Sutton’s New Farmers Market is Huge Hit




Thousands of shoppers turned out in the autumn sunshine to visit Sutton Coldfield’s new Farmers Market – and were amazed to see ‘Gordon Ramsay’ checking out the stalls too. Residents flocked to visit 40 stalls that filled the Parade, offering fresh produce, delicious food and quality craft items. And, wandering among them was the UK’s top Gordon Ramsay lookalike, who spent the day posing for photographs and giving his opinion on the items on sale. The speciality market, organised by Sutton Coldfield Business Improvement District (BID), is just one of many ideas designed to raise the profile of the town ­– following the launch of a vibrant new ‘Visit Royal Sutton Coldfield’ brand. The market is the first of three which will take place on the last Sunday of the month from 10am-2pm, with the next events planned for October 30th and November 27th. Organisers have said that if these initial markets prove popular, they will become a regular monthly event, rekindling a tradition that dates back more than 700 years in the Royal Town. And the first event proved hugely successful, with large crowds flocking to the town centre, busy car parks and traders reporting positive sales. Sutton resident Sue Mitchell, who used to work in Sutton’s Marks and Spencer store, said: “I was very impressed with the market because there were so many different stalls, offering different things to different people, at different price levels too.

“We’ve just strolled down here and stopped and talked to various stall holders and the variety of the market is wonderful. I can’t remember the last time there was anything like this on the high street in Sutton.”                Her neighbour, Linda Wright, added: “I think it’s wonderful. I haven’t seen crowds like this for so many years and I think it’s what is needed for Sutton, something to bring people into the town centre.                                                 “There is a great atmosphere to the place and the stalls are all very good, with real variety.”

Stall holders also enjoyed the event, which has already got a waiting list of traders keen to get involved. Organisers are now planning a bigger market, on a Halloween theme, at the end of October.

Councillor David Barrie, a city councillor who is part of the board of Sutton Coldfield BID, said: “We have seen a lot of changes in Sutton Town Centre and we have got through the dreadful years of the pandemic, and this market has just come at a perfect time when people are ready to come out into Sutton and see something different. “There was a really wonderful buzz to the place, and I think it will kickstart regular Farmers Markets and bring a lot of trade into Sutton, which is what we need. “There was a lot of Sutton people enjoying a Sutton event organised by Sutton BID and the atmosphere was fantastic.” BID manager Michelle Baker said: “We really want to put Sutton on the map as a destination and we couldn’t have been happier with our first Farmers Market. “We want to thanks the thousands of local residents who came along on a sunny Sunday to show their support and buy some of the brilliant products and produce on sale. “And, of course, it was great fun to see them react to the sight of Gordon Ramsay wandering around the stalls and having his photo taken. “We’re already planning the next market, on October 30, as well as lots of other events which will promote Sutton Coldfield town centre.”

Thousands flocked to Sutton Coldfield’s first new Farmers market.

Shoppers were surprised to see a famous face among the stalls – the UK’s best Gordon Ramsay lookalike.


Rub Me Tender & Trinity Brewery

Thursday evening we were very privileged to be invited to the soft launch of “Rub Me Tender ” at Trinity Brewery in Lichfield.

Rub Me tender many you will know, have been appearing at festivals and events around the region selling their amazing food, and will now be at Trinity Brewery every Thursday  to Sunday every week as a permanent residency

Thursday 5pm till 10pm
Friday 5pm till 10pm
Saturday 12pm till 10pm
Sunday 12pm till 8 pm
For those who have not been to Trinity Brewery it is a micro brewery situated on a small industrial estate off Birmingham Road, not the place you would except to find some of the best BBQ food I have ever eaten. You can sit inside the brewery or outside either on colourful picnic tables or very comfortable sofas.
You order your food at the kitchen we had the Classic Cuban Sandwich and the House Nachos. Whilst waiting for your food wander down to the bar and order yourself one of the amazing Trinity beers or even a short or glass of wine.
Our food arrived and wow! Nicely presented and smelling amazing. The Nachos with chilli beef smoked beans and chipotle mayo were wonderful, full of flavour and texture. The cuban sandwich, hickory smoked mojo pork, sweet mustard, dill pickles all in a soft roll, the flavour was exceptional. Tender pork with a wonderful smokey flavour complemented  by the dill pickles and slaw.
If you are looking for truly authentic and awesome BBQ food then get yourself down to Rub Me Tender and Trinity Brewery
As it says on their Facebook page ” Awesome BBQ at its most awesomeness” I could not agree more we will be back and soon.

Midlands Food & Drink Awards 2022

The finalists for the Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards 2022 have been announced – and there’s plenty for Sutton Coldfield to cheer about, out of the 28 categories Sutton is featured in

People can vote now for their favourites by visiting Voting closes on June 12 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on July 4.

Here are the categories and establishments for the Sutton Coldfield

Afternoon Tea Establishment of the Year

The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield

Bar/Restaurant Manager of the Year

Jennifer Burton – The Belfry

Gastro Pub of the Year

Butlers Arms in Sutton Coldfield

General Manager of the Year

Rebecca Giles – Butlers Arms

Hotel Bar of the Year

Brabazon Bar – The Belfry Hotel

Oriental Restaurant of the Year

Sushido in Sutton Coldfield

South Asian Restaurant of the Year

Panache in Sutton Coldfield

Vegetarian – Vegan Restaurant of the Year

Cracked Pepper in Sutton Coldfield

For full list of finalists click the link

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