Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, Alderley Edge

Last week I was invited to the TV chef’s new’ish Cheshire restaurant to sample the new Spring/Summer menu. Excitingly, Gino himself was to be hosting the event...

Habas, Manchester

Habas, Manchester

We all know how hard the last 15 months have been for the UK hospitality industry, so it was lovely to see a new opening in Manchester recently....


Dip With ChicP

Recently I received a parcel containing some of my favourite food, namely hummus. Not your everyday beige stuff but an array of colourful, tasty flavours...

Bird & Blend Tea

Tea: SO Much More Than A Hot Beverage

Bird & Blend are a young, dynamic company, based in Brighton but with tea shops in 8 UK locations, including in Manchester’s Northern Quarter...

Yali Wild Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Summer Sipping With Yali

With the weather looking like it’s going to perk up again, what better accompaniment to an afternoon or evening in the garden than a bottle of Yali Wild Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2019?.....

Red Leg Pineapple Rum Cake

Pineapple Rum Obsession

A food and drink collaboration with the marvellously talented Clover Hutson. Food stylist extraordinaire.....

Canto, Ancoats

Canto, Ancoats

Built around small plates, the Canto menu is seasonal, fresh and sings of the Iberian Peninsula....

Mr Cooper's House & Garden, Manchester

Mr. Cooper's House & Garden, Manchester

Manchester’s Midland Hotel is, as it states on its website, ‘An Icon of Elegance.’ Part of the city’s landscape since 1903....

Dive NQ

Australasia, Spinningfields

Australasia, the subterranean restaurant on the Deansgate edge of Spinningfields, has been a ‘must visit’ venue since it opened in 2011...

Dive NQ

Dive, Northern Quarter

Dive NQ, has been open for quite a while now and we finally got there a couple of weeks ago because of the kitchen takeover currently happening...

Hatch, Manchester

Hatch, Manchester

There is a little village nestling under the Mancunian Way on Oxford Road, that you may or may not have heard of...

Viet Shack Ancoats

Viet Shack, Ancoats

We started visiting Viet Shack at its stall in the Arndale Market. The food was always spot on and so tasty....

Cheesies Crunchy Popped Cheese Snacks

Cheesies - The Crunchy Popped Cheese Snacks

One of the girls described them as ‘dangerous’ but in a good way. Another said they tasted like the crispy bit that has melted off the edge of a pizza or cheese on toast....

Albatross & Arnold Spinningfields

Albatross & Arnold, Spinningfields

The last time we were at Albatross & Arnold, was for an exceedingly enjoyable seven course taster menu with a Tapper’s Gin flight...

Pure Green Coffee Giveaway

Pure Green Coffee Giveaway

One lucky reader can win a Pure Green Skinny Coffee 28 Day Programme. Just click on the link in the article and follow the instructions...

Evula, Altrincham

Evuna, Altrincham

Evuna, who already have restaurants in the Northern Quarter, on Deansgate and in Knutsford, recently opened their fourth branch in Altrincham...

20 Stories, Spinningfields

20 Stories, Spinningfields

No matter the time of day or the season, the view from 20 Stories always makes you do a little intake of breath...

Tariff & Dale, Manchester

Tariff & Dale, Manchester

I'd never been to Tariff & Dale for food and frankly I have felt I was missing out.  Until last week that is...

Pure Dog Food

Pure Dog Food

Normally when companies ask if they can send us a product to review it is something meant for human consumption or use...

VonShef Kitchen Electricals

VonShef Kitvhen Electricals

Who doesn’t love a kitchen a gadget? I certainly do. I love cooking but if there is a time saving solution I’m at the front of the queue.x....

Heck Vegan Sausages

Heck Vegan Sausages

So here we are, half way through January and all trying to eat healthily, lose a few pounds and/or partake in Veganuary....

Comptons Gravy Salt

Comptons Gravy Salt

Comptons Gravy Salt is an ingredient you may not be aware of but as it is extremely versatile and useful, it is one that should be in every kitchen...

The Bridge, Prestbury

The Bridge, Prestbury

For decades my family has been patrons of The Bridge Hotel and Restaurant, in the picturesque, historic Cheshire village of Prestbury...

Tapper's Gin

Tapper's Gin

I hadn’t come across this brand of small batch, artisan gin before, but after tasting it I knew I had to write about it

It's Cooking Good Book

It's Cooking Good Book

We are in awe of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital charity and everything they do, so this year we decided to raise funds for them...

Manchester Three Rivers Gin

Manchester Three Rivers Gin Experience

Wanna be the best human being on the planet this Christmas? We can tell you how!...

Tattu, Spinningfields

Tattu, Spinningfields

What do you get if you cross Oriental fine dining with fine art? You get Tattu in Manchester...

The Refinery, Spinningfields

The Refinery, Spinningfields

After visiting The Anthologist in St Peters Square, we were asked to check out their sister restaurant, The Refinery in Spinningfields...

Proove, West Didsbury

Proove, West Didsbury

Our most recent foray into this leafy suburb was to visit Proove, the authentic Napoli pizza and street food restaurant...


Taster Menu And Tapper's Gin Flight At Albatross And Arnold

We were invited to a sample a seven-course tasting menu from the magical hands of the Head Chef, Michelin trained, Jon Green...


Nam, Ancoats - Manchester

As Ancoats continues to evolve from Manchester’s ugly duckling into a sophisticated urban swan, the eatery openings there also continue...


The Food Porn Awards Invite Entries To This Year's Competition

Eateries from across the North of England have the opportunity to enter this year’s Food Porn Awards from 27th August 2018...


Beer Flights And Small Plates At Store Street

I quite like a glass of wine but given the choice, I’m a beer girl. So, the chance to sample a £7 beer flight, as part of Store Street’s Beer Month, was a no brainer....


Higgidy Pies

With her love of cooking, Camilla set up Higgidy in pursuit of the perfect, imperfect pie. Handmade, the pies became famous for their slightly wonky look...


Kickstarter Campaign Launches To Fund Ancoats And Northern Quarter Charity Cookbook

Manchester based creative agency, Shoot the Moon, are raising money to fund the publication of a charity cookbook through a Kickstarter campaign...


The Anthologist - Manchester

Last month, Drake and Morgan added The Anthologist on St Peter’s Square to its stable. They already have a branch of The Refinery in Spinningfields...


Judging The International Cheese Awards 2018

For the past few years, I have attended the International Cheese Awardson judging day and frankly it is one of the highlights of the Taste Today calendar.


The Junk Food Project To Diversify

The Real Junk Food Project Manchester is to open the North’s first waste food catering business.


New Menu At Malmaison, Manchester

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Malmaison in Piccadilly,Manchester,to sample the delights of their new Chez Mal Brasserie menus. Always a pleasure....


Festa Italiana Smashes It’s Own Visitor Numbers Record

Over 28,000 people visited the recent Festa Italiana in Manchester's Cathedral Gardens, smashing last year's total.


The Gaddum, Windermere

Nestled on a hillside and with fabulous views of Lake Windermere stands The Gaddum restaurant, part of the Brockhole visitor centre in Windermere.


An Authentic Taste of Italy

Next week, Manchester’s second, Festa Italiana will begin. This free to attend festival is a celebration of all things Italian in food and drink.


Thatchers Cider Pairing

We all have a go-to summer drink, something that just embodies the season for us. For some it’s Pimm’s, or a nice cool bottle of rosé and in my case, it is cider.....


New Menu Additions At Randall & Aubin, Manchester

Manchester’s finest brasserie, Randall and Aubin, have made some seasonal flourishes to their already gorgeous menu....


Sunday Roast At Grill On The Alley

Another weekend means another excuse to go out for a Sunday Roast. We’re of the school of thought that it’s much better to have it cooked for you...


Lanique - Luxury Rose Sapppirit

One of the most intriguing products I found have found recently is a rose spirit, with a very regal pedigree, called Lanique...


Gusto Restaurant - Didsbury

The recently refurbished Gusto in Didsbury is looking very smart. Especially with its new, heated terrace area to the front


The Albert Square Chop House

We love a bank holiday, it allows us to schedule in a whole extra day of weekend meal times. A big weekend called for a big lunch, and so we went to The Albert Square Chop House.


Iberica's New Spring/Summer Menu

I love everything about this time of year; sunshine, light mornings and evenings, only having to wear one layer of clothing, new menus in the restaurants.


Kahlùa Brunch And Cocktails

In my late teens and early twenties sipping on a Black Russian was de riguer but since then I have rarely indulged in drinking Kahlúa. That was until the rise of the Espresso Martini...


Sour Beer And Lambic Beer Weekend

A celebration of niche beers that fall in to the sour beer and Lambic categories from brewers in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.


A Savoury Afternoon Tea At Barristers, Knutsford

It’s no secret that we enjoy an Afternoon Tea and that we also love bobbing over to Barrister’s in Knutsford to sample their latest offerings...


Soho Juice Co

The team got to work and started developing their first mixer, a Cucumber, Mint & Lime to serve with clear spirits such as gin, vodka and tequila...


Chivas Regal Blending Workshop

I blame my Mother for my love of Scotch whisky. Apparently, she used to rub it on my gums when I was teething in order to numb the pain.


The Hinchcliffe Arms, Hebden Bridge

It’s been very quiet in Ancoats recently and we finally worked out why...


Shoryu Ramen - Manchester

We love Asian food here at Taste Today. It is often our comfort food of choice. From Chinese to Vietnamese and Thai to Japanese, we love it all.


Alston Bar And Beef - Manchester

Alston have bought their steak and gin offering from North of the border, Glasgow to be exact.


George's - Worsley

From the outside, George’s looks like a traditional Georgian inn but inside it has a contemporary New England feel...


The Patron, Manchester

An Irishman and a Norwegian went into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of a joke but it really happened...


Grafene, Manchester

This British Modern Fine Dining restaurant is superb and if it isn’t on your list of ‘must do’ Manchester restaurants then it should be.


Tre Ciccio, Altrincham

The menu contains some of the dishes you would expect to find in your local trattoria and some you certainly wouldn’t.


The Abel Heywood, Manchester

In the years we have been going here, I can honestly say that we have never had a bad meal and we always look forward to eating here...


The Head Of Steam, Didsbury

The Cameron family have been brewing and running public houses in the North East of England since the 1860’s...


The eXchange Food And Drink Lounge, Manchester

I don’t normally frequent the Oxford Road end of Portland Street, preferring to hang out within a short stroll of Piccadilly or Victoria train stations...


The Stonemason's Arms, Timperley

Today was all about Sunday lunch, which on such a chilly day was just what the doctor ordered


Afternoon Tea At Malmaison, Manchester

Isn’t Afternoon Tea the most civilised of repasts? Lunch is a distant memory, dinner is a way off in the distance but your tummy is telling you it’s peckish...


Bottomless Brunch At Revolution de Cuba, Manchester

Brunch: a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch. Rev de Cuba invited us to sample their new Bottomless Brunch...


Dom's Tavola Calda , Manchester

One of the staff told me that the original restaurant, Pizza Italia opened there in 1967, which means I have been dining here for at least forty two of those fifty years...


The New Manchester Pop-Up Restaurant Incubator

The Pop-Up Incubator will provide all of the operational support for the pop-up event from a professionally set up kitchen to fully serviced bar...


The Dog & Partridge - Didsbury

The Dog & Partridge sits near the crossroads of Wilmslow Road and Barlow Moor Road in Didsbury village. As you step through the front door, the décor and design is very traditional, with mis-matched wooden furniture, a little exposed brick and ‘modern vintage’ paint colours on the walls...


Chez Mal Brasserie at Malmaison, Manchester

We get lots of emails every week at Taste Today. Lots and lots. If we are lucky there will be a ‘Come and try our new menu’ email. We like those. Malmaison in Manchester, emailed us with just such an invite...


Al Bacio, Manchester

I had received an email inviting me to review Al Bacio on South King Street. That’s the little street that runs parallel with the shopping part of King Street, behind Mint Velvet and Kath Kidson...


Barristers Restaurant At The Court House

occasionally we are invited out to the leafy suburbs of Manchester. Such was the case with Barristers in Knutsford, a particular favourite Cheshire town of ours...


The 120th International Cheese Awards

If you love cheese and frankly who doesn’t, there is an event that happens in Nantwich every year that will have you drooling in anticipation...


Chaophraya Thai Cookery Class

Delicious aromas were soon filling the restaurant. Why does the curry I make at home never taste quite so good?...



I have a small confession to make. I don’t know much about wine, so an evening spent wine tasting was a revelation...


A Tapas Tour Of Seville

We visited lots of different and some quite unexpected establishments and tried all manner of local delicacies, both food and drink.


Small Plates, The Indecisive-Diners Delight

Is anyone else a totally indecisive diner? On a recent trip to Liverpool, I struggled to make my mind up on where to go for lunch. So, I hit up #AskTwitter...


A Mini Break At Abode

The Abode in Manchester is housed in a former Victorian textile factory, a short stroll from Piccadilly train station. The façade is typically 19th Century but the interior is anything but.


The Ned, London

It was the name that first caught my eye on social media. The Ned. There was a new, swanky hotel and member’s club opening in The City of London, called The Ned.


Randall & Aubin, Manchester

They say, ‘Good things come to those who wait’ and we have been waiting for the opening of Randall & Aubin, in Manchester, for many a long month


Hipstering In Shoreditch

I have been visiting London all my life but one area I have never explored is the East End, so my daughter and I decided to head there and check out the much-lauded food scene...


Corner Cocktail Bar - Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Hatters Hostel group has a rather fabulous new addition to its offering in the Northern Quarter...


New Breakfast/Brunch Menu At The Abel Heywood, Manchester

A new season means a new breakfast/brunch menu at the Abel Heywood in Manchester’s Northern quarter...


A Mini-Break In The Lune Valley, Lancashire

Recently I went on a mini break to one of the family-run, Seafood Pub Company’s venues, The Fenwick at Claughton, nestled in the Lune Valley


Grand Pacific, Manchester

I have ascended the winding staircase at 50 Spring Gardens many times when it was the bar and restaurant, Room. However, on Sunday we went up the stairs to visit...


The Pasta Project

We eat out in Manchester a lot, so it’s nice to get out of the city every now and then. I received an invitation...


Food Sorcery Cookery School

A new cookery school has opened at the Waterside Hotel in Didsbury. Food Sorcery is owned and run by three friends...


An Italian Chef In A Cheshire Kitchen

No one knows this better than Stefano de Blasio and his family, who for the past 40 years have been designing and fitting kitchens...