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Village Food & Drink

The Village magazine frequently carries articles and reviews about the wide range of food and drink venues and suppliers in this area.Please note that the reviews are 'friendly' - the proprietor knew we were there - although we'd never say something was good if it was rubbish. And please feel free to add your comments using the box at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

Purple people power
Posted on November 27 2017 at 11:55:18

Spice Valley Balti (SVB) in Bromsgrove will host a special fundraising dinner on Monday January 29, to raise money for the Stroke Association in Bromsgrove.

Cuisine crosses cultures
Posted on August 31 2017 at 11:18:58

Award-winning chef Lorenzo Richards dished up a selection of cross-culture fusion food at a special VIP event at his restaurant, The Wildmoor Oak, near Bromsgrove.

Cheers to village store!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:08:46

Discerning drinkers will be excited by the opening of Village Vineyards, a new Barnt Green shop with a huge range of wines, beers and spirits.

Five-star food at home
Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:20:13

Hosting a dinner party but don’t fancy the hassle of cooking and serving it yourself? Barnt Green company The Kitchen Sink Ltd has the answer – chef Jon Powell will come to your home to create and serve a five-star meal for any occasion.

Incredible edibles
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:39:42

Hannah Genders visits an urban food-growing project in Bristol.

Scent of summer
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:43:42

Summer is on its way and perhaps it’s time to dust off that barbecue. . .

Spirit of Christmas
Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:25:40

Plan the perfect Yuletide with our guide to village festive services.

Magic of Christmas
Posted on October 31 2016 at 11:45:07

With its cosy, vintage-style atmosphere, The Potting Shed at Singletons Nurseries in Lydiate Ash is an ideal place to celebrate the traditions of Christmas – and the venue is offering plenty of ways to get into the festive spirit.

A cosy cuppa
Posted on October 03 2016 at 3:11:05

As the nights draw in, The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is all prepared for a cosy autumn and winter with a host of treats to eat, buy and admire.

Music on the menu
Posted on October 03 2016 at 2:44:05

Having achieved popularity as an attractive cafe during the daytime, The Potting Shed at Singletons Nurseries in Lydiate Ash has branched out into evening fare with a series of after-dark events.

Hairy Bikers in Bromsgrove
Posted on October 03 2016 at 10:40:05

Bromsgrove chef Lorenzo Richards cooked up a culinary treat when TV’s Hairy Bikers visited his restaurant on their mission to discover the world’s best chicken and egg recipes.

Raise a glass to the countryside
Posted on August 30 2016 at 3:46:22

Mary Green looks at plants that make alcohol – and other things!

Look how we’ve grown!
Posted on August 30 2016 at 1:28:22

Many readers will be familiar with Singletons Nurseries at Lydiate Ash, which has been supplying top quality home-grown plants and produce for almost 70 years – and now the family-run business has another string to its bow in the shape of an on-site restaurant.

Perfect country pub
Posted on June 27 2016 at 11:17:26

Sally Oldaker and Louise Robinson pop in to The Coach & Horses Inn to see its new look and sample the food and drink.

Veg out in the garden
Posted on March 31 2016 at 11:28:36

Hannah Genders offers top tips for growing great produce this year.

Village Food Review: Food fit for a queen
Posted on February 29 2016 at 2:58:14

After much deliberation on where to hold the belated Village magazine Christmas outing, we decided on The Queens Head at Stoke Pound as the menu looked delicious and we knew the beer was good.

Love your local businesses . . .
Posted on January 31 2016 at 3:33:41

Whether you’re planning a small, intimate wedding or the party of the year, it pays to stay local – the businesses on your doorstep are in the perfect position to offer a friendly and personalised service.

Interactive dining
Posted on December 23 2015 at 11:56:43

Diners get the best of both worlds at On The Rocks, where the interactive dining experience allows you to cook your meal exactly to your taste.

Merry Christmas to all!
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:51:37

The Village area is packed with ways to make this Christmas extra-special.

Perfect time for pruning
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:13:58

Hannah Genders advises on how to care for soft fruit.

Winter warmers
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:54:58

It’s no surprise that The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is always full of happy customers – spending time in the vintage-style tea room and shop is a delight, with something new to see on every visit.

A spicy celebration
Posted on April 29 2015 at 11:54:34

Nearly one hundred guests, including civic dignitaries and customers, joined staff at Spice Valley Balti in Bromsgrove to mark the restaurant’s 15th anniversary.

Enjoy your May garden
Posted on April 29 2015 at 9:28:34

Hannah Genders gets ready for a busy month planting flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Made with love
Posted on February 28 2015 at 1:44:23

A year after it opened, The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is toasting its remarkable success.

Epic meal at Epi
Posted on February 01 2015 at 2:25:24

Louise Robinson samples fine dining at a Bromsgrove eaterie.

Festive flavours from the freezer
Posted on November 27 2014 at 2:51:33

Add an exciting twist to desserts this Christmas!

Roll on Christmas!
Posted on November 27 2014 at 2:31:33

Your guide to some of the best ways to celebrate the festive season in the Village area.

A shop for all seasons
Posted on October 25 2014 at 9:43:03

There’s no doubt that The Tea Shop is one of the most appealing places in Barnt Green, with its attractive wares artistically displayed in the window.

East is. . . eats
Posted on September 29 2014 at 3:34:07

Hannah Genders checks out an innovative food-growing scheme in the city centre.

Feast of fine foods
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:17:07

For village food fans, Warwick’s Butchers in Barnt Green is a real gem – not only does it offer a wide range of top quality meats, but the shop is also packed full of delicious homemade treats and deli items.

Bromsgrove pub spices things up
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:14:07

A Bromsgrove chef will be featured on television later this month, thanks to a dangerously hot dish he cooked up.

Traditional teas for all occasions
Posted on June 29 2014 at 2:58:33

Since relocating to the centre of Barnt Green in March, the nostalgia-fest that is Constance Wallace has been doing a roaring trade.

Brewing up great cuisine
Posted on June 29 2014 at 2:51:33

Sally Oldaker finds out if the food lives up to the beer at the Coach & Horses.

Ideal place for traditional tea
Posted on February 23 2014 at 12:00:12

Constance Wallace, one of the area’s most unusual business concepts, has proved incredibly successful over the past four and a half years – so much so that owner Diane Cooke has now been able to swap her little unit in Tardebigge Court for much larger premises.

Christmas starts here!
Posted on November 30 2013 at 11:44:20

Ii’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. . .

Fire and feast
Posted on November 29 2013 at 1:57:20

Mary Green celebrates the turn of the year with traditional treats.

Café on the hill
Posted on October 22 2013 at 12:56:22

Sally Oldaker and Louise Robinson enjoy a leisurely lunch at Coopers Farm Shop.

A very English show
Posted on October 21 2013 at 2:00:22

Hannah Genders revels in the sights and sounds of a traditional country fair.

It’s that time of year . . .
Posted on October 21 2013 at 1:00:22

Writing this on a perfect autumn day, Christmas seems quite a long way off. . . but it won’t be long before the season of goodwill is upon us once more. . .

Rooted
Posted on October 20 2013 at 2:26:22

Mary Green suggests warming meals with seasonal vegetables.

All in the game
Posted on September 21 2013 at 1:23:34

Mary Green points out some of the wild animals and birds we use as food.

Nostalgic treats
Posted on August 20 2013 at 12:16:59

Founded four years ago with the aim of introducing a new generation to traditional afternoon tea, Constance Wallace at Tardebigge Court continues to thrive.

Sweet inspiration
Posted on August 19 2013 at 12:14:47

A Cofton Hackett couple have taken inspiration from their own nuptials to launch a new business bringing sweet treats to weddings and other celebrations.

Brewing up a success
Posted on July 01 2013 at 10:35:44

Beer-lovers in the Bromsgrove area will already be familiar with the tasty tipples from Bird’s Brewery – but did you know that the beers are on sale in their very own shop as well as in local pubs?

Salt of the earth
Posted on June 24 2013 at 2:15:58

Mary Green explores the importance of salt and sea products.

Full of beans!
Posted on May 21 2013 at 12:27:19

Mary Green enjoys the abundance of pulses and herbs during summertime.

All welcome at Edwards
Posted on May 20 2013 at 12:45:27

A new identity for Bromsgrove Golf Centre’s popular restaurant.

Fields of gold
Posted on April 21 2013 at 1:40:17

Mary Green points out some more ways to enjoy cooking and eating seasonal foods.

New treats in store
Posted on April 19 2013 at 10:55:17

Created two years ago by local farmer Adrian Bytom, Coopers Farm Shop has provided the people of Alvechurch and the surrounding area with a convenient place to buy truly local produce.

The staff of life
Posted on March 19 2013 at 3:38:33

Mary Green explores the importance of arable land and its different grain crops.

A perfect combination
Posted on March 18 2013 at 2:06:33

Two Barnt Green businesses combine to offer food lovers a one-stop shop for quality produce.

Fasting, feasting &  foraging
Posted on February 17 2013 at 11:47:17

Mary Green describes some local plants that can be used to make tasty dishes.

Sowing and growing
Posted on February 16 2013 at 11:58:17

Hannah Genders gives some hints on growing veg in a crop rotation system.

Step into Christmas!
Posted on November 23 2012 at 11:17:07

It’s almost here . . . are you getting excited yet? With the Christmas countdown well and truly underway, our villages are full of festive feeling, so there’s no excuse for not joining in the fun!

Spuds you’ll like!
Posted on November 21 2012 at 12:00:07

With more and more people taking an interest in where their food comes from and how it affects the environment, it’s good to hear that a local take-away is committed to sourcing local produce.

It’s time to celebrate!
Posted on October 22 2012 at 2:27:56

It only seems like five minutes since we were preparing for last Christmas, but the festive season is almost upon us once more.

The joy of tea
Posted on October 21 2012 at 2:35:56

As the business grows and grows, Constance Wallace is bringing traditional tea parties to an-ever increasing number of people – and owner Diane Cooke is delighted with the response.

Party time for Rhinos
Posted on September 19 2012 at 12:22:24

Tara Washington invites everyone to a seasonal fundraising event for the junior section of Kings Norton RFC.

Traditional treats
Posted on June 30 2012 at 12:01:18

Two Alvechurch sisters are celebrating 10 years at the helm of popular Bromsgrove tea room The Regency.

Sport and spice pitch in
Posted on April 23 2012 at 1:36:00

What do you get if you put a Worcester Warrior and England rugby player, two Warwickshire cricketers and a former Midlands footballer into a local curry house for the evening? The answer – a great night out raising a decent amount of money for charity!

Take away a treat!
Posted on April 22 2012 at 1:28:00

Fish and chip fans will be delighted by the reopening of Ben’s Lickey Hills Fish Bar, which had been closed since a fire last November.

Taste of the past
Posted on March 20 2012 at 1:53:05

When Diane Cooke founded Constance Wallace two and half years ago, she had no idea that the original concept of vintage tea parties would evolve into such a successful business.

Bangers and Matt!
Posted on March 18 2012 at 11:41:10

At Coopers Farm Shop, the team strives to source and sell the best quality locally produced food. The shop prides itself on its home-produced meat, and customers who have tried the produce will know how good it tastes.

Chosen by top chefs
Posted on February 22 2012 at 3:30:13

With a client list that includes Harrods, Starbucks and Wembley Stadium, Shaw Stone Surfaces Ltd is being recognised in high places – and the firm’s latest commission was no exception.

Village Weddings
Posted on January 20 2012 at 12:36:22

After hitting an all-time high of £20,000 a few years ago, the average cost of a wedding has dropped significantly in the wake of the financial crisis, with many couples looking for ways to lower the cost without compromising on their dream day.

A new heart of village life
Posted on January 19 2012 at 12:21:22

Alvechurch’s ambitious community project, The Lounge, is celebrating a successful first year.

Dreaming of a white Christmas
Posted on November 28 2011 at 10:55:50

While heavy snow was falling in the run-up to Christmas last year, local shops were rolling in customers as villagers took to their feet rather than their cars. Two Alvechurch businesses are hoping for more of the same – and even if the sun shines, they say there are plenty of very good reasons to shop locally.

Rejoice and be merry!
Posted on November 24 2011 at 10:30:41

As we go to press, it would seem that rumours of another white Christmas have been greatly exaggerated… but let’s ignore that for now, because the weather could yet change and snow lovers could still get their Christmas wish!

Much more than a cookery book
Posted on October 21 2011 at 12:10:40

Combining tantalising recipes with family history, a new book by local food expert Anita Sharma-James is a very special tribute to her inspirational mother.

Fairy-cake ending?
Posted on October 20 2011 at 2:27:07

Oakalls author Sue Watson chats to Sally Oldaker about writing her first novel, the importance of pursuing your passions, and the joy of fairy cakes.

Going the whole hog
Posted on October 20 2011 at 12:49:57

Barnt Green butcher and grocer join forces to offer a professional catering service.

Fresh from the farm
Posted on October 20 2011 at 11:07:28

A new farm shop in Alvechurch offers the chance to buy truly local produce.

Vintage party planner
Posted on September 18 2011 at 2:33:28

As the trend for vintage-style, afternoon-tea-inspired homeware continues apace, local business Constance Wallace is expanding rapidly thanks to owner Diane Cooke’s many ideas based around the traditional tea-party theme.

Come and join us
Posted on May 21 2011 at 1:01:44

Tucked away on Ash Lane in Hopwood, Five Ways Old Edwardians Sports Club offers excellent facilities for a range of sporting and social opportunities – and this thriving club is keen to let more people know about them.

New image for Hillscourt
Posted on May 17 2011 at 11:43:27

The latest phase of refurbishment at Hillscourt Conference Centre has given the venue a new name as well as a new look – it has been rebranded to become simply “Hillscourt”. 

Spa quality at The Abbey
Posted on February 20 2011 at 3:51:04

New treatment room means even more reasons to visit the popular hotel.

12 pages of Christmas
Posted on November 29 2010 at 12:04:47

Everything you need for a fabulous festive season!

Welcome to Vinalia!
Posted on October 25 2010 at 7:26:58

Frequent visitors to Barnt Green’s high street will soon notice that the shop formerly known as Thresher has undergone a transformation, decked out in stylish purple livery and with a new name – Vinalia.

Christmas is coming!
Posted on October 24 2010 at 5:15:58

Oh yes it is – so make sure you’re ready with our guide!

Tapas night is tasty treat
Posted on October 19 2010 at 5:31:58

Sally Oldaker enjoys a taste of the Mediterranean in the middle of Barnt Green. . .

Tea-time treats
Posted on September 22 2010 at 4:43:41

It’s almost a year since we reported on the launch of Constance Wallace, an unusual local business based at Tardebigge Court and founded on owner Diane Cooke’s love of all things vintage.

The story of spice
Posted on September 22 2010 at 3:15:12

Village reader and spice connoisseur Lubna S Haq traces the development of the modern curry.

Carvery is a cut above
Posted on September 22 2010 at 3:10:12

Sally Oldaker finds out why Sunday lunch is a winner at the Old Rose & Crown.

Welcome to the show!
Posted on August 22 2010 at 3:34:03

Your guide to the wide range of ideas and services on display at our second Wedding Show!
See a Picture Gallery from the Wedding Show catwalk

Join the Bilberries for breakfast
Posted on August 17 2010 at 3:38:00

We Meet, We Talk, We Do Business

Good day at Black Rock!
Posted on February 18 2010 at 7:32:25

Sally Oldaker samples the unusual cooking technique that’s creating a stir at the Dodford Inn.

Cultivating a sweet sensation
Posted on February 15 2010 at 5:10:28

Sally Oldaker meets the chef bringing a world of experience to the restaurant at Little Heath Garden Centre.

How to enjoy Christmas…
Posted on October 19 2009 at 1:48:42

Our Office Grouch discovers he knows more than he thought about making the most of the festivities.

Why haven’t I had a curry here before?
Posted on October 19 2009 at 12:57:42

Sally Oldaker, who has eaten a few curries in her time, finds the Dilshad lives up to its reputation.

Time for tea
Posted on October 07 2009 at 1:52:42

Introducing a brand new business based on tea-time traditions.

The pub in the field
Posted on August 17 2009 at 12:53:15

Sally Oldaker visits the Dodford Inn – no longer under threat from property developers – and finds the food is just as good as the beer…

Plan ahead to enjoy home-grown fruit & veg all year!
Posted on June 17 2009 at 2:52:33

Summer is the time when gardeners can relax a little and take time to enjoy the fruits of their labours from the spring.

Abbey’s new flavour
Posted on June 16 2009 at 2:13:33

Sally Oldaker finds a new look but the same excellent food at the Abbey Hotel in Bordesley.

The taste of summer
Posted on May 15 2009 at 2:40:02

You might have lost touch with the pleasures of cooking and eating outdoors after the last couple of summers – but if the forecasters can be believed, then this is the summer to rekindle your relationship with your barbecue.

Eating out is the new eating in
Posted on April 23 2009 at 2:17:11

There has been much talk recently about the trend to entertain friends at home rather than going out to expensive restaurants. However, as summer approaches with the promise of warm balmy evenings, then thoughts turn to entertaining out – but out in your garden.

Shoots and leaves
Posted on March 16 2009 at 5:57:42

Growing your own vegetables is a cheap, simple and healthy option, says Hannah Genders

Mint condition
Posted on February 21 2009 at 1:46:09

Sally Oldaker discovers a world of choice at The Mint Lounge in Bromsgrove.

Raising a pint to Paul
Posted on January 15 2009 at 1:56:40

Martyn Read tells the story of a special tribute to a sadly missed friend.

Fashion, food and fun!
Posted on November 17 2008 at 12:42:39

When The Village magazine, together with Neil and Nicci Gow of Burcot Garden Centre, decided to put together a charity fashion evening in aid of the County Air Ambulance, none of us realised just how successful it would be – a success that’s down to the sheer number of local people who wanted to support us.

Christmas delights
Posted on October 20 2008 at 3:00:22

The world’s largest authentic German Christmas market to be staged outside Germany or Austria returns to Birmingham again this year, with more than 90 stalls bringing a truly festive experience to the city centre. 

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