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The Botanist MediaCityUK
The Botanist MediaCityUK

An extraordinary, new restaurant and bar destination is coming to Manchester city centre this Autumn.

Store Street Exchange and Store Street Craft Bar will be situated on the ground floor of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at Piccadilly, and will represent an exciting and unconventional,day to night, social den of fine food and drink.

Piccadilly Station, opposite the restaurant and bar, was originally named Store Street when it opened in 1842, before it become London Road Station, and finally Manchester Piccadilly. Now the story of Store Street is to be reborn, as Store Street Exchange and Store Street Craft Bar will celebrate and showcase the heritage of its location, the city’s travel connection links, and the fabulous personality of its city.

Store Street Exchange will be a ‘breakfast through to dinner’ restaurant with a focus on local suppliers and outstanding, uncomplicated food and drink. The menu will centre around the rotisserie and grill, from which the best regionally sourced chicken and steaks will be served. This is about high quality ingredients used to create simple but magnificent dining experiences – fresh, wholesome, local and great for sharing or solo dining. Guests will be able to order a ‘whole bird’ with all the trimmings, steak cooked their favourite way, simple salads, fresh breads, quick bites and fine puddings too.

The environment will be relaxed and informal, with an individual design that celebrates the area’s heritage, its status as a key location for the exchange of goods, and its industrial identity. Playful, colourful, bold and laid back in design, Store Street Exchange will make guests feel special whether they’re visiting for an occasion dinner, a coffee and cake, a business lunch or a spot of brunch.

They’ll be a variety of different seating areas and places to hang out, all designed to inspire the exchange of ideas that Manchester is famed for across the globe.This will include semi-private dining options and mini-meeting spaces. The restaurant will have its own entrance on Auburn Street and an outdoor terrace.

Store Street Craft Bar will be a standalone drinking den with a focus on craft beers and cocktails. The bar will offer a dazzling array of brews including plenty from Manchester’s own fabulous breweries and microbreweries.

The bar will have a brand-new entrance from London Road and its own outdoor seating area, providing the perfect place to hang out, catch up over drinks, people watch or dash in for a quality pre-travel beer. 1st Aug 2017

Store Street Exchange

The Botanist MediaCityUK
The Botanist MediaCityUK

The award-winning New World Trading Company has announced that The Botanist MediaCityUK will be opening to the public in September 2017.  The 14th edition to The Botanist portfolio will be situated in The Orange Tower, an 11 storey building in Manchester’s MediaCityUK, a 200-acre mixed-use property development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford.

Developed by Peel Holdings back in 2007, this bustling business community, which has its own energy generation plant and communications network, is now a hub for the cities major media companies and is also home to Manchester’s favourite TV show Coronation Street along with Salford University, the BBC, ITV, The Lowry Theatre and a selection of discerning eateries. 

The new Botanist venue will cover 6500 sq ft of drinking and eating space with room for 146 diners and it will also feature a large outside terrace allowing for al fresco drinking and dining. On the food menu will be the brand’s signature hanging kebabs along with deli boards, nibbles and pub grub staples such as rotisserie chicken, inspired by the in-house barbeque.

The site will also showcase the brand’s extensive cocktail menu which offers over 45 botanical-based concoctions. In true Botanist style, the venue will be employing the services of top class mixologists who will merge and muddle fresh fruits, herbs and spirits to create unique signature tipples that will sit alongside a range of classic cocktails, shorts, and non-alcoholic beverages.  The bar will also stock more than 60 ales, beers and ciders from around the world, including a home-brewed speciality ale.

Sales and Events Manager Dan Shidlow said: “We’re very excited to be opening in MediaCityUK, it’s the perfect location for our brand. The area is always busy and as The Botanist is already renowned for excellent food, drink and live entertainment we expect this pub to be very popular with the area’s daytime workers who want to pop in for a coffee in addition to those looking for an after work drink.”

In anticipation of the launch in September, The Botanist MediaCityUK will be recruiting 50-60 staff to cover all areas of the business with interviews taking place early August.

Mark Robinson, Head of Asset Management, MediaCityUK, said: The Botanist is an exciting addition to the growing MediaCityUK community; its stylish, distinctive interiors together with a large, outdoor area offering stunning views of the waterfront, will make it a special newcomer in our growing dining and drinking scene.  We look forward to its hotly anticipated opening.”. 14 June 2017
The Botanist MediaCityUK

Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni have just released their brand new cocktail list and to celebrate are giving away 200 free cocktails in their bar from 5pm on Thursday 15th June.

Situated just off St. Peters Square on Oxford Street, Don Giovanni is Manchester’s oldest independently owned Italian restaurant and has proudly been feeding and watering the city for over thirty years. One of the finest points of Italian style is not found in the fashion houses or art galleries, but over cocktail hour.  In a country where wine flows like water, drinking in Italy is truly an art form and comes with its own set of rules.

Don Giovanni are incredibly proud of their Italian heritage and their new menu reflects this with a range of serves you could expect to find in a typical Milanese restaurant.  Created in partnership with Nicola Olianas, global ambassador for Milanese distillery Branca, the new cocktail menu features authentic serves taken straight out of Italy as well as signatures created in house by Don Giovanni’s head bartender Artyom Motohin.

“Dessert wine is out”

The new list is expansive with something on offer for everyone; taking you right through the evening from aperitivo time to digestivo with a selection of heavenly sweet cocktails on offer to be paired with your pudding.  Also available on the night will be a variety of gin and tonic combinations from their new dedicated gin and tonic section.

Standouts include the “Manchester G&T” from city centre distillery Three Rivers, which is served with gin-soaked apricots and rosemary, and the “Italiano” which uses family-made Italian gin Poli Marconi 46 and their Poli aperitivo alongside rosemary, dried grapefruit and Mediterranean tonic to give a true taste of Northern Italy.

Get down early next Thursday to drink with the best of them in true style...Italian style. ~ 08 June 2017
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Marco's New York Italain MediaCityUK
Marco's New York Italain MediaCityUK

Diners at Marco’s New York Italian in MediaCityUK can now tuck into even more Italian-American classics, as the family-friendly restaurant launches its new menu. Combining Marco Pierre White’s Italian heritage and his love for New York, the renowned chef has personally designed over 20 new dishes for guests to choose from, at his restaurant in Manchester.

Representing the Italian side, Marco has added a wild mushroom lasagne; salmon cannelloni, and a fresh, summery caprese salad. New trans-Atlantic highlights include the new and improved American style nachos, and the huge New York BBQ platter, both of which typify American flavours and portion size. Marco has also revamped the vegetarian options, with a spinach and ricotta calzone, quinoa superfood salad and macaroni cheese all now available.

For those with a sweet tooth, old favourite desserts such as the New York cheesecake and Chicago brownie, are now joined by the raspberry sundae and the Manhattan milkshaker – a giant Marco concoction of panna cotta milkshake, ice cream, fruit and cheesecake. Speaking on the launch of the menu, Marco Pierre White said: Italian cuisine will always be close to my heart. My mother was from there and I have a genuine passion for creating authentic, affordable Italian dining. The cuisine partners so well with New York culture and flavours, and my restaurants combine the two places perfectly.”

Siobhan Thomasson, General Manager of Marco’s New York Italian MediaCityUK, said: “We’re extremely excited to have launched a new menu, designed by the man himself. All your favourites are still here, but you may have a new favourite by the end of your next visit.”

Marco’s New York Italian is available from today . ~ 07 June 2017
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The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

Singing superstar Beverley Knight MBE has been announced as the headline act to perform on Thursday 21st September at the Tim Bacon Foundation Dream the Impossible charity event.  Beverley, famous for hits such as ‘Get Up!’ and ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’ as well as taking the West End by storm in shows such as Memphis and The Bodyguard will perform at the Albert Hall on Peter Street. Energetic actor & BBC 6 Music presenter, Craig Charles, will continue the party with one of his legendary funk and soul sets. The TBF dance band will be keeping things moving along very nicely in between.

The evening will begin with what is believed to be Manchester’s first ever city-wide banquet, hosted in nine Living Ventures restaurants followed by the unforgettable party.  The event has so far received unbelievable support with businesses queuing up to be restaurant and event sponsors to help the Foundation hit the half a million pound fund raising target. All money raised for The Tim Bacon Foundation will go to the charity’s inaugural appeal for Christie's Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres, who provide much needed care for cancer patients. 

Main sponsors who have already committed are: Allied London for Manchester House; Shoosmith LLP for Australasia; Palatine PPE and Deloitte for GUSTO; Finch Insurance Brokers for The Alchemist New York Street; Asahi UK for The Alchemist Spinningfields and Relentless Group and Bruntwood for Grand Pacific.

Tickets for the dinner including the party which will be held at Living Ventures restaurants in the city; Artisan, Alchemist, GUSTO, Grill on the Alley, Australasia, Grand Pacific and Manchester House and after at The Albert Hall will start at £100 in Artisan and will be available via the The Tim Bacon Foundation website from 15th May. ~ 05 June 2017

Hard Rock World Burger Tour
Hard Rock World Burger Tour

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is ready to celebrate like it’s 1971! On June 14, 1971, two-music loving Americans, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton opened the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe in London and an iconic brand was born. After Eric Clapton asked to hang his guitar in that location, Tigrett and Morton had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and food for a one-of-a-kind guest experience. To honour the brand’s founders and celebrate its birthday on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will offer 71p Legendary® Burgers for one hour only, beginning from 12pm- 1pm. There will also be live acoustic sets and of course, birthday cake.

 “At 46 years old, Hard Rock Cafe locations across the country will help celebrate the brand’s birthday in true rock-star fashion,” said Alex Merchan, Senior Director of Marketing for Hard Rock International. “Guests of all ages are encouraged to stop by their local cafe to enjoy a sizzling Legendary Burger for only 71 pence.”

Hard Rock Cafe's Original Legendary® Burger features a beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, a golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato, served on a toasted brioche bun with Hard Rock's seasoned fries. Just like the artists whose memorabilia lines the walls at Hard Rocks worldwide, the burgers that Hard Rock Cafe serves are nothing short of “Legendary.” All burgers are made with the highest quality meats, fresh toppings, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses. ~ 25 May 2017
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May bank holiday at Cottonopolis – feat. Dot 2 dot festival afterparty with pins, native youth fashion takeover, black milk collaboration and ghetto child all-dayer

Cottonopolis are seeing out May in the only way they know how with a calendar packed full of events, music and fashion.

Following the popularity of the record day party and sets by Mr. Scruff and Sam Redmore, Cottonopolis are sure to throw a bank holiday party like no other - fashion by native youth, dj sets by pins & all-dayer courtesy of ghetto child.~ 18 May 2017

Pen & Pencil Northern Quarter
Pen & Pencil Northern Quarter

The Pen and Pencil in the Northern Quarter is giving its guests an even bigger reason to celebrate hump day with the launch of its first mid-week comedy night, The Lead Balloon.

Featuring comedic genius Meryl O’Rourke as the headlining act, best known for her work with Radio 4, BBC, Channel 4 and Dave, as well as being the regular support act of Frankie Boyle.

The night, hosted by stand-up comedian Red Redmond, will be filled with even more comedic entertainment, with three sets from adopted Mancunian Pete Phillipson, polemical satirist Chris Kehoe, and the outrageous Ben Sutton.

Experience a night of belly laughs, cocktails, and food. ~ 11 May 2017
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The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

Manchester's first ever city-wide banquet will aim to raise half a million pounds in just one night in memory of restaurant entrepreneur Tim Bacon. Co-founder of the Living Ventures Restaurant empire, he is credited with transforming Manchester's dining scene but passed away in 2016. 

Today, his business partner Jeremy Roberts announced a groundbreaking event dubbed “Dream the Impossible”, which will take place on September 21st 2017.  It will see 7 or more of Living Ventures venues across Manchester stage a simultaneous dining experience for more than 1,000 people, in what is thought to be a world first.

Following dinner, all guests will then be taken to the Albert Hall to complete the evening with an unforgettable party.  Details of the top quality entertainment secured for the evening will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Roberts revealed details of the event during SpinFEST at The Oast House in Manchester on Sunday 30th April, which was the anniversary of Tim’s passing.  To mark the occasion friends and former colleagues gathered at the live music event in Spinningfields.

The September event will raise money for The Tim Bacon Foundation’s inaugural appeal for Christie's Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres who provide much needed care for cancer patients.

The Tim Bacon Foundation was set up by Jeremy Roberts in January this year in honour of his erstwhile partner and exists to raise funds for cancer charities.

Roberts said: "On 21st September Living Ventures will be closing its city centre restaurants for the night to hold what I think is the first simultaneous charity dining experience in the world for over 1000 people. The idea is to celebrate Tim’s contribution in establishing those restaurants by enjoying excellent food and drink and above all having some seriously good fun!  So, after dinner, we will be having a huge party featuring an incredible line up of acts at the Albert Hall on Peter Street (a venue Tim loved) for everyone dining with us that night.  I’d like to urge people to ‘save the date’. We will be announcing more details including the entertainment planned for this very special party in the coming weeks.”

Tickets for the dinner including the party which will be held at Living Ventures restaurants in the city; Artisan, Alchemist, GUSTO, Grill on the Alley, Australasia, Grand Pacific and Manchester House and after at The Albert Hall will start at £100 in Artisan and will be available via the Tim Bacon Foundation website from 15th May. ~ 04 May 2017

Hard Rock World Burger Tour
Hard Rock World Burger Tour

Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour is back, and ready to take guests on an international adventure – no passport necessary! World Burger Tour, a limited-time offering of Hard Rock Local Legendary© Burgers, inspired by the taste and flavors from cafe locations around the world, hits tables at select participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world beginning May 1, 2017 and continues through June 25, 2017.

This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with crowd favorites added to the 2017 World Burger Tour lineup. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester menus will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:

  • Tennessee BBQ Burger (Memphis, United States) – like a good country ballad, this beef  burger brings happy tears with BBQ dry rubbed premium beef topped with pickle slices, Memphis slaw, pulled pork, Carolina sauce, crispy onions and cheddar cheese
  • Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – shake it up with andouille sausage, a beef patty, salsa criolla, garlic aioli, Monterey jack cheese, fresh arugula and a fried egg to top off the burger
  • Banh Mi Burger (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) – coated in tangy house-made Vietnamese glaze, topped with sliced cucumbers and pickled vegetables, accompanied by a garnishment of cilantro and green onions all on a beef patty
  • Olé Burger (Barcelona, Spain) – a fury of red peppered Romesco sauce, Catalan vegetables, with goat cheese crumbles and arugula, dancing on a beef patty and between a toasted bun
  • Kimchi Burger (Seoul, South Korea) – a tradition years in the making, beef patty topped with Sriracha-seasoned kimchi, bulgogi sauce, fresh tomato and lettuce and Sriracha mayo
  • English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a beef patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a Portobella mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of Cowboy beans
  • Jambalaya Burger (New Orleans, United States) – this big easy burger features a spiced up beef patty fixed with Cajun mayo, pickles, andouille sausage, pepper jack cheese and a jammin’ jambalaya rice cake
  • Colombian Plantain Burger (Cartagena, Colombia) – a South American savory and sweet combination of caramelized onions, bacon and Monterey Jack Cheese, spiked with molasses and topped with fried plantains on a beef patty. Served with French fries.

Local Legendary© Burgers paired with the ultimate sidekick – Hard Rock’s Savory Artisan French fries. Throughout World Burger Tour, each French fry selection is paired with a complementary signature dipping sauce.

Just like the artists whose memorabilia lines the walls at Hard Rock locations worldwide, the burgers served at Hard Rock Cafe are nothing short of “legendary.” All Legendary© Burgers feature the highest quality meats, fresh ingredients, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses. ~ 03 May 2017

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Wood Manchester
Wood Manchester

The North West’s only Masterchef winner, Simon Wood, has recruited two top professionals to join his team at WOOD - Manchester.

Head chef at the First Street restaurant will be former head chef/proprietor at Grenache Restaurant - Mike Jennings. Mike honed his skills when he left Manchester in 2002 to learn about food, produce and Michelin kitchens with his mentor Shaun Rankin at Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey.  After seven years he brought his knowledge and passion home and began working under Nigel Haworth at Northcote before taking over Grenache in 2012. 

James Cunningham will also join the team as general manager. Beginning his career in a small, family run business James has gone on to work for some of the most successful names in the business including Whitbread, Ramada and Harvey Nichols. Since 2009 he has worked with Michael Caines and Andrew Brownsword Hotels, most notably at the ABode Hotels in Manchester and Chester as well as the Michelin starred Bath Priory, the historic Imperial Torquay and the stunning Slaughters Manor House.

When it launches this summer WOOD will open Tuesday to Saturday serving a sophisticated lounge menu, and a full service a’la carte lunch and dinner menu, including special pre-theatre and pre-concert offerings. A tasting menu will also feature, offering seasonal produce and newly developed dishes.. 

The restaurant will be dominated by the open theatre kitchen, which includes a Josper oven, and will feature a chef’s table in addition to a 16 seater private dining room upstairs, which could also accommodate 30 standing for a drinks reception.  The interior space, is being designed by Allison Pike architects, and takes its inspiration from nature, with natural wood and wood inspired features throughout. ~ 24 April 2017

Brasserie Abode
Brasserie Abode

Brasserie Abode is now open Join them for a relaxed, sophisticated dining experience that moves effortlessly from day to night - brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails.

The all-day brasserie menu features plats du jour with a comfortingly, nostalgic nod and time-honoured classics.

Swift and intelligent service makes it an experience you'll want to savour and, like a good European brasserie, a place you want to return to.~ 21 April 2017

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Vermilion Manchester
Vermilion Manchester

Vermilion began as a restaurant and bar in 2007 designed by Miguel Cancino Martins (Buddha Bar, Paris) and has become synonymous for it’s food, style and luxurious atmosphere. Vermilion is now home to an 800 capacity luxury Wedding Hall, designed for weddings that demand beauty and elegance.

The Vermilion Hall is one of the most sought after wedding destinations in Manchester, offering high ceilings, extravagant chandeliers, elegantly dressed up tables, a magnificent stage, dance-floor and exquisite top table. All this together with professional staff, and sumptuous food.

Looking for something a little more intimate, then The beautifully decorated Abacus Gallery which can seat upto 150 people may be what you’re looking for. ~ March 2017
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Don Giovannis Manchester - Jean Christophe Novelli Don Giovannis Manchester - Jean Christophe Novelli
Don Giovannis Manchester - Jean Christophe Novelli

Whilst the city may be bafflingly overlooked with each new edition of the Michelin Guide, possibly leading to the loss of Simon Rogan from The French, (2 Stars at L'Enclume, and 1 Star at Fera London), as well as Michael Caines from the ABode (2 Stars at Gidleigh Park), there are plenty of other top chefs bringing their Star recipes to the city.

Executive Chef at La Bandera, Josetxo Arrieta, has a background of two 3 Star Michelin restaurants in San Sebastian (Restaurante Akelarre and Restaurante Martín Berasategui), as well as the 2 Star Restaurante La Galupein in Urt, France. His Tasting Menu is one of the best in the city.

Aiden Byrne at Manchester House was the youngest chef to win a Michelin Star (aged 22 at Adlards, Norwich, in 1994), whilst Michael O'Hare and Luke Cockerill of 1 Star Michelin The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds, are the men behind Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs' Rabbit In The Moon, The Man Who Fell To Earth and Are Friends Electric? openings.

Also from Leeds, is the first British chef to win 3 Michelin Stars, Marco Pierre White, whose Marco's New York Italian at Salford Quays is currently riding high in our Best Restaurants in Manchester list, whilst fellow Yorkshireman James Martin, who learned his trade at various 2 and 3 Star establishments, is currently producing some of the best dishes in town at James Martin Manchester, his only restaurant.

Shoryu Ramen boasts chefs with a Michelin background from Hakata, Japan, whilst the latest celebrity chef to bring his Stars to town is the brilliant Jean-Christophe Novelli, who has won almost as many Stars as Adam Thomas could muster in "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here". Having previously written menus for Genting Casino's Fahrenheit (or 110 Restaurant, as it was known at the time), he was back in town to showcase his concept menu at Don Giovannis on Oxford Road with a delightful five course menu on the 17th January, with three more guest appearances planned throughout 2017.

If you missed out on the night, there's no need to worry as you can enjoy all the showcased Novelli dishes on Don Giovanni's a la carte menu, including the delicious Scottato Di Capesante (seared scallops with orange and vanilla reduction) and Brasato D'Agnello Al Barolo e Liquerizia (Barolo and liquorice braised lamb shank), our favourites on the night. ~ 17 January 2017

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Manchester Restaurants - Beat Street Manchester Manchester Restaurants - Beat Street Manchester Manchester Restaurants - Beat Street Manchester

B.Eat Street, the brilliant jumble of bars, micro diners, art spaces, sun decks and 'weird shit' at the Great Northern is sadly set to close on January 29th after disapointing footfall to its hidden location, since opening in July 2016. One of the most exciting projects to hit Manchester, you have just a few days left to visit and support the collection of independent food vendors, which include Big Grillie Style loaded grilled cheese sandwiches, Bali Beach Hut Indonesian street food, Dim Sum Su Hong Kong dining with a twist, Eat New York American street food and Indian Street Canteen, alongside three unique late-night bars.

The operators, who are also behind Junkyard Golf at Piccadilly, are making some big changes to create a new, unique events campus with some big events planned for summer, and maybe even a food fight. ~ 17 January 2017

Pintura Manchester
Manchester Hall

Whilst it's possible to read too much into an architect's CGI mock up, an amended image of the new Manchester Hall project, which will be located in the 1920's Freemason's Hall opposite Mojo and Crazy Pedro's, indicates that the popular Pintura Basque Kitchen & Gin Bar will be bringing their delicious pintxos across the Pennines from Leeds. The original image previously featured the signage of Cielo Blanco, a Mexican tequila bar and restaurant also from the same Leeds operator, who are celebrated for the city's famous Jake's Bar, Oporto, and Neon Cactus as well as the Portobello Star in London which is home to their Ginstitute gin hotel and Portobello Road gin distillery. Closely related to Mojo, another Leeds export, it looks like they're going to make great neighbours, although opening (if it does indeed happen) should be at least a year off with work still taking place to convert the building to house two other top restaurants, a rooftop bar and boutique hotel, with the Freemasons keeping a floor for functions and conference. ~ 17 January 2017

Real Junk Food Project Manchester
Real Junkfood Project Manchester - Mary-Ellen McTague

The Real Junkfood Project, led by former Fat Duck and Aumbry chef Mary-Ellen McTague, have raised double their crowdfunding target for a new restaurant in Ancoats. Fighting food waste and food poverty, the not for profit community interest company sources food that would otherwise go to waste, cook it into nutritious meals, and serve them to everyone and anyone on a pay-as-you-feel basis. There is no news yet as to an opening date however they will be hosting a one night pop-up at Salut Wine Bar on 25th January. [click here for tickets]. ~ 13 Jan 2017

The Tim Bacon Foundation
The Tim Bacon Foundation

A new charitable foundation has been established in the name of the late Tim Bacon, restaurateur and founder of Living Ventures, the Knutsford company he founded in 1999 with Jeremy Roberts, who now operate 15 Gusto restaurants, 5 Blackhouse Grills, 8 Alchemists, Australasia, Grand Pacific, Artisan and Manchester House.

The Tim Bacon Foundation recognises his achievements and aims to continue his legacy, echoing his legendary generosity of spirit and will support charities in the fight against cancer, the disease which he sadly lost his own battle in April 2016.

The first appeal to be undertaken by the Foundation, which is being overseen by Tim’s erstwhile business partner and close friend Jeremy Roberts, will be to support The Christie Hospital and University College London in their appeal to raise funds for Proton Beam Therapy centres in Manchester and London and also for Maggie’s Centres.

Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy that can very precisely target certain cancers, increase success rates and reduce side effects. Its introduction to the UK will bring treatments closer to patients, mostly children with brain tumours, who are currently sent to the USA or Switzerland for treatment.

Maggie’s Centres provide much needed practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their families and friends. Maggie’s is a key partner for the clinical services at The Christie Hospital.

Several high profile companies have already pledged funds to help launch the Foundation’s inaugural campaign to raise at least £500,000 for the chosen cause during 2017, with founding Friends of the Tim Bacon Foundation including: Brasserie Blanc (whose pledge also comes in remembrance of their staff member, Rob White, who was treated at The Christie before also sadly passing away last year); New World Trading Company (the company Tim started, which operates The Oast House and Botanist restaurants); Hawksmoor; The Alchemist; Ego Restaurants; Gusto; Tortilla, and Blackhouse Grills.

Jeremy Roberts, CEO of Living Ventures, said: “The Foundation will be conducting many and varied events during 2017 but the highlight will be in May when we will be celebrating Tim’s life and achievements with a unique multi-restaurant celebration dinner which will be sponsored by the Living Ventures Group and held across all LV businesses in Manchester city-centre. The dinner will be followed by the “Dream The Impossible” party in true Tim style at a secret venue in the city and featuring some truly amazing entertainment. Organisations can participate either by making a direct donation or by adopting the Foundation in 2017 as a nominated charity and raising funds through staff or customer initiatives. As Tim was very fond of saying: it’s onwards and upwards!". ~ 10 January 2016

New restaurants Manchester ~ Shoryu Ramen Manchester
New restaurants Manchester ~  Shoryu Ramen Manchester

Whilst it comes as great news that the seemingly architectually-blind Manchester City Council will be ripping down the Japanese designed ugly wall in Piccadilly Gardens, it comes as even better news that Shoryu Ramen's first branch outside of London, has opened at No.1 Piccadilly Gardens. With a kitchen lead by chefs trained in Michelin Star restaurants in Japan, the opening sees owner Tak Tokumine return to the city where he started his first business, way back in 1975. Specialising in tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka, this is without doubt one of the best new restaurant openings in Manchester during 2016. ~ 10 November 2016

James Martin Manchester
James Martin Manchester

Not content with his excellent James Martin Manchester restaurant at Manchester 235 casino, celebrity TV chef James Martin has announced he is set to roll out his James Martin Kitchen concept at Stansted Airport with a second branch at Piccadilly Station. Focusing on fresh and locally sourced ingredients with its roots firmly in the farms of Britain, the "premium bakery" offers fresh farm ingredients and the highest quality baking, making it ideal for passengers who want to eat in or to grab and go. ~ 3 November 2016

Adam Reid at The French Adam Reid at The French

3 Star Michelin Chef Simon Rogan has ended his contract as Chef Patron at The Midland Hotel’s two restaurants, the 4 AA Rosette The French by Simon Rogan and 2 AA Rosette Mr Cooper’s House & Garden.

Fans of the two restaurants, riding high in our Top 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester list, needn’t worry as his two protégés will take the reigns; rising star Adam Reid will retain the head chef position at The French, while Robert Taylor retains the top job at Mr Cooper’s.

The Great British Menu 2016 winning Adam Reid has been involved with The French since it reopened in 2013, helping it retain its Pride Of Manchester Award winning title of "Best Restaurant in Manchester" ever since, whilst Robert Taylor took over Mr Cooper’s after recently joining from Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House restaurant.

Adam commented: “This is a huge opportunity for me to showcase my own cooking style, which has been developing over the past decade. I want to make Manchester proud and ensure that The French will continue to evolve and impress its local and national customers.”

The restaurant will be re-named as ‘Adam Reid at The French’ from 1st November 2016 and re-positioned to reflect Adam’s vision and style in January 2017.

Simon Rogan added: “Our work with The Midland has been a great opportunity and we’ve built something very special with The French and Mr Cooper’s. It’s now time to concentrate our efforts on developing and growing our businesses in Cartmel with L’Enclume and Rogan & Co. as well as ensuring that Fera at Claridge’s continues to be operated to our high standards.” ~ 1 November 2016

Adam Reid at The French
Adam Reid at The French

Mancunian chef Adam Reid has triumphed in the final of the BBC’s Great British Menu programme. The Head Chef of the 4 AA Rosette The French at The Midland Hotel won the honour of cooking the dessert course at the final banquet for the television show.

Adam’s ‘Golden Empire’ dessert of stewed Empire Apple with hazelnut crumble, meadowsweet custard and golden candy apples, will be served at The Great Britons’ Banquet at the House of Commons Members’ Dining Room. An elevated reimagining of traditional apple crumble, the delicate dessert is made by blowing an apple shape out of gold sugar and filling it with spiced Empire apples, meadowsweet flavoured custard and a crumble mix made with oats, hazelnuts and Demerara sugar. It's then surrounded with a granita made from Granny Smith apple juice frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Adam said: “It's amazing to actually gain a place at the banquet and cook for all the honoured guests. The competition was incredibly tough but I feel really honoured to cook with the other guys at the banquet and see my dish in such an esteemed environment.”

You can recreate the theatrical and culinary magic of The Great British Menu by tasting Adam Reid’s ‘Great British Lunch’, which includes all four of the dishes he created for the TV series. Available at The French, Wednesday to Saturday from 12.00 to 13.30 until Saturday 17th December 2016, priced at £75 per person. ~ 28 October 2016

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Other Manchester Restaurant News
With Father’s Day fast approaching, The Lowry has put together some great offers to ensure dads feel well-looked after and pampered including Dads eat free and a QMS Spa 3 hour package specially tailored for men. The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is a 2 AA rosette restaurant and one of Manchester’s best places to eat and drink in a glass-walled, riverside setting overlooking Santiago Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge.
No doubt related to the below……Talented Bury based chef and a key driver behind local anti-food wastage campaigns; Mary Ellen McTague has struck a partnership with Manchester Art Gallery to run food and drink operations within their café.  Anything which Mary-Ellen does, will clearly be watched with anticipation. ~ May 2017
Manchester Art Gallery have submitted a request for the selling off-sales of alcohol, on Friday to Wednesday from 10:00 until 17:30, and also on Thursday from 10:00 until 21:30. ~ May 2017
An application has been placed for a new premises, located at 67 Great Ancoats Street, which being next door to the current Squid Ink, can surely mean that they are looking to expand the current premises.  Exciting stuff. ~ May 2017
A change of trading hours has been submitted to city planners by Deansgate Food Bar.  If successful, the venue will close at 4am over weekends, so later than the current 2am time. Perfect for those fancying munch after a spot of partying over on the locks. ~ May 2017
Ancoats based pizza maestros; Rudy's, have announced plans for a second outlet in the city. Rudy's took off rapidly following its lauch, and has recently formed a partnership with the team behind Albert's Schloss, so it will be interesting to see what this new venue brings to the city. ~ May 2017
Hot on the heel of the Manchester Arndale branch US burger chain Five Guys have announced plans to open a branch in the University Green development on Oxford Road. This will be the third Five guys in Manchester it seems the chains trademark double patties and burger customisation for no extra cost has been a hit in the city. ~ May 2017
Ziferblat has opened its second venue in Greater Manchester this time at MediaCityUK. The Pay-as-you-stay cafe has been a success in the Northern Quarter offer in visitors the chance to page for the time they spend at Ziferblat rather than what they use. It costs 8p per minute to spend time inside, with unlimited coffee, tea, cakes, biscuits and snacks, plus access to Wi-Fi, board games, magazines and newspapers. ~ May 2017
The corn exchange is has welcomed a second Salvi’s venue. This time if the form of Slavi’s Terraza, a large  bar situated in the atrium under the domed roof offering a selection of drinks including prosecco, champagne, Italian wine and cocktails. ~ May 2017
Portland Street is set to see the opening of Creams American style dessert bar offering serving OTT desserts with over 30 types of gelato on offer you’ll be spoilt for choice. This will be the first of 4 city centre Creams. ~ May 2017
If planning permission is approved the Left Bank Spinningfields will be the home to Virtual Reality golf.  VR Golf will offer a simulated golf area along with a bar and restaurant , adding a new experience to this popular area of Manchester. ~ May 2017

Owners of the Mad Men inspired Northern Quarter Pen & Pencil have reviled plans to open a second venue on Little Lever Street taking over the basement and ground floor of 14 Little Lever Street. Not much more is known at the moment as planning permission is still pending. ~ May 2017

Popular Soho seafood restaurant Randall & Aubine are set to open at 64 Bridge Street in May 2017. The Anglo/French Brasserie, which specialises in sustainable seafood, is owned by Jamie Poulton and TV Chef Ed Baines and is popular with celebrities who dine on the outstanding meals beneath a disco ball. ~ 23 Jan 2017
Fazenda co-founder Terence Langley has teamed up with former Tushingham Moore and Allied London director, Andrea George, who was responsible for overseeing many of the restaurant property deals in Manchester and has now decided to venture into the industry herself, with plans to open Suri on King Street in March. Former London Savoy and Jamie Oliver UK Operations Chef, Guy Callister, who won 3 AA Rosettes whilst Senior Chef at Hotel du'Vin, will produce a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu for the presumably ready-to-go venue vacated by the very short lived Quill. ~ 23 Jan 2017
AA Rosette Worsley restaurant George's, owned by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs with schoolmates Kelvin Gregory and Bernie Taylor, celebrated its 3rd birthday on the 19th January with a party for friends, regulars and stars, including former team mate Nicky Butt, Coronation Street stars Kym Marsh, Katie McGlynn, Dolly-Rose Campbell and Sally-Ann Matthews, together with Hollyoaks favourites Jorgie Porter, Nicole Barber-Lane, and 'The Real Housewives of Cheshire' star Stacey Forsey. ~ 20 Jan 2017
The failed Beef & Pudding unit on Booth Street, which closed with group debts of over £4 million, is set to reopen in February as the The Directors Box sports bar, operated by the same people behind The Vine Inn pub opposite. ~ 18 Jan 2017
A new not-for-profit vegan cafe, The Manchester Vegan and Wellbeing Centre, will be opening inside the Three Minute Theatre on the ground floor of Affleck's Palace on February 1st. Open only during the daytime, all profits will be reinvested in the Square Circle Theatre Project, which aims to provide skills and celebrate talent among people with hidden disabilities. ~ 4 Jan 2017
Having undergone major structural refurbishment, the brilliant Hatters Hostel in the Northern Quarter, who operate Hold Fast, the current "Best Bar in Manchester" on, have just opened West CNR (West Corner), an all day American style deli-diner and cocktail bar. ~ 3 Jan 2017
With so many restaurants opening in Manchester, the sharp rise in cost of food and drinks since the Brexit vote and a shortage of quality staff, there's bound to be a huge number of closures in 2017. First to fall by the way side is Russian restaurant Baltic Cellar who are moving their Lloyd Street operation to Bolton. ~ 1 Jan 2017
The Oxford Street Bistro has opened at The Palace Theatre. Serving a casual international menu predominately for theatre goers, with the guarantee of being served before the show, it is also available to non-ticket holders accessing through the Stage Door bar downstairs. ~ 27 Dec 2016
Controversial Michelin Star chef Michael O'Hare has made the short journey from his Leeds restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain, to open The Rabbit In The Moon on the top floor of the National Football Museum. Owned by Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, it is a funky 17 course fine-dining affair, with Head Chef Luke Cockerill serving up Oriental inspired dishes in a graffitied hip hop environment. The dream team have also announced two other restaurants, set to open in the former Stock Exchange in 2017; The Man Who Fell To Earth, will be a more formal affair, set in the building's stunning ballroom-style hall, whilst Are Friends Electric will be a rooftop restaurant with an open kitchen. ~ 22 Dec 2016
The short-lived Filthy Cow burger bar in the former Lounge 10 unit on Tib Lane has made way for Bock, a Belgian beer cafe owned by the same people behind Ma Boyle’s and Ma Egerton’s pubs in Liverpool. ~ 19 Dec 2016
Yet another export from Leeds to Manchester is the wonderful Bundobust, which has taken the rather unfashionable basement unit vacated by Buffet Metro on Piccadilly Gardens. The multi-award winning vegetarian Indian street food kitchen and craft beer bar opened on 14th December. ~ 14 Dec 2016
Having won Spinningfields The Kitchens' competition, street food butcher Bangers & Bacon are set to open their new permanent restaurant, Beastro, in the former Leftbank canteen with a January opening in the pipeline. In the meantime, their pop-up is still open at The Kitchens. ~ 13 Dec 2016
Panama Hatty's have opened one product concept pop-up restaurant Featherblade in a previously unused area of their Brown Street basement, just a few doors away from the brilliant but failed Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte venue, which offered a similar concept. Here though, you get a featherblade cut of steak for just £10. On opening, it was heavily criticised for copying London's Flat Iron restaurant, even stealing their logo and menu designs, with exactly the same dishes, prices and layout (all since changed after causing a social media meltdown). ~ 11 Dec 2016
Chorlton's The Laundrette (who are also behind the secret Washhouse speakeasy at Shudehill) have brought their combination of cocktails and carbs to the city centre with The Laundrette First Street, found next to HOME, which boasts a huge pizza oven, charcoal grill and all weather terrace. ~ 5 Dec 2016
V Rev Vegan Diner has opened on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, moving from smaller premises on Oldham Street. Specialising in vegan junk food, they should fit right in with all the other "dirty food" outlets in the area and, needless to say, they are dog friendly. ~ 28 November 2016
London operator Drake and Morgan have opened their plush Scandinavian design bar and comfort food restaurant The Refinery by Drake & Morgan in Spinnigfields. It has no relation to popular The Refinery restaurant in Liverpool. ~ 28 Nov 2016
The owner of Mughli in Rusholme and Knutsford, Alderley Edge's The Railway Cafe & Gin Bar, and London's Queenswood and Damson & Co have opened Evelyn's Cafe Bar, an upmarket neighbourhood eatery, in the Northern Quarter premises vacated by Superstore. Chef Byron Moses (Podium and Southern 11) has created a healthy Asian-influenced all day menu. ~ 25 Nov 2016
Opening in the Northern Quarter spot that was previously the popular Lammars, is Brazilian-themed restaurant and bar, Favelas. The marketing blurb says it is "the first bug restaurant in Manchester", although edible insects have been on the menu at Thaikun for some time. ~ 2 Nov 2016
The council have given the go ahead to plans to convert the historic Mackie Mayor meat market on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter to a food hall ran by the team behind Market House in Altrincham. Confirmed artisan food and drink outlets include Atkinsons of Lancaster, Bao House, Blackjack Brewery, Fin, Honest Crust wood fired pizza, Katie's Cakes, Nationale 7, Reserve Wines, and Tender Cow rare breed steaks. ~ 1 November 2016
Opening the 28th October on First Street, from the same team behind the popular Dockyard MediaCityUK and Dockyard Spinningfields, comes The Gasworks Brew Bar (or "The Gas Works Brewbar", "Gas Works Brew Bar", or "Gasworks Brewbar" depending on which of their menus, signs, social media accounts or websites you happen to be reading). Offering the same industrial interior and pub grub, it comes with the added bonus of an on site six barrel microbrewery. ~ 28 October 2016
American street food diner, New Yorker, has opened on Portland Street in the former Beijing Chinese unit. Serving 100% Halal meat, you can expect hand smashed burgers, BBQ smoked chicken and dawgs, Belgian waffles, shakes, root beer and soda floats. ~ 12 October 2016
The team behind Chester's Sticky Walnut and Heswall's Burnt Truffle have opened a new crowd-funded bistro in Didsbury. Hispi serves up beautifully presented comfort food. ~ 9 Oct 2016

Special Offers in Manchester Restaurants

New Manchester Restaurants - Shoryu Ramen Manchester
Japanese restaurants in Manchester Shoryu Ramen ~ The first UK branch outside of London from the quality ramen chain ~ Dec 2016
American restaurants in Manchester Menagerie ~ Upmarket restaurant centred around a catwalk showcasing dancers and acrobats ~ Aug 2016
British restaurants in Manchester Grafene ~ Fine dining restaurant influenced by Manchester's scientific breakthroughs ~ July 2016
European restaurants in Manchester B.Eat Street ~ Manchester's largest collection of street food traders and bars ~ July 2016
European restaurants in Manchester King Street Tavern ~ Beautiful restaurant and spectacular rooftop in a restored 1872 bank ~ Dec 2015
Italian restaurants in Manchester Marco's New York Italian MediaCityUK ~ Modern Italian restaurant from Marco Pierre White ~ Nov 2015
British restaurants in Manchester Pier Eight ~ The Lowry’s brand new restaurant and bar offering stunning waterside setting ~ Nov 2015
Italian restaurants in Manchester Vapiano Corn Exchange ~ First UK restaurant outside of London from the popular pasta chain ~ Nov 2015
European restaurants in Manchester Banyan Bar & Kitchen ~ Stylish cocktail bar and restaurant in the revamped Corn Exchange ~ Oct 2015
Japanese restaurants in Manchester Cottonopolis ~ Popular cocktail bar with Japanese kitchen in the Northern Quarter ~ Oct 2015
Other new restaurants in Manchester include: ~ The Ivy Cafe (Rumoured 2017) ~ The Man Who Fell To Earth (2017) ~ Are Friends Electric? (2017) ~ The Alchemist MediaCityUK (Spring 2017) ~ Mackie Mayor Food Hall (Spring 2017) ~ Goose Fat & Wild Garlic (Spring 2017)~ Cafe Football at The National Football Museum (Spring 2017) ~ Real Junkfood Project (2017) ~ Randall & Aubin (May 2017) ~ Suri (March 2017) ~ The Manchester Vegan & Wellbeing Centre (1 Feb 2017) ~ Beastro (Jan 2017) ~ West CNR (3 Jan 2017) ~ The Oxford Street Bistro (27 December 2016) ~ The Rabbit In The Moon (22 Dec) ~ Bundobust (14 Dec) ~ Featherblade (11 Dec) ~ The Laundrette Manchester (5 Dec) ~ The Refinery by Drake & Morgan (28 Nov) ~ V Rev Vegan Diner (28 Nov) ~ The Gasworks Brew Bar (28 Oct 2016) ~ Evelyn's Cafe Bar (25 Nov) ~ Favelas (2 Nov) ~ Jamboree Foodfest (Nov 2016) ~ Mexica(28 Oct) ~ The Loading Bay (Autumn 2016) ~ New Yorker (12 Oct 2016) ~ Hispi Didsbury (7 Oct 2016) ~ The Refuge by Volta (Sep 2016) ~ Squid Ink (Jul 2016) ~ Chilango (Apr 2016)

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