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Heeley’s “Hot” Plates at the Edinburgh Festival

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Heeley’s “Hot” Plates at the Edinburgh Festival

Which is Europe’s premier city? Where would you like to enjoy a street corner cappuccino? A pre-prandial aperitif with views of historic rooftops and rolling hills beyond? Take in a live performance? Visit a gallery? Or mooch and mingle with the great and the good? Rome, certainly, Paris indubitably, Barcelona quite probably.  But were it not for the vagaries of its climate, my number one choice would be Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. Every year the festival hoves into view in August and is now so all encompassing that everything from the Fringe, the Book Festival and a myriad of art [Read More]

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On top down under

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On top down under

Back in the nineties and on my first visit to La La Land – better known as Hollywood, I’d been recommended to stay at the Mondrian Hotel, the most chic, happening and in-place to be found at that time on the whole west coast. Landing at LAX, I jumped into the first available cab and instructed him to “take me to Sunset Boulevard – the Mondrian Hotel”. Now, at the time, I wasn’t entirely aware that Sunset Boulevard was one of the longest streets in the world, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway because, so famous had this hotel become [Read More]

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What they didn’t want you to hear.

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What they didn’t want you to hear.

There has certainly been some very obviously ups and downs in the Manchester City Centre restaurant scene of late.  Where, paradoxically, the downs are terrific – and the ups less so. The sub terrain experience that is Australasia may be underground but everything else about this terrific looking restaurant is at the very pinnacle whilst Vertigo, on John Dalton Street, may have a name that implies dizzying heights but I feel it’s got some way to go to achieve this lofty ambition. The restaurant, of course, was previously Ithaca and even though its decor was very reminiscent of an upmarket, [Read More]

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Bacon on a roll

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Bacon on a roll

Everybody in this business has their food heroes, usually chefs like Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adria or the adjectorially limited Gordon Ramsay, but mine have always tended away from purveyors of fine food and more to brave restaurant innovators for entrepreneurs. In the past these have included Oliver Peyton – he of the incomperable Mash and Air – as well as masters of the mainstream such as Sir Terrance Conran.  To this short but august list should now be added Tim Bacon, who for the last decade or so has been behind the founding and opening of various restaurants for Northern based [Read More]

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Best Restaurants in the World

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Best Restaurants in the World

On one of my regular weekly appearances for BBC Radio Manchester, recently, I discussed, with Co-Presenter Matt White, the recently announced San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World. To hear more about them, the awards themselves and how I was one of the founder judges of this, now most prestigious of marques click the following link: Gourmet night with Matt White BBC Radio Manchester Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Best Restaurants in the World? Look who got my votes…

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Best Restaurants in the World? Look who got my votes…

This week, saw the San Pellegrino sponsored 50 Best Restaurants in the World announced with a great fanfare in London. Anyone who is anyone in world catering is keen to be featured in this exclusive league table as, if nothing else, it guarantees them a PR bonanza. It’s amazing, when you consider that the awards themselves were only initiated in the newly formed “Restaurant” magazine in 2002, established by North West dining entrepreneurs Derek and Edwina Lilley who’d been the brains behind – first of all the creation and then sale of the EST EST EST group of restaurants – [Read More]

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