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Review: Tipu Sultan in Moseley
After a year of teasing, the majestic Tipu Sultan has been unleashed on us. Mary Griffin checks out whether it’s been worth the wait.
Classical cook knows the value of good honest food
One of the godfathers of Birmingham’s fine dining scene has returned to the city this week. Chef Andy Waters talks to Mary Griffin about Michelin, the rise of pub grub and ‘the Mayfair of Birmingham’.
Top chef Andy Waters returns to Birmingham
Michelin-star winning Andy Waters will open his new restaurant, Waters on the Square on Saturday night.
National Indoor Arena Birmingham
Review: Danny Elfman’s Music from the films of Tim Burton, at the NIA, Birmingham
Scores from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beetlejuice, Batman, Mars Attacks, Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Review: Adam’s Restaurant in Bennetts Hill, Birmingham
The inspectors have given Birmingham’s hottest new restaurant their seal of approval. Now Mary Griffin puts Michelin-starred Adam’s to the test.
Michelin Guide editor lavishes praise on Birmingham food scene
City's flourishing restaurant sector described as world class after winning a fourth star
Do the legwork before you buy a bike
Choosing a new bike can be a daunting prospect. Mary Griffin gets the lowdown on selecting the right cycle.
The Cycle Show launches at the NEC
Cycling is enjoying a boost across Britain and Birmingham is gearing up to join the trend. As the Cycle Show launches at the NEC, Mary Griffin looks at the two-wheeled revolution.
Off-road cycle routes ideal for the whole family
Birmingham boasts an enviable network of off-road routes that are ideal for commuting or family-friendly weekend biking.
A berry nice way to find your supper
A freezing winter, chilly spring and sweltering summer have brought us a bumper wild harvest. Mary Griffin goes foraging in the heart of suburbia to find food for free.
Unearthed Polesworth Abbey skeletons may be 9th Century nuns
Archaeologists claim site could be the last resting place of the holy women who founded the original Benedictine nunnery in the 9th century.
NSPCC launches new Christmas campaign
NSPCC is planning a Festival of Trees and is rallying businesses to light up the mall of the ICC by sponsoring one of 19 giant Christmas trees.
Two more Birmingham restaurants make the Good Food Guide
Carters of Moseley and new city centre destination Adam's selected for coveted restaurant guide
Down to earth in history hunt at Polesworth Abbey
Volunteer archaeologists uncover secrets of Polesworth Abbey
Braving the waters like David Cameron and Vladimir Putin in new trend for outdoor swimming
A growing wave of swimmers are turning their backs on the pool to head for the great outdoors. Mary Griffin finds a lake on the outskirts of Birmingham that’s enticing newcomers to take the plunge
Lincolnshire village was inspiration behind the Archers' Ambridge claims historian
A right rural ruck is being battled out between a Worcestershire village said to have inspired The Archers and a new pretender to the title – a Lincolnshire rival which claims it is the real model for the soap’s village of Ambridge.
Fracking protesters on alert in Midlands
The Midlands could be hit by a wave of protests over fracking as it emerged the region is at the centre of a number of applications for controversial shale gas mining.
Birmingham crop pickers in a race against time to halt urban decay
Mary Griffin reports on the Urban Harvest “crowdfunding” plan to get fruit out of Birmingham’s gardens and into supermarkets.
Birmingham City Council
£24 million cycle boost must be 'just the beginning'
Department for Transport cash in the form of a £17 million grant will be combined with £7.3 million from the city council.
Hunt for landlord at pub which inspired Archers
Huge interest expected as publicans prepare to leave The Old Bull, in Inkberrow
Birmingham artist takes up residence at Dudmaston Hall
A Birmingham artist is reviving a long-standing tradition at a National Trust estate in the Midlands. Elizabeth Rowe talks to Mary Griffin about becoming the new artist-in-residence at Dudmaston Hall.
The Cube Birmingham
The future of dining is casual dining – Marco Pierre White
Marco Pierre White was the very first celebrity chef and the youngest in the world to gain three Michelin stars.
Widening the appeal of country pursuits
More than 150,000 people will visit Ragley Hall in Warwickshire this weekend for the biggest game fair in Europe. Mary Griffin reports.
Dine out on a beer revolution
Birmingham is set to host its first craft beer festival next weekend. Mary Griffin discovers how beer has become part of fine dining.