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Veteran journalist, food & wine writer and public speaker who is proudly born & bred here in Manchester.

Book review: Boy Number 26 – Tommy Rhattigan’s harrowing tale of a child in...

If you think the worst thing that could happen to a seven-year-old boy was to be lured into a house by Myra Hindley on...
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Video about a secret trapdoor in the Rochdale Canal goes viral on YouTube

When Manchester vlogger Martin Zero made a video of how a rubbish-strewn stretch of city centre canal drains into an unseen river, he could...

The family-run Stockport company turning rundown pubs into award-winners

The death of the English pub has been predicted by doomsayers since the 1960s.  According to latest industry figures, they are closing at the...

Manchester city council has no plans to demolish eyesore Piccadilly Gardens wall

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre's most controversial open space, is set for "improvement" - but the detested concrete wall, second only to begging on...

Are Mancunians being priced out of homes in the booming city centre?

Dozens of cranes and rising tower blocks on the Manchester skyline are proof positive that the city is booming. More than 14,400 residential units are...

First glimpse of transformed Albert’s Didsbury restaurant and bar

Massively popular West Didsbury restaurant and bar Albert’s is re-opening on March 15th – just in time for Mother’s Day – after a major...

Is this West Didsbury gem the best Indian restaurant in the north?

The last time we took to the tracks of south Manchester, seeking out the best of the city's independent neighbourhood restaurants - beyond the...

Store Street launches new menu with award-winning handmade pies joining rotisserie classics

Was there ever a more comforting, satisfying, hearty culinary invention than the pie? Now, the hotel restaurant that gave spit-roasted rotisserie Goosnargh chicken pride of...

Class of 92’s Hotel Football is set to go global

Hotel Football, part owned by five former Manchester United players, has become part of Marriott International’s Tribute Portfolio of independent boutique hotels, paving the...

Former boxer Eddie Smith fought 45 times – his latest challenge could be the...

It took rare courage to step into a boxing ring at just two days notice to take on the formidable Nigel Benn on his...

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel has a new chef and a new...

When Sir Rocco Forte launched his five-star Lowry Hotel on the Salford bank of the River Irwell in 2001 it naturally looked over the...

Sam’s jams: Chop House to stage regular music gigs – and you’re invited

The venerable timbers of Sam’s Chop House will be shaking to the rafters when the Victorian bar and restaurant stages the first of its...

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