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2019 05 17 Sleuth Boris

Sleuth: Boris Johnson in new Manchester job, Oxford Rd deer fined and Neighbourhood tells it as it...

Week 20: Let's say nice things about everything all the time and drink good cut-price wine

2019 05 17 Peacemeal

Tony Wilson's son Oli to open Ancoats bakery restaurant that employs the homeless

Peacemeal will be a music and wellness venue that works with charities to break the...

2019 05 15 Federal Exterior

‘Inject a bit of sunshine into your life’ - Federal, Deansgate, reviewed

Lucy Tomlinson visits the laid-back brunch spot’s new Deansgate outpost

Top
Stories

2019 05 15 Dakota 5

Flashy, glam and tasteful - Manchester's new Dakota Hotel set to be a real asset

Jonathan Schofield admires this hugely impressive addition to Manchester's hotels

2019 05 15 Mark Garner

Gary Usher: Bullied, Bully, or Manipulative PR Genius?

The Confidentials publisher, Mark ‘Gordo’ Garner, exercises his right to reply

2019 05 15 Weavers Factory Gift Shop Tim Simpson Photogrpahy

The Weavers Factory: the new Manchester gallery with a remarkable story

Artist Joan Charnley bequeathed her house to her neighbours…with one dying wish

2019 05 09 Fighting Spirit 1

Fighting Spirit: why boxing may soon be on prescription

Boxing saved Gwen Richards from a mental health crisis - now her lessons will be...

2019 05 08 Mfdf Opening Night

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 – first events revealed

Book NOW for comfort food, curry collectives, Catalan cuisine and cocktails

Banyan Roast 2

Manchester's top 30 eating out offers: May 2019

From free steak (really) to bottomless Sunday lunch, this month’s best dining deals

2019 05 08 San Carlo Selfridges

Where fashion meets fizz - San Carlo opens new Champagne bar at Selfridges Trafford Centre

Expect cocktails, charcuterie and ten types of bubbles

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Rudy’s Pizza officially named 10th best in the world

The Manchester-based pizzeria is the only UK top ten entry

Latest Restaurant
Reviews

2019 05 06 Blue Eyed Panda Interior

'Bloody hot and damn fine' - Blue Eyed Panda, Ancoats, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield pioneers the Farrow & Ball food writing measure

2019 05 07 Samir Starters

‘A strong mezze game’ - Samir, Stretford, reviewed

Ruth Allan on a new Syrian venture worth the trip

2019 04 15 Honest Burger First Look 10

‘So what sets them apart?’ - Honest Burgers, Bridge Street, reviewed

Neil Sowerby visits the newest contender in Manchester’s battle of the burgers

2019 04 23 A Vucciria Exterior

'We're overwhelmed, it's as rich as a Game of Thrones-style feast' - A’Vucciria, Rawtenstall,...

Lucy Tomlinson packs in some rather large small plates

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'There'll be Wows everywhere before you know it' - WowYauChow, Altrincham, reviewed

Ruth Allan fights her own children for a bite at Alty's new British-Chinese restaurant

2019 03 14 Baity Exterior

'Get your hands greasy and rip it to shreds' - Baity, Didsbury, reviewed

Lucy Tomlinson hops on the Middle Eastern bandwagon and heads for Didsbury’s corner of Palestine...

Hyssop Bulls Head Glossop

‘Top-notch kitchen talent is obvious’ - Hyssop at The Bulls Head, Glossop, reviewed

Neil Sowerby heads for the cobbles of Old Glossop to visit a beloved pub rescued...

2019 02 21 Goose Gander Exterior

'Great expectations, dashed' - The Goose & Gander, Blackrod, reviewed

Neil Sowerby takes a slightly wrong turn down memory lane

Best of
MCR

Volta Didsbury Interior

An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Didsbury

From croissants to Korean, pints to Palestinian - Manchester’s most covetable suburb is bursting with...

170628 Bluedot

Manchester's essential festival calendar: May to August 2019

Four months, 30 festivals…time to clear the diary

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This is Manchester: 99 photos from the 1970s

Abandoned stations, vast housing blocks and the birth of a city centre monster - a...

2018 12 04 Curiosities City Alternative Guide To Manchester 3

Curiosities in the city: an alternative tour of Manchester (part three)

Smelly ditches, cow’s stomach lining and broken pianos - Jonathan Schofield reveals more strange (and...

Port Street Beer House 6754Fg

Where to find proper cider in Manchester - using a handy map

An in-ciders guide on where to find the 100% fresh pressed good stuff - from...

Kebab Kurdistan

Confidential Eats: an alternative guide to Manchester's Curry Mile

We head off on a kebab pilgrimage to Rusholme with DJ Luke 'Kebab Man' Unabomber

Forest Side Food

Top 100 Restaurants in the North West revealed

The Confidentials team release the region's first dedicated restaurant guide

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Confidential Eats: New Smithfield – inside Manchester’s midnight market

While most of us sleep, this lot are bartering, buying, selling and telling lies to...

Sleuth

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Sleuth: Birdcage closes, Lib Dems prepare to take over city council, no car Manchester

Week 19: fun and games and swinging seats

Gavin Williamson

Sleuth: Gav Williamson for Northern Powerhouse, crap hotel idea and new artwork massacred

Week 18: Sleuth and the power of attorney puzzle

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Sleuth: Biffa piss-take, continence convention and the best Manchester photo ever

Week 17: Exercise bike. Skis. Coffin. And so it goes...

Sleuth Week 14 04 05 2019 Sleuth Home Loos

Sleuth: Silly toilet correctness, Deansgate streaker and a German AssMann

Week 14: in which Sleuth encounters an inexplicable triptych

Travel

190414 Ponies

Tall trees and a small dog in the New Forest

Our base, the award-winning, mega dog-friendly Balmer Lawn Hotel, was itself built in the mid-1800s...

190218 Lawrence Night

The Lawrence – bijou luxury lair just a broomstick ride away

The Lawrence makes a stylish, boutique base for visiting Pendle Witch Country and the Ribble...

181130 Gaztelugatxe

Footloose and foodie on a pilgrimage to Bilbao

This circular walk was organised by award-winning tour operators Purely Pyrenees. The next four days...

190219 Ghent Main

Illuminating times in Flemish gem Ghent

Ghent’s revival after the Austrian invasion came with the Industrial Revolution, and it has our...

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