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New restaurant to bring the best of British to the ICC


This July will see Craft Dining Rooms, a new British restaurant, open at Birmingham’s International Conference Centre (ICC).

Celebrating British culinary craft, Craft Dining Rooms will shine a light on British artisan producers with a menu that brings together the best produce from British farmers, cheese mongers, brewers, distillers and vintners.

Executive Chef Nick Evans will lead the kitchen having built a career in some of UK’s best hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants such as Harvey’s in Bristol and recently at Northcote Hall where he worked closely with Lisa Goodwin-Allen. Partnering Nick as Chef Director will be Birmingham native Tom Wells, an award-winning chef whose previous employers include Tom Aitkens and Australian chef Luke Mangan. The new opening marks the debut restaurant opening from Birmingham-based entrepreneurs Sam and Emma Morgan.

The menu will have seasonality at its heart with a focus on simplicity and quality of ingredients. Lunch service will feature a stripped-back menu that concentrates on British-inspired sharing plates including wild boar and black pudding sausage roll and traditional Brummie bacon cakes. At dinner, beef wellington with Wiltshire truffle, roasted sea trout with Isle of Wight tomatoes and Cornish day boat turbot will all take their place on the menu alongside a host of a selection of British cheeses. Sundays will focus on familial dining and traditional sharing-style Sunday roasts with British cuts carved tableside and taking pride of place at the heart of the dining table. Guests will be able to choose from slow roasted Blythburgh pork belly, Cotswold chicken, Irish rump cap beef and Cornish lamb.

About the opening, Executive Chef Nick said: “Launching Craft Dining Rooms is a chance to work with the incredible range of produce that can be found on our shores, using the fields, farms and surrounding seas of the British coast as our larder and paying homage to some classic British dishes.”

The 150-cover dining room will comprise a main dining room, central bar and two private dining rooms, available for private hire with guests able to work alongside the kitchen team to create a bespoke menu for their event. Weaving its way round the restaurant will be a drinks trolley from which guests can enjoy cocktails made from a range of British gins, vodkas and spirits, shaken and stirred table side. The team has been working closely with British winemakers, sourcing wines for a predominantly British wine list, including bottles from Astley Vineyard, just twenty-five miles from the restaurant.

Sam Morgan, co-founder of Craft Dining Rooms said: “We’re incredibly excited to be opening Craft Dining Rooms in the heart of the city, taking residence in one of the city’s most renowned locations and to be contributing to the growth of the burgeoning Birmingham restaurant scene.”

“Craft Dining Rooms represents many traditions of British culinary history and showcases the wonderful artisan producers that make British food what it is. The menu features the team’s modern take on a few well-loved dishes alongside some brand-new creations that make the most of local ingredients and what’s on offer. With Tom and Nick at the helm, we’re very excited about bringing the new concept to the city and we can’t wait to welcome diners to the restaurant,” added Emma.

Posted by DineBirmingham