Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

Food Review: Bill’s Restaurant, Spinningfields, Manchester

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Bill’s Restaurant, Spinningfields, Manchester

Bill Collison says that his new restaurant is his 79th although he is keen to stress that it’s not a chain. “Each one is different, each one has its own soul.”

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Erst

Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

There’s a buzz about eating out in Manchester city centre.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Autumn 2019

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Autumn 2019

As the month of November approaches, we are well and truly into Autumn which can mean only one thing: the return of a new opera season.

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Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton

October 27, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: The Creameries, Chorlton

About this time last year, I took retirement.

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The Intelligence Park

Review: The Intelligence Park, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

October 22, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Intelligence Park, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

There is an old joke that goes like this.

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Hamiltonic: Defiance Distillery, Woodend Mill, Oldham

October 5, 2019 Comments Off on Hamiltonic: Defiance Distillery, Woodend Mill, Oldham

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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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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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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