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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.

All Star Lanes, Manchester – New Menu

All Star Lanes, Manchester – New Menu

If you’d told me in the late 90’s that I’d be making regular trips to bowling alleys in 15 years time, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. I wasn’t very good at bowling admittedly but mainly because of the types of places we had available back then. You know those bright, garish mainstream chains – usually on retail parks – full ... Read More »

Restaurante Sobretempero, Algoz, Portugal

Restaurante Sobretempero, Algoz, Portugal

Driving back to our apartment after a day of swimming, crazy golf and feeding Llamas at the rather odd Krazy World Zoo in Algoz, we stumbled upon Restaurante Sobretempero. It’s easy to miss though, as from the outside it looks more like a convenience store than a restaurant. But I’m glad we found it, as it turned out to be one ... Read More »

BrewDog, Manchester – Ace Beer But No More BBQ Food! *sadface*

BrewDog, Manchester – Ace Beer But No More BBQ Food! *sadface*

I’ve always loved BrewDog; their beer and their bars. I used to love their food too; the BBQ menu was fantastic, featuring: tender ribs, brilliant burnt beans and a simply stunning smoked mac ‘n’ cheese. And I’m not ashamed to say I’ve made several visits purely to get my fix of their awesome fried pickles. So you can imagine my disappointment ... Read More »

Davenport Arms, Woodford, Cheshire

Davenport Arms, Woodford, Cheshire

I had no intention of eating at the Davenport Arms in Woodford when I arrived, in fact, 15 minutes earlier I had no idea it even existed. It was a beautiful midsummer day in July, most of which I’d spent wandering around nearby Woodford Garden Centre before stuffing my face on fine produce purchased there during a picnic at Woodford ... Read More »

Tesco Wine Fair 2014 @ Manchester Central

Tesco Wine Fair 2014 @ Manchester Central

I’d never claim to be a wine expert – in fact, i’m much more of a beer geek these days – but I have drunk plenty of fancy wines in some posh restaurants and always try to at least make an effort when buying wine. So when I was invited to the recent Tesco Wine Fair it seemed a great opportunity to ... Read More »

A Paleta, Lagoa, Portugal

A Paleta, Lagoa, Portugal

What better way to recover from a long and tiring day at popular Algarve water park Slide & Splash than with freshly grilled seafood in the sun. That’s exactly what I needed and what I got at ‘A Paleta’ in Lagoa, just a ten minute drive from said water park. A Paleta doesn’t have a website and isn’t much to look at ... Read More »

Lucha Libre, Manchester (Revisit)

Lucha Libre, Manchester (Revisit)

Last November I was incredibly excited when Lucha Libre brought their exciting Mexican food over from Liverpool to a large, plush new second site in Manchester’s Great Northern Tower. Sadly it didn’t quite live up to the standards of it’s older sibling when I visited, though to be fair it was in the restaurants first week of opening. I always ... Read More »

Restaurante Senhor Frango, Almancil, Portugal

Restaurante Senhor Frango, Almancil, Portugal

Within 30 minutes of landing at Faro airport on Portugal’s Algarve coast there was only one thing on my mind, Piri-Piri chicken! Thanks to a bit of research before leaving home I had a couple of recommendations; after the first turned out to not exist or at least proved impossible to find I ended up at Restaurante Senhor Frango in ... Read More »

Sticky Walnut, Chester – ‘Restaurant of the Year’

Sticky Walnut, Chester – ‘Restaurant of the Year’

If you follow restaurants on Twitter like I do, you probably know all about Sticky Walnut in Chester. Owner and head chef Gary certainly has an interesting approach to social media. His self-deprecating tweets are incredibly refreshing while his rants at bad TripAdvisor ‘reviews’ are highly amusing, but it’s the fascinating insight into Gary’s professional (and sometimes personal) life that I follow ... Read More »

Menu de Degustacion: Spanish Supper Club by Manchester Foodies

Menu de Degustacion: Spanish Supper Club by Manchester Foodies

This time last year i’d just been to my first ever supper club at the home of fellow bloggers who I now consider friends, Jamie and Anna, aka Manchester Foodies. Since then I’ve attended many others, with one of the highlights being their amazing American Feast back in February. I enjoy their supper clubs so much I’d go no matter what the theme, but ... Read More »

Ziya Asian Grill, Rusholme – ‘Relaunching The Curry Mile’

Ziya Asian Grill, Rusholme – ‘Relaunching The Curry Mile’

I almost cancelled my reservation to Ziya – a new Indian restaurant in Rusholme – after reading a bizarre interview with their head chef where amongst other ridiculous statements he claimed they were ‘relaunching the Curry Mile’ because there was ‘nowhere good enough to take my family to eat’. Hardly the best way to launch a new business even if it ... Read More »

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