MANCHESTER COFFEE FESTIVAL 2017

If you love good coffee, you need to read on. As a self-confessed coffee lover, news of a coffee festival is music to my ears. Imagine spending a whole day, chatting to fellow coffee lovers, tasting coffee and stocking up on your own coffee supplies? Cut me open and I swear I'd have coffee running through my ...

REVIEW: ALCHEMIST MEDIACITY, MANCHESTER

Storm Brian was due to make an appearance in all his hail and thunderstorm glory. It was a questionable time to leave the cosy confines of my 23°C flat and I therefore had to have a gooood reason to be venturing outdoors. Imperative reasons to leave said flat include fleeing from lost arachnid / lost bee ...

HAVE YOURSELF A CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS AT TURTLE BAY

Bored of turkey? Fancy mixing up your Christmas dinner? Head on over to Turtle Bay where you can get your reggae on with a menu including spicy jerk and moreish rum for a Caribbean Christmas to remember. As the festive season gears up, Turtle Bay offers an alternative festive vibe, with its first ever set Christmas menu – featuring dishes ...

SPOOKY TREATS AT LAS IGUANAS FOR HALLOWEEN DAY OF THE DEAD

If Halloween is your favourite time of the year (Day of the Dead is also popular in 2017), then you need to pay attention. Latin American restaurant and cocktail specialists Las Iguanas have created a special cocktail for the eerie events – an ode to Day of the Dead, a huge celebration in Latin America. The ...

MASONS RESTAURANT BAR TO OFFICIALLY OPEN ON NOVEMBER 3 PROMISING FAMILIAR BRITISH DISHES WITH A WORLD INFLUENCE

Manchester’s Bridge Street is well on its way to being transformed as a destination for food lovers, starting with next week’s soft opening (October 28-November 2) of Masons Restaurant Bar. Masons will then officially open on November 3, following the glittering Manchester Hall opening event the evening before which will see the former Freemasons Hall transformed ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: RED CHILLI DERBY

Have you ever experienced something regrettable, but for some reason (convenience? Self-doubt – it wasn’t that bad, was it?), return and do the exact same thing… again? That has been the story of me dining at Red Chilli, Littleover, Derby. I’m a hopeful soul, meaning I tell myself that this time, it has to be better ...

REVIEW: HOFMEISTER HELLES LAGER

*I was sent a case of Hofmeister Helles lager to review – thank you HQ* If you’re a beer lover, then Hofmeister is probably on your radar. Or was on your radar before the beloved 80s brand ceased trading due to declining sales. The beer with the cuddly bear (whose questionable fashion sense endeared him as a ...

WINNERS OF DERBY’S FOOD & DRINK AWARDS 2017

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse yesterday to celebrate the Ninth Annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in ...

REVIEW: FILTHY RICH VEGAN MUFFINS

What is your idea of heaven? Writing, reading, eating cake and sipping coffee is probably my idea of a perfect day. That includes chillaxing with the boyf, but we'll stop right there (efficiently circumventing vomtastic behaviour). I was lucky to review muffins by Filthy Rich Vegan. As the name suggests, they're muffins that just happen to be vegan. I ...