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After starting with two piglets, Nick and John Francis now own 600 pigs, supplying 35 Michelin star restaurants.

The secret to good pork is happy pigs

When two brothers bought a pair of pigs neither imagined they'd end up with 600 swines, supplying pork to 35 Michelin star restaurants. Mary Griffin reports

When chips are down, Opus steps up to plate

Cold poached salmon on Cos lettuce, green bean and radish salad, topped with sauce gribiche.
In her search for a top quality, reasonably priced lunch, Mary Griffin finds potato perfection in this Brindleyplace gem.

Post People: The Bureau on Colmore Row launches its new roof terrace

The Bureau roof terrace launch: Omar Budeiri (Roar Communications), Jessica Fitzpatrick (Scene Birmingham), Aaron Foster (Clements & Church), Matty Katerzabek (Clements & Church), Stacey Morrow, Emma Larkin (Birmingham Post)
Two ‘huts’ on the roof of the building house flag poles that crown the top of the 1903 Grade II listed building

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After starting with two piglets, Nick and John Francis now own 600 pigs, supplying 35 Michelin star restaurants.

The secret to good pork is happy pigs

When two brothers bought a pair of pigs neither imagined they'd end up with 600 swines, supplying pork to 35 Michelin star restaurants. Mary Griffin reports

Cold poached salmon on Cos lettuce, green bean and radish salad, topped with sauce gribiche.

When chips are down, Opus steps up to plate

In her search for a top quality, reasonably priced lunch, Mary Griffin finds potato perfection in this Brindleyplace gem.

The Bureau roof terrace launch: Omar Budeiri (Roar Communications), Jessica Fitzpatrick (Scene Birmingham), Aaron Foster (Clements & Church), Matty Katerzabek (Clements & Church), Stacey Morrow, Emma Larkin (Birmingham Post)

Post People: The Bureau on Colmore Row launches its new roof terrace

Two ‘huts’ on the roof of the building house flag poles that crown the top of the 1903 Grade II listed building

Waitress Rachel Argyle presents the 'Oriental dog' hot-dog, at The Bureau restaurant and bar on Colmore Row, Birmingham.

A new day has dawned for the humble hot dog

In search of bar food with a new twist, Mary Griffin samples high-class hot dogs and Midlands tapas at The Bureau

Ian Harvey and Amy Seton

Finally, an event for wine lovers to savour

Birmingham's first major wine festival takes place this weekend. Co-organiser Ian Harvey tells Mary Griffin he hopes the festival will educate drinkers and inspire the city's restaurateurs

Owners of Don Diego in Sutton Coldfield, Fonzie and Emma Yufera-Ruiz

Authentic ingredients the secret to Don Diego's success

As Sutton Coldfield launches its new restaurant quarter, Mary Griffin speaks to the owners of the town’s only Michelin-accredited venue on their passion for Spanish food

Top chef Glynn Purnell pictured at his restaurant Purnells on Cornwall Street in Birmingham for the launch of his new book Cracking Yolks & Pig Tales.

The making of the Michelin man from the council estate

Birmingham's original Michelin-star chef, Glynn Purnell, has released his first cook book. The self-professed "Yummy Brummie" talks to Mary Griffin about his unswerving local pride, his continuing fascination with the food of his youth and his outright refusal to follow the fashion.

April Bloomfield

Birmingham chef is New York's finest

Birmingham chef April Bloomfield has been crowned New York's best chef at the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the US restaurant scene.

Top chef Glynn Purnell pictured at his restaurant Purnells on Cornwall Street in Birmingham for the launch of his new book Cracking Yolks & Pig Tales.

Purnell to whip up a storm with 'extreme' cookbook

Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has released his first cook book.

Andy Newman who is producing and selling - box by box - his own cider named Moseley Cider Circle at the Post Office Vault

Young cider maker rolls out barrel to local pubs

Andy Newman has set up a backyard business making his own cider in urban Birmingham after falling in love with the West Country - and its scrumpy.

The Warehouse Cafe in Allison Street, Digbeth

Erratic service was a little out of order

Digbeth's Warehouse Cafe is a much-loved institution on the city's food scene. But Mary Griffin finds a hit-and-miss menu with service to match

Birmingham foodies are flocking to Rib Nights, a competitive barbecue event.

Barbecue battle is a rib-tickling night

Dozens of hungry Brummies have been taking on a meat feast of Man vs Food proportions. Mary Griffin goes carnivore at the city's latest food phenomenon, Rib Nights.

Birmingham's Symphony Hall to get Laurent-Perrier Champagne Gallery

Deal will mean Laurent-Perrier will be the exclusive Champagne throughout Town Hall and Symphony Hall

Green-fingered Jo Wesley and Avril Rogers are competing in The Big Allotment Challenge

Growing for gold in BBC competition

Two friends from Worcestershire are digging for victory in a new TV series. Roz Laws talks to them about the joys of keeping an allotment

Birmingham Independent Food Fair to be held at Millennium Point

The event will spill on to Eastside Park with tables, bars and streetfood outside

The new-look Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar on the 25th floor of The Cube

Facelift and new deal for Cube's Laurent-Perrier champagne bar

Upholstery firm Mr McQueen leads revamp of 25th-floor bar

Raspberry Creme Brulee from Purnell's Bistro, Birmingham

Learn how to make a classic creme brule

Special recipe from Michelin-starred chef Glyn Purnell

Leigh Waite holding a plate of her Godcakes

God-ly treats that deserve a big revival

An historic Midland cake recipe features in a new book of beloved British bakes. Mary Griffin meets the woman behind the revival of Coventry Godcakes

Three Michelin-starred chef Alain Roux with BCF Chef of the Year Adam Handling

Birmingham renews culinary links with Lyon by signing Protocole d'Entente

Agreement aims to boost culinary co-operation between the cities as college hosts young chef competition.

Six great places for coffee in Birmingham city centre and Jewellery Quarter

Tim Wilson, founder of Coffee Birmingham, the blog dedicated to promoting the city’s independent coffee scene, writes about how everyday business has become such an important part of Brum’s coffee culture and offers a selection of his own personal favourites

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Sea View in Rhosneigr, Anglesey.

Home of the day: £750k Sea View in Rhosneigr, Isle of Anglesey

Grade II listed house in Babelake Street, Packington.

Home of the day: £500k Grade II listed house in Babelake Street, Packington

Period property in Chantry Road, Moseley.

Home of the day: £625k period property in Chantry Road, Moseley

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Graeme Brown
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Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Ben Hurst
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