Cooper

(Roxette) There’s no disputing that Manchester is a ‘happening’ city, bars and restaurants open – and close – with dazzling frequency. Dozens of venues have opened and closed since I left Manchester in mid 2014. Cooper Hall is a prime example, occupying the site of the former Copacabana on Dale Street in the Norther Quarter. […]

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Smoke

(Natalie Imbruglia)  – The Manchester Smokehouse and Cellar I’ve recently started to get back into smoked food and barbecues, my late wife didn’t really enjoy barbecues and so last year I sold all my kit. Since her passing I’ve decided to get back into it, and recently ordered a high end barbecue and smoker. So, […]

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Manchester

(Beautiful South) Thoughts on leaving Manchester. I’ve now (successfully) completed my project in Manchester; the client’s signed it off as complete and is happy. As a contractor, I guess that’s as good as it gets. Now, after spending four days a week for two and a quarter years in the world’s first industrial city, I […]

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Walking Cane

(Robert Earl Keen) Cane and Grain – NQ Manchester Cane and Grain is yet another rib restaurant to open in Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter. It occupies the site of the former ‘Thomas’ restaurant which, I confess, I never tried. It occupies three floors of what is a pretty unimposing building on Thomas Street, which is […]

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Get That Dough

(Lil Wayne) Dough – NQ Manchester Dough is another restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, sitting at the junction of High Street and Thomas Street, across from Hunter’s on High Street and ‘Bluu’ on Thomas Street. Being West of High Street puts it on the edge of the Northern Quarter, with only a few bars further […]

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Love Shack

(The B52’s) Viet Shack – Arndale Markeet, Manchester One of the unexpected delights of spending the last two years working in central Manchester has been lunchtimes in the food court in the markets in the Arndale Centre. I don’t mean the ‘Food Court’, which is a nightmare of fast food chains and ‘mall rat’ teenagers, […]

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Northern Lights

(Renaissance) TNQ – NQ Manchester TNQ is another one of those restaurants that I have walked past hundreds of times, but never actually bothered trying, until now. Nestling, as it does, between the ‘Sweet Mandarin’ Chinese restaurant and ‘Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn’ their menu has always looked a little, well, traditional, or to put […]

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Red

(Taylor Swift) Red’s True Barbecue – Albert Square, Manchester When I were a lad, burgers were Wimpy, in every sense of the word. A recent article on TV news suggested that the British burger chain is hoping for a renaissance, but my memory of Wimpy burgers are that they were like the basic 99p McDonalds […]

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My Street

(Kurt Nilsen) Sometimes things just happen, call it ‘serendipity’. I’d been travelling up Manchester on a weekly basis for over two years, taking the nine o’clock Virgin train from London Euston and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly just after eleven.   A major refurbishment of Manchester’s Victoria Station (Making Victoria Posh) has meant no effective tram […]

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Austerity

(Human League) Baekdu – Shudehill, Manchester I confess, I’m not familiar with Korean food, my only previous experience being a dinner in a Korean Restaurant in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong back in 1999. But a recent episode of ‘The Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure‘  decided me that I should give the cuisine a try. Since I […]

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