20 Stories, the first Manchester foray for D&D London, will open on 1 March atop the new No.1 Spinningfields skyscraper. Sitting at 100 metres it is the city’s highest restaurant. Aiden Byrne (previously of Manchester House) will oversee the food offering. 20 Stories will feature a restaurant, relaxed grill, lively bar, and a rooftop garden terrace, […]

Continue reading


Jay Rayner in The Observer reviewed Manchester’s German-themed restaurant Albert’s Schloss where the “waiters aren’t wearing lederhosen and slapping each other’s thighs manfully, but they might as well be”… “If you didn’t pay proper attention, you might dismiss Albert’s Schloss as Dante’s third circle of hell, only with less glamour. The music is so loud it could dislodge a […]

Continue reading


The UK’s best towns for foodies, and Top 100 Restaurants are revealed in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2018 published today – the country’s most comprehensive restaurant guide available in bookshops, with approximately twice the number of entries as The Good Food Guide. Read the full Harden’s 100 list here. Harden’s 27th annual poll of diners, surveyed […]

Continue reading


When Grace Dent reviewed The Langham’s new ‘pub’ The Wigmore, she decided she never, ever wanted to go there again. We would hazard a guess that The Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin would be quite happy to go back any time…“Silly? A bit. Delicious? Oh yes.” “Creative cocktails in their own weeny tankards… pies and roasts and toasties… reimagined […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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, […]

Continue reading


⦿ 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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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, […]

Continue reading