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 ...

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 ...

MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN OF THE BASSANO BAR & PIZZAEXPRESS, MANCHESTER

The nation’s favourite restaurant chain PizzaExpress and pop-up innovators Bassano Events have joined together to bring ‘The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress’ to Manchester. Opening at PizzaExpress’s First Street restaurant, the modern Italian cocktail bar concept will be a first for the North of England after it follows last summer’s successful debut for The Bassano Bar and its ...

MANCHESTER FAVOURITES, GRILL ON THE ALLEY & GRILL ON NEW YORK STREET CELEBRATE OVER 10 YEARS IN MANCHESTER WITH FRESH NEW MENU

Grill on the Alley and Grill on New York Street which are part of the Living Ventures owned Blackhouse restaurants, will celebrate over 10 years as two of Manchester’s favourite restaurants with an interior re-fresh and the launch of a great new food and drink menu. Grill on the Alley will close on Monday 3rd April ...

Restaurant review: Hispi, Didsbury

Hispi is the third opening from the team behind raved about eateries Sticky Walnut and Burnt Truffle. I won't get into the soap opera saga of the Didsbury-Chorlton-crowd-funder-thing, suffice to say that Hispi has found a pleasant home in Didsbury. Now, I’m always intrigued when a restaurant is named after a particular ingredient. What’s so great about Hispi… ...

Artisan to see the return of Market-Fest in time for Halloween

Artisan Restaurant & Bar will see the return of its monthly Market-Fest just in time for Halloween.  Market-Fest, which runs from 12 - 5pm on Sunday 30th October, highlights the versatility of Artisan, bringing the atmosphere of a bohemian market to the stylish venue which is located in a vast loft style space in the ...

Restaurant review: Grafene, Manchester

Modern British food has never been more popular. Traditional fayre that has been contemporised and served with a twist is a trend I’m seeing in restaurants across the country. There has been a lot of noise about Grafene and its modern menu, with curious critics travelling the breadth of the UK to see what the ...

Aiden Byrne set to put home cooks through paces on Yes Chef

I'm an avid watcher of Food Network, Great British Bake Off, Great British Menu et al, and as a self-confessed foodie, nothing pleases me more than news of another food programme. Have you heard of Yes Chef? It has a different format than most cookery competitions, and one episode I cannot wait for is coming up ...

Restaurant review: Banyan Bar & Kitchen

The dining scene in Manchester is mercurial and fast changing. Blink and you’ll miss another opening, which is why my list of ‘Must Visit Places’ is steadily mushrooming. One such place I had earmarked from a while ago was Banyan Bar & Kitchen. It was a balmy evening as we wove our way through the ...

Gino brings unique flair to Individual Restaurants, Manchester

Who is your favourite chef? If you’re like me (and have good taste), then Gino is in your Top Three, which is why the following news will make your day. The UK’s favourite Italian chef, Gino D’Acampo, moves into premium casual dining with the launch of his restaurant brand: Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant. Launching in a few ...