Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Hamiltonic: Defiance Distillery, Woodend Mill, Oldham

October 5, 2019 No Comments

As a professional drinker and gin correspondent, I do not drive.

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

Review: Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

September 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

On my way to the launch of Manchester’s 22nd Food & Drink Festival, I ponder whether Manchester could become the Lyon of the North.

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Three Little Words Bar

Food and Drink Review: Three Little Words, Manchester

September 16, 2019 Comments Off on Food and Drink Review: Three Little Words, Manchester

There was a time when Watson Street was the preserve of garages and mechanics, a through road for MOTs and traffic avoiding the gridlock on Deansgate.

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Gin

Hamiltonic: Bolton Gin and Rum Festival

September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Bolton Gin and Rum Festival

Sunday was the day of rest, according to biblical doctrine.

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Food Review: Patisserie Valerie, Albion Street, Leeds

July 30, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Patisserie Valerie, Albion Street, Leeds

This is a bit of a nostalgic trip for me. In the late 70s I studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic when art schools were still the ‘sandboxes of the disaffected’.

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Tao of Glass_Phelim McDermott, Janet Etuk, David Emmings _MIF2019 (c) Tristram Kenton

Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

July 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Tao of Glass, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange

Well, it’s over for another two years. No, not the Tory Party leadership contest, I mean the Manchester International Festival.

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Food Review: Hawksmoor, Deansgate, Manchester

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Hawksmoor, Deansgate, Manchester

According to my records (random scraps of paper in a Clarks shoebox) it has been some months since I broke bread with Helen, esteemed editor of Northern Soul.

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Andiamo! Festa Italiana is coming to Manchester

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Andiamo! Festa Italiana is coming to Manchester

I remember my first encounter with Italian culture well. It was in a fish and chip shop on Dalry Road in Edinburgh.

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Tampopo

Food Review: Tampopo, Albert Square, Manchester

June 27, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Tampopo, Albert Square, Manchester

I had been forewarned that my esteemed Editor and sometime luncheon companion was on Scout duty, the Brunette was two-timing me with another lunch date and the Blonde was at work, so it was to be dining solo.

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Hamiltonic: Monkey 47 Gin, Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds

June 12, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Monkey 47 Gin, Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds

Every time I pull into Leeds Station I look out for the three Italian towers. Over the years they have become increasingly hard to spot among the plain, anonymous new-builds along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and I suspect they will be lost forever one day.

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