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We road test Lowry Hotel’s £15.95 for three courses – a great winter tonic

We road test Lowry Hotel’s £15.95 for three courses – a great winter tonic

TWO delightfully rich parfaits bookended one of the best January/February bargain deals around – three courses for £15.95 in the Lowry Hotel’s River Restaurant. The starter parfait featured chicken liver blitzed into smoothness, the oblong ...

16 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

An ale for every taste – countdown to Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

An ale for every taste – countdown to Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

WE’VE previewed the Cider bit of Manchester Beer and Cider Festival. Now in the countdown to the city biggest Camoaign for Real Ale bash of the year it’s time to focus on the Beer. Actually ...

16 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

Grub Winter Beer Fest at the Fairfield Social Club

Grub Winter Beer Fest at the Fairfield Social Club

IF you fancy joining the fun at this weekend’s GRUB Winter Beer Fest (Jan 19-21) don’t dally. There are a handful of weekend tickets and a chunk of Sunday places remaining. Book here. We think ...

15 January 2018

A first look at Grape to Grain and a glimpse of Ramsbottom’s foodie riches

A first look at Grape to Grain and a glimpse of Ramsbottom’s foodie riches

WOULD that every Lancashire mill town had a small stretch of street accommodating a 1920s-retro ‘Vegan Restaurant and Cocktail Bar’, a cutting edge small batch coffee specialist, a bistro with obvious food guide ambitions and ...

15 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

Vive L’Epicerie Ludo and its fascinating foodie expansion

Vive L’Epicerie Ludo and its fascinating foodie expansion

CHORLTON is a dream for foodies. No area of Manchester can match its range of shops to stock up at. From Uncorn’s wholefood, organic veg and vegan cornucopia to carnivore-central WH Frost Butchers; from Out ...

12 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

Ciao to summer foodie fun as Festa Italiana names July dates

Ciao to summer foodie fun as Festa Italiana names July dates

IF the Christmas markets mean winter, mediocre Gluhwein and festive Kitsch then the Festa Italiana is all about summer, gelato, proper vino and la Dolce Vita in the sun (fingers crossed). ToM suddenly started thinking ...

11 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

It’s a Casino winner – grab a New Year bargain menu at James Martin

It’s a Casino winner – grab a New Year bargain menu at James Martin

OF all the special start the year dining deals ToM compiled the one that stood out was James Martin’s, so we couldn’t resist road-testing it. The Casino 235-based restaurant’s standard five course tasting menu offer ...

11 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

DOES AMMA’S CANTEEN IN CHORLTON DO THE BEST DOSA IN TOWN?

DOES AMMA’S CANTEEN IN CHORLTON DO THE BEST DOSA IN TOWN?

DEFINITELY. On a first visit to the South India restaurant opposite Southern Cemetery we chickened out of their signature version filled with spinach and red kidney beans because I have an aversion to the latter. ...

10 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

Rosy scenario for cider lovers at this year’s major CAMRA beer festival

Rosy scenario for cider lovers at this year’s major CAMRA beer festival

HOT on the heels of the third Manchester Beer Week naming its summer dates, giving ToM a thirst all of a sudden, comes the lowdown on the ‘second string’ tipple at the Manchester Beer and ...

8 January 2018 by Neil Sowerby

VEGANUARY UPDATE – Harvey Nicks is going plant-based

VEGANUARY UPDATE – Harvey Nicks is going plant-based

EVEN Harvey Nichols doesn’t want to be left out of the great Veganuary push. Its Second Floor Brasserie and Bar has launched it first vegan menu, created using seasonal plant-based ingredients. And there was ToM ...

8 January 2018

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