Here's a round up of stories you might have missed this week
Confidential's inbox has been rattling this week with news about launch menus, charitable initiatives, seasonal concoctions, openings and re-openings. Here's a round up of this week's Manchester food and drink stories.
Chinese to your doorstep with new app from WowYauChow
WowYauChow restaurants are getting the takeaway treatment with a new delivery service. The chinese restaurant, based in Rochdale and Altrincham, will launch its first online/mobile ordering service this month. Using Preoday’s app, diners can order a range of british-chinese favourites and chinese street food straight to their door.
Henry Yau, Managing Director at WowYauChow, said: “We are all about our followers and our new delivery service offers our comforting and honest food to our local fans where and when it is best for them. We have spent a great amount of time researching and testing everything to ensure your food arrives at the highest standard.”
The restaurant aims to open a new site in Stockport later this year.
Fancy a six course chippy tea?
Six by Nico, which is about to open at 60 Spring Gardens, is promising a chippy tea like you’ve never experienced before. The humble fish and chips will take centre stage on a six-course menu inspired by the traditional British takeaway. The launch menu is to be full of re-imagined classics such as chips and cheese, scampi, and a deep fried Mars Bar.
The restaurant is the idea of Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone, who is known for his concept menus which completely change every six weeks. Each new tasting menu will be based around a different place, idea, or memory.
Simeone said: “Most people are familiar with the tastes and scents of their local chip shop and we wanted to take the idea of the everyday chippy menu and re-invent it to create a playful food experience.”
Six by Nico Manchester will open to the public at the end of July. Read more here.
Crazy new combo from Pedros
Six by Nico isn’t the only restaurant putting fries in the spotlight this month. If you've ever fancied steak and chips on a pizza, your dreams can now come true courtesy of bar and pizza joint Crazy Pedros. Their July special takes the French classic of steak frites and sticks it on a pizza, available by the slice or the whole 16 inches.
All-singing relaunch for bowling brand
Bowling favourite All Star Lanes is relaunching this July with a brand new look, perfect for guests wanting a side of singing with their bowling. The venue will now have two karaoke booths to accompany the lanes – with exclusive launch offers until the end of August. A new private room, with its very own cocktail bar, will be available for exclusive parties of up to 100 guests. The onsite restaurant, headed by Executive Chef Matt Goussaert, is also getting a seasonal upgrade with a new menu for the relaunch.
Speaking of seasonal menus, Grill on New York Street have just launched a new bottomless brunch menu complete with free-flowing drinks for £30pp. The steakhouse restaurant will be serving the menu every Saturday, accompanied by with bottomless prosecco, wine or beer.
Speakeasy residence for magic trio
There’s a new magic show promising to spellbind guests at Alston Bar & Beef. The 1837 speakeasy will play host to the Vanishing Cabaret, a new monthly show of magic, hypnosis and slight of hand. Hosted by Aaron Calvert, Sam Fitton and Joel Dickinson, the Cabaret will welcome a featured guest act to the team every week.
Calvert is best known for swapping his stethoscope for the small screen, leaving his life as a doctor to showcase his hypnosis on Channel 4 special ‘Hello Stranger’. He will be accompanied by award-winning magician Fitton and street busker turned stage performer Dickinson. Debuting on the 11th July, the sold out show has already announced its follow-up dates and ticket buyers will receive an exclusive 20% off the menu.
Have a cuppa with Cosy Club
Cosy Club have joined forces with charity Independent Age to offer ‘Free Teas For Those In Need’ and fight loneliness across Manchester. The event, held every Wednesday morning at the Corn Exchange restaurant, encourages local communities to pop in for a free cuppa and a chat.
Amber Wood, Managing Director of Cosy Club, said: “Loneliness isn’t an issue that affects just one group of people in our society, it can affect everyone of all ages and abilities across the country, with sometimes devastating impact.”
“There is no catch to ‘Free Teas For Those In Need,’ we just believe that it’s a nice thing to do in our community, and hope that everyone passes this on to someone they know who may benefit from meeting new people, and a good cup of tea!”
Pop-up market for Pravha fans
An alcohol-inspired pop-up food market is coming to Spinningfields, ideal for both beer and food lovers alike. All food at the free event is inspired by the taste of Pravha, with experimental foodies The Robin Collective creating a range of snacks such as wasabi and pickled ginger meringues. There’s a pilsner sorbet made with liquid nitrogen on offer, as well as an Edible Bubble Volcano – no, we don’t know what that is either.
Celebrate MIF at PSK
Manchester International Festival kicks off this week with 18 days of special events. Peter Street Kitchen are marking the occasion with a trio of new cocktails, inspired by this year’s artists. ‘Mulholland Drive’ take inspiration from film legend David Lynch, who will be taking over HOME for the duration of the festival. The interactive art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Atmospheric Memory at the Science and Industry Museum is the inspiration for ‘Trails of Vapour.’ The final cocktail, ‘City of Gold,’ recreates the fantastical world of Marco Polo explored in Invisible Cities.
November opening for Neville’s hotel
Gary Neville has announced the opening date for his new hotel. The former Stock Exchange on Norfolk Street will re-open as a hotel on November 15. The announcement has been a long time coming, seven years after Neville and co-owners Ryan Giggs and Winston Zahra first acquired the 1906 Edwardian building.
The luxury hotel will have 40 rooms, including signature suites and a huge top-floor residence. Tom Kerridge was confirmed last month as head of the hotel’s restaurant and he will open his first Manchester operation on the former trading floor. Read more here. On Twitter, Neville said he was “proud and delighted” to finally open the hotel under his GG Hospitality brand.
A taste of South India in Stockport
The Produce Hall is to welcome new residents Chaat Cart. The award-winning Indian restaurant, headed by Aarti Pandey, is a favourite in Marple and will open with a new street-food style in Stockport. The stall will serve the popular street food menu Pandey takes to markets and events, alongside a selection of dishes from her main restaurant and a tiffin lunch deal.
After restaurateur Steve Pilling was slammed for mostly filling the food hall with brands he actually owns, he recently pledged to introduce more independent traders. Chaat Cart will take up a welcomed pitch next to Cambodian restaurant and fellow Marple venue Angkor Soul.