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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE EATERY IN NOTTINGHAM RESTAURANT & BAR AWARDS

The voting is now underway in the Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards (NRBA) so it’s time to let your taste-buds do the talking. Show some TLC to your favourite eatery, and get voting for the NRBA now. Simply log on onto http://www.nrba.vote/ and vote in as many of the categories as you wish. There are eleven in ...

Q&A: CHOCOLATE ALCHEMY HITS DERBY

Chocolate is special and it makes the world a better place, don't you think? Had a tough day?  Grab a bar of the sweet stuff. Celebrating? Crack open a fresh new bar. (Callebaut Belgian 823's my favourite if you're asking). So, imagine my excitement when I heard that Chocolate Alchemy had set up home in The Post House in Derby. I ...

EATERY REVIEW: THE LODGE BAR & DINING, LITTLEOVER, DERBY

*Review by invite* I have dined at Littleover Lodge Bar & Dining plenty of times before. I have reviewed it, and written about the Head Chef (see original Q&A feature here). This time felt different. And I’ll tell you why in a minute. Firstly, more about Littleover. It’s a village under three miles away from Derby city centre. ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY, MANCHESTER

Does a name ever intrigue you, to hasten you into action? When BlackHouse popped up on my radar (doesn’t it sound positively Dickensian?), I knew I just had to hop along to discover more about the brand’s range of eateries. And so it was that I found myself ambling down an alleyway, wondering if I had taken ...

TIM HORTONS® RESTAURANTS SET FOR MANCHESTER LAUNCH

News to a self-confessed javaphile (yours truly) that a revered coffee shop chain is due to hit Manchester has me all in a caffeinated tizz. I reckon it's pretty neat how I'm writing about coffee, whilst actually sipping the ambrosial stuff. I first heard about Tim Hortons® (or Timmy's as his shops are affectionately known over in ...

HOTLY ANTICIPATED PUB THE BOTANIST PLANTS ITSELF IN WEST BRIDGFORD

I am thrilled to announce that multi award-winning pub operator The New World Trading Company (NWTC) has revealed that its hotly anticipated new venue The Botanist in West Bridgford will open its doors to the public on Monday, 9 October. I'm a fan of The Botanist (I covered the recent Didsbury launch, read more about it here). To ...

REVIEW: AFTERNOON TEA, GRAND PACIFIC, MANCHESTER

When afternoon tea is described as “the deliciously delectable favourite done the Grand Pacific Way, served with a side of chitchat,” it’s a foregone inevitability that I wouldn’t be able to resist. Now, I adore afternoon tea. The ritual of sipping Darjeeling, nibbling on luscious pastries whilst holding intelligent conversation (was Proust really ahead of his ...

THE ALCHEMIST IS STRIKING ADDITION TO MEDIACITYUK

Did you know it's still going to be a really clement 19°C over the weekend? Fancy catching some rays and imbibing lush cocktails in a hip new hangout in Manchester? Head over to The Alchemist MediaCityUK stat. It's a stunning building, case in point below. See what I mean? The striking new MediaCityUK Alchemist Bar & Restaurant has opened ...

TV CHEF AINSLEY BACKS BOLTON’S NEW CURRY TO RIVAL THE BIRMINGHAM BALTI

Ready, Steady, Cook and Strictly star Ainsley Harriott has praised a unique, new curry recipe developed in a Bolton Indian restaurant as ‘better than a Balti’ after sampling it at Bolton Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 27 August. The new dish, dubbed ‘the Bolti’ in honour of its Bolton origins, has been unveiled exactly 40 ...

EXCLUSIVE Q&A: CHEF HARI GHOTRA

Do you have any food heroes? I have a couple (James Martin, Simon Rogan, Aiden Byrne, Elizabeth David are just a few off the top of my head). The latest addition to my food hero list is Hari Ghotra, chef and entrepreneur who is based in London and whom I am thrilled to be interviewing. ...

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