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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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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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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Glam Slam

(Prince) It was a Wednesday evening, I was on my own in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a good twenty minute walk to Chinatown, and I fancied some Chinese food. Rather than venture through the city I decided to try ‘Glamorous’ on the Oldham Road, about two minutes from Ancoats. Well the introduction is far from glamorous, […]

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Goodnight Saigon

(Billy Joel) Manchester seems to be developing a new ‘Chinatown’, outside the City Centre on Oldham Road, near the massive ‘Wing Yip’ oriental cash & carry. In the past I’ve visited (and really must review) ‘Glamorous’ – which is actually above ‘Wing Yip’ – and ‘I am Pho’ in Manchester’s ‘proper’ Chinatown. There’s also Vnam, a […]

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Piggies

(The Beatles) I’ve walked past ‘The Blue Pig’ on High Street, Manchester, a hundred times. It’s on the road down from the Holiday Inn Express to the Arndale, opposite the ‘Oklahoma’ health food cafe/gift shop. I’d called in to the Blue Pig for a drink when they first opened, but didn’t try the food – […]

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Peaches

(The Stranglers) Let me say from the outset… I’m wary of buffet restaurants, and I don’t do carverys. Manchester has a couple of very well known buffet restaurants that I have thus far managed to avoid, and while I’ve tried a couple of buffets in Manchester’s Chinatown, neither was noteworthy, and both left me suffering […]

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Cellar of Dreams

(The Silencers) Back in 2008, when I started exploring the ‘blogosphere’ I stumbled across an America beer website – “The Brewclub” – and offered my services as a British/European beer correspondent. I enjoy beer, have a reasonable palate and consider myself to be a competent writer. Heck I even joined the British Guild of Beer […]

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Tequila

(The Champs) Occasionally, very occasionally,  you receive invites that seem too good be true, this week was a case in point. Late last year I spent an interesting and informative evening in the company of ‘The Liquorists’ a team of guys who train bar-tenders and ‘mixologists’ in the subtleties and nuances of alcoholic drinks. This […]

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