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Thursday 15th 2018


Iconic industry figure, and former 3-star big hitter Marco Pierre White, has penned a deal to launch a dining room within Velvet on Canal St.  Mr White's English Chophouse is set to launch in Summer.  We heard a rumour of him launching in the city several months ago, with the rumoured location being the upcoming Hotel Indigo, which made sense since other outlets of the hotel chain play host to MPW steakhouses, but its seems that part of the rumour was a little off target.

Paddy’s Pancakes

It’s not all Guinness and Whiskey As 19 CafeBar has created a special pancake stack to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March. Honoring the green, white and orange of the Irish Flag the delicious stack of  homemade American style Pancakes will be served with green mint ice cream, orange and green chocolate M&Ms and cream and topped off with a trued ode to the Emerald Isle - Lucky Charms!.

Wednesday 14th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Bakerie

Bakerie in Administration

It brings us great sadness to report that RBW Leisure, the company behind much loved Bakerie and Pie and Ale NQ venues, has sadly gone into administration.

This has led to both outlets being closed, and all 33 members of staff being made redundant with immediate effect. 

Assets are being marketed for sale by Sanderson Weatherall LLP.  We wish everybody connected to Bakerie, all the best for the future.

Moon Landing

'Space-aged Asian' restaurant The Rabbit in The Moon, located in the Urbis, is set to reopen this month, featuring a stripped back, more visually and technically impressive menu.  Michael O'Hare himself is also planning on being the resident full time Head Chef following relaunch.

Tuesday 13th March 2018

Free Fiska

Friska, is celebrating opening this week on Set Peter’s Square with two massive free food giveaways. The site will be giving away 100 free lunches on Wednesday (14 March) from 12pm and 100 free breakfasts on Friday morning (16 March) from 8am after its launch party on Thursday night (15 March).

Monday 12th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Bakerie


One of our city centre favourites Bakerie has put up signs advising customers that both its main venture, as well as Pie and Ale, are both closed due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Little is currently known about the reasons behind this, but we have our fingers crossed that all is well, and that the doors will open again before long. [more info]

Chain Reaction

There's been quite a stir over the weekend, with a few high street names being involved in a scandal involving underpaying workers.  TGI Fridays and Wagamama name been named, as well as the Marriott hotel chain.  This comes on the back of Wagamama threatening disciplinary action against staff who are off sick, over the Christmas period.  All too many hospitality environments forget that HR departments exist in kitchens, as well as in offices, these days.

Thursday 8th March 2018
Cafe Football - Hotel Football

Away Day & Dine

Hotel Football and Cafe Football Old Trafford are offering an unmissable stay and dine package, exclusively for direct bookings on selected dates.

The all inclusive deal allows guests to experience the best of what Hotel Football and Cafe Football has to offer, with an overnight stay in a contemporary king room, a three course dinner for two Cafe Football Old Trafford on the night of arrival, and full English breakfast for two before checking out. 

Looking for a family get away then treat the family to an unforgettable Hotel Football away day this Easter, in one of their new 'Squad Rooms'.

The Squad Rooms, which are specifically tailored for families, can sleep four guests, with a double bed and pullout sofa bed for two children (under 13). [more info]

Friska Launch

Hot on the heels of our announcement that they are opening in St Peter’s Square, we can now confirm that Friska will open in the Two St Peter's Square building, on Monday 12th March.  Their EPOS systems were installed yesterday, and staffs are currently being trained.

Wednesday 7th March 2018
River Restaurant Manchester
Traditonal Twists

The well regarded River Restaurant in the 5 star Lowry Hotel has launched a stunning new menu, with an emphasis on iconic dishes, using only the finest local produce.

In a culinary world currently dominated by small plate dining, Chef Andrew Green has created a confident and well balanced new selection of dishes, featuring indulgent produce in a series of classical British offerings.  Andrew told us 'We've adopted a traditional approach for the new menu, with a series of modern twists, where diners can enjoy refined cooking in an enjoyable and informal setting'. We were invited down to take a closer look.

Stand out dishes were the sumptuous Beef Wellington; bronze puff pastry, outside perfectly cooked beef fillet, wrapped in mushroom duxelles and Parma ham, to keep that pastry super crisp.  A timeless classic, and for good reason.  To finish was the outstanding treacle pudding; steamed for an hour, and always freshly made to order, delivering perfect texture and well-balanced notes of ginger to add that promised modern twist, all accompanied by some textbook custard which brought the whole dish together in comforting fashion.

So, it's a great new menu and direction, striking that all importance balance of 5* luxury, quality produce to create timeless dishes in a stunning setting, delivered in a friendly and accessible style.  And besides, why have small plates when you can have full sized ones?  [more info]

Criminal Catering

HMP Styal's prisoner staffed 'The Clink' restaurant is branching out into the city centre, in the form of The Clink Café.  The prisoner rehabilitating charity, which gives inmates and the homeless the chance to pick up catering and hospitality skills, will branch out beyond prison walls and will be situated in Canada House on Chepstow Street.

Ramada Revolution

The Ramada hotel in Piccadilly Gardens, has long been seen as a total eyesore.  That could soon change, as today, the city council is set to approve its demolition, in a project which would see it be replaced with a luxury development, including a hotel, apartments and restaurants.  Perhaps James can throw another free gig on the roof to mark the farewell, just for old time's sake?

Asha's Manchester
Asha's Award

City centre Indian upper end dining venue Asha's, has scooped the prestigious 'Best Casual Dining of the Year' accolade, at the annual Asian Catering Federation awards. 

Based on our own experiences of Asha's, this comes as little surprise, as they continue to serve up some of the most refined Indian cooking in the region, as highlighted via their inclusion in our top 10 best restaurants in Manchester. [more info]

Monday 6th March 2018
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester
Get Sham-Rocked!

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will be running a full weeks’ worth of Irish themed fun including live music, whiskey tasting, half priced St. Paddy’s Burgers and more to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

The St. Paddy’s Burger is a mouth-watering Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger available from Monday 12 March 2018 – Sunday 18 March 2018 as a rockin’ tribute to the Irish national holiday. 

Don’t miss the St Paddy’s Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger made with a Hard Rock signature burger patty, topped with Jameson bacon jam and succulent Guinness cheese sauce, served on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and a side of Hard Rock fries.  [more info]

Wood-Chester are United

Simon Wood of Wood Manchester fame has announced that his restaurant empire will expand to Chester, under the name of 'Wood Chester', housed in the Indigo chain of boutique hotels.  Rumours were flying about recently that Wood had taken on food operations at the upcoming Indigo Hotel in Manchester, near Victoria station, but that was possibly a case of crossed wires.  We have it on good authority that this operation could well end up being a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.

Monday 5th March 2018

American all day dining favourite Denny's is set to launch in Manchester as part of a nationwide rollout, following a successful water-testing venture in Cardiff last year.  With plenty of USP's and am emphasis on American style service, we suspect that Denny's will be a hit, despite the current tough trading conditions in the casual high street food market.


The relatively long standing city centre Greek restaurant Rozafa has announced that it will shortly be closing its doors for good.  The closure has  been blamed on the landlord not extending the lease.  Hopefully the substantial unit won't be empty for as long as it was before Rozafa landed.

Prezzo Manchester

Following the recently announced branch closures of Prezzo, we can reveal that the only Manchester branch which will be affected is the one on Deansgate.  Ah well; The Printworks branch is only a 3 minute walk away.  That in itself won't have helped, in fairness.

Friday 2nd March 2018
Kickstarter Dough

City centre Sourdough kings Pollen Bakery have launched a Kickstarter, as part of their planned move over to Ancoats later in the year. The investment reward options may include some clues over what they have planned for the new venture.  Options include a coffee and a cake, so perhaps there will be a new café type area?  More interestingly, they also offer bakery classes part of the Kickstarter options, so could such things be on the menu full time? Only time will tell.


The planned Ancoats based, high end, Nordic inspired restaurant Mana has taken more steps in the last couple of days, by having their kitchens designed, and recruiting 8 members of staff.  The venture is planning 2 kitchens, a research lab, and also a fermentation centre. Fermentation is big in Scandinavia, as the super-cold winters make it impossible for any plants or livestock to survive, so preservation techniques are crucial.  Maybe Mana saw the snow coming to Manchester too?.

Thursday 1st March 2018
King Usher

Alongside yesterday's reported Merseyside opening, Chef Gary Usher has revealed plans to launch on King St, in the city centre.  Kala Bistro looks set to grace the city centre with Usher's brand of high end brasserie cooking, in what's sure to be a hit in the city centre.  It was only a matter of time before this happened really.

100 Sites To Prezz-go

As reported as a strong possibility back in January, high street staple Prezzo are set to close 100 of their 300 nationwide site portfolio, including outlets of their Chimichanga brand, following a CVA being launched.  It's not yet known if any of the Manchester sites are affected, but with a few in a such a small proximity from each other, it seems highly likely that Manchester will take a hit in some form.

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