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REVIEW: FIRETREE CHOCOLATE (VEGAN & NUT-FREE LUXURY)

REVIEW: FIRETREE CHOCOLATE (VEGAN & NUT-FREE LUXURY)

Ad-Gifted   I can honestly say that I have never, ever eaten 100% cocoa chocolate. Trust me, I would have remembered. I prefer milk and white chocolate (sorry for the chocolate purists out there), so delving into Firetree Chocolate was a new and memorable experience for me.    A little bit about chocolate, which is a perennial gifting favourite. From…

HOW ARE YOU?

HOW ARE YOU?

At the time of writing, there are 4.1million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, 277,434 deaths and latent confidence of a vaccine that can be brought to market any time soon. It’s a new virus that has sparked draconian measures, never before seen in peacetime UK.     I’ll be honest – I’ve stopped watching the news on a daily basis, instead…

ALBERT’S DIDSBURY REVEALS OPENING DATE AND FIRST GLIMPSE OF BRAND NEW LOOK RESTAURANT AND BAR

ALBERT’S DIDSBURY REVEALS OPENING DATE AND FIRST GLIMPSE OF BRAND NEW LOOK RESTAURANT AND BAR

Albert’s restaurant in West Didsbury has revealed its re-opening date as 15th March, when they’ll throw open the doors with a brand-new look.   The restaurant has been closed since the beginning of January for the transformation which will be revealed just in time for Mother’s Day. The opening will be celebrated with a party for Albert’s customers and local…

PAUL THACKER APPOINTED HEAD CHEF AT SIX

PAUL THACKER APPOINTED HEAD CHEF AT SIX

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have announced the appointment of renowned Head Chef Paul Thacker ahead of the opening of Six, a contemporary British restaurant and bar at Trent Bridge.     Thacker, formerly of Park Plaza success story Chino Latino in Nottingham City Centre, takes over the day-to-day running of the kitchen and is developing the menu in partnership with…

INTERVIEW: SIMON MARTIN, MANA MANCHESTER

INTERVIEW: SIMON MARTIN, MANA MANCHESTER

Ahead of his ambitious new restaurant launch in Manchester, acclaimed ex-Noma chef Simon Martin talks risky ambition, pretentious cooking, violent kitchens and British food’s post-Brexit future. Why have you chosen to open your first restaurant in Manchester’s buzzed-over Ancoats district? It’s almost felt like fate has drawn us here. We needed to take over an entirely empty unit, so that…

COCKTAIL TABLES AT TURTLE BAY

COCKTAIL TABLES AT TURTLE BAY

Did you know, that Britons spend an average of 6 hours of their life queuing*? That’s a heck of a waste of time, and one of my pet peeves (cold butter on bread rolls, sandwiches with crust on afternoon tea are just a few others). Patience is a virtue, which I unfortunately have little of. Especially when you’ve had a long…

EXCITING NEWS BREWING FOR BIRMINGHAM COFFEE FESTIVAL

EXCITING NEWS BREWING FOR BIRMINGHAM COFFEE FESTIVAL

Following the success of last year’s Birmingham coffee festival two Midlands businessmen are set to stage a second celebration of “the humble bean.” As a lover of all things coffee (I have around 4 cups of coffee a day), this event is right up my street. The three-day festival at the iconic Custard Factory in Digbeth will be the first major public…