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Helens kitchen, Bury Market

Review: Helen’s Kitchen, Bury Market

March 21, 2017 No Comments

As a coeliac, nipping to a café for a bit of lunch is something I don’t get to do very often. 

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Review: Handmade Burger Co, The Old Courthouse, Deansgate, Manchester

March 21, 2017 No Comments

It’s getting harder and harder to remember now, but many of us grew up at a time when burgers weren’t all that common in the UK.

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Yard & Coop, Manchester

Review: Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter, Manchester

March 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Yard & Coop, Northern Quarter, Manchester

For a vegetarian, the self-proclaimed ‘home of buttermilk fried chicken’ might seem like a peculiar restaurant choice.

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Interior, Cottonopolis, Manchester

Review: Namas-Tea, Cottonopolis, Manchester

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Namas-Tea, Cottonopolis, Manchester

I have an issue with chopsticks. I just don’t get them. Over the years, my friends have attempted to teach me but, like figuring out a Rubik’s Cube, I find them impossible.

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Review: An Evening with Jean-Christophe Novelli, Don Giovanni, Manchester

January 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: An Evening with Jean-Christophe Novelli, Don Giovanni, Manchester

I’m no foodie, as any of my friends will tell you.

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Wildflower Interior, Newcastle

Review: Wildflower, Newcastle

January 16, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Wildflower, Newcastle

Newcastle’s vegan and veggie community has been spoilt for choice over the past couple of years. For the discerning herbivore, the options just keep multiplying.

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Review: Rudy’s Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Rudy’s Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

As an ex-hippy, I found style guru Peter York’s Hipster Handbook on BBC4 a blast from the past. The similarities are remarkable. None of us considered ourselves hippies, though we undoubtedly were, and none of the people he interviewed would admit to being Hipsters, despite the beards.

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Azuma

Review: Azuma Restaurant, Manchester

December 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Azuma Restaurant, Manchester

Manchester is famous for its Chinese restaurants. So why are they so hit and miss? 

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Manchester - Dining area, image by Drake and Morgan

Review: The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

Manchester’s Spinningfields is not my usual haunt. There’s something about the glossy buildings that simply doesn’t appeal. It conjures images of suits and fancy-ish women in fancy-ish dresses congregating by the bar. I prefer the pre-war graffiti-daubed grunginess of the Northern Quarter, and the undoneness that only comes with old buildings.

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Altrincham Bistrot Pierre

Review: Bistrot Pierre, Altrincham

December 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Bistrot Pierre, Altrincham

The dining scene in Altrincham has been going through some big changes lately.

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