Artisan – Manchester

I am unashamedly middle class. I’m not going to make excuses for my up-bringing, values and identity. I’m not going to pretend anymore, or make a mockery of where I fall in society – yes I worry about minor infringements of manners and I really like aspirational magazine; there’s nothing wrong with being in the middle…

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Yo! Sushi – Trafford Centre, Manchester

I have a dirty secret, a secret I probably shouldn’t share on a food blog, a blog that’s here to educate gastronomically and to highlight the best of our region has to offer – I’m in love with Yo! Sushi.  Food on a belt! I know it’s a chain, that the selection of fish stretches to…

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Cicchetti – Manchester

Unlike swathes of my friends, peers and fellow mancunions, I had yet to have eaten at Cicchetti, the latest (though not that new now! Get with the times etc! – ed) offering from the San Carlo group. Part laziness, part skintness and part ‘every-time-I-go-in-the-service-is-appalling-and-I-leave-before-I’m-seated-ness’, has kept me away. Till now. Because we were very hungry and mother…

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Neighbourhood – Manchester

Neighbourhood has been on my ‘to visit’ list for some time now, securing a place through good reviews and some shameless self-promotion (restaurants, please do not retweet every tweet people make about hanging out with you, thanks); but each time I have ventured near, the overspill of leopard print, shiny suits and false nails pushes…

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3TwentyOne – Deansgate, Manchester

Oh my god; MEAT and BOOZE and MEAT and SMOKE and AMERICA and DID I MENTION MEAT – let’s get excited and all love THE IN THING RIGHT NOW. It seems a week doesn’t go by without a burger bar/street food stall/festival/restaurant/supermarket/supper club/excuse for a PR agency in Manchester popping up or jumping on the…

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The Cornerhouse – Manchester

There are two surprises in life – those hideously awful ones where you wake up from your little rose tinted bubble to realise the things you thought have been disastrously wrong. And then those lovely simple ones that take your breath away. Luckily the meal at The Cornerhouse was of the latter variety – life…

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Ten @ The Violet Lounge – West Didsbury, Manchester

Seasonality and locality are BIG THINGS right now; we’re encouraged from many sides to pop down to the local  greengrocer and forego air-freighted beans wrapped in 72 layers of polythene and I think that’s all good (just don’t ask me about my tomatoes…). Sensing a trend, many restaurants have jumped on the seasonal/local bandwagon and started…

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