Richard Caring’s Ivy Collection is planning to open an all-day brasserie in Manchester later this year – the fast-expanding group’s first foray into northern England. The company confirmed it has applied for planning permission for a site in the Pavillion, in Byrom Street, Spinningfields. The original Ivy, long a celebrity haunt in London’s Theatreland, celebrates […]

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The Real Junk Food Project has launched a fundraising campaign to open a full-time pay-as-you-feel restaurant in Manchester next year, using only food destined to be thrown out. The project needs to raise £20,000 by January 13 in order to go ahead, with pledges being sought through Crowdfunder. Chef Mary-Ellen McTague, formerly of the Fat Duck and Manchester’s Aumbry, […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Jaya in Llandudno, where he found “cracking Punjabi food by way of East Africa”. “From the specials there are lamb chops, marinated in their own lime pickle, which is all fire and acidity. The heat of the oven has mellowed the punch a little but turned it into something deeper […]

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Simon Rogan is ending his two-restaurant association with the Midland Hotel in Manchester at the end of October, three years into a five-year contract. The French, the Midland’s landmark restaurant founded in 1903, will continue to be run by head chef Adam Reid, who was brought up in Manchester. It will be re-launched under his […]

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Simon Rogan and the chefs from each of his award-winning UK restaurants– Adam Reid from Manchester’s The French, Tom Barnes from Cumbria’s L’Enclume, Dan Cox from London’s Fera at Claridge’s, and Marcus Noack, executive chef of Simon’s Umbel Restaurant Group – will each host a night to showcase their distinctive cooking styles at The French, […]

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Manchester continues to vie for the position of the UK’s second city when it comes to dining out – and at the rate it is going, the birthplace of the industrial revolution may edge out Birmingham and Edinburgh to take that title. In the last year the Northern capital has seen the launch of the […]

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The celebration of Chinese New Year and the dawning of the Year of the Monkey is just around the corner. This year the movable lunar festival begins on Monday 8 February, although festivities in London (the biggest outside of China) will start in earnest on Valentine’s Day. If you’re planning to welcome the Year of […]

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Following the success of his £100,000 crowd-funding appeal to launch Heswall restaurant Burnt Truffle, Chester’s Sticky Walnut (pictured) proprietor Gary Usher has announced plans to finance another restaurant through crowd-sourcing. The outspoken chef (Harden’s has been on the receiving end of his wrath so take our word for it!) will unveil his new campaign to raise […]

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“Utterly brilliant steaks” and cocktails have helped Huw Gott and Will Beckett’s steak house chain Hawksmoor win cult status in London, and Manchester too. Now the duo have announced plans for a new flagship restaurant in New York’s World Trade Centre. Due to open late-2017. Always a contender for London’s best steaks and grills in our […]

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