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Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

Review: Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

September 16, 2019 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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eden Newcastle

Food Review: Eden, Newcastle

August 16, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Eden, Newcastle

When I moved to Salford for university two years ago, I wondered if my beloved home town of Newcastle would face stiff competition from the North West when it came to nightlife, dining and drinking venues.

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Food Review: Dishoom, Manchester

August 13, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Dishoom, Manchester

There are some things you don’t mess with.

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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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Food Review: Pie Port, Anchor Courtyard, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Pie Port, Anchor Courtyard, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Full disclosure: I have emotional skin in the game here.

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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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Pier Eight's Waterside Terrace. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Food Review: Waterside Terrace, Pier Eight Restaurant, The Lowry, Salford

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Waterside Terrace, Pier Eight Restaurant, The Lowry, Salford

Is there a better way to spend a sunny northern summer’s afternoon than at The Lowry listening to singer Rob King while sipping Sipmith’s orange and cacao gin and enjoying a selection of small plates from Pier Eight?

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Rosa's Thai Liverpool

Food Review: Rosa’s Thai, Albert Dock, Liverpool

July 14, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Rosa’s Thai, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Rosa’s is a strange beast.

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Comptoir Libanais

Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

July 9, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Comptoir Libanais, Spinningfields, Manchester

Comptoir Libanais is to Lebanese food what Pizza Express is to Pizza.

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