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First ever Birmingham wine festival
Event brings together wine producers, merchants, experts and commentators with hundreds of wines at Birmingham’s Hyatt Hotel on June 13 and 14
Army of volunteers spring into action for annual clean-up
If the annual spring clean seems like hard work, spare a thought for the volunteers and workers of the National Trust. Mary Griffin discovers the great efforts to clean Warwickshire's best kept historic houses and gardens
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
Prayers answered for a divine dinner
Mughal E Azam is the perfect place for diners to expand their curry repertoire and try something new.
Repertory Theatre Birmingham
Review: Birdsong at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Mary Griffin reviews Birdsong at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Food & Drink
Garden Organic is proud to be different
The new boss at Garden Organic is taking the charity back to its roots. Mary Griffin reports
A whisky revolution is brewing in Birmingham
Rare, collectable and discontinued whiskies will all be on the menu at Birmingham's second annual whisky festival this weekend. Mary Griffin hears what's in store from the city's food and drink specialists
Stunning setting for good value dining
Mary Griffin puts on her Sunday best to check out a hidden gem in the heart of Birmingham
Funding gap is leaving children waiting for help
A baby hospice set up to care for severely sick children is being forced to reduce its opening hours and close off vital rooms due to a funding shortage. Mary Griffin reports
University of Birmingham
Tributes paid to former Birmingham academic Stuart Hall
The man who coined the term 'Thatcherism' and helped establish the Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, has died aged 82
Fine craft of pairing food with beer is pure genius
Midland brewery Purity has tripled its capacity and is about to launch a new beer and its first pub. Mary Griffin takes a trip to south Warwickshire to see what's brewing.
Five street food vendors join forces
The latest food news from the West Midlands.
Hit and miss menu with service to match
Ahead of Chinese New Year tomorrow Mary Griffin visits Colmore Row where Birmingham's newest Chinese restaurant wants to feed the business district.
Midlands chefs open up new pop-up restaurant
Two chefs are reaping the best of the region's harvest to feed to diners at a new pop-up restaurant to open in Birmingham next week. Mary Griffin reports.
'530 people a year could be dying from air pollution-related conditions in Birmingham' - Friends Of The Earth
Friends of the Earth hits out after monitoring stations in the city were shown to be recording levels of pollution above recommended European safety limits
Michelin-starred Adam's restaurant in Birmingham is awarded three AA rosettes
Restaurant is going from strength to strength after winning a Michelin star – the fourth for a Birmingham restaurant – just six months after opening its doors
Authentic tastes are worth hunting out
Hidden among Digbeth's backstreets, the Karczma has gained a loyal following. Mary Griffin visits the Polish restaurant and finds a collection of curios and culinary delights.
Ones to watch 2014: 10 key people in food and culture
Roz Laws on the faces of culture over the next year.
Food bank is filling a compassion hole
The country’s largest food bank this month marks its third anniversary. Mary Griffin meets the man behind the Coventry scheme, who says referrals are rising.
'Godfather' is taking care of next generation of chefs
Chef and restaurateur Andreas Antona is considered the godfather of the Birmingham restaurant scene, having kick-started its Michelin success. Mary Griffin chats to him about his new enterprises and finds the chef is still at the cutting edge.
I kept searching for my baby but the waters were up to my chest
Mary Griffin visits Bangladesh and Pakistan with Islamic Relief to find out why funding for disasters arrives too late.
Pure dining pleasure from culinary genius Adam Bennett
Simpsons' Michelin-star chef Adam Bennett has left Birmingham for a new venture. Mary Griffin visits The Cross in Kenilworth to find out whether the chef can continue his legacy.
Birmingham plans to triple number of city cyclists by using canal towpath network
£6.3 million plan goes before the council’s cabinet next Monday to make Birmingham’s canal network accessible to cyclists
The smell of oil, steam and smoke - it's why we're model railway fans
Mary Griffin goes behind the scenes of a club to uncover the attraction of playing with trains.