THE BUTCHERS SOCIAL TO THE BUTCHERS SHOP: HOW THIS SMALL BUSINESS IS SERVING UP COMMUNITY SUPPORT DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Mike Bullard

The Butchers Social, that once began life in an old butchers’ shop in Harborne, has gone back to basics amidst the coronavirus pandemic in order to preserve the restaurant in Henley-in-Arden. In such an unprecedented time for hospitality businesses, independents across the country are having to adapt in order to survive the change in lifestyle. Mike Bullard, chef-owner of The Butchers Social, has led the way for small businesses in Henley-in-Arden by providing a service to local residents during these uncertain times. The team has created an innovative new menu that offers ready-made, restaurant quality meals for locals to enjoy at home

HOTEL DU VIN STRATFORD CHECKS IN NEW MANAGER

Natalie Heath

Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon has appointed all-new manager Natalie Heath ahead of its third year. The new general manager brings over 20 years of hospitality experience, and a full suite of new ideas to the boutique hotel.  The hotel, which took Stratford-upon-Avon by storm in 2018, has had a successful two years since opening in the former registry office building, and with new manager at the helm more successes are yet to come. Newly appointed Natalie will be focussed on driving sales and strategy for the hotel, having studied hotel management and training at The Savoy and built her wealth

FESTIVAL SERVES UP GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR WINE LOVERS

Sassicaia 2016, Birmingham Wine Weekend

An award-winning wine is taking centre stage at this year’s Birmingham Wine Weekend, with the launch of a golden ticket opportunity that will give wristband wearers the chance to sample one of Italy’s finest. The first 100/100 point wine since 1985, Sassicaia 2016 is a much-loved vintage and a limited amount of samples will be served up at the city centre festival, which is taking place from 24-26 April 2020.  Recognised as Italy’s most famous wine, Sassicaia 2016 is one of the original ‘Super Tuscans’ and retails for a whopping £350+ per bottle online. Birmingham Wine Weekend has partnered with

ROASTIE TOASTIE AND ASHA’S FILL CITY SOCIAL WITH FESTIVE FRIENDSHIP

Roastie Toastie, Asha's Birmingham

The season of goodwill is firmly upon us and there’s friendship in the air, with two stallholders at Birmingham’s alternative Christmas market, City Social, teaming up to serve festive cheer. Roastie Toastie and Asha’s are joining forces for the market’s final week to dish up a fusion feast: Asha’s Tikka dished up in a Roastie Toastie.  The two independent food-vendors have brought two of Birmingham’s best-loved cuisines together for an exclusive collaboration. Following the traditional Roastie Toastie approach, which sees a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, slapped between two fat slices of toast, this hybrid sandwich substitutes the filling

LOCAL RISING STAR FIRES UP THE STAGE AT THE BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW

This week, the BBC Good Food Show returns for Winter and this year Maribel’s head chef, Harvey Perttola will be taking to the stage. Aged just 24, Harvey is one of the youngest head chefs in the city and will join the impressive line-up of celebrity chefs and cookery experts headlining 2019’s show.   This week the BBC Good Food Show will take over the NEC for the Winter show; four days filled with fabulous food, delicious cooking and opportunities to meet world-famous chefs from across the globe. Taking to the Festive Kitchen stage next Thursday, Harvey will be serving up a game-inspired

THE FESTIVE MARKET SHOWCASING CITY’S INDEPENDENTS

City Social, Roastie Toastie, Birmingham Christmas Markets

Wild and chaotic, Christmas shopping is not for the faint-hearted. Tis’ the season for the high street to be hectic with festive shoppers; the big retailers going all out with Christmas cut-price deals and the online giants making all your festive favourites just a click away, but where are the independents? Meet the festive market proving that big isn’t always best, shining a light on Birmingham’s thriving independent retailers.  Birmingham’s very own festive hangout is back for 2019, City Social will transform Suffolk St Queensway underpass into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. With not a single bratwurst in sight,

CENTRICK TEAMS INTEGRATE TO WELCOME A ‘NEW DAWN’ IN PROPERTY SERVICE

Centrick, Centrick Property

Following a period of significant growth, leading property specialist, Centrick, has announced the launch of a brand-new customer experience centre. Based at its new headquarters, in the heart of Colmore BID, this innovative new hub sees the centralisation of Centrick’s core services in a unified location. A first for the company – and for the property sector as a whole – this move aims to open the door to Centrick’s customers, offering a transparent and friendlier service.  Having recently moved into a new 8,000 sq ft office in The Exchange, located on Newhall Street, Centrick has now announced that it will be bringing both of its city centre

CHARITIES UNITE TO MAKE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT WORK

Evolve Cafe, Blakesley Hall

Shocking statistics have emerged showing that unemployment amongst young people in Birmingham is twice as high as the national average, stating that around one in five millennials in the city is currently out of work. Determined to show these stats the door, Aquarius and Birmingham Museums Trust have joined forces to roll out new roles for 18-24-year-olds facing barriers to employment. Designed to provide young people with opportunities to get onto the career ladder, the partnership between them will see the creation of two follow-on work schemes at Blakesley Hall’s Herb Garden Café. These will be for those progressing on

ROASTIE TOASTIE SET FOR A TASTY RETURN AFTER LAST YEARS SUCCESS

City Social, Roastie Toastier

After a very successful debut last year, Roastie Toastie is returning to the City Social this winter. A traditional Sunday lunch upgraded to be enjoyed every single day, the Roastie Toastie is your nan’s roast slapped between two slices of toast.  Combining the nation’s most-loved dinner with everyone’s favourite quick dish, the Roastie Toastie became a City Social staple in 2018: a hit amongst many, the debut saw the team serve up 150 litres of Little Nan’s special gravy and over 1,000 roast potatoes! Complete with all the traditional veg and stuffing, this mouth-watering mountain is toasted a beautiful golden

BRINDLEYPLACE WELCOMES A TASTE OF JAPAN WITH NEW-LOOK FOR BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT

OKO Birmingham, Nuvo Birmingham

Back with a new look, new menu and new vibe, Pan-Asian restaurant OKO will relaunch this Friday, bringing an exquisite contemporary Japanese dining and dancing experience to the heart of Birmingham. Re-launching with a brand-new concept of “Dine till’ dusk and dance till’ dawn”, Brindleyplace-based OKO is set to shake up the city’s late-night dining scene. The restaurant’s menu specialises in delicately crafted sushi, prepared by a dedicated Sushi chef, as well as dim sum and sashimi.  OKO’s intricate drinks menu also aims to bring Japanese culture to life; combining classic cocktail flavours with the tastes of Asia and boasting