Restaurant Review: Gusto, Manchester

Don’t you wish time machines existed? I’ve always been entranced by the roaring 20s (if I could just sip a Bellini with F. Scott Fitzgerald that would be grand). Luckily, I had a review planned at Gusto on Deansgate, Manchester where I could happily indulge literary fantasies. The building itself is a stunning character in ...

Restaurant Review: Manchester House, Spinningfields, Manchester

What do you want to do when you grow up? What is your goal in life? Forgive me for sounding like a curious crusty counsellor from your secondary school questioning your life’s ambitions. One of my life goals is to dine at my lovingly curated hit list of ‘Must Visit’ restaurants. (Eleven Madison Park, Per ...

The Orange Tree adds zing to Derby’s drinking scene

An East Midlands pub establishment is bringing its special sense of chilled out vibes and understated cool to Derby. The Orange Tree hosted its preview evening last night and the bar is now open to welcome locals into its George Street location. Nestled just off the main road on Friargate, The Orange Tree is a great ...

The Alchemist wins Best Bar Award at Food & Travel Reader Awards

It always pleases me to hear about my favourite eateries and bars getting recognition they so richly deserved. A big virtual 'high five' for The Alchemist, who have scooped the ‘Best Bar’ at The Food and Travel Reader Awards 2016. The team from The Alchemist bar and restaurant were in London last week at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall ...

Restaurant Review: Artisan, Manchester

When I’m out reviewing restaurants, I like to be professional and look decent. On the day of the Artisan restaurant review, the Mancunian anthracite skies heavy with pregnant rain clouds were threatening to burst. And burst they did in all their torrential, positively apocalyptic glory, leaving us dripping wet from an impromptu drenching. I suppose ...

Enjoy autumn Spritz Session at Red Door Manchester (Saturday 1st October)

Celebrate the onset of autumn in style with the Spritz Session at Red Door Manchester on Saturday 1st October.   From 5.30pm - 9.30 pm, Aperol Spritz will be 2-4-1 and the fun doesn’t stop there. To quench your thirst faster than you can say "I love autumn at Red Door", click those buttons on tables for ...

Gin + apple orchard = heaven: whisk yourself away to the magic of Speyside in the heart of Manchester

Love gin? Think apple orchards are simply enchanting? Read on. On September 30 Caorunn (pronounced "ka-roon”), the handcrafted Scottish gin, is transforming the Oast House, Spinningfields, into a vibrant urban apple orchard which will offer 500 lucky bods a free Caorunn G&T for a truly beautiful crisp, fresh taste of the Highlands. I love the idea of an apple ...

A warm Derby welcome to bb’s coffee shop, Intu Derby

I’m a coffee fiend and was surprised, when walking to a part of the Intu Derby I don’t usually frequent, to see a new coffee shop open. The intriguingly titled bb’s looks like a nice place to hang out. We can never have enough of coffee shops. Of course I have my favourites. I prefer independents over franchises (Vapey ...

La Maison Rémy Martin Heads to Manchester To Create… La Maison Rémy Martin Manchester House

I'm a big fan of cognac. My usual tipples include Frapin, Courvoisier and Rémy Martin, which is why I was pleased to hear the latter is slinking into Manchester for a rather majestic pop-up. Ladies and gentlemen, let me present for your delectation and pure indulgence, La Maison Rémy Martin Manchester House. Following the year-on-year success of La Maison Rémy ...

The Alchemist to cast its magic over Alderley Edge for autumn opening

What is your favourite bar up north? The one to feature in my personal top ten is The Alchemist, which I’m pleased to say is launching very soon in Alderley Edge. Work on the former Grill on the Edge site is now well underway, and the concept from the multi-award winning Living Ventures is set to ...