Author Archives: Nick

Kinnaree Thai

After a few months working my butt off I decided it was time for a night out with the better half.  Somewhere with a taste of the exotic was what we had in mind, and a friend of mine knew … Continue reading

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El Greco Sangria

Well boys and girls the summer has officially started, so grab your spot on the beach while you can!  I nearly bought a sunbed the other day but I didn’t want to curse it. So you want something cool, tasty … Continue reading

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A restaurant to Bank on

Birmingham has some great restaurants, as we all know.  Some are better than others, and often they come and go within merely a few years.  Consistency is a rare thing in the restaurant world. One of the best known restaurants … Continue reading

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Rimini Chicken

Many moons ago, on holiday in Italy, my family visited a restaurant in the Italian holiday resort of Rimini.  It was here that I tried the most amazing, juicy lemon chicken I have ever tasted.  It took me literally years … Continue reading

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Chef’s Tales

Yorkshire has produced some darned good cooks down the years.  Brian Turner, James Martin, er.. me.  But one of the most traveled and seasoned has to be Mike Saxon, author of the new book, Chef’s Tales.  Now the name may … Continue reading

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Steamed Lamb

These days we have to make the most of the cuts of meat we can get.  Lamb is notoriously expensive compared to pork and beef, but you can still make a decent meal out of even the cheapest cuts. I … Continue reading

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Piccolino Birmingham

When you get an invite to the finest Italian restaurant Birmingham has to offer you know things are looking up. Piccolino Birmingham opened a few years ago.  It sits right in the culinary epicenter of Birmingham, Brindley place.  In fact, … Continue reading

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The Future Chefs take centre stage in Springboard’s big night

Good news, people.  The future of the Hospitality industry is in safe hands.  Last Tuesday night I met six very impressive young people who were part of the Futurechef initiative from Springboard UK. The venue for the evening was the … Continue reading

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The Jekyll and Hyde

For my first official review I was invited down to a pub in central Birmingham.  The Jekyll and Hyde is one of the most recommended pubs in central Birmingham, and for many very good reasons. Firstly, it is one of … Continue reading

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Meet Peter O’Connor, professional bartender, professional Irishman

Bartending is a hugely underestimated profession.  Even at school the careers officer told me I could do a lot better.  But I didn’t care because, when the time came, I really enjoyed the job.  Long antisocial hours and dreadful pay … Continue reading

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