The last time such a thing happened, the council ordered them to close temporarily, and were only allowed to reopen following a series of strict security upgrades. It seems likely that a similar outcome will follow.
The restaurant has been closed since the beginning of January for the transformation which has been revealed for the first time today and just in time for Mother’s Day. The opening will be celebrated with a party for Albert’s customers and local residents to welcome them to the completely redesigned restaurant.
Thursday 14th March 2019
This year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival will take place from 26th September – 7th October with a jam-packed programme and a brand new outdoor location.
The iconic “Festival Hub” – the centrepiece of MFDF – will be staged for the first time at Cathedral Gardens creating an entirely new festival experience right in the heart of one of the city’s most picturesque public spaces.
The Festival Hub itself has traditionally taken place on Albert Square – starting out with those first few restaurants that dared take on the ‘pop up concept’ back in 2005 and growing into a chock-a-block food extravaganza that is known and loved by Mancunians and visitors up & down the land.
Now the Festival is using the building works taking place at the Town Hall as a chance to spread its wings and take over a new city centre space.
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Gennaro Contaldo Cooking
Festa Italiana has announced that Italian chef, TV star and award-winning author Gennaro Contaldo will star at this year’s Festival.
Italian cookery icon Gennaro will be performing a live cookery demo, Q and A and book signing at the Festa on Saturday 27th July at 3.00pm in the Festa Pavilion. The event will be free to attend.
Festa Italiana is the country’s biggest and best festival of Italian food, drink and culture, taking place in Manchester city centre’s Cathedral Gardens from the 26th – 28th July.
Tuesday 12th March 2019
Plannt 10 Course Tasting Menu
Recently opened FoodWell have leaped onto the restaurant scene at their new home of One New Bailey in Salford, promising to bring balance to City living. Open seven days a week, FoodWell has a rotating all day dining menu offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the addition of brunch and Sunday roast at the weekends focusing on food that fuels the mind, body and soul.
As prominent as their main menu is the ‘Plannt’ menu, their extensive Vegan menu headed up by highly decorated Matt Nutter formerly of Allotment restaurant in Stockport. Matt has brought his artistry and flair to FoodWell and taken their plant-based offering to the next level; his Celeriac Steak and Cauliflower Hot Wings have proved particularly popular items from their Plannt menu. Whether you have plant-based diet or not, Matt’s food is nothing short of spectacular.
As a celebration of the restaurant opening and launching their Plannt brand, FoodWell are hosting an ‘Evening of Plannt’ a 10-course tasting menu showcasing everything that is fantastic about Matt Nutter’s cooking and their approach to vegan dining.
On Friday 29th March, FoodWell will be turning completely vegan for one night only and putting all efforts in to this outstanding menu. For £65 a head you can enjoy dishes such as Baked Apple and Cardamom Infused Panacotta, Chilli Pistachio and Sesame Tuile; Chipotle Jerky, Cashew Camembert, Cashew Roquefort, Almond Feta, Chutney and Breads and `Baked Banana Cream Tart, Rotisserie Miso Pineapple and Rum Jelly. In addition to this you will also have the option of adding a vegan wine flight to accompany the menu for just £25. FoodWell’s entire cocktail menu is vegan too, all of which will be available to enjoy on the night.
For each meal bought, FoodWell have pledged to plant a tree in Tanzania through carbon free dining as part of an environmental initiative with the Green Earth Appeal.
Wednesday 07th March 2019
Great British Menu 2019
The line-ups have been released for the pending series of Great British Menu, and our very own Adam Reid will represent the North West.
In the regional heats, Adam will be up against Hrishikesh Desai from The Gilpin Hotel in the Lakes, along with Liam Simpson-Trotman from Orwells in Oxford, so the competition is very strong. [click here for more information]
Ancoats is blessed with good bakers, but our favourite ones, Trove, have today announced that they will be launching their first proper restaurant.
Erst will be launched at 9 Murray St on March 13th. Little is yet known about the menu etc, but you’d expect things to have a focus on baked goods.
The move won’t affect the Hotel Football branch, which as reported a few days ago, will soon be entering a partnership with the Marriott hotel group.
Cheshire Food Festival at back at Walton Gardens!
The popular food festival held at Walton Gardens is back this year, on for two days over the 13th & 14th of April.
The festival, is back this year bigger than ever, with over 50 traders, amazing street food and bars. AND the event is again free entry!
Taking place in the Easter school holidays, there promises to be a family friendly atmosphere with lots to see and do including a children’s entertainer, chef demos, live music on the band stand and the fantastic petting zoo, kids corner and crazy golf all being open.
There will be stalls selling all types of food, from Thai, to Traditional hog roast, something for all tastes. So take the family and friends, stock up on some tasty food and relax in the lovely surroundings of Walton Hall. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.
Friday 1st March 2019
Can You Handle The Heat?
BAB challenge Mancunians to eat chillis so hot that they’re not even available in the UK. This National Chilli Day, BAB in the Northern Quarter announced its first ever chilli-eating event, based on the YouTube hit show Hot Ones.
Inspired by the US show where Shaun Evans asks well-known celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay and Tommy Chong hot questions with even hotter wings - the team behind BAB is excited to announce the UK’s first Hot Ones event will be held at the NQ restaurant on Wednesday March 20th at 7pm.
Those brave enough to sign up will be asked to taste a number of plain skewers paired with extra hot sauces, specifically made for only the biggest lovers of spice. The restaurant will also be providing glasses of milk to help every participant get their mouths back to normal temperatures after the contest.
Participants will walk-away with their very own fact-sheet and badge of honour, forever proving that they have taken part in the hottest challenge Manchester has seen.
BAB’s Hot Ones event will showcase a lineup of 10 hot sauces that have appeared throughout the 8-seasons, including Da Bomb and The Last Dab. Their host, Frank Jay, from Chilli-Shop Leeds, will be showcasing chillies from all over the world, tried by celebrities on the popular YouTube show. Highlights will include Le Dab (containing Pepper X) which can’t be bought in the UK and is an exclusive sauce from the Hot Ones Youtube Show.
Tickets for those wishing to take part are £20 with limited availability. Each one includes 10 skewers - veggie and meat available, 10 hot sauces and a glass of milk. Spectator tickets are £5 per head and must be booked in advance. [click here for BAB & to Book]
Cottonopolis join forces with best-selling rum brand, Bacardi on Wednesday 6th March to bring a night of Cuban vibes and an exclusive five course menu.
For just £30 a head you can expect a quality, Cuban inspired menu of refined plates including Caribbean fish, meat and finishing off the evening with churros for dessert. As if that wasn’t enough to look forward to, a complimentary cocktail is to be expected upon arrival and a live DJ throughout the night, playing an authentic mix of Cuban rhythms
It may not be a hot beach or pool-side setting, but this night will put you in the Carribbean spirit and £5 Bacardi cocktails will be available throughout the evening. For those that love the brand or simply want to find out more, a Bacardi representative will also be on hand to chat all things rum!
Bacardi cocktails, snacks and specials will be available on the night too fo anyone who wants to drop by.
Three friends, and now three restaurants - Ramsbottom is the latest in Tre Ciccio’s line up of restaurants, now spreading across North and South Manchester. First came Altrincham, then Bramhall, each of which is barely a year old, and now the eagerly anticipated Ramsbottom. Set to open today, Friday 1st of March.
Stylish stripped-back brickwork and warm woods by PH Joinery combined with crisp white linen and sparkling glassware are Tre Ciccio’s trademarks, making for a real authentic Italian experience in the heart of Ramsbottom. Located on Market Square, and formerly home to award-winners Ramsons and, more recently, The Venetian Hideaway, a spacious yet cosy terrace makes for plenty of rendezvous in the sunshine come the summer months, and heats make this space accessible all year round. Boasting 60 covers outside alone, making up almost half the 140 total covers for the restaurant as a whole.
Back inside, designers Paul and Heather from Phaus – who have already worked on the Tre Ciccio brand and the design of the last two sites – have been pivotal in restoring and protecting beautiful features such as the original timber beams and brickwork and a unique fireplace on the first floor, which really adds character to the site.
Also adding character is the latest artwork from Chris The Cunning Craftsman; a brand-new mural commissioned especially for the Ramsbottom restaurant, featuring Tre Ciccio’s iconic cockerel alongside the names of each of the owners, and creating a focal point for diners.
If you weren’t already aware, the accurately named Tre Ciccio stems from the friendship of the three owners; James Gingell, Francesco Scafuri, and Ramsbottom resident Alan Richie. Colloquially translated from Neapolitan dialect, Tre Ciccio means “three chubby friends”, a title that the owners like to jest is well suited to themselves. Having met and worked together previously, the trio are determined to bring the passion, flavours and vibrancy of an Italian trattoria to Altrincham, Bramhall, Ramsbottom and beyond.
Amongst a list of delicious and classic dishes, the restaurant boasts of their unique offering of roast chicken and potatoes sitting alongside wood-fired pizza as their hero dishes. Choose the pizza and you’ll enjoy a light digestible crust baked in their specialist oven topped with their special pizza sauce and a variety of classic and gourmet toppings. They’re designed for picking up, with floppy, soft, light and easy to digest bases perfect for folding with your fingers and tucking into your mouth, the Neapolitan way.
Thursday 28th February 2019
Christian Coates’ new restaurant Foodwell in Salford’s One New Bailey - opens to the public on Friday 1st of March. This stylish new venue will surely appeal to those who look after themselves. From their delicious superfood dishes, organic wines and cocktails, the deli section, to the Yoga studio which transforms into a private dining area on weekend nights. Foodwell is just full of pleasant surprises.
The soft light, warm wood and palm trees create an inviting, relaxing and tropical atmosphere to be enjoyed after a Yoga session or during a business lunch or dinner with friends. With tables made of recycled materials and decorative bricks found by Christian during his trip to Cornwall, the interior is consistent with the organic concept of the restaurant, whilst remaining stylish at the same time.
The lunch menu offers a selection of small and large plates, nourishing bowls with optional protein toppings, along with and delicious side dishes such as Halloumi Fries or Seasonal Togarashi Vegetables. The dishes are fresh, light and full of goodness to ensure that you’ll get all of your five a day. Vegans will be delighted to know that highly regarded chef Matthew Nutter has put together a vegan menu especially for them, although dishes such as Courgette Scallops or Cauliflower Shawarma, are likely to become popular amongst meat eaters as well.
So, if you fancy a relaxing Yoga session followed by a nutritious meal and a cocktail that you don’t need to feel guilty about, or just fancy a cup of organic coffee and a healthy bite from the deli, you must visit this oasis of wellness in Salford.
Seemingly inevitably, Chef and crowd funding maestro Gary Usher has revealed plans to launch a £100k crowdfund on Monday 11th March at 9pm, to boost the pending arrival of his new bistro; Kala on King St. Whilst a crowdfund wasn’t originally planned for Kala, the build has cost more than anticipated.
Gary’s last such fundraising hit its £50k target in just an hour, and passed that figure by £23k after 24 hours. We expect similar interest this time around, and for Kala to be one of 2019s best openings in the city.
Tre Ciccio Tre
Last night saw the press/soft launch for Ramsbottom Italian newbie Tre Ciccio, which is the third site to be opened by the group. These guys have been doing great things since first popping up in Altrincham a few years ago, so we were super excited to break the news that they were lining up a launch in the former iconic Ramsons property, when a little birdie tipped us off about it last May. As if by fate, a few weeks later we were heavily delayed when flying out of Manchester airport, so were housed in an Altrincham hotel for the evening. What better opportunity to pop into Tre Ciccio for the first time, and find out more about our tip off. Whilst the professionally cagey staff denied all knowledge of a Ramsbottom launch, we sampled some of the best Neopolitan style pizza in the North West, along with their trademark Rotolini and roast chicken dishes. We were quickly sold on Tre Ciccio, and as Ramsbottom residents, were more than a little excited about the pending arrival.
Confirmation of launch was released shortly after, and so in February 2019, after months of planning and building work, the doors in Ramsbottom will finally open to the public on Friday March 1st, announcing what will be a sure winner which offers something different in Ramsbottom's ever-thriving food market. We were invited down to take a closer look at our new local, and no doubt regular haunt.
On entry, the property has been absolutely transformed from its previous days following an unfortunate fire in the basement a few years ago. Set over three levels; the kitchen and main bar are housed on the ground floor, with a cozy basement area that’s soon to become a deli, and the impressive upstairs dining space complete with retractable roof for when the weather permits. Fixtures and fittings are plush, and the vibe is very similar to that of the other two branches, which can only ever be a good thing.
We tried an array of dishes, and standards are the same as past experiences, as you'd expect from such a well-run outfit. The same genuinely top quality pizzas made with superb dough, authentic San Marzano tomato based sauce, and premium toppings, cooked traditionally in a 500 degree oven. Quality antipasti dishes along with all manner of treats also coming from both the wood fired oven, and also the pending charcoal oven. Add to this a massive selection of drinks, and it's easy to see why Tre Ciccio have made themselves such a big hit in the region, and continue to branch out. We suspect that that won't be the last Tre Ciccio launch that we see this year too, and already hear that Didsbury and Knutsford just may be on the property radar? You heard it here first.
Get yourself down to Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom and see what all the fuss is about, pronto!
As Spring comes early Hatch has two new street food brands ready to beckon those light nights ahead…
Seasoned: Nothing But Fries Ready for a chip-based taste explosion? Seasoned: Nothing But Fries is here with a whole new take on the humble French Fry as they bring a barnstorming bevvy of flavours to the bag of chips. Each gourmet portion of specialist fries comes with its own bespoke dip. Chicken Katsu Curry fries comes with natural yoghurt, honey and coriander, whilst Caribbean Prawn Fries come with Spiced Mango, Spring Onion and Red Chilli dip.
Cyprus Kouzina This family-run business fuses fresh local produce with fine Cyprus-imported ingredients to create an authentic, Cyprian street food concept that will bring a taste of sun-drenched Mediterranean eating to Hatch. Visitors can expect an eclectic range of dishes including Horiatiki Village Salad, and Tsipoura - a whole grilled seabream dish, plus classics like Chicken Souvlaki and Grilled Halloumi
These two hot new traders will join Hatch's current residents...
Wednesday 27th February 2019
Collective Arts Brewery X Cottonopolis Takeover
Calling all craft beer fanatics, this Thursday 28th February, marks the launch of Collective Arts ‘Saint of Circumstance’ beer on draught at Cottonopolis. Come down to celebrate the arrival of ‘Saint of Circumstance’ Citrus Blond created by the Collective Arts Brewery from Hamilton, Canada and get a taste of the pale ale brand that promotes diversity and creativity with every sip.
The Collective Arts Brewery aims to combine the talents of emerging artists with the creativity of craft beer by designing limited edition bottles and making each drink as unique as the collaborating artist or musician. For one night, Cottonopolis in Manchester’s beloved Northern Quarter will play host to exposing new and emerging artists, showcasing artistic talents and raising creative consciousness though the sociability of craft beer.
For this exclusive event, they are fusing together craft with creativity and have invited artists Emma Evans and Pete Obsolete to join in the celebration of the pale ale launch. Both artists will be bringing unique pieces of art work, with opportunities for you to purchase on the night.
Albert’s restaurant in West Didsbury has revealed its re-opening date as 15th March, when they’ll throw open the doors with a brand-new look. The restaurant has been closed since the beginning of January for the transformation.
The interior, designed by Space Invader Design, will feature eye-catching colourways of dark green, blue, gold and brown with lush materials such as velvet used in the seating area. The look is complemented with a wall of living plants separating the restaurant and bar area.
The expansion of the bar area promises a fabulous new bar experience with a big revamped range of local craft beers, cocktails, fizz and wines. This warm, welcoming new neighbourhood bar experience will host pre-bookable party tables too, making it an exciting addition to the Didsbury social scene. It is going to be home to the full Didsbury Gin range which will be on show in a gorgeous botanical themed back bar serving bespoke Gin and Tonics, all created with the collection.
The popular outside area will also boast a brand-new look including chairs and tables for 76 people on the terrace and up to 120 people on the lower terrace.
The Albert’s food menu will remain the same and customers will be able to still enjoy their firm favourites.
And for the first time Albert’s will be serving a traditional afternoon tea, all created in the Albert’s style.
SHE PWR is back for this year’s International Women’s Day and there’s nowhere better to celebrate true female power. With this year seeing a collaboration between Gorilla and the Deaf Institute on Friday 8th March starting from 4pm and leading us through to the early hours.
An awesome International Women’s Day celebration with an all female fronted line up across the sister venues will be an evening welcoming those of all genders, orientations and disabilities.
Monday 25th February 2019
Help FAIR raise funds for Women in Bolivia.
Cottonopolis have created a special cocktail menu for Fair-trade Fotrnight where £1 per cocktail will be donated to ASOMART – a women association in Bolivia.
For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid.
Hotel Football have announced that as of today, they are joining Marriott International's newest hotel brand; Tribute Portfolio.
The deal is part of a franchise agreement, and is seen as facilitating an array of unique packages, as well as including the hotel in the group's wider rewards program, not to mention offering the clear boost in exposure which comes as being a part of such a big hitting group.
Dave Ashton has been appointed the new Executive Head Chef at the Lowry Hotel’s River Restaurant.
Originally from Warrington, Dave brings Northern charm alongside a decade of extensive experience in fine dining to his new role at the five-star hotel.
With an impressive history of Executive Head Chef roles at respected hotels including the Crewe Hall Hotel and the Park Royal Hotel, Dave hopes to bring a fresh feel to the restaurant this year.
Dave’s passion for food started at an early age, being runner-up in the De Vere’s Young Chef of the Year in 2000 and eventually winning the accolade in 2001.
Dave commented: “I am thrilled to join the River Restaurant at the Lowry Hotel Manchester in my new role as Executive Chef. I hope to bring my new creative vision to the restaurant this year using the local and seasonal produce that the hotel is famous for and creating classic British dishes to a high standard.”
Working with the team, Dave has started introducing new dishes to the hotel’s classic menu, with an aim of a full menu update later this year when the restaurant undergoes major developments. [click here for more information]
Thursday 21st February 2019
The Pies Have It! At Store Street Exchange
Piccadilly's Store Street Exchange has kicked off 2019 with a magnificent new menu update. Alongside their signature rotisserie Goosnargh chicken and fine steaks, they will now be sharing the spotlight with a range of local, artisan pies from the award-winning Great North Pie Company.
Perfectly complementing the restaurant’s focus on outstanding, simple, hearty dishes made with the very best ingredients, the new Great North Pie Co menu will be an ever-changing, seasonally inspired celebration of pies brought to Store Street by one of the North’s finest pie producers.
Guests will be able to choose from an evolving seasonal pie collection, and can expect regular appearances from Great North Pie Co’s current show stopping seasonal specials including Swaledale Beef and Mince and Onion; Roast Chicken and Ham; Classic Lancashire Cheese and Onion; and Spinach and Cheese. Complementing the new range, Store Street’s Executive Chef Stuart Fox has added his own pie to the menu too, with the first ever homemade Store Street Fish Pie.
Meanwhile, Store Street Exchange’s famous rotisserie has a new spicy new addition with the Chinese Spiced Pork Belly; a decadent new slow-cooked plate of heaven. Other new mains include a gorgeous new earthy vegetarian option with Forest Mushroom Pappardelle, Bay Spinach, Garlic and Parmesan.
In addition, the chargrill now has a new 16oz T-bone steak on the menu from Campbell Brothers fine butchers for the ultimate meat lovers experience. Starters now include the local Bury Black Pudding & Apple Sausage roll, plus smoked Haddock and Gruyere Croquettes. Sticky beef brisket toppings are available on the popular Store Street Burger, and a new side has been added to the extensive collection in the splendid shape of Truffle and Parmesan Chips.
20 Stories has a new Head Chef in the form of Brian Hughson, who comes with a strong CV behind him including the stints with Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Gary Rhodes.
He also worked at the once locally iconic Manchester dining space which was Mash and Air; owned by Oliver Peyton, with said kitchen being headed up at the time by the now global superstar, Jason Atherton, in his fledgling years.
So with over 25 year experience under his belt, Brian knows his way about the pass. His classically-trained background is something which is sadly neglected these days, and we look forward to seeing the cuisine develop under Brian's guidance. [click here for more information]
Tuesday 19th February 2019
Whilst not strictly Manchester related; big hitting Lancashire based food institution Northcote has been purchased by Britannia Hospitality.
Britannia have stated “We look forward to working with the team at Northcote to continue to drive the performance of the hotel and deliver the exceptional experiences for which the hotel is known”
Edwardian Hotels London is giving back to women in the UK this International Women’s Day by donating 50p of every cocktail sold in each of its restaurants and bars to the social enterprise, Hey Girls.
One in 10 women in the UK have reported struggling to pay for sanitary protection. Hey Girls aims to eradicate period poverty in the UK through a ‘buy one give one’ model on period products. For every pack you buy, they donate one to girls and women in need in the UK. Simple.
Visit Peter Street Kitchen in Manchester or any of the following restaurants around the country: May Fair Kitchen, Monmouth Kitchen, Leicester Square Kitchen, May Fair Bar, Scoff & Banter, Steak & Lobster on 8th March to support this cause
After being in touch with their marketing people, we can now confirm that London based sourdough pizza favourite Franco Manca has released plans to roll out their brand nationally. Said plans clearly include Manchester. What brand with the word Manc in its name could ever leave us out?
Franco’s were banging out authentic sourdough Neopolitan style pizza long before it became a trend up here, and they generally do a cracking job for not a lot of money, as we verified ourselves as part of a London pizza trail last Summer.
We look forward to seeing more as plans are expanded on. Could we expect a few massive PR plays on the ‘Manc’ wording once things unfold. And why not, innit?
Monday 11th February 2019
Fancy a slice of Naples and Amalfi this Spring without jumping on a plane?
Then you’re in luck as 26th-28th of July will see Cathedral Gardens be transformed into the UK’s biggest and best Italian festival; Festa Italiana. In what will be the festival’s third year, you can expect an array of Italian producers, chefs, food, drink and music. The theme of this year’s festival will be the importance of cooking in the home, something which in our view is a part of Italian culture which makes it one of the truly great cuisines.
The festival is brought to us by Salvi’s, the Norden originated family run business, which has become a staple on the Manchester dining scene, and massive champions of all things Italia. The only thing that’s not guaranteed is the Italian sun!
To celebrate the launch of Campari's Red Diaries 2019 film "Entering Red", two of the best cocktail bars in Manchester are giving away 200 limited edition Negroni Segreto cocktails on Friday 8th - Sunday 10th February.
The limited-edition Negroni Segreto – or ‘The Secret Negroni’ – was created by Manchester's very own award-winning bartender Joe Schofield, exclusively for the film to celebrate the Negroni’s 100th birthday. A twist on the iconic Negroni, it is a perfectly balanced mix of Campari, Bulldog gin (which is made just 15 minutes from Manchester, in Birchwood), Cinzano Rosso 1757, Vermouth Rosso, rosewater and fresh raspberries.
Joe, who is set to to open a bar in Manchester this year with his brother, Daniel, is widely recognised as the best bartender in the world, having become the only person in history to be simultaneously crowned ‘Bartender’s Bartender’ at The World’s 50 Best Bars and ‘International Bartender’ of the Year at The Tales of The Cocktail's Spirited Awards (the industry's two biggest prizes). He appears in the film, below, serving his drink to leading Hollywood actress Ana de Armas.
To claim one of the 200 free Negronis, simply quote the phrase Ana mutters to the barman (the second time she visits the Campari bar), in either Arcane or Science & Industry, and tell them ManchesterBars.com sent you.
Offer valid after 6pm Friday 8th, Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th February 2019 One per person. First come first served. Please drink responsibly.
Sunday March 15th will see city centre Catalan favourite Lunya play host to Calçotada; a traditional Catalan festival which celebrates the seasonal arrival of Calçot, which is a Spanish vegetable that lies somewhere between a leek and a spring onion.
Calcots are traditionally charred over flame until soft and sweet, with a delightful smoky flavour. These are then served wrapped in newspaper and eaten with the hands - picked up, peeled and dipped in Romesco sauce (almonds, roasted peppers, olive oil & sherry vinegar).
The Calcot is followed by lots of chargrilled meats, and the celebration is topped off by the pouring of Cava, served from a great height using a traditional Catalan wine pitcher