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Simon Rogan @ The French – ‘Dig The City’

Simon Rogan @ The French – ‘Dig The City’

Last week Manchester was transformed into a garden city with tress, flowers and even a forrest transported to the city centre streets. It was all in aid of ‘Dig The City’ festival, an event aimed at encouraging us to ‘grow our own’. With such an interest in food I’m probably their target audience but as somebody who’s barely managed to ... Read More »

Damson, MediaCity – Quality Fine Dining In Salford!

Damson, MediaCity – Quality Fine Dining In Salford!

A commercial property development may not be the most obvious place you’d expect to find a fine dining restaurant. MediaCityUK, home of the biggest BBC studios outside of London including BBC Children’s, BBC Learning, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast as well as ITV Studios and The University of Salford digital media centre is an impressive looking set ... Read More »

The Square – Classic 2 Star Fine Dining From Phil Howard

The Square – Classic 2 Star Fine Dining From Phil Howard

The Square is the sister restaurant of The Ledbury, having had such a great time at the latter just over 12 hours before, Phil Howard’s own two Michelin star restaurant had a lot to live up to. Having developed a bit of a taste for rosé champagne recently we started with a glass of Delamotte Brut Rosé, a little pricey ... Read More »

The Ledbury, London – 2 Michelin Star Notting Hill Dining

The Ledbury, London – 2 Michelin Star Notting Hill Dining

I’ve wanted to visit The Ledbury since seeing Brett Graham on Masterchef in 2010, it’s taken 3 years but last Friday it finally happened. During that time both his own and The Ledbury’s reputation have continued to grow. It has retained it’s two Michelin star status and shot up the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings to 13th in the ... Read More »

Aumbry, Prestwich – As Charming As Ever, If A Little Less Exciting

Aumbry, Prestwich – As Charming As Ever, If A Little Less Exciting

Before Simon Rogan showed up at The French there was really only one place to go for proper fine-dining in Manchester, Aumbry. Although not strictly ‘Manchester’, Prestwich is in Greater Manchester and only 3-4 miles from the city centre and connected by MetroLink. I first visited Aumbry in early 2011 and instantly fell in love with the place, it’s one ... Read More »

Simon Rogan @ The French. Even More Magical The Second Time!

Simon Rogan @ The French. Even More Magical The Second Time!

Last month, The French restaurant in Manchester’s Midland Hotel reopened with superchef Simon Rogan in the kitchen. I had the pleasure of being the first customer on the very first lunch service which went amazingly well as you can read here (I won’t go into detail about dishes that were exactly the same as this visit). I’ve been desperate to return ever ... Read More »

Aumbry Festive Tasting Menu, Prestwich

Aumbry Festive Tasting Menu, Prestwich

The third of my 4 planned festive dining trips this year (after Solita & Miracle On High Street) was at one of my favourite local restaurants Aumbry. This was my 4th time eating at Aumbry (although admittedly the last was a charity Gruffalo lunch) and it’s fair to say that I love the place. The food is seriously high end, head ... Read More »

The Fat Duck, Bray

The Fat Duck, Bray

Three months ago I finally got a reservation for Heston Blumenthal’s 3 Michelin star restaurant ‘The Fat Duck’. A whole 6 years after first deciding to go. Now, it is a very hard place to get a reservation but I can’t claim that’s the reason it took so long, it’s a very long story involving fussy friends, redundancy and child birth ... Read More »

63 Degrees, Northern Quarter, Manchester

63 Degrees, Northern Quarter, Manchester

As much as I love the interesting and modern cuisine that our top restaurants are serving these days there will always be a place in my heart for classic, French fine-dining. It’s where it all began for me at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship 3 Michelin star Royal Hospital Road restaurant in 2006. So I was fairly excited to hear about 63 ... Read More »

Pollen Street Social, London

Pollen Street Social, London

I’ve been looking forward to visting Pollen Street Social since it opened, I’m a big Jason Atherton fan and had an amazing time at Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’ whilst Jason was the head chef there. Pollen Street Social is located on Pollen Street which is a tiny little backstreet between Oxford Street & Regent Street, just around the corner from Maze. ... Read More »

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