique store will showcase perfectly-crafted pendants, wall lights and table lamps, with prices ranging from £200 to

MIDLANDS WHISKY FESTIVAL DELIVERS IN HUGE MEASURES

MWF 2017

Taking the city by storm, Midlands Whisky Festival returned for the second time to thestudiobirmingham, bringing over 400 people to the city centre. With over 400 whiskies available from the old to the new, the big brands to the smaller artisan distilleries, it’s no surprise that over 200 bottles were sold to punters on the day! Drams freely available to sample and buy included not only tried and tested classics, but also featured ‘dream drams’: high-end whiskies that could be sampled in exchange for a Midlands Whisky Festival Dream Dram Token. The most wallet-stretching of these was the Bowmore Single

PUT SOME SPIRIT INTO YOUR CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

Edinburgh Gin advent calendar

The countdown to Christmas is on and if you’re looking for gin-spiration, look no further than John Lewis, which is home to an exclusive advent calendar that will make gin lovers’ wishes come true.   As we get ready for the most wonderful time of the year, which is only 11 weeks away, Edinburgh Gin has released the perfect present for fans of mother’s ruin. The Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar is bringing the Christmas spirit to the shelves of John Lewis. Behind each of the 25 doors of the calendar, you’ll find a miniature 5cl bottle of gin from the

ROFUTO SERVES UP A SWEET TASTE OF JAPAN WITH NEW AFTERNOON TEA

Rofuto's new afternoon tea

One of Birmingham’s favourite Pan-Asian dining and cocktail hot-spots, Rofuto, has launched a brand new afternoon tea that offers a delicious twist on the popular British tradition. Rofuto, which is situated 16 floors above Park Regis, one of Birmingham’s luxury 4* hotels, has been flying high since it opened back in 2016 not only with a new menu under its belt and celebrating its 1st birthday, but with a new afternoon tea concept which puts them firmly at the top of the list of restaurants to try out this year. The afternoon tea ritual has become increasingly popular all over

DOUBLE AWARD WIN FOR COVENTRY’S LOWER PRECINCT

Nicola Cormell and Jonathan Merris

Coventry’s Lower Precinct has, once again, been recognised for its dedication to delivering a great customer experience by picking up a ‘Platinum’ grade award for its toilet facilities by the coveted ‘Loo of the Year Awards’ 2017. This comes just weeks after the centre received a Green Apple Waste Management award for effective environmental projects. Lower Precinct will now not only be attending an inaugural ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 6 November for its dedication to waste management, but also be attending the esteemed ‘Loo of the Year Awards’ at St Johns Hotel in Solihull on 8 December,

CURRY KING COOKS UP A STORM FOR 2017 RETURN

Curry King of Birmingham 2016

Chances are if you’re from Birmingham, you’ve proudly told someone that your hometown invented the Balti. Dubbed the ‘Curry Capital’ of the UK, the city has something for everyone when it comes to curry; from your Friday night takeaway to your fine Indian dining. So it’s no surprise that charity LoveBrum is making the most of the Brummie love for curry for its annual ‘Curry King of Birmingham’ fundraiser. Following on from last year’s debut, Curry King of Birmingham will return to the ICC, Birmingham on Thursday 16 November with hundreds of guests creating their very own curry whilst enjoying

ITIHAAS RESTAURANT SAYS “I DO” TO STANBROOK ABBEY PARTNERSHIP

Stanbrook Abbey partners with Itihaas

Award-winning connoisseur of fine Indian dining, Itihaas Restaurant, is celebrating a match made in heaven with stunning and historical wedding venue, Stanbrook Abbey.  Based in the heart of Birmingham, Itihaas is one of the most established Indian restaurants in the UK. Its cuisine is inspired by the Mughul Era, when Indian dining was imperial and extravagant, which lends itself well to the wedding business and is integral to both the food served and decoration provided at its show-stopping events. Itihaas already has an array of incredible venues under its belt, delivering traditional Indian cuisine to events and weddings at Birmingham

SUSHI, STUDENTS AND SUGAR WORK STEAL THE SHOW AT THE CHEFS’ FORUM AT ROFUTO

Chef's Forum at Rofuto

Last week saw high profile hospitality professionals and young chefs gather at Rofuto for an exciting Chefs’ Forum event.  This was the highest Chefs’ Forum ever to have taken place, occupying the 16th floor with a 360-degree skyline view of Birmingham and beyond. Young chefs from University College Birmingham (UCB) joined forces with learners from HIT Training to produce some excellent canapés, showcasing the Rofuto menu as well as taking part in a sushi masterclass delivered by Japanese Sushi Chef Antonio (Tony) de Garcia. Level one UCB students did a fantastic job of working front of house and serving the