BrewDog PunkAGM2016

BrewDog – AGM 2016, Aberdeen #PunkAGM2016

BrewDog’s annual AGM is like no other. Bands, beer, business, food and fun. 6,000 shareholders. A line up of quality music, great street food traders and of course, loads of amazing beer. Read more here:

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Freemasons At Wiswell

Freemasons Country Inn At Wiswell – The UK’s Best Pub?

As we entered 2016 I made a culinary resolution to rectify three glaring holes in my dining out back catalogue. St. John, The Man Behind The Curtain and Freemasons at Wiswell. Before Spring even arrived I had reservations at the first two – in April and May respectively. The latter I visited before the end of January. Freemasons is an old fashioned country …

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Byron Hamburgers

Bunzilla Burger @ Byron Hamburgers

Despite the fact I’ve never actually been to Japan I consider myself a bit of a Japanophile. I’ve been obsessed with Japanese movies, culture and especially food for many years. When I heard about Bunzilla, a new burger inspired by the head chef of Byron’s recent trip to Japan I was naturally intrigued. Even more so when the description read like …

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Williamson Tea - Purple Matcha

Williamson Tea’s ‘Purple Matcha’ Review

As a food blogger, my inbox is regularly flooded with invitations to review a whole host of products. Most of which I wouldn’t dream of ever using, let alone reviewing. But one recently caught my attention. I was contacted by Williamson Tea who asked if I’d like to sample their new ‘Purple Matcha’ tea. I’ve been drinking green tea for …

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Trove Cafe + Bakery, Levenshulme

Trove Cafe + Bakery, Levenshulme – Great Brunch But Why So Slow?

I don’t get out for breakfast often these days, mainly because it involves getting up and leaving the house far earlier than I’d like, especially on weekends. But when staying close to Levenshulme last month I couldn’t resist a trip to Trove Cafe + Bakery. Unfortunately, even when just around the corner I didn’t make it in time for breakfast, having to settle …

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Five Guys - Trafford Centre

Five Guys, Trafford Centre

There are few things that fill me with dread more than a trip to the Trafford Centre. I’m not a big shopper anyway but it’s easily my least favourite place when I have to. There’s not even anywhere worth eating to soften the blow. Or so I thought. On a recent unavoidable – but thankfully rare – visit I was really struggling for …

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Iberica Spinningfields

Food Pairing Dinner At Ibérica, Spinningfields

I started my sister blog to avoid writing about beer to much over here. But every now and again I attend an event and can’t decide where best to put it. That happened recently when I was invited to a ‘Food Pairing Dinner’ at Ibérica, Spinningfields. Since it was hosted by Spanish brewery Casimiro I decided it was better suited over …

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White Swan At Fence

The White Swan at Fence – Jay Rayner Was Right

Jay Rayner has clearly had a better upbringing than me; in his review of The White Swan, he’s quite dismissive of Fence, the small village near Burnley in which it’s set. I’m sure he was exaggerating to make a point, and it is fairly unassuming. But from the bits I saw it looked like quite a charming area. Including The White Swan itself, …

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Rudy's Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

When I  wrote about new Northern Quarter pizza joint PLY last summer I wondered why the best pizzas were coming from street food traders rather than restaurants. All the best ones seem to be coming from street food vendors like Rudy’s and particularly Honest Crust. I just couldn’t understand why small traders can get it right whilst restaurants were continuously getting it wrong. …

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Parkers Arms Christmas

The Night Before Christmas At The Parkers Arms

When people ask me for my favourite place to eat, as they often do, I usually struggle to give a definitive answer. But the more I think of it the more I reckon it’s probably the Parkers Arms. I know, it’s not got a Michelin star or a celebrity chef attached. It’s not glitzy, or in an up and coming part of town, …

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Christmas At The Farmers Arms, Bolton

I get the impression that Jon Jones, head chef of The Farmers Arms, doesn’t really like Christmas. That’s just from talking to him, thankfully it doesn’t show in his menus or cooking. I had a jolly festive feast there a couple of years ago so booked a table just before the Christmas madness started to get 2015’s festivities underway. The pub …

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Food Geek Awards 2015

The Food Geek Awards – 2015

Welcome to the fourth annual Food Geek Awards (previous years are here). I started these awards to be bit more interesting and concise than posting loads of ‘Top 10’ lists. Most of the awards contain a top three, although there are a few with a top five and a couple with just the winner. I must confess to being a …

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Solita Christmas Burger 2015

The Solita Christmas Burger 2015 (And NQ Refurb)

The Solita Christmas burger is now a firmly established Food Geek Christmas tradition. I left it late this year but made it to the original Northern Quarter restaurant on Christmas Eve Eve Eve to get my festive fix for the fourth consecutive year. The newly refurbished basement is looking great, modelled on the impressive designs of the newer Didsbury & …

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Winter Game Menu Preview @ Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester

Summer is my absolute favourite season. Mainly because I love the sun; eating and drinking outdoors just makes me happy and everywhere looks and feels better in sunshine. I can’t help getting grumpy when the days start getting colder and going dark earlier. The only thing stopping me coming down with a dose of S.A.D before January is autumn and winter food, game in particular. …

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Restaurant Story, London

Restaurant Story, London – Michelin Star, But Does It Wow & Where’s The Story?

There aren’t too many restaurant openings that I get genuinely excited about these days. But Restaurant Story was definitely one of them when it launched in 2013. The ‘book themed’ restaurant where diners were asked to bring their favourite stories with them and dishes are inspired by chef Tom Sellers’ childhood memories sounded totally unique. It went on to earn a Michelin star within just …

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