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Fleetneedles Forage –Apple Futures  

Fleetneedle’s Forage: You’re the apple of my eye

September 22, 2022 No Comments

As we approach the end of a long, hot summer, most fruit and vegetables are becoming ripe a good few weeks earlier than usual.  

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Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

There’s a card on my wall which sums me up perfectly. A present from my sister, it reads: ‘She just couldn’t behave herself with cheese.’

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Food Review: The Libertine, Withington, Manchester

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: The Libertine, Withington, Manchester

A derelict bank has been given a second life as a bar and restaurant in Withington, Manchester.

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Food Review: Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

April 27, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

As I travelled to Cheshire’s Alderley Edge to sample the new spring menu at Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, my mind turned to Valentina Harris.

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Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

April 10, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

I am many things but I am not a good cook.

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Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

February 23, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

I’ve always thought that the length of a good lunch should be about the same as a football match: around two hours (give or take a few minutes for injury time and the obligatory half-time break).

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Food Review: District, Oldham Street, Manchester

February 16, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: District, Oldham Street, Manchester

When I booked my tasting menu at Manchester’s District, its website informed me that Discovery (£50 a head) encapsulated ‘a new life in the off-world colonies’ and ‘a new chance in a golden land of opportunity and adventure’.

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Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Deansgate Mews

Food Review: Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Manchester

February 8, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Supper Club, Butcher’s Quarter, Manchester

During the first lockdown, when the great and the good were allegedly being ambushed by cakes, I contented myself with a weekly bike ride to the Northern Quarter and Ancoats in Manchester.

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Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

Review: Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

Everyone I mentioned this event to reacted with the same quizzical raised eyebrow. “Polish wines?” “Yes,” I said. “Polish wines”.

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10 Tib Lane, Manchester

Food Review: 10 Tib Lane, Manchester

December 13, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: 10 Tib Lane, Manchester

There is a great moment in The Wizard of Oz when, as it starts to snow, the Cowardly Lion remarks: “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?”

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