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Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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Afternoon tea at DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Picadilly#2

Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

Think of afternoon tea and what comes to mind? White tablecloths? Crustless sandwiches? Sedate surroundings and whispered conversations?

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Start Spreading The News

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Start Spreading The News

‘Experience Manhattan in the heart of Spinningfields‘. So says Neighbourhood, a restaurant and bar opened in Manchester by the same people who brought BBQ specialists Southern Eleven to the city. Could they pull it off?

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Artisan

‘Avin’ It At Artisan

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Avin’ It At Artisan

It’s not so long ago that a culinary night out in Manchester was a toss up between a random pizza joint and a Chinese banquet. But things have moved on, so much so that the city holds its breath over the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

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Macdonald Townhouse

Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

To the Macdonald Townhouse with the editor of Northern Soul to visit the hotel’s 101 Brasserie. It’s one of those lovely Manchester buildings with a hidden history and a modern reinvention.

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Aumbry

The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

July 1, 2013 Comments Off on The Food of the Gods (in Prestwich)

I started to write this review before I had my tea. That was a mistake, like the folly of shopping at the supermarket on an empty stomach.

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Byron

Burger Brilliance at Byron

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Burger Brilliance at Byron

We like our colloquialisms and slanguage here at Northern Soul and, to be frank, the more vernacular the better.

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The French

The French at The Midland, Manchester

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on The French at The Midland, Manchester

Let me say from the outset that The French at The Midland doesn’t come cheap. At £55 for the six course tasting menu and £50 for the wine flight to go with it, it took up the £110.07 I got from a pre-emptive raid on my piggy bank

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Chorlton Coffee Festival

Keen on the Bean

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Keen on the Bean

Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.

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Coriander, Chorlton

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on Coriander, Chorlton

The trouble with coriander is this: it’s a herb that divides opinion.

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