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Owner Michelle Monaghan applies finishing touches to the refurbished Aston Tavern

Aston Tavern owners want new-look pub to be Michelin-star quality

Punters will get a first look at the Aston Hall Road pub when it opens its doors for the first time on Saturday to coincide with Aston Villa’s first home match of the football season

Birmingham street food: Our guide to who's who in fast food revolution

Bourneville Waffle Company serve unique waffles from their retro caravan L-R Paul Desmond, original co-founder Dave Robinson and Jenny Deeley.
The launch of Digbeth Dining Club marked the start of a bustling street food scene in Birmingham. As the weekly Friday feast celebrates its second anniversary next week, Mary Griffin looks at 12 of the traders who have made the city a major player in a national movement revolutionising the concept of fast food.

Town Hall concert celebrates life of acclaimed music writer Lyndon Jenkins

Lyndon Jenkins
Mr Jenkins died in April 2014 at St Mary’s Hospice, Birmingham, aged 75

Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott to speak at celebrity dinner in Birmingham

Jonathan Trott
BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen will lead a Q&A session at the event

Commonwealth gold medalist Jodie Stimpson to start Great Birmingham Run 2014

Commonwealth gold medalist Jodie Stimpson
Oldbury 25-year-old won both individual and team triathlon golds for England at the Glasgow games
Miller Karl Grevatt working at Charlecote Mill in Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire.

The miller using traditional techniques at Warwickshire's last working water mill

A young miller is using traditional techniques to turn locally-grown wheat into flour. Mary Griffin steps back in time at Warwickshire's last working water mill

Review: Oaka restaurant at The Bartons Arms in Aston

The Barton Arms pub in Aston
In the unlikely surroundings of the Aston Expressway, Mary Griffin visits a perfectly preserved historic pub housing a traditional Thai restaurant

Birmingham street food: Our guide to who's who in fast food revolution

Bourneville Waffle Company serve unique waffles from their retro caravan L-R Paul Desmond, original co-founder Dave Robinson and Jenny Deeley.
The launch of Digbeth Dining Club marked the start of a bustling street food scene in Birmingham. As the weekly Friday feast celebrates its second anniversary next week, Mary Griffin looks at 12 of the traders who have made the city a major player in a national movement revolutionising the concept of fast food.
New Harmony in Indiana as it looks today. Thomas Whitwell sailed to America in 1825 to see his scheme come to fruition.

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

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.

A picture of First World War heroes that has been 100 years in the taking

gMen of the Second City Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment leaving Sutton Coldfield, holding Lee Enfield Rifles in 1915.
As the centenary of the First World War approaches, a Birmingham school is embarking on a project to create a virtual memorial to old boys who died in the conflict. Justine Halifax reports
Audi A3 Cabriolet

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

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

Innovative design for parking protection

Citroen C4 Cactus Amsterdam
The new Citroen Cactus comes with special air bumps for extra side protection. Edward Stephens reports.
Wootton Grange House on the outskirts of Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Home of the day: £875k Wootton Grange House near Kenilworth, Warwickshire

A former manor house makes a comfortable family residence in a famous castle town, writes Alison Jones

Home of the day: £850k Mill Race in Wootton Wawen near Henley in Arden

Mill Race in Stratford Road at Wootton Wawen near Henley in Arden.
The wheels and stones may have stopped turning but there is still much that can be made out of old mills, with their working parts transformed into quirky decorative assets in these unusual houses, writes Alison Jones

Home of the week: £1,450,000 Reservoir House in Kenilworth

Reservoir House in Crewe Lane, Kenilworth.
A disused council building inspired a property developer to create something very special, writes Alison Jones.

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Owner Michelle Monaghan applies finishing touches to the refurbished Aston Tavern

Aston Tavern owners want new-look pub to be Michelin-star quality

Wootton Grange House on the outskirts of Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Home of the day: £875k Wootton Grange House near Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Mill Race in Stratford Road at Wootton Wawen near Henley in Arden.

Home of the day: £850k Mill Race in Wootton Wawen near Henley in Arden

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