Albert Matthews Butchers – Bury

Writing this blog, there are many people I come across, working in all walks of the food sector. There are charming front of house staff, knowledgeable bar specialists and creative chefs – but there’s nothing that impresses and excites me more, than someone with passion. Finding a passionate individual or company is what reminds me why I love food. Luckily…

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This & That – Northern Quarter, Manchester

Back alleys – (before I go any further, please get your mind out of the gutter) – public toilets/pigeon breeding grounds/areas you generally wish to avoid unless you are a pigeon/nefarious character. However, Soap Street in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter, is very definitely a back alley, but very definitely one you don’t want to avoid.…

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I am Pho – Chinatown, Manchester

It’s long been believed that there’s restorative properties in chicken soup; indeed it’s true, recent scientific research has validated what mothers have known for centuries. Whenever I’m cold, fluey or just a bit run down, the first thing I want to pick me up is a hot, steaming bowl of stock, with soft meat and crisp veg…

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Umezushi – Manchester

Umezushi, Manchester’s newest sushi restaurant, has been on my radar for a while after hearing pleasing murmurs from a variety of sources. I’m a Japanese food lover and Manchester’s a little thin on the ground for great places to eat this type of food (Yuzu excepted), so as you can expect I went with my…

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Almost Famous Burgers – Secret Location, Northern Quarter, Manchester

There’s a lot for me not to like about Almost Famous Burgers – the fact that there’s no reservations (I’m lazy and hate queues), you have to be on Twitter to know where it is, they have a statement saying no bloggers , they don’t let you take photos (not like this is all a clever…

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Home Sweet Home – Northern Quarter, Manchester

With a name like Home Sweet Home, any outlet will really conjure up certain connotations and expectations; a new(ish) eatery with this very moniker, on Edge Street in Manchester’s ‘artistic’ (read hip, bohemian, twee and overpriced for this statement) Northern Quarter, certainly lives up to this expectation. A hodge podge of random chairs and tables are…

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Burt’s Blue Cheese – Altrincham, Cheshire

It’s British Cheese Week; the time of year which fromageophiles such as myself use as an excuse to stock up on the good stuff, retreat indoors and only emerge after the last gooey globlet has been wiped out of the fondue. So taking a break from the annual face stuffing, I’m resting my mandibles and…

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Bolton Market

Foodies have long heralded the farmers’ market; fair trade jute bag in hand, chatting to the suppliers over ears of freshly harvested corn and handmade gluten free cupcakes. However we need to remember that the raise of the farmers’ market is not just a modern phenomenon, but an extension of the traditional market that has…

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BBQ Handmade Noodle King – Manchester

Fancying a cheap bite to eat before the cinema I dragged the boy into Handmade Noodle King on Faulkner Street in Manchester’s China Town earlier this week. Having been a big buzz on twitter and blogger lately, plus wanting to break the chain of eating in our usual haunts; I was eager to try these…

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