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Tuesday 7th August 2018
River Restaurant & Bar ~ Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni & Cibo Go Above & Beyond to Accommodate Guests

Don Giovanni and its sister restaurant Cibo both classic Italian restaurants in city centre Manchester have launched Braille and audio versions of their menus in order to help and include customers who are visually and hearing impaired.

Both restaurant brands aim to promote the integration of all members of the community, particularly those who may often be overlooked due to their disabilities when dining out. They offer large print, Braille and audio menus for those customers who may need these and also are very welcoming and accepting of guide dogs.

The business have chosen to take this step making sure that all potential guests feel welcome and special, they believe that in a very saturated market during times of difficult trading, it’s this ‘extra mile’ service offered that help them to acquire and retain customers. Karin also reflects ‘It is extremely rewarding seeing everyone in the team get behind this initiative, and how this simple goal of complete inclusion brought the entire online community together,". [more info]

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Gino Square

The Individual Restaurant Group are to expand their Gino D’Acampo brand in Exchange Square, to three ventures!  My Coffee and Deli Bar will focus on both quick dining, and the currently hot Grab and Go market sector, offering pizzas, sandwiches, pasta and baked goods.

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Salford Watergardens

The Lowry shopping mall on Salford Quays is set to undergo a massive £25m renovation, which will see much of the centre's waterfront become a new dining destination.  The side/corner of the centre facing Old Trafford, near the Millennium Bridge, has been chosen for the work, and in the words of the operator, will transform The Lowry into 'a unique shopping and leisure destination that will draw people from across the region to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK'.

Randall and Aubin

In a surprising move, Bridge Street seafood and bubbles hotspot Randall and Aubin has taken advice from insolvency firm CFS Restructuring and has also put the business up for sale, after racking up a £670k loss in the first 12 months of trading.  A £1.5k per week rent, along with rising produce costs, are believed to be contributory factors.

Tuesday 31st July 2018
River Restaurant & Bar ~ The Lowry Hotel

Tea Time Is Trending At The Lowry Hotel

The Great British Bake Off effect and the next generation of Britons has resulted in a spark in popularity of the traditional afternoon tea, with the five-star Lowry Hotel seeing over 2,000 afternoon teas being sold each month.

The genteel tradition which is now popular for social get togethers, has resulted in The Lowry Hotel saying goodbye to their long lunch service and hello to a bespoke range of limited-edition afternoon teas, accompanied by the hotel’s very own ‘Lowry Blend’ tea.

Since opening in 2001, The Lowry Hotel’s traditional afternoon tea has been a firm favourite of guests and diners, with the demand being so high that The Lowry Hotel has made the strategic decision to replace the lunch menu and create an impeccable selection of afternoon teas, making them one of the first hotels in Manchester to progress from the lunch menu tradition.

The exclusive afternoon teas, which will have a change of theme every month, will be influenced by local events, produce and ingredients. The expansion of the hotel’s already delicious range of afternoon tea starts with a Pride-themed afternoon tea to celebrate Manchester Pride taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, with £1 from every afternoon tea sold being donated to the charity. [more info]

Monday 30th July 2018

Sunset by Australasia

As summertime arrives, Manchester’s coolest bar will be taking its very own mini vacay, as the team at Australasia prepare to launch their brand new haven in the heart of Spinningfields, ‘Sunset by Australasia’ on the 2nd of August.  ‘Sunset by Australasia’ will offer a pleasure-seekers' hideaway, with a décor that oozes Miami-cool and laid-back Ibizan vibes, located right in the heart of the city.

Thursday 27th July 2018

Real Junk Food

Days after announcing that they will soon be entering the outside catering trade, Real Junk Food has announced that it will be shutting up shop on August 11th.  The landlord of the property would like to take it back, but the team have stated that they are likely to resurface elsewhere in the city at some point.

Chef Beckham

We have it on good industry authority that Manchester United Legend David Beckham, is to launch is own cooking series in the US, via 15 minute 'slots' to be presented between full length shows, with a view to testing the water over a more permanent fixture.  Beckham is known to be a food lover who attended cookery school whilst playing for AC Milan, and he's one of Gordon Ramsay's best mates and neighbours in LA, so he's sure to get some good guidance on the cooking side of things a least.  Let's just hope that Becks doesn’t swap crossing with getting cross over an overcooked risotto.

Thursday 26th July 2018

Gin, Beer and Food

The weekend of Aug 11 and 12 will see the annual Levenshulme Beer, Gin and Food Festival take place at The Klondyke in Levenshulme.  On offer will be an vast array of beers, a plethora of gins including local favourite, Manchester Three Rivers, along with great street food, gin inspired baked goods, topped off with fun for all the family, stalls hosted by local artists, and live music over 3 stages.  Tickets from £5.

Tuesday 24th July 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

Bee Involved With Manchester’s Most Ambitious Art Project

What could be more Manchester than creating a city-wide art project based around the Bee emblem? Symbolising the resilient spirit of the city’s people, the City Council and Wild in Art have created a public art trail of over 80 individually designed giant Bee sculptures and, naturally, Harvey Nichols had to get involved.

The Bee trail is created for and by Manchester. Regional artists have designed the sculptures and local communities have sponsored them – including Harvey Nichols. They decided to sponsor ‘Bee a Rainbow’ created by Rachel A Blackwell, who describes her Bee as “a symbol of hope perched upon a sky of dreams.”

You can download the Bee in the City app here, which has the full trail map for you to discover and unlock the sponsor rewards. Speaking of rewards, if you unlock Bee a Rainbow on the trail, you can enjoy a complimentary hot drink or children’s cocktail at the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie. [more info]

Monday 23rd July 2018

East St

Mcr favourite Tampopo are opening a branch of their East Street concept in Piccadilly Gardens, following on from the ones in the Trafford Centre, and down in London. East Street offers authentic Far Eastern cuisine, in a grab and go format.

Friday 20th July 2018

Sugo On The Go

Great news for city centre pasta lovers, Altrincham based pasta favourite Sugo are another big name who are set to open, and in this case expand, over to Ancoats.  Famed for the use of no compromise Italian produce, it's yet another string in the Ancoats bow.  Sugo Ancoats will open its doors next week.

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Gaucho Grilled

As reported back in May, casual steak chain Cau will be closing its doors across the land.  However, more surprisingly, it’s patent company, which also operates Gaucho, has now entered administration.  It’s not yet known how this will affect the Manchester branch, or how the company will be reshuffled or if it will collapse entirely.

Real Junk Two

The Real Junk Food Project are broadening their wings and expanding to the outside catering trade.  So, come Sep/Oct, you’ll be able to arrange functions and buffets, made entirely from produce which would otherwise have been binned.

Tuesday 17th July 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

St-Germain Liqueur Takeover

Fancy a French-inspired tipple? Thought so...

To celebrate the arrival of summer (and to make it even better than it already is), St-Germain liqueur will be taking over Harvey Nichols.

If you’re not yet familiar with St-Germain, it’s a French liqueur made from Elderflower. Lovingly collected in a surprisingly short window of just a few weeks in spring, the Elderflower blossoms are harvested into a delicious liqueur that, trust us when we say, will ruin all other drinks for you. Looking for a new summer drink? Consider it found.

With that in mind, St-Germain has set up a number of exciting and suitably-summery events throughout the store. [more info]

Thursday 12th July 2018
Harvey Nichols Bar Manchester

A Basque Feast With Baratxuri

This year The Second Floor Brasserie is bringing some Spanish inspiration to summer evenings.

They’re joining forces with Baratxuri, the ever-popular Spanish basque style pintxo bar in Ramsbottom, to host a txoko evening that Baratxuri is known for. A tradition from Northern Spain, they’re inviting all foodies to celebrate their favourite dishes, experiment with new cooking methods and enjoy the good company.

Head to the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie to be welcomed by an arrival drink and authentic Spanish pinchos before taking your seat and tucking into six Basque dishes. [more info]

Dive NQ Restaurant Manchester

Dive Challenge

Dive NQ, are always looking to introduce new and exciting things and this time it’s a £30 monster of a burger!!

The challenge burger comes piled high with 3 juicy quarter pound burgers, triple mac & cheese, fried chicken fillet, bacon, cheese, salad and an extra slice of bread in the middle to help it all stick together.

That’s not all though. Alongside the burger you’ll get a huge mound of chips, topped with a spicy chilli on one side and pulled pork on the other. Finally, the whole thing is topped off with some massive onion rings, as a teasing cherry on top for anyone who’s looking to tackle this thing.

What’s more, if you can get your chops around this and polish it all off in 30 minutes the burger is entirely FREE!

What are you waiting for? Spread the word, get your mates together and take part in their brand new burger challenge! [more info]

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Bundobust 2

Beer and Curry specialists Bundobust are to launch a second outlet in the city, following the massive success of the first branch in Piccadilly.  It's not yet known where this will be, but it seems pretty likely that Ancoats will be a major consideration.

Monday 9th July 2018

Viet Shack

Arndale Food Court favourites Viet Shack are set to occupy the newly vacated Squid Ink unit in Ancoats, by launching their first ever fully fledged restaurant venture.  Exciting news for their hoards of fans.  Launch is set for late August.

Friday 29th June 2018
Second Floor Brasserie & Bar

Wine, Dine & Sunshine

Harvey Nichols launches its much loved Summer Dining menu, to help customers enjoy summertime to the fullest with a selection of sun-worthy dishes to choose from. The exclusive menu, offers customers three perfect-for-summer courses and a refreshing welcome cocktail from £22.

To ensure every menu remains unique to its location, carefully curated seasonal dishes will feature on each menu made with quality ingredients sourced locally, resulting in a selection of summery style dishes to suits everyone’s palette. Those who dine the exclusive summery set menu can choose a starter, a main and a dessert, and will receive a refreshing complimentary cocktail. 

The Summer Dining menu will be available from the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie at Harvey Nichols Manchester from Monday 2 July. [more info]

Thursday 28th June 2018
Tattu Manchester

National Dim Sum Week comes to Manchester

Tattu is joining a host of restaurants across the country for the inaugural seven-day celebration of National Dim Sum Week (30th June – 6th July 2018).

Originating with the Cantonese in Guangzhou, the term ‘dim sum’ refers to a unique culinary art form of bite-sized sweet or savoury dishes prepared in a number of ways, most commonly steaming, baking or frying. 

The literal translation of dim sum is ‘touch your heart’ and it is a dining tradition made for sharing. From the early morning Yum Cha meetings of the historic Silk Road travellers, to the modern-day restaurants that are frequented in cities around the world by work colleagues or for family get togethers.

To mark the first national celebration, Tattu has created a unique dim sum tasting platter designed for two to share, the platter features a selection of Tattu's signature dim sum. [more info]

Monday 25th June 2018

Rabbit Relaunch

Fine dining restaurant The Rabbit in The Moon has now fully relaunched following a decor revamp and appointment of a new Head Chef.  Backing this up, there's a new tasting menu, which is billed as being more refined.  The dining space is based on the upper echelons of the Urbis building, and combines elegant and sophisticated elements along with rock and roll edge.

Waxi Sinks

Waxi; Manchester's water taxi, servicing various routes via the Bridgewater canal, is no more.  A lack of demand as well as dubious infrastructure and a lack of facilities at stops, have been cited as causes for the service's failure.

Thursday 21st June 2018

July Opening For ‘The Jane Eyre’

A modern take on the family run local bar is ready to welcome you to ancoats this July, brothers Joe and Jonny Eyre have teamed up to bring The Jane Eyre to One Cutting Room Square early July. The brothers have extensive experience within the Manchester and London hospitality scene, namely The Bubble Room, Gorilla and Polpo at Spuntino, pulling together their expertise, creating a concept that will sit proudly in the neighbourhood surroundings of Ancoats. 

You’d be forgiven to think that this bar is inspired by a Charlotte Bronte novel, but you’d be wrong, The Jane Eyre is inspired and named after Jonny and Joe’s Mother. “We want to create a warm and friendly environment as that’s what she always gave us growing up.”

Neville Towers

The long debated, anticipated, criticised, and lauded £200m St Michael’s development from G&G Hospitality has been given the official green light following such reports a few weeks back.  The soon to be tower will stand on the plot which is currently occupied by the old city centre Police station, and will play host to offices, residential spaces and an array of hospitality led ventures.  Definitely one to watch.

Pot Kettle Black Mk2

Barton Arcade's award winning coffee shop and brunch spot Pot Kettle Black is branching out.  Former Rugby League stars Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan are behind the company, which will expand its city centre presence to the ground floor of No1 Spinningfields.  Who doesn’t love a good independent coffee shop?  We suspect that Spinningfields certainly will.

Wednesday 20th June 2018
The Pen & Pencil Manchester

Free Gin Thursday!

This Thursday The Pen and Pencil will be starting the weekend early as they launch their Sipsmith summer sipping menu, with FREE GIN! The bar & restaurant will be giving away 50 FREE flavoured G&Ts from 5pm. Flavours include strawberries & cream, rose or lime. The drinks will be given away on a first come, first served basis so head down straight from work to be in with a chance of a freebie!

As well as the free gin, The Pen and Pencil will also be offering 2 for £10 cocktails all day to celebrate the launch of their new cocktail menu. New cocktails on offer include: Hot Off The Press, with Manchester Gin, Manzana Verde Liqueur, cherry bitters, lemon & egg white; the zesty Not No Added Sugar, with Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle, creme de cassis, lemon, & cranberry; or summer special Ray's Grapefruit Spritz with Tanqueray, passion fruit liqueur, lemon, Fentimans rose lemonade & grapefruit. [more info]

Tast Team

This Friday (June 22) will see the launch of King Street’s Tast; the Pep Guardiola backed Spanish venture, driven by heavyweight Chef Paco Perez.  The kitchen will be run by Chef Miguel Villarosa of the Perez stable, and comes with massive pedigree.  Head Sommelier duties go to the city’s best Sommelier; Filippo Zitto, formerly of Adam Reid At The French.  All sounds very promising.

James Martin Manchester

Mystery at James Martin Manchester

From the 2nd July, join James Martin Manchester and add a bit of mystery to your dining experience with the launch their Seasonal Surprise Taster Menu.

Let their expert chefs create a bespoke experience with a difference. For just £40pp the team will create a mystery menu with matching drinks, chosen especially for you.

Want to know more? You'll have to go and find out for yourself! [more info]

Social Sunday

Elite Bistro's of the World; aka Gary Usher's North West restaurant mini-empire, are running their 'Social Sunday' promo on Sunday July 1st, in conjunction with Hospitality Action.  £42 (plus £2.60 booking fee) will get you a seat at a communal table, hence the social theme, along with a 5 course menu, with all profits going to the Hospitality Action charity.  Drinks packages will be available on the day.

Wood  Manchester

Top Gin At Wood Manchester

Feel The Need With All American Ginema Experience

Wood Manchester, owned by Masterchef winner Simon Wood, is offering Top Gun fans an exciting and delicious dining experience this Independence Day as they team up with Didsbury Gin once again to bring fans a first-class Ginema experience.

Simon Wood said: “With the arrival of the second movie imminently, we wanted to create an extra special all American experience, and celebrate Independence Day in Manchester! ”

The founders of Alderman’s Didsbury Gin, Liam Manton & Mark Smallwood, will be on hand to talk through the story of the gin and offer some extra inspiration for summer cocktails and mixers for the local gin. [more info]

Albatross Masterchef

Spinningfields' favourite Albatross & Arnold have appointed Masterchef quarter-finalist Jon Green as their new Head Chef.  Jon has stated 'I will only user the freshest produce.  It's a case of elevating simple food into something that people have never tasted or seen before.  There's so much great produce in this country, in this county even.  It just needs a bit of skill to take it to a level that makes the guest re-evaluate the heights that humble ingredients can reach'.  We look forward to seeing how Jon's residency develops things.

Thursday 14th June 2018
Second Floor Brasserie & Bar Manchester

Harvey Nichols Rolls Out A New Brassereie Menu

Harvey Nichols launches a new Brasserie Menu in Knightsbridge, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds, which sees a new style and layout that champions classic dishes and seasonal specials.

To offer customers a refreshed dining experience, the carefully curated Brasserie menu features moreish snacks, appetising starters, hearty mains, meats from the grill, Harvey Nichols Classics, tempting sides and mouth-watering desserts. The new menu also features seasonal heroes, from burrata with grilled peaches and sea bass with seaweed butter to an indulgent chocolate pecan brownie.

To top it off there’s a truly British cheese selection, sourced by Harvey Nichols chefs from their local cities. Highlighted by the HN logo, these season-inspired dishes change every three months, allowing Harvey Nichols chefs to pick the freshest flavours of the time of year.

Harvey Nichols Classics such as the timeless beef burger, superfood salad, fish and chips, chicken club sandwich and Caesar salad, that are loved by so many, will be available on every Brasserie Menu – so no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to order your favourite Harvey Nichols dish!

To ensure every Harvey Nichols Brasserie menu remains unique to its location, each chef will source local producers to offer guests quality ingredients sourced from around the Isles – so you can tuck into Scottish Borders steak when you're up in Edinburgh and treat yourself to Colne Valley lamb when you're down in London. [more info]

Wednesday 13th June 2018
Lunya Manchester Lunya Manchester

A Truly Authentic Taste of Spanish Summer!

Lunya is Manchester’s authentic, independent, family-run Catalan deli, restaurant and bar, and they’ve just launched a fabulous new summer menu update.

Owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella are totally devoted to sourcing the finest artisan produce and cuisine direct from Spain with suppliers who they meet personally and have developed strong relationships with over time.

This an eclectic and exciting collection with new dishes inspired by their latest amazing food adventures in Catalonia and all over the country. The update also includes lots of vegan variations, a development on Lunya’s already strong vegan and vegetarian offering - something that has proved popular with their customers. Summer dishes include,

Bacalao – Pan-fried salt-cod, topped with a toasted garlic mousseline and served on samfaina (Catalan ratatouille). Peter’s latest creation inspired by traditional Catalonian cuisine with that Lunya twist.

Botifarra amb Mongetas – Catalan sausage and beans with Lunya’s own home-made baked beans and a Catalan sausage made with escalivada.   A deliciously smoky stew, great for sharing and also available as vegan dish.

Salmorejo – traditional Andalucian chilled soup with tomatoes– topped with ham tacos, croutons and egg. Perfect summer tapa and can also be served as vegan.

Most of all, this collection is about bringing a proper taste of Catalonia to Manchester - the finest seasonal produce and cuisine they could find, best enjoyed in the sunshine!

Tuesday 12th June 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Casting Call For Peter Street Kitchen

As part of a multi-million-pound investment by owners Edwardian Hotels London, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester hotel on Peter Street - one of only three five-star hotels in central Manchester - will launch a concept that has already blazed a trail through the capital’s dining scene.

Based on Edwardian Hotels London’s Kitchen concept, which embraces shared dining, guests at Peter Street Kitchen will be able to choose from an array of small plates from two different cuisines, in this instance contemporary Japanese and Mexican.

The new restaurant and bar will open this October in a blaze of publicity, and as part of an ambitious drive to recruit up to 60 new staff, Amir Jati, Service Excellence Director of Edwardian Hotels London, has announced a ground-breaking recruitment initiative.

Jati has drawn on a wealth of experience gained from senior roles at Nobu, co-owned by legendary actor Robert De Niro and where he established global private dining during his ten-year tenure, Disney Cruise Lines and The Savoy Hotel to develop a plan that will attract the crème de la crème of the UK’s hospitality personnel. As he explains, “I did not want to recruit through the normal channels. So instead, we decided to hold one of two aptly named “casting” days, on 19th June and 16th July, at Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester. From this, we will choose between 80 and 90 of the most impressive candidates and send them on a seven-week training programme that will be divided between London and Manchester.” [more info]

Saturday 9th June 2018
Squid Ink Shutting

Ancoats favourite Squid Ink has announced they will be closing their doors for the final time on Saturday 23rd of June, but no firm reason has been given for the closure. But fear not, Anthony will still be part of the Manchester dining scene as he has taken a job with Simon Martin at the hotly anticipated restaurant Mana.

Friday 8th June 2018
Store Street Exchange Manchester

Store Street Exchange Summer In The City

As Manchester welcomes this fabulous Mancunian summer, Store Street Exchange has launched its own urban oasis in the form of a fabulous new outdoor area – the Terrace.

Located on the ground floor just outside the restaurant, the Terrace continues the relaxed environment of the Store Street Craft Bar, creating an informal and stylish al fresco drinking and dining enclave. The space has been completely refurbished and showcases accents of wood, tiles, metal and greenery with lots of seating, all providing the perfect spot for watching the world go by on those summer nights to come. 

The Terrace will have its own bar serving J W Lees Manchester Pale Ale and Manchester Craft Lager alongside the full Store Street drinks menu. The whole of the outstanding and uncomplicated Store Street Exchange restaurant menu will also be served up on the Terrace, meaning that their acclaimed grills and rotisserie, as well as salads, fresh breads, vegetarian and fish dishes, quick bites and fine puddings will all be available to enjoy al fresco this summer. 

The space is also available for private hire for private or corporate parties and al fresco get togethers – perfect for a summer party! There is a dedicated BBQ menu for this, with prices starting at £35 per head. [more info]

Tuesday 5th June 2018
Corn Exchange Cafe Manchester Gasworks Manchester

Time to Celebrate with the original Thomas Dakin Gin

Fancy a tipple in town this week? With Negroni Week and World Gin Day all falling at the same time, it’s time to celebrate with the original, Thomas Dakin Gin.

For international Negroni Week, Thomas Dakin will be partnering with Salvi’s in the Corn Exchange to create a number of Negroni specials including the Gingeroni with Aperol & ginger wine, or the Smokey Negroni for just £7. 

As part of Negroni Week, Salvi’s and Thomas Dakin will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to their chosen charity Slow Foods International; a not–for–profit organisation seeking to promote a better way to eat, celebrating the rich food traditions of the different nations that make up the UK, and protecting the world’s edible biodiversity.

Saturday 9th of June is the first World Gin Day Manchester celebration, organised in celebration of the tenth World Gin Day for gin lovers across Manchester. The World Gin Day hub will be held at First Street, and Thomas Dakin will be partnering with the Gasworks Bar to serve their famous Tom & Tonic for just £5, as well as Gin Curator Alix Walker hosting masterclasses at the hub itself at 12pm & 4pm. 

Thomas Dakin’s vintage truck Katie Dakin, will be driving round Manchester on Friday evening, visiting stockists of Thomas Dakin then parking up at First Street at the World Gin Day hub. Snap a photo of the vintage truck on it’s travels through town, and upload to Instagram with #TomonTour and #TomandTonic for a chance to win a selection of Thomas Dakin goodies!

Sì Ciccio
As exclusively reported in early May, we can now confirm that Altrincham based Italian pizza and roast chicken spot, will be opening in Ramsbottom centre.  A licence has been applied for at Bury Council, and once and approved will pave the way for a 3 level bar and restaurant.

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Rabbit Down The Hole

Michael O' Hare has stepped away from the GG Hospitality's spaced aged Asian restaurant The Rabbit in the Moon.  This severed link also means that O' Hare won't be involved in the upcoming Stock Exchange building renovation.  It's not yet clear who will fil this void, although Chef John Granaghan has taken charge at 'The Rabbit'.

Friday 1st June 2018
First Taste Of Finca’s Million Pound Menu

Following their successful appearance on BBC’s hugely popular food show Million Pound Menu; the team behind renowned Cuban street food concept, FINCA, has announced it will be launching in Manchester at the start of June with its most ambitious set-up to date.  The Liverpool based concept impressed on the BBC food show, receiving an investment offer from Living Ventures’ Co-Founder, Jeremy Roberts, and FINCA will be taking its first step into the city with a summer residency in Artisan’s Café Bar in Spinningfields launching on Thursday 7 June.

Mowgli And Friska For University Green

Indian street food restaurant Mowgli and ethical restaurant Friska are the latest names to join the ever-growing line up at University Green, the new retail and leisure development by leading regional property company Bruntwood and the University of Manchester.

Mowgli and Friska join a previously announced line up comprising of academic and general bookshop, Blackwell’s; design retailer Utility; artisan coffee house, Takk; restaurant and bar, Loungers; authentic American burger brand, Five Guys; Co-op.

Usher Updates

Chef of the moment Gary Usher has today revealed plans for a 12 to 16 room boutique hotel to be launched in Manchester late next year.  This comes after the completion of a successful 24 hour crowd funding of his Prescot based brasserie, Pinion.  Kala, which translates as ‘Black’ in Urdu, is also set to go ahead in the near future too.  We can reveal that Kala is set to feature black granite and glass décor, along with a tapas bar style bench seating 15 people, in a move which differentiates it from the rest of the Usher empire.  Exciting times indeed.

Thursday 24th May 2018
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester

Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates 47th Birthday with 71p Legendary Burgers

It all started with two music-loving Americans who just wanted to find a good burger while living in London. Hard Rock’s founders had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and delicious all-American fare for a one-of-a-kind guest experience.

On June 14, 1971, they opened their own American style diner in an old Rolls Royce dealership and called it Hard Rock Cafe. To celebrate their 47th birthday, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will pay homage to 1971 with an Original Legendary Burger offer for just 71 cents per guest on a first-come, first-served basis from 12pm to 1pm. [more info]

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Grafene Manchester

Flavours of British Summertime Captured At Grafene

Hot on the heels of being awarded the prestigious Two AA Rosettes earlier this month, chef Ben Mounsey has evolved his successful relaxed fine dining menu, to add a selection that captures his best of British summer flavours.  The menu keeps with his acclaimed style for modern, reconstructed classics and dishes brimming with flavour twists and turns.  Dishes are presented with his trade mark of high creativity and complexity, whilst presenting his food with a careful simplicity that makes the very best of the finest British meat and seafood.

On the dinner menu, the new starter dishes include: a ham hock, celeriac, cured egg, tarragon, and a dish of scallop, red pepper, dashi, avocado, tomato.  The main course highlights include: duck, fennel, asparagus black garlic; a stone bass, smoked eel, onion, apple, potato, and veal loin, olive, kohlrabi and short rib. Desserts are a real treat with favourites being joined by a summer strawberry, sponge, custard, verbena, and a pineapple, pine, caramel, canelé. 

There are also new additions to the British Tapas menu including a crumbed ham, burnt asparagus, emulsion; a dish of fish taco, green sauce, gem, and sweet tapas treat of gingerbread sandwich, blood orange, buttercream. [more info]

Thursday 17th May 2018

Hot on the heels of Cau steakhouse announcing that it will be entering into a CVA, Italian chain Carluccios is also expected to make a similar announcement later this week, possibly as early as this afternoon.  It seems that Italians on the British high street have definitely fallen out of favour with diners.  35 branches are set for closure, but there's currently no news on which ones are set for closing, so we await the fate of the 3 Manchester based ventures.

Cantos Comes To Town

As reported earlier in the year, King St Spanish heavyweight El Gato Negro will soon be launching in the ever-expanding Ancoats, in the form of a Portuguese restaurant.  The venue will be named Canto, and we look forward to seeing that's planned in more detail for a massively neglected cuisine on these shores.  Launch is scheduled for Autumn.

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Teppanyaki Takeover

Teppanyaki Chinatown has taken over Manchester Japanese stalwart; Samsi.  The group has cited 'fresh and new ideas' as being in the pipeline for their new venture, although exact details are currently sparse.  The new owners will have a hard act to follow, and a loyal fan base to please.

Royal Garten Party

In celebrations and jubilations to the royal matrimony of Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle, Albert Schloss joyfully invite you to the wunderbar weekend wedding affair of the year. From Thursday, they are inviting guests to indulge in a myriad of treats to mark the occasion, including, Royal Wedding Breakfasts, Silver Service, Royales & Spritzes, High G & T and Quintessential Kronuts & Cruffins. What’s more, they’ll be screening the grand ceremony in full on das big screen from midday.


Argentinian Steakhouse chain Cau, owned by the Gaucho group, has decided to close its doors across the land, becoming the latest high profile casualty of the high street chain squeeze.  As far as Manchester goes, this will affect sites in Didsbury, MediaCityUK and also Wilmslow.  It seems that the nation's appetite for steak and Malbec, isn’t quite what Gaucho anticipated?

Monday 14th May 2018
Bay Horse Manchester

Best Margarita in Manchester

A cocktail created by Mr Cooper’s brasserie and bar has been crowned Best Margarita in Manchester at the recent Margarita Rumble.

Mr Cooper’s restaurant, situated in The Midland hotel, sent its top mixologists to shake up their version of the iconic tequila cocktail for a 1,000 strong audience of judges.

Facing stiff competition from 15 of the best bars and restaurants in the Greater Manchester area, Mr Cooper’s won the top title at the Rumble earlier this month, in Manchester’s Albert Hall. [more info]

Thursday 10th May 2018
Grafene Manchester

Grafene Fine Dining Awarded Two AA Rosettes

The team at Grafene are celebrating, having been awarded the prestigious Two AA Rosettes for the first time.

The Manchester fine-dining restaurant welcomed head chef Ben Mounsey only two months ago.  With the launch of his new lunchtime British Tapas and fine-dining dinner menus, Ben has already made a significant impact on the region’s restaurant scene and has now successfully guided the restaurant to achieve this prominent culinary award.

Since Ben joined Grafene, the restaurant has gone from strength from strength with a relaxed, fine-dining offering that aims to reflect the chef’s view of modern British life. Sample Ben’s menu for yourself with our Exclusive Restaurants Of Manchester offer, five plates and a glass of wine at Grafene for just £25. [more info]

Tre Ciccio

We have it on good authority that Altrincham based Italian hotspot Tre Ciccio is close to agreeing terms to open a site in the foodie hotspot of Ramsbottom, housed on the same site which was once home to the restaurant which started the Ramsbottom food revolution back in the day; Ramsons.   The venture is rumoured to convert a 3 story venue, into a cocktail bar in the basement, and outside terrace to the upstairs/rear, costing an estimated £3m.

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Menangerie Manchester

Manchester Together

To mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack and, as part of Manchester Together, Menagerie will be honouring the 22 people who were tragically killed and the 100 injured, by raising funds for local charity Forever Manchester.

From the 21st until the 26th of May, Menagerie will be donating all profits from their “Worker Bee Afternoon Tea” to the charity, which helps support communities and smaller charities throughout the area. [more info]

Elnecot Ancoats Manchester

Elnecot Launches New Spring Menu

Since bursting onto Manchester’s food and drink scene in September 2017, Elnecot is now establishing itself as a go to place for fantastic food and drinks in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The neighbourhood bar and kitchen have now revealed their Spring Menu with some very interesting additions including You Smelly H'apeth!, Manchester Pale Ale Braised Ox Cheek, Chalk Stream Trout Croquettes, Disco Cabbage, and Vegan Chocolate Mousse [more info]

Kala Konfirmation

As reported as being in the works back in March; we can now confirm that Gary Usher's new city centre bistro, Kala, will be opening on King Street in September.  Look out for more details to follow, on what will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting launches of the year.

Where The Jobs Come In

Much talked about Stockport restaurant, Where The Light Gets In, are on the hunt for full and part-time kitchen staff, ranging from Sous Chefs to Chef De Partie. More interestingly, they are even advertising for a new Head Chef.

Tuesday 1st May 2018
Manchester Restaurants news ~ Sakana

Sakana Sushi Sunday

Sundays in Manchester don’t need to be all about roast dinners – instead, this Bank Holiday (6th May), Sakana Pan Asian is inviting you to enjoy their delicious bottomless sushi selection with unlimited house wine. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ The Oast House

Oast House Open

The Oast House has re-opened its doors today, with the courtyard set to return in time for SpinFest at the end of May. The full opening schedule and reveal is expected to be completed as follows:

May 1st ~ First pint poured (open for drinks inside)
"Mid May" ~ First Hanging Kebab (food is served and courtyard reveal begins)
"End of May" ~ The Oast House Courtyard reopens (for drinks, dancing and deli boards!)
May 27th ~ Spinfest returns (for celebrations galore!) [more info]

Abode Brasserie Manchester
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica & Liquorice

Join Brasserie Abode for a five-course menu and matching Tanqueray London Dry Gin and cocktail selection, paired and presented for each course on Wednesday 23rd May. The famous gin is distilled four times with the classic four botanicals - refreshing juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica and sweet liquorice.  [more info]

Shoryu Ramen Manchester
Feeling Seasonal?

It's the first day of May, and if you're starting to feel a bit seasonal, then you should head down to the brilliant Shoryu Ramen where you can get two courses and a cocktail for just £22 from their Seasonal Set Menu. Sample seasonal Sakes witha f light for just £7.50, or visit for lunch where you can get two courses for just £15.  [more info]

Other Offers

Also added to Restaurants Of Manchester today:

2 Courses for £10.95 at Vietnamese restaurant Pho Manchester
20% Off food (55% Off on Mondays) at Northern Quarter favourite Dive NQ
Bottomless brunch & booze for £40 at the "Mad Men" inspired Pen & Pencil

Monday 30th April 2018
Manchester Restaurants news ~ Grafene Manchester

Scarlet Ribbons in the Merry Month of May

Masterchef winning celebrity chef Simon Wood's Wood Manchester and fantastic British restaurant Grafene, now under the new direction of talented head chef Ben Mounsey, have both been awarded two prestigious AA Rosettes. They join Brasserie ABode, Mr Cooper's, The River Restaurant, Hotel Gotham and Hispi in the category of "the best local restaurants, which aim for and achieve higher standards, better consistency, greater precision apparent in the cooking and obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients". Only Adam Reid at The French, with 3 AA Rosettes, has more.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, then take advantage of our Exclusive Restaurants Of Manchester offer, with five plates and a glass of wine at Grafene for just £25, or three courses for £27.50 at Wood. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ Grafene Manchester

Meet The Maker

Whilst we are on the subject of Grafene; gin lovers should book a place at the exclusive tasting of their entire Sipsmith Gin Collection, on 9th May, accompanied by chef Ben Mounsey’s delicious selection of fine-dining ‘Grafene Bites’. They also host a Sipsmith Gin Dinner on 20th June, amongst other wine and Champagne evenings. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ Cafe Football Manchester

Mow Like A Pro

Cafe Football Old Trafford and Cafe Football National Football Museum have teamed up with Backyard Brewery to bring together a true grass-roots pairing. Served with one of their celebrated Eat Like a Pro salads, for just £10 throughout May, the Carlsberg Sverige's Falkenberg brewed Lawn Mower Amber Lager has a loud noisy body combined with a fresh hoppiness, making it refreshingly sessionable. [more info]

Friday 27th April 2018
TNQ Restaurant Manchester

South African Quarter

Northern Quarter institution, TNQ Restaurant, are to host the iconic Kleine Zalze winery for an evening of South African wine and foods on Wednesday 23rd May.

The six course South African Tasting Menu, with stunning wine pairings from the Stellenbosch estate, features such delights as Biltong, ostrich, and springbok. [more info]

Store Street Exchange Restaurant Manchester

Full Chicken for Half

You can now enjoy 50% off your food bill every Thursday, when pre-booking a table at Store Street Exchange, the Double Tree by Hilton Piccadilly's brilliant rotisserie restaurant, which focuses on local suppliers and outstanding produce such as corn-fed Goosnargh chicken. [more info]

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Open Skies for San Carlo

Celebrated Manchester based Italian heavyweight, San Carlo, is launching its fifth Selfridges-based restaurant with San Carlo Alto to be based on the prestigious department store's flagship roof top on London's Oxford Street.

Tuesday 24th April 2018
1761 Restaurant Manchester

1761 x 50% = 100% Mancunian

To celebrate their brand new menu, Booth Street eatery 1761 are offering Restaurants Of Manchester readers 50% off their 100% Mancunian sourced food for the next two weeks. [more info]

Monday 23rd April 2018

Matt Campbell

Masterchef : The Professionals 2017 contestant Matt Campbell has sadly passed away, following a suspected heart failure whilst competing in the London Marathon amidst record high temperatures for the event. The Lake District native competed in this year's Manchester marathon, and passed the line in under the 3 hour mark.  Respected figures in the hospitality industry have today paid their respects to this massive loss of talent.

Monday 16th April 2018
The Tea Room Manchester

Afternoon Tea Room

This week see's the launch of The Tea Room at The Midland Hotel's new Evening Tea.   We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview last week.

The luxuriously attired Tea Room is a treat for the senses in itself, housed arguably Manchester city centre's most decadent and certainly most historic and celebrated destination.  A twist on the traditional afternoon tea comes via a selection of sandwiches including Chicken, Mango and Coriander on Granary Bread, There's also Asparagus, Artichoke and Parmesan Mimosa on Brioche, along with hot savoury bites such as Ox Cheek with Blue Cheese Croquettes, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sriracha Sauce. 

Once you've had your fill of savouries, there' a selection of cakes, such as Elderflower an Gooseberry Cake, and the super indulgent Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart, garnished with Manchester bee adorned chocolate shards.  And any tea, whether it be afternoon or evening, wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory scones, which in this case came with various jam options, and a fantastic lemon curd, to either go underneath or on top of your clotted cream.

Food was paired a tea of your choice, and also two Gin and Tonics, featuring both Brockmans and also the locally produced Three Rivers gins. The Tea Room at The Midland's Evening tea is available Thursday to Sunday from 17:30 until 19:30, and is priced at a very reasonable £35 per head.

Friday 13th April 2018


Spinningfields celeb haunt Neighbourhood has reopened following their temporary closure on the back of an attack at the venue.  A set of conditions, many of which will make life hard for such a venue, have been placed on the reissue of their licence though.  These include them being unable to serve drinks in glassware between certain hours, along with a weapon scanner on entry, and the compulsory presentation of ID between certain hours.

Wednesday 11th April 2018
The French Restaurant Manchester

French Friday Feeling

For the next four Fridays, the French will be offering their four and six course menu in the evening, alongside their regular offering of the nine course menu.

They open at 5pm, through to 9.30pm and the four course menu is ideal for those going to the theatre later on, or who would prefer a shorter dining experience. [more info]

The Anthologist

Drake and Morgan are growing their Manchester portfolio via the launch of their Anthologist brand, in the ground floor of the One St Peter's Square building, facing Central Library.  We can expect to see cocktails, wine, and an eclectic food offering, all wrapped up in a nice décor package.  The St Peter's Square area is certainly blossoming at the moment..

Deansgate Patisserie

Didsbury patissiers Bisous Bisous are launching at the end of April on Deansgate, right next door to everybody's favourite mass produced high street patisserie; Patisserie Valerie.  Backed by the team behind the NQ's 63 Degrees restaurant, the Didsbury outlet has been winning fans for a while now, so it's a welcome addition to the city centre, although probably not by their next door neighbour.

Monday 9th April 2018
Second Floor Brasserie Harvey Nichols Manchester

Second Floor Spring Menu

Get ready for your taste buds to be tantalised with spring’s new offering of fresh, seasonal dishes for all-day dining at the Second Floor Brasserie.

To start, make the toss-up between kubaneh bread with spiced tomato and olive oil dip, Cumbrae Scottish oysters with dill pearls or a helping of soy-braised beef and spring onion doughnuts with an orange barbecue sauce.

For the main event indulge in traditional, succulent steak cuts and burgers; vegetarian dishes such as chickpea and paneer masala, a spring mezze with pea hummus, crispy spring onions and falafel or delve into a Malaysian Rojack salad.

But don’t stop there. Be sure to leave on a sweet note with one of our mouth-watering puddings, whether it be the apple and cinnamon strudel, cheese fondue or their delicious selection of miniature desserts. You’ll be going back for more, we can assure you. [more info]

Wednesday 4th April 2018
Princess Street Hotel Manchester

Refurb Fit For A Princess

The Princess St Hotel is set to undergo a full refurbishment, encompassing its hotel's 140 bedrooms, meeting rooms, events spaces and restaurant/bar. 

The property, purchased in 2013, will see a near £2m investment which will convert it into an exclusive boutique style hotel, which is described by the owners as offering 'a more intimate service environment'. [more info]

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