GM Foods – public consultation ends 17 March 2021

Injecting a tomato photoWhat are your thoughts on genetically modified foodstuffs?

It sounds a bit science fiction doesn’t it? Yet it’s not that long since protesters were setting test fields of wheat alight in protest: something listeners to the Archers might remember Tom Archer getting involved with.

The European Union is pretty much against genetically modified products, but the UK is no longer a member since Brexit, and our government is now consulting on whether to relax UK regulations. Indeed, testing on modified foods has already started.

If you would like to know more and make your views known, a public consultation ends on 17th March. You can make your views known on the DEFRA website.

1) BBC Radio 4 Food Programme on the topic: dry but very informative and well worth a listen.

2) BBC News website article.

3) DEFRA web page to read more and register your views.

Local Guidance on Covid-19 safety in pubs, cafes and restaurants

As mentioned in Taste Wolverhampton this morning, pubs, bars and restaurants in Wolverhampton are being reminded they must keep their customers safe and limit the spread of coronavirus. The warning comes after instances in other parts of the country where establishments were closed down either because they were linked to an outbreak of Covid-19 or not operating in a Covid-secure manner.

All pubs, bars and restaurants are reminded they must:

  1. record all customers’ details so that NHS Test and Trace can contact them in the event of an outbreak.
  2. ensure customers only socialise in groups of up to 2 households (including support bubbles) indoors, or in groups of no more than 6 people from different households outdoors.
  3. ensure staff and customers are able to practise regular handwashing and good hygiene.
  4. if 2 or more members of staff test positive for Covid-19, notify the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health team by emailing and Public Health England by calling 0344 225 3560 and choosing option 0 and then option 2.

Any business found to be operating dangerously could be closed down using powers given to local councils under the Coronavirus Act 2020. Businesses which would like support with interpreting the latest guidance should contact the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Trade With Confidence team on 01902 552079 or via

Stay Safe, Be Kind


Please note that events are being cancelled at short notice, and that the diary on this website may list events that are unable to run. At the time of writing, CAMRA has nationally cancelled all beer festivals and branch events, and there is pressure not to go out socially.

Keep safe and support your local traders when you can.

Scores on the Doors

Scores on the Doors

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 silly slip-up that can get you a low score: forgetting to note a fridge temperature, for example. But it’s also easy to be re-assessed, which is what any self-respecting purveyor will do.

So, when you look at your Scores on the Doors app or the website and you see a result that horrifies you, it’s worth checking how recently an inspection took place. If it was very recently, then mention it if you are thinking of making a booking.

However, if the last inspection was several months ago, you have to ask why anyone with a low score has not insisted on a quick reinspection. It may be that inspectors are unavailable, or it may be that the owner simply isn’t that bothered.

You are the customer. Where you spend your money, and with whom you trust your safety, are your choices. Be careful out there.

More information



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, 92A Showell Road, Wolverhampton.
Calif Bar, 179 Stafford Court, Stafford Street, Whitmore Reans.
Eat4Less, 4 Dudley Street, City Centre, Wolverhampton.
India Gates, 6 – 8 Mount Pleasant, Wolverhampton.
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Unit 7, Bentley Bridge Park.
Snacks & Sweets, 312 Prestwood Road, Wolverhampton.
The Stile (Polish Restaurant), The Stile, 3 Harrow Street, Wolverhampton.

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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 2 years somehow. A different atmosphere ans somehow … less chocolatey.