The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester Northern Quarter #Review

The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The three brains behind the Bay Horse Tavern, Jobe Ferguson, Ross Mackenzie and Lyndon Higginson have brought this brilliant British boozer into the 21st century.  There was an eclectic mix of clientele, as you would expect in the NQ, who visit for a pub experience with a grown up sophisticated edge.

Now all spruced up, but still retaining its original charm, the decor theme is a mix of navy, subdue lighting, Victorian style tiles, parquet flooring, brass, copper and marble fixtures and fittings. The tanker display, featured the likes of the legendary fab four Beatles. The fire place provides a cosy spot to catch up over a cask ale or two or perhaps spend some time simply reading the day’s news.

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Neighbourhood Liverpool #Review

Neighbourhood Liverpool Visit: January 2017

With several successes behind him, including Neighbourhood at Manchester Spinningfields and Victors in Hale, James Hitchen the owner and founder of east coast concepts was ready to add yet another New York inspired bar and eatery to his enviable portfolio, with the grand opening of Neighbourhood Liverpool. Located within the original 1868 Alliance bank building, the grade II listed building has certainly provided an impressive backdrop for the Neighbourhood newcomer to take its place in the Liverpool restaurant and bar scene. And if that is not enough of an introduction, Neighbourhood have been shortlisted for ‘Best New Restaurant’ by the Liverpool life style awards…exciting stuff and you can still vote here: liverpoollifestyleawards.co.uk best click quick as votes close soon. Refurb now fully complete it was my turn to hang out in this northern Neighbourhood and see exactly what this neon lit playground had to offer…

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Air Transat Club Class #Review

Air Transat Club Class Review: December 2016

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Travelife Partner status is by no means an easy industry achievement, but after 10 years of commitment to sustainability efforts in May 2016 Transat became the first tour operator in North America to earn Travelife Partner status. An achievement that Jean-Marc Eustache, current president and CEO and all the Transat team are sure to be proud of. Therefore, when the opportunity came to collaborate with Air Transat the obvious answer was – Yes! Flying from Toronto to Manchester the Airbus A310-300 was going to be our carriage in the clouds that featured the recently redesigned cabin which consisted of 250 seats, 12 in Club Class and 238 in Economy Class. “Come fly with me, lets fly, lets fly away”…Air Transat will make your time in the sky part of your holiday…

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Dive Northern Quarter Manchester #Review

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!

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Cosy Club Manchester #Review

Cosy Club Manchester Visit: October 2016

Sundays are synonymous with having a cosy snug duvet day, but I have found a home away from home where Sunday can be just as cosy – The Cosy Club Manchester.  Part of the iconic corn exchange, the building dates back to 1903 and was home to city traders.  Today, the venue is bustling with locals and tourists looking for a place to get cosy and enjoy some delicious delights.

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Riverford Organic Farmers #Review

Riverford Organic Farmers Review: July 2016

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Riverford “believe in good food, good farming and good business”.  “Waste not want not” is Riverfords core ethos.  Also, demonstrated by showing support for Hugh’s War on waste campaign. #Wastenot. 47,000 Riverford boxes a week get delivered to homes around the UK from their regional farms.  Unbelievable considering that Guy Watson started the Riverford box scheme in Devon delivering fresh vegetables locally to just 30 friends.

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Neighbourhood Manchester Spinningfields #Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

Neighbourhood Visit: July 2016

Neigh1We headed on down to Spinningfields in Manchester to check out a brand spanking new Neighbourhood. James Hitchen splashed out a massive million on the revamp giving Manchester city centre a nice slice of the high life for all. Polite, professional and on point door staff made for a great welcome into the Neighbourhood scene. The entrance is minimal with subtle signage that gives the place an instant chic and cool vibe. Sunday sessions are further enhanced with live music. The atmosphere was synonymous with visits to similar venues across Miami, Las Vegas, Florida and New York. The bar signage “The best view of Heaven is from Hell” keeps a part of Neighbourhoods hedonistic party past, but within a much more streamlined space with no separation between the dining area and bar which instantly gives the venue a more grown up feel, but still fun, classy and sophisticated with an equal emphasis on dining and drinking.

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Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange #Review

Tampopo Visit: July 2016

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Backpack ready, passport in hand, grab your boarding pass and come join me for a tour of East Asia, but all under one roof. Thankfully David Fox both owner and founder of Tampopo has already done the hard work for you. Tampopo at Manchester’s Corn Exchange offers diners an exciting extraordinary eastern exploration to sample creative culinary cuisines from across Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

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Browns Bar and Brasserie Manchester #Review

Browns Bar and Brasserie Visit: June 2016

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Designed in 1902 by Charles Heathcote, the former Parrs Bank building also previously known as the Athenaeum pub underwent renovations and is now the home of the Browns Bar and Brasserie in Manchester city centre.  The Building boasts traditional Elaborate Edwardian baroque architecture with exquisite art nouveau detailing.  The bar centrally positioned is the heart of Browns and a networking hot spot.  Additionally, a perfectly positioned piano awaits those who delve deeper into Browns and make the wise decision to sample their food offerings.  Luckily, as you can see from the images I managed to get a few photos in before the city crowds and tourists had hit this favourite Manchester Destination.

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Thaikhun Cooking School #Review

Thaikhun Cooking School Visit: May 2016

Thaikhun is pronounced “Tycoon” both a homage and celebration to the street food sellers in Thailand.  Owner and Chef Director Kim Kaewkraikhot started out with a small restaurant in Bangkok.  Establishing a renowned reputation for fantastic fresh flavours which has enabled Kim to introduce the UK to the true Flavours of Thailand. Opening their first Thaikhun restaurant in the heart of MThai pic 1aanchester city centre on the 26th May.

Thaikhun at Manchester’s Spinningfields offers people the opportunity to participate in a Thai Cooking School to test out their culinary cooking skills under the guidance of a skilled chef.

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