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Teacup – Manchester

Teacup has been serving vegetarian fare, cakes and coffee to the trendy young hipsters/hungover heads of Manchester’s northern quarter for the last couple of years. Originally called Cup (against the wall) it was not only a tea and cake emporium, but was a place to pick up select vintage china, LPs, Mr Scruff-obilia and funky t-shirts…

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Simply Yu and You – Horwich

Gordon Ramsey – a shouty, crinkly faced, telly-monger and not someone I usually consult for anything other than how not to speak to other people. However female solicitor is a fan of some really trash telly and mentioned that Mr Ramsey had recently bestowed Yu and You Ribble with the title of ‘Best Chinese Restaurant,’ therefore…

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The Northern Quarter Restaurant – Manchester

Ladies who lunch – this title has never applied to me before; however with a reunion of old school friends on the books and a need to fill our bellies elegantly, but without the usual ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ price tag, we popped in to The Northern Quarter Restaurant for the Sunday Lunch menu. The Northern Quarter…

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The Cartford Inn – Little Eccleston, Nr Preston

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like to be lied to. I know, it’s an old prejudice that I just can’t get over, but I especially hate it when there is no need to be lied to. Arriving at The Cartford Inn on a Friday night we had expected a long wait for a table…

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Izakaya Samsi – Manchester

Not matter what many people tell you cheap is most often not cheerful. I am highly suspicious of things I think are too good to be true. So imagine my surprise in enjoying a very cheap meal in the basement of one of Manchester’s premier Japanese restaurants. Izakaya Samsi is the newest addition in the rapidly…

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Charango – Chorlton, Manchester

Having spent many years practicing eating, I have been largely been disappointed by every South American restaurant I have ever eaten in; so much so that I have stopped eating in them. Largely this is due to fried everything, substandard steak and the belief that smoked paprika and harsh chili are the only flavourings found…

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The Home Farm Shop – Bispham Green, Nr Wigan

The Home Farm Shop is a farm shop on steroids. Owned by Ainscoughs, the Parbold family that have been farming the area for the last 200 years and who have built up a ‘group of select, pubs, hotels and restuarants’ throughout the North West, the shop sells their organic and high welfare produce; plus a delicious selection of…

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The Eagle and Child – Bispham Green, Nr Wigan

Sometimes you have a longing for a proper pub; a pub with dark wood, flagged floors, proper ale on tap and a log fire (ok, the fire was off as it was a hot day, but you’re getting the picture). The only thing about a ‘proper pub’ is that you run a gauntlet with the…

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