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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 »

Restaurante Quinta da Balaia, Albufeira, Portugal

Restaurante Quinta da Balaia, Albufeira, Portugal

Walking from our apartment just outside Albufeira one day, we spotted a small blackboard by the entrance of a fancier nearby complex saying that its restaurant was open to the public. Despite not knowing anything about the place we decided to check it out, it seemed a nice complex and as the sign said they sell ‘fresh fish’ and ‘piri-piri chicken’ which ... 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 »

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 »

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