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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.

Solita Didsbury – The NQ Meets The Suburbs!

Solita Didsbury – The NQ Meets The Suburbs!

Long time readers will know I’m a huge fan of Northern Quarter restaurant Solita, having visited many, many times in the two years since they opened, including around 25 times in 2013 alone! For the good of my health I’ve cut back significantly this year but was still incredibly excited to hear about their plans to open a second restaurant ... Read More »

Ox Pasture Hall, Luxury Country House Hotel, Scarborough

Ox Pasture Hall, Luxury Country House Hotel, Scarborough

Despite the fact that approximately half of my family are from Yorkshire, and in the words of my Mother I am in fact ‘50% Yorkshire’ myself, I don’t spend as much time there as I should. Leeds is obviously a great city but the county has so much more to offer, particularly along the coast. Just a few months ago I ... Read More »

Burrito Masterclass @ Barburrito Manchester

Burrito Masterclass @ Barburrito Manchester

A few months ago I was invited to attend a ‘Burrito Masterclass’ at Barburrito in Manchester by Amigos who make tequila flavoured beer. I love tequila and I love beer but I can’t say i’m the biggest fan of tequila flavoured beer. I am a huge fan of burritos though and despite being generally against chain restaurants have been to ... Read More »

Côte Brasserie, Manchester

Côte Brasserie, Manchester

I wouldn’t usually write about somewhere after eating just one dish but I’m making an exception here since it was so damn good. The dish in question was a stunning ‘cote de boeuf’ at Côte Brasserie in Manchester. It was very much a spontaneous visit; late on a Monday night after attending a ‘Meet The Brewer’ event at Cane & Grain (review ... Read More »

International Cheese Awards 2014, Nantwich – A Grand Day Out

International Cheese Awards 2014, Nantwich – A Grand Day Out

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the ‘Judging & Trade Day’ of the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich. Held in a giant tent in Cheshire – the largest cheese marquee in the world apparently! – some 4,443 cheeses from 26 countries were judged by a group of experts. While they got on with the judging I did a little tasting ... Read More »

The Botanist, Manchester – Special Preview

The Botanist, Manchester – Special Preview

Nobody divides the opinion of Manchester’s foodies quite like Living Ventures. They’re an obvious target due to their huge success and I guess it’s easy to hate them as many bloggers seem to, I’ve been guilty of it myself at times. But while many of their places are clearly not for me I can’t help but admire their relentlessness and also the ... Read More »

Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale – The Best Value Lunch In Town?

Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale – The Best Value Lunch In Town?

I realised recently that compared to previous years i’ve hardly eaten in any ‘fine-dining’ restaurants so far in 2014. As much as I still enjoy refined French food and good wine with fancy silver service I often have the feeling of ‘been there, done that’, they just don’t excite me as much as they once did. It’s partly fatigue from over ... Read More »

Miller & Carter Steakhouse, Manchester – Just another disappointingly mediocre chain

Miller & Carter Steakhouse, Manchester – Just another disappointingly mediocre chain

The life of a food blogger isn’t always as glamourous as it may seem. I was reminded of this in June after eating at two new restaurants in the same evening; one incredibly dull and uninspiring, the other mediocre at best. The first part of the underwhelming double bill was Wahu in Spinningfields, where food comes in cardboard boxes that probably taste better than ... Read More »

Liz’s Deep South Feast by the Drunken Butcher

Liz’s Deep South Feast by the Drunken Butcher

The Drunken Butcher clearly has a great imagination and talent for continuing to come up with exciting new concepts for his supper clubs, but even the greatest minds need a little help from time to time. Recently he’s taken to developing custom menu’s for private, invitation only supper clubs based on a theme chosen by the organiser. I was lucky enough to ... Read More »

Gorilla Bar & Kitchen, Manchester (Revisit)

Gorilla Bar & Kitchen, Manchester (Revisit)

Having enjoyed my first visit to Gorilla last year I’ve been meaning to return for ages, before a recent gig at the Academy I did just that. Located under the arches near Oxford Road station it’s shiny and loud inside, it was busy too but we managed to grab the last free table. As if trying to get rid of ... Read More »

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