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Malmaison Brasserie (March 2005)

Malmaison Brasserie (March 2005)

Millions of pounds have been spent in a bid to make the Piccadilly area more attractive to visitors. But to be frank, it's still a bit rackety and very much in need of decent places to eat and drink. One exception to the rule is the fine food and wine to be had at the Malmaison B...Read This Article

Manchester's Most Romantic Restaurants (March 2005)

Manchester's Most Romantic Restaurants (March 2005)

Spring is in the air and, if you're lucky, so is romance. Being brutally honest, Manchester is not exactly up there with Paris or Venice in the amorously-inclined eating stakes. But things are improving fast and the city is full of places which make for a nice cosy evening out a...Read This Article

Family-Friendly Restaurants In Manchester (January 2005)

Family-Friendly Restaurants In Manchester (January 2005)

Family-friendly restaurants fall roughly into two categories. The first, usually to be found out in the suburbs, is to be avoided at all costs. Some big brewery bright spark will have thought up a "concept" for bringing in more punters which usually includes lots of chalk and chi...Read This Article

Opus One (November 2004)

Opus One (November 2004)

Manchester's newest hotel, the Radisson Edwardian, has brought five-star contemporary luxury to the city centre on a site that was once the Free Trade Hall. Already it's bagged Cheshire Life's Best Manchester Hotel Award 2004/2005 but the Radisson is more than just a hotel - in O...Read This Article

Where To Eat In Salford Quays (November 2004)

Where To Eat In Salford Quays (November 2004)

Salford Quays is an amazing example of urban regeneration -- just over 20 years ago this was unlovely and very derelict dockland. Now, this rapidly expanding area looks like a bit of modern America that somehow ended up on the banks of the River Irwell. The first low-rise "yuppie...Read This Article

Manchester Food & Drink Festival (September 2004)

Manchester Food & Drink Festival (September 2004)

Not so long ago the idea of a food and drink extravaganza in Manchester would have been greeted with hoots of derision. Yet only five years or so since it started in fairly modest fashion, the Manchester Food & Drink Festival is an eagerly awaited annual event. This year, it's bi...Read This Article

Where To Dine In Style In Manchester (September 2004)

Where To Dine In Style In Manchester (September 2004)

September is now officially Heritage Open Day month. Across the country, thousands of buildings are opened to the public. Churches, public buildings, open spaces, they are all part of a trend which has seen more people than ever latching on to the fact that history can be fun. In...Read This Article

Wings (July 2004)

Wings (July 2004)

It takes some courage to open a new Chinese restaurant in the heart of Manchester. The city already has dozens of decent and one or two superlative places to go, catering for all kinds of budgets and appetites. Newly opened Wings, housed in what used to be The Lincoln, is thus ...Read This Article

Where To Eat In Withington (July 2004)

Where To Eat In Withington (July 2004)

Whereas soaring property prices and new bars and restaurants have made the East and West parts of the Didsbury equation beyond the reach of all but the very well-off, Withington still has a slightly shabby edge which gives it a less aspirational air. This may still be one of the...Read This Article

Evuna (May 2004)

Evuna (May 2004)

This singularly upmarket wine shop/deli and restaurant, is the latest addition to a part of Manchester that's rapidly becoming VERY Spanish in ambience. Opposite its recently opened Deansgate premises is the Instituto Cervantes, where you can imbibe Iberian culture of all kinds f...Read This Article

In Search Of The Perfect Pizza (May 2004)

In Search Of The Perfect Pizza (May 2004)

Pizza Express is launching what's billed as the biggest change to its menus since the much-loved national chain first got going in 1965. Apparently, it's because customers are being tempted away by their newer, flashier rivals and worried restaurant bosses are now extending the r...Read This Article

The Other Rusholme (April 2004)

The Other Rusholme (April 2004)

In the past 10 years, Manchester has changed almost beyond recognition. Take Rusholme. The lure of the 'curry mile' was frankly the only reason for dropping in to an inner-city area otherwise pretty much down-at-heel and often verging on the dodgy. Nowadays, whilst Asian restaura...Read This Article

Buffet Restaurants (April 2004)

Buffet Restaurants (April 2004)

Buffet restaurants are big news in Manchester -- in more ways than one. Offering gut-busting possibilities for only a handful of pounds, they should be strictly off-limits for slimmers. But for skinny students, and the hard up in need of a treat, the good news is that they are gr...Read This Article

Red Chilli (March 2004)

Red Chilli (March 2004)

As names of restaurants go, it's not exactly the most innovative. But happily the same cannot be said of the exciting menu which is now on offer at Chinatown's newest arrival. Red Chilli stands on Portland Street, just on the cusp of the Chinese quarter, on a site which for many ...Read This Article

A Taste For Tapas (March 2004)

A Taste For Tapas (March 2004)

Tapas have become almost as commonplace in UK pubs and eateries as steak and chips and chicken tikka masala. And sorry, but most of the sad snacks offered in the name of this uniquely Spanish phenomenon are not even 'tapas' at all. Many are over-priced, over-portioned and bear no...Read This Article

What's Happening In Hale (Febuary 2004)

What's Happening In Hale (Febuary 2004)

Hale, tucked away behind the brasher delights of Altrincham town centre, has managed to retain its 'village' identity without becoming twee or losing its very individual style. One of its most famous lunchtime landmarks, the Bleeding Wolf pub, is sadly no more. Secure fencing now...Read This Article

The Bridge (Febuary 2004)

The Bridge (Febuary 2004)

The Bridge, an exciting new addition to the Manchester restaurant scene, used to be the Bridge Street Tavern. It was a cheap and cheerful sort of place where you could get food along the lines of chips, a Cumberland sausage butty, and baked potato with chilli con carne to accompa...Read This Article

Atkins-Friendly Manchester (January 2004)

Atkins-Friendly Manchester (January 2004)

Do not listen to those who dismiss low-carb diets as fads that fail. If you want to shed some unwanted pounds in the New Year, banning the bread and purging on the pasta is a great way to regain your svelte figure for the sunny months to come. In the long-term, of course, no one...Read This Article

Manchester's Rosette Winners (December 2003)

Manchester's Rosette Winners (December 2003)

There are lots of benchmarks for what makes a decent restaurant. Most famed is the Michelin guide but its remit is so small that very few British restaurants make it onto the list. Not so the AA Rosette system of sorting out the culinary wheat from the chaff. Thorough, fair, and ...Read This Article

The Olive Press (December 2003)

The Olive Press (December 2003)

You have to hand it to celebrity chef Paul Heathcote -- despite extraordinary success, he certainly is not a lad for sitting on his laurels. Not content with having one of the most prestigious restaurants in the northwest at Longridge -- and the Simply Heathcotes empire in Leeds,...Read This Article

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