MFDF Nominee 2013 – Newcomer Of The Year Archive

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The Albert Square Chop House (Manchester)

The Albert Square Chop House is proud of its Northern roots. The photographs on the walls, of its beautifully restored Venetian Gothic building, are a testament to this simple fact. Each photograph tells a story. Musicians, actors, journalists and ordinary people who have one thing in common:

Damson (Media City – Salford)

Lights, camera, action, Media City here we come! I was really looking forward to visiting Damson’s newest restaurant having already reviewed Damson in Heaton Moor (one of my favourite restaurants). On arrival, my wife and I were greeted at the door and shown to the bar upstairs. The bar had

The French by Simon Rogan (Midland Hotel – Manchester)

Manchester’s best hope for a Michelin star is also the city’s last restaurant to have held one. The French by Simon Rogan is located in the plush Midland Hotel on Peter Street, Manchester. The hotel opened in 1903 and its ‘dining room’, the French, received a Michelin

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn (Northern Quarter – Manchester)

By the time we arrived, the Northern Quarter street party was in full swing. Music was blaring out of every pub and restaurant door and revellers were crowding the narrow streets. The relative and uncharacteristic quiet of Luck Lust Liquor & Burn  made us feel like we were survivors sheltering

‘Life Aquatic’ at SoLIta

I can’t stop visiting SoLIta. I walk around the Northern Quarter, look at the many eating establishments, but eventually find myself holding a SoLIta menu. So it was that I ended up ordering their new ‘Life Aquatic’ burger this Easter Sunday. I’ve written about SoLIta on a

SoLIta – The Return

I’ve often thought that equating food with love was the ultimate in foodie corniness. Having said that, SoLIta and I recently had our fourth date. Every meal I’d  previously had at SoLIta had been excellent and the 36 hour slow-roasted pork belly, which I ordered during our last


I visited SoLIta (South of Little Italy) mainly out of curiosity. A friend had been there for his birthday lunch and made an astonishing claim: he had just eaten the world’s ‘best burger’! SoLIta is a small and stylish restaurant, with a great atmosphere, hidden away in