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Dinner with James Martin, James Martin Manchester

Northern Soul chats to chef James Martin about Saturday morning telly, dogs and his culinary roots

June 7, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to chef James Martin about Saturday morning telly, dogs and his culinary roots

I’ve got a bit of thing for celebrity chefs. Maybe it’s the apron, or perhaps it’s because they can cook me a decent meal?  

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The Lowry Hotel River Restaurant

Review: The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

May 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

The last time I visited The Lowry’s River Restaurant, it was Christmas, it was snowing and I walked back to Piccadilly train station enveloped in a festive wine jacket.

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Review: Indique, West Didsbury, Manchester

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Indique, West Didsbury, Manchester

Name your ten best Indian restaurants in Manchester. This and That for value for money and good cooking, obvs, and…actually they’re pretty much all the same.

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Gusto Manchester

Review: Spring/Summer Menu, Gusto, Manchester

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Spring/Summer Menu, Gusto, Manchester

When I think of Italian food, I’m met with images of pizza and luxurious pasta.

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Chai Thali, London

Chips ‘n’ Gravy: London’s restaurants are booming and blooming

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Chips ‘n’ Gravy: London’s restaurants are booming and blooming

English seasons are usually pretty indistinct.

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James Martin

Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

I have a huge crush on James Martin. I’ve spent many a hungover weekend morning watching Saturday Kitchen and scoffing scrambled eggs made with a tonne of butter.

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Helens kitchen, Bury Market

Review: Helen’s Kitchen, Bury Market

March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Helen’s Kitchen, Bury Market

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 Comments Off on Review: Handmade Burger Co, The Old Courthouse, Deansgate, Manchester

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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