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Finally Back To The Farmers Arms, Bolton

Finally Back To The Farmers Arms, Bolton

If only there were more days in the week, or at least a few more hours in the day. I’d almost certainly visit The Farmers Arms more often. It’s somewhere I never get bored of going back to but just don’t seem to find the time to go often enough. Although, time does appear to stand still in Darcy Lever where the ... Read More »

Thailand Cafe, Bolton – As Recommended by MasterChef’s John Torode

Thailand Cafe, Bolton – As Recommended by MasterChef’s John Torode

If you asked 100 foodies to guess where MasterChef judge and well known lover of Asian food John Torode ate the ‘best Thai food outside of Thailand’, chances are precisely none of them would’ve said Bolton. “Hand on heart it was the best Thai food I have had outside of Thailand. Maybe it is Bolton’s hidden gem.” – John Torode That’s ... Read More »

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Balabusta Delight

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Balabusta Delight

Of the almost 20 supper clubs I attended last year, one of my favourites was ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul‘. An Israeli/Middle Eastern inspired feast cooked up by Sue Waxman at her Prestwich home. When she announced her next event ‘Balabusta Delight’ would feature some of her favourite Jewish dishes I snapped up tickets immediately. With more guests than ever before the table ... Read More »

Van Zeller, Harrogate – Award Winning Fine-Dining

Van Zeller, Harrogate – Award Winning Fine-Dining

Ask anybody who’s into food for dining recommendations in Harrogate and the answer almost always includes Van Zeller. A partnership between David Moore – who has two Michelin stars from London restaurants Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied – and head chef Tom van Zeller, who’s worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffman and Tom Aikens. Not only loved by diners, Van Zeller has ... Read More »

Cuckoo, Prestwich – Possibly The Most Pointless Review Ever?

Cuckoo, Prestwich – Possibly The Most Pointless Review Ever?

What you’re about to read may just be the most pointless restaurant ‘review’ ever written. As no more than a week after my visit to Cuckoo in Prestwich it was announced that top chef Mary-Ellen McTague would be taking over the kitchen for a three-month residency. Just as well really as I wasn’t overly impressed with the food at the time. ... Read More »

Norse, Harrogate – Nordic Inspired Fine Dining By A MasterChef Finalist

Norse, Harrogate – Nordic Inspired Fine Dining By A MasterChef Finalist

When planning a trip to Harrogate last year, my first choice for main evening meal was fine-dining restaurant Van Zeller. However, after stumbling upon Norse, a Nordic inspired restaurant with stunning Noma-esque dishes and a glowing Jay Rayner review, I just had to go. Rearranging Van Zeller for lunch the following day, I booked Norse for the Friday evening. Located within Baltzersen’s, a café ... Read More »

Rossio, Albufeira, Portugal – They Say You Should Never Go Back

Rossio, Albufeira, Portugal – They Say You Should Never Go Back

They say, whoever they are, that you should never go back to somewhere you have fond memories of, in case it’s not as good as you remember. Perhaps I should have listened to them. The highlight of our trip to Portugal’s Algarve coast in 2012 was the tiny seafood restaurant without a menu, A Tasquinha do Rossio. A year later, despite ... Read More »

The Drunken Butcher ‘One Night Stand’ – 12 Course Tasting Menu With Wine Pairing

The Drunken Butcher ‘One Night Stand’ – 12 Course Tasting Menu With Wine Pairing

There were glimpses of the Drunken Butcher’s fancier, more refined side at his Spanish themed supper club last year. But even that didn’t quite prepare me for the transformation from hearty, comfort food to the fine dining tasting menu at his very special ‘One Night Stand’ event last November. Not only was it Iain’s most ambitious menu to date, it was by ... Read More »

The New Menu (& Some Old Favourites) At Mughli, Rusholme

The New Menu (& Some Old Favourites) At Mughli, Rusholme

Despite being one of my favourite places to eat in Manchester and the restaurant I ate at the most in 2014, I haven’t written about Mughli for ages. Not because they weren’t great experiences, far from it, I just didn’t feel there was much more to say that I’d not already said here. However, I couldn’t resist sharing my last two visits, ... Read More »

Guerrilla Eats – Xmas Beer Bash 2014, Ancoats, Manchester

Guerrilla Eats – Xmas Beer Bash 2014, Ancoats, Manchester

‘Twas the (last Friday) night before Christmas and Manchester street food pioneers Guerrilla Eats were throwing a party at their semi-permanent home on Blossom Street. Combining two of the things I love most, street food and craft beer. The beer list was impressive; with twenty lines – of both keg and cask beers – from great local breweries such as Quantum and ... Read More »

Drunken Butcher’s Xmas Party

Drunken Butcher’s Xmas Party

I wasn’t feeling particularly festive when I woke up the morning after the Arepa!Areapa!Arepa! Christmas Supper Club, possibly because I was nursing a slight hangover. But there was no time for pity as I had another party to attend, this time the Drunken Butcher’s Xmas party. It didn’t look much like a party when we arrived to be honest, there was ... Read More »

Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! Christmas Supper Club @ Trove, Levenshulme

Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! Christmas Supper Club @ Trove, Levenshulme

Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! (aka GoodGobbleBlog aka Grub aka Jules and Bailey) have gone from strength to strength since I attended their inaugural supper club last January. After outgrowing their dining room they’ve taken over the kitchen at BrewDog and moved their supper clubs to Trove in Levenshulme. I missed the first one but made sure I got tickets to their Christmas event ... Read More »

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