Top traders set for Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2016

Great Britain’s best sausages, award winning cheese, the finest malt whisky in the world and amazing burgers are just some of the highlights of Bolton Food and Drink Festival. More than 180 food, drink and craft traders will take over the town centre for the festival, which takes place from August 26 to 29. The market, opening ...

Recipe: John West Creations – tuna with wild rice, Indian style lentils

Last week, Immediate Insiders sent me a John West Creations product to review. What’s great about this trial (run in association with the Immediate Insiders Panel across Good Food, delicious and Olive) is that opinion at grassroots level is canvassed, to raise brand awareness and gauge popularity of the product. I received a pack of ...

King Street welcomes Modern British restaurant Grafene

Manchester's food scene continues to flourish with the addition of another top drawer restaurant to it ranks - Grafene.  Inspired by modern Manchester, hospitality entrepreneurs Paul and Kathryn Roden have made a £1m investment into the 55 King Street site formerly the home of Brasserie Blanc. This powerhouse couple certainly know a thing or two about the restaurant trade. ...

Catching some rays on Wonky Sun Terrace, The Wonky Table, Derby

With a “blink and you’ll miss it” summer, it’s important to seize the day whenever you spot a ray of sunshine. I was privileged to check out The Wonky Sun Terrace, on a particularly clement Sunday evening. This cutesy quaint courtyard can be found towards the back of the restaurant. One of the standout features of ...

‘Fizz’-ing free cookery demos at Bolton Food & Drink festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is less than three weeks' away, which is a must visit event for any self-respecting foodie.  The final touches are being made to one of the festival's most exciting schedules ever, with a host of regional and celebrity chefs rocking into Bolton for the bank holiday weekend. Coronation Street star ...

Food Review: Pitcher & Piano, Friargate, Derby

I’m generally a chirpy soul and have the energy levels to rival a bouncy Tigger. On the odd occasion when I can’t make sense of the world (Donald Trump, terrorism, black pudding, bad manners) a pick-me-up in the form of good food goes down really well. I found myself at Pitcher and Piano earlier this week ...

New cocktail bar shakes up Nottingham

Nottingham is one of my favourite cities and cocktails are one of my favourite alcoholic beverages. Put the two together and magic is guaranteed, which is why news of a brand new bar in Nottingham was enough to make my day (make that week). Be At One is set to mix it up with one of the ...

Fresh, new Perkins Bar & Bistro opens doors

Nottingham is one of my favourite places in the UK. I am always excited to see its dining scene expand, which is why I am so very pleased to hear about Perkins. One of Nottingham’s most established eating destinations has joined the Perkins Family’s other eateries in reflecting ‘a new, fresh outlook’ after Perkins Bar & ...

Q&A: Asad Moghal, organiser of Derby Food and Drink Awards

Writing about food and this great industry is one of my passions, which is why I'm in the middle of compiling a feature on food award ceremonies. In the meantime, and sticking with this theme, I bring you an exciting Q&A with Asad Moghal, the Inward Investment and PR Officer for Marketing Derby. Asad has been ...

Cup North Returns as Manchester Coffee Festival

I use coffee as a barometer of friendship - if you like coffee, by proxy, I like you too. If you dislike this molten elixir, then, I'm sorry, we can't be friends, so move it along... (JOKE!). :-) OK, now on a serious note, I am very excited to learn that this year, Cup North returns as Manchester Coffee ...