Situated in the Lune Valley between Lancaster and the picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, the historic Fenwick Arms has recently been renovated and extended to include nine new guest rooms. Having visited three of the seven Seafood Pub Co venues — the Oyster and Otter, The Assheton Arms and the Farmers Arms — I was keen to see just how the Fenwick Arms had been transformed since the new rooms were added. Read full post
Recently The Lowry changed hands in a multi-million pound deal between Rocco Forte and the Westmont Hospitality Group. Since then, The Lowry has undergone a bit of a revamp although the main dining room remains the same. However, black and white photos of Mancunian greats like Johnny Marr and Sean Ryder now adorn the walls at reception and along the corridors and there is a noticeable exuberance about the place.
Considering the explosion of new restaurants and dining trends that Manchester has encountered of late, we wondered what the new executive chef Andrew Green had in store for The River Restaurant. There is now more emphasis on fine dining using locally sourced raw ingredients, as the grill takes a back seat.
With the cost of living rising and budgets becoming tighter each year, you might presume that holidays are less of a priority. However, British households are still keen to get a break away from it all, while saving money at the same time. As a result, the popularity of the ‘staycation’ is rising. A recent survey by Admiral Insurance found that half of all households will cut other spending in order to afford a holiday, and ATS Euromaster studies discovered that 72% of us will stay at home rather than heading overseas. The team over at VoucherBin came up with this piece exploring key trends in the hotel sector. Read full post
Tomas Maunier is a Brazilian brought up in Argentina and now living in Leeds. He originally relocated to the UK with his wife who was studying for a master’s degree in Bradford and Tomas now heads up the Fazenda group, a Rodizio Bar and Grill with continuous tableside service from traditional Passadores. Fazenda now has restaurants in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds and with plans to expand further into the North of England it seems the UK’s passion for meat is unstoppable. In light of this we just had to have a one-to-one with Tomas. What makes him tick? And is Argentinian beef really the best?
September 2015 saw Bella Italia launch a brand new menu and a brand new look. Their venues up and down the country are getting a fab new makeover featuring bold Mediterranean colours, cosy booths and quirky Italian styling including Vespas and gelato carts where you can create your own dessert. My girlfriend and I were kindly invited to go down and try it out as part of their #BellasBigFreeDinner campaign. Upon arriving at their Church Street restaurant in Blackpool we approached the counter and were greeted with a friendly smile and shown quickly to our seats. Read full post
Paul Askew has a lot to smile about. Recently his new Liverpool restaurant The Art School celebrated its first birthday and he has already bagged two AA Rosettes! So with a new autumn menu just about to launch, we wondered what he thought about Northern gastronomy, Michelin stardom and being touted as the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ of the cheffing world.
They’ve been bubbling along, just skimming under the surface of our consciousness for a little while now and slowly we’ve all become accustomed to the wacky New York-based idea that is the single-concept restaurant: a joint specialising in one thing. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but they’re definitely a draw. We’ve picked out some of the best.