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Here you’ll find details of my many restaurant visits; from Manchester to London and beyond. From Michelin starred fine-dining establishments to local hidden gems, sushi to burgers and all that’s in between.

Although I call them ‘reviews’ I like to think these posts are more like a journal of my dining out experiences.

The Way Of Wagamama With Dr Christy Fergusson

The Way Of Wagamama With Dr Christy Fergusson

As an adventurous eater and somebody obsessed with trying new things I’m probably not the intended target of Wagamama’s latest campaign. The ‘Way of Wagamama’ is designed to encourage people to try something new and a bit different rather than ordering the same dishes all the time. Still, when I was invited to a special press event hosted by Channel ... Read More »

Friday Food Fight – SE 01 . EP 04 (28/03/2014)

Friday Food Fight – SE 01 . EP 04 (28/03/2014)

After attending EP 01 & 02 of Friday Food Fight but missing EP03 I was determined to make it to EP 04 last week, despite the fact I already had plans for the evening. The great thing about the event is you can come and go as you please, stay as long as you like and eat as much or ... Read More »

Nkono – Cameroon Curry @ Bolton Market Lifestyle Hall

Nkono – Cameroon Curry @ Bolton Market Lifestyle Hall

I’ve spent a lot of time at Bolton Market’s new Lifestyle Hall since it opened in January. Admittedly most of it has been at the brilliant micro-bar ‘Great Ale, Year Round‘. During almost every visit I’ve encountered the larger than life character that is Alain Job. Alain runs ‘Nkono’, a stall serving authentic African food and he’s not afraid to ... Read More »

Beef & Pudding, Manchester – The Best Pub Food In The City?

Beef & Pudding, Manchester – The Best Pub Food In The City?

I like beef and love puddings (both the sweet and savoury kind), so when I heard of a new restaurant in Manchester named ‘Beef & Pudding’ I was naturally excited. You can imagine my disappointment then when I learned that rather than being due to a menu consisting of only beef and pudding dishes the name is actually a reference ... Read More »

MCR’s Secret Supper Club

MCR’s Secret Supper Club

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a ‘secret supper club’ by Bonnie, owner of Yang Sing. I didn’t know at the time but later learned it was the first event organised by the ‘Manchester’s Finest’ website who worked with the China Town Association. Bonnie wasn’t joking when she called it a secret, I was only told: “Rendezvous ... Read More »

Roast Dinner Masterclass By The Drunken Butcher

Roast Dinner Masterclass By The Drunken Butcher

My first thought upon hearing of the Drunken Butcher’s Roast Dinner Masterclass was; “but I already know how to make good roasts”. I am rather proud of my roast dinner skills but in the end couldn’t resist attending anyway. I like Iain and it sounded like a fun way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. He certainly knows ... Read More »

Friday Food Fight – SE 01 . EP 02 (14/03/2014)

Friday Food Fight – SE 01 . EP 02 (14/03/2014)

Having enjoyed the first Friday Food Fight so much I couldn’t wait to return the following week  to eat my way through a completely new line up. This time everything ran smoothly from the start and with no power problems we walked straight in. The venue was just as impressive as I remembered and there was already a great buzz ... Read More »

Mughli and Clyde – A Modernist Take On Mughlai Cuisine

Mughli and Clyde – A Modernist Take On Mughlai Cuisine

Certain names just belong together; Romeo & Juliet, Lennon & McCartney or Batman & Robin for example. The latest addition to that list is Mughli & Clyde after not only the highlight of my year so far but quite possibly one of my favourite ever nights out. I try not to set my expectations too high for fear of disappointment, ... Read More »

Friday Food Fight – SE 01 . EP 01 (07/03/2014)

Friday Food Fight – SE 01 . EP 01 (07/03/2014)

It’s a few years ago now, but I’ve spent many Friday nights in warehouse like buildings with DJs playing dance music. Back then it was all about the music but yesterday at the inaugural Friday Food Night I got that same buzz I used to from clubbing only this time it was all about the food. I’d been looking forward ... Read More »

The Farmers Arms – Mexican Fiesta Night

The Farmers Arms – Mexican Fiesta Night

Although my favourite cuisine changes on a fairly regular basis (it’s probably Japanese at the moment), Mexican is never far from the top. It’s definitely the style of food I cook most often at home. So I couldn’t help get excited when I heard about the Mexican Fiesta Night at The Farmers Arms. Arriving on a typically cold Bolton night I ... Read More »

Around the World in 8ish Steaks with The Drunken Butcher

Around the World in 8ish Steaks with The Drunken Butcher

In hindsight, attending a ‘Pit Masterclass’ and preview of new meatastic BBQ joint ‘Red’s True Barbecue‘ wasn’t ideal preparation for a supper club called ‘Around the World in 8ish Steaks’ just a few hours later. But sometimes life presents these unfortunate schedule clashes, where a normal person may have chosen one or the other, I went for option C – eat ... Read More »

Teapigs Green Tea Matcha Challenge – UPDATE

Teapigs Green Tea Matcha Challenge – UPDATE

Last month I was contacted by the lovely people at Teapigs who invited me to try their super strength Japanese tea, Matcha. Being well aware of it’s health benefits I jumped at the opportunity, you can read more about the challenge and matcha in general here. The challenge was supposed to run for 14 days but due to a backlog ... Read More »

#FridayFoodFight – The Cook Off

#FridayFoodFight – The Cook Off

You’ve probably already heard of Friday Food Fight, or #FridayFoodFight. There’s been a big buzz on Twitter for weeks which seemed to increase significantly after the M.E.N described the upcoming events as “food raves”. Launching on Friday 7th March and running for 12 consecutive weeks Friday Food Fight will combine some of the cities best restaurants, street food vendors and ... Read More »

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