Be At One Manchester Review: March 2017
Roll back to the 90’s when Steve, Leigh and Rhys met while working together in the West End of London. Bravely going for broke, they left their jobs, got several loans and bought a run down Indian restaurant on Battersea Rise. Seven weeks later and after a serious refurb the Be At One cocktail bar was born.
Bill’s Restaurant Manchester Review: March 2017
Bill Collison both driven and inspired by his Dads love for fresh home grown produce, started out in a small space that his dad showed him, which was no bigger than a shed, just off the high street in Lewes in East Sussex. Since he has never looked back, but it has not all been plain sailing. Rapid success and growth meant the need to acquire new premises, but tragedy struck in 2000 with the heavy floods wiping out Bill’s shop. Starting from scratch, Bill remained positive and this time added a café. Now, Bills business is booming and the core focus is not all about ringing tills, but is driven by a love for fresh produce and a customer focused service.
Classic Wine Tasting Review – Veeno Manchester: February 2017
“Two Italians Abroad” aka Nino and Andrea came to the UK to work and study. Little did they know that this decision would take them on a journey of a lifetime. A game of football and a few Vino’s after the match united them and their passion for authentic high quality food and drink. A few glasses of Vino later, some careful planning along with a spritz of entrepreneurial spirit, saw the very first Veeno open in Manchester city centre in 2013!
Bundobust Manchester Review: February 2017
From Mumbai to Manchester the Bundobust Boys are in town and already are a sensational Bollywood Hit. Founders Mark Husak who’s specialism lies in the craft beer market and Mayur Patel with his extensive foodie knowledge using recipes passed down from his parents and grandparents, have brought a much needed element of spice into the Manchester Piccadilly area. A game of two half’s Bundobust offers a specialist selection of craft beers and simple yet innovative Indian street food…what’s not to like right?! The Bundobust Entrance walls are adorned with recycled doors luckily, we made the right choice and went straight on inside. Relaxed laid back setting, décor simple and inviting with authentic Indian film posters, a mix of cosy booth style seating and communal benches. Welcomed warmly by staff we got cosy and chilled out in the booth while we looked over the mouth-watering menu.
Pen and Pencil NQ Review: February 2017Extra, extra read all about it…as New York Meets the Northern quarter in Manchester City Centre. Situated on the corner of Hilton and Tarrif Street, this trendy New York style bar and eatery takes their name from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York city which drew in newspaper journalists and the advertising business gurus- the original Madison Avenue ‘mad men’. Pen and Pencil have taken their inspiration from the ‘Mad Men’ creative revolution, as you can see from the restroom décor and combined with the new, as the place has a central perk style feel, with the Cosy seating, industrial features such as the cool light fixtures and of course what New York style eatery would be complete without a great big stonking ‘show off’ centrepiece coffee machine!
Chaophraya Restaurant Review: January 2017
Chaophraya pronounced “chow – pry – a” is named after a river in Thailand formed by the confluence of the Nan and Ping Rivers; flows southward past Bangkok and empties into the Gulf of Thailand. I and my plus one boarded the long-tail Thai boat known as Ruea Hang Yao for an adventure of a life time and ready to seek out foodie Thai treasures in the heart of Manchester city centre. The moment that you step through the doors the attention to detail has clearly been thoroughly thought out and the restaurant interiors offer opulent surroundings boasting a mixture of standard and sunken seating on two full floors with ornate lighting features and authentic Thai statues.
Dive NQ Visit: October 2016
Slap bang in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, where an eccentric, eclectic mix of styles and tastes merge, you can take the plunge and Dive into an all American style bar. Décor consisted of cool electrifying statement steel lights, simple tea light candles and subdued lighting set the scene. The booth style seating ideal for groups of friends to catch up and have fun or in our case a casual cosy hang out for two. There are enough plasma TVs to catch up on all that sporting action from any angle…uk football or perhaps lets trial out some American football. Or if clubbing is your scene get on your dancing shoes and dive in after hours when the place becomes a hot nightspot!