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04 24 2019 Sip Article New Wakefield St

The Manchester car park disgrace with expensive ramifications for the city

Jonathan Schofield discovers car parks without planning permission avoiding business rates

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An insider's guide to eating and drinking in Chorlton

From fresh seafood to craft beer and Nepalese momos - Manchester's middle-class suburban utopia has...

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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04 18 2019 Cathedral Gardens 2

Grassed up, parched and dying - surely it's not happening again?

Confidential becomes worried about the state of the new Cathedral Gardens lawns and puts in...

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Confusion over the sudden closure of Grindsmith coffee shop

The brand new coffee bar and brunch spot has gone dark

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‘The menu is straight from the '70s and '80s’ - Locanda, Altrincham, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield doesn’t mind a bit of nostalgia, but only the good bits

2018 11 13 Fika Exterior

Northern Quarter's FIKA bar and restaurant closed

The Scandinavian-inspired venue has closed just seven months into business

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Indie Urmston - businesses unite to promote local trade

Independent businesses have got together to offer late night shopping and deals

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RIBA reveals North West buildings shortlisted for 2019 awards

Five Greater Manchester projects have been nominated for the architectural prize

Mark Ball Mif

'What does MIF do best? Those projects that are wonderfully indefinable' - Mark Ball, creative...

David Blake discusses The Factory, artistic ambition and the city's growing cultural clout with Manchester...

Tast Team

Three is the magic number at Tast

Three levels of food over three levels of building

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2019 04 04 Little Yeti Outside

'This buzzing Chorlton diner's momo is a go go' - Little Yeti, Chorlton, reviewed

Neil Sowerby treks to the suburbs in search of a Himalayan culinary adventure

2019 01 04 Foodwell Yoga Restaurant

'My dining partner declares it "the worst thing I’ve ever eaten"' - FoodWell, New Bailey, reviewed

Lucy Tomlinson is confused by Salford's new clean-eating-restaurant-cum-yoga-studio-wellness-thing

Erst Trove Ancoats

'Sharp as a pin austerity’ - Erst, Ancoats, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield admires the latest addition to the Ancoats anthology

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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...

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

Neil Sowerby takes a slightly wrong turn down memory lane

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'Even Dishoom and Bundobust don’t come close' - Lily's, Ashton-under-Lyne, reviewed

They've (finally) got a new, bigger and better space across the road. And it's as...

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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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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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Manchester’s best city centre art galleries

Whether browsing, buying or getting cultural - our guide to getting your art on

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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...

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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

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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: Silly toilet correctness, Deansgate streaker and a German AssMann

Week 14: in which Sleuth encounters an inexplicable triptych

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Interviews with Inanimate Objects: Manchester’s Pavements

Sleuth gets accused of being homostonophobic by, er, Manchester's pavements

Regent Road Traffic

Sleuth: Brexit Chaos, Traffic Chaos, MIPIM Genius, FC Schalke 04

Week 11: Sleuth gets to the bottom of the Regent Road chaos

St Michaels New Square

Sleuth - Neville's new plans for St Michael's, that Piccadilly Gardens wall and Samchester

Week 10: Sleuth and the satisfaction of graffiti progression

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...

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Footloose and foodie on a pilgrimage to Bilbao

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

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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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Manchester's 'sassiest cocktail bar' closed

Roc & Rye has called it a day on Spring Gardens

Confusion over the sudden closure of Grindsmith coffee shop

The brand new coffee bar and brunch spot has gone dark

Beyond the city: how to spend a weekend in... The Heatons

In part ten of the series, Carolyn Yates heads to the four Heatons (that's 'high...

Indie Urmston - businesses unite to promote local trade

Independent businesses have got together to offer late night shopping and deals

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

2019 04 23 A Vucciria Exterior
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An insider's guide to eating and drinking in Chorlton

From fresh seafood to craft beer and Nepalese momos - Manchester's middle-class suburban utopia has...

04 18 2019 Cathedral Gardens 2

Grassed up, parched and dying - surely it's not happening again?

Confidential becomes worried about the state of the new Cathedral Gardens lawns and puts in...

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