Damson is a neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Heaton Moor serving modern European cuisine. The cooking has won praise from critics over the last three years, winning, among other awards, Cheshire Life Restaurant of the Year Award 2011. Owned by the inimitable Steve Pilling (formerly of Sam's Chop House and the Midland) and chef-partner Simon Stanley, the brief, bold menu could include the likes of tartare of mackerel, seared scallop and cherry tomato essence or parfait of foie gras and chicken livers with stem ginger brioche to start, followed by beef bavette or slow cooked rump of lamb. Strawberry pavlova with basil and mint strawberries, strawberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream is a typically tweaked classic for dessert. There are set, a la carte and tasting menus, including a deluxe vegetarian option (£39-£46). Pilling is a wine buff and his list reflects a genuine passion for the good stuff. If you fancy something with guts and flavour go all out with a £10 glass of Valenciso Rioja Reserva, which is the only Rioja served by the glass in El Bulli. Fine rose wines include the Cape Coral Rose Mourvedre while French fancies include Melon De Bourgogne and a clutch of Pouilly Fumes.