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2019 05 24 Lowry A Cricket Match

Rare Lowry cricket painting unveiled for first time in 20 years

Now on show at The Lowry, it’s expected to reach up to £1.2m at auction...

2019 05 23 Kala Interior

'Balanced, nuanced and assured' - Kala, King Street, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield has something to shout about

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How many public spaces have the Council sold off - and how much money have they made?

Andrea Sandor investigates the public spaces sold off by Manchester City Council between 2014-2018 and...

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Open arms, not closed fists: Manchester two years after the arena attack

Jonathan Schofield looks back at the aftermath of the 22 May terror attack, which killed...

2018 05 03 Manchester Jazz Festival By Steven Sibbald

Manchester Jazz Festival returns this bank holiday weekend

Expect over 60 free gigs, performances citywide and a new festival hub in St Ann’s...

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The Lost Streets of Manchester: Cannon Street

Jonathan Schofield takes an occasional look at some of the streets that have disappeared or...

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Moneyless market coming to Sadler’s Yard

Forget cash or card, you just need to ‘bring a thing’ for the bank holiday...

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Ten places to get a great milkshake in Manchester

Boozy ones, savoury ones, vegan ones and over-indulgent ones - all better for supping than...

Manchester Airport Transformation Programme

Take a look inside Manchester Airport's new £1 billion 'super terminal'

The huge transformation programme will see Terminal 2 more than double in size

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Changing the face of wine – Meet Manchester’s female sommeliers (Part 1)

In the first of a series, Neil Sowerby meets Fabia Bracco, head sommelier at 20 Stories

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The office is dead - it’s time for a better Work.Life

You've probably heard co-working is the future, but what's the big deal? We try find...

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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

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

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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...

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‘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

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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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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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'Balanced, nuanced and assured' - Kala, King Street, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield has something to shout about

Manchester Jazz Festival returns this bank holiday weekend

Expect over 60 free gigs, performances citywide and a new festival hub in St Ann’s...

The Lost Streets of Manchester: Cannon Street

Jonathan Schofield takes an occasional look at some of the streets that have disappeared or...

Ten places to get a great milkshake in Manchester

Boozy ones, savoury ones, vegan ones and over-indulgent ones - all better for supping than...

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How many public spaces have the Council sold off - and how much money have they made?

Andrea Sandor investigates the public spaces sold off by Manchester City Council between 2014-2018 and...

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North West goes to polls as Farage eyes ownership of Europe debate

Danny Moran on today’s Euro elections as May finally teeters on the brink

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