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~ January 2019 ~

Below you'll find all the news of what happened in Manchester restaurants in January 2019.

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Thursday 31st January 2019
River Restaurant

‘Proposal Training’ For Staff

The Lowry Hotel Manchester has rolled out ‘proposal training’ for its staff ahead of the peak Valentine’s Dayproposal season.The five-star hotel hosts around 300 proposals, weddings and anniversaries every year, making it one of the most romantic hotels in Manchester and, a hotspot for those popping the question in its luxury surroundings.

Food and Beverage Manager, Daniel Thompson, has been delivering bespoke training for the hotel’s staff, which included guidance from a professional photographer on how to capture the moment for loved-up couples using a mobile phone. Staff were provided with a masterclass on how to use lighting and angles to guarantee guests’ special moments are captured in full and advice on how to help choreograph the nerve-wracking question popping.

The training also highlighted which tables in the bar and the restaurant are most suited to engagements due to their privacy and romantic lighting. The team were also coached on how to calm any pre-proposal nerves by offering their discretion, advice and encouragement to guests.

Daniel comments: “Our staff are used to helping with hundreds of engagements every year and as Valentine’s Day is always particularly busy, we wanted to offer our staff some special training so they feel confident in assisting guests. There’s only one chance to capture the surprise and it’s important guests feel our staff are ready to help them make the most of this moment. Whether it’s capturing the whole thing on camera, picking out their ideal table or offering advice on where to hide the ring or when during the meal to pop the question, The Lowry Hotel is here to help.”

In addition, the five-star hotel is offering a number of luxury packages for Valentine’s Day including breakfast, dinner and spa proposals plus overnight packages.

The Valentine’s menu is available between 14th and 16th February for £55 per person. The luxury dining experience includes a glass of Champagne, a choice of starters, a Prosecco sorbet, mains including lamb wellington and pan-fried red mullet, and a delicious dessert. Enjoy a live pianist and singer on the 14th and a contemporary guitarist on the 15th for the perfect romantic evening. [click here for more information]

Wednesday 30th January 2019
Cibo Manchester

January Sales Extended At Cibo MCR

It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! You loved the January offer so much that Cibo are carrying on in February. For the entire month you can enjoy 50% off the a la carte menu at Castlefield’s neighbourhood Italian eatery, Cibo.

Tuck into some authentic Italian dishes made fresh daily at a fraction of the price! Start with a plate of our traditional Italian Antipasti to share (£7.75 after discount), devour the Capesante Gratinate of succulent seared king scallops (£7.75 after discount), or perhaps a Calzone stuffed full with spicy salami, buffalo mozzarella, ham & mushrooms (£6.25 after discount).

Cibo offers one of the largest dedicated vegan menus in the city including dishes such as Lasagne Alle Melanzane, a vegan take on Italy’s most famous dish featuring roasted aubergines and vegan mozzarella & pasta (£6.07 after discount).

Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, so make sure to try Cibo's signature Tiramisu (£2.75 after discount) made fresh in-house every day. At these prices, it’ll be hard to say no!  

An offer really too good to miss. Must be booked in advance [click here for more information]

Tast Evolves

Tast restaurant on King Street is set to unveil a new fine dining experience on the second floor of its restaurant called Enxaneta.

Enxaneta; the Catalan word for the youngest member of a team of ‘castellers’ who crowns a Catalan human castle, will be separate to the casual dining experience which is Tast and will feature an intimate 16 cover space, along with  two new tasting menus which have been developed by Executive Chef Paco Pérez.  The new venture is an evolution of Chef Pérez's work in the city.  He is now bringing the fine dining experience which he successfully introduced across his worldwide restaurants portfolio, to Manchester

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Tast Evolves

Tast restaurant on King Street is set to unveil a new fine dining experience on the second floor of its restaurant called Enxaneta.

Enxaneta; the Catalan word for the youngest member of a team of ‘castellers’ who crowns a Catalan human castle, will be separate to the casual dining experience which is Tast and will feature an intimate 16 cover space, along with  two new tasting menus which have been developed by Executive Chef Paco Pérez.  The new venture is an evolution of Chef Pérez's work in the city.  He is now bringing the fine dining experience which he successfully introduced across his worldwide restaurants portfolio, to Manchester

Thursday 24th January 2019

What’s Hatching?

Kicking off 2019 Right at Hatch as New Street Food Brands Join the January Fold!

It’s cold outside but luckily Hatch has got a stellar roster of street food brands to warm up your January lunch breaks and tea times alike as popular former Hatch trader Woks Cluckin returns to the line-up. Plus, it’s an excellent place to keep your veganuary commitments alive with the recent addition of Meatless Farm whose vegan bacon and cheese burger is now being served at Hatch.

There are plenty of heaters and shelter if you fancy a bracing al fresco dining experience, or diners can grab and go, or cosy up in Öl or Takk…

Sunday 20th January 2019
Grafene Bar Manchester

Grafene Closure

It saddens us to announce that over the weekend, we learned that Grafene are set to close their doors for business after service on Saturday January 26th. 

They’ve been consistently one of the best dining experiences in the city since launch, with some outstanding talent passing through the kitchen.  We wish everybody involved with Grafene all the best for the future. [click here for more information on grafene]

Wednesday 16th January 2019
Lunya Manchester

Lunya In Winter

Lunya is Manchester’s authentic, independent, family-run Catalan deli, restaurant and bar, and they’ve just launched a fabulous new winter menu update.

This is an eclectic, unique collection that has been carefully curated with new dishes inspired by their latest food adventures in Catalonia and all over the country. The update includes a great deal of fabulous new fish dishes, as well as vegan variations and of course – lots of rich, warming, vibrant dishes – perfect for a chilly Mancunian winter.

Most of all, this collection is about bringing a proper taste of Catalonia to Manchester - the finest seasonal produce and cuisine they could find, all expertly prepared to warm up a winters day!

Thursday 10th January 2019


Turkish restaurant KAI situated on the site of former restaurant Prezzo on Deansgate which opened on Boxing Day is already employing 25 people.  

The restaurant will be authentically Turkish with a contemporary twist, presenting meats fresh from the grill, salads and freshly made pitta breads all served mezze style so perfect for friends or groups to dine together.  The drinks menu will have some cocktails made with traditional Turkish spirits.

The restaurant has been given a stunning refurbishment that includes a beautiful flowered ceiling, vases of opulently gorgeous red roses and plush leather seating; all representing a modern Turkish design, which will make for an inspiring dining experience.

From the end of January KAI will also start serving traditional Turkish breakfasts that are also served in the authentic mezze (sharing) style, including Turkish eggs, 3 different types of olives, 4 kinds of cheese, Turkish honey & butter, tahini, pastirma (similar to pastrami), menemen, Turkish coffee & tea.

Restaurant owner Tayub Amjad, who also co-owns Manchester favourite Zouk Tea Bar, said: “We’ve always been passionate about Middle Eastern food, especially Turkish cuisine, and we feel there’s a gap in the market for an open kitchen restaurant of this kind.  We will have a chef’s table so customers can get up close to the atmosphere in the kitchen.”

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Plant Based CataLUNYA

Lunya Manchester’s own little corner of Catalunya, is now offering a dedicated Vegan Menu featuring a range of vibrant, exciting plant based dishes. From their famous Catalan bread and vegan deli platter to vegan paella, and a fabulous selection of vegan tapas like Patatas Bravas, Escalivada, Cauliflower Buñuelos and Woodland Mushrooms. Fresh, flavourful, plant based Catalunyan cuisine awaits at Lunya!

Thursday 3rd January 2019

El Gato Expands

Following on from last year’s launch of Canto, the team behind El Gato Negro have released plans to launch their third venture in the form of a Middle Eastern eatery.  Little is currently known as being concrete but the location is the ex Panama Hatty’s unit just off King St.  It will be interesting to see what this hugely capable team can do with what is a massively under rated cuisine!

Friday 28th December 2018

Vegetable Bay

High street Caribbean favourite Turtle Bay are all geared up for Veganuary with an array of new vegan dishes, including their first vegan burger; the Kernel burger, Sweetcorn Fritters, Aubergine Curry, Chickpea and Callaloo Curry and Sunshine Quinoa.  To top it all, every single Turtle Bay cocktail is vegan or vegetarian too!

Thursday 20th December 2018

Albert's Update

Albert’s restaurant in West Didsbury is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a £500K refurbishment. The well-established neighborhood restaurant which serves fine, honest cuisine, is set to close from 2nd January and reopen late March with a brand new and updated look and feel both inside and out. The exact re-opening date will be announced soon.

Monday 17th December 2018

Peaky Blinders Open

After a warm welcome from Tommy Shelby and his gang, Peaky Blinders Bar and Restaurant is now open!

After a stunning renovation, the old Sakana site on Peter Street, has been completely transformed into a grand, 1920s, speak-easy style drinking hall complete with a huge bar, plush leather booths, beautiful wall murals depicting characters from the show, art deco light fittings and a big balcony live music stage overlooking the whole venue.

The bar, restaurant and live music venue is, of course, inspired by the Peaky Blinders TV series and the whole era from which the show takes its name - ‘Peaky Blinders’ were in fact a real urban youth gang active in Birmingham around the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Peaky Blinders Manchester incorporates plenty of key elements from the show including character stills, and décor – fans can expect to feel like they’re immersed in the Peaky Blinders experience – above all though; Peaky Blinders sets out to be a warm, welcoming, enjoyable place to be.

The venue is carefully designed and inspired by the whole period. Fuss free and atmospheric –guests will be greeted by hosts in Peaky Blinders period uniform, who will ensure that they feel part of the experience from the off. Beer will be served in tankards and gorgeous, expertly created cocktails inspired by the show will be served in vintage glassware, alongside contemporary favourites too.  

Food comes courtesy of Ocean Treasure owner Simon Yip (part of the established Chi Yip supermarket and wholesale group). Ocean Treasure, who were operating in the Sakana building before the transformation, have partnered with the new owners and are serving their acclaimed Chinese cuisine upstairs in the restaurant as usual. Simon and his renowned team have curated a beautiful menu of small plate Dim Sum for customers who wish to dine downstairs in the bar.

A new city centre hideaway is here - by order of the Peaky Blinders!

Thursday 06th December 2018

Free Babs This Friday

This Friday, newly opened BAB in the Northern Quarter will be giving away free kebabs to the first 100 people to get to the restaurant after 5pm. The brand new kebab concept opened in the Northern Quarter this week, driven by the team behind brunch favourite The Pen & Pencil.

Kebabs on offer for the public to try will include the Lamb Adana with with feta labneh, radicchio and pomegranate; Chicken with aleppo chilli, hummus, and peppers; Pork Souvlaki with pickles onions, tzatziki and pork scratchings or Hanger Steak with cauliflower, cumin and chilli. Vegetarian options will include Halloumi with carrot and currants; or Falafel with tomato, harissa and pistachio. Kebabs will be served with homemade flatbread and pickled chilli.

The first 100 people to get to the new restaurant after 5pm this Friday 7th December will be treated to a BAB completely free of charge. Diners will be asked to eat-in the relaxed space for the full BAB experience, with drinks available at an additional cost.

BAB is a quality, grown-up kebab concept, serving the grilled meat favourite in an all day long, 60 cover restaurant with an open chargrill kitchen. The ground floor venue just off Stevenson Square opened to the public this week for comfortable, casual dining 7 days a week, from 12-10pm. The venue is aiming to be the new go-to for both NQ locals and out-of-towners for good, fresh easy-going food all day long.

Hip Hop Home

Funky food  truck The Hip Hop Chip Shop is setting up a firm home via a proper restaurant in Ancoats, a bit like everybody else at the moment in fairness.  The venue will host around 40 covers, and comes on the back of a very successful time operating out of a rather splendid looking food truck.  It's definitely something different to the area, and we can personally vouch for them banging out some rather fine fish and chips.

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Wednesday 5th December 2018


The pending opening of Kala; the Gary Usher driven city centre bistro has been given a few more bits of meat on the pre-launch bone.  Launch has tentatively been given the open ended date of 'February'.  More excitingly, the kitchen will be headed up by the well regarded and an all-round good guy Jiji Zhelyazkov, formerly of Two Michelin star big hitters Moor Hall and Raby Hunt, in addition to a stint at Heston's iconic Fat Duck, so a very good pedigree indeed.  This is definitely one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as things develop..

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Friday 30th November 2018

Mamucium Menu Revealed

Acclaimed, double AA Rosette and Manchester-born chef, Andrew Green has revealed his creative and northern-inspired menu for Manchester’s new and anticipated restaurant, Mamucium Restaurant and Bar.

Located in the NOMA Quarter within Manchester city centre and named after the Roman fort that was the birthplace of modern Manchester, Mamucium Restaurant and Bar, is an impressive 120-seat restaurant and bar set within the newly developed City Buildings development, next to Victoria Station and home to Manchester’s latest hotel opening Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Victoria Station. The venue’s centrepiece will be a stunning, Silestone and brass bar area.

Green’s modern British menu concept is a creative melting pot of classic dishes that have been given a unique, northern spin; inspired by his Manchester roots. Provenance runs through Mamucium’s menu, as dishes are prepared using the finest local ingredients and merchants. [click here to read the full article]

Kendalls Rekindled

Follwing on from the news that Kendalls has been pulled from the flames due to a last minute landlord agreement, aka they didnt want to get no rent for years has Kendalls pulled out; its now commonly thought that San Carlo Chichetti will be safe in its historic home.  Grazie Mr Ashley.

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Tuesday 27th November 2018

Randy Burgers Gone Flat

Controversial burger joint Randys NQ has closed its doors after a short stint in the city.  They hit the headlines due to having a burger named the 'Weinstein' on the menu, which was greeted with distain from much of the local food media.  Added to that never really found a niche or hit the ground jogging at all.  So; da da da, another one bites the dust.

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Tuesday 20th November 2018

Byrne Ventures

As we reported on Nov 2nd, it has now been confirmed that strong industry rumours following the closure of Manchester House are indeed true; Chef Aiden Byrne is launching his own restaurant in the ex Manchester House unit.  It is believed that the Manchester House name will be retained, along with the vast majority of décor, with a number of former staff reclaiming their roles.  The business will be financially backed by an as of yet unknown party/s, who has previous experience in hospitality, with a relaunch planned for December.

Aiden stated "I'm hoping Manchester House will once again confirm itself as a staple on the Manchester dining scene, exactly where it belongs. I feel like this is the perfect time and place for me to continue my craft. I'm extremely excited by the opportunity."

This is great news for the city, after what's been a tough period in terms of closures and lost talent.  We will report more news as it becomes available.

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Monday 12th November 2018


Tast have announced that they are launching a new menu of Tastets. The delicious new dishes will be exclusively available on the ground floor at Pinya bar.

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Friday 9th November 2018

Goodbye Burger Kitchen?

Posh UK high street burger pioneer Gourmet Burger Kitchen, has approved plans to close 17 of their 85 branches, under the conditions of a CVA to combat their financial issues.  It's not yet known if the Trafford Centre branch will be affected by this move.

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Asha's Acquisition

Our very own top rated Manchester Indian restaurant Asha's has joined the KRO Hospitality group.  Located on the flourishing Peter Street, Asha's has been spearheading authentic, high-end Indian cuisine in Manchester since 2015, and is housed in one of Manchester's finest Victorian palazzo buildings.  Since launch, Asha's has become a massive favourite amongst Manchester diners, and has been recognised in the Michelin Guide for offering high standards.

The latest acquisition by KRO Hospitality follows on from them purchasing the freehold of the building which Asha's is located in last Summer, with plans to convert the upper floors of the property into a 49 bedroom boutique hotel.

Owner of KRO Hospitality, Kim Eivind Krohn, said 'We're thrilled to welcome Asha's in to our expanding portfolio in Manchester.  Asha's is a much loved brand in Manchester, adored by food fans and celebrities alike.  We're progressing well with our exciting plans for 47 Peter St, and I believe the combination of a stunning new hotel and the culinary excellent and attention to detail of Asha's together in one building will be a fantastic draw.'  General Manager Helena Doskocz will continue to manage the day to day operation of the restaurant, alongside Executive Chef Ashwani Rangta heading up the kitchen. [more info]

Grill Exits The Alley

Following on from yesterday's rumours, we can now confirm that one of Manchester's pioneering steak houses; Grill On the Alley, will be closing its doors as part of a series of branch cuts across the brand, following on from Living Ventures; the brand's parent company, closing other brands in their portfolio only  a matter of weeks ago.

This comes in tandem with a newly released report from Harden's, citing that closures in London have hit their highest rate in almost 30 years.  We are not alone at least.

Salvi's Pizzeria

Manchester Italian favourite Salvi's are to launch another new venue in the city centre, on John Dalton St in the former Salvi's Rosticceria unit.  Salvi's Pizzeria will serve authentic Naples style pizza once it launches in the coming weeks, which comes as a surprise considering how much genuinely good Neopolitan pizza we already have in the city, including that at Salvi's own Cucina venue, only a few doors down.

Ping Pan-Asian

MasterChef champion Ping Coombes has launched a deli in the Trafford Centre Selfridges' Food Hall.  Ping's first ever solo project will feature unique Pan-Asian flavours, and will be open for lunch and dinner, serving delights such as Malaysian Chicken Curry, Korean Hot Wings, Thai Fish Cakes, and Vietnamese King Prawn Rolls.  Alongside these, there will be a Dim Sum offering, plus the highly fashionable Bubble Tea.

Friday 2nd November 2018

Change At The Top

Chef Aiden Byrne has parted ways with D&D London, and his position of Northern Chef Director, leading to his role at 20 Stories also coming to an end.  A reason or this hasn’t been cited, although 20 Stories have reported earnings as being beyond expectations, an stated Aiden's input as being a key factor in this early success. Rumours are now circulating that he may be looking to acquire the former Manchester House unit for his own venture.

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Wednesday 31st October 2018


Last night we held back on naming the group, as there had been no official word at that time. We are still unsure as to what will happen to individual units - likewise, it wouldn't have been fair to members of staff learning of their job loss through press speculation, if they hadn't been contacted already.

However, from what we understand, based on a comment from Director of the M.A.D group Jonathan Hawkins, all units of the M.A.D. group - a Manchester institution - have entered into liquidation. That's Hula, Walrus, Tusk, The Fitzgerald, Rosylee, The Blue Pig (all Northern Quarter), Hula West Didsbury, and Heaton Moor's Tusk, Fitzgerald and Hula, as well as their printing company, which is a key part of Manchester bar life. Their Printworks super club, Lazy Lizard, closed down recently after only a few months along Infamous Dinner, which was previously part of the M.A.D portfolio before its sale last year.

They will be sadly missed and sees over 125 people seeking new employment hopefully their staff can find alternative jobs as we cross our fingers for the units being acquired before long in what is a very dark time in Manchester city centre.

Tuesday 30th October 2018

NQ Closures?

We are hearing unfortunate rumours from a reliable source that a large bar & restaurant operator, mainly based in the Northern Quarter, has today gone into liquidation. If confirmed, a large number of jobs would be at stake, along with a massive part of the Northern Quarter’s bar scene taking a huge hit.  We will report more as things unfold!


The Ivy Collection Comes To Manchester

The Ivy Spinningfields will open in Manchester this winter, offering Mancunians a totally new dining experience set across four fabulous floors in the city’s financial district. The restaurant will feature a ground floor brasserie, first floor private dining room, an opulent Asian bar and restaurant on the second floor and a sumptuous Roof Garden featuring fire pits and lush foliage on the top floor. The Ivy Spinningfields will occupy an impressive, timber framed space within a new development, The Pavilion, surrounded by greenery yet located in the heart of the city.

Situated on the ground floor will be a traditional Ivy brasserie, open all day, seven days a week, serving modern British classics to suit all occasions. All-encompassing menus will feature a variety of dishes including truffled orzo pasta, lobster linguine and slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

On the first floor, The Dalton Room will be available for those seeking a more exclusive experience, accommodating parties of up to twenty seated guests.

The second floor of The Ivy Spinningfields will be the first ever “The Ivy Asian” – a glamourous bar and restaurant, serving Asian-inspired cocktails alongside dishes such as Wagyu beef with truffle sauce, salmon fillet teriyaki, and avocado, crispy tofu, lime and ginger dressing.

On the top floor will be Manchester’s first Roof Garden. With a fully retractable roof, the spectacular space will be open all year round. Guests will enjoy food and cocktails alongside an abundance of planting, greenery and foliage, roaring fire pits and colourful fabrics, all creating an enchanting oasis in the heart of Manchester.

Once open, the restaurant will host an exciting mix of yet to be announced guest DJs, events and entertainment on each of its four floors. Reservations can be made for all floors, whilst walk-ins will be welcomed for those wishing to experience either the Ivy brasserie, “The Ivy Asian” or Roof Garden.

Rabbit Down The Hole

‘Space age Asian fusion’ restaurant The Rabbit, formerly known as The Rabbit In The Moon, has announced it will close its doors on the 17th November after never really finding its feet, despite a couple of reinventions. Our own visits usually proved its food offering to be challenging, and never really seemed to suit the Manchester market’s tastes. Still, it’s another undoubted blow for the city’s food credentials, only weeks after the closure of Manchester House!

West Ireland

West Corner in the NQ has undergone a transformation to become The Corner Boy; which as far as our memory serves, is the first Irish bar in the NQ.  Selling Irish tipples and also traditional Gaelic food, The Corner Boy is open now!

Monday 29th October 2018

Dishing Up In Dec

Dishoom Manchester will open on Thursday 6th December, in the historic former Freemasons’ Hall on Bridge Street. 

The newest Dishoom will take up residence on the ground floor of Manchester Hall, a 1920s Grade II listed building, originally used as a Freemasons’ Hall. The space is – as ever – a loving homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay and will accommodate 231 covers between the two dining rooms and the Permit Room cocktail bar. 

The dining rooms will be open every day from early until late serving Executive Chef Naved Nasir’s first-class menus of Bombay comfort food. Including the Chef’s Special a decadent Nalli Nihari Biryani. 

Nihari – a famously hearty and robust dish – is synonymous with celebration. Made into a biryani, it is doubly so. This indulgent special sees tender shank of lamb layered with rice and caramelised onions then sealed beneath a pastry blanket. It is then enriched further with kaleji (chicken liver), raita and nihari gravy on the side.

As with all Dishoom restaurants, for every meal served at Dishoom Manchester, the team will donate a school meal to a child who would otherwise go hungry. A meal for a meal. Dishoom work with two fantastic charities – the Akshaya Patra Foundation in India and Magic Breakfast in the UK – who provide nourishing meals to children in schools. So far, Dishoom has donated over 5 million meals (… and counting!)

Fans of Dishoom are invited to help them prepare for the opening by attending their soft launch. Guests will receive 50% off food at breakfast, lunch and dinner during soft launch, which will run from 9am on Sunday 25th November – 4pm on Wednesday 5th December. Walk-ins only.

Evuna Evolves

Altrincham town centre's food portfolio has been given yet another boost via the news that city centre tapas maestros Evuna, are to launch their third site in the town.  Offering one of the Spanish best wine lists in the region, and bringing quality Spanish food to the city centre long before it was a trend, Evuna Altrincham sure to be a massive hit down in Alty, and have plenty of USP's to keep the local customers happy!

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Federal Follow Up

Kiwi inspired coffee shop and brunch hotspot Federal are launching a second site on Deansgate, next to Manahatta.  Considering their massive success and fan base at their NQ branch, it seems to make sense!

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Jolly Launch

Filipino fast food chain Jollibee are opening in Manchester, following a successful test launch in London. Fried Chicken is the staple offering, alongside their ‘Jolly Spaghetti’, topped with chopped hot dog sausage.  How it will go down with tastes in this part of the county remains to be seen.

Friday 19th October 2018

Kendall’s Chicchetti

Following on from today’s sad news that Kendall’s is set to close in late January 2019, questions have now also been raised over the future of San Carlo Chicchetti, which resides on the ground floor of said store. Time will tell!

Boom, Chakalaka

South African inspired bar/eatery Chakalaka has opened its doors on Oldham St in the NQ.  Serving up a wide array of drinks and SA food classics such as Bunny Chow, Biltong and Boerewors, it’s something new for the city centre!.

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Eat New Chorlton

NQ based bagel purveyors Eat New York are set to open in Chorlton. The guys will be taking over Chorlton Green on Beech Rd, and will open on Oct 19th.  So, you’ll soon be able to get a fix of their famous pastrami in the burbs too!

Porta Tres

Altrincham tapas favourite; Porta, have announced that they will be opening the third branch in their mini empire, at 216 Chapel St in Salford, this coming November.  Since launching in Chester back in 2012, Portas laid back tapas bar style has gone down a storm with punters, and this iteration should be no different.

Monday 15th October 2018

Midland Money

The Midland Hotel has been bought from Q Hotels for £115m by Fattal Hotels Group and Sweden’s Pandox hotel investment firm.  It’s thought that the new owners are set to invest £11.5m in the hotel in the form of renovation, which still retaining the core character of the building.

The hotel is home to our own top rated Manchester restaurant; Adam Reid at The French, and is an iconic building in the city, famously being the place where Mr Rolls and Mr Royce signed the contract to form their also iconic car business.

Friday 12th October 2018

Grande Cafe

As of October 7th, Piccollino Caffe Grande in Albert Square has closed down for repairs following a kitchen fire.  They expect to reopen in a few weeks' time, all going to plan.

Thursday 11th October 2018

Manchester Meet Mamucium

Ahead of the launch of Mamucium, the restaurant in the soon to open Hotel Indigo® Manchester - Victoria Station based next to Victoria Station, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Chef Andrew Green, the driving force behind one of Manchester's most hotly anticipated launches. 

Whilst probably not a household name amidst Manchester's ever-growing portfolio of well-known Chefs, Andrew Green is one of the Manchester hospitality industry's best regarded kitchen leaders, holding Head Chef positions in places including the Radisson, Crowne Plaza, and more recently, the 5 star Lowry Hotel, having previously worked in hospitality for Manchester United, a position which Andrew admits that if he had the time, he'd once again do free of charge, such is his love for the club.

So, we spent a very enjoyable hour with Andrew, and amongst football related chat, here's what he had to say - [click here to read the full article]

Kala Kountdown

Gary Usher's anticipated 6th launch Kala has been given a launch time of February 2019, located on King St as previously reported, and will deliver the high quality, great value, accessible yet high end bistro food which Gary is rightly now famous for.  Usher is also set to feature in an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, focusing on the launch of his other new venture; Pinion just outside Liverpool.  Exciting times for an exciting Chef.

Patisserie Valerie

The board of Patisserie Holdings, the parent company of sweet tooth chain favourite Patisserie Valerie,  has announced that the group is subject to a winding up partition over a £1.1m unpaid tax bill.

33 Oldham Street Opening late October

We've just been made aware of a pending new launch in the NQ, at the end of October.  33 Oldham Street will driven by Andy Smith, one of the founders of the award-winning Kendal Calling, Off the Record and Bluedot festivals, alongside partner Jason McGuire of Manchester Coffee.

Layout wise, 33 Oldham Street's ground floor is accessible by imposing double doors, leading to a coffee shop in the day time, which transitions to a slick cocktail space of an evening.  Upstairs on the 1st floor, there will be a theme inspired by Japan’s famed Omakase joints, paying homage to the intimate jazz cafés and vinyl bars found in Tokyo since the 1950s. The stylish but comfortable lounge will be a workspace by day, and chic bar by night. The second floor features a newly restored arch window overlooking Oldham Street, and is home to a comfortable, stylish creative space and lounge, echoing that of a members club, without the membership fee.  And finally, the fourth floor, opening in 2019, will be the largest roof terrace in the Northern Quarter, and looks set to be 'a sun trap all year round', when the sun makes an appearance that is.  Providing a club vibe, table service across all floors will be available via the use of a downloadable phone app, enabling customers to both order and pay for food and drink service at their tables.

Wednesday 10th October 2018
Manchester House Restaurant Manchester

Manchester House & Artisan Enter Administration

It saddens us to report that Manchester House and Artisan have both gone into administration and ceased trading as of yesterday afternoon, leaving around 130 people out of work, although it is thought that Living Ventures will do all possible to find people alternative employment elsewhere in the group's portfolio of restaurants, with some staff already relocating to other businesses in the city.  Living Ventures’ CEO Jeremy Roberts cited a tough Summer of trading, compounded by rising costs and high rent, as main drivers for the closures.

Manchester House was launched by Chef Aiden Byrne in early 2013, and consistently delivered some of the best dining experiences anywhere in the city, as well as hosting a rather nice sky bar, and was once mentioned as a potential Michelin Star contender.  Recently, the Head Chef role was taken over by Nate Tofan, who retained the same high standards of cooking.  The closure is without question a massive blow for the city’s food portfolio and reputation.

Thursday 4th October 2018

Tre Ciccio

Altrincham pizza slingers Tre Ciccio have scooped victory in the National Pizza awards, with their Sud pizza winning the nationwide contest, hosted in London.  So, their Pizza Chef Giggi can now call himself the best Pizza maker in the country!  Look out for more from Tre Ciccio as they prepare to launch in Bramhall and Ramsbottom.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Allot To Be Excited About

Former Stockport based Vegan hotspot The Allotment, driven by talented Chef Matthew Nutter, is opening in the former Buca Di Pizza unit just off Albert Square, on Lloyd St.  The Allotment serves genuinely top end vegan dishes, a far cry from much of the samey, processed nonsense which plagues many vegan menus, so this is a welcome addition to the city centre.  The unit will house around 50 covers, and launch happens on November 3rd.

Staff Tips

Under new Government proposals, restaurants will be banned from not distributing 100% of staff tips amongst staff.  Earlier this year, a bit of a storm emerged when national and local restaurants had been seen to remove tips via staff wage packets, as well as higher end restaurants keeping service charge for themselves, so it's a bit of a hot topic which is sure to fire debate.

Monday 1st October 2018
Peter Street Kitchen

Peter Street Kitchen Launches on the 13th October

It’s already blazed a trail through the capital’s dining scene. Now as Edwardian Hotels London announces the 13th October opening of Peter Street Kitchen, Manchester is all set to get its first taste of a dynamic new concept that skilfully embraces the art of shared dining.

Part of a multi-million-pound investment, this vibrant new space will spearhead the F&B offering at the revitalised Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel, one of only two five star hotels in central Manchester. Guests here will be able to choose from an array of small plates from two different cuisines, in this instance contemporary Japanese and Mexican, within a sophisticated yet unassuming setting.

Whether large groups or those wanting an intimate dinner for two, all will be seduced by an array of exquisitely prepared small plates at Peter Street Kitchen, showcasing flavours and ingredients of contemporary Japanese and Mexican cuisines. The venue will also offer semi-private dining and events, allowing guests to enjoy some privacy, whilst absorbing the ambience of the Kitchen. With communal bench tables and our pièce de résistance, the 12-seater Hibachi table, they can cater for a party of up to 28 guests.

From Mexico come such colourful and piquant offerings as Shredded crab with spicy ginger mayo tostadas; Robata mescal-glazed smoked paprika ribs and Mayan-spiced marinated chicken ensalada with cashews, black lime & sesame oil. Meanwhile, clean and sophisticated Japanese flavours take centre stage in dishes that include Yellowtail sashimi with spicy yuzu soy; Chilli and lemon roasted baby chicken served on a Peter Street Kitchen Bincho Grill; Warm Wagyu beef Japanese flatbread with dried chilli & yuzu mayo and King crab tempura with ama ponzu.

Desserts also draw on the fragrant flavours of Japan including the moreish Chocolate bento box with genmaicha ice cream and Kuro goma cheesecake with hassaku orange sorbet.

Complementing the restaurant offering is the equally stylish Rikyū Bar, which offers an extensive range of the finest wines, sake and signature cocktails against the backdrop of cool and contemporary interiors. Guests can alternatively experience Peter Street Kitchen’s Rikyū Lounge, located in the building’s original iconic brick colonnade, a sophisticated yet contemporary space holding up to 37 diners or 40 - 50 guests for semi-private drinks reception. Here guests can enjoy unusual beverages such as yuzu flavoured sake alongside a world class cocktail collection curated by Dan Berger (The Ned, The Blind Pig, Social Eating House), winner of Bombay Sapphire UK’s Most Imaginative Bartender 2015 award. In addition, from Saturday 13th October, the restaurant will throw a series of regular Rikyū Brunches featuring free-flowing Japanese-inspired cocktails, signature dishes and live entertainment.

Peter Street Kitchen has been overseen by Edwardian Hotels London’s Service Excellence Director Amir Jati, who established global private dining during his tenyear tenure at the Robert De Niro co-owned Nobu before going on to mastermind the hugely successful openings of the May Fair, Leicester Square and Monmouth Kitchens. Said Amir, “This concept has proved enormously popular in London, with Leicester Square Kitchen in the top five of both Peruvian and Mexican restaurants. We know that Peter Street Kitchen will be a similar game-changer within Manchester’s booming restaurant scene.”

The opening of Peter Street Kitchen is being supported by a PR campaign that features an outstanding piece of filmmaking premiered across various digital platforms. Showcasing the journey of a Geisha from Japan to Manchester, with music performed by the city’s Hallé Orchestra, the film provides the cultural cues of Japan which are brought to life within Peter Street Kitchen’s offerings.

To celebrate the launch of Peter Street Kitchen, guests will receive 50% off their contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates during their soft launch, available from 13th - 17th October 2018. Peter Street Kitchen will also offer the pinnacle of service, with staff having gone through an intensive seven-week training period, including an immersion into Japanese food and drink, culture and etiquette.

Welcome to their kitchen. [more info]

Wednesday 26th September 2018
Tattu Manchester

Winter Is Coming: A New Season At Tattu

This winter sees a new selection of seasonal menus at modern Chinese restaurant, Tattu, launching on Monday 1st October 2018. A total of 15 new dishes will be available across the winter à la carte, Dim Sum Lunch and Taste of Tattu menus, showcasing the restaurant’s most innovative cuisine to date. 

Stunning new small plates include chilli and sesame roasted scallops with Chinese sausage, crushed edamame and mint; drunken chicken wings served with sweet soy and yuzu aioli, and sticky red prawns served on crispy rice with chilli bean, honey and ginger.

New additions to main dishes include wild mushroom and truffle baby chicken with lotus root, teriyaki and crispy skin, and a white miso salmon served with pickled ginger, red onion and caramelised lime. It is a seasonal menu that encapsulates the very heart of Tattu’s take on modern Chinese cuisine.

Desserts are never to be missed at Tattu, taking show-stopping form with a semifroddo-style white chocolate igloo served with blood orange, vanilla biscuit and coconut snow. As well as a striking twist on a warm apple crumble with Asian pear and green apple, almond and pink custard, both created by Tattu’s pastry chef Sobia Ali. 

The new menu has been developed by Tattu’s executive chef, Andrew Lassetter. This critically-acclaimed chef has worked closely with the kitchen teams to deliver inspired, exciting and adventurous additions for the winter season and beyond.  

As Christmas approaches, Tattu’s festive sharing menus once again deliver waves of its most popular and innovative dishes that break away from tradition, providing a truly unique, collective dining experience. Menus are priced from £40 per person. [more info]

Tuesday 25th September 2018
Adam Reid At The French

Adam Reid at The French awarded 4 AA Rosettes

Chef Patron, Adam Reid, has firmly secured The French’s place as one of the finest dining establishment in the UK and the number one in Manchester by receiving a prestigious 4 AA Rosettes this week.

The intimate restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Grade ll listed building The Midland Hotel. Adam combines the classic features of the establishment with up-to date ideas, including the focal point of the room, a chef’s counter, bringing the kitchen to you.

Earlier this year the restaurant placed 13th in The Good Food Guide, the only establishment in Manchester to come in the Top 50 with a cooking score of 8 for their inventive tasting menu.

The criteria for the 4 Rosettes personifies Adam and his team ‘not only should all technical skills be exemplary, but there should also be daring ideas, and they must work. There is no room for disappointment. Flavours should be accurate and vibrant.’

Adam said on receiving the award, “To be awarded a fourth rosette after just 18 months since opening is amazing, it is all down to the hard work and dedication of the team in both the kitchen and service. Creating our own identity and personality has been our main aim and to see these accolades arriving on the back of that makes us very proud.” [more information]

Deansgate Developments

We can confirm that the former La Tasca unit on Deansgate will be converted into a night club titled Space, and also a cocktail bar named DGS.  La Tasca ceased trading several weeks ago, and lease of the property was hastily snapped up by In The Pink Ltd, who have ties with budget retailer Poundworld.  £1 entry and drinks promos perhaps?.

V&A Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea With Victoria And Albert

Manchester’s Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel has launched an afternoon tea themed on the fascinating history of the hotel. Housed in a Grade II-listed building on the banks of the River Irwell, the hotel was originally constructed in 1844 as the Victoria & Albert warehouses to be used by The Mersey & Irwell Navigation Company.

The building, which has survived two World Wars, has been the home of the Victoria and Albert since 1989 and has recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment to provide a new ‘welcome experience’ and reception area for guests.

The new afternoon tea menu mixes savoury and sweet flavours to create an afternoon tea suitable for royalty with a selection of traditional, vegetarian and vegan to cater to the needs of every guest. Traditional to contemporary flavours await with a range of delicious sandwiches served amidst an array of delicious desserts including mini macaroons and classic fruit scones complemented with clotted cream and jam. [more information]

Monday 24th September 2018
Adam Reid At The French

The French Shines

It's big restaurant guidebook season, and hot on the back of scoring an 8/10 in the highly regarded Good Food Guide, our very own #1 rated Manchester restaurant, Adam Reid at The French, has bagged an impressive 4 AA Rosettes at today's awards in London. 

Both awards are broadly regarded as being on a quality par with 1 or even 2 Michelin Stars. So, cue the speculation over next week's red guide announcements. [more information]

Klok Stops Ticking

Chef Ernest Van Zyl has sadly pulled the plug on his pending Kickstarter funded restaurant, named Klok, for which a site in Stockport had been secured via the old J. Winter's jewellery shop.  Only around £800 of the £30k target was raised, which along with 'legalities', led to the decision.  Chef Van Zyl is now believed to be considering a career change and walking away from the hospitality industry altogether.

Thursday 20th September 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

Taste On Two

Don't miss this autumn's most appetising event.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival returns to celebrate its 21st year, with events happening all over the city centre, so naturally Harvey Nichols had to pull out all the stops for their Taste on Two night.

With complimentary drinks to welcome you to their  feast for foodies, travel around Harvey Nichols culinary map of tasting stations to taste the new Harvey Nichols food range. Enjoy food and wine tasting stations, live cooking demonstrations, food workshops and virtual experiences, with plenty of samples too.

There’s even a sneak peek of Christmas gifting at Harvey Nichols, with a chance to place the first orders for Christmas hampers that evening.

And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, in celebration of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, head to the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie to enjoy three courses and a glass of Prosecco, red or white wine, or Peroni beer for £25 [more information]

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Pret Goes Veggie

The first vegetarian only branch of Pret outside of London is set to open right here in Manchester next month.    The current Pret on the corner of Deansgate and St Ann St will be rebranded as Veggie Pret, and has a launch planned for mid-October.  The site will serve a new menu containing Pret classics with new dishes including squash and cauli gratin, along with a spicy Halloumi and pepper baguette.  The launch is on the back of Pret receiving strong market research, indicating that Manchester would be the preferred location of their next non-capital based venue

Monday 17th September 2018


Ahead of their pending launch in around a month's time, restaurant Mana has released some snippets of what we can expect once the doors are unshackled.  As previously announced, the kitchen's driving force will be Chef Simon Martin, formerly of Noma in Copenhagen; a restaurant which has previously been voted as the best on the planet on several occasions, and is without question one of the most influential kitchens in the industry. 

Early Mana press release snippets and news certainly show signs of a strong Noma led influence, from the onsite R&D facilities, multi course yet express paced menu (16 courses in 1 hour 15 minutes), as well as an open plan serving kitchen which cost around £300k in itself, and is fully bespoke made by CHR, who commissioned the work on a non-profit basis.

Key to Mana's ethos is a resurgence of awareness in key British produce and ingredients, which sounds fantastic to us.  These shores, with the North West in particular, producing some of the finest produce that you'll discover anywhere on the planet, so celebrating that can only be a good thing.

Chef Martin has also divulged his strong belief in working hours which are conducive to life balance, along with good working conditions which in the modern kitchen are needed to nurture and retain quality staff.  As such, Mana will open 4 days a week, offering 4 dinner and 1 weekend lunch service, a move which is becoming more and more embraced by top end kitchens. Mana will launch in Ancoats on October 17th [book here]


WoodKraft by Simon Wood

A year on from launching his first fine dining restaurant WOOD Manchester, MasterChef champion Simon Wood has announced his next venture WOODKRAFT.

Based in the centre of Cheltenham, WOODKRAFT will be an artisan eatery bringing Simon’s love of seasonal produce and informal dining to the town’s thriving cafe culture.

The kitchen will embrace the philosophy of farm to fork working with locally sourced products that benefit the diners, small scale local growers and producers.  The menu, which will be developed with the team from WOOD Restaurant Group, will include brunch and breakfast dishes, Sunday roasts to share and more.

The dishes will reflect the basic WOOD principles of made from scratch.  Heavily featuring local provincial produce built around artisan food with breads, cheese, local meats, beverages, oils, and vinegars that are made by hand on site or regionally using traditional methods by skilled craftworkers. [more information on wood manchester]

It’s the Arley Hall Food Festival this Weekend!

Preparations are well under way for the Great British Food Festival which is taking place in the grounds of the stunning Arley Hall, in Cheshire over this weekend. With over 75 food producers, a gift marquee, street food vendors, pop up bars, chef demos, kids entertainment and live music its going to a fun foodie day out for the whole family.

There will be Men V Food challenges, a Cake Off – where entries who bring a cake along get free food festival entr, a drinks talk stage, cooking in a camper demos, kids cookery lessons, forager walks and live music throughout the day!

Thursday 13th September 2018

Canto Countdown

On September 20th, the El Gato Negro stable will grow, when Canto launches as central Manchester's first bona fide Portuguese restaurant.  Retaining the locally beloved El Gato format of communal tapas style eating, Canto will serve traditionally inspired food, driven by current El Gato Head Carlos Gomez; previously of London Spanish tapas Barrafina.

Carlos stated “It’s been a real labour of love.  Many of the dishes we’ll be serving have a real personal connection for me.  It will be typically Portuguese and see a good selection of specials that rotate with every season”.  The menu is now available on Canto's website, and seeing the iconic Pastel de Nata on there certainly made us smile when we read the news!

The Great British Food Festival Wants Your Cakes!

Over the 22nd & 23rd September the Great British Food Festival is back at the lovely Arley Hall, near Northwhich.. Along with wonderful food and drink producers, there will be headline chef demos, foodie talks, terrific live music to enjoy on the lawns and a 'Cake Off'!

The Cake Off is a popular part of the festival, where amateur bakers going head to head to win a prize from Kenwood. Howard Middleton (Ex Great British Bake Off), will help judge over the weekend!

Monday 10th September 2018

The Refuge Is Two!

Over the last two years, The Refuge has not only established itself as a revered Manchester restaurant, but also as a destination for lovers of truly great music, art and performance.  From Friday 28th through to Sunday 30th of September, this 2nd year celebration will feature the finest entertainment that has become synonymous with The Refuge since its launch. 

The Refuge has carefully curated a selection of drinkable delights from the best of Manchester's local craft breweries, under the guise of – King Of The Beers by Volta and West Didsbury’s finest craft beer emporium The Epicurean; alongside pop-up food throughout the day and night. The Refuge would love to see all of our friends, family and newcomers to help celebrate and say thank you for the last two years, as it is YOU that makes the community what it is.

Thursday 6th September 2018
Adam Reid At The French

North West Food Guide

The Good Food Guide Top 50 has been released overnight, with the North West being very well represented.  Manchester’s very own Adam Reid at The French placed a splendid 13th in the UK, with Aughton’s Moor Hall coming 11th, and the perennial regulars making up most of the top 20.

Top place again went to Cornish fish maestro Nathan Outlaw, with Cumbria’s L’Enclume placing 2nd.  Chef of the Year was awarded to Gareth Ward at mid Wales’ based Ynyshir, with his Eastern inspired, Welsh produce focused 20 or so course tasting menu, containing some of the biggest hitting flavours that you’ll find anywhere. 

Now for the inevitable anticipation for October 1st.

Wednesday 5th September 2018
Peter Street Kitchen

Peter Street Kitchen Reveals More Ahead Of Opening

Ahead of its pending launch, more information has been released on the 5 star Radisson Blu's new restaurant; Peter Street Kitchen.  Japanese-Mexican fusion dishes are generally focused on small plate format with an emphasis on communal eating, serving dishes including shredded crab with spicy ginger mayonnaise tostadas, pisco glazed smoked paprika ribs, and Mayan spiced chicken salad with cashews.  These will be complemented with dishes from the Japanese focused offering such as Yellowtail sashimi with yuzu soy, chilli lemon roasted baby chicken, along with Wagyu flatbread with fried chilli and yuzo mayonnaise. 

Along with the main dining space, there will also be a new bar and lounge named Rikyu, which boasts a cocktail list devised by Dan Berger, who has big hitting names on his CV such as The Bed, along with one of our favourite London drinking spots; Jason Atherton's The Blind Pig, which is housed upstairs within the Michelin starred Social Eating House.

The launch is being overseen by Edwardian Hotels' Service Excellence Director; Amir Jati, previously of Nobu.  Jati stated 'This concept has proved enormously popular in London, with Leicester Square Kitchen in the top five of both Peruvian and Mexican restaurants.  We know that Peter Street Kitchen will be a similar game-changer within Manchester's booming dining restaurant scene'.

Peter Street Kitchen opens its doors in October. [more info]

Tuesday 4th September 2018
Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger’s Moveable Feast Returns to Manchester

After the success of 2017’s sell-out event, international development organisation Action Against Hunger will once again bring its Moveable Feast to Manchester to coincide with the city’s Food and Drink Festival.

On Thursday 4th October, 60 lucky diners will have the opportunity to experience a dynamic menu from some of Manchester’s top chefs and restaurants in some of the city’s most exclusive private spaces.

Guests will enjoy a drinks reception at the newly-opened Sunset by Australasia before rotating between four renowned restaurants, enjoying a different course at each venue.

It will offer diners an exclusive chance to sample a unique menu across different restaurants, whilst enjoying access to the amazing private spaces and dining rooms involved.

The lucky guests will enjoy food provided by:

There are a maximum of 60 spaces available. Tickets are £80, including entry to the event, a drinks reception, and a 4-course dinner with drink pairings. [more info]

Goodbye Burger Kitchen?

The once cutting edge, Kiwi influenced burger chain GBK, has reportedly called in advisors regarding a restructure of the firm following a long period of poor sales, which often results in is saying bye bye.  The burger bubble popped a long time ago mainly via market saturation, but it’s still always sad to see pioneers falling by the wayside.

Monday 3rd September 2018
Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester To Host “Freddie For A Day” Celebration

In honour of the 72nd birthday of legendary rock icon, Freddie Mercury, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will host a “Freddie for a Day” celebration. The one-day event brings Freddie fans and staff together to honour the musician’s life and legacy, while raising awareness and funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. On Wednesday 5 September, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will sell wearable moustaches and pins inspired by the legendary rocker to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

For one day only, customers and staff at Hard Rock Cafe Manchesterare invited to join a day full of Queen music, moustaches, and birthday celebrations. There’ll be “pop-a-balloon” giveaways with Hard Rock prizes up for grabs, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester’s very own house band will be playing an acoustic set of Queen’s biggest hits from 5pm onwards and guests can also enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails from 4pm-7pm.

Customers at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will have the opportunity to purchase wearable moustaches (£2) and a “Freddie for a Day” pin (£11.95) with proceeds benefiting the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Guests and staff will also join in on the fun with a full day of Queen music and are encouraged to wear their best Freddie Mercury-inspired gear. [more info]

Friday 31st August 2018


American beverage giant Coca-Cola have purchased the Costa Coffee brand from Whitbread in a deal worth just under £4 billion.  The UK's now favourite coffee chain was purchased for a relatively small £19m in 1995, and at the time had just 39 outlets.  The company now has more than 2400 UK coffee shops, and another 1400 overseas.  The deal with Coca-Cola is certain to see Costa increase that overseas presence significantly, with Coca-Cola citing the main reason for their acquisition as being due to a lack of coffee product in their portfolio.

Thursday 30th August 2018

Italian Job

Jamie Oliver has stated in an interview with the FT that Jamie's Italian was literally 2 hours away from collapse almost a year ago, around the same time as his Barbacoa brand closed its doors.  The nation's favourite celebrity Chef pumped £13m of his own money into the beleaguered business to stop the flagship chain from collapse, stating that company had 'simply run out of cash'.  Earlier this year, the mid-range chain announced plans to close 12 of its 37 sites, in a bid to reduce losses via cutting non-economically viable outlets.

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Fabled Plans

Plans to launch a £3m Pan-Asian restaurant and bar in Manchester Hall have this week been scrapped.  The touted launch, driven by Joe Akka of Panacea, has been cancelled due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Dishing Up On Bridge Street

The long talked about launch of Dishoom in Manchester Hall has been today confirmed for launch this Winter, along with a few more bits of meat on the bone being released.  Adding to the chain wide signature dishes such as bacon naan rolls, pau bhaji and black hose daal, here with be several brand new dishes and cocktails, some of which are exclusive to Manchester. 

The site itself will contain a separate bar named The Permit Room, and the wider venture will create around 100 jobs in the city.  Let's see if they can replicate London's literally around the corner queues.

Friday 24th August 2018
Peter Street Kitchen

50% Off At Peter Street Kitchen

Launching in October 2018 in Manchester's Free Trade Hall, Peter Street Kitchen will embrace the art of shared dining, with contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates.

Embracing the art of shared dining in the heart of Manchester, Peter Street Kitchen will offer an exquisite selection of contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates, complemented with the finest wines, sake and signature cocktails.

To celebrate the launch of Peter Street Kitchen, receive 50% off contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates during soft launch when you pre book a table of up to 6 people from 13th - 17th October 2018. [more info]

Thursday 23rd August 2018
Shoryu Ramen

Celebrate Manchester Pride With Shoryu Ramen

Manchester Pride takes over Manchester this weekend and to celebrate, Shoryu Ramen will be celebrating with special rainbow dishes, only available this weekend.

From 23rd - 25th August, the Japanese restaurant will be serving special Rainbow Sundaes and Rainbow Katigori (shaved ice) to celebrate all things Manchester Pride. With the sale of each of these, Shoryu Ramen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall.

As well as the rainbow dishes, Shoryu Ramen will be offering 10% discount on customer’s bills, if they show the team a rainbow on 25th August. Perfect for those who might have worked up an appetite watching the parade! [more info]

The Great British Food Festival is back this September!

The Great British Food Festival is back at the stunning Arley Hall, near Knutsford on the 22nd-23rd September weekend.
The line-up includes over eighty Best of British producers and street food vendors, celebrity chef demos, talks, kids cookery lessons, great live music, a ‘Cake Off’ competition and ‘Men v Food’ challenges.

Howard Middleton and Sandy Docherty, from the Great British Bark Off, will be two of the chefs demoing and will also be judging the popular ‘Cake Off’, where amateur bakers compete head-to-head in two baking categories

The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.

Brooklyn Comes To Manchester

Bespoke Hotels, the firm behind the big hitting Hotel Gotham are launching its sister site on Portland Street, in a venture titled Hotel Brooklyn.  The hotel's theme will have nods towards the 'Golden Age of New York City', is being designed by Squid Inc., and will house a dining space titled Runyon's, which we assume is a homage to Damon Runyon, the famed NYC based writer.  Budget is currently stated as £45m, with an anticipated completion date of mid 2020.

Luxury KROtel

The freehold for 47 Peter Street, the ground floor and basement of which currently house the renowned Asha's Indian restaurant, has been purchased by KRO Hospitality.  KRO plan, of Velvet and Marco Pierre White's Chophouse fame, will transform the upper floors into a 45 bedroom hotel, which will focus on 'luxury and outstanding service' and will feature 'some of the largest and most extravagant suites' in Manchester.  A planning application will be submitted in the coming days, with work expected to kick off in late 2018/early 2019.

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Randall & Aubin

Randall and Aubin Rescued

Company founders of Randall & Aubin, Ed Baines and Jamie Poulton have bought the franchised Manchester branch out of administration, in a move which will see the operate the business themselves.

As we reported earlier this month the beleaguered branch racked up losses of around £700k despite strong turnover and some great reviews. [more info]

Monday 20th August 2018
River Restaurant & Bar ~ Cibo

‘Love Food Give Food’ at Cibo

Cibo are taking part in Action Against Hunger’s flagship Love Food Give Food campaign this year hoping to raise vital funds for the international development NGO’s life-saving work. They’ll be joining the hundreds of restaurants that take part in the annual campaign by adding a voluntary £1 donation on every table bill.

For 20 years, Love Food Give Food has united people with a love of food to help raise funds for Action Against Hunger’s incredible work around the world.

Cibo has launched a new A La Carte menu which focuses on rustic, Neapolitan cuisine, the menu aims to bring a slice of Italy to Manchester and keep you returning to try new dishes as well as traditional classics. The menu include ne dishes such as; Pollo Porcini, Paccheri Salmone, Pizza Salsiccia as well as classic favourites such as Cannelloni and Pollo Milanese. 

They also have a separate vegan menu as well as gluten free and diary free options. [more info]

Bolton Food Festival - James Martin

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Bolton Food and Drink Festival returns next weekend with a culinary celebration set to take over the town centre. The event, organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi, is back for its 13th year from August 24 to 27.

With almost 200 stalls to choose from, the town centre will be jam-packed with great food, free fantastic street entertainment and live music on two stages. From street food to Instagrammable trends, the festival will have it all covered.

Celebrity chef James Martin will once again star at the festival, notching up his tenth appearance. Martin will be joined by popular TV chef Ainsley Harriott, baking queen Nadiya Hussain, and Michelin-starred Michael Caines

Markets open from 10am to 6pm daily, and some stalls near the Festival stage on Le Mans Crescent, will close later. Seating areas will be spread around the site.

River Restaurant & Bar ~ The Lowry Hotel

Five-Star Lowry Hotel Negotiates Deal With Manchester Tea Merchant

The five-star Lowry Hotel has announced an exclusive collaboration with Denton based tea supplier, Tea from The Manor, to add to the hotel’s extensive list of local suppliers.

The partnership which follows the announcement of a long-term collaboration with Salford based gin distillery FOUR SIS4ERS, is a testament to The Lowry Hotel’s aim to use only locally sourced ingredients.

James Green, founder of Tea from The Manor, past career in the military gave him the inspiration to set up the company after being based in Hong Kong with the Ghurkha army. The exclusion of alcohol in the Ghurkha army led James to sample a vast amount of teas, which contributed to a long-term passion for tea brewing.
After leaving the military James’ interest in tea stayed and several years later Tea from the Manor was born.

Tea from the Manor brings the finest full leaf teas from the best tea gardens around the world to delight the palates of its customers, which now includes ‘The Lowry’ blend tea.

The interesting history of the origin of the company sparked the interest of The Lowry Hotel’s General Manager Adrian Ellis, who after visiting the tea tasting room in Denton resulted in a flourishing collaboration between the two.

As well as Tea from the Manor introducing an exquisite range of teas into the River Bar and Restaurant to compliment the bespoke range of limited-edition afternoon teas, The Lowry Hotel and Tea from The Manor are in talks to open a tea emporium within the hotel, making it one of the first hotels in Manchester to do so. [more info]

Friday 17th August 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen Launches In October

It’s already blazed a trail through the capital’s dining scene. Now as Edwardian Hotels London announces the October launch of Peter Street Kitchen, Manchester is all set to get its first taste of a dynamic new concept that skilfully embraces the art of shared dining.

Part of a multi-million-pound investment, this vibrant new space will spearhead the F&B offering at the revitalised Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel, one of only two five-star hotels in central Manchester. Guests here will be able to choose from an array of small plates from two different cuisines, in this instance contemporary Japanese and Mexican, within a sophisticated yet unassuming setting.

Whether large groups or those wanting an intimate dinner for two, all will be seduced by an array of exquisitely prepared small plates. Showcasing flavours and ingredients from both nations, the venue will also cater for private dinners for which the staff will especially use the traditional hibachi, the iconic Japanese charcoal brazier.

Complementing the restaurant offering is the equally stylish Bar and Rikyu Lounge located in the building's stunning original brick colonnades. [more info]

Hasta La Tasca

The Deansgate branch of the at-one-time pioneering yet now beleaguered Spanish chain La Tasca, has closed down, leaving only 6 surviving branches in the whole country.  Owned by the same parent company (CDG) as Las Iguanas and Bella Italia, not to mention the more upmarket La Vina, all of whom also have a presence on Deansgate, the closure has gone broadly unmentioned, sadly.  But since it was the first ever branch of La Tasca to open back in 1993, based right here in Manchester, we felt it only proper to bid farewell.  Long before the massive influx of quality Spanish eateries in Manchester and beyond, La Tasca was likely many Brit's first experience of Spanish influenced food on these shores.

Thursday 16th August 2018

Deliveroo Chicken

Popular restaurant delivery company Deliveroo are adding 8 new restaurants to their Deliveroo Editions list of dedicated delivery-only kitchens.  Featuring on this list is Headless Chicken, a new rotisserie chicken restaurant, backed by Scouse Celeb Chef, Simon Rimmer, who also has links to Alberts Schloss and Rudys.

Friday 10th August 2018

School For Scandal To Launch On First Street

An exciting new restaurant concept, School For Scandal has announced it will open on First Street.

Situated at the site of The Laundrette, School For Scandal is a new neighbourhood Brasserie the perfect location for everyday dining.  Created by Danny Fox, formerly Living Ventures, School For Scandal is a modern contemporary stylish city-centre eatery, providing a home away from home with quality food and drink.

The 100 cover restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining, with a stylish terrace for alfresco dining during the summer months and sociable dining booths inside.

Based on the scandal of love, the walls are adorned with tattoo imagery, whilst the decor evokes a sense of Manhattan cool alongside hints of traditional British interiors with wood panelling finishings reminiscent of an English boarding school.

The tempting food menu sees flavours from all over the world to satisfy all cravings, providing an abundance of healthy options, alongside some naughty home comforts. The drinks offering sees an extensive list of cocktails, beers and spirits.

A stylish new haven for morning coffee and crullers, alfresco lunches, weekend brunches, chilled out dinners and post-work drinks, School For Scandal is the new neighbourhood school to enrol in this August. [more info]

Thursday 9th August 2018

Mamucium Is Coming To Manchester

Plans for what is tipped to be Manchester’s hottest new bar and restaurant have been revealed today, ahead of its much-anticipated autumn launch.

Housed in what is already becoming one of the city’s most iconic buildings, ‘Mamucium’ will be a super-stylish new venue located in the newly developed  City Buildings (which will also house Hotel Indigo®  Manchester – Victoria Station), adjacent to Victoria train station.

Featuring a vibrant new bar, stylish 120-seater restaurant and a sumptuous yet relaxed 70 seater café, Mamucium will offer the finest food and drinks in a chic and comfortable environment.

Set to be one of the city’s go-to dining destinations, Mamucium will serve up an array of mouth-watering dishes, skilfully prepared by double AA Rosette winning chef Andrew Green. Diners can expect to be treated to a delicious menu of classic, locally sourced food, topped off with a Northern spin.  Andrew joins Hotel Indigo® group, taking the helm at Mamucium, after moving across from the city’s prestigious 5-star Lowry Hotel.

Tuesday 7th August 2018
River Restaurant & Bar ~ Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni & Cibo Go Above & Beyond to Accommodate Guests

Don Giovanni and its sister restaurant Cibo both classic Italian restaurants in city centre Manchester have launched Braille and audio versions of their menus in order to help and include customers who are visually and hearing impaired.

Both restaurant brands aim to promote the integration of all members of the community, particularly those who may often be overlooked due to their disabilities when dining out. They offer large print, Braille and audio menus for those customers who may need these and also are very welcoming and accepting of guide dogs.

The business have chosen to take this step making sure that all potential guests feel welcome and special, they believe that in a very saturated market during times of difficult trading, it’s this ‘extra mile’ service offered that help them to acquire and retain customers. Karin also reflects ‘It is extremely rewarding seeing everyone in the team get behind this initiative, and how this simple goal of complete inclusion brought the entire online community together,". [more info]

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Gino Square

The Individual Restaurant Group are to expand their Gino D’Acampo brand in Exchange Square, to three ventures!  My Coffee and Deli Bar will focus on both quick dining, and the currently hot Grab and Go market sector, offering pizzas, sandwiches, pasta and baked goods.

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Salford Watergardens

The Lowry shopping mall on Salford Quays is set to undergo a massive £25m renovation, which will see much of the centre's waterfront become a new dining destination.  The side/corner of the centre facing Old Trafford, near the Millennium Bridge, has been chosen for the work, and in the words of the operator, will transform The Lowry into 'a unique shopping and leisure destination that will draw people from across the region to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK'.

Randall and Aubin

In a surprising move, Bridge Street seafood and bubbles hotspot Randall and Aubin has taken advice from insolvency firm CFS Restructuring and has also put the business up for sale, after racking up a £670k loss in the first 12 months of trading.  A £1.5k per week rent, along with rising produce costs, are believed to be contributory factors.

Tuesday 31st July 2018
River Restaurant & Bar ~ The Lowry Hotel

Tea Time Is Trending At The Lowry Hotel

The Great British Bake Off effect and the next generation of Britons has resulted in a spark in popularity of the traditional afternoon tea, with the five-star Lowry Hotel seeing over 2,000 afternoon teas being sold each month.

The genteel tradition which is now popular for social get togethers, has resulted in The Lowry Hotel saying goodbye to their long lunch service and hello to a bespoke range of limited-edition afternoon teas, accompanied by the hotel’s very own ‘Lowry Blend’ tea.

Since opening in 2001, The Lowry Hotel’s traditional afternoon tea has been a firm favourite of guests and diners, with the demand being so high that The Lowry Hotel has made the strategic decision to replace the lunch menu and create an impeccable selection of afternoon teas, making them one of the first hotels in Manchester to progress from the lunch menu tradition.

The exclusive afternoon teas, which will have a change of theme every month, will be influenced by local events, produce and ingredients. The expansion of the hotel’s already delicious range of afternoon tea starts with a Pride-themed afternoon tea to celebrate Manchester Pride taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, with £1 from every afternoon tea sold being donated to the charity. [more info]

Monday 30th July 2018

Sunset by Australasia

As summertime arrives, Manchester’s coolest bar will be taking its very own mini vacay, as the team at Australasia prepare to launch their brand new haven in the heart of Spinningfields, ‘Sunset by Australasia’ on the 2nd of August.  ‘Sunset by Australasia’ will offer a pleasure-seekers' hideaway, with a décor that oozes Miami-cool and laid-back Ibizan vibes, located right in the heart of the city.

Thursday 27th July 2018

Real Junk Food

Days after announcing that they will soon be entering the outside catering trade, Real Junk Food has announced that it will be shutting up shop on August 11th.  The landlord of the property would like to take it back, but the team have stated that they are likely to resurface elsewhere in the city at some point.

Chef Beckham

We have it on good industry authority that Manchester United Legend David Beckham, is to launch is own cooking series in the US, via 15 minute 'slots' to be presented between full length shows, with a view to testing the water over a more permanent fixture.  Beckham is known to be a food lover who attended cookery school whilst playing for AC Milan, and he's one of Gordon Ramsay's best mates and neighbours in LA, so he's sure to get some good guidance on the cooking side of things a least.  Let's just hope that Becks doesn’t swap crossing with getting cross over an overcooked risotto.

Thursday 26th July 2018

Gin, Beer and Food

The weekend of Aug 11 and 12 will see the annual Levenshulme Beer, Gin and Food Festival take place at The Klondyke in Levenshulme.  On offer will be an vast array of beers, a plethora of gins including local favourite, Manchester Three Rivers, along with great street food, gin inspired baked goods, topped off with fun for all the family, stalls hosted by local artists, and live music over 3 stages.  Tickets from £5.

Tuesday 24th July 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

Bee Involved With Manchester’s Most Ambitious Art Project

What could be more Manchester than creating a city-wide art project based around the Bee emblem? Symbolising the resilient spirit of the city’s people, the City Council and Wild in Art have created a public art trail of over 80 individually designed giant Bee sculptures and, naturally, Harvey Nichols had to get involved.

The Bee trail is created for and by Manchester. Regional artists have designed the sculptures and local communities have sponsored them – including Harvey Nichols. They decided to sponsor ‘Bee a Rainbow’ created by Rachel A Blackwell, who describes her Bee as “a symbol of hope perched upon a sky of dreams.”

You can download the Bee in the City app here, which has the full trail map for you to discover and unlock the sponsor rewards. Speaking of rewards, if you unlock Bee a Rainbow on the trail, you can enjoy a complimentary hot drink or children’s cocktail at the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie. [more info]

Monday 23rd July 2018

East St

Mcr favourite Tampopo are opening a branch of their East Street concept in Piccadilly Gardens, following on from the ones in the Trafford Centre, and down in London. East Street offers authentic Far Eastern cuisine, in a grab and go format.

Friday 20th July 2018

Sugo On The Go

Great news for city centre pasta lovers, Altrincham based pasta favourite Sugo are another big name who are set to open, and in this case expand, over to Ancoats.  Famed for the use of no compromise Italian produce, it's yet another string in the Ancoats bow.  Sugo Ancoats will open its doors next week.

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Gaucho Grilled

As reported back in May, casual steak chain Cau will be closing its doors across the land.  However, more surprisingly, it’s patent company, which also operates Gaucho, has now entered administration.  It’s not yet known how this will affect the Manchester branch, or how the company will be reshuffled or if it will collapse entirely.

Real Junk Two

The Real Junk Food Project are broadening their wings and expanding to the outside catering trade.  So, come Sep/Oct, you’ll be able to arrange functions and buffets, made entirely from produce which would otherwise have been binned.

Tuesday 17th July 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

St-Germain Liqueur Takeover

Fancy a French-inspired tipple? Thought so...

To celebrate the arrival of summer (and to make it even better than it already is), St-Germain liqueur will be taking over Harvey Nichols.

If you’re not yet familiar with St-Germain, it’s a French liqueur made from Elderflower. Lovingly collected in a surprisingly short window of just a few weeks in spring, the Elderflower blossoms are harvested into a delicious liqueur that, trust us when we say, will ruin all other drinks for you. Looking for a new summer drink? Consider it found.

With that in mind, St-Germain has set up a number of exciting and suitably-summery events throughout the store. [more info]

Thursday 12th July 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

A Basque Feast With Baratxuri

This year The Second Floor Brasserie is bringing some Spanish inspiration to summer evenings.

They’re joining forces with Baratxuri, the ever-popular Spanish basque style pintxo bar in Ramsbottom, to host a txoko evening that Baratxuri is known for. A tradition from Northern Spain, they’re inviting all foodies to celebrate their favourite dishes, experiment with new cooking methods and enjoy the good company.

Head to the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie to be welcomed by an arrival drink and authentic Spanish pinchos before taking your seat and tucking into six Basque dishes. [more info]

Dive NQ Restaurant Manchester

Dive Challenge

Dive NQ, are always looking to introduce new and exciting things and this time it’s a £30 monster of a burger!!

The challenge burger comes piled high with 3 juicy quarter pound burgers, triple mac & cheese, fried chicken fillet, bacon, cheese, salad and an extra slice of bread in the middle to help it all stick together.

That’s not all though. Alongside the burger you’ll get a huge mound of chips, topped with a spicy chilli on one side and pulled pork on the other. Finally, the whole thing is topped off with some massive onion rings, as a teasing cherry on top for anyone who’s looking to tackle this thing.

What’s more, if you can get your chops around this and polish it all off in 30 minutes the burger is entirely FREE!

What are you waiting for? Spread the word, get your mates together and take part in their brand new burger challenge! [more info]

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Bundobust 2

Beer and Curry specialists Bundobust are to launch a second outlet in the city, following the massive success of the first branch in Piccadilly.  It's not yet known where this will be, but it seems pretty likely that Ancoats will be a major consideration.

Monday 9th July 2018

Viet Shack

Arndale Food Court favourites Viet Shack are set to occupy the newly vacated Squid Ink unit in Ancoats, by launching their first ever fully fledged restaurant venture.  Exciting news for their hoards of fans.  Launch is set for late August.

Friday 29th June 2018
Second Floor Brasserie & Bar

Wine, Dine & Sunshine

Harvey Nichols launches its much loved Summer Dining menu, to help customers enjoy summertime to the fullest with a selection of sun-worthy dishes to choose from. The exclusive menu, offers customers three perfect-for-summer courses and a refreshing welcome cocktail from £22.

To ensure every menu remains unique to its location, carefully curated seasonal dishes will feature on each menu made with quality ingredients sourced locally, resulting in a selection of summery style dishes to suits everyone’s palette. Those who dine the exclusive summery set menu can choose a starter, a main and a dessert, and will receive a refreshing complimentary cocktail. 

The Summer Dining menu will be available from the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie at Harvey Nichols Manchester from Monday 2 July. [more info]

Thursday 28th June 2018
Tattu Manchester

National Dim Sum Week comes to Manchester

Tattu is joining a host of restaurants across the country for the inaugural seven-day celebration of National Dim Sum Week (30th June – 6th July 2018).

Originating with the Cantonese in Guangzhou, the term ‘dim sum’ refers to a unique culinary art form of bite-sized sweet or savoury dishes prepared in a number of ways, most commonly steaming, baking or frying. 

The literal translation of dim sum is ‘touch your heart’ and it is a dining tradition made for sharing. From the early morning Yum Cha meetings of the historic Silk Road travellers, to the modern-day restaurants that are frequented in cities around the world by work colleagues or for family get togethers.

To mark the first national celebration, Tattu has created a unique dim sum tasting platter designed for two to share, the platter features a selection of Tattu's signature dim sum. [more info]

Monday 25th June 2018

Rabbit Relaunch

Fine dining restaurant The Rabbit in The Moon has now fully relaunched following a decor revamp and appointment of a new Head Chef.  Backing this up, there's a new tasting menu, which is billed as being more refined.  The dining space is based on the upper echelons of the Urbis building, and combines elegant and sophisticated elements along with rock and roll edge.

Waxi Sinks

Waxi; Manchester's water taxi, servicing various routes via the Bridgewater canal, is no more.  A lack of demand as well as dubious infrastructure and a lack of facilities at stops, have been cited as causes for the service's failure.

Thursday 21st June 2018

July Opening For ‘The Jane Eyre’

A modern take on the family run local bar is ready to welcome you to ancoats this July, brothers Joe and Jonny Eyre have teamed up to bring The Jane Eyre to One Cutting Room Square early July. The brothers have extensive experience within the Manchester and London hospitality scene, namely The Bubble Room, Gorilla and Polpo at Spuntino, pulling together their expertise, creating a concept that will sit proudly in the neighbourhood surroundings of Ancoats. 

You’d be forgiven to think that this bar is inspired by a Charlotte Bronte novel, but you’d be wrong, The Jane Eyre is inspired and named after Jonny and Joe’s Mother. “We want to create a warm and friendly environment as that’s what she always gave us growing up.”

Neville Towers

The long debated, anticipated, criticised, and lauded £200m St Michael’s development from G&G Hospitality has been given the official green light following such reports a few weeks back.  The soon to be tower will stand on the plot which is currently occupied by the old city centre Police station, and will play host to offices, residential spaces and an array of hospitality led ventures.  Definitely one to watch.

Pot Kettle Black Mk2

Barton Arcade's award winning coffee shop and brunch spot Pot Kettle Black is branching out.  Former Rugby League stars Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan are behind the company, which will expand its city centre presence to the ground floor of No1 Spinningfields.  Who doesn’t love a good independent coffee shop?  We suspect that Spinningfields certainly will.

Wednesday 20th June 2018
The Pen & Pencil Manchester

Free Gin Thursday!

This Thursday The Pen and Pencil will be starting the weekend early as they launch their Sipsmith summer sipping menu, with FREE GIN! The bar & restaurant will be giving away 50 FREE flavoured G&Ts from 5pm. Flavours include strawberries & cream, rose or lime. The drinks will be given away on a first come, first served basis so head down straight from work to be in with a chance of a freebie!

As well as the free gin, The Pen and Pencil will also be offering 2 for £10 cocktails all day to celebrate the launch of their new cocktail menu. New cocktails on offer include: Hot Off The Press, with Manchester Gin, Manzana Verde Liqueur, cherry bitters, lemon & egg white; the zesty Not No Added Sugar, with Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, creme de cassis, lemon, & cranberry; or summer special Ray's Grapefruit Spritz with Tanqueray, passion fruit liqueur, lemon, Fentimans rose lemonade & grapefruit. [more info]

Tast Team

This Friday (June 22) will see the launch of King Street’s Tast; the Pep Guardiola backed Spanish venture, driven by heavyweight Chef Paco Perez.  The kitchen will be run by Chef Miguel Villarosa of the Perez stable, and comes with massive pedigree.  Head Sommelier duties go to the city’s best Sommelier; Filippo Zitto, formerly of Adam Reid At The French.  All sounds very promising.

James Martin Manchester

Mystery at James Martin Manchester

From the 2nd July, join James Martin Manchester and add a bit of mystery to your dining experience with the launch their Seasonal Surprise Taster Menu.

Let their expert chefs create a bespoke experience with a difference. For just £40pp the team will create a mystery menu with matching drinks, chosen especially for you.

Want to know more? You'll have to go and find out for yourself! [more info]

Social Sunday

Elite Bistro's of the World; aka Gary Usher's North West restaurant mini-empire, are running their 'Social Sunday' promo on Sunday July 1st, in conjunction with Hospitality Action.  £42 (plus £2.60 booking fee) will get you a seat at a communal table, hence the social theme, along with a 5 course menu, with all profits going to the Hospitality Action charity.  Drinks packages will be available on the day.

Wood  Manchester

Top Gin At Wood Manchester

Feel The Need With All American Ginema Experience

Wood Manchester, owned by Masterchef winner Simon Wood, is offering Top Gun fans an exciting and delicious dining experience this Independence Day as they team up with Didsbury Gin once again to bring fans a first-class Ginema experience.

Simon Wood said: “With the arrival of the second movie imminently, we wanted to create an extra special all American experience, and celebrate Independence Day in Manchester! ”

The founders of Alderman’s Didsbury Gin, Liam Manton & Mark Smallwood, will be on hand to talk through the story of the gin and offer some extra inspiration for summer cocktails and mixers for the local gin. [more info]

Albatross Masterchef

Spinningfields' favourite Albatross & Arnold have appointed Masterchef quarter-finalist Jon Green as their new Head Chef.  Jon has stated 'I will only user the freshest produce.  It's a case of elevating simple food into something that people have never tasted or seen before.  There's so much great produce in this country, in this county even.  It just needs a bit of skill to take it to a level that makes the guest re-evaluate the heights that humble ingredients can reach'.  We look forward to seeing how Jon's residency develops things.

Thursday 14th June 2018
Second Floor Brasserie & Bar Manchester

Harvey Nichols Rolls Out A New Brassereie Menu

Harvey Nichols launches a new Brasserie Menu in Knightsbridge, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds, which sees a new style and layout that champions classic dishes and seasonal specials.

To offer customers a refreshed dining experience, the carefully curated Brasserie menu features moreish snacks, appetising starters, hearty mains, meats from the grill, Harvey Nichols Classics, tempting sides and mouth-watering desserts. The new menu also features seasonal heroes, from burrata with grilled peaches and sea bass with seaweed butter to an indulgent chocolate pecan brownie.

To top it off there’s a truly British cheese selection, sourced by Harvey Nichols chefs from their local cities. Highlighted by the HN logo, these season-inspired dishes change every three months, allowing Harvey Nichols chefs to pick the freshest flavours of the time of year.

Harvey Nichols Classics such as the timeless beef burger, superfood salad, fish and chips, chicken club sandwich and Caesar salad, that are loved by so many, will be available on every Brasserie Menu – so no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to order your favourite Harvey Nichols dish!

To ensure every Harvey Nichols Brasserie menu remains unique to its location, each chef will source local producers to offer guests quality ingredients sourced from around the Isles – so you can tuck into Scottish Borders steak when you're up in Edinburgh and treat yourself to Colne Valley lamb when you're down in London. [more info]

Wednesday 13th June 2018
Lunya Manchester Lunya Manchester

A Truly Authentic Taste of Spanish Summer!

Lunya is Manchester’s authentic, independent, family-run Catalan deli, restaurant and bar, and they’ve just launched a fabulous new summer menu update.

Owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella are totally devoted to sourcing the finest artisan produce and cuisine direct from Spain with suppliers who they meet personally and have developed strong relationships with over time.

This an eclectic and exciting collection with new dishes inspired by their latest amazing food adventures in Catalonia and all over the country. The update also includes lots of vegan variations, a development on Lunya’s already strong vegan and vegetarian offering - something that has proved popular with their customers. Summer dishes include,

Bacalao – Pan-fried salt-cod, topped with a toasted garlic mousseline and served on samfaina (Catalan ratatouille). Peter’s latest creation inspired by traditional Catalonian cuisine with that Lunya twist.

Botifarra amb Mongetas – Catalan sausage and beans with Lunya’s own home-made baked beans and a Catalan sausage made with escalivada.   A deliciously smoky stew, great for sharing and also available as vegan dish.

Salmorejo – traditional Andalucian chilled soup with tomatoes– topped with ham tacos, croutons and egg. Perfect summer tapa and can also be served as vegan.

Most of all, this collection is about bringing a proper taste of Catalonia to Manchester - the finest seasonal produce and cuisine they could find, best enjoyed in the sunshine!

Tuesday 12th June 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Casting Call For Peter Street Kitchen

As part of a multi-million-pound investment by owners Edwardian Hotels London, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester hotel on Peter Street - one of only three five-star hotels in central Manchester - will launch a concept that has already blazed a trail through the capital’s dining scene.

Based on Edwardian Hotels London’s Kitchen concept, which embraces shared dining, guests at Peter Street Kitchen will be able to choose from an array of small plates from two different cuisines, in this instance contemporary Japanese and Mexican.

The new restaurant and bar will open this October in a blaze of publicity, and as part of an ambitious drive to recruit up to 60 new staff, Amir Jati, Service Excellence Director of Edwardian Hotels London, has announced a ground-breaking recruitment initiative.

Jati has drawn on a wealth of experience gained from senior roles at Nobu, co-owned by legendary actor Robert De Niro and where he established global private dining during his ten-year tenure, Disney Cruise Lines and The Savoy Hotel to develop a plan that will attract the crème de la crème of the UK’s hospitality personnel. As he explains, “I did not want to recruit through the normal channels. So instead, we decided to hold one of two aptly named “casting” days, on 19th June and 16th July, at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester. From this, we will choose between 80 and 90 of the most impressive candidates and send them on a seven-week training programme that will be divided between London and Manchester.” [more info]

Saturday 9th June 2018
Squid Ink Shutting

Ancoats favourite Squid Ink has announced they will be closing their doors for the final time on Saturday 23rd of June, but no firm reason has been given for the closure. But fear not, Anthony will still be part of the Manchester dining scene as he has taken a job with Simon Martin at the hotly anticipated restaurant Mana.

Friday 8th June 2018
Store Street Exchange Manchester

Store Street Exchange Summer In The City

As Manchester welcomes this fabulous Mancunian summer, Store Street Exchange has launched its own urban oasis in the form of a fabulous new outdoor area – the Terrace.

Located on the ground floor just outside the restaurant, the Terrace continues the relaxed environment of the Store Street Craft Bar, creating an informal and stylish al fresco drinking and dining enclave. The space has been completely refurbished and showcases accents of wood, tiles, metal and greenery with lots of seating, all providing the perfect spot for watching the world go by on those summer nights to come. 

The Terrace will have its own bar serving J W Lees Manchester Pale Ale and Manchester Craft Lager alongside the full Store Street drinks menu. The whole of the outstanding and uncomplicated Store Street Exchange restaurant menu will also be served up on the Terrace, meaning that their acclaimed grills and rotisserie, as well as salads, fresh breads, vegetarian and fish dishes, quick bites and fine puddings will all be available to enjoy al fresco this summer. 

The space is also available for private hire for private or corporate parties and al fresco get togethers – perfect for a summer party! There is a dedicated BBQ menu for this, with prices starting at £35 per head. [more info]

Tuesday 5th June 2018
Corn Exchange Cafe Manchester Gasworks Manchester

Time to Celebrate with the original Thomas Dakin Gin

Fancy a tipple in town this week? With Negroni Week and World Gin Day all falling at the same time, it’s time to celebrate with the original, Thomas Dakin Gin.

For international Negroni Week, Thomas Dakin will be partnering with Salvi’s in the Corn Exchange to create a number of Negroni specials including the Gingeroni with Aperol & ginger wine, or the Smokey Negroni for just £7. 

As part of Negroni Week, Salvi’s and Thomas Dakin will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to their chosen charity Slow Foods International; a not–for–profit organisation seeking to promote a better way to eat, celebrating the rich food traditions of the different nations that make up the UK, and protecting the world’s edible biodiversity.

Saturday 9th of June is the first World Gin Day Manchester celebration, organised in celebration of the tenth World Gin Day for gin lovers across Manchester. The World Gin Day hub will be held at First Street, and Thomas Dakin will be partnering with the Gasworks Bar to serve their famous Tom & Tonic for just £5, as well as Gin Curator Alix Walker hosting masterclasses at the hub itself at 12pm & 4pm. 

Thomas Dakin’s vintage truck Katie Dakin, will be driving round Manchester on Friday evening, visiting stockists of Thomas Dakin then parking up at First Street at the World Gin Day hub. Snap a photo of the vintage truck on it’s travels through town, and upload to Instagram with #TomonTour and #TomandTonic for a chance to win a selection of Thomas Dakin goodies!

Sì Ciccio
As exclusively reported in early May, we can now confirm that Altrincham based Italian pizza and roast chicken spot, will be opening in Ramsbottom centre.  A licence has been applied for at Bury Council, and once and approved will pave the way for a 3 level bar and restaurant.

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Rabbit Down The Hole

Michael O' Hare has stepped away from the GG Hospitality's spaced aged Asian restaurant The Rabbit in the Moon.  This severed link also means that O' Hare won't be involved in the upcoming Stock Exchange building renovation.  It's not yet clear who will fil this void, although Chef John Granaghan has taken charge at 'The Rabbit'.

Friday 1st June 2018
First Taste Of Finca’s Million Pound Menu

Following their successful appearance on BBC’s hugely popular food show Million Pound Menu; the team behind renowned Cuban street food concept, FINCA, has announced it will be launching in Manchester at the start of June with its most ambitious set-up to date.  The Liverpool based concept impressed on the BBC food show, receiving an investment offer from Living Ventures’ Co-Founder, Jeremy Roberts, and FINCA will be taking its first step into the city with a summer residency in Artisan’s Café Bar in Spinningfields launching on Thursday 7 June.

Mowgli And Friska For University Green

Indian street food restaurant Mowgli and ethical restaurant Friska are the latest names to join the ever-growing line up at University Green, the new retail and leisure development by leading regional property company Bruntwood and the University of Manchester.

Mowgli and Friska join a previously announced line up comprising of academic and general bookshop, Blackwell’s; design retailer Utility; artisan coffee house, Takk; restaurant and bar, Loungers; authentic American burger brand, Five Guys; Co-op.

Usher Updates

Chef of the moment Gary Usher has today revealed plans for a 12 to 16 room boutique hotel to be launched in Manchester late next year.  This comes after the completion of a successful 24 hour crowd funding of his Prescot based brasserie, Pinion.  Kala, which translates as ‘Black’ in Urdu, is also set to go ahead in the near future too.  We can reveal that Kala is set to feature black granite and glass décor, along with a tapas bar style bench seating 15 people, in a move which differentiates it from the rest of the Usher empire.  Exciting times indeed.

Thursday 24th May 2018
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester

Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates 47th Birthday with 71p Legendary Burgers

It all started with two music-loving Americans who just wanted to find a good burger while living in London. Hard Rock’s founders had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and delicious all-American fare for a one-of-a-kind guest experience.

On June 14, 1971, they opened their own American style diner in an old Rolls Royce dealership and called it Hard Rock Cafe. To celebrate their 47th birthday, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will pay homage to 1971 with an Original Legendary Burger offer for just 71 cents per guest on a first-come, first-served basis from 12pm to 1pm. [more info]

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Grafene Manchester

Flavours of British Summertime Captured At Grafene

Hot on the heels of being awarded the prestigious Two AA Rosettes earlier this month, chef Ben Mounsey has evolved his successful relaxed fine dining menu, to add a selection that captures his best of British summer flavours.  The menu keeps with his acclaimed style for modern, reconstructed classics and dishes brimming with flavour twists and turns.  Dishes are presented with his trade mark of high creativity and complexity, whilst presenting his food with a careful simplicity that makes the very best of the finest British meat and seafood.

On the dinner menu, the new starter dishes include: a ham hock, celeriac, cured egg, tarragon, and a dish of scallop, red pepper, dashi, avocado, tomato.  The main course highlights include: duck, fennel, asparagus black garlic; a stone bass, smoked eel, onion, apple, potato, and veal loin, olive, kohlrabi and short rib. Desserts are a real treat with favourites being joined by a summer strawberry, sponge, custard, verbena, and a pineapple, pine, caramel, canelé. 

There are also new additions to the British Tapas menu including a crumbed ham, burnt asparagus, emulsion; a dish of fish taco, green sauce, gem, and sweet tapas treat of gingerbread sandwich, blood orange, buttercream. [more info]

Thursday 17th May 2018

Hot on the heels of Cau steakhouse announcing that it will be entering into a CVA, Italian chain Carluccios is also expected to make a similar announcement later this week, possibly as early as this afternoon.  It seems that Italians on the British high street have definitely fallen out of favour with diners.  35 branches are set for closure, but there's currently no news on which ones are set for closing, so we await the fate of the 3 Manchester based ventures.

Cantos Comes To Town

As reported earlier in the year, King St Spanish heavyweight El Gato Negro will soon be launching in the ever-expanding Ancoats, in the form of a Portuguese restaurant.  The venue will be named Canto, and we look forward to seeing that's planned in more detail for a massively neglected cuisine on these shores.  Launch is scheduled for Autumn.

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Teppanyaki Takeover

Teppanyaki Chinatown has taken over Manchester Japanese stalwart; Samsi.  The group has cited 'fresh and new ideas' as being in the pipeline for their new venture, although exact details are currently sparse.  The new owners will have a hard act to follow, and a loyal fan base to please.

Royal Garten Party

In celebrations and jubilations to the royal matrimony of Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle, Albert Schloss joyfully invite you to the wunderbar weekend wedding affair of the year. From Thursday, they are inviting guests to indulge in a myriad of treats to mark the occasion, including, Royal Wedding Breakfasts, Silver Service, Royales & Spritzes, High G & T and Quintessential Kronuts & Cruffins. What’s more, they’ll be screening the grand ceremony in full on das big screen from midday.


Argentinian Steakhouse chain Cau, owned by the Gaucho group, has decided to close its doors across the land, becoming the latest high profile casualty of the high street chain squeeze.  As far as Manchester goes, this will affect sites in Didsbury, MediaCityUK and also Wilmslow.  It seems that the nation's appetite for steak and Malbec, isn’t quite what Gaucho anticipated?

Monday 14th May 2018
Bay Horse Manchester

Best Margarita in Manchester

A cocktail created by Mr Cooper’s brasserie and bar has been crowned Best Margarita in Manchester at the recent Margarita Rumble.

Mr Cooper’s restaurant, situated in The Midland hotel, sent its top mixologists to shake up their version of the iconic tequila cocktail for a 1,000 strong audience of judges.

Facing stiff competition from 15 of the best bars and restaurants in the Greater Manchester area, Mr Cooper’s won the top title at the Rumble earlier this month, in Manchester’s Albert Hall. [more info]

Thursday 10th May 2018
Grafene Manchester

Grafene Fine Dining Awarded Two AA Rosettes

The team at Grafene are celebrating, having been awarded the prestigious Two AA Rosettes for the first time.

The Manchester fine-dining restaurant welcomed head chef Ben Mounsey only two months ago.  With the launch of his new lunchtime British Tapas and fine-dining dinner menus, Ben has already made a significant impact on the region’s restaurant scene and has now successfully guided the restaurant to achieve this prominent culinary award.

Since Ben joined Grafene, the restaurant has gone from strength from strength with a relaxed, fine-dining offering that aims to reflect the chef’s view of modern British life. Sample Ben’s menu for yourself with our Exclusive Restaurants Of Manchester offer, five plates and a glass of wine at Grafene for just £25. [more info]

Tre Ciccio

We have it on good authority that Altrincham based Italian hotspot Tre Ciccio is close to agreeing terms to open a site in the foodie hotspot of Ramsbottom, housed on the same site which was once home to the restaurant which started the Ramsbottom food revolution back in the day; Ramsons.   The venture is rumoured to convert a 3 story venue, into a cocktail bar in the basement, and outside terrace to the upstairs/rear, costing an estimated £3m.

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Menangerie Manchester

Manchester Together

To mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack and, as part of Manchester Together, Menagerie will be honouring the 22 people who were tragically killed and the 100 injured, by raising funds for local charity Forever Manchester.

From the 21st until the 26th of May, Menagerie will be donating all profits from their “Worker Bee Afternoon Tea” to the charity, which helps support communities and smaller charities throughout the area. [more info]

Elnecot Ancoats Manchester

Elnecot Launches New Spring Menu

Since bursting onto Manchester’s food and drink scene in September 2017, Elnecot is now establishing itself as a go to place for fantastic food and drinks in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The neighbourhood bar and kitchen have now revealed their Spring Menu with some very interesting additions including You Smelly H'apeth!, Manchester Pale Ale Braised Ox Cheek, Chalk Stream Trout Croquettes, Disco Cabbage, and Vegan Chocolate Mousse [more info]

Kala Konfirmation

As reported as being in the works back in March; we can now confirm that Gary Usher's new city centre bistro, Kala, will be opening on King Street in September.  Look out for more details to follow, on what will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting launches of the year.

Where The Jobs Come In

Much talked about Stockport restaurant, Where The Light Gets In, are on the hunt for full and part-time kitchen staff, ranging from Sous Chefs to Chef De Partie. More interestingly, they are even advertising for a new Head Chef.

Tuesday 1st May 2018
Manchester Restaurants news ~ Sakana

Sakana Sushi Sunday

Sundays in Manchester don’t need to be all about roast dinners – instead, this Bank Holiday (6th May), Sakana Pan Asian is inviting you to enjoy their delicious bottomless sushi selection with unlimited house wine. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ The Oast House

Oast House Open

The Oast House has re-opened its doors today, with the courtyard set to return in time for SpinFest at the end of May. The full opening schedule and reveal is expected to be completed as follows:

May 1st ~ First pint poured (open for drinks inside)
"Mid May" ~ First Hanging Kebab (food is served and courtyard reveal begins)
"End of May" ~ The Oast House Courtyard reopens (for drinks, dancing and deli boards!)
May 27th ~ Spinfest returns (for celebrations galore!) [more info]

Abode Brasserie Manchester
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica & Liquorice

Join Brasserie Abode for a five-course menu and matching Tanqueray London Dry Gin and cocktail selection, paired and presented for each course on Wednesday 23rd May. The famous gin is distilled four times with the classic four botanicals - refreshing juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica and sweet liquorice.  [more info]

Shoryu Ramen Manchester
Feeling Seasonal?

It's the first day of May, and if you're starting to feel a bit seasonal, then you should head down to the brilliant Shoryu Ramen where you can get two courses and a cocktail for just £22 from their Seasonal Set Menu. Sample seasonal Sakes witha f light for just £7.50, or visit for lunch where you can get two courses for just £15.  [more info]

Other Offers

Also added to Restaurants Of Manchester today:

2 Courses for £10.95 at Vietnamese restaurant Pho Manchester
20% Off food (55% Off on Mondays) at Northern Quarter favourite Dive NQ
Bottomless brunch & booze for £40 at the "Mad Men" inspired Pen & Pencil

Monday 30th April 2018
Manchester Restaurants news ~ Grafene Manchester

Scarlet Ribbons in the Merry Month of May

Masterchef winning celebrity chef Simon Wood's Wood Manchester and fantastic British restaurant Grafene, now under the new direction of talented head chef Ben Mounsey, have both been awarded two prestigious AA Rosettes. They join Brasserie ABode, Mr Cooper's, The River Restaurant, Hotel Gotham and Hispi in the category of "the best local restaurants, which aim for and achieve higher standards, better consistency, greater precision apparent in the cooking and obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients". Only Adam Reid at The French, with 3 AA Rosettes, has more.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, then take advantage of our Exclusive Restaurants Of Manchester offer, with five plates and a glass of wine at Grafene for just £25, or three courses for £27.50 at Wood. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ Grafene Manchester

Meet The Maker

Whilst we are on the subject of Grafene; gin lovers should book a place at the exclusive tasting of their entire Sipsmith Gin Collection, on 9th May, accompanied by chef Ben Mounsey’s delicious selection of fine-dining ‘Grafene Bites’. They also host a Sipsmith Gin Dinner on 20th June, amongst other wine and Champagne evenings. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ Cafe Football Manchester

Mow Like A Pro

Cafe Football Old Trafford and Cafe Football National Football Museum have teamed up with Backyard Brewery to bring together a true grass-roots pairing. Served with one of their celebrated Eat Like a Pro salads, for just £10 throughout May, the Carlsberg Sverige's Falkenberg brewed Lawn Mower Amber Lager has a loud noisy body combined with a fresh hoppiness, making it refreshingly sessionable. [more info]

Friday 27th April 2018
TNQ Restaurant Manchester

South African Quarter

Northern Quarter institution, TNQ Restaurant, are to host the iconic Kleine Zalze winery for an evening of South African wine and foods on Wednesday 23rd May.

The six course South African Tasting Menu, with stunning wine pairings from the Stellenbosch estate, features such delights as Biltong, ostrich, and springbok. [more info]

Store Street Exchange Restaurant Manchester

Full Chicken for Half

You can now enjoy 50% off your food bill every Thursday, when pre-booking a table at Store Street Exchange, the Double Tree by Hilton Piccadilly's brilliant rotisserie restaurant, which focuses on local suppliers and outstanding produce such as corn-fed Goosnargh chicken. [more info]

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Open Skies for San Carlo

Celebrated Manchester based Italian heavyweight, San Carlo, is launching its fifth Selfridges-based restaurant with San Carlo Alto to be based on the prestigious department store's flagship roof top on London's Oxford Street.

Tuesday 24th April 2018
1761 Restaurant Manchester

1761 x 50% = 100% Mancunian

To celebrate their brand new menu, Booth Street eatery 1761 are offering Restaurants Of Manchester readers 50% off their 100% Mancunian sourced food for the next two weeks. [more info]

Monday 23rd April 2018

Matt Campbell

Masterchef : The Professionals 2017 contestant Matt Campbell has sadly passed away, following a suspected heart failure whilst competing in the London Marathon amidst record high temperatures for the event. The Lake District native competed in this year's Manchester marathon, and passed the line in under the 3 hour mark.  Respected figures in the hospitality industry have today paid their respects to this massive loss of talent.

Monday 16th April 2018
The Tea Room Manchester

Afternoon Tea Room

This week see's the launch of The Tea Room at The Midland Hotel's new Evening Tea.   We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview last week.

The luxuriously attired Tea Room is a treat for the senses in itself, housed arguably Manchester city centre's most decadent and certainly most historic and celebrated destination.  A twist on the traditional afternoon tea comes via a selection of sandwiches including Chicken, Mango and Coriander on Granary Bread, There's also Asparagus, Artichoke and Parmesan Mimosa on Brioche, along with hot savoury bites such as Ox Cheek with Blue Cheese Croquettes, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sriracha Sauce. 

Once you've had your fill of savouries, there' a selection of cakes, such as Elderflower an Gooseberry Cake, and the super indulgent Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart, garnished with Manchester bee adorned chocolate shards.  And any tea, whether it be afternoon or evening, wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory scones, which in this case came with various jam options, and a fantastic lemon curd, to either go underneath or on top of your clotted cream.

Food was paired a tea of your choice, and also two Gin and Tonics, featuring both Brockmans and also the locally produced Three Rivers gins. The Tea Room at The Midland's Evening tea is available Thursday to Sunday from 17:30 until 19:30, and is priced at a very reasonable £35 per head.

Friday 13th April 2018


Spinningfields celeb haunt Neighbourhood has reopened following their temporary closure on the back of an attack at the venue.  A set of conditions, many of which will make life hard for such a venue, have been placed on the reissue of their licence though.  These include them being unable to serve drinks in glassware between certain hours, along with a weapon scanner on entry, and the compulsory presentation of ID between certain hours.

Wednesday 11th April 2018
The French Restaurant Manchester

French Friday Feeling

For the next four Fridays, the French will be offering their four and six course menu in the evening, alongside their regular offering of the nine course menu.

They open at 5pm, through to 9.30pm and the four course menu is ideal for those going to the theatre later on, or who would prefer a shorter dining experience. [more info]

The Anthologist

Drake and Morgan are growing their Manchester portfolio via the launch of their Anthologist brand, in the ground floor of the One St Peter's Square building, facing Central Library.  We can expect to see cocktails, wine, and an eclectic food offering, all wrapped up in a nice décor package.  The St Peter's Square area is certainly blossoming at the moment..

Deansgate Patisserie

Didsbury patissiers Bisous Bisous are launching at the end of April on Deansgate, right next door to everybody's favourite mass produced high street patisserie; Patisserie Valerie.  Backed by the team behind the NQ's 63 Degrees restaurant, the Didsbury outlet has been winning fans for a while now, so it's a welcome addition to the city centre, although probably not by their next door neighbour.

Monday 9th April 2018
Second Floor Brasserie Harvey Nichols Manchester

Second Floor Spring Menu

Get ready for your taste buds to be tantalised with spring’s new offering of fresh, seasonal dishes for all-day dining at the Second Floor Brasserie.

To start, make the toss-up between kubaneh bread with spiced tomato and olive oil dip, Cumbrae Scottish oysters with dill pearls or a helping of soy-braised beef and spring onion doughnuts with an orange barbecue sauce.

For the main event indulge in traditional, succulent steak cuts and burgers; vegetarian dishes such as chickpea and paneer masala, a spring mezze with pea hummus, crispy spring onions and falafel or delve into a Malaysian Rojack salad.

But don’t stop there. Be sure to leave on a sweet note with one of our mouth-watering puddings, whether it be the apple and cinnamon strudel, cheese fondue or their delicious selection of miniature desserts. You’ll be going back for more, we can assure you. [more info]

Wednesday 4th April 2018
Princess Street Hotel Manchester

Refurb Fit For A Princess

The Princess St Hotel is set to undergo a full refurbishment, encompassing its hotel's 140 bedrooms, meeting rooms, events spaces and restaurant/bar. 

The property, purchased in 2013, will see a near £2m investment which will convert it into an exclusive boutique style hotel, which is described by the owners as offering 'a more intimate service environment'. [more info]

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