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

Fed up with filthy, littered streets and open spaces? Join the I Love MCR...

England’s second most visited city after London has an enviable reputation for its style and vibrancy. But it’s also notorious as one of the...

Manchester: the rainy city where the fountains are dry

It was a feat of engineering genius that led the world. The 96-mile long aqueduct that brings fresh clean water to Manchester from specially...

Things to look forward to in Manchester this year including Piccadilly Gardens and a...

There's lots of things to look forward to in Manchester this year - but don't bet on the city getting its first Michelin-starred restaurant. The Fall...

San Carlo meets gutsy chef Robert Owen Brown for a festive pop-up FEAST

San Carlo, perhaps the most successful Italian restaurant brand in the UK meets Robert Owen Brown, maverick Mancunian chef and champion of the north...

Manchester has the appetite to sustain a Borough-type foodie market

One of the joys - and yes, there are quite a few - of my touristy visits to London is to spend a morning,...

Manchester’s got everything except a beach – and a Michelin Star

Here we go again. Another year, another snub from the Michelin Guide for Manchester's top restaurants. Just like last year and the year before...
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José vs Pep: who will be king of Manchester?

It might not be the biggest derby of all time - like some are suggesting - but there is no dispute that Manchester City will...

Manchester’s got museums – but why isn’t there a Museum of Manchester?

Manchester boasts several excellent museums as befits the rich culture of England's second city. Two of them house national collections. All of them are...

Mourinho or Guardiola: who will be Manchester’s top man?

The city in question is this one - Manchester. For he predicts that the forthcoming Premier League season, which kicks off in just a...

Has the Manchester restaurant bubble burst?

Manchester restaurants have always come and gone. You may remember Establishment, Reform, Room, Chez Gerard, Fish!, Livebait, Le Petit Blanc, Heathcote's and L'Entrecot? But...

Manchester is in demand but is it really losing its industrial soul?

The economy of Manchester outgrew that of inner-city London last year in relative terms. But is it in danger of losing its ‘industrial soul’ to developers of in-demand new housing and office space?

20th anniversary of the 1996 bomb: the truth & the making of modern Manchester

Saturday 15th June 1996 dawned bright and sunny and Manchester had every reason to feel good about itself, writes Ray King

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