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Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Grafene Manchester

Flavours of British Summertime Captured At Grafene

Hot on the heels of being awarded the prestigious Two AA Rosettes earlier this month, chef Ben Mounsey has evolved his successful relaxed fine dining menu, to add a selection that captures his best of British summer flavours.  The menu keeps with his acclaimed style for modern, reconstructed classics and dishes brimming with flavour twists and turns.  Dishes are presented with his trade mark of high creativity and complexity, whilst presenting his food with a careful simplicity that makes the very best of the finest British meat and seafood.

On the dinner menu, the new starter dishes include: a ham hock, celeriac, cured egg, tarragon, and a dish of scallop, red pepper, dashi, avocado, tomato.  The main course highlights include: duck, fennel, asparagus black garlic; a stone bass, smoked eel, onion, apple, potato, and veal loin, olive, kohlrabi and short rib. Desserts are a real treat with favourites being joined by a summer strawberry, sponge, custard, verbena, and a pineapple, pine, caramel, canelé. 

There are also new additions to the British Tapas menu including a crumbed ham, burnt asparagus, emulsion; a dish of fish taco, green sauce, gem, and sweet tapas treat of gingerbread sandwich, blood orange, buttercream. [more info]

Thursday 17th May 2018

Hot on the heels of Cau steakhouse announcing that it will be entering into a CVA, Italian chain Carluccios is also expected to make a similar announcement later this week, possibly as early as this afternoon.  It seems that Italians on the British high street have definitely fallen out of favour with diners.  35 branches are set for closure, but there's currently no news on which ones are set for closing, so we await the fate of the 3 Manchester based ventures.

Cantos Comes To Town

As reported earlier in the year, King St Spanish heavyweight El Gato Negro will soon be launching in the ever-expanding Ancoats, in the form of a Portuguese restaurant.  The venue will be named Canto, and we look forward to seeing that's planned in more detail for a massively neglected cuisine on these shores.  Launch is scheduled for Autumn.

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Teppanyaki Takeover

Teppanyaki Chinatown has taken over Manchester Japanese stalwart; Samsi.  The group has cited 'fresh and new ideas' as being in the pipeline for their new venture, although exact details are currently sparse.  The new owners will have a hard act to follow, and a loyal fan base to please.

Royal Garten Party

In celebrations and jubilations to the royal matrimony of Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle, Albert Schloss joyfully invite you to the wunderbar weekend wedding affair of the year. From Thursday, they are inviting guests to indulge in a myriad of treats to mark the occasion, including, Royal Wedding Breakfasts, Silver Service, Royales & Spritzes, High G & T and Quintessential Kronuts & Cruffins. What’s more, they’ll be screening the grand ceremony in full on das big screen from midday.


Argentinian Steakhouse chain Cau, owned by the Gaucho group, has decided to close its doors across the land, becoming the latest high profile casualty of the high street chain squeeze.  As far as Manchester goes, this will affect sites in Didsbury, MediaCityUK and also Wilmslow.  It seems that the nation's appetite for steak and Malbec, isn’t quite what Gaucho anticipated?

Monday 14th May 2018
Bay Horse Manchester

Best Margarita in Manchester

A cocktail created by Mr Cooper’s brasserie and bar has been crowned Best Margarita in Manchester at the recent Margarita Rumble.

Mr Cooper’s restaurant, situated in The Midland hotel, sent its top mixologists to shake up their version of the iconic tequila cocktail for a 1,000 strong audience of judges.

Facing stiff competition from 15 of the best bars and restaurants in the Greater Manchester area, Mr Cooper’s won the top title at the Rumble earlier this month, in Manchester’s Albert Hall. [more info]

Thursday 10th May 2018
Grafene Manchester

Grafene Fine Dining Awarded Two AA Rosettes

The team at Grafene are celebrating, having been awarded the prestigious Two AA Rosettes for the first time.

The Manchester fine-dining restaurant welcomed head chef Ben Mounsey only two months ago.  With the launch of his new lunchtime British Tapas and fine-dining dinner menus, Ben has already made a significant impact on the region’s restaurant scene and has now successfully guided the restaurant to achieve this prominent culinary award.

Since Ben joined Grafene, the restaurant has gone from strength from strength with a relaxed, fine-dining offering that aims to reflect the chef’s view of modern British life. Sample Ben’s menu for yourself with our Exclusive Restaurants Of Manchester offer, five plates and a glass of wine at Grafene for just £25. [more info]

Tre Ciccio

We have it on good authority that Altrincham based Italian hotspot Tre Ciccio is close to agreeing terms to open a site in the foodie hotspot of Ramsbottom, housed on the same site which was once home to the restaurant which started the Ramsbottom food revolution back in the day; Ramsons.   The venture is rumoured to convert a 3 story venue, into a cocktail bar in the basement, and outside terrace to the upstairs/rear, costing an estimated £3m.

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Menangerie Manchester

Manchester Together

To mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack and, as part of Manchester Together, Menagerie will be honouring the 22 people who were tragically killed and the 100 injured, by raising funds for local charity Forever Manchester.

From the 21st until the 26th of May, Menagerie will be donating all profits from their “Worker Bee Afternoon Tea” to the charity, which helps support communities and smaller charities throughout the area. [more info]

Elnecot Ancoats Manchester

Elnecot Launches New Spring Menu

Since bursting onto Manchester’s food and drink scene in September 2017, Elnecot is now establishing itself as a go to place for fantastic food and drinks in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The neighbourhood bar and kitchen have now revealed their Spring Menu with some very interesting additions including You Smelly H'apeth!, Manchester Pale Ale Braised Ox Cheek, Chalk Stream Trout Croquettes, Disco Cabbage, and Vegan Chocolate Mousse [more info]

Kala Konfirmation

As reported as being in the works back in March; we can now confirm that Gary Usher's new city centre bistro, Kala, will be opening on King Street in September.  Look out for more details to follow, on what will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting launches of the year.

Where The Jobs Come In

Much talked about Stockport restaurant, Where The Light Gets In, are on the hunt for full and part-time kitchen staff, ranging from Sous Chefs to Chef De Partie. More interestingly, they are even advertising for a new Head Chef.

Tuesday 1st May 2018
Manchester Restaurants news ~ Sakana

Sakana Sushi Sunday

Sundays in Manchester don’t need to be all about roast dinners – instead, this Bank Holiday (6th May), Sakana Pan Asian is inviting you to enjoy their delicious bottomless sushi selection with unlimited house wine. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ The Oast House

Oast House Open

The Oast House has re-opened its doors today, with the courtyard set to return in time for SpinFest at the end of May. The full opening schedule and reveal is expected to be completed as follows:

May 1st ~ First pint poured (open for drinks inside)
"Mid May" ~ First Hanging Kebab (food is served and courtyard reveal begins)
"End of May" ~ The Oast House Courtyard reopens (for drinks, dancing and deli boards!)
May 27th ~ Spinfest returns (for celebrations galore!) [more info]

Abode Brasserie Manchester
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica & Liquorice

Join Brasserie Abode for a five-course menu and matching Tanqueray London Dry Gin and cocktail selection, paired and presented for each course on Wednesday 23rd May. The famous gin is distilled four times with the classic four botanicals - refreshing juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica and sweet liquorice.  [more info]

Shoryu Ramen Manchester
Feeling Seasonal?

It's the first day of May, and if you're starting to feel a bit seasonal, then you should head down to the brilliant Shoryu Ramen where you can get two courses and a cocktail for just £22 from their Seasonal Set Menu. Sample seasonal Sakes witha f light for just £7.50, or visit for lunch where you can get two courses for just £15.  [more info]

Other Offers

Also added to Restaurants Of Manchester today:

2 Courses for £10.95 at Vietnamese restaurant Pho Manchester
20% Off food (55% Off on Mondays) at Northern Quarter favourite Dive NQ
Bottomless brunch & booze for £40 at the "Mad Men" inspired Pen & Pencil

Monday 30th April 2018
Manchester Restaurants news ~ Grafene Manchester

Scarlet Ribbons in the Merry Month of May

Masterchef winning celebrity chef Simon Wood's Wood Manchester and fantastic British restaurant Grafene, now under the new direction of talented head chef Ben Mounsey, have both been awarded two prestigious AA Rosettes. They join Brasserie ABode, Mr Cooper's, The River Restaurant, Hotel Gotham and Hispi in the category of "the best local restaurants, which aim for and achieve higher standards, better consistency, greater precision apparent in the cooking and obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients". Only Adam Reid at The French, with 3 AA Rosettes, has more.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, then take advantage of our Exclusive Restaurants Of Manchester offer, with five plates and a glass of wine at Grafene for just £25, or three courses for £27.50 at Wood. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ Grafene Manchester

Meet The Maker

Whilst we are on the subject of Grafene; gin lovers should book a place at the exclusive tasting of their entire Sipsmith Gin Collection, on 9th May, accompanied by chef Ben Mounsey’s delicious selection of fine-dining ‘Grafene Bites’. They also host a Sipsmith Gin Dinner on 20th June, amongst other wine and Champagne evenings. [more info]

Manchester Restaurants news ~ Cafe Football Manchester

Mow Like A Pro

Cafe Football Old Trafford and Cafe Football National Football Museum have teamed up with Backyard Brewery to bring together a true grass-roots pairing. Served with one of their celebrated Eat Like a Pro salads, for just £10 throughout May, the Carlsberg Sverige's Falkenberg brewed Lawn Mower Amber Lager has a loud noisy body combined with a fresh hoppiness, making it refreshingly sessionable. [more info]

Friday 27th April 2018
TNQ Restaurant Manchester

South African Quarter

Northern Quarter institution, TNQ Restaurant, are to host the iconic Kleine Zalze winery for an evening of South African wine and foods on Wednesday 23rd May.

The six course South African Tasting Menu, with stunning wine pairings from the Stellenbosch estate, features such delights as Biltong, ostrich, and springbok. [more info]

Store Street Exchange Restaurant Manchester

Full Chicken for Half

You can now enjoy 50% off your food bill every Thursday, when pre-booking a table at Store Street Exchange, the Double Tree by Hilton Piccadilly's brilliant rotisserie restaurant, which focuses on local suppliers and outstanding produce such as corn-fed Goosnargh chicken. [more info]

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Open Skies for San Carlo

Celebrated Manchester based Italian heavyweight, San Carlo, is launching its fifth Selfridges-based restaurant with San Carlo Alto to be based on the prestigious department store's flagship roof top on London's Oxford Street.

Tuesday 24th April 2018
1761 Restaurant Manchester

1761 x 50% = 100% Mancunian

To celebrate their brand new menu, Booth Street eatery 1761 are offering Restaurants Of Manchester readers 50% off their 100% Mancunian sourced food for the next two weeks. [more info]

Monday 23rd April 2018

Matt Campbell

Masterchef : The Professionals 2017 contestant Matt Campbell has sadly passed away, following a suspected heart failure whilst competing in the London Marathon amidst record high temperatures for the event. The Lake District native competed in this year's Manchester marathon, and passed the line in under the 3 hour mark.  Respected figures in the hospitality industry have today paid their respects to this massive loss of talent.

Monday 16th April 2018
The Tea Room Manchester

Afternoon Tea Room

This week see's the launch of The Tea Room at The Midland Hotel's new Evening Tea.   We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview last week.

The luxuriously attired Tea Room is a treat for the senses in itself, housed arguably Manchester city centre's most decadent and certainly most historic and celebrated destination.  A twist on the traditional afternoon tea comes via a selection of sandwiches including Chicken, Mango and Coriander on Granary Bread, There's also Asparagus, Artichoke and Parmesan Mimosa on Brioche, along with hot savoury bites such as Ox Cheek with Blue Cheese Croquettes, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sriracha Sauce. 

Once you've had your fill of savouries, there' a selection of cakes, such as Elderflower an Gooseberry Cake, and the super indulgent Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart, garnished with Manchester bee adorned chocolate shards.  And any tea, whether it be afternoon or evening, wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory scones, which in this case came with various jam options, and a fantastic lemon curd, to either go underneath or on top of your clotted cream.

Food was paired a tea of your choice, and also two Gin and Tonics, featuring both Brockmans and also the locally produced Three Rivers gins. The Tea Room at The Midland's Evening tea is available Thursday to Sunday from 17:30 until 19:30, and is priced at a very reasonable £35 per head.

Friday 13th April 2018


Spinningfields celeb haunt Neighbourhood has reopened following their temporary closure on the back of an attack at the venue.  A set of conditions, many of which will make life hard for such a venue, have been placed on the reissue of their licence though.  These include them being unable to serve drinks in glassware between certain hours, along with a weapon scanner on entry, and the compulsory presentation of ID between certain hours.

Wednesday 11th April 2018
The French Restaurant Manchester

French Friday Feeling

For the next four Fridays, the French will be offering their four and six course menu in the evening, alongside their regular offering of the nine course menu.

They open at 5pm, through to 9.30pm and the four course menu is ideal for those going to the theatre later on, or who would prefer a shorter dining experience. [more info]

The Anthologist

Drake and Morgan are growing their Manchester portfolio via the launch of their Anthologist brand, in the ground floor of the One St Peter's Square building, facing Central Library.  We can expect to see cocktails, wine, and an eclectic food offering, all wrapped up in a nice décor package.  The St Peter's Square area is certainly blossoming at the moment..

Deansgate Patisserie

Didsbury patissiers Bisous Bisous are launching at the end of April on Deansgate, right next door to everybody's favourite mass produced high street patisserie; Patisserie Valerie.  Backed by the team behind the NQ's 63 Degrees restaurant, the Didsbury outlet has been winning fans for a while now, so it's a welcome addition to the city centre, although probably not by their next door neighbour.

Monday 9th April 2018
Second Floor Brasserie Harvey Nichols Manchester

Second Floor Spring Menu

Get ready for your taste buds to be tantalised with spring’s new offering of fresh, seasonal dishes for all-day dining at the Second Floor Brasserie.

To start, make the toss-up between kubaneh bread with spiced tomato and olive oil dip, Cumbrae Scottish oysters with dill pearls or a helping of soy-braised beef and spring onion doughnuts with an orange barbecue sauce.

For the main event indulge in traditional, succulent steak cuts and burgers; vegetarian dishes such as chickpea and paneer masala, a spring mezze with pea hummus, crispy spring onions and falafel or delve into a Malaysian Rojack salad.

But don’t stop there. Be sure to leave on a sweet note with one of our mouth-watering puddings, whether it be the apple and cinnamon strudel, cheese fondue or their delicious selection of miniature desserts. You’ll be going back for more, we can assure you. [more info]

Wednesday 4th April 2018
Princess Street Hotel Manchester

Refurb Fit For A Princess

The Princess St Hotel is set to undergo a full refurbishment, encompassing its hotel's 140 bedrooms, meeting rooms, events spaces and restaurant/bar. 

The property, purchased in 2013, will see a near £2m investment which will convert it into an exclusive boutique style hotel, which is described by the owners as offering 'a more intimate service environment'. [more info]

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