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Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

As dozens of food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair next month Mary Griffin finds out what's in store and asks what sets the city's food scene apart.

Take time out for some tea at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire

Stanbrook Abbey, an iconic former monastery built in a Georgian, Gothic revival style is set in 21 acres of Worcestershire countryside.

Husband-and-wife team to become BBC WM's first high profile British-Asian presenters

Sunny and Shay Grewal, the new afternoon double act on BBC WM.
BBC WM will have a brand new sound from next week. Graham Young reports

Motoring Road Test: Sleek Honda Civic Tourer stands out from the crowd

Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i_VTEC SR
Edward Stephens enjoys packing as many bags as possible into this spacious estate car

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

Sir William Dugdale in 1656
An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports
The Aston Tavern is one of many pubs around Birmingham to undergo a facelift

Renovated and restored - Five Birmingham pubs sporting new looks

A look at some pubs which have undergone facelifts as Aston Tavern prepares to open for Villa's first home game of 2014/15 season

Take time out for some tea at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire

Stanbrook Abbey, an iconic former monastery built in a Georgian, Gothic revival style is set in 21 acres of Worcestershire countryside.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.
As dozens of food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair next month Mary Griffin finds out what's in store and asks what sets the city's food scene apart.
Sir William Dugdale in 1656

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports

Coventry-born architect set out to create a utopian dream in America

New Harmony in Indiana as it looks today. Thomas Whitwell sailed to America in 1825 to see his scheme come to fruition.
A Coventry-born designer joined forces with a social reformer to build a unique community in the US, writes Chris Upton

The woman who founded Warwick to stifle Vikings

Aethelflaed in a stained glass window in St Andrew's Church, Churchdown, Gloucestershire. Installed in the 1930s, it shows her as an elegant princess surrounded by symbols of peace (the book) and royalty (the crowned 'A').
As Warwick celebrates its 1,100th anniversary, Chris Upton discovers how an Anglo Saxon woman laid its foundations.
Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i_VTEC SR

Motoring Road Test: Sleek Honda Civic Tourer stands out from the crowd

Edward Stephens enjoys packing as many bags as possible into this spacious estate car

Motoring Road Test: Audi A3 Cabriolet Sport is a stylish drop-top on road to street cred

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Looks are everything when it comes to convertibles, writes Edward Stephens

Cool and compact with road presence

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV
Mercedes-Benz's new GLA model is a class act, writes Edward Stephens
Moor Green Lane in Moseley.

Home of the day: £850k Victorian property in Moor Green Lane, Moseley

Improvements to this Moseley home have resulted in a splendid area for adults to relax in, Alison Jones reports

Home of the day: £1,695,000 The Almshouse at Harvington, near Kidderminster

The Almshouse at Harvington near Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
Outdoor "rooms" create areas of interest throughout the grounds of this unusual house, says Alison Jones

Home of the day: £795k Hawford Lock House in Claines, Worcester

Hawford Lock House in Claines, Worcester.
There is no excuse for not making the most of the water that flows by this house as it is being sold with a free cruiser, reports Alison Jones

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The Aston Tavern is one of many pubs around Birmingham to undergo a facelift

Renovated and restored - Five Birmingham pubs sporting new looks

Moor Green Lane in Moseley.

Home of the day: £850k Victorian property in Moor Green Lane, Moseley

Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

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Graeme Brown
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Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor