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2018 1 16 Forest

Northern cities back plans to plant up to 50 million trees

We look at the benefits - and complications - of the Northern Forest

2019 10 14 Save Our Sound 1

Suffragettes to sword swallowers - the new project saving North West stories

Save Our Sounds will digitise 5000 precious tape recordings ‘before they are lost forever’

2019 10 14 Lowry Hotel Lounge Area

Five star Lowry restaurant and bar has a whole makeover

Two AA Rosette River Restaurant unveils its first new look since 2000

Top
stories

2019 10 12 Alvarium Interior Restaurant

‘Dr Gillian McKeith would be proud’ – Alvarium, Northern Quarter, reviewed

Kelly Bishop finds the plant-based small plates a little bit hit and miss

2019 10 14 Xyz Bar

As easy as XYZ – brand new workspace where work meets play

Chic surroundings, a natural eco system and a place to have a glass of wine...

2019 10 11 Cocktails In The City

Latest: Greater Manchester food and drink news (6-12 October)

Our weekly round up of stories you might have missed from around town

2019 10 11 Brexit Van 1

Interviews with inanimate objects: The Brexit Van

Confidential gives a voice to the van with the plan soon to be converted into...

2019 10 11 Angel Meadows Sculpture Lazerian

Huge angel coming to Angel Meadow Park…made from 25,000 plastic bottles

The community recycling art project will be led by award-winning studio Lazerian

2019 10 07 Mana Team October

Michelin madness: Manchester's pursuit of a star examined

Jonathan Schofield assesses what difference it makes in terms of the city

2019 07 12 Amaas Canteen Venue 3

How Chorlton’s favourite south Indian canteen built such a success from scratch

Amma’s is a real family concern

2018 10 18 Seven Brothers Live Music 1

Electro-pop, terrariums and Halloween - October at Seven Bro7hers

With live music and literature to boot, it’s a busy month at the brewery…

Latest restaurant
reviews

2019 09 06 Three Little Words Exterior

'Fine, new, operator' - Three Little Words, Watson Street reviewed

Jonathan Schofield appreciates most things but not The Knickerbocker Glory

2019 09 25 Hyssop Exterior

'The bovril is in the details' - Hyssop, Glossop reviewed

Kelly Bishop investigates whether Hyssop is just a local restaurant for local people

2019 09 13 Sushi Marvel Seared Fish

‘A small morsel of joy’ - Sushi Marvel, Ancoats, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield is in love with Chorlton’s city centre sushi sibling

2019 09 03 Wilderness Exterior

'Portlandia in restaurant form' - Wilderness NQ reviewed

Kelly Bishop wades through birch sap and buckwheat to find excellent cookery behind foraged mist

2019 08 30 Alberts Standish

'Fritters worth fighting for' - Albert's Standish, reviewed

Claire Woodier investigates why this particular branch is so hard to get into

2019 08 20 Bulls Head Outside

‘I’m just happy it's there’ - The Bull’s Head, Heyside, reviewed

Claire Woodier struggles to get a decent snap at the Beastro boys’ new bountiful boozer

2019 08 14 Ribeye Steak

'Is a £65 steak worth the price?' - Ribeye Steakhouse, First Street, reviewed

Kelly Bishop wants to know if Wagyu really is the dogs

2019 08 05 Quarter House Int 2

'Slightly hot, very sticky' - Quarter House, Northern Quarter, reviewed

Jonathan Schofield has a meal with an 18ft woman and approves the food

Best of
MCR

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Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works unveil £50m regeneration of Stretford, Altrincham and Urmston

Property deal will provide a massive boost to the borough’s economic regeneration

2019 10 04 Moda Library

In a good Moda - is this the new way of renting?

No deposit, flexible contracts, a built-in community and you can even bring your dog

2019 05 08 Mfdf Opening Night

Manchester's essential festival calendar: September to December 2019

With over 50 festivals, it’s our biggest instalment yet…

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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

2019 06 14 Sleuth Foster

Sleuth: Mancunian predicts end of civilisation, chattering architects, beggars belief and other...

Week 24 in which Sleuth decides to build a bunker and stockpile food

2019 06 07 Sleuth Big Trousers Long View

Sleuth: Mcr's biggest ever trousers plus TV clangers, and the sweetest D-Day story

Week 23: in which Sleuth borrows a Brompton to meet the girls

2019 05 31 Peterloo Memorial Under Construction

Sleuth: Peterloo Memorial Row, no deposit - no fleas, fat NHS snacks, more Brexit nonsense

Week 22: flawed memorials, nuclear options and coffee shop remainers

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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

Travel

2019 09 23 Mama Shelter London 11

British luxury in the West, Parisian hip in the East - a tale of two London hotels

Vicky Smith checks out Mama Shelter and quaffs champagne at Hyatt Regency London - The...

2019 10 06 Holbeck Ghyll Exterior

What to expect from a stay at Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere

Deanna Thomas checks into one of Cumbria’s grandest boutique hotels

2019 09 19 Stadium View At Emirates Old Trafford

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford - watching the cricket in style

Tom Cox achieves his Ashes dreams at Emirates Old Trafford

2019 09 16 Airds Hotel View

Scot free! Let’s take the high road to loch side luxury

Neil Sowerby discovers a beautiful boutique inn and an island to treasure

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Our picks at The Pen And Pencil

It’s the perfect place for ladies (and fellas) who brunch

Huge angel coming to Angel Meadow Park…made from 25,000 plastic bottles

The community recycling art project will be led by award-winning studio Lazerian

Michelin madness: Manchester's pursuit of a star examined

Jonathan Schofield assesses what difference it makes in terms of the city

Interviews with inanimate objects: The Brexit Van

Confidential gives a voice to the van with the plan soon to be converted into...

Five star Lowry restaurant and bar has a whole makeover

2019 10 14 Lowry Hotel Lounge Area
2019 10 11 Quarter House Hero

Holy smoke: Quarter House does BBQ food but not as you know it

We speak to Jason Latham, the head chef who's playing with fire on Stevenson Square

2019 10 12 Alvarium Interior Restaurant

‘Dr Gillian McKeith would be proud’ – Alvarium, Northern Quarter, reviewed

Kelly Bishop finds the plant-based small plates a little bit hit and miss

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