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.
Basco Fine Foods Tapas Kit Review: February 2017
Searching for the sensational taste of Spain, well the village of Thorp Arch, near Wetherby in West Yorkshire holds a seductive Spanish secret in the form of Basco Fine foods. Founded in 2012 by Spanish born foodie, chef and hospitality professional Javier De La Hormaza, with over 19 years’ experience, it is no wonder Basco fine foods has seen success and continued growth importing quality, authentic Spanish produce to the UK. Passion, heart and soul is at the center of the business and Javier leads by example, as he spent one full year travelling around Spain and continues to visit regularly to update knowledge, educate himself and discover those must find Spanish products.
Côte Brasserie Liverpool Visit: January 2017
Bonjour, fancy a French foodie fling? Well no need to book train tickets, pack your suitcase or grab your passport, as Côte bistro delivers authentic French Flavours in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Chic, cute comfortable entrance that had an inviting outdoor seating terrace that oozed a friendly family atmosphere balanced with a cool cafe culture vibe. This theme also continued into the main restaurant. Damian, the fabulous lovely manager, warmly welcomed us and settled us in our superb seating. Anna one of the servers pleasantly made her introductions and so began our fantastic French Feast. The Crab Mayonnaise served with avocado, cucumber, capers, and tarragon with toasted sourdough bread was lovely. The Chicken Liver Parfait with toasted brioche and spiced apple chutney was perfectly presented and tasted just as good as it looked.
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!
Slug and lettuce Visit: September 2016
The restaurant and bar enjoy an enviable spot located in Spinningfields alongside the banks of the River Irwell. Ample seating areas based at the front and rear of the building make this an ideal chill out spot for some alfresco fun with friends, family or colleagues. Lydia our server was polite, friendly and customer focused throughout.
Côte Brasserie Visit: August 2016
Fancy a culinary whirlwind tour across France, from Languedoc in the South, Brittany in the west, then right into the heart of Paris? No flight or Eurostar tickets are required, located on St Mary’s Street just off deansgate awaited our French paradise, Bonjour Manchester Côte Brasserie! An inviting entrance offering outdoor seating, topiary ball trees with green foliage and quaint rustic signage. Inside, we were shown to cosy and cute booth style seating which provided a good viewing point to watch the world go by and imagine that we were in the very heart of France. The rustic and contemporary décor retains that French charm and character.
Riverford Organic Farmers Review: July 2016
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.
Neighbourhood Visit: July 2016
We 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.
City Centre Cruises: July 2016
Never have I walked down Liverpool road with so much excitement and anticipation knowing the upcoming nautical adventure that awaited. Approaching the barge we had to pace ourselves down the steps, as the temptation was there to run down them to be the first to board this fabulous vessel. There are two barge boats within their fleet both named after two prominent Manchester figures “Emmeline Pankhurst” the courageous suffragette leader and “LS Lowry” which was to be the barge that we would be sailing on that day. Captain Wilcock warmly welcomed us and the two crew members on board made us feel welcome from the offset.
Tampopo Visit: July 2016
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.