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The French

The French at The Midland, Manchester

June 19, 2013 Comments Off on The French at The Midland, Manchester

Let me say from the outset that The French at The Midland doesn’t come cheap. At £55 for the six course tasting menu and £50 for the wine flight to go with it, it took up the £110.07 I got from a pre-emptive raid on my piggy bank

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Chorlton Coffee Festival

Keen on the Bean

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Keen on the Bean

Chorlton has a coffee festival now. Twenty years ago, the chances of those words, being used in that precise order, would have been so astronomical that it would have required a computer of HAL 9000 proportions to calculate the odds.

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Coriander

Coriander, Chorlton

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on Coriander, Chorlton

The trouble with coriander is this: it’s a herb that divides opinion.

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The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

May 31, 2013 Comments Off on The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

You know those bank holiday weekends where you plan to do one thing and end up doing something else entirely? Well, that was my bank holiday Monday.

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Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express, Bury

May 12, 2013 Comments Off on Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express may serve Italian food but its ubiquity makes it feel as British as fish and chips. With 400 restaurants across the UK, each claiming to be unique, you don’t have to go far to find a restaurant. But how good is this pizza stalwart at accommodating families? Chef Tony finds out.

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Don Giovannis

Don Giovannis, Manchester

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on Don Giovannis, Manchester

Maybe I’m a bit jaded or maybe I’ve had too many meals that were overpriced, overcooked and, praise the lord, over quickly, but I never expect very much from city centre dining. So it’s really, really nice to be able to write a positive restaurant review about a central Manchester eaterie.

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Earth Cafe, Manchester

Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

March 28, 2013 Comments Off on Earth Cafe, Northern Quarter

As a long-time veggie who works in Manchester’s Northern Quarter I thought it was high time I got myself some lunch at the Earth Vegetarian Cafe and Juice Bar. I wasn’t disappointed.

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Night & Day, Manchester

Night & Day, Manchester

January 2, 2013 Comments Off on Night & Day, Manchester

Whenever a friend from out of town comes to visit, I take them to Night & Day. Why? Because it encapsulates what real Manchester is all about: within these four walls there is no pretence, no faux industrial heritage, no 21st century makeover.

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