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Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, The Avenue, Manchester

Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

April 28, 2014 Comments Off on Aiden Byrne talks Restaurant Wars, food critics and chasing the Michelin man

Manchester hasn’t had a Michelin-starred restaurant since the year I was born. I’m 40 next month.

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Red's True Barbecue

Red’s True Barbecue: Let There Be Meat

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Red’s True Barbecue: Let There Be Meat

James Douglas and Scott Munro are messiahs of the low and slow barbecue. Red’s True Barbecue is their church.

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Chef Tony Cooks a Classic Lamb Hotpot

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Chef Tony Cooks a Classic Lamb Hotpot

CHEF TONY SAYS: This is a classic lamb hotpot done the traditional way.

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Grand Pacific

Grand Pacific: high tea without being high brow

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Grand Pacific: high tea without being high brow

Grand Pacific is the lighter-bite little sister of Australasia. Nestled in Manchester’s Spinningfields behind the huge Versace emporium and having only opened six months ago, this neat, sweet Colonial-shabby-chic eatery is fun, friendly and filling.

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Courting Cake: a Northern tradition

January 18, 2014 Comments Off on Courting Cake: a Northern tradition

Sometimes of an evening I trip down to the local corner shop for wine and cake.

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Australasia

December 11, 2013 Comments Off on Australasia

There are lots of different ways to present restaurant menus. In my time, I’ve seen simple slips of paper, red leather binders, cards and laminates

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Browns in Manchester

Bursting at the seams at Browns

December 1, 2013 Comments Off on Bursting at the seams at Browns

It’s 40 years since Browns Bar & Brasserie opened a single eatery in Brighton. Today there are 28 across the country, with the newest addition in Liverpool.

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Freemasons at Wiswell: a night to remember

November 17, 2013 Comments Off on Freemasons at Wiswell: a night to remember

There are some foods that I never expected to let past my lips. Kangeroo and crocodile were on this no-no list until, ten years ago on a trip to Australia, I sampled both delicacies. Well, it seemed rude not to.

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James Martin

James Martin comes to Manchester

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on James Martin comes to Manchester

“Northerners like bigger portions.” Ain’t that the truth. But when James Martin says so, this truism takes on a whole new resonance.

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Manchester House

Theatre of Food at Manchester House

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Theatre of Food at Manchester House

I’ve had some posh dinners in my time but I have never, ever been served a meal perched on a dish of artificial turf, all enveloped in a haze of dry ice. Until, that is, I went to the newly-launched Manchester House.

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