Des Gunewardina (left in photo), half of the D&D London operation that took over Conran Restaurants in a 2006 management buy-out, has left the company “to pursue other ventures”, days before it opens its 41st venue, Orelle in Birmingham. His co-founder David Loewi, the other D who served as deputy chairman and chief operating officer, […]

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The trio behind long-running Birmingham city centre restaurant Opus, which closed down in the face of pandemic losses after 15 years in May, have launched a new venture in Edgbaston, appropriately named Chapter. Ann Tonks, Ben Ternent and Irene Allan (pictured above) say the new venue, in Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston Village, will focus on top-quality […]

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Albert’s Schloss, Manchester’s Bavarian-inspired beerhall and Alpine restaurant, opens a spinoff in Birmingham on Monday (6 December), in the city’s Paradise Forum. Billed as an ‘escape from the modern world’, the Schloss will offer live music and cabaret, a wide range of beers, wines and cocktails, and a menu of rib-sticking classics such as cheese […]

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Qavali, a glamorous Indo-Persian restaurant, opened this month in Birmingham’s Brindley Place, inspired by the ecstatic Sufi singing tradition (also known as qawwali) whose adherents stretch from Turkey across Iran and Afghanistan into India and Pakistan. With a menu that takes “the best dishes from each cuisine” in this region, the 250-seat venue features a […]

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When Grace Dent reviewed The Langham’s new ‘pub’ The Wigmore, she decided she never, ever wanted to go there again. We would hazard a guess that The Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin would be quite happy to go back any time…“Silly? A bit. Delicious? Oh yes.” “Creative cocktails in their own weeny tankards… pies and roasts and toasties… reimagined […]

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