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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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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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Pizza the Action: we review the Christmas menu at Pizza Express on Manchester’s Oxford Street

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Pizza the Action: we review the Christmas menu at Pizza Express on Manchester’s Oxford Street

With a brand new interior and a special festive menu, Pizza Express on Manchester’s Oxford Street is well worth a December visit.

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Review: The Christmas Menu at Don Giovanni, Manchester

December 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Christmas Menu at Don Giovanni, Manchester

Don Giovanni has become quite the Manchester institution. Established in 1984 and now situated on Oxford Street just up the road from Central Library, it’s the city’s longest-serving Italian restaurant.

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The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Frying High: The Hip Hop Chip Shop

November 19, 2016 Comments Off on Frying High: The Hip Hop Chip Shop

Is there anything more quintessentially British than fish and chips?

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