Radical chef returns to his Worcestershire roots

Andrew Sheridan, the chef behind the experimental Birmingham venue About 8, has opened a neighbourhood restaurant in his home village of Barnt Green, Worcestershire. Launched this week, Black & Green serves up to 16 diners, with five- and six-course tasting menus at £55 and £65.

Focusing on “humble local ingredients”, Black & Green is a far cry from About 8, which was launched two years ago to provide a “progressive and immersive experience” designed to be as different as possible from other high-end restaurants. Sheridan has even created a vodka-based cocktail called Not Chardonnay, infused with oak and dehydrated grapes to mirror the tasting profile of wine.

Barnt Green is 10 miles southwest of Birmingham, just off the M42 motorway close to its junction with the M5. Until now, Sheridan’s About Dining group has been located entirely at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham city centre. Alongside About 8, he runs Divide, a private dining room serving a micro-seasonal menus for up to 16 guests, and Craft, a more relaxed garden venue where guests eat al fresco, in pods or in a summerhouse.

Before setting up About Dining with business partner Sam Morgan he did stints as head chef at Sosban in Llanelli and the Stargazy Inn in Port Isaac, Cornwall.

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