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People's choice wine awards

The People’s Choice Wine Awards 2021

January 19, 2021 No Comments

It’s been an incredibly tough year for many businesses, not least those in the hospitality industry.

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Erst

Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

November 2, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

With Manchester hanging onto Tier 2 lockdown by Andy Burnham’s fingernails, it’s a pleasure to still be able to eat out.

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Dan Smart. Photo credit: Jane Alflat

“They’ve taken me under their wing.” Chef Dane Smart talks about Manchester’s Molly House and its new menu

October 9, 2020 Comments Off on “They’ve taken me under their wing.” Chef Dane Smart talks about Manchester’s Molly House and its new menu

Dane Smart has come a long way since his pot-washing days at LadyBoy, a Thai restaurant in Melbourne.

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Canto

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

September 15, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

As I write this, were about a fortnight away from six months into lockdown. Im still not exactly sure of the rules as Matt Hancock and his cronies play hide-and-seek with our very own Andy Burnham and the North West has more COVID-19 spikes than a punk hairdo.

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Gaucho, image by David Griffen Photography

Food Review: Gaucho, Manchester

August 30, 2020 Comments Off on Food Review: Gaucho, Manchester

Finally, after five long months, I find myself reviewing an actual live restaurant with actual people, actual food and actual wine. The restaurant in question is Gaucho, an Argentinian grill off Manchester’s Deansgate, located in a beautifully converted church with the organ still intact but not functioning.

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Dishoom bacon naan roll kit. Image by charlie_mckay2

Takeaway review: Dishoom, Manchester

July 23, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway review: Dishoom, Manchester

Any writer of restaurant reviews will, as a matter of professional courtesy, read the competition.

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Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

Northern Scran: Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

June 15, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Scran: Traditional Lancashire Hotpot

During lockdown our writers and pals have been cooking up a storm.

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Cottage pie

Northern Scran: Easy peasy cottage pie

June 3, 2020 Comments Off on Northern Scran: Easy peasy cottage pie

During lockdown I’ve found that it’s even more important to make an occasion of meal times.

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Siam Smiles Cafe, Manchester

Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

May 14, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: Siam Smiles, Manchester

For many years, my Thursday treat was a green chicken curry at Siam Smiles on George Street in Manchester’s Chinatown.

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Takeaway Review: The Spärrows, Manchester

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: The Spärrows, Manchester

Strange times. Especially if you live on your own and just want a hug.

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