Lyon – the charm of a city where time stands still

Last month, I took the biennial pilgrimage to France’s culinary capital with friends, colleagues and many of the world’s best chefs. It was the 30th anniversary of the Bocuse d’Or (a global chef competition for those who don’t know) so it was a very special time to be there. Lyon has many memories for me, […]

Simpsons diners to enjoy a taste of l’Enclume

The team at l’Enclume will be taking over the kitchen in our first Guest Chef dinner on Monday 30 January. The dinner follows our hugely successful collaboration with Sticky Walnut in November. The Sticky Walnut dinner sold out within three hours of being announced on social media and the team expects similar levels of demand for the L’Enclume […]

Yes Chef!

Yes Chef is a new TV programme which takes amateur cooks through a series of challenges whilst being mentored and judged by a top chef. I was invited to take part back in April and it required two trips up to Manchester for the filming. In the past I might have turned down the opportunity […]

Simpsons scores a hat trick in national restaurant listings

We have once again been ranked the best in Birmingham, this time in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017. Simpsons ranked 35 out of hundreds of UK restaurants and also scored seven out of ten, our highest score yet in the guide. This year also saw Simpsons achieve the highest ranking for Birmingham in the Square Meal Top 100 […]

Teaching an ‘old’ chef new tricks

The refurbishment of Simpsons last year helped to reinvigorate me as a chef but in recent months I have come to realise that it was about far more than breathing fresh life into the restaurant. Unfortunately, the period of refurbishment was such a painful few months that we were so relieved when it was over […]

National Restaurant Awards – Top 100

Last week, Luke and Nathan attended the National Restaurant Awards at The Hurlingham Club in London, to find out where Simpsons had been ranked in the UK. The evening was hosted by Stefan Chomka, editor of Restaurant Magazine, who counted down from 100 to 1. As they passed the 90’s, 80’s and 70’s, things were becoming […]

Savour a cigar and whisky carefully selected by our award-winning sommelier

We are very proud of Corin who took the title of Best Sommelier in Birmingham at the Food and Drink awards last week. His passion and knowledge for a good drink extends far beyond fine wines and he is always keen to share this with others.   On Tuesday 12 July, Corin has organised a […]


EAGERLY AWAITED SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE FIRST BIRMINGHAM FOOD, DRINK & HOSPITALITY AWARDS 2016 Sure to be one of the highlights of the city’s social calendar and billed as one of the main events of the year, the ceremony will certainly reward the most innovative and unique offerings of the city. Not only celebrating talent, […]

Bramley Apple Week – Recipe for you to try yourself.

Hazelnut Sponge, Hay Baked Bramley Apples, Cinnamon Ice-cream For the cake (makes 8) 250g soft dark brown sugar 250g unsalted butter 250g whole eggs 125g roasted hazelnuts, crushed 12.5g baking powder 150g plain flour 75g hazelnut oil   Cream the sugar and butter together to pale Add the eggs slowly, one by one Fold in […]