Birmingham’s got a new bar-restaurant specialising in traditional ways of preparing and cooking food.
Craeft has opened in Gas Street just off Broad Street in the city centre.
It’s in the atmospheric old building that used to house the Pickled Piglet.
Like the Pickled Piglet, it’s owned by local chef Mark Rafferty, who also owns the Pig and Tail in the Jewellery Quarter.
The name “craeft” – pronounced craft is an old English word meaning strength, power, skill and art.
Expect hearty, wholesome dishes such as pulled beef & potato croquette with English mustard mayo, rabbit loin, smoked bacon & pearl barley porridge & nasturtium, grilled trout semi-cured with black pepper & rosemary, roasted garlic & charcoal mayo, fermented chips & seaweed salt, lamb broth, lemon balm & thyme dumplings & bread.
Mark said: “It’s pro-British in produce and going back to the old traditional methods of preparing, cooking and preserving.
“Our tag line is Pouring – Pickling – Curing”.
The drinks range specialises in draft beers, some quirky.
There’s also a modest gin list and a small but ever changing cocktail menu.
The Cottage, 22 Gas Street, Birmingham B1 2JT. 0121 448 0993.