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The Bloody Mary Buffet at Beef & Pudding

Using alcohol as an antidote to the ravages of the previous night’s bingeing is counterintuitive at best and masochistic at worst. As a remedy for a hangover, however, the consumption of alcohol does have a numbing effect and sounds more fun than the medically approved ‘electrolyte replacement’

Sunday Lunch at Beef & Pudding (Manchester)

I live in constant fear of family get-togethers. The inevitable analysis of my life that accompanies such gatherings has ruined many a Sunday. So escaping to central Manchester for a leisurely Sunday lunch in modern, peaceful surroundings is always preferable to an afternoon of scrutiny from my

The Almost New Almost Famous (Manchester)

Image is all about context. If you’ve ever stared in bemusement at someone wearing shades in a dark nightclub, you’ll know what I mean. Almost Famous was a good fit for the Northern Quarter, with its Bohemian atmosphere and trendy bars. In its new surroundings, on the

The January taster menu at James Martin Manchester

Despite my inexplicable guilt-response when confronted with any type of authority, I made it through casino security with only a fleeting feeling that I’d stolen something. I was looking forward to returning to James Martin Manchester. So when I received an invitation to try their January special,

Annies Manchester

Hidden on a side-street off St Annes Square in Manchester, Annies is easy to miss. I must’ve walked past it a hundred times and never thought about what lived behind the partly covered doors at its entrance. A rumour that they served one of the best Sunday

The Autumn & Winter Menu at Wagamama (Printworks, Manchester)

The leaves are falling and there’s a new season in town. The time when restaurants tuck away their summer menus and bring out their comforting autumn and winter fare. Tomorrow, 22 October 2013, Wagamama will be launching their autumn-winter menu, and I was invited — along with

The New Menu at Mughli (Curry Mile, Manchester)

This autumn, it wasn’t the opening of Manchester House, Mr Cooper’s House & Garden or James Martin Manchester that I was really looking forward to. No. What I was really looking forward to was Mughli’s new menu. Even the news that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, had

James Martin Manchester

Hidden away in a far corner of the Manchester235 casino, James Martin Manchester is a restaurant in desperate need of a front door. Before you can sit down in the modern and pleasant dining room, you first have to navigate the security desk for the casino, where

Manchester House (Manchester)

A rainy Mancunian Tuesday isn’t an obvious cause for celebration, but this Tuesday was different. The wait was over. After a couple of postponements, Living Ventures’ latest restaurant, with Aiden Byrne at the helm, had finally opened its doors. My partner and I had booked in months