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Restaurants & Cafes

Mary-Ellen McTague at Aumbry. Photo by Chris Payne.

“Good food doesn’t need to be an elitist thing.” Northern Soul talks to chef Mary-Ellen McTague

December 6, 2017 No Comments

Long ago, back before it was subsumed into a south Manchester suburb, Chorlton-cum-Hardy was a village dominated by farmlands and dotted with dairies.

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Review: Dog & Partridge, Didsbury, Manchester

November 30, 2017 No Comments

There’s finest Iberican ham on the menu at the Dog & Partridge in Didsbury where once there was none.

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Review: La Viña, Deansgate, Manchester

November 30, 2017 No Comments

Firstly, full disclosure. I’m not one of life’s natural tapas fans.

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Review: Christmas Igloos at The Refinery, Spinningfields, Manchester

November 30, 2017 No Comments

When you think of an igloo does Pingu spring to mind?

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Ox cheek Pie, Hawksmoor: Restaurants & Recipes by Huw Gott and Will Beckett is out now published by Preface, £30

Recipe: Hawksmoor’s Ox Cheek Cottage Pie

November 28, 2017 No Comments

Hawksmoor has become something of a restaurant institution.

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Ashas restaurant Manchester

Review: Asha’s, Manchester

November 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Asha’s, Manchester

In India, Asha Bhosle, now 84, is much adored as a legendary playback singer – that is, a vocalist to whose performance a Bollywood actor mimes – in more than 1,000 Hindi films dating back to before the Second World War.

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Mahiki, Great Northerners and Dirty Martinis: A Northern Soul Night Out

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Mahiki, Great Northerners and Dirty Martinis: A Northern Soul Night Out

Let me say from the outset that my memory of the events I am about to recount is a little hazy.

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Review: Tattu, Manchester

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Tattu, Manchester

Depending on your point of view, this is either the best name ever for a restaurant or a bit weird.

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The Bay Horse Tavern, image by Jody Hartley

Review: The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Just under a decade ago, Housemate and I used to frequent three Manchester pubs (if I said most days after work, you’d judge us, right?).

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The Forest Side Hotel

Review: The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere

Aptly named, this four-star hotel and acclaimed restaurant in the Lake District sits in the lee of a steep slope of trees.

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