Thoughts and musings when not sat in a radio studio.

Wolves Council help with Scores on the Doors

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It’s shocking how many traders in Wolverhampton still have Scores on the (urgent improvement necessary). The graphic below shows the listing accurate as of this afternoon.   On Monday Wolverhampton City Council announced its new Trade With Confidence scheme, to proved training and support for traders to aim for and achieve a top 5 rating. […]

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Scores on the Doors

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I’ve long felt that the Scores on the Doors ratings for all premises selling food should be displayed by all shops, cafes and restaurants: not just those with a good score. If you chat to people in the trade on a regular basis, as I do, you’ll know that it’s quite easy to make a […]

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Bakeries under Railway Arches

There is something romantic about artisan crafts tucked away in strange places: cheeses maturing in caves, fine vintage wines gathering dust in chateau cellars and, in much greater number than I expected, shops and bakeries. If visible to the public at all, it is often a small retail frontage with tightly packed wares, while the […]

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Report on Florida Food and Drink

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Taste Wolverhampton Sunday 16th April 2017 Florida Special This report will be repeated in the New Year’s Eve 2017 edition of Taste Wolverhampton. Introduction In February, my wife and I spent a couple of weeks staying with friends who moved to work in Florida a few years ago. They live in Kissimmee (pronounced Kiss-emmy locally) […]

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Drinking less real ale?

As a fan of good cask ale, I read this article by Pete Brown* expecting to strongly disagree with it; but actually, I found that I agreed with pretty much every word. If you like a pint with your lunch, as I often do, our chances of a good drink are already reduced, unless you […]

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First annual Wolverhampton Independent Retail Excellence (WIRE) Awards

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Nominations are now open for the first annual Wolverhampton Independent Retail Excellence (WIRE) Awards. The awards, commissioned by the Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, Councillor Roger Lawrence, are being led by Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the council. The aim is to celebrate and praise the entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and hard […]

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Dangerous eating in Wolverhampton

Latest dangerous eatery in Wolverhampton: Eat4Less. There are some places in Wolverhampton that have had a grade 1 for months. Shouldn’t they close until re-inspected and approved by Wolverhampton City Council? Eateries with a current Grade 1: KFC Bentley, inspected December 2016 The Stile Polish Restaurant, last inspected in April 2016. Bottle & Brew Limited, […]

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Sherry Week 2016

Sherry Week Another Sunday morning and another opportunity to learn more about wine with Simon pops in to teach me about Sherry. Apparently it’s more than a trifling matter.

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Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival 2016

Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival This is where I’ll be on Saturday afternoon: at the Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival. I interviewed Ed Kimber there last year: a charming chap. I will take my recording kit with me again this weekend … though the temptation is always to taste rather than talk. Sadly not the same as the last […]

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Wolverhampton Beer Festival 2016

Wolverhampton Beer Festival On Saturday 11th June, I did a 3-hour live broadcast from the Wolverhampton Beer festival. We had a few technical glitches which sadly took out most of one interview, but overall it went well I think. Special thanks are due to the many people interviewed, + Andy Beaton, Andy Walters and Ian […]

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