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Archive for June, 2009

Buying, Serving & Storing Wine

Eat-the-midlands guest wine writer, Philippe Boucheron, suggestions on Buying, Serving & Storing Wine Storage is no problem for most of us buying a couple of bottles at the supermarket or high street multiple wine shop.  After all these are going to be drunk within the next day or two. Nevertheless, when you get them home […]

Royal Victoria Hotel, Newport, Shropshire

Royal Victoria Newport

James Day of Gourmet Life Midlands Discount Dining Club visits the Royal Victoria, Newport, Shropshire Newport in Shropshire  is not known for being the gourmet capital of, well anywhere really. Though it has a good selection of pubs and restaurants, the main focus for foodies is Waitrose in Newport, which, while supporting some great up […]

Decanting Vintage Port – Top Tips!

Philippe Boucheron - ETM Wine writer

Decanting Vintage Port, or very old red wines that might have thrown a ‘deposit’, is a skill to learn explains our wine expert Philippe Boucheron.

La Becasse – Michelin Winner

La Becasse Ludlow  is currently top of its in the region. The tranquil oak-panelled restaurant and state-of-the art kitchens under the guidance of Head Chef Will Holland and his dedicated team, can at last celebrate their 18 months of hard graft and dedication to local produce and fine dining with their much deserved Michelin Star […]

Birmingham Balti Tour

Birmingham Balti Tour dDish

Birmingham Balti tours offer Midlands foodies a great day out. I was lucky enough to be hosted by true ‘Brummie foodie’ Andy Munro, of the richly historic Jewellery Quarter and as Simon Majumdar of UK top foodie blog Dos Hermanos. Balti (meaning bucket) guru Andy Munro, who advises the Asian Balti Restaurant Association, recently commented: […]

Midlands AA Rosette Explanation & Listings

AA Rosette Awards Explained In today’s current economical climate restaurants need to distinguish themselves and stand out above others. AA Rosettes set an achievable standard to which restaurants can aspire to. AA inspectors annually award Rosettes to restaurants that stand out from the crowd, either in the local area or on a more national stage. […]

London & UK Food Blog


Voted as one of the UK’s most influential food writers and bloggers, our favourite gourmand is Simon Majumdar. Half Welsh and half Bengali, Simon is an avid, and positively prolific blogger, writer, publisher and broadcaster – not to mention world traveller for his recent book ‘Eat my Globe’ which documents his recent tour of the […]

Crispy Courgette Chips

Crispy Courgette Chips You may find that your opinion of the humble Courgette goes up after trying this very simple side dish. Perfect with a piece of grilled meaty fish such as Tuna or Sea Bass.

Spanish Asparagus – Chef Alfonso Ruiz

Spanish Style Asparagus. Serves x 4 Donated by Alfonso Chef Patron of the new Authentic Tapas Bar in Bridgnorth ‘Casa Ruiz‘ 12 Asparagus Spears tbs Olive oil Black Pepper dash Vino Blanco Rock Salt to finish 1. Place the Asparagus and oil in a hot pan. Stir well and season with the rock salt and […]

Braised Belly Pork – Chef Tim Wesley

Hadley Park House Hotel is hidden away in the heart of Telford’s business district, this is a real escape for many a weary business traveller, executive and shopper. Original parkland walls enclose the Georgian grandeur and its attentive hospitality. Conservatory restaurant serving classic British cooking, influenced with the flavours of Antipodean cooking created by Australian […]