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The Alchemist, Spinningfields Relaunches & DOUBLES In Size!

The Alchemist, Spinningfields Relaunches & DOUBLES In Size!

I was surprised to receive an invite to the ‘reopening’ of The Alchemist in Spinningfields recently. I didn’t even know it had closed, much less that it was to reopen double its size and with a full food menu. Probably because Spinningfields isn’t an area I spend much time. I’d never eaten in The Alchemist before either, though I had been for cocktails ... Read More »

Gusto Manchester – Preview

Gusto Manchester – Preview

There are countless Italian restaurants in Manchester but unless you like dining with footballers wives there aren’t that many good ones. In fact, I haven’t eaten at one since Italia early last year and that’s sadly no longer with us. I’d never visited a ‘Gusto’ before – a chain of Italian restaurants by Living Ventures with branches in cities including Liverpool and ... 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 »

Artisan Kitchen & Bar, Spinningfields, Manchester

Artisan Kitchen & Bar, Spinningfields, Manchester

It’s fair to say i’ve had up and down experiences with the LivingVentures restaurant group. Many years ago their first (I think) Manchester restaurant ‘Grill On The Alley’ was amongst my favourites in the city however I had a really bad visit there in 2011 and haven’t returned since. I was then underwhelmed by ‘Grill On New York Street’ and ... Read More »

The Grill On The Alley, Manchester

The Grill On The Alley, Manchester

I’d visited The Grill On The Alley several times previously and always had a great time. In January I even chose it above any restaurant in Manchester to take a couple of friends for their Christmas present. Unfortunately this visit was close to my worst experience in a restaurant for a long time. There were just so many problems, some of them fairly minor ... Read More »

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