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Published on December 8th 2009.


Gezzabelle says..“ I went to see the Spice Girls at the MEN Arena last night. I really really enjoyed it as I have always been a big fan of the girls. One thing annoyed me though. We got there at about 7 o'clock . We knew that there was no support so we expected the girls to come on stage fairly shortly. However, the show didn't come on stage till 9. I paid £80 for my ticket plus booking fee on seetickets.com, and I think that to have no support act but not come on earlier than 9 o'clock is a bit much for that much money. What does anyone else think?

Cllr Paul Shannon says..“ Following the views expressed by 76%; of Mancunians in a Manchester Evening News poll in favour of an organised New Year's Eve celebration in our city, Manchester Lib Dems have responded. We are moving a motion at this week's Council meeting calling for a public consultation to begin. We believe that any New Year’s Eve celebrations must be safe, financially viable and have the support of the business sector and public.Now is the right time to review the Council’s previous policy of not holding a New Year’s Eve celebration. Many big cities across the UK and Europe hold successful and enjoyable New Year’s Eve celebrations. I'm sure here in Manchester we would do it even better than them! I hope for cross-party support from all Councillors to make Manchester's New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31st 2008 a reality.Cllr Paul ShannonManchester Lib Dem Deputy Leader

Kevin says..“ 76%; of Manchester Evening News readers can't even read, if faced with a question such as do we want a free party of course they're going to say yes. Honestly Councillor this is shamefull politicking. You want the people to rise up and vite for the small-minded liberals. We don't need a New Years Eve party let's do the other ones better.

mark m says..“ 76%; of all statistics are made up on the spot

Anonymous says..“ Just wanted to say have been and had 2 private ski lessons at Chill Factor with a guy called Paul Cole,and although it is expensive I thought he was a great instructor, have only ever been on snow once before and needed proper lessons. I feel much more confident in my ability and he has a great teaching manner and is very patient and encouraging.Cheers Paul.

curiosity = dead cat says..“ Just being nosey, big queue outside town hall on Albert Square... what's it all about???? Anyone know?

Sue says..“ EastzEast hellJust thought you might be interested in my horrendous experience at the new EastzEast a couple of weekends ago. I think if you read my email below you should find it fairly self explanatory… Also thought you might be interested to know that the restaurant has not seen fit to reply or even acknowledge my complaint. I feel really let down by them. I’ve been to EastzEast on a number of occasions and never had a problem, and I know that you consider them to be your favourite Indian restaurant in the city centre but obviously something went seriously wrong on that particular night. Maybe its just teething problems but I thought I at least deserved an acknowledgement from them – perhaps they don’t care? I’d be interested to know whether you’ve received any other adverse comments.

Jono says..“ A friend of mine wants to play poker (for match-sticks) in a pub in or near the city centre but is having trouble finding one with a gambling license. Is a license needed, given no money is involved? Or does anyone out there know of a pub with such a permit?Thanks.

thedevilone says..“ Giraffe - Spiningfields - horrid.Took my 2 nieces here and my husband one Staurday and it was a really bad dining experience. I know it is a fast food kind of place, but seriously McDonalds would have been better. The childrens meal of sausage and mash, was 1 shriveled sausage and a blob of mash. The chicken burger was burnt pieces of chicken that was inedible - you wouldn't feed to the dog. They didnt have the chicken wrap I wanted so I had the Meze which tasted 3 days old. Don't go near the smoothies unless you want tasteless slop. Yeah seriously this place was rubbish. Staff were nice though but I don't pay for smiles. The plastic giraffes on the cups was probably the best thing!

Jody says..“ Giraffe is like a Wacky Warehouse gone wrong. The food is amateurish and the sit in Spinningfields so cramped that you walk out with neck ache. We really don't need this place.

wayne says..“ Hey everybody Black Francis (Aka Frank Black front man of the Grunge legends The Pixies) will play Big Hands at 7pm today It’s a pre-core gig (like a guerilla gig). Apparently the one in Oxford (7th Feb) was brilliant and over 100 people turned up. They are hoping it will get mobbed. It precedes his NME shockwaves awards gig at the Academy later in the evening.

Webster says..“ Have you noticed the GMP police car that seems to be a perminent fixture parked in St Ann Street (outside Habitat)throughout the day, causing an obstruction, not loading or unloading, preventing disabled badges holders a parking facility. What's it all about?

I dislike says..“ Circle = horrible horrible. Used to be interesting people, now it is just rich people. I was a member for years, even had my picture up on the wall at one point. Got convinced into having my birthday there, half price drinks and food promised. Convinced my friends against their better nature to come along. Turn up - 'no no no, it's only buy one get one free on the first drink' and even better 'who told you get buy one get one free on the food - we could not afford that'! Genius, awfull customer service. I just looked stoopid. They were either broke or desperate. I looked like a fantasist. Then the 'special room' with a broken playstation and a rubbish guitar game..awful. Cancel membership via letter & email, no contact in return. Months later debt collectors get in touch, turns out when I introduced a friend to them, I had signed up for another years membership...and they were holding me to it despite me explaining my reasons for leaving!! Oh well, they get 10 quid a month & have lost a fair bit of business since from friends and associates.Given my numerous emails to them did not meet with a single response it feels good to get this off my chest.Love. Me!

Gareth says..“ MEN - world class muppets that they are. Today's cover - apparantly global warming is an issue & we need to do something about it! Well I never. Go back to picking on poor council employees who commit minor offences. Or whatever it is you 'investigate'.

Gareth says..“ Wayne - re Frank Black...when is today?!

Anonymous says..“ HiI received a call on my mobile to say I'd won a night at the Renaissance on your website but I'm still waiting for written confirmation

Anonymous says..“ It might be an idea to put your name so they know who you are.

nathan says..“ does anynody feel we've lost our goverment to private businesses ???

Anonymous says..“ North - south divide. No not south of England V north of England...it's Manchester I am talking about. Its such a strong divide and completely constructed ie no real difference especially comparing either to THE REST OF THE WORLD. Whilst Chorlton has its baker (has anyone ever been to Golders Green in London) and whilst I applaud Unicorn for its principles and do occasionaly shop there (from the North of the city so I do burn up the carbs!) ther is life north of Deansgate. It shocks me how few people even know where Boddingtons is (was, its now an other car park). There is now a Croma in Prestwich and Manchesters' only chocolatiers, Slattery is in Whitefield. Nervous friends and colleagues seem determined to buy/remain south, which of course means there is more space up here but it does get a little lonely at times! There view of Manchester stretches to small areas of the south as far as the city centre.

Gerry says..“ Got used to being told by restaurants when I book for seven o'clock that they want the table back by nine. The Aladdin in Withington went one further tonight -brought me my bill unasjed at 8:15 when we were still on dessert and coffee. How's that for middle eastern hospitality?

johnthebrief says..“ Why is Manchester City Council so determined to stop people parking in the city centre. The proliferation of double yellow lines has been phenomenal and the (predictable) result is that our streets are gridlocked with people looking for somewhere to park. Perhaps if the council made it easier to park they'd find that both the environment and local businesses benefited, as people spend less itme running their engines and more time spending money.

Anonymous says..“ John the brief is absolutely correct. I am a non smoker, but drivers are now joining smokers in the group of unwanted people. I like to visit the city centre, out of hours parking used to be easy, now it is often impossible. I am also responsible and law abiding, I would not dream of drinking and driving, nor would I park on a double yellow line.What is wrong with a few single yellow lines in quiet areas, wide roads, or side streets?All the Greater Manchester councils seem to love putting more and more paint on the roads.Let's have some more single yellows in central Manchester, it has not been abandoned to the binge drinking youth.

GJH says..“ FITNESS FIRST GANG OF BANDITS. They lost my membership cancellation letter & charged me for the next month. Then whilst failing to get back to my phone calls took ANOTHER payment & now simply refer to the terms and conditions in refusing to give me my cash back. They know I am telling the truth & hide behind the contract. From what I hear typical. DO NOT GO NEAR. If one person has second thoughts after reading this, I will be delighted.

kittirox says..“ Subway breakfasts... the only time I've taken a bite out of a sandwich and put it in the bin. Completely gross - don't be sucked in by the brekkie vouchers!

Paula says..“ Michael Todd, not in the public interest!!!!Maybe the police can explain how hounding my father for 18 months for a minor accident he did not have, producing statements dated before the alledged, false offence, several visits to court for the alledged victim to produce a bill for damage to her car of £150. He is supposed to have deliberately rammed her old banger, I think more than £150 damage would have been created if that had happened. Police refused to carry out a visual of forensic test on my fathers car to clear him. He basically was set up and it cost the taxpapers a lot of money. I would love someone to explain how the CPS classified this as in the public interest. Ironically my fathers formal complaint was then made confidential and he was not allowed to view what was input to cover up the polices set up and cover up as it wasn't int he public interest.

Horrified Observer says..“ Q: When is a pub quiz not a pub quiz?A: When it becomes the 'Look-at-me-I'm-the-zany-Quizmaster' show.Ie. Trof Northern Quarter. Poor Lizzie B, relegated to the sidelines...

Jackie from Worsley says..“ Went to San Carlo last night for a birthday celebration - nothing to celebrate at San Carlo. We went for the later 9.30 sitting which was fine but you can't add drinks that you have at the bar to your overall bill. Why? Mozzarella starter was cold. Hubby's main course came without his side order; my main of risotto was warm, not hot. The side order never arrived and no apology from the senior waiters was offered, despite our complaints. Not good service at all from Manchester's top rated Italian Restaurant. Don’t go there if you want a good value for money celebratory night out - you won't get one there!

Ken Barlow says..“ Jackie , The place is appalling , San Carlo is full of Chavs and Slappers all dressed in cheap looked gold .The food is consistenly crap and the best bit , they just dont give a **** about you Every body , please go elsewhere

Angela says..“ Party from office went to Belle Vue Dogs last thursday on the 2 4 1 offer.Great night - food OK - did not like way vegetables were served - our waitress was absolutely useless - 20 mins wait for bottle of wine - 25 min wait for 2 vodkas - need to sort out lazy waiting-on staff from helpful & efficient waiting on staff -

johnthebrief says..“ FAO - Horrified Observer - the best pub quiz in Manchester is 9pm every Monday night at Tribeca on Sackville Street. (and no I'm not the quizmaster or an employee)

Anonymous says..“ Anyone get towed or clamped at Sale Metro today (Old Bar 2 car park)??It seems strange to me that the car park was made to look like it was open to the public for a few months whilst it got busier and busier with commuters and then all of a sudden signs were put up saying 'private property' and in one day all the cars in the car park were either towed or clamped. I reckon that's an easy £5,000 the particular 'parking services' company made today!!

Angela, Walkden says..“ I want to know why the Cinema in the trafford centre charge extra for the 'Premier Seats' ? I went to the very same cinema when it first opened and the only difference between the seats is a small screwed on plate saying 'premier seat' ? It is obvious they have pick out the most popular seats and decided to charge extra for them - this does not happen at other cinemas. The one at the Printworks is excellent, you can pay extra and help yourself to as much nacho & cheese dip as you like and you can have a beer, the seats are leather and are almost like sofa's (if you life the arm rest. If everybody complained about the charge then maybe they will do something about it! I urge you all to boycott these so called premier seats!!! If you want to spend extra money then try the printworks. PS the cheese dip for the nachos is also very good there. Lol.

Christian says..“ Just got back from the Laundry Shop on Oxford Rd and been disgusted by the customer service. Got a pair of trousers back which had to wear for 1 day back at work and the pockets not pressed at all. Asked for repressing....NO! Was told had to pay again, after forking out a fiver to have them cleaned in the first place!!! I've used the Laundry Shop frequently over the last few years, this is the first time they have messed up but won't return after this rubbish customer service. How about an article on the best dry cleaners in the city centre... need to find one who can do the job properly!!!! Thanks for listening

Johnthebrief says..“ Hey there Mancon, could you post a rant section on the St Petersburg offer/competition.I'd love to explain how you'd have to pay me a lot of money ever to set foot in that dreadful place ever again.

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ Dear Johnthebrief it's on our list.

Johnthebrief says..“ I'll write you a review for a tenner - taking in the whole experience from non existent service, sub-Burger King food, the drunk girl wearing a velvet curtain and singing karaoke, and the obvious mafioso propping up the bar. Why did we have to lose Ikan Baby for this dump?

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ Johnthebrief, wow, I think you've done the review already. I quite like the idea of an obvious mafia bod by the bar. Does this man know nothing of the benefits of disguise in his line of shady business. And while I'm on here, Christian, we'll leave the dry cleaning thing for the mo, but if you want to let us know which is the best then we'll communicate that. As for the Trafford Centre point from Angela, I'll get somebody on to it next week and we'll find out what's going on.

Carol says..“ ABODE restaurant - give the special offer a miss if you want to feel you have eaten. Portions are miniscule and you definitely need side dishes as these are not included in the price although no-one bothers to mention this to you until its too late! The cafe bar looks nice from the outside but is not finished off inside - look like an old workhouse at the back! The eating area located behind a glass screen looks like something out of an airport cafe bar and lacks ambience. Staff pleasant enough but lack training required for what is supposed to be a high quality eaterie. Wouldnt recommend it.

Anonymous says..“ Hello,This is not strictly a rant but its the best place to speak to people in Manchester!Do you work in the design industry in or near the City Centre?Would you be interested in talking to us, and getting rewarded for your time?We represent one of the leading Spray Adhesive brands and are excited to chat to you about our next big campaign.If you are interested in getting involved, and would be able to spare an hour of your time TOMORROW EVENING, please feel free to get in touch.Date: Thursday 10th AprilTime: 5-6pm; 6-7pmLocation: tbc. but will be in central Manchester!Light refreshments will be provided, and recipients will be paid £15 for their time.Spaces are limited, so we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!Please email sprayfocus@hotmail.co.uk for more information and we will be in touch. Please feel free to tell your designer friends...Thanks for your time.

Ben says..“ I hope the "sprayfocus" shill has paid for his/her impromptu advertisement in the RANT section! Moving on to comments on fixed priced menu deals such as the current one at Abode. Yes, most places I've been to do try to bump up the bill with the inevitable "vegetables" or "water" questions but I didn't find the need to pay extra at either Malmaison in June or Abode in April. The portions were fine and the food good. My only concern would be a) the automatic addition of a service charge at each venue and b) the apparent assumption at one place that we were leaving a further tip on top of the service charge and that there was no need for them to bring back the couple of quid change. If they need £30 (rather than £25) to make the deal work it'd be more honest to say so. But, as I say, no complaints about the food/portions.

Mo says..“ Went to the Krispy Kreme opening this morning in Piccadilly and stood back to take a photo of them cutting the ribbons so ended up about 10th or 11th in the queue and contrary to your Krispy Kreme article they didn't give free donuts to the first twelve, just to the first 8. I had to buy mine.They are delicious though - but just wanted to put your write up right.Mo

nicky says..“ I would like to thank Manchester Confidential for a fantastic night last night at the Cirque Surreal at the Trafford Centre, i won the tickets and had a very enjoyable evening, the show is excellent and i recomend to every one.Thanks again, Nicky

PC ? says..“ Could anybody explain why the memorial service for Michael Todd was completely overwelmed by the on-street police presence? What on earth were they all doing there? Shouldn't they have been doing other jobs?

GJH says..“ Manchester confidential competitions.Exactly how are the winners chosen?Why ask for post codes?Our theory is that those from less affluent post codes are deliberatly excluded from the competition prizes as there is less payback!!!!Which would explain why I have won nothing in a zillion years of entering every relevant one!

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ GJH we take postcodes because we want to know where our readers are, this helps us with stories and promotions. All competition winners are chosen randomly, there's no postcode lottery here. As for not winning we have the best competitions and offers in Manchester but we also have more than 55,000 subscribers. Keep trying, your time may yet come.

i need and events diary for manchester says..“ does anyone have an events diary/guide for manchester? basically i need a list of what's on in manchester in say "august" or "october", ive tried the tourist office, various hotel foyers, marketing manchester and the metro, no one has one. I know i've seen them in the past, can anyone help?

johnthebrief says..“ Jonathan - Has Gordo gone part time or have you cut his expense allowance? We hardly ever get a review from him these days, and they were the reaosn I first started reading this site.

Gordo says..“ I agree with you, JtB, more money please

johnthebrief says..“ If you're short of readies this month Gordo, check out Kim by the Sea in Hulme

MikeB says..“ I can't believe it Krispy Kreme have stopped making the Manchester Tart donut.Someone needs to start a campaign to get them

GJH says..“ No no no MikeB - coconut, on a dougnut?!Like jam on a pizza!

drew peacock says..“ Mo...Are you a press photographer or summat?...why would anyone other than that be taking a pic of the opening of a doughnut shop ffs?...

drew peacock says..“ And another thing...Man Con.. Why do new posts appear at the bottom of the pile?..shouldn't they appear at the top so we don't have to keep scrolling down all the time?..It's like having a pile of mail, lifting it up and sticking todays at the bottom.

Universal pandemic says..“ Did anybody see this post on the Panacea review? Hellen says..“ Last Saturday night whilst enjoying some quiet drinks with professional friends in Panacea, I was approached by a short guy dressed in a dishevelled cream shirt who proceeded to remove a friend's Porn Star Martini from the table. At the time, my friends were visiting the ladies room, and I was simply an innocent woman sat alone. I felt isolated and intimidated by his aggressive and unreasonable behaviour. When questioned as to why a 'stranger' (Jo Akka - Manager) was trying to steal my friend's cocktail, I was told that it had a 'tea spoon' in it. My calm response involved explaining that this cocktail and the previous four that my friend had bought, had all been served with a spoon. His reply was 'I'm taking your drink'. I said 'I'm afraid not'...'it's my friend's'. Within seconds, I was approached by a small 'bald bouncer' who escorted me - without explanation - off the premises. I explained that I was with three friends who would all be concerned as to what had happened to me. I remained cool, calm and collected as I left as the bouncer threatened to physically remove me - 'drag me out' - if I did not move there and then. About ten minutes later, my friends who had not been informed of my whereabouts exited the club to look for me. We proceeded to attempt to discuss the reasons as to why exactly I had been asked to leave. And of course, during this time, there was no sign of Akka. The bouncers had no rational explanation (hmmm, surprising!) as to why I was asked to leave..and as we were very aware of Akka's violent behaviour towards women, we thought it best to leave. We left over £50 worth of drinks on the table - I only hope that Akka got his spoon in the end!!.... It is obvious that Jo Akka suffers from short man syndrome; I suggest in future he picks on someone his own size! Oh yeah, he did with me being a towering 5ft 3” tall!”

Jennie Platt says..“ I'm more than happy to stick a tenner on Utd, just as the ad suggests, as long as if they do win we get to see Gordo running down Deansgate with Utd shirt pulled over his head, a la Ryan Giggs after scoring a goal....

johnthebrief says..“ I don't wish to appear unsympathetic but anyone who chooses to go to Panacea should expect to be treated like ****. It's what they do. And why would anyone want to give money to a man who tried to kill one of his own customers? How does the guy still have a licence?

Lee says..“ Thanks for a great night at the theatre Man Con! We won a pair of the tickets for the gala performance of 'A Glass Menagerie' on Saturday night. We even got dressed up in our glad rags and had a wonderful time, the Royal Exchange being as fab as ever.On a more sombre note, does anyone know what's going on with Gastros? I've just got used to having this place here for brunch and foodie gifts, plus a quiet glass of wine on the rare nights I don't fancy TriBeCa. Now there's a funny notice on the door and it was all shut up last night.Can anyone shed any light?

Kev P says..“ I just finally got around to watching the Sex and the City movie trailer and weed my pants in excitement.

ithastobeme says..“ £21 for 3 courses and unlimited wine at vermillion?? My I'm SURE that was what Harvey Nicks do???

Kev P says..“ IT'S ELECTION DAY!!! Make sure you get out and vote - People died for you to have the right, don't waste it because you can't be bothered! If you're lucky enough to live in Manchester City Centre - VOTE ANTHONY McCAUL!!!

johnthebrief says..“ Sorry Kev, while I agree with your sentiments on exercising the right to vote, I am never in a million years going to vote for Mr McCaul, as the local representative of our lying prime minister.

Kev P says..“ Local elections are, oddly enough, about LOCAL issues. Manchester is a fantastic city thanks to our fantastic Labour Council, who continue to buck the national trend year on year and gain votes despite national opinion polls. That's because most people in Manchester have enough intelligence to separate out what's going on nationally from the great things happening locally.

Johnthebrief says..“ Nope - an idealistic sentiment but sadly misguided - local elections are the only chance the people of this country get to pass judgment on the government at Westminster. And in my own view our Labour Council is a lot less than fantastic, but I won't bore you with that.

allan workman says..“ i wonder if anyone could sell me a ticket for next week eufa cup final cheers allan workman (glasgow p`s no touts thank -you

city centre dweller says..“ First things first....what a great day for both the supporters and the city of Manchester. That said in the current environmental climate......i am curious to know what Manchester City Council are doing with the rubbish they are collecting? On a recent recycle now advert, it states that by recycling one glass bottle will save enough power to watch a tv for 20 minutes......we could watch a lot of television if Manchester City Council collected and recycled the waste generated by the thirsty supporters!!This would also go along way to help Manchester to secure the title of Britains greenest city. Just a thought!!

Lee says..“ Not denying city centre dweller exactly... I've met some lovely fans in the past 24 hours...but at the moment I'm locked in a bar with rumours about riots at pic. Anyone know what's going on?

christine says..“ Just been for lunch at the opus restaurant at the radisson and considering they sell pizzas for £16.50, yes thats £16.50 you would think it would be a bit special wouldnt you! well it wasnt, in fact it was awful. Sandwiches were soggy, chips greasy and then menu range very poor. Dont bother when there are so many fab restaurants and cafe bars in manchester.

mark m says..“ Just read your recipe for Spag boll. This would not taste nice. Bolognese or any tomato based sauces should be cooked for an hour or two, after which they will taste fantastic. 15 mins is a bollocksnese sauce

paula says..“ The bridgewater hotel in Worsley. The worst place to eat or drink in Manchester (must be?) Burnt, tasteless food and slow service. We were a party of 10 and the only ones in the place and still no drinks orders were taken and i think the serving staff were also doing the cooking. Lovely ladies but no idea. When i complained about the burger they had served up, they knocked off £1.30 from the whole bill. Wehey. Then told me that the chef had walked out and they were struggling a little, ALITTLE!. Wanted to warn people, don't make the same mistake as we did. Even complaining to the company direct, didn't get us a reply. Nice?

Johnthebrief says..“ Hey Jonathan, what happened to the second half of the interview with the muppet in charge of the metro?

ste says..“ Ive just heard the new release by manchester band Air Cav , how good are they ? Better that some i could mention ,liam .

Mr T says..“ Having had a great night out, i'm now home eating crispy chicken. rock the **** on mancunia!

Loyal employee of the Manchester Museum says..“ Loyal employee of the Manchester Museum says..“ This is just the tip of a larger Ice burg, in recent months a number of our displays have been removed. Human skeletons and any thing which depicts evolution have simply disappeared from our mammal’s gallery. The public comments are in sharp contrast to those stated by the Museum management. Loyal employee of the Manchester museum.”

johnthebrief says..“ Jonathan, whatever happened to part 2 of the metro interview? And who won the £50 for the "best bar in Manchester" competition? I'd hate to think you were going back on your word....

Anonymous says..“ Any chance of confidential doing a piece on the MMA or Mixed Martial Arts scene in manchester as no onw else seems too. Predators Gym in manchester crowned 2 world champions at the weekend and it would be nice to see them get some recognition. There site is www.manchester-mma.com Thanks

Scoteee says..“ Ithaca,Ithaca,Ithaca!what a nightmare...,Following an evening that left me £150 lighter on confidentials advice I paid a visit to 36 john dalton street to find the waitress apologising for the multitude of chefs and kitchen assistants all walking out for a calm down following a "queen" style chef bust up within minutes of ordering.Apparently these guys are working from 7am in the morning until 11pm at night and, in good restauranteur style, the management are refusing to close on a monday rendering the team to work those hours seven days a week.Well it has just opened.And where was the superstar head chef on a Thursday night? I only went to be fed by him???As the evening wore on it became clear that fitting a loud table of 12 full of rude oiks in that tiny first floor restaurant was a bad idea for the new 6ft5 French Roger Ramjet Lookalike Manager with his square jaw and sucked in cheeks it was amusing to see the whole kitchen collapse with confusion and frustration at the rowdy table and lack of food orders being completed.The food its'self was above average with the Black cod well recommended.The seared scallops topped with caviar and a zesty dressing overpowered the three side by side beautifully cooked pieces .I also tried the gaspaco wagyu beef which came as four of the thinnest slices that melted in the mouth these were beautiful even if i did feel i was swallowing a fiver at a time(thinner than a fiver they should have melted too!.A seaweed salad dressed in sesame oil and sesame nuts was an interesting texture too.All washed down with an white oaky Rioja which had me staggering out of the restaurant an hour later and represented excellent value for money at just £22 per bottle All in all i felt raped, but had to admit the food is almost there but the management need to be less nervous about boystrous wanabe's and make a decision about the hours otherwise I wouldnt go again.make sure the executive chef is working that night... Food 8/10waitress made our night 10/10,Atmosphere 4/10.a huge crowd which were continuously being plied with daft cocktails and sambucas that got spilt on a client and smashed on the floor because there are more staff than seating space begun the evening on the wrong foot for me.the food (when it came) idnt come at the same time reminded me of a family meal at frankie and bennies where i was waiting for a free portion of the scallops as a gesture of good will but got nothing but sorry's

scoteee says..“ no i didnt do a spell check or a grammar check!!!! I'm busy me !

Johnthebrief says..“ If you weren't there last night, go and buy a ticket for Leonard Cohen before heleaves on Friday. The run's sold out but the touts will sort you out - pay them, whatever they ask it's worth it. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the greatest singer/songwriter of the age. Last night's performance was awesome.

Johnthebrief says..“ Second half of the metrolink security interview? A result for the "Manchester's best bar" competition - you owe someone £50. Restaurant reviews have pretty much dried up... Are you all on holiday or has ManCon run out of money....?

Anonymous says..“ If you ever use on-road parking in Manchester, be wary when you're getting a ticket! I left my car, walked up to a pay machine, which was all of 15-20 meters away, started to put my money in, turned around and saw two traffic wardens starting to issue my car a parking ticket! I complained about this, and was told that apparently "they don't have time to make sure someone's currently getting a ticket". My car was one of only two on the road, and apart from a couple of passerby's (who actually got my attention and pointed me over to the traffic wardens) the street was empty. Maybe it had something to do with it being 5:50pm and their supposedly non-existant quotas?

Anonymous says..“ Remember all the high hopes for the regeneration of Castlefield-the derelict areas to be grassed for the visitors to have picnics on;repair the wooden bridge:make the steel bridges non slip:get in touch with the Owner of G Plot......

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ Dear Anonymous, the hig hpes are still there. The high hopes will turn into real results. But these things take time...sadly. Yet behind the scenes things are happening so let's not despair.We'll do a follow-up later this year.

Melanie says..“ Just when you think Man Con might be the alternative, witty sharp new media baby that crap about San Carlo goes up. Shame on you fellas...too obvious, too bleeding obvious. And of course we can't comment on that story.

Billy one ear says..... says..“ whats up with the San Carlo Story? About time someone is making money if you read the newspapaers all you want to do is hang yourself

Katy says..“ Birdcage - completely let down by it's neanderthal door staff!!!Myself and about twenty others planned a trip to the Birdcage, Manchester for my friend's hen night. Oh what a mistake!! We had each paid £15 deposit to secure our table and had been looking forward to it for some time. Upon arrival at the door the 'bouncers' were extremely rude and aggressive in their nature and accused us of bringing more people then had paid deposits and stated that two of us would have to pay again. We had in fact brought the correct number of people & in my opinion they were just trying to pull a fast one. They eventually backed off and in the end decided we could go in. As my friend was on her way in I tried to take a picture of her (as I had been doing all night to document her hen night). As I lifted my camera a male 'bouncer' stormed over and ripped the camera out of my hand stating he did not like having his picture taken. (PLEASE DON'T FLATTER YOURSELF, LOVE!)He was extremely threatening and aggressive in his manner and I was pretty shocked to say the least. He finally gave me my camera back but as you can imagine I was non too impressed to have my personal property ripped off me for no reason and made this clear to him. Following this, they decided "they did not like my attitude" and refused to let me in. Quite what attitude you're supposed to have after being threatened and intimidated by such utter thugs I have no idea. My friend and I came away minus our £15 deposits and headed over to the Northern Quarter instead where the people were far more civilised and pleasant! A full letter of complaint has gone in although I do not expect a response. After talking to other people I have heard many a horror story about The Birdcage and it's wonderful door staff - my experience it seems is not a one off incident. The Birdcage should be thoroughly ashamed of these members of staff who are giving it's club a very bad name. Avoid at all costs - you have been warned!!!

johnthebrief says..“ Why have you suddenly started posting adverts dressed up as stories? What's the "news" angle in the latest one about Davis Blank Furniss? Aren't adverts meant to be labelled as such?

Anonymous says..“ McFly are coming so i booked tickets, would be nice to have a hotel as well, save having to drive 2 hours after concert, checked out 5 top hotels, all with same answer nothing doing we are full or don't do mum and kids, is this what Manchester is all about now,

Mat says..“ I agree with johnthebrief about the advertorials masquerading as news stories on ManCon. It doesn't do your credibility any favours.

Mat says..“ Does anyone actually read this bit? Anyway, I've realised that whenever I post comments on here it's usually to criticise or moan about something that's been written on here. But I only do it because I like ManCon and care about it. It's become my number one source of local news and its campaigning and passion for Manchester puts the MEN to shame. Just wanted to get that off my chest!

Jonathan Schofield says..“ Mat, we always read the comments and from Friday we're going to have a Rant of the Week article to show we do. And thanks for that.

johnthebrief says..“ Agree with Mat. We only shout at you because we care, Jonathan. Much as we may bitch and moan, ManCon is a bloody good source of news, comment and entertainment. And on the subject, whatever happened to the rest of the metrolink interview we were promised?

unlucky with worsley restaurants says..“ The last time I wrote on this rant was regarding Milan in Worsley. Went to Ambiante tapas restaurant in Worsley last night, here are my comments:The food was nice – but a distinct lack of taste to the tapas we had to start – it needed salt (I don’t think you should ever have to add seasoning to restaurant food), we shared a meat paella for main – it was nice but over salted! And they ‘forgot’ to put the chorizo in (a key ingredient to meat paella one would think!) – we told them and they brought a bowl of chorizo out – but we’d virtually finished by this point and were too full to eat it.We sat outside which is absolutely gorgeous – felt like being in Spain – until a couple came and sat at the next table and started smoking – even though its outside I would expect smoking to be banned as it’s a restaurant and other people will be eating, and it wasn’t – disgusting! Luckily we’d finished eating and went inside to finish our wine.We brought up the missing chorizo when the bill came – and they were really put out! Not apologetic. Then they took off a whole £1.50 from the £16 paella to compensate! – very disappointed!

Thoroughbred Manc says..“ I'm currently loving www.waiterrant.net. Just thought I'd share with the group.

Woodstock disaster! says..“ If anyone's thinking of having Sunday lunch at the Woodstock in Didsbury, then heed my words and AVOID AT ALL COSTS. I have had many mediocre Sunday lunches over the years, but today's takes the Rank Roast Biscuit. This pub could be so much better, but invariably the lack of staff necessitates an unseemly and stressful queue, only to be eventually served by sour-faced, disgruntled staff, who clearly wish to be someplace else. Why employ two bar staff when thirty people are constantly waiting to be served? My order of standard roast beef lunch was the most appalling plate of tepid food I have been presented with in a long while. A general mess of bland beef (very little of it), on a soggy Yorkshire, next to two pathetic 'roast potatoes' (aren't roasties supposed to be crisp?...these were like leftovers from a dinner party two days ago), and a mass of barely-warm leeks, in an insipid gravy. In short, utterly joyless food served by clearly disgruntled staff in an understaffed pub that clearly doesn't give a to*s about its food!

Gemma says..“ After your article in the April manchester confidential i went along to the new Boutique in Stockport. what a find. Everyone was really friendly and I picked up a great couple of outfits and am now having a dress made by Sue. Cheers Manchester Confidential.

Gemma says..“ Oops! forgot to put the name of boutique. MODISTE on Lower Hillgate

Bob the builder says..“ Sleb spotting-Neil Morrisey enjoying a pint or several with his 'Dylan' co stars in the Marble on Rochdale rd. Bloody loud fella!

king willy sucks... says..“ After reading an MC write up on the king william in wilmslow and being bored of the usual fir coat no knickers food haunts, we decided to give it a try early on sat evening. I thought it only right that I let you know the lack of atmosphere and poor service was accompanied by terrible luke warm, over cooked tasteless food.

Anonymous says..“ Is anyone in town at the minute, i hear a man has been knocked over by a bus outside Marks and Spencers food!!

Mryeahyeahyeah says..“ Went to MC abode yesterday afternoon with the confidential 'exclusive' offer of a sharing platter and a bottle of wine for a reasonable £19.95. Excellent food, good service (even going as far to explain the three different types of bread accompanying the platter). All round an entirely civilised way to spend an hour and a half before going to the theatre. There was only one problem: The listed price on the menu for a platter and a bottle of wine is £19:95, the little crumpled token I diligently printed out and handed out to the bar staff said as much. WTF?! If something costs something why do I need a token to buy purchase it at the price it already is?! As a result I look like the coupon kid as I bashfully linger infront of the polished bar like I'm being done some massive service and I should be oh so greatful. What next? an exclusive offer at the pound store everything for a pound with this print out! Penny sweets for a penny but only if you find a printer first?

Avo says..“ If anyone wants a break from the bar scene in Manchester, may I recommend a tour of the Robinson's Brewery in Stockport. We recently went last month and for the princeley sum of £11, we were treated to a full tour of the 300 year old brewery. The highlight of the evening however was the hour and a half or so in the Unicorn Room where it was a free bar so everyone could sample the full range of Robinson's beers complimented by a traditional finger buffet. Gordo, sounds that may interest you if you fancy venturing out of our great metropolis??Anyway, if anyone wants more information, please follow this link www.frederic-robinson.com

Jo S says..“ Just wanted to make everyone aware that if they go to Pau Brasil for lunch on Fridays they will be charged £22.50 from now on. We went for lunch today and only found out at the end of the meal that the lunchtime price of £12.50 is now only valid Monday - Thursday. I did point out that their website had not been updated to state this fact and that we were not informed of this when we made the booking over a week ago. Although the food was very nice (if a little too salty) I really think £22.50 for lunch is overpriced and if we had known this in advance we would have probably gone somewhere else and gone back to Pau Brasil on a different day. We did complain and they knocked off 20%; from the bill but it still put a bit of a downer on the experience.

vikas says..“ hi am vikas,from india,looking for ajob in airlines,or in hospitality,but ilove to work with airlines

mark m says..“ has anyone seen 'gordoworld.com'. maybe this is an old one, but if u know gordo it is quite funny really

louise8 says..“ does anyone know the details of one of those cab firms that come out on a scooter and drive your car home for you?

mark m says..“ scooterman.co.uk, oddly enuff!!!

Anonymous says..“ Went to Red & Hot for dinner last night… really impressed, the food, interior and service were all excellent. Value for money was brilliant and portion sizes very generous, will definitely be going again to try some of the more interesting dishes that I could see people enjoying!!

anon says..“ Is panacea in Alderley edge any good?

Big Daft Feller says..“ I was there last night, the champagne wasn't, if they have spent all that money they should have at least made sure that the punters get the real stuff and plenty of it. poor.

Walrusin says..“ Took up the MC offer at Walrus last nite with a mate. Was well impressed & stayed longer than expected. Bar Staff were friendly & attentive, food service was good. Really enjoyed the food, the Squid starter was perfect melt in the mouth stuff, the mini thai fishcakes were tasty. We had the Yellow Curry chicken & Pork & Holy Basil Main, both dishes were excellent with just the right amouny of spice and the slightly sticky rice (made it easier to pick up with chopsticks) was perfect. Great music and atmosphere, will deffo be going back...

Wes Browns Knee. says..“ My Scouse bird told me to do it.

intheknow says..“ Hey has anyone come across this:http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nxteu/200809_nxtmanchester/index.php#/0

Modiste says..“ Went along to Walrus after the Young Designer Awards at the Triangle (on thursday evening.(we have got great talentand style here in the North) We had printed off the discount voucher and got ther just befor 8.0p.m. deadline. It was a great deal and the food was brilliant, staff were pleasant as well. Thanks

stuart says..“ is it true that mr manchester him self has left the chop house. just heard from the grapvine. well hope this is not the begining of the end, hope to see you soon mr pilling we all injoyed your service, the place will not be the same with out you.

Anonymous says..“ FFS- another post about Steve Pilling - can ManCon just run a headline story about Sam's / Tom's to keep all the bloody posts in one place

Wayne says..“ ManCon already have laid this to rest at http://www.manchesterconfidential.com/index.asp?Sessionx=IpqiNw86IlbpJaqiNwF6IHqi&realname=The_Chophouses_gossip_stopper It's also been said on here that he runs Destino round the corner in Pall Mall.

Cliff says..“ hey Modiste you are so right, not big portions but spot on qaulity.

GOR says..“ The offer at MC Cafe is rubbish!!! I thought that 32 quid was a bargain for 3 courses each plus wine but that was before I saw the size of the portions! the main course dish of salmon was the size of a starter and had no stodge at all with it - just salmon and sauce - and the sticky toffee pudding was seriously only 2 inches squared. We got a pizza and donner meat on the way home - I kid you not!crap atmosphere too - playing club tunes in a hotel restuarant does not seem right. We received our starters before our drinks and the toliets were a disgrace! I seriously walked into the middle cubicle to find poo all over the toilet bowl, seat and even wall. It was like a scene from train spotting. They cant have eaten there though because there was far too much poo...

Old customer and French fan says..“ Just to let the good folks of Manchester know and all the old customers of the last 22 years "HARPERS" re-opened last night 23/09/08. Good tapas and menu overseen by the great Eugenio (spelling?). I went on the off chance it was there first night and great

Cliff says..“ Viva la differrence.!! long live the independant, Good luck to Harpers and make sure the staff get all the tips!

Dangermouse says..“ Well, kudos for Walrus again...returned after 1st visit with more mates. Once again the food was superb & exceptional service from Dangermouse himself. Had to have the Squid again but this time had the Katsudon pork which was delish..also highly recommend the massman too. Thanks to Walrus for not disappointing with new peeps in tow...

sazzle says..“ no wonder his other overhyped sh*thole burnt down

lisa says..“ Manchester confidential fashion visited a boutique called Modiste in Stockport Underbanks the other month and did a article on the new boutique. I popped in this week. What a find, their own great designs plus collections by other independents. It was so interesting to talk with Sue the designer. I mentioned Manchester Confidential and was given 10%; discount. Thanks M/C.

Manc34 says..“ City centre Manchester now is WORSE in the day than it is at nite. Drunks and gangs and homeless all doin the zombie like tour of the streets..its horrible..Piccadilly is the worst when it should be the best bit? Sorry sorry place these days.

Anonymous says..“ HARPERS - Has Felix finally gone to put up his feet ? Ive not been for a couple of years but love the place, and all the staff make it a great place to eat drink and enjoy bein merry :)

camava says..“ I have been looking on the web sire for some time now for a write up on Chesters Hotel & Restaurant. if you want a really excellent steak then you have to go there. They do other dishes but the main attraction are their Steaks. It is a Hotel, butyou do not have to be resident to dine there. The restaurant holds about 80 so has a warm friendly atmosphere. Not the cheapest but certainly the best Steak around. This is situated on Chester Road near man United ground.

rozzybaby says..“ Just warning people not to eat at the Mitre Hotel cafe on Exchange Square, waited over 45 minutes yesterday for the worst sandwich ever!

Anonymous says..“ visited the Hilton on Deansgate at the weekend - pre booked months ago. cloud 23 was absolutely brilliant service 100%; staff lovely - attentive but not imposing. Went downstairs to podium restaurant and it was the worst eve I have had the misfortune to sit through! we were there almost 1.5hrs and only managed to be served starters and a bottle of wine we had to ask for more than once. The mgr on that eve blanked us when we went to front of house to advise of our arrival as he had a more "prestigious" guest to look after who was standing BEHIND us. Staff didn't even know what dishes were on/off that eve and when we finally placed our order he had to come back out to ask how we wanted steak cooking AGAIN! Then when we finshed starters we were looking at our plates for about 15mins (had to ask in end for them to be removd) then I think there was a mix up in kicthcen as about 30 mins plus passed we still had no main (now at bottom of wine bottle) aked waiter to chase it up - ssured us we were next table to be served - alas food went in other directions from the kitchen. We asked again and a supervisor went to check on our order but did not feedback any info to us - with which we got up to leave; whereby a manager finally appeared to ask to sit down and the'd make our night special!!! Why should you have to complain in order to get a service/product you expect when you pay a certain amount - I'd understand crap service from a fast food place as they are knocking out a high volume of food at a basic price etc not £25 per plate!So to sum up - DO NOT GO!!!annoyingly when i have spoken to friends and coleagues since they have all said the same just a shame nobody else has ranted over it and I could have saved the heartache and a very special oocasion ruined!

Mancman says..“ Does Confidential know that there's a recession? I say that because I've just received an invitation to subscribe to their supa doopa new dining card which gives me 25%; off the food part of the bill at 25 hand picked restaurants. There's a 3 month introductory offer but the ongoing rate is £20 per month, which means that to break even on the deal I would have to spend a whopping £960 per year just on food at this restricted list of eateries. And it seems that the card can't normally be used on Friday night or anytime on Saturday. Forgive me if I'm being thick but that doesn't seem like a great deal to me, Gordo!

mancman says..“ Just noticed that if you commit to a full year you get the card at £10, so you'd only need to spend £480 a year on food at the 25 eateries. But not being able to use the card on Friday night or Saturdays would still give me an issue. Throw in a discount on the booze and it might be worth thinking about!

Just bought it says..“ I spend that a month. will save me £100 a month. no brianer.

Gordo says..“ Mancman, it is very experimental. You can't buy twelve months yet, lets stick to the thre months but you will be guaranteed the deal ongoing at either £12.50 a month or £10 if you then sign up for twelve. You will be able to get 10%; off rental properties from three of Manc's top people, saving at least £65 a month, and 20%; off monthly hair stuff from some great places which will save my girlfriend £30 every six weeks or so. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Also, when you tell them all that you are a Mancon Privilege holder, you are going to be well looked after, they will all be terrified of you guys ranting about **** food and service. Finally, the team here have grafted their bollocks off for everyone for four years, with everything wrung out of advertisers. Don't you think it's time to support Manchester's only Media owned by Mancunians and for Mancunians, without £695 million of the Scott Trusts money to piss up the wall?

Caroline, Whalley Range says..“ ....no brianer. Love it!

Drake says..“ Be fair Gordo, GMG performs a useful service. Who else would employ Mark Dodson (never mind pay him 250+k a year)? Mind, as he's one of only three employees left, he does have to write a lot of the bollox they put out. But who will they get to fill that 100,000 sq ft of empty office space at 2 Hardman STreet? The new ManCon offices perhaps? Thats what you get when you make all your staff redundant. Space, glorious space.

Chickadee says..“ Is that Panacea featured in the Bold 2in1 White Diamond and Lotus Flower advert on the telly?

Avo says..“ yeah chickadee it is!!

Chickadee says..“ Brings a bold fresh smelling perspective to washing your dirty laundry in public!

emma grace says..“ can someone please review San Rocco and see if the staff are just as rude as they were to me....? many thanks

mark says..“ if you came across to them as opinionated as you do on here then i am not surprised that they were rude to you.xx

emma grace says..“ good morning mark! i'll have you know I was on my best behaviour on the evening in question :)

I'm not sure how you can pull off "opinionated" simply by saying "I'll have the bruschetta to start and risotto for main please".

and before you ask, yes I did say please. I might be "opinionated", but I am most certainly not rude

mark says..“ lol

emma grace says..“ mind you, now I come to think of it maybe it was when I said "please can I have extra balsamic with my bruschetta and please can you make my risotto quite al dente and please can you turn the music down, and close that window over there" that they got the hump...who knows

Jenn says..“ www.waiterrant.netGenius (I must admit I got the link from here but enjoyed it so much I thought I'd pass it on!)

FiFiXrd says..“ caroline from whalley range - your comment is class. "A no Brianer?" - which brian are you referring to?

Mancman says..“ A few thoughts from the above: 1) "Just bought it" must be as fat as a pig! 2) Gordo's girlfriend must have the most stunning hair in Manchester 3)I'm sure that the 3 Manc top people renting out there properties will do me a deal these days without me flashing a Mancon card 4)Another card on the market, at lower cost, gives me a much wider range of restaurants with great discounts. 5)I enjoy my free MEN so don't knock it! 6)If nobody's ever going to have to pay the £20 pm advertised price of the card, this smacks of the never ending sale to lure in the punters.Sorry, still not convinced!

becks says..“ Emma Grace, i am with you! - The San Rocco in Hale is horrendous. We got treated like second class citizens even though we were nothing but smiles! When a pasta starter arrives 5 minutes after ordering but the bill takes 30 minutes it's pretty shoddy.

Just bought it says..“ Sounds like you aren't the right target market MancMan, i have just had 36 quids worth of completely free food at Ithaca on the Privelege Card. Good it was as well. Thats paid for all but 3 quid's worth of my three month membership.

Gordo says..“ That'll be ex girlfriend now, to you MancMan! Any girls out their with cheap hardo habits and like eating a lot?

Mancman says..“ So you've just spent £180 on food alone to get your £36 knocked off, Just bought it? Glad you enjoyed it! By the way,Gordo, does the card mean that all of those great offers you used to send us are now things of the past?

rosie says..“ I'd volunteer myself to be Gordo's flopsy,but I have no idea what a "hardo habit" is.Maybe I'm too sheltered....

Just bought it says..“ MancMan, you don't get it. There are lots of other stuff other than the discount. I was, along with 500 other people, given two free lunches at Ithaca. yes, the lunch menu free. All I paid for was the booze. So, not 25%; off, free food. There were a few other tables in there from Manconfidential as well. Lunch menu, £17 for food, times two, equals me saving £34. Cost of card for quarter, £37-odd, so far I am out of paocket 3 quid. and I have two meals a week for sixteen weeks to go. By the way, I did enjoy it! Frankly, I don't begrudge giving my custom to manCon, its a good local bunch of people. I have had bags of stuff off them in the past for nowt so they get my vote.

Thoroughbred Manc says..“ I think he meant 'hairdo habit', rosie.

And hear, hear, Just bought it!

Avo says..“ Just bought it, totally agree with you mate. I too have had shedloads of free stuff from ManCon...free tickets to musicals and fashion shows, free lunch for four at Ikan, free dinner for two at Ithaca and more recently an amazing meal at The Lowry Hotel followed by free flowing champagne at Ithaca and entry into a RnB club full of Russian hookers.

On the back of that haul, I wouldn't mind if my Privilege Card subscription went towards a Prince Albert and merkin for Gordo.

Gordo says..“ Mancman, yes, we will be doing more of the same, getting stronger all the time. The Privelege Card is designed to build revenue streams, re-invest in more writers and account managers, etc etc. don't be so bloody cynical.

Anonymous says..“ This has probably nothing to do with any of the other rants going on this evening....but I had a really REALLY bad experience at East z East on Blackfriars last Saturday....the service was appalling and the food wasn't that great either!!! Akbars is by far the best curry house in the city centre! I was begged by the manager to try it again...but it is not worth the hassle!!!!

Richard Johnson says..“ What's going on at the former Cocoa Rooms? Looks like it is re-opening. Anyone know?

Mr yeahyeahyeah says..“ Just having aa look at you offers.There's a good 'un from the belleview dogs offering a meal and entrance for a mere 1p. Excellent value. However, in the advert it states ..'hear the pounding of the paws as the sleek and elegant greyhounds live up to their reputation as the second fastest animal in the world,'Surely this can't be right. A greyhound? second only to, one presumes, a cheetah? Even assuming we are talking of land mammals (I'm near certain some birds could out move a dog)is not a horse nor none of the other big cats (a leopard?) faster?Am I a pedant or just plain wrong?Confused Withington.

Mancman says..“ Classic stuff! Gordo says I'm being cynical because I question the value for money of one of his products. He tells me "the Privelege Card is designed to build revenue streams, re-invest in more writers and account managers, etc etc. don't be so bloody cynical.” well sorry Gordo if I don't rush out with my chequebook every time you come up with another idea to generate revenue. There's plenty of much more deserving charities out there

The Mog Merty says..“

The Mog Mert says..“ Mr Yeah, meant to say, have you got a girlfriend?

Phil Specter says..“ Mancman, when was the last time you were asked by Manconfi for money? I can't remeber once in four years. Are you the Editor of the MEN, you tight little sh1towse? Got an invite to eat with Michael Caines the 2 * Michelin chef in a weeks time one day after my membership with free food, how good is that? If you are impressed with a free MEN you should **** off back there. Long Liver Manconfi...

Thoroughbred Manc says..“ 2008 British Curry Awards 2008 - North West Winner: Indian Ocean, Ashton-under-Lyne:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/real_food/article5022860.ece

Avo says..“ I thoroughly agree with The Times. The Indian Ocean is a wicked place which I first visited when I was in my teens. Their seafood dishes are also very good.

Thoroughbred Manc says..“ While I'm at it, gastro-pub The Highwayman in Rainow has won the Casual Dining Venue of the Year at Cheshire Life’s Food and Wine Awards 2008 – 2009, at an awards ceremony at the City of Manchester stadium last week. Apparently, it's one of only two Cheshire pubs to be awarded a rosette in the AA Food Guide.

And Avo, you are now officially a member of the Prawn Sandwich Brigade.

Avo says..“ I admit it, I love Man Con as much as I love Man U. That's why I check the site at half time...

baldmosher says..“ I'm still waiting for Croma to call me back about a party of 12 for a Christmas meal. Yes they might be full and yes we're late to book, but "I'll check now and call you back in 5-10 minutes" is becoming "we can't be bothered to call you, we don't need your business". I probably won't bother booking there again just for the sake of a 30 second phone call, they clearly don't need my business.

Mancman says..“ I see that Phil Specter is as rude as his namesake. I won't sink to his level of abuse but he may wish to know that there's a job going on Radio 2 which will be much suited to his style. In the meantime, I'll stick to making reasonable comments where I think that they are merited.

Manchester Confidential privilege card is a farce says..“ What’s going on with the Manchester Confidential privilege card? I paid for mine almost 2 weeks ago & was told that it would arrive by the end of the week. It did not so a week after I coughed up I tried to call the confidential offices but was unable to get through so then I sent an email asking it where mine was. STILL nothing. I am exceptionally disappointed by this abysmal service. Today is November 1st, which is the start of my paid subscription time, & yet I am unable to start utilising my card.Following the Ithaca free meal debacle I had hoped the privilege card itself would run considerably more smoothly……. How wrong I was. Be warned people, you’re going to end up paying for something you can’t actually use. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

Mark Garner, The Publisher says..“ Manchester Confidential Privilege Etc Etc, eay tiger, the cards were delayed. we will have temporary ones delivered Monday. I do not understand why you couldn't get through to the office. Call 0161 228 0044 normal working hours. Email me at markg@planetconfidential.co.uk otherwise; in the meanting we will book any card holder in any estblishment they require. I will ensure your card is recredited on Monday.

mancman says..“ Nice to see such a humble apology!

Phil Specter says..“ ooh, MancMan, i see you haven't found that life yet...

Likes a Chinese says..“ Whats trhe best Chines in the city? I am coming in two weeks...

mark m says..“ After a review on here i went to red n hot, faulkner street. just awesome. sechuan style with very interesting use of offal

seabee says..“ dear readers the reason some of the privilege cards havent arrived is because im your postman and cant be arsed doing my job ive got sack fulls of post stashed under my bed thinking of having a real fire fitted here at home because it wont cost be anything for fuel.sorry mark but you just cant get the staff these days.

Anonymous says..“ My comments is that I am unable to find a control product because I do not have the calssic size. I have a midriff/ tummy problem but am size 14/16 bust and 10/12 hip. Please can you advize of a product that would help JM

Anonymous says..“ What's happened to Love Saves the Day on Thomas St?

scoteee says..“ Love Saves the Day went in to liquidation.

Bee says..“ Simply Yours does seperate bits of control wear for top and bottom halves so you can mix and match.

seabee says..“ NEWSFLASH.reports are coming in today that a russian submarine believed to a typhoon class was spotted this morning in hollingworth lake near littleborough.police began receiving calls from members of the public at around 7am.local fisherman wayne kerr said "i saw this sub suddenly surface right in front of me.after a moment the hatch on the connig tower opened and a head popped out.when he saw me he ducked back inside and then the sub went down again".royal navy vessels have been sent to the area to comb for the rogoue sub ,but say it may have headed down the rochdale canal into open water.angry residents are demanding action after last years incident when an iranian gunboat arrived in hebden bridge and the crew did a runner leaving navy and goverment officals with egg on thier faces.

Anonymous says..“ i saw the iranian crew run past the station there were to fast to catch up to and got away

Hi-Life says..“ This is nothing to do with a gig I've been too, its in regards to the privilege card and there is nowhere to make comments about it on the website... is it not cheaper to get a hi-life card as it costs around £90 for the year for the platinum card which you can pay in monthly instalments and there are more restaurants included and you get 50%; off your food bill...

Hi-Life says..“ This is nothing to do with a gig I've been too, its in regards to the privilege card and there is nowhere to make comments about it on the website... is it not cheaper to get a hi-life card as it costs around £90 for the year for the platinum card which you can pay in monthly instalments and there are more restaurants included and you get 50%;; off your food bill...

mazza says..“ Hi does anyone know the opening times for the new North Pole bar which is being set up near the Urbis, it doesn't say anywhere on their website and I was wondering how late it was open til in the evening, ta!

Avo says..“ The bar is open from midday till 11pm. It looks to be a good place to visit as the cocktails are done by ex socio staff and the food is done by Robert Owen Brown.

GT says..“ BELUGA BAR: Burritos = BAD! Tried them with some mates last week; first of all they were not burritos - they looked more like cheap chicken fajitas with barely any filling! Plus, when we implied we weren't happy with the food to the waiter, what we got was an arrogant remark!

mohammed khan says..“ donate and download music at www.socialkaos.co.ukto help prolong life for saint annes hospice and the new childrens appea.supported by Ricky hatton,Wes brown,Clint boon and Sir Gerald kaufman.

GJH says..“ Why is the halloween bash at circle the only entry on man con that is not available to read and rant?

Editorial says..“ No GJH that was an oversight. There will be a rant facility appearing in five, four, three, two, one.......now.

GJH says..“ fair play editorial...and another thing. Ithaca. I really really want to like you. I ate there & your marinaded cod was gods own. The best sushi I have had...I even feel sorry for you when I realise you opened on the brink of a recession.But still - your emails are written by gushing two year olds on acid, stop all this love and peace rubbish....and most of all - your latest one - 'celebrity favoured' PLEASE...do you want to be the Sugar Lounge or a propery eatery - you can not be both. People who will buy your food will not give a monkeys if that bird from corrie was in. over and out.

Sal says..“ What's up with Manchester Confidential this week? It's all adverts and now a blog about an allotment? Where are all the food and drink reviews? I can't stand Citylife, but this week it seems I have little choice. Shape up!

toskio suki says..“ Hey Sal you a boy or a gir l .Y You sound fun over here from Japan and like going out having goodtime cheeky

Neighbourhood Watch says..“ Does anybody know whats the deal with the police in the northern quarter every weekend??? They had a metal detector on blue on Saturday night...

emma grace says..“ I think that says more about Bluu than the Northern Quarter in general...

Anonymous says..“ Ive seen them too, they have been in the NQ for the past 3-4 weekends and i've seen them patrolling round mid week. They had sniffer dogs in every bar about 3 fridays ago, people were being dragged out and searched.

ooh drama says..“ ooh, drama

emma grace says..“ In that case, I think it's pretty obvious what's going on!! tut tut

Zabzy says..“ Do you think sniffer dogs enjoy bing?

Anonymous says..“ I think they love bing!!!

Anonymous says..“ Has anyone tried to book a table at Matt & Phreds, I have left 3 telephone messages, sent 3 emails and they still cannot confirm is my table is reserved. Is this part of their PR strategy.

Anonymous says..“ I am a little unsure of whether to vote yes or no on the Transpot Innovation Proposals. If I vote yes I would like the transport system to be improved I am also voting for a congestion charge at the end of it. If I vote no to the congestion charge, am I also saying that I do not wish for the transport system to be improved. Is there a standard of improvements that can be measured and agreed before the congestion charge is initiated.

Paul Johnson says..“ Have the Labour Party deserted the north?11 years of Labour and we have seen- north south divide getting wide- significant public transport investment in london- shelving of public transport investment in Manchester (unless we pay the congestion charge)- Labour pushing for another runway at Heathrow- Tories saying no to this and proposing a high speed rail link to Manchester, Leeds etcRead this article on the FT from the shadow transport secretary;http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b8c63d04-a5f1-11dd-9d26-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1Tories are beginning to look very tempting for us northerners

Anonymous says..“ I suggest you send an email to andrea@mattandphreds.com . She's great and will definitely get back to you.

Avo says..“ Went to Central Perk on Thursday morning for a sausage barm. The food was great. The peppery little cumberland sausages were served on a fluffy barm which went down a treat. There was a nice ambience in there too whilst I waited, plenty of seating and a comfy battered old leather sofa with Joss Stone flowing from the speakers. An excellent place which sorted out my mid week hangover a treat! ManCon, you need to review it!

Anonymous says..“ Yes Andrea has been my contact for 3 emails and 3 telephone calls, but has confirmed they are busy and will confirm if my reservation last Monday, still no word.

Richard Higgins says..“ Anyone else getting sick of door to door begging in South Manchester? We're in Whalley Range and its become at least a weekly occurence now.

Mark Garner, The Publisher says..“ Richard, I am very interested in doing a piece on this; I am horrified with these women from the Balkans carrying children that look like they are dead, begging. Can you email me and tell me whats happening where you are? Mark@manchesterconfidential.com. Thanks Mark Garner, The Publisher

Dean Moull says..“ Re: trouble with booking at Matt and Phred's post. I'm very sorry to hear about the poor service you've received from the club with respect to your enquiry. Please email me at dean@mattandphred.com and I assure you I will contact you as soon as I receive your message. Sincere apologies, Dean Moull.

emma grace says..“ I went to an absolutely fabulous restaurant last night...Mancon you really have to go. It was called Bazooka by Night on Princess St, opposite the Garratt. It was SO busy, full of Christmas parties (I was on my works do), Greek restaurant. I wasn't sure when I first walked in. I couldn't have been more wrong...the food was fab but the best bit was the service. When the food was gone the waiters got the whole restaurant up, holding hands and dancing round the restaurant in between the tables. One of them was sat playing traditional Greek music on his guitar and singing at the front, and they had dancing competitions for bottles of wine. They had us up dancing on the tables! Honestly, if you've never been, you must must try it...the atmosphere was fabulous.

emma grace says..“ there's a restaurant in didsbury, next door to M20...anyone got any idea what it's called??

Anonymous says..“ I just thought i would leave some words of wisdom about a restaurant i visited in the last few weeks in Stalybridge. The Roe Cross an old carvery pub in Mottram, well where do i begin we were told the food was good but to be honest the night started in disaster and did not improve, the staff did not have a clue what they were talking about the management were just sat around like slobs expecting to see a full till at the end of the night when it was obvious that they too did not have a clue and when it came to the food well what can i say i wish we had gone to mc donalds we could have had a better meal it was the worst i have eaten maybe they should run a burger van they may get that right after alot of training but i doubt it!!!

jamie h says..“ SUBJECT: YANG SING RESTAURANT – PRINCESS STREET I think everyone should know – THIS RESTAURANT IS A DISGRACE – for the following reasons: Quality of service 1/10 Attitude of management and staff alike 0.5/10 Value for money 1/10 Food 6/10 We had the misfortune of visiting this restaurant on Tuesday 16th December 2008. We (my elderly mother, auntie, my cousin and I) had booked our table three weeks in advance. Upon arrival we were frowned upon and ushered to the table like cattle, promptly barked at by the restaurant manager “You out of here by 8pm – this table booked for next party, you out by 8pm – YES!” We smiled politely and said we would be and sat down. The ten minutes following this rude interjection to what is allegedly (and I use that word allegedly quite literally) the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester, we were asked NINE times if we were ready to order. Not only were we asked nine times, but four different waiters and waitresses asked us! We then ordered at around 6:45pm. Our food arrived promptly and we ate it as such, feeling both unwelcome and uncomfortable. We finished our once a year get together /Christmas meal at 7:30pm and asked for the bill, we had finally had enough of what can only be described as one of the most stomach turning events of my entire social calendar. Once we had paid the bill, another manager in a grey suit (and a black eye, it looked like his wife had been beating him round the soup kitchen with the chow mein ladle) came to our table and hastened us to leave as (and I quote) “We have another table due here now, quickly quickly” we were told. Of course by this point they had already received over £100 of our hard earned money, which by the way got us a couple of starters, a few main courses and a bottle of wine that tasted like Jesus’ sandals rather than Jesus juice. And the best bit?! When we complained to the grey suited, black eyed man, he told us “Our other customers get preferential treatment because they book in advance, you booked last minute” WHAT??!! Three weeks in advance? How soon do we have to book to get preferential treatment? Three years?! I think everyone should know how appalling the YANG SING ON PRINCESS STREET is and I would implore you all to avoid it at all costs. Manchester has a huge variety of Chinese restaurants – eat here at your peril! Or if you do, say hello to the rats I noticed scurrying around the side of the restaurant eating the bits of food the kitchen hands had dropped out of the bin bags. ”

scoteee says..“ Sorry to hear that Jamie however it is a well known fact that the Yang Sing has lost its original badge of honour some time ago...many locals I know avoid the place. I am pretty sure that in time, the message will cross the borders and "they will get theirs".Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I would have ordered more food and wine before asking one member of my after the meal to lead my family up the stairs and to the car. At that point I would have stood at the till and opened my wallet offering my business card and telling them to send me an invoice…there isn’t a bloody thing they can do legally. I don’t get angry in restaurants, I vote with my feet. Having done this before and true to form, the police couldn’t careless anyhow, let alone GM police.Sorry to hear that ...

Anonymous says..“ For anybody who might possibly be interested I can confirm that Matt and Phred's is for sale! Hopefully, somebody will pick up this [potentially] fantastic venue and make it the great venue that it should be. Please, somebody???

Tony says..“ Manchester (sh)ity Council have done the good people of Manchester proud, once again. We are all invited to join the city center festivities this evening with an estimated 80,000 souls in attendance. Great..........While everyone enjoys the disply etc.. at midnight the buses and trams will be running their last trips out of town at 12.30am leaving everyone at the mercy of the overproced black cabs who are charging us the outragous rates that the Council have set. Happy Christmas Manchester Council you have done us proud one more time.....

Tony says..“ We had our Christmas party at Tiger Tiger. What a disgrace. We were charged nearly £30 for a buffet and VIP seating. The buffet was awful and would have caused a riot if it had tipped up at Strangeways Prison. As for the VIP seating we were offered 2 grubby couches for 10 of us in a room that reaked of urine and sweat and that was at the start of the evening. The music was nothing short of amateurish, I think the DJ was deaf. On the whole a crap night apart from the good company.

Muso says..“ Great gig coming up...Legendary Neville Staple from The Specials, supported by Manchester band The Ambush, Moho Live, Fri 16th Jan.www.nevillestaple.co.ukwww.myspace.com/anambush

Atalanta says..“ The Great Manchester Run is open for entry. 33,000 spaces going fast.

Perhaps ManCon could put a team together of readers and writers to raise money for charity? I reckon the editor should enter it - captain the team.

Got my place!

emma grace says..“ Can I ask a question please? I need to book a plane ticket to Germany in March and as I never fly anywhere, I have no idea where to start looking. Too many websites!! Can anyone recommend a good website/company??

viva chris ronald... says..“ http://uk.travelzoo.com/ try this miss grace

mark m says..“ www.onewayticketasfarawayaspossible.com is just for you EG :o))

emma grace says..“ Wouldn't make a difference mark...I can still rant from Germany

thank you jamie

mark m says..“ Oh yeah. ah well. happy hunting.

scoteee says..“ Ms G have you tries travel supermarket?

emma grace says..“ No...but I will. Thanks!

Nant says..“ Went to Ithaca last night to take advantage of the Asahi beer offer. it doesn't exist. Neither the waitress or her manager knew anything about it. Very disappointed. First visit and was not impressed with the place either. Only 1 toilet (shared male/female) for the bar area, dodgy toilet seat, wonky tap and broken door lock. Thought this place was supposed to be posh.It ain't.

Anonymous says..“ Have been waiting for weeks for the winter deal card which gets you 50%; off your food bill at Room. I have tried to get this card 5 times now. I have eaten there a few times and its a great place so when I saw this offer I thought WOW! Very disappointed when I have heard that others cannot get the card either!!!

Ithaca don't says..“ Methinks me n my mate are owed a drink. Went to Ithaca for the Thurs nite beer offer which does not exist!!! The bar manager said that had had conflict with ManCon before putting deals on they had no idea about... Sort this, you're still advertising the damn deal... As an aside for an expensive restaurant, the WC door handle was about to fall off, no lock on the door n the loo seat bout to fall off!! You'd think for the prices they charge things would be better kept.. fur coat no knickers and won't be back !!!

ilove1984 says..“ Hey, what happened to Job Confidential? xx

Purple Manc says..“ Manchester for University Challenge Champions! C'mon!

Mark Garner, The Publisher says..“ ilove1984, the recession is what happened to Jobs! We have 'mothballed' it until later in the year.

ilove1984 says..“ Cheers Mark...just when i am looking for a job though!! Grr ;)

Dig says..“ And what happened to Yousaf calling regarding a job?

shiveringgoat says..“ I really like Manchester Confidential but I find it frustrating and confusing that there are no publishing dates on many of the articles and also the rants underneath them so there is often no way of telling how old an article is. Can this be reviewed, it would be very helpful Many Thanks

Anonymous says..“ yes there is, just look at the bottom of the page! That's what I do.

michelle says..“ Do we know who has won the Valentines meal at Abode?! x

Anonymous says..“ Was it the same person who won the "cook for us competition"?

ilove1984 says..“ Jonathan - I enjoyed you TV appearance last night! Can you tell me how you can get into doing the tour guide course, or how you can get carreres in Manchester tourism? Thanks

Anonymous says..“ Hey ManCon: any chance of some analysis of these new plans for the Library/Town Hall -- in particular the (worrying, I'd say) vision for Library Walk? Would be good to know what your architecturally-informed writers think about it all...

Jonathan Schofield says..“ We'll be all over them like a rash next week. Thanks for asking though. Editor.

Unimpressed with ManCon says..“ I see the rant facility has been pulled from that god awful Bredbury Hall advertorial. That was the poorest 'article' I've seen on Confidential for a long, long time. Truly awful.

Anonymous says..“ Do all bank customers feel that the failed banks should not be paying their staff any bonuses this year. I thought performance related bonuses were paid from a percentage of the overall profit, not the overall losses. If all customers decided to change their banks because the did not agree to their bank paying the bonus, do you think the powers that be might change their mind?

Dave says..“ Does anyone know of a good Indian takeaway in city centre as not found a good one in the 7 years I've lived here?!!!Fave dishes are Dhansak, Pathia Tandoori Chicken etc. I always find the "creamy" dishes to be a very strange colour and horrible consistency!!! Anyone please help??

oksauce says..“ The Martket Restaurant.We used to look forward to the market restaurant , every valentines day (my Birthday) we ate great food , attention to detail was great ,atmosphere fab, expensive but worth every penny, now im afraid its a different story, new owners.Im sure anyone who takes over this landmark of a restaraunt must have good intentions to keep the same quality of food service etc, but you do feel miffed if your bill is £120+ and the food has been relegated to almost pizzahut standards, this rant is too long already , but if i can save some poor tourist or anyone some money by writing this then ok.It is not the same restaurant, service attitude, too cool for school--kids who you know eat at greggs regulaly, and are on the rude side, terrible waiting time between ordering a bottle of wine (25mins later im at the bar collecting) etc etc, £130 pounds later, nobody says bye thanks ,,, bugger all.We were sad because for us it was special and its the end of an era.

societybag says..“ Would someone please look into matters regarding the Manchester Civic Society??? What has happened here??? There is no information on their website at all...and hasnt been for over 2 years now. Rumour has it that the old committee have been overthrown...or rather forced out by conflict within the society. I have been told it has been taken over by a conservative councillor who has muscled in on the back of this conflict... with a gang of his fellow tory mates. But who is this chap? Where has he sprung from? AND...more importantly what are his motives??? Is he using the society as a political platform??? Or is it simply to promote himself?? Pillar of the society??? I think not! Do long standing civic society members not have a say in all of this??? What about corporate members?? Indeed.....are there even any members left???? If so, who are they and where the hell are they??? (and what about their membership fee's????)Hey..one more thing....what happened to the Forum???? Come on Mr Schofield.....surely if anyone can come up with some answers....it's you! There is something decidedly dodgy going on here..dont ya think????

Pedro1874 says..“ Gordo! Why no review for Linen after they started - only the decor review in 2006? We went there recently on that recommendation and were impressed with the food too. One of the best risottos I have ever tasted. I asked to speak to the chef who had made it and was really impressed with Oliver Rushton's knowledge and enthusiasm. Good wine list and very good value for money especially with the 10%; off for showing your membership card. (Available free in the lobby on arrival) Not compulsory to join but a no brainer!

Jack says..“ What's going on down at CIDS - Their offices are 'to let' and The Drum says they are closing, but no news elsewhere - conspicuously nothing in their own Creative Times... any news?

Lee says..“ Sooo excited that San Carlos is coming to Dubai, I've been missing it!Let me know if you want a review ManCon.

Pedro1874 says..“ Just spotted this in a wine newsletter and couldn't help myself to a bit of cut and paste! Gordo! do you read our rants?!2005 El Gordo Victorian DurifWAS £72.00 NOW £60 per dozen!“El Gordo means “the fat one” – add big, dense, thick-set, rough-hewn to ‘fat’ and I’ll drink to that. Durif is a beast in any case, rarely tamed, but these guys have just about managed it – the tannic chunkiness well matched by rich, black plum syrup, herbs, eucalyptus and mint.” Oz Clarke (250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide 2008)This is certainly one to warm the cockles of your heart during these cold nights! I love Durif, it has the classic richness and grunt that typifies Aussie red, but great balance and a rich finish. Great with steak or with casseroles.

Baby says..“ I've seen the new Ithaca offer. Best savings are on Sunday with 50%; off your food bill - shame it's not open on a Sunday then

???? says..“ Have i missed something? Has this now become CheshireOaks.com??? Talk about selling your Soul!

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ Dear ???? that's a cheap trick. We are commercial and we only survive on advertising. These are very tough times and we are as far as we know the only website magazine that pays its freelance writers to bring you content that is unavailable elsewhere. The Cheshire Oaks style ads won't happen all the time but if they help keep us going as an alternative voice then they're a small price to pay. We do have soul but we need to keep the body together as well. Or maybe you'd like to pay a subscription for all the great articles and comps and offers we put up? 50p a week perhaps?

Steve says..“ Mr Schofield, i see your point but ?? has a point i feel too. I'll give you 10p a week but i want to win at least 10 competitions a yr.

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ Steve, what is the point, I'm intrigued? This is a free access site after all.

Avo says..“ The girl on the Cheshire Oaks ad is a little hottie and has breasts that seemingly defy gravity as she is obviously trampolining so I don't mind looking at her while the main page is loading.

mark m says..“ Tsk Avo

Avo says..“ Shut up and get prepping. You need to sort out your mis en place boy!

Castlefield says..“ That Cheshire Oaks ad is irritating. Yes you are a commercial operation out to make money but I think you've gone a tad too far here. Most websites are commercial operations and have ads but not like this. Perhaps less ads and drop a journo as half the comments on the rants seem to be from them, surely not all needed. As for charging us all, whether we pay or not we are the hand that feeds you as you'll know no readers means no advertisers and while we read you because we enjoy it perhaps a little more respect when 'customers' give their views as above wouldn't go amiss.

Descartes says..“ I don't think it's that bad, not that different from a full page ad in the evening news is it? I just click passed it, does me fine :)

mark m says..“ It lasts all of a few seconds. Get a grip folks

Castlefield says..“ It's irritating. Not taking over my life, don't think I need to get a grip. Just don't like it. Call it an opinion.

AngloSaxonchief says..“ This is a call to everyone that loves England, our country is rapidly going down the toilet! Unfortunately most of you are too young to have known a lot different, most of you will not have known a country that was gentle and offered a good home for the majority to raise their children and who believed there would be a peaceful future for their grandchildren to grow up in.Now though we have a land that has been totally mismanaged by this Far Left rabble who believed they could socially engineer our nation into a compliant drone of the EU super state.To that end Labour made access of our nation available to any lowlife who washed up on these shores, we have a land full of Islamic terrorists with a fanatical religious belief system that is gaining ascendancy and threatens the very existence of our people and our freedoms, our country is full of foreign criminals who believe they can do whatever they like, and do it with impunity.We have our own indolent and feckless that believe living off the benefits system is a viable career choice.Each day we slide further into becoming a total hellhole, you all however have the answer at your fingertips. You need to vote at every chance from local to parliamentary elections.You need to look to voting for the English Democrats who believe in our country our rules.Check out our manifesto and do something for your country, vote, or become a candidate and fight for our survival.Thank you

scoteee says..“ Anglo-if you took that attitude and tried to influence better the Labour government, I would be sure to support your views.but your shouting from the wrong side of the fence for me...

AngloSaxonchief says..“ I don’t quite understand your point, sorry but I am old.This was just a simple post to get our people thinking about the importance of voting. I continually write to my MP and she has threatened to have me arrested by playing the race card. I am very active everywhere this was just another avenue or soapbox.Best wishes

scoteee says..“ Anglo i would love to sit in a local pub on a sunday afternoon and listen to your views and frustrations.i think you could be far more influential in making them happen if you didn't limit yourself by supporting the BNP

AngloSaxonchief says..“ Scoteee:I too feel as you, I really was a supporter of the BNP and attended the first north herts meetings, however when I went to join with my wife who is Anglo Indian they wouldn’t let her join. We both wanted to support the BNP but she wasn’t allowed, I agree with all the BNP policies but not the exclusion of those that truly love this country and want to fight for the survival of the Anglo Saxon way of life. If my house was on fire I wouldn’t worry who was holding the hosepipe. Best wishes to you and the BNP but the English Democrats only judge a person by their love for this country.

scoteee says..“ How very interesting that they wouldnt let your wife join and they say they are not rascist?i suggest the BNP and its followers dont come on to this site until they acknowledge that they are in fact rascist and accept it by way of public admittance rather than continue hiding behind the fact and choose other avenues to influence society.

scoteee says..“ Jonathan-with reference to your comments on Cheshire oaks, I would be happy to subscribe to a £1.00 a week if it kept the dilution to a minimum. screw it i'll drop you at fiver at reception at lunch time!

Long Time Reader, First Time Ranter says..“ Is anyone else as bored of the Cheshire Oaks advert by now? Just read through a few of the previous rants and sounds like a few of us have the same opinion, ManCon has gone a little to desperate as of late and the credit crunch is leading to the dilution of any good material. Come on Gordo, put that steak down and sort it out.

Ken Barlow says..“ Long time reader is right, this Cheshire Oaks stuff takes the pi$$. 'The voice of the city'??? is that as long as its what cheshire oaks thinks. City Life anyone?

Jonathan Schofield - Editorial says..“ The Cheshire Oaks ad lasts for seven days starting from the middle of last week. It's like the wrap Metro news put on their paper frequently or a million other devices commercial media groups use so that they can put up stories their readers like to read. It is an extremely difficult time to produce revenue as anybody, particularly in the private sector, will know. I believe the the twenty five editorially independent stories we put up last week across Manchester, Body and Property Confidentials are worthy of prolonged free attention. The situation is changing folks. Three seconds of the Cheshire Oaks ad isn't too much is it? We're not the lovable and admirable BBC with a licence fee.

emma grace says..“ I don't really see what the big deal is. My only issue with it is those godawful shoes she's got on...

Jenn says..“ Best place for dinner in Manchester? I am struggling to chose where to take 4 UK ex pats who live in new York. Somewhere impressive both food wise and in atmosphere and as everyone on here is an expert : ) Please help? Thank you!

Avo says..“ How about Harvey Nics or The Modern. Both do excellent food with great views of the city.

Dr Chi says..“ Or why not take the to The Angel? Or the Marble Arch? Traditional English I'd say. I've been to the Marble and that was quite nice. Although its not huge space if there are a few of you but the food was nice.Have a look if you have time and see what type of place you want to take them to.

Jenn says..“ As much as I love the Marble it's a little too 'not dinner' and the menu has shrunk so much it's not recognisable form the greatness of 6 months ago! The Angel is not faring too well recently either however maybe lunch at one of them!

Gordo knows who says..“ Jenn, why not try the "Midland French" or the "River Room" at The Lowry Hotel I use both on a regular basis for myself and for visingting guests and they both have been praised by my guests.

Anonymous says..“ tip: The Art of Tea in Didsbury is now open evenings with new menu and full liquor licence...

Avo says..“ So whose going to the Pot au Feu night at the New Oxford then?

johnthebrief says..“ I've got the Paypal receipt Avo, but Gordo has yet to acknowledge my booking....

Avo says..“ I dropped the money off personally at the New Oxford on Saturday afternoon. But was persuaded to stay by the chef...and had a couple of pints...and some tapas...and ended up on Corridor...

emma grace says..“ You ended up ON Corridor Avo?? Crikey, must have been a good night...

Avo says..“ Erm yeah...I nearly fell through the skylight...

johnthebrief says..“ Well I hope to see you there...

mark m says..“ Twas a fun night last time JTB. Hope to see you again!! i am sure u will get the nod as we still got 2 tickets left unsold i believe

johnthebrief says..“ Yes, the great man has confirmed I'm invited. Hopefully this will be as much of a gastronomic triumph as previous occasions, as I'm bringing a food-loving girl with me and hoping that this feast will be the key that finally unlocks her charms....

mark m says..“ 2 courses of pot au feu, smelly cheese, and my own tarte au citron MUST unlock her charms!!

curious... says..“ I heard a rumour today that Confidential was in serious financial trouble and has recently laid off several members of staff as well as struggling to pay those it currently has, is this true?

MEN Insider says..“ I also have heard the rumours 'curious' has heard and from some good f&b sources. Maybe this is why we all now read cheshire oaks confidential, hmmmm.....????

Chick says..“ There are lots of businesses that are in 'financial trouble' at the moment; that's what's usually called a recession. Please don't let this rant turn in to a 'lets-have-a-go-at -ManCon' page. This portal, although as a restaurateur, I sometimes disagree with their views and opinioins, gives honest and un-biased comment on food, drink and entertainment in Manchester. Long live ManCon. Those smug, self-rightous flexi-paid, civil servent, pen-pushing folk should actually try working for themselves or running a small business - maybe then, you would not be quite so quick tio gloat

MEN Insider says..“ Chick, i can fully appreciate your comments and hope you and all your fellow restaurateurs make it through this tough times. My rant was simply aimed at honesty from confidential, as for to long they have celebrated issues such as redundances at other medias esp those of the local print medium, it would be nice to hear whomever stand up and say 'yes we are in trouble' as others bravely have. Good luck Chick.

Matthew Trop says..“ Not sure what your getting at here Mr Insider fella. I think it's interesting that they've not taken your comments off and when they do they tell us - that once happened with one of my 'jokes'. I have tried to leave comments before on the MEN site and they have been removed if in any way deemed rude to the paper. Nor can I recall them gloating over redundancies, evidence of the latter might be interesting. Confidential is often silly but it provides amusement too and does great food and drink writing much better than on your well-used organ.

Karen says..“ Why does the MEN remove so many comments? Why does it not allow comments on such stories? Come on Insider let us know.

Georgy says..“ I suppose with the comment it's because they have to be more 'responsible' than Confidential - or think they can be. It's annoying though and such a long process to leave comments especially on that City Life site. Here it all seems a bit more fresh. Still read the paper though, it's all right.

I'm miserable now says..“ How could the Guardian in the 100 Great Songs supplements about Places and People miss out the Smiths. No Cemetry Gates, Vicar in a Tutu, Headmaster Ritual or Suffer Little Children.

curious says..“ MEN Insider - tell us more ??? or is this statement very much like your paper, bull s**t.

Anonymous says..“ How many people has the MEN laid off recently? How many was that again? Remind me insider. And how do they choose who to hand out the P5s to? Is it a lottery, insider, or do they look over their staff's shoulders in their newsroom to see who is commenting on other websites in company time, and boosting their reads don't you know? Or is that part of the job spec? Go on Insider I'm dying to know.

Avo says..“ Gordo! I hope you're busy baking your famous walnut bread for tonight. Or are me and the boy Mottram right in presuming that you'll jack off all the hard work and nip to the Barbakan?

johnthebrief says..“ Walnut bread sounds nice, but I'm afraid the brief don't eat no nuts

Avo says..“ Have no fear, I'll eat yours JtB.

Gordo says..“ David Bright's cooking and George's wine got in the way of last nights baking, was too pissed to bake. It will the barbakan, i will get a loaf of Warburton's for JtB

johnthebrief says..“ In that case I'll be looking for a substantial rebate ;-)

Avo says..“ Erm, you weren't going to eat the bread anyway. No loss = no recompense.

rosie says..“ can't believe that Avo is offering to eat JtB's nuts.should make for some interesting after dinner entertainment

mark m says..“ I want to thank all those who came last night and made it such fun. Cheers to you all

johnthebrief says..“ You beat me to it Mark, I was going to thank you for putting on such a memorable feast. I look forward to the Boar's Head Feast in due course!

emma grace says..“ Can anyone help please? In the Guardian for the past 7 days, there's been a pull out each day called "1000 songs everyone must hear". I've been collecting it and I've missed parts 2 and 4.

Does anyone have them and are willing to let me have them? Will be muchly appreciated...thanks

emma grace says..“ Before anyone suggests it, I've already downloaded it. Would just like to have the originals...thanks

Anthony says..“ I visited San Carlos resturant on numerous occasions and always having to wait more than half an hour for my booked table. On sitting down the table staff come to the table before I have chance to look at the menu, although I like to be served fairly fast this more like Mcdonalds than a five star resturant.Once the meal had been ordered the staff disappear leaving the table service to ourselves i.e. pouring out the wine etc. the meal in itself is acceptable and normally of a good standard but the table service needs something to be disired. All rush, come and go, but no service given at the table. When I dine out with friends I expect to be served in an orderley manner calm and controled. It seems at this resturant they want to serve you too fast so to enable them to free up the table as quick as possible. Service seems to out of the door. As anyone else had these experiences?

Simon says..“ The Pub - 126 Grosvenor Street,Manchester - I visited this pub last night - to be greeted by unfriendly staff! I was the short changed for the amount of £5. I was told they would have to cash the till - which they did but It was £30 short!!! - This is not my problem was my response! I was waiting to hear back from the manager today but I have had no response!!I just thought I would have a rant and maybe stop it happening to anyone else out there - If you want my opinion give it a miss all together!! The beer was rubbish and obviously cost me a small fortune!

Dear Bill Bradley says..“ Bill, quick question. Is there anyway you can stop asking me to advertise? I like your style of throwing out your net and waiting for the juicy fish to come to you but seriously hit the streets your Bill like all the other folk selling media. PS - if i advertise do i to get to pick my 10 fav songs al la your other clients seem to do?

bee says..“ CHARITY MUGGERS: Why do we need so many? Getting down Market St is like an obstacle course. It's all very well when people say "just politely say 'no thanks'" but what about when they still chase you up the street after you've said "no thanks" 4 times. Cheeky buggers the lot of them. Lose the piercings and get a proper job.

Mr Morris says..“ You have a HEADLINE offer which states 'enjoy delicious Japanese food for FREE'. After signing my details I find out that it's one free small dish after purchasing 2 FULL MAIN courses. Hardly come and eat for free?! I look forward to your response.

Full Mail Box - says..“ Gordo - Why is it i seem to get at least 3 emails per day from you guys? I dont want a new seat car, im not interested in Mcr Masters and i am sick to the back teeth of cheshire oaks!

Full Mail Box says..“ Gordo - Why is it i seem to get at least 3 emails per day from you guys? I dont want a new seat car, im not interested in Mcr Masters and i am sick to the back teeth of cheshire oaks!”

Avo says..“ Why don't you just unsubscribe to the ManCon emails?

Gordo says..“ Full M Box, it's an intelligence test. Go to the subscribeunsubscribe area and choose which emails you want. The ads are simple, who the F*do do you think pays for the writers on here? Fancy lobbing us a hundred quid and we will turn the ads off?

Castlefield says..“ I know I'm repeating myself a bit here but is it really such a good idea to insult the readers who are clearly customers? Y'know there is the option of telling them how to unsubscribe politely! I agree someone has to pay for the site but would F*ing at the readship really encourage the advertisers you obviously need? There was no need to even jump in as Avo had already politely answered the guy/girl. I have previously responed to an advert from Manchester Masters but if you keep building up this readers v advertisers thing then it aint going to end pretty! Advertising on ManCon could be seen as anti-productive. So stop it as I like ManCon and don't want it disapearing.

Full Mail Box says..“ Gordo & Avo - Many thanks for your oh so wise words and such a diplomatic response. I will indeed go and 'F***ing unsubscribe' as Castlefield has hit the nail on the head, treating readers like crap will put advertisers off and after hearing over and over again that ManCon is already struggling financially this may help you see the error of your ways.

John says..“ Castlefields exactly right, readers are customers and Gordo you treat them like dirt off your shoe.

Descartes says..“ I bet Gordo's like that mad granny in Allo Allo, he probably doesn't mean any harm, just gets a bit excited from time to time ;)

M1 says..“ Very funny Descartes, i always imagine Gordo to be abit more Roy Cropper from corrie rather than mad granny haha

Castlefield says..“ I half think Gordo thinks he IS ManCon! I sim more as a school teacher type who sees us mortals as pupils. I do like his reviews on food - brilliant. But even when great foo writers like AA Gill get out of their comfort zone they look silly - or pissed!

Rachel says..“ Re: Manchester Masters CompLove the idea behind Manchester Masters but do you seriously expect people to spare 25 minutes to watch all 50 of the 30 second videos? They won't. They will either just go on and vote for their friend or friend's friend - making this just a popularity contest. Or they will watch the first three, realise how many more there are and vote for one of the ones they have seen - making it a contest between the lucky few at the top of the list. Don't ask me how it should be done though! Perhaps you should ask all those lovely creative people in the competition?

Gio says..“ Anyone know what is happening with the ManCon Privilege Card? At least two of the restaurants on the list have closed their doors for good & there is no sign of any additional eateries.

Castlefield says..“ Can you start a campaign for city centre residents to not have to pay the proportion of council tax that goes on bin collections - as we all have private ones paid for by apartment service charge!

paulm says..“ Castlefield, maybe pick up the phone, write an email, I dunno... do something yourself instead of expecting the media to do it for you?!

Hieronymous Biff says..“ @Full Mail Box et al - I'd say no harm in pruning away some of the self-righteous prigs who hang like crabs to the arse of each article. Quality of readership as much as quantity.

Castlefield says..“ Paul M, ManCon have asked for people to give them issues like this to deal with. That's why I did. Not a difficult equation.

paulm says..“ Castlefield... yeah that's a good point actually, they did. Fair enough :o)

Castlefield says..“ Thanks, sorry for being sarcastic!

Karen H says..“ What gets me with people who complain about the number of emails they receive from Mancon is that they don't have to open them, they can delete them. This is a better way of publishing a magazine than having huge amounts of paper pulped around the city and blowing down streets. Free papers no one wants. I pick and choose the emails. I'd also pay a modest subscription as well. What a couple of quid a month.

Avo says..“ I'm flicjk on ManCon most of the day so know about the offers and articles before I get the emails anyway. Which makes me quite a sad individual really...

sue says..“ just wondering is the story about queen moving to manchester a APRIL FOOLS JOKE!

foolish ape says..“ sue, I refer you to the latest comment in the actual story. Elvis is involved too...

gor says..“ I went in subway today on Peter street and realised that I had no cash on me but they had a switch sign on the door so I thought I would be ok. I ordered the sub of the day with all the trimmings and chilli sauce which is 1.99. when I got the the till and produced my card she told me I had to spend 2.99 to be able to pay by switch.. she was probably hoping i would then upgrade it to a meal but instead I just said "put it in the bin then!" she practically threw it across the room. Maybe they should state clearly that there is a minimum spend instead of just sticking a switch card sticker on the window...

emma grace says..“ Drove past Pau Brasil this morning, anyone know why they've changed the name to Bem Brasil?

Avo says..“ I think there was a similar establishment somewhere down South which already had that name so Pau Brasil had to change it to Bem Brasil.

Anonymous says..“ could someone please tell me where in manchester there is to go for a decent night out for anyone who doesnt do clubs but would like entertainment . Ive grown up in manchester and lived here all my life and now find it only seems to cater for students , anyone over the age of 35 seems to be forgotten about .

cping500 says..“ I see no one has posted here for a long time.... so here's one for all those wittering about public sculpture. I see St Helens (thats a place hale way to Liverpool down the East Lancs Road) has got a Dream.

cping500 says..“ I see no one has posted here for a long time.... so here's one for all those wittering about public sculpture. I see St Helens (thats a place hale way to Liverpool down the East Lancs Road) has got a Dream.

Dig says..“ The Dream sculpture is beuautiful. It has an aura and presence about it akin to that of Antony Gormleys Another Place. A spiritual ambience.

Editorial says..“ We have an article going up about this work in the next week or so. Castlefield article will follow tomorrow or Tuesday depending on when we get a couple of last things.

Gezzabelle says..“ Who's that good looking couple on the 24 hour karaoke article ;-)

ee' eck says..“ To the poster further up enquiring about a different type of entertainment, dare I post here? (I come in peace) - What about greenroom? It’s been in Manchester for 25 years, it has a 200 capacity theatre space, and the tickets are £9 (£6cons). There is a nice bar selling organic, fair-trade and local beers which is open WED - SAT and we support Art, Live Art, new Cabaret, new Music and Performance. You won't see a scripted play here, no Shakespeare, but you might see a sock puppet version of A Streetcar Named Desire or a bicycle set on fire! You might see international performers suspended from the ceiling by bungee chords while simultaneously creating film or sound. It’s Fun! If you come with an open mind you're bound to leave, bemused, puzzled, befuggled and merry. Oh and if you buy a ticket -you can go along to The New Samsi Japanese restaurant along the road and reduced pre-theatre meals! (You can take two people out for food and entertainment for £25!) www.greenroomarts.org

chick says..“ why are half the stories/rants unavailable??

Mr Chilly says..“ I used to frequent Harpers but Ive not been for 2 years. Has Felix gone now and is a new menu in the place ?

Anonymous says..“ Mr. Chilly. I believe Felix has retired and Harpers is now run by Eugenio & Kenny with a new menu including tapas, and a whole new look. Hope this helps you

scoteee says..“ To Editorial,Jonathan Gordo and all that lot! I get an email from mancon at 0930 saying 100 free tickets for tonight at Frog and Bucket.All i have to do is call them and use the mancon reference.i been calling since 0930 still getting answering machine which i left a message on and no word from anyone...whats the bet they dont give any tickets tonight for free then??? grrrrrrrr.....

scoteee says..“ Just had a call back from frog and bucket and free tickets have been booked...thank you and apologies

Bee says..“ English Lounge - used to be a reliable source of nice pub food (so long as you chose the basics) and personable staff. Must be under new management. Food and staff = absolutely awful. AVOID!

officeworker says..“ Has anyone else noticed that the construction workers in Spinningfields aren't allowed to use the seats, or sit on the grass in the security-patrolled so-called 'public space' around Hardman Square? How can it be a city amenity if the people who built it can't use it?

Steve says..“ When can we have a properr discussion on Chinese restaurants and their insistance on having seperate Chinese menus? As a tripe and chickens feet eating, non Chinese speaking person I find it really frustrating that some of the more interesting dishes that I see being served are not available to me. As a regular at GHlamorous for Sunday dim sum (best in Manchester by a country mile) I have sent numerous emails in the last six months and only reveived lip service and empty promises!! Please please Mancon take up my noble cause!!!!

emma grace says..“ This bl00dy morning, at Radcliffe Tram station, the Securitas guy was there emptying the machine at 8.15am, (the only machine that takes notes might I add). Missed the 8.20 tram while I was waiting, and when he finally did finish, the note-taker wasn't working! I was fuming. Is 8.20am really the best time to be emptying the machines??? Sorry, just had to have a rant!!

Jonathan Schofield - Editor says..“ Steve. We have talked to Glamourous Restaurant and they said no they didn't have separate menus and they were too busy to talk to us ever.

east lancs says..“ Emma, whenever moronic metro madness happened to me, I just called the "help" line and ensured I got the magic password thingy for the day.

You could, I suppose, do this sporadically - giving a false address. Just throwing that out there... planting the seed...

emma grace says..“ Oh I do. I'm on first name terms with the people in the office now. Julie's lovely. Point is, I don't particularly like standing on a crowded metrolink platform reading out my name, address and bank account details. Can't win it would seem...

Steve says..“ JS I get the impression that they aren't really bothered about it as the majority of their daytime customers (most of their business) are Chinese people. I have in fact seen the seperate menu (as well as specials on the walls in Chinese). Glamorous are not alone in this practice and we'll only get somewhere if someone like mancon takes up the fight.

Steve says..“ "May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support and also your suggestions. The menus are still in the process of preparation. In the meantime if you wish to order from the Chinese menus, please ask for Kim, our manager and he will be more than happy to explain the menus." I rest my case!

Anonymous says..“ PLEASE don't go the The Laundry Shop on Oxford Street. Customer service is awful, clothes come back damaged and they will in no way accept responsibility for the damage.

No Pudding says..“ I once went to the 'American Bar and Grill' in the Trafford Centre for a burger and chips.
My boyfriend and I both ordered exactly the same - Hawiian Chicken Burger with chips - and yet when they came mine was beef, had no coleslaw on the side and the salad was stupidly small.
After this we decided that we would order desert. The waiter cleared our plates only to return with the bill. We didn't ask for it and weren't offered any desserts!! the place wasn't even full.DO NOT GO THERE! ITS SH*TE.

Castlefield says..“ Can we do something about the potholes in Manchester. Just been cycling around Manchester and Salford and have whiplash from potholes! Some of them are so big you'd think we'd had a meteor attack.

Greg says..“ We put my parents up at the Hilton the other week for Mum's 60th. They wouldn't let us queue-jump to the Skybar because my parents were 'only guests' and it's meant to be a public bar. I hadn't realised that. I begged, as a special birthday treat. No go. The woman at the desk said we could, the bouncer at the lift wouldn't have it. We were disappointed as there was a 45 minute wait and we had dinner reservations. Oh well. We contented ourselves with a drink at the downstairs bar. I had just got back from New York where I lived on Martinis so I ordered one. "Rosso or Bianco?" No, sorry, I meant a Martini cocktail. "On the rocks sir?" Huh? No, sorry, it's a gin cocktail, made with vermouth and olives ... "Gin AND vermouth? Together? Oh right, I'll go and ask someone about it." He didn't, instead, he brought me a splash of Martini Rosso. In a tiny tumbler. On the rocks. Gawd help us. Hilton my arse.

Anonymous says..“ Can ManCon do an article on the number of down and outs that have made our City streets their home?The centre is a disgusting place as a result of these zombies wandering freely around, drinking, abusing passers by, pissing in the street, passing out etc.Manchester is worse than anywhere I have ever visited in this respect yet it seems nothing is being done. The place is literally crawling with them.Maybe a ManCon article will highlight the problem to those with the power to act?

Remnant says..“ I know it's probably so non-"pc" no- one will admit to selling it, but is there anywhere one can buy foie gras in Manchester?

Chick says..“ Harvey Nicks I believe Remnant

Ben says..“ Absolutely agreed with the above comment about the down and outs. I can barely walk home in an evening without being asked for "11 pence," at least five times. They're turning the city into a stinking eye sore

Trevor Tivens says..“ They're not that bad. Honestly have you ever been out of this country and say walked around Madrid or Rome?

Remnant says..“ Thank you, Chick - is that just in the caff or can you get tinned takeaway?

Remnant says..“ Thank you, Chick - is that just in the caff or can you get tinned takeaway?

Chick says..“ Remnant; you could buy it at the deli counter in a jar - think Selfridges used to sell it too?

cleo says..“ oh it's hardly a caff, remnant!

Ben says..“ Anyone else find it utterly hilarious that M&S obviously realised your average footie fan wasn't going to shop there? Out of every city centre shop yesterday evening, they were the only people still selling alcohol! amazing

Nick Page says..“ Something that bugs me about the Manchester Confidential website is this. I receive an e-mail like today's, headed 'we're talking Picadilly grass, a great new bar in Chorlton etc, etc.What's really annoying is that when I click to link to the website, I can't find anything about a new bar in Chorlton on the homepage or any kind of intuitive link that might help me. Isn't it normal for most decent webstes using e-mail alerts to link properly so that the items featured in the mail feature on homepage. This is a regular irritation. Is anyone else bugged by it?

Editorial says..“ Nick don't get angry with us. Click on the story in the email and it takes you straight to the story on the site. Meanwhile Electrik, the bar in Chorlton, and the Piccadilly grass story are right there on the homepage as clear as day. Sorry for the confusion.

James says..“ Took up the Zouk £15 buffet offer last Sunday.Nice décor, friendly but not very efficient staff. VERY mediocre food. The black pepper lamb one to AVOID.Wont be rushing back

Dear Editorial says..“ Just a quick one as i know you guys are very busy but i have just received the property confidential email and slap bang in the middle of it is this Zouk promotion. I know the soul of confidential comes very cheap these days but at least make your emails relevant.

Prop fan says..“ well said, looks like Gordo has well and truely lost his tongue up Zouks a**e

Ben says..“ It does all reek of a massive advertising spend on Zouk's part doesn't it? I could be wrong, maybe it really is that nice a restaurant that it deserves a tonne of mentions on a daily basis....

Baby says..“ and of course Ben, a mega rant from 'the publisher' after someone dared to actually not pee themselves after visiting this restaurant......

Ben says..“ But I thought it was common knowledge that the chef at Zouk can walk on water?? (ha)

Editorial says..“ Ladies and gents: of course it's advertorial with Zouk and we're not trying to kid anyone. We do really like the food and we do think the deal is worth it. We wouldn't do the deal otherwise. But remember we're not the BBC, we have to pay the writers and other staff and the only way to do that is through advertising. Check the homepage and there are more than twelve writers, some bylined and some not. Of course getting people to pay a subscription of say £1 or 50p a week/month might be an idea. What do you think?

Ben says..“ Yes that's all well and good, but do your advertisers pay you to make out that they are in fact the second coming of Christ?

Baby says..“ Editorial; maybe the deal is worth it - i.e £15 ph, it ain't worth the quoted £35 or £40 according to Mark Garner. Why on earth do you have 12 writers? Or is it because you no longer have any sales/customer service reps on the ground?

Mark Garner, The Publisher says..“ Ben, our advertisers are all people we trust. We endeavour to work hard to sell them. Have you noticed straplines in The FT for, say, Chopard watches that say 'buy this watch, it's not all that bad', or The Independent promoting readers cruises on the Nile saying 'come on the cruise, it's not certain that you will be shot by terrorists'. Now, 'Baby', we currently have four people on sales and customer services and in addition, we have just landed Helen Ramsbottom, one of the city's finest account directors; whats your point? Finally, one of the reasons why we are still growing readership whilst all traditional media around us is crumbling is because Jonathan has such a strong team of writers. So, how much would you pay Baby, to get a site free of all advertising?

Castlefield says..“ I love ManCon it's great, well done guys. However the difference between adverts on here and the FT ect is that in the FT they don't have an advert for Chopard watches and then fill up half the paper for the next few weeks with editorial on how wonderful they are and if anyone says the time is wrong they obviously don't know what day it is! Sorry, but had to be said Mark.

Beefy Stew says..“ Hey, Castlefield, I understand what he means don't be so litteral. Now, I would pay £10 per month to take the site ad free; I save far more than that on the offers. I think I know where garner is coming from. What would you pay Castlefield?

Castlefield says..“ that sounds a fair price

Ben says..“ I completely appreciate the importance of advertisers, that was never the issue - working in Marketing myself you'd think I'd get it really wouldn't you? My problem is with the evident ass licking that seems to come hand in hand with it on ManCon. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading ManCon, if I didn't like the site I fail to see why I would be on here pointing out an issue that bugs me. I think I'd occasionally like to see more of completely random restaurant's that may not be paid advertisers being reviewed (fairly of course). In my experience, journalists feel obliged to give a glowing report on anyone that might be lining their pockets! It's all just very superficial sometimes, which I think the Zouk issue proved, as many people have actually disliked it and given very different reports in comparison to ManCon's! Phew - rant over

Baby says..“ Paid advertising is one thing, after all this is a commercial site but I have to agree with Ben regards the sometimes over-the-top reviews that seem to appear around the same time a new offer is posted - Velvet is another that springs to mind recently. However, I am somewhat perplexed that the immorally bankrupt council that takes my business and domestic rates, whilst giving **** all in return, is now the main sponsor of this commercial web site

completely agree says..“ Great rant Ben, i think you're bang on the money there. Its great ManCon brings us these businesses and promotes their offers but its the manner and tone that i think stir's people up. Why havent the Chinesse arts centre not getting the huge butt licking Zouk are, obviously the amount they paid you will effect this but still its a business performing well in its own right yet gordo isnt there annoucing it to be the best thing since sliced bread. Come on Gordo a little less is sometimes more.

Castlefield says..“ I love the council ad! That's the ad, not the council. If it was me this is the way I'd be going for advertising as you don't have to hang your hat on it. Just a snippet of advice though ManCon, these advertorial/reviews things you do - don't put the rant facility on it, that way people can't have a go at the place and you don't feel obliged to stick up for the advertiser. If I was the advertiser I would also prefer this as I'd be a bit upset if having paid for an advert it then generated bad publicity.

HEADGEAR says..“ This friday...... A HEADGEAR PARTY WITH LIVE SETS FROM ON ITZ HEAD, BURN THE NEGATIVE, KIDS ON BRIDGES AND DEATH TO SPIES. Expect a unique slice of Dance Rock, Obscure Disco & 80’s Pop, a trick not to be missed. Followed by DJ sets from COSMIC DISCO with TALLZOMBI. Friday 5th June. 8PM - 2AM. £6.00 entry. At the Night & Day Cafe.

jon123 says..“ i see mancon has slightly altered the wording of the zouk "extravaganza", (despite not responding directly to enquiries/concerns raised). Whatever, its still in no way an extravaganza, or good value in my humble.....

Beefy Stew says..“ Jon123, haven't you got a life to go to? Now on my fifth visit to Zouk with and without the Mancon deal, bloody great. The deal is £15 for chrissakes, i think your 'humble opinion' is bollox.

PJ says..“ Oasis-thoroughly enjoyed the drama and passion of Thursday's gig. Money back offer not particularly necessary, but decided I would get the cash and donate it to Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, of which Oasis are patrons.

gor says..“ I liked zouk.

Dig says..“ With regards to the Scrappage Scheme article it's actually 300,000 registrations. You can px a car without an MOT, as long as it didn't run out over 2 weeks before placing the order on the new car. If anybody is thinking about taking advantage of the scheme you should get your skates on as it is projected the government funding will run out some time in August.

Cas says..“ Anyone know anything about Don Marco's, just opened Hilton end of Liverpool Road, in the arches next to Dimitris?

gor says..“ Do you not think the latest rants should be at the top of the page? I used to click on here and just assume it hadnt been updated.

Dear Gordo et al.. says..“ Just thought i would point out that under offers on your home page the fine folk at City Inn are refered to as 'Dummies' - just wondered whether they truely are or its a typo. Cheers

emma grace says..“ Help please Mancon! I just had an email from you about the showing of Withnail & I on the big screen and I can't remember which day it said....was it Thursday? This is my absolute favourite film, I can't wait for this!!!

Descartes says..“ Tonight at 9pm Emma. (Thursday 18th for the poor souls that missed it and are reading this on Friday ;)

emma grace says..“ Lovely, thanks D. Where's the screen? Spinningfields?

Descartes says..“ Well, I'm not sure to be honest. It's somewhere near Giraffe and Carluchio's behind the Opera House, but it's ages since I've been to Spinningfields. If you see anyone on the way looking thoughtful but lost that'll probably be me

Cas says..“ It's on the lovely bit of grass outside Pret and Carluccios. If you haven't already, get yourself one of those Spinningfields yellow cards - you get 2-4-1 and 50%; off all around there.

emma grace says..“ Likewise...well as long as I know it's Spinningfields I'm sure I'll find it. Thank you! I can't wait to see the scene in the cake shop on the big screen!!

emma grace says..“ Thanks Cas...how do I get my grubby mitts on one of those little beauties then???

Cas says..“ Google spinningfields and it comes up top, on the site is also the full list of films they'll be showing over the summer. Hope it doesn't rain for you!

Descartes says..“ Damn, you had to say it didn't you? tsk Cas - you can't tempt rain fate in Manchestershire. It's bound to now

emma grace says..“ Everyone just ssshhhhhh about the r*in....

Ben says..“ Anyone else see Britney last night? The part where she shouted "whassup London?" was hilarious

Cas says..“ Mr Sleuth, who won the champers?

Anonymous says..“ AKBARS - ARGHHH!!!! Note to the drummers in the middle of Liverpool road at 12.30 last night. The cultural music and drum display from Pakistan was lovely - do it again at that time and the bottle of water hurled at you will not be plastic!!!! How can you have signs on your door saying please be quiet and respect the neighbours and then let some flag waving stag do loose with your drums?

emma grace says..“ Cas...I just wanted to make it clear that I hold you wholly responsible for the foul weather last night. That hailstone was a direct result of your tempting of fate...shame on you

Cas says..“ Sorry Emma. If it makes you feel any better, we got soaked coming back from Alberts Shed!

Anonymous says..“ Great news! Claire Turner has finally seen sense and dumped her loser/junkie/liar husband and taken over the once respected Matt and Phreds. Apparently he is banned from the place and is expected to run away from Manchester with his tail between his legs very soon! Good riddance I say! Surely she can't ruin the place any more than he managed to??

Ben says..“ Where is the gay and lesbian section? I mean, it had a vast room for improvement - but would still be appreciated! I'd love to write something for it if you're stuck for inspiration

A Realist says..“ Retail week has just been published and has a full page on the death of KING STREET in Manchester. To cut a long story short it's full of empty units and the units still left want to get out becuase they are not making any money. The magazine blames the landlords and I agree. 5 Years ago I asked about a unit on there and the agents wanted a crazy price so I left it, a year later it was still empty, they still wanted the same crazy price, the next year they had lowered it by a paltry amount, 5 years later it still sits there empty. I can remember the agents words to me, "Well it is King Street". Now if they offered the same unit to me at half the price I wouldn't take it. It's an interesting article, MANCON should get a copy and comment on it.

Anonymous says..“ I think Parking should be free at the weekends in the city centre - i have stopped going as its too expensive. They cannot compete with the trafford centre and other centres with free parking. I am giving it a miss until this changes!!!!

Lou says..“ Does any one know who has taken over the site of the old video shop in west dids? I saw some builders in there on saturday. It's about time something was done with it.

WorkingInDidsbury says..“ Arrived at work today to discover that it looks like the free car park behind the Slug & Lettuce in Didsbury is to become a pay & display!!! How many few free places are going to be left for the many people who have to drive to Didsbury to get to work?!!! It's already a struggle to squeeze into the few small free car parks that are left. There is no way we will be able to afford to pay to park all day!!! This will just force us to park outside resiential properties and then when the residents get fed up of this, we'll find that residents permits are going to be put in place!!

east lancs says..“ Great, so you'd rather block somebody's driveway than pay to park? A decent employer would negotiate with the carpark owner anyway. At least this might force people who it's viable for, to use public transport.

I lived at the bottom of Barlow Moor Rd for 4 years. It was a pisstake - we used to get blocked in regularly which didn't endear us with our bosses!

east lancs says..“ I should add that we contacted MCC regularly about this, got nowhere. We resorted to setting off alarms and leaving "humorous" notes. Got nowhere. Obviously I'm the only considerate, intelligent person left in Manchester it seems ;o)

WorkingInDidsbury says..“ east lancs, I'm sorry that you had problems with people parking outside your house and blocking you in, but I don't think at any point did I say that this is what I intended to do. Maybe it is MCC that should be held accountable for causing this problem in the first place! I find that most people park considerately when using the road outside a residential property, as was the case when I lived on a road used by people working in the local town. Not sure about your comment about being the only "considerate, intelligent person left in Manchester" though! Setting off people's car alarms? Didn't that just cause a nuisance for your own neighbours? Very considerate!

WorkingInDidsbury says..“ east lancs, I'm sorry that you had problems with people parking outside your house and blocking you in, but I don't think at any point did I say that this is what I intended to do. Maybe it is MCC that should be held accountable for causing this problem in the first place! I find that most people park considerately when using the road outside a residential property, as was the case when I lived on a road used by people working in the local town. Not sure about your comment about being the only "considerate, intelligent person left in Manchester" though! Setting off people's car alarms? Didn't that just cause a nuisance for your own neighbours? Very considerate!

WorkingInDidsbury says..“ Apologies everyone....my above 'rant' submitted twice by mistake...Ooops!

emma grace says..“ Did anyone catch any of that Godawful programme last night about the famous people living on the street?? What a load of self serving crap. What were they trying to achieve by doing that show? To prove to us all that "yes, in case you were in any doubt, it is actually not that nice, living on the street". Like we didn't already know! It made me sick, those bl00dy celebs "slumming it" for a few days to make themselves feel better so that for the next few years they can talk about their "life changing experience" on the streets at their cocktail parties. How very insulting to the real life homeless people they must have rubbed shoulders with. Sorry for the outburst, it just really rubbed me up the wrong way. Rant over, back to work!

east lancs says..“ WID, of course I don't consider myself to be the only one. It's called "humour" mate!

The setting off of alarms happened on 3 occaisions, when we were unable to leave our property in the morning - there were about 12 people in our building so I'm sure you can understand our frustration when MCC didn't even acknowledge our various letters and calls, and that (very) polite notes were ignored. The worst of it was we regularly got tickets for parking "a bit" (and I mean "a bit") over a single yellow by our driveway, as we couldn't get into our own driveway... sorry, you've set me off now!!!

emma grace says..“ MANCON, you should go and review the Shoulder of Mutton in Ramsbottom. Went yesterday with family....it was some of the best pub food I've ever had. And really well priced too...go go go!!! (And make sure you try the lamb, and the fish and chips when you do)

Jonathan Schofield says..“ Emma, know it well. Good call. It's just that we seem to have been Ramsbottom Confidential this year so we might hold back for a while.

Si says..“ Lou, Great Kathmandu is expanding into the old VidBiz place.

CheshireLocal says..“ MANCON, have you ever been to The Boot Inn in Willington, near Tarporley? The food is fab and it's a proper no fuss/no gimmicks pub with great food and staff. It's fairly local for me so go as often as I can. You must also try the hot chocolate - I dare you to say you've tasted better!

Paul says..“ The new Battered Cod is changing it's name.The new owner who bought it off the man who copied the design of the Fallowfield/Withington shops is changing the name! He's friendly with the current Battered cod owner Frank. Hopefully it will taste just as nice.....

Paul says..“ Sorry....I meant the Battered Cod Burnage!!!I'm desperate for fish.

CathyYounge says..“ I'm well aware of the many reasons that make the Co-Op and Tesco two very different outlets but how does the new Co-op food store on High Street have any less of a negative impact on the independent traders nearby than a Tesco would have? I'm sorry? Oh, are they advertising on Man Con? Oh, right...

Anonymous says..“ Might seem a little random but I wanted to tell every fish lover in Manchester to get your ass to OUT OF THE BLUE fishmongers in Chorlton - no I don't work for them but I gladly would, what a lovely bunch of guys. I can honestly say every single time I have ever been in there I've received exceptional service, without a doubt my favourite shop in Manchester, and I shop, a lot so that is saying something. If you've never been get down there! Oh and they have Samphire at the moment, my new favourite greens!

rock v's hard place says..“ ...I've heard good things about it too- but here is my conundrum, the world runs out of fish in 50 years - the big (nasty gggrr) supermarkets are stocking and working with sustainable fish resources - but small independent fish mongers are not. If we support our local fish shops we support the world running out of fish.

Anonymous says..“ Hmmm, that's not such a great thing, being that the sea is the heart of our ecosystem, no fish would be quite bad. You sure they only stock unsustainable fish at Out of the blue?

MEN Insider says..“ Have you guys heard that the MEN are pulling Urban Life and City Life in an attempt to cut costs. They are going to try and rebrand that side of things within the paper and call it 'Manchester's Voice'.

Harold Evans says..“ When Urban Life goes, my life will me without meaning. It's such a heavyweight publication.

Big bad bob says..“ What a joke that Urban life is, complete waste of paper and as for Citylife, does anyone actually read it??

scoteee says..“ I don't, but I will always pich up my copy as it's definately smoother than Andrex with Aloe vera.

N says..“ I've heard Rio Ferdinand is opening an italian restaurant and bar in manchester.Can anyone tell me where and when.

Fi says..“ N; Why do you want to know? This city is over-run with mediocre 'Italian' restaurants as it is without Rio playing at it - he's had his fingers burnt at Ithaca so why is he bothering? Why can't Mancunians think further than pasta carbonara and caprese salad?

ES says..“ Has anyone tried the new polish takeaway called Savich on Bury New Road in Prestwich.It is fantastic, we tried a few different dishes and they are really authentic . well worth a try and reasonable prices, free local delivery.

Cas says..“ Went to Kwok Man after the boxing on Saturday. You know what, I think the food in there is often overlooked as it's better known as a place that opens very late. But the food is always superb and again it was GREAT. I love the place.

Angela says..“ Went to Paphos cyprus with my husband and children had a wonderful time but there was one place we went to that I can honestly say made our holiday. We went to a restaurant called prema it was an Indian restaurant. The guy who runs it Mike was funny, kind, warming person and his wife Divya an excellent cook who cares very much about the health issue and what goes into her curries. I can honestly say I have had many a curry in my time I can still taste it. Thats when you know you have had a good curry. If any one is interested the curry house is in Paphos cyprus off the kings road. If you are holidaying there go and meet mike and Divya and tell them angie paul and kids really enjoyed there evenings with them by the way we went back 3 times on our holiday it was that nice.

paul says..“ went to a restaurant in Paphos called Prema an India restaurant the guy who owns it Mike left manchester seven years ago He had the best curry house in manchester. now has the best curry house in paphos. Great food great company and reasonable prices considering paphos was expensive.

Richard Addlesee says..“ KINOFILM, Manchester International Short Film Festival.Kinofilm announces the Call for Entries to its new European Short Film Festival in 2010.The 11th edition of the Festival will take place in Manchester from 23rd - 28th February 2010, as a European Short Film Festival and invites submissions from all over Europe including former Eastern Europe and Baltic States.Though the 2010 festival focuses on Europe there will be a limited number of entries considered from non-European countries for award-winning films or for those of outstanding merit, for a special International showcase.Kinofilm has a unique reputation for showcasing the best short films from around the world, whilst being renowned for seeking out diverse, challenging and ground-breaking new film. The festival maintains a high standard with many European & International award-winning shorts featuring in the Festival whilst including special programmes in low/no budget shorts, student shorts and underground cinema, giving new and emerging filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened alongside the work of critically acclaimed, established short filmmakers. Main categories include short drama, animation, experimental, digital shorts, Documentary, Romantic Tales, Cinema Extreme, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy & Sci-fi, Erotica, Music Videos, Lesbian & Gay, Polish Cinema, and Bluefire (Kino's Black and Asian section), however, the Festival welcomes shorts of any type and genre. The festival will also feature a youth and community led film event and welcomes submissions from those working with youth based organisations.The festival also features a varied education and professional development programme with seminars, forums, master classes, workshops and networking events. The festival will be competitive with awards in 6 categories. Sidebar -New Features.New for the 2010 festival is a sidebar of debut features from UK and European filmmakers that have recently made the transition from short film to feature or from those directors that have moved into features from other art forms. We are looking for no more than 5 films so competition will be tough. There will be a series of events involving the selected filmmakers exploring the routes of transition.Submissions RequirementsShort films should be no longer than 25 mins (except documentaries which will be allowed up to 35 mins) and must be made within the last 18 months prior to the festival. The festival does not have a premiere policy but there is a small entry fee of £5.00 to submit a film, with the first deadline of 10th September . There will be an extended deadline for late submissions to the 30th September though this will incur a higher submission fee of £15.00. Distributors, agencies and educational institutions are exempt but should contact us first to register the exemption. Please note. Exemptions for filmmakers that submitted to the 2007-8 festival and paid the entry fee of £5 may be able to submit their film free (but must provide their reference number and details of previous entry).Submissions are open from 1st July closing on 10th September. To submit a Film please email the Festival for the festival rules, regulations and procedures and application form: info@kinofilm.org.ukKinofilm 11th edition, European Short Film Festival, Manchester, 23rd – 28th Feb 2010KINOFILM is funded by North West Vision & Media and supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Alliance française and the Dante Alighieri.Official Website: http://www.kinofilm.org.ukFacebook: http://tinyurl.com/MIFFKINOhttp://www.myspace.com/kinofilmTwitter http://www.twitter.com/kinofilm

Anonymous says..“ Just to ask if the property ads of rented apartments could actually include a dimensioned plan as well as the photos. :-)

Anonymous says..“ I see according to http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.manchesterconfidential.co.ukManchester Confidential is worth about £2800. I have slightly more in my piggy bank in uses £50's. Would you accept an offer?

Cas says..“ That'll be the same sit that values the BBC at around £30m and Gazprom at 5k!

£2,800??? says..“ i'll offer £51 and i wanna move in asap,haha

maggs says..“ Just been to The Angel for the £15 deal. It was fantastic - especially the starter - that broth is amazing. I have long been a fan of Robert but my fiance had not tried his food before - he was blown away and we will be back to the Angel on a regular basis - keep up the good work Robert and lets hope this one runs and runs!!!!!!

Anonymous says..“ WEB DESIGNER WANTED QUICK, I know mancon isnt for this purpose but we need a adobe cs4 experienced web designer who can knock out 3-4 template based sites a day, city centre starts at 16k then rising, bonuses etc www.tmandcoweb.com

rachel says..“ Went to the Angel pub last night for the £15.00 menu and apart from the starter which was very tasty, we were very disappointed. The main meal is not a loin of pork but a tough, fatty pork chop with undercooked potato fondant and carrots and we could not eat the crackling. The summer pudding was blackcurrant coulis with unsoaked white bread which was not enjoyable at all. The service and the wine was bad and the toilets belonged in the 1980s. We will not be returning.

hazel murphy says..“ We went to the Angel tonight and are unlikely to return. The food was disappointing .The place needs a good clean throughout.

Anonymous says..“ I protest: there is nothing wrong with Ithaca apart from the people who dine there.

yum yum says..“ I went to the Angel with 4 friends on Saturday night and had a great night. Yes it did smell a bit of stale beer when we first arrived and yes it is (as the waiter explained) a 'work in progress' but the food and service were wonderful - its what all pubs in Britain should strive to be, essentially serving well cooked locally sourced food - like any crappy little cafe does in France. No, it has not been gentrified, No it is not all style and no substance and No we did not go there to look fabulous and pretend we live in New York and people watch. I live in Manchester, the North, home of some great breweries and farmers - we wanted good grub and good times with friends and thats exactly what we got. I can't believe the comment further up about the toilets being from the 80's - the duck pate was from heaven! get a grip people! Its really hard to start up a business independently and an expensive thing too - of course money can't be spent on fixtures and fittings straight away. the toilet was clean, it flushed and there was loo roll, and there was a mirror. what more REALLY do you need? plus a meal for 5 of us all with drinks and 2 bottles of wine and starters, mains and desserts came to around £150 - what a absolute bargain

Anonymous says..“ Should there be really be a women's section (Body Confidential) on ManCon? the case for integration is made when they discuss cervical cancer with little reference to men (they get it, men give it them) while we whittered on about health ads on TV and discussed the notion then gay matters should be integrated into the main pages. This article is a clear case for integrating sexual health topics at least into the main ManCon or set up new WO/MAN METROSEXUAL section.

Cas says..“ Can someone tell me if the general public can go new smithfield market for fish? Is it worth it? What unearthly hour would I need to be there?

Chick says..“ Cas, you can go to the market, produce usually starts arriving at 1am but the fish market does not open until about 3am or 4am. To the best of my knowledge, a couple of the fish suppliers have now shut up shop at Smithfield. Worth a trip though

Cas says..“ Will give it a whirl, thanks.

Kisscurl says..“ Went to Mojo last night for the tea time 5-9 special of reduced price drinks with free Chilli and Nachos. I realise it was only Tuesday and that's why we were probably the only two people in there, but they let themselves down in that there was neither any chilli or nachos either. So we ended up having the £10 bottle of pink fizz and the lady behind the bar apologised and gave us some fiery tasting nibbles in two drinks glasses. But why advertise it as 5-9 when it possibly would be better advertising it as 5-9 on Thursday and Friday only perhaps to ensure that not only are there people in to create an atmosphere but also that they would feel it was worth their while to put on the Chilli and Nachos???

Anonymous says..“ do we realy need another indian resturant in castlefield indian resturant is applying for a 4am licence close to the hilton on liverpool rd i feel sorry for the poor residents that live above it

Anonymous says..“ Who are the occasional men on the " Body Confidential pages.... are they gay?

Greg says..“ The Spar off Oxford Rd near the BBC has taken to photocopying an article from The Sun headlined 'Beggars make £73,000 a year' and sellotaping it to the doors and along the counter. The place is something of a magnet for homeless people but this strikes me as pretty cold and possibly not official company policy.

Anonymous says..“ Greg few beggars are sleeping rough and some are certainly not homeless, and others are 'professional'. Currently the Police are the lead agency with strong liaison with Adult Social service and have I understand been talking to the Oxford Rd Spar and the beggars and in other places too.

Anonymous says..“ Time to kill dead rants since you have long forgotten.what "Something on you mind" was. My suggestion is you archive after three months and for this bit of the (inter)action post from last to first.

Anonymous says..“ Not only is Aadab Restaurant opening next to 'The Hut' on Liverpool Road, Dimitries is expanding into Jowata, and 'Lal Qila' is opening in the former Negresco...

Anonymous says..“ Just had awful experience at CROMA Prestwich. Starter didn't arrive for 40 minutes even after complaining twice.Then it was the wrong dish. Pizza was insipid and tasteless. Waited 20 minutes for further drinks. They had a dreadful live duo on who were so loud you couldn't hold a converstion. Why people rate the place I do not know. First and last time!

Gor says..“ A copy of the e mail I sent to Akbars which they obviously dont really care about as I have had no response.BE WARNED. We visited Akbars in Manchester last Friday for a birthday celebration. We chose Akbars as it is regarding as one of, if not the best in Manchester. My previous favourite was EastzEast but I had been told that Akbars was even better so we decided that we should try it. What a mistake!!!I was absolutely shocked with what we received, and I don't know how all the food websites can rate you higly after our experience.The first problem was having a tower of poppadoms dumped in the middle of the table when only a couple of us had plates, we asked 2 - 3 times for plates but the waiter wanted to take our orders first before giving us any. By the time we got plates they were cold.The majority of us picked the same starter as it sounded great on the menu.Chicken Nambali"Breast of chicken pieces marinated, grilled and finally garnished with melting cheese served with friend onions peppers tomatoes and onions."The reality of this dish was one or 2 chunks of bland UNmarinated, ungrilled chicken in a dish full to the brim with melted cheese with some tinned potatoes on the side of the plate. No onions, no peppers, no marinade and almost no chicken. This dish would have been better spread on a piece of toast!!The currys that we chose also had their problems, mine to be honest was lovely " Lamb Paneer" but I didn't have rice with this because my rice was so cold and dry that it looked more like cous cous. It was possibly the worst rice I have ever been served in an Indian restaurant. I heard comments from others around the table about curries being swimming in grease and not being able to taste anything but oil.Considering the reviews I have read and even the word of mouth opinions from people I really could not believe that this was the same restaurant and will certainately never be risking a night out here again. I think I will stick to EastZeat of Zouk from now on as they are in a different league, in fact my local takeaway is in a different league to you!

cping500 says..“ I went to Bem Brazil last Saturday asked for the lunch which is available and was directed upstairs to the buffet by the receptionist. The lunch is in the Bar to the right as you go in;otherwise it is £13.not £5I only wanted to try the black bean soup but is wasn't on but the the chef did offer to make me some!

Anonymous says..“ Tried to go to the Angel last night, no answer on the phone and looked in darkness. Anmyone know whats going on

Anonymous says..“ ROB has done his usual and fooked off. Wonder how many staff/suppliers/landlord etc he has also fooked off this time.

Anonymous says..“ Any truth in the Angel was only ever meant to be short term and a quick money raiser. Which is why it wasn't done up properly. And why they didn't have card facilities - you see it's much easier to make cash payments invisible to the tax man isn't it!

mark m says..“ It was certainly not just meant to be short term.

Anonymous says..“ And the non card facilities? Considering anyone can get a terminal in under a month.

Anonymous says..“ Not bad going really. Three pubs run into the ground in three years, and then include the sojourn in down-town Radcliffe. Mr. B will rise again, in another run-down boozer and we all wait in anticipation for the plaudits and fawning reviews as the maverik phoenix once again rises from the ashes. In the meantime there are staff, suppliers, customers and a landlord who once again are left high and dry.......

Drake says..“ Whisper it quietly but the food at the Angel really wasn't very good. Beer was nice, mind, and the barmaids/men were all lovely. Last time I went I had some sea bass so dripping in oil I assume they'd got it confused with a sardine.

Anonymous says..“ As someone in the same business, I don't particularly enjoy having a pop at a fellow restaurateur. However, I have it on good authority that ROB has found himself another backer and will be back at the stove in a couple of months. The closure of the Angel did not happen overnight. In the meantime, there are some very good young and talented chefs in Manchester that could really do with the sort of financial backing ROB seems to aquire at the drop of a hat. the Bridge, the Greyhound and now the Angel, but ROB sails into the horizon looking over his shoulder at the many problems left in his wake. He may be a good chef but he has also shown himself to be a financial risk - I hope his next backer realises that, along with anyone who works for him or supplies him

Anonymous says..“ Personally I am amazed that he has lasted this long. Scant regard to customers wants and a lack of consistency are more his trademarks than flair and fine food. Couple that with the business accumen of his mentor Francis Carol and this is what you get.

Fi says..“ Quite. Francis Carrol is the front of house version of ROB

Rob Brown - has he got something on you? says..“ In the space of five minutes I've gone from thinking ManCon is great to quite honestly thinking you treat your 'customers' as mugs. What Rosie and Chris said was totally relevant and no more abusive than what is often on this site. Rosie's point is especially interesting and if it didn't involve God, sorry Rob Brown, then you Mr Schofield would have been very interested. To now take the rant opportunity off that page is something I haven't seen before. It's funny there are often freedom of speech issues on this site and recently you were upset that Waterstones banned a book signing. I know you will say the rants by Rosie etc were becoming personal but that has never had this response before. Perhaps if you were not so busy blowing smoke up this guys arse you would see the opportunity for a great journalistic local story here and get to the bottom of it, however this would upset Rob. Rob has obviously left a lot of people in the lurch and you just want all that to be pushed to one side and let him start again. Again. Very very disapointed in ManCon, though quite sure you couldn't give a damn. This is Cas if you wish to ban my IP address.

lucky-chris says..“ Schofield - I CANNOT believe you just did that.

outragedofm1 says..“ So this is where all the posters on the ROB naughty step have ended up? Very poor, sniffy responses from Mancon indeed. Yes I can see how hunting and fishing is novel, just as cooking a turkey in a filing cabinet is. But they're not the whole story are they? I wonder if he'll be in the hunt for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, as his nomination for best chef (similar to the Castle's just before they went belly up) presumably still stands.

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ This is what I'm going to do. Next week I'll interview a few people in the know about websites, rants and responsibilities. Then I'll write an article about it and interested parties can comment. Despite having to take the rant facility off the Mark Addy/Owen-Brown story we still are the easiest vehicle for right to reply in Manchester. Personal attacks or the airing of grievances which would be better settled between the individuals concerned abuse what we offer. I have taken the rant facility off before when things have become too personal, once with another chef. And just for your info outraged, there are no representatives from Manchester Confidential involved with Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards this year in any capacity.

lucky-chris says..“ I've never met the bloke, never eaten anywhere he's cooked, and I'm in no way a stakeholder in any of any of his past endeavours - so please, Mr. Schofield, tell me how my grievance was personal. I could understand my comment being removed due to some of the content, but Hamish Jackson's rant is still there, clear as day (which also seems to include a personal grievance with a landlord). Oh yeah, that's it, your mate Hamish is coming to the rescue of your mate Robert, right? I'm not trying to "grass Mr. Jackson up", but I think it's out of order.

Hannah Pickford says..“ Actually reading through the rants on Mark Addy story the editor does say 'Some postings are at this level and will from now be removed'. He hasn't touched posts previous to that sentence. I've been researching the internet and the way comments are allowed on many sites that would never have been allowed in the old days and would be happy to be interviewed and will contact Mancon directly.

johnthebrief says..“ Jonathan, quick question but did you ever re-visit the story on Pumpkin in Victoria Station? I ask cos I was in the station on Sunday at the ungodly hour of 9.30am and everything that might have offered a service to the many members of the public wandering about was closed. Two exceptions were (naturally) the ticket booths and also the Java coffee stand where I had a chat with the very nice polish guy manning it, congratulated him on being open, and bought a coffee, which was disgusting. Am I being naive in wondering why, when the station is open for business, it's impossible to buy a sunday paper or a croissant? Never mind, the Co-Op food store sorted me out.

Chick says..“ I'm with Cas and lucky-chris on this one. Cleary ROB polarises opinion and, personal attacks aside, only allowing the positive comments in no way reflects such opinion. I cannot remember Mancon disabling the rant facility regarding Joe Akka a while back and that really did get personal. Instead of interviewing folk about the legalities of posting comments on web sites - something, as Manchester's self-proclaimed leading news and discussion site, I would have thought you would be familiar with - why not interview the great man himself and get it from the horse's mouth? The irony is, after runing a story about Waterstone's stifling freedom of speech and expressing your disgust, you've just done exactly the same thing. One last point, the comments regarding the food at the Angel, scattered over various pages, do not appear to reflect the praise and plaudits heaped the chef by contributors to this site

Chick says..“ Excuse typos, I'm livid!!

Bennie James says..“ I don't understand. All the comments negative and positive are still up on the article. Hey let's talk about something else. Important stuff. The TUC are meeting in Liverpool and are worried about high-heel shoes. It's a massive issue. I like tottering around in heels. As a short girl it makes me feel well...taller, less insignificant.

rosie says..“ i'd like to know why my rant was removed when a)it was a response to prior posts and b)the article is about something that affects me and my family.if you leave rants up that state that Rob left the Angel free and clear,surely mine is as relevant. i could understand why my opinion of Rob was taken off if you hadn't let the personal attacks on Ged stay. also,my opinion of Rob aside,my post was based on fact.

rosie says..“ p.s. why didn't you remove the whole post instead of leaving the first sentance,thus making me sound(read?)like a sycophantic little twat??

Red Ken says..“ Lets get the Angel / ROB / Mark Addy rant back on . Come on Man Con , be brave , bold and show some Elan

Chick says..“ We live in hope Red Ken, we live in hope. Elan; interesting choice of word. Mine would be balls.

mark m says..“ never going to hapen RK or chick. I must say, having been very involved, what did you expect MANCON?

Chick says..“ I'm stuck mark m. where /are you involved with the Angel or with Mancon? I think I know the answer having done a bit of a trawl through previous Angel features on this site - yes, I can be very anal. I expected Mancon to be unbiased and impartial - but hey, this is the 'maverick' chef we're discussing so clearly not

rosie says..“ hi Chick, Mark M was Rob's business partner when the Angel opened. He's also my partner (as in the guy I live with), which is why I have a personal interest in the debate.

Chick says..“ Hi rosie; I know, don't ask me how I know, but you know how incestuous the restaurant business is in this fine city. I don't know what you said to deserve your comment being pulled earlier on, I missed your original post. There is a 'club' within the Manchester hospitality industry and you are either in it or not. I am a restaurateur, but you can probably gather that I am not a 'club' member. May I rot in hell

emma grace says..“ All food debates aside, I would just like to say that I used to work for ROB and I always got paid. To my memory, all the staff were always paid on time. I can't speak for suppliers etc because I didn't have any involvement in that side of things, but the staff always got paid for the hours they did.

Mark Garner, the Publisher says..“ Rosie, go and chill out. That rant became Shakesperean. If any of you ranters with firm accusations about Robs business conduct have proof of what you say, email me with that, and I will consider publishing. In the meantime the rules that I, as the Publisher, have laid down to my Editor, for the operation of the most Liberal online debate forum in the North West if not the country, have been bridged for, I believe, only in the second time in the history of the site. Legal matters aside, I am not interested in Publishing a magazine which gives voice to such vitriol, some ranters here would seem to have been much happier being born in the time of burning witches. It’s tawdry and unpleasant. Now, Rosie, the reason why I am telling you to chill out is that old chestnut that he without sin should cast the first stone. Your outrage at the way, you allege, that a member of your family have been treated has led you to be very vocal. Now, before you go on with yourself I suggest you have a word with that member of your family and check with him about his business dealings with myself and Hanging Ditch wines. Glass houses and all that. Finally, you guys can express your opinions of our writers and their subject matter as much as you want. But stick to the rules. They aren’t huge. If you don’t agree with them, (the rules), sod off and read the Mail Online, it may well be your type of publication.

Cas says..“ Mark, I think you misunderstand, why those without personal grievances at least are a bit miffed. This Rob guy whose cooking, on the opinion of a lot including myself, is nothing remarkable has been given massive personal profile by ManCon. I prefer the days when a chef shut up and cooked and you didn't hear much from them save the occasional strop, however many modern chefs including Rob it seems wanted to push their name and become well known. With this goes the bad side of publicity where when you've made a poo poo it gets publicity too. Or at least that's the way it normally is but not here. This guy dabbled at business more than once and has made a cock up. Perhaps if the article had made a respectful nod to that and even had a tiny bit of critiscm for the guy then it may have seem balanced. The landlord and his family were criticised by ranters but this was deemed ok. Maybe Rosie's Mark has srewed you over before but you have srewed others over, it doesn't make it ok for all your business associates to treat you like poo, does it? The way she has then been condescended and edited to look stupid is quite frankly childish. There's a lot of personal siding here and a lot of it from ManCon which your much needed advertisers must really respect. So if any readers who dare to have an opinion conflicting with your own are not welcome then I for one am off but not to the Daily Mail. You only seemed to roll the rules out when it suited. If you actually respect your readers then, as I realise you cannot re-do the hero worship article, why not do an article on how in the current climate restaurants going bumpty bump is having a devastating effect on suppliers? Balance it out a bit.

Mark Garner, the Publisher says..“ Readers opinions are welcome. Whether they agree with us or not. Out of nearly a half a million rants over the five years Confidential has been up, less than two hundred have been removed. In no way have those been removed because Jonathan Schofield thought they weren't agreeing with him. They are removed because they breached our rules. The number taken down speaks for itself. On a personal note, I need to get some work done; if you don't like our rules, I would reluctantly suggest that you move on.

HieronymousBiff says..“ I believe they have a lively forum at www.self-righteous.com you might be interested in. Tedious serial posters welcomed apparantly.

Curry Lover says..“ Believe me guys, ain't no-one going to be able to win an argument with Cas. He/she spends two hours a day arguing with an empty room. I am back off to my life.

Cas says..“ Probably find Rob there. Now I'll just get my restaurant reviews from City Life. Maybe not as witty but hopefully more impartial. Off to the beach.

lucky-chris says..“ Wow, Mr. Publisher, sir, thank heavens you're not one to patronise. And Curry Lover, what's your big problem with Cas? Sounds like a personal grievance to me. Someone remove it quickly.

gor says..“ this is getting boring.

Red Ken says..“ You are right Chick , your choice was better than mine . Elan is flair , energy , a determined mind and luck . I stand corrected however I also agree that the hotel and restaurant scene is a close scene more akin to a family from Kentucky . You know the score , " Ma cousin Bobbie Lee had my Auntie Betty Lou and am de result "

Gordo knows who says..“ Hi Gordo, just booked for Harvey Nichols, see you there, you can buy me a drink as you have not done "The Ramsons" thing with us. look forward to seeing you .

Marting says..“ Too much supposition and unsubstantiated comments here. It's easy to knock somebody on the back of an overheard comment, a second-hand report or a carelessly phrased rant. Cotributers would be better off saying nothing unless they have ALL the relevant facts to hand first.

massdebate.com says..“ ...Is anyone going to have a pint with the conservatives - was considering it - amusing night out and all - but then I saw I have top pay for the priviledge - not sure if thats a good idea on their part - what are people thinking out there?

Anonymous says..“ I note the comments above and the commitments made by the publishers with respect to personal attacks and the like with interest. Given that they claim to remove any personal and/or abusive comments one wonders why a post that includes the following 'Anonymous says..“ Great news! Claire Turner has finally seen sense and dumped her loser/junkie/liar husband and taken over the once respected Matt and Phreds. Apparently he is banned from the place and is expected to run away from Manchester with his tail between his legs very soon! Good riddance I say! Surely she can't ruin the place any more than he managed to??” has not been removed from the site. I doubt it is possible for any post to be more personal and/or abusive!

Jonathan Schofieldld - editor says..“ Anon, must have missed that. Where is the comment, which story, and we'll remove it.

Andy says..“ If I may say so, hilarious. Not quote as funny as the Mailonline but getting there. Strikes me that if people want a platform from which to launch unsubstantiated accusations and abuse they should set it up themselves....and deal with the legal consequences themselves. V-bulletin is cheap although actually getting people to read may cost you significantly more.Keep up the good work ManCon.

Andy says..“ PS. Did I really just see an elected official citing an MEN "poll" and saying it informed policy? Jeez, we are knackered.

lucky-chris says..“ http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/index.asp?Sessionx=IaqiNwB6IHqiNwP6IHqi have to say... you lads must love coming to work every day!

Maggs says..“ Would love to see a review of The Limetree Indian restaurant in Prestwich. Went on Staurday night and was very impressed. Surroundings great and food really good with some unusual dishes as well as the more traditional Indian fare.

Anonymous says..“ It's there if you look for it! Find the posts about 'free parking' in Didbury and you won't be too far away! Mind you, by the looks of it the offending item has been there for some time and has, to a certain extend, had the impact the original poster had hoped for anyway!

kinofilm says..“ The 11th Kinofilm International Short Film Festival is now closing it's door for entries for their 2010 festival (23rd-28th Feb). Be quick and enter your short/documentary now, closing date has been extended into two deadlines, 14th Oct with a fee of £15, and a final deadline of 31st Oct with a fee of £20.Please find details bellow on how to enter. Any questions please don't hesitate to shoot us an email. We look forward to receiving your entries!info@kinofilm.org.uk============================KINOFILM, Manchester International Short Film Festival.Kinofilm announces the Call for Entries to its new European Short Film Festival in 2010.The 11th edition of the Festival will take place in Manchester from 23rd - 28th February 2010, as a European Short Film Festival and invites submissions from all over Europe including former Eastern Europe and Baltic States.Though the 2010 festival focuses on Europe there will be a limited number of entries considered from non-European countries for award-winning films or for those of outstanding merit, for a special International showcase.Kinofilm has a unique reputation for showcasing the best short films from around the world, whilst being renowned for seeking out diverse, challenging and ground-breaking new film. The festival maintains a high standard with many European & International award-winning shorts featuring in the Festival whilst including special programmes in low/no budget shorts, student shorts and underground cinema, giving new and emerging filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened alongside the work of critically acclaimed, established short filmmakers.Main categories include short drama, animation, experimental, digital shorts, Documentary, Romantic Tales, Cinema Extreme, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy & Sci-fi, Erotica, Music Videos, Lesbian & Gay, Polish Cinema, and Bluefire (Kino's Black and Asian section), however, the Festival welcomes shorts of any type and genre. The festival will also feature a youth and community led film event and welcomes submissions from those working with youth based organisations.The festival also features a varied education and professional development programme with seminars, forums, master classes, workshops and networking events. The festival will be competitive with awards in 6 categories.Sidebar -New Features.New for the 2010 festival is a sidebar of debut features from UK and European filmmakers that have recently made the transition from short film to feature or from those directors that have moved into features from other art forms. We are looking for no more than 5 films so competition will be tough. There will be a series of events involving the selected filmmakers exploring the routes of transition.Submissions RequirementsShort films should be no longer than 25 mins (except documentaries which will be allowed up to 35 mins) and must be made within the last 18 months prior to the festival. The festival does not have a premiere policy but there is a small entry fee of £5.00 to submit a film, with the first deadline of 10th September . There will be an extended deadline for late submissions to the 30th September though this will incur a higher submission fee. Distributors, agencies and educational institutions are exempt but should contact us first to register the exemption. Please note. Exemptions for filmmakers that submitted to the 2007-8 festival and paid the entry fee of £5 may be able to submit their film free (but must provide their reference number and details of previous entry).Submissions are open from 1st July closing on 31st October. Regular deadline is 17th Oct with a fee of £15, final deadline is 31st Oct with a fee of £20. To submit a Film please email the Festival for the festival rules, regulations and procedures and application form: info@kinofilm.org.ukKinofilm 11th edition, European Short Film Festival, Manchester, 23rd – 28th Feb 2010KINOFILM is funded by North West Vision & Media and supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Alliance française and the Dante Alighieri.Official Website: http://www.kinofilm.org.ukFacebook: http://tinyurl.com/MIFFKINOhttp://www.myspace.com/kinofilmTwitter http://www.twitter.com/kinofilm

Cas says..“ What's the big fire in town?

east lancs says..“ Cas, the fire will be an instance of a combustible material being heated in the presence of enough oxygen to start a "chain reaction" which means the fire can then sustain itself with an adequate supply of fuel and oxygen.

scoteee says..“ no news anywhere about the fire last night or this morning

Cas says..“ It was giant wasn't it! Apparently it was a primarty school in Harpuhey waiting for demolition and full of asbestos, which is maybe what made it go up like it did - have to ask East Lancs! ManCon, I took a couple of pics from my balcony if you want them, it looks massive!

scoteee says..“ i got this of the fire service web site i bet last nights was another arson attack then?On Wednesday 07 October 2009 Blackley Firefighters were mobilised following reports of a fire involving a derelict bungalow on the grounds of Burgess Primary School, Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey.On arrival at the address Fire Crews tackled the fire using Jets whilst wearing Breathing Apparatus. The fire, which was started deliberately by unknown persons, caused damage to the bungalow. Police also attended the incident.

Anonymous says..“ More of a request for help than a "rant". Next week-end I am coming to Manchester with my good lady and we are stopping at the Midland in Peter Street. Whilst she is shopping on the Saturday has anyone a recommendation for a bar nearby where an old man like me could watch a football match on TV.

scoteee says..“ if you mean the england ukraine game it won't be showed on any tv network satellite cable or digital,its on the net ...so why don't you pamper yourself in your room sit on your laptop with a beer in one hand pie in the other and watch the boys destroy the ukrainians jerky though the images may be :@P

Chick says..“ On the subject of footie, try this site; www.myp2p.eu. The web site will take you to channels showing every single football match, including the England v Ukraine tomorrow. It's all free of charge and covers every type of sport not just football. Be patient, it sometimes takes a while to load and it is a couple of minutes behind real time

J says..“ Just to let you know about my experience at Destino on Friday night just gone. Due to an 'issue' with the booking system the staff at Destino didn't have my name on the diners list. The waiter was pretty damned rude saying that if we wanted to eat we could take the only available table in the corner...seeing that the restaurant was virtually empty for the whole time we were there I was a little amazed as to why he did this. It certainly rubbished our evening even though he spent the rest of the night trying to win us over (I do admit I told him that I felt we weren't welcome, which was true). The other waiter was ok so we left a small tip but all in all I wish we'd never bothered...couldn't enjoy the meal particularly after that! May I say that when we left the place there were max. 6 tables being used so I don't understand why he restricted us to the tiny table in the corner?? I felt like baby in dirty dancing! And one other thing, the seafood linguine that was served looked nothing like what was in the picture...take the 's' off the prawn(s) please!

Darren Scott says..“ Buses in the city centre?The city centre is congested we all know that, and we know that there are a lot more cars than there are buses. But why on earth do the council need to allow 12 different number buses to have routes down King Street where it is surrounded by the narrowest and old streets in Manchester.The buses can’t get round the corners at the top of King Street and cause massive gridlock most evenings. They continue to block box junctions and bring traffic to a halt in what is a finely balanced traffic flow system already. Why does a large double decker bus need to come right into the heart of a city centre, when there are lots of wide main roads that can carry them.Most people will be happy to walk a few blocks to get on a bus that moves, rather than sit on a bus in gridlocked traffic. It is just ridiculously bad planning.And it is buses that cause the traffic not cars!

Anonymous says..“ Got news for you Darren: The City Council has nothing to do with where buses run and the GMIPTA has very little power either. At a Council Scrutiny Committee this week Pat Karney no less was railing on about your point but it is all no avail.Drivers have now started rat running in the City Centre on streets off their routes.

Anonymous says..“ have you got a twitter page ?

Anonymous says..“ Food to suit every pallet?. How big is the food?..and I didn't win tickets anyway

Maggs says..“ Went to Destino's last night for the ManCon offer and was pretty impressed overall. Favourite was the seafood linguini - and yes only one prawn as previous ranter commented BUT juicy and delicious so no problem there - also it WAS a starter so there was just enough. Lamb was fine although not outstanding and dessert was very good. All in all, a good well balanced meal and fantastic value for £15. We will go back again although would like to see a slightly bigger choice of food and wine. No problems with the staff either - they were great!! Now, roll on Obsidian next week!! Keep up the good work with these offers guys.

J says..“ Maggs, I take it you weren't made to feel you weren't welcome then? Oh and the pictures are supposed to represent the food served? That was my point...

mark m says..“ Thats funny because I thought the same, but then turned my plate around and it looked more like the pic in man con, service was very good lamb excellent dessert was ok BUT fantastic value and worth the visit, keep up the deal man con.

Destino says..“ Message to J says, sorry about your experience J, we truly did not think we acted in this manner, apoligies, come and have a drink on us.

Janeybaby says..“ Yes, that linguine has been well pared down from what they gave Gordo obviously

Avo says..“ I'd seriously question the culinary palette of anyone who orders ducks tongue pickled in garlic vinegar when going for a dim sum lunch.

Anonymous says..“ I cant agree more about Destino's. I felt that we were an "inconvinience" rather than valued customers. It took a long time for the food. I cant imagine how they would cope with a full restaurant. Linguine was lacking in flavour and substance and so was the "stressed" waiter

Travelmanc says..“ Sir Richard promised all main access lines into Manchester will be working and free from congestion by Nov 2nd

Cliff says..“ Had a great meal at Destino , well worth the effort . You have to support business that are not chains

J says..“ Cliff, I agree with that...apart from the slight hiccup with the ordering system (Man con?? have you fixed it?) everything else was fine, it just went off to a very bad start and ruined the occasion. I just felt though that none of it was justified as the restaurant was empty on arrival (1 table) and only had 6 tables on leaving. If these non chains want more business they should not treat their customers so badly (deal or no deal). As it is, I appreciate they tried to put things right but it was too late...and Man Con, what if I hadn't taken proof of payment? I would probably been turned away instead of being offered the 'only table' in the restaurant (the small one by the food counter)!

J says..“ Destino, thanks for the offer of that drink, I wanted to make a complaint to Man Con, surely this is half their fault seeing that my booking didn't go through to you? Like I said above, if I hadn't had my receipt I might have been turned away as my name wasn't on the list.

Big Hairy Bloke says..“ J, gee whizz, you can't half have a whinge. You could have a go at BT because they relayed the email message, or indeed God, 'cos he's in charge of it all. I had a great little meal down there. You nearly didn't. Get over it for all our sakes you whinging person. I was going to put fcuker instead of person, but that would be rude.

J says..“ You are rude! I'm quite within my rights to complain...shame there isn't the right channel to do so!

Maggs says..“ J - we were made to feel very welcome - even to the point of being asked 'Oh lovely, are you Maggie then' when I said we had a booking for the Mancon deal. As to the food resembling the pictures, all I can say is ALL our courses looked exactly like the pictures - can only think they were having a bad night when you went which is a pity because it is worth a second visit in my opinion so I would go and take them up on that drink offer if I were you!!

J says..“ Ok, to finish this: while I will agree that you can't really grumble with the food (for the price) can I just say that the way we were treated on arrival was unacceptable and under any other circumstance I would have walked out and eaten elsewhere. BUT I HAD ALREADY PAID FOR THE FOOD...and I'm not in the business of throwing good money away. If Destino are experiencing problems with the booking system then they should be taking out on the right people, not their customers...which is basically what happened that night. And let me tell you that the grovelling that went on afterwards was painful and I felt rather uncomfortable, OTT. I am not normally one to complain, I haven't had much to complain about in the past as I've never been treated like that before. And let us not forget, it was only 6pm when this happened, the place was empty! I do accept Destinos apology and I accept that it was probably a one off but my experience because of it was ruined and I wanted to air my opinion! Thank you!

Helen says..“ I went to Destino's on Saturday night with my husband, we loved it. The staff were great, service good and the food excellent. Good atmosphere too.We'll definitely go back. Oh, and Man Con, I'd pay the £1 subscription to you guys each month too, it would be money well spent ! Thanks.

east lancs says..“ So in summary; everybody but J had a brilliant time at Destinos?

Angela says..“ I love the way in which a debate about a very serious matter has just been ended because the views of some didn't agree with Jonathan Schofield. How very unsurprising. Ah well, that's fascism for you.

Anonymous says..“ Thats very unfair to the editor, he's had little to do with the 'debate' he's just bored of it so called it a day, every debate has an end afterall.

Anonymous says..“ Persecution complex much?

O says..“ Hey Angela's backkk, you lynch anyone last night?

Jonathan Schofield - editor says..“ Angela I have to edit on the priniciple of what's good for this magazine. I think everybody's had their say who wanted to comment. It's now becoming a personal argument on a general site about Manchester.

Cas says..“ Anyone had the Obsidian meal deal thing yet?

Cas says..“ Had the Obsidian meal last night and it was exceptional value. I am usually allergic to using any form of voucher as you normally get treated like shit but the service was excellent as was the chicken! We haven't yet booked our Christmas party for the staff and due to the excellent and friendly service are considering sending the team here, it's not badly priced either!

Jayneybaby says..“ attagirl Cas, I agree with you at last! Gordo got this one right, that Bryn Evans (I would) is a super cook and I am looking forward to the next deal that ManCon come up with. The soup was a wonder, never ever do I mormally bother with it. Fully recomended by all at Fort Baby

Anonymous says..“ Editor: Can we have some more restaurant reviews please, they seem to be thin on the ground lately.

chuffed says..“ ..ace - am going to Obsidian on Friday night and am really pleased to hear that I won't be dissapointed. Has anyone been to Aumbry in Prestwich yet?

Richard Addlesee says..“ Kinofilm European Short Film Festival – MANCHESTER (APRIL 2010)http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=118821663632&ref=mfDue to logistical arrangements, Kino would like to announce the dates of the KINOFILM 2010 Festival have changed to the 28th April – 2nd May 2010. Please note this changes in your festival diaries.CALL FOR ENTRIES NEWS: the late deadline to KINOFILM is due to close on 31st October (forms can be downloaded through the festival web site www.kinofilm.org.uk). ALSO, due to the above changes in the Festival dates, filmmakers now have the opportunity to submit films through a special WithaoutBox deadline until 30th November. Please note that films can only be submitted through WithoutaBox to this deadline. The fee is £25 but WAB members can claim a £5 discount through WAB. To use WAB please go direct to the Kinofilm submissions page https://www.withoutabox.com/login/8339Please note, that due to the changes in the festival, the notification date of whether your film is accepted or not has now changed to 31st January 2010.You can download the submissions form, data protection form, rules and regulations from the main Kinofilm web festival http:/www.kinofilm.org.uk, or email info@kinofilm.org.uk

gor says..“ I dont care about the Kinofilm European Short Film Festival BORE OFF

Maggs says..“ Went to Obsidian last night and we were very impressed - agree with Cas - considering that most, if not all of the diners, were on the Man Con deal the staff were first class and the food was great. I hope Bryn continues his good work there for quite some time. More offers like this please!!

Anonymous says..“ Obsidan comment from a vegetarian... the risotto looked unlike the pic on your website... the main ingredient - squash - wasn't identifiable - no chunks of veg...a pleasant but unsophisticated (and rather salty) flavour AND the rice was not cooked well... plus the 'All things pear' pud had only two of the three pear accompaniments featured in your pic... so alhough the staff were excellent and the wine good, we felt a bit hard done by - guaranteed bums on seats meant standards had slipped? P.S. Have spotted the new deal at the Lowry, but surprise surprise, the veggie main is yet again a butternut squash risotto - can we have some more imaginiation on the veggie front please? I won't be able to persuade my boyfriend to pay for another unremarkable risotto (he can cook it better himself!).

fi says..“ You could always try the butternut squash 'stew' on the menu at the new Mark Addy. Risotto without the rice so to speak. I mention this as I was about to dine in the Mark Addy but the thoroughly boring and limited menu prevented me from doing so. I expected a lot more from Manchester's favorite 'maverick' chef. If I want a tuna mayo sandwich, I'll stick to M&S. None of the promised fur or fowl to be seen either

NorthernGeezer says..“ I cant believe how long this forum is, it took ages to scroll oop just to see what it was about, by the time i scrolled down to add me tu'peneth, i'd forgot what i was gonna say but never one to waste an opportunity, i thought i'd just type anything anyway.

Anonymous says..“ Seems to be very little coverage of the activities of Greater Manchester's universities. Time was the Manchester Guardian would comment on the merits of the appointment of contendors for high profile professorships. Im not sure London based Guardian or trivia obsessed MEN would trouble themselves with this sort of thing nowadays. But with the crucial importance of the university to the city's future in terms of its production of people with high level skills, the importance of producing world leading research its links with local business and in its obligation towards community development, surely its activites deserve greater discussion?

Cas says..“ Went to The Ox for Sunday Lunch today and it was brilliant again, the place was packed out. It was only £12.95 for two courses. The specials during the week look brilliant, I'm going to try and give it a go this week again. ManCon, why is this place not getting any praise from you guys? They've got a talented young chef who is really making a mark and has all kinds of dishes on the specials board that you would rave about should a certain other chef do them. Sort it out and give the place the credit it deserves for turning it's food offering around so effectively.

Gordo says..“ Cas, thanks for that. The last time we reviewed it was really poor, but that was a while ago. We will give it another go and see if we agree. We do know things have changed.

Jan says..“ Does anyone know what has happened to the Three Arrows near Heaton Park? It was one of best local eateries - superb food and a great atmosphere to boot. Tried to take my son for an early dinner this evening to be told there was a change in management and they wouldn't be serving food until 7.30pm. It was a choice of a couple of starters, three mains and no puds! Not one of the dishes sounded worth waiting an hour for. Gordo - don your PI hat and find out what's happening!

lucky-chris says..“ Might be a longshot... Does anyone know of any pubs/bars showing UFC on Saturday? (ESPN)

The Great Gratsby says..“ Parking. Can we have a new go at the parking? I have got a ticket this afternoon on a loading only bay which i thought was legal on a Sunday? If it carries on I'm off to The Trafford center

Cat Stevens says..“ Two minutes past eight last wednesday one of them little fascists put a ticket on mine. Parking is a bloody nightmare in the City, the councillors keep telling us to get on the bus. Have any of them been on the Magic Bus? Even during the day you have the scum of society running free.

Anonymous says..“ Yes come on Schofield, lets get the Council actually undoing that shift back in 2002 when when they nicked thousands of parking spots of us.

Tired Independent Shopkeeper says..“ I am on for this, my business needs more people coming here by cars, whatever you think of them, they are here for the next thirty years or so.

Cas says..“ How many articles today??? Stop it, it's almost like someone is trying to prove a point! ;)

mark m says..“ Went to Damson the other night. WOW. Just had to comment. WOW

Anonymous says..“ arrange for the rants to be delete after 2/3 months

chorltonist says..“ NOT AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER ***Enjoy two courses for £11 or three courses for £15 at Ostara*** We went last night (it was mediocre at best) and the offer was in the restaurant and not exclusive to mcr conf at all. DONT BE FOOLED>

gor says..“ so who is going to pay for this then... not me

Care to explain mancon? says..“ i read corltonists comments and I'm a so called "Hero" and would like to know BEFORE I send another tenner!

Mark Garner, the Publisher says..“ Calling Ostara as we speak. Care To Explain, please email me on the Heroes email you have for comment or wait until I have had an explanation off the restaurant.

Mark Garner, the Publisher says..“ I have just checked this through. It is our fault. It is not an exclusive offer. For Ostara we are simply promoting their public offers and the wrong template was used. My sincere apologies to anyone who feel they were mislead. If you see me out and about, come up to me and say "Ostara Billy Bollocks" and I will buy you a couple of pints. "Care to explain mancon..?" it does appear that you are telling porkies about being a Hero, neither your name, email address, tel. number or in fact IP address are in our records. You won't be getting a pint.

Care to explain mancon? says..“ Care to explain is not my usual name I am a hero and I use varying addresses on the back of different comments so that I am not identifiable. Anonymous i see it as. Good thing I do if you trawl through to check.I can guarantee you gordo,not that you really care I am subscribed as a Hero and that you are wrong. Besides I am in a building with many offices, your IT dept will only locate the building and not the business(my I.P).I accept your excuse anyway, although I reckon you should pay for a meal for chorltonist and not offer a piss poor pint "if she sees you"! bleedin' tight arse!

Care to explain mancon? says..“ here you are I'll launch the offer for you from my "non hero" account it is past the 24hrs you mentioned :@)Tickets for slap up meal with Oz ClarkeNOTE TO HEROES; THIS GOES TO THE GENERAL READERSHIP IN 24 HOURS; don't forget you can claim £10 back when you book for you and your plus one*.Oz Clarke, the king of wine-tasters, is hosting a fine dining experience at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Piccadilly, all in aid of a very worthy cause, the Five Star Scanner Appeal. Each course will be accompanied by a glass of wine, personally chosen and presented by the witty wine master himself. And you'll be able to get up close and personal, bask in his knowledge and quiz him about his selections.It’s a one-off event on 2nd December 2009, with a lunch option of £30 or a dinner option of £70 and each course in both is accompanied by wine. Click here for details of the menus for each option.Oz Clarke, the king of wine-tasters, is hosting a fine dining experience at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Piccadilly, all in aid of a very worthy cause, the Five Star Scanner Appeal.

frosty says..“ Gordo... I owe you a couple of pints for pointing me in the direction off the mark addy. Fantastic lunch there yesterday.

scoteee says..“ Ed, any plans to review Rosso's yet?

Jonathan Schofield says..“ Scotee, we normally give it ten to fourteen days before we visit.

Gordo says..“ scoteee, I went on Friday as a guest of the owners, bear that in mind; I liked what they have done with the interior, its a difficult space. They have some of the best front of house in town. The review, as Jonathan says, will have to wait a short while.

johnthebrief says..“ Did you have the blackened steak, Gordo? I hear it's tremendous...

Damien says..“ I just want to voice my opinion on the new opened Rosso and why i feel Karims did fail.The reason Karim's closed, is largely due to the fact it did not serve alcohol. which subsequently had a massive knock on effect to the foot fall, which then made this vast space seem empty, unloved and no atmosphere.Rosso on the other hand, offers the best Italian food in the city centre! Having ate there on saturday night, i was massively impressed. So much so, that i have booked my birthday party there in two weeks and booked my office departments christmas party there in December!! Attentive staff, exceptional food, in the best building in Manchester!!! What more could I ask for...!!???

johnthebrief says..“ Damien, you're spot an about Karims.

Slightly suspiciously over-enthusiastic about Rosso though...

scoteee says..“ Gordo, perhaps you can help me out a little given I have to wait for the review.I am taking the better half Christmas shopping on Saturday 5th Dec, we then planned to go to Aubry where I have booked a table for two at 8pm. I am thinking whether or not I should alter my plans and try Rosso's first before the bookings get too heavy and the fact that it's closer to the shopping is far more appealing.Where would you rather eat?...Now there's a question. Can you answer it without being politically correct?

Gordo says..“ Oooer... Well, I would go to Rosso on the basis that there is no way I would want to go up to Prestwich after shopping; the food at Aumbry is better, it's as fine dining as you can get, but you will have great Italian food at Rosso and a good buzz without fighting traffic after fcuking about in the shops. Flop there, but book now. If you're a Hero, we will book you in to ensure a great table.

scoteee says..“ i'll agree on that one.I am a Hero how do I book a nice table please?

johnthebrief says..“ Gordo - I've booked a table at Rosso for the 12th Dec: as I'm a hero as well can you make sure it's a great table or arrange for a couple of brazilian girls to sit with me?

scoteee says..“ Apologies, I have dug out the"Heros" e-mail and will go through that.

Gordo says..“ JTB, good table methinks rather than Brazilian Girls, they will give you a heart attack. Look out for the compimentary dinners coming your way at one of my favourite restaurants, food free just pay for your booze.

scoteee says..“ been paid out by your bank for unfair charges? stick a plug up and run...A Supreme Court judgement has struck a grievous blow to the hopes of millions of bank customers to be refunded billions of pounds in bank charges.

Cas says..“ Scoteee, you won't be shocked to know I think the correct decision was made.

O says..“ What a shock eh Scottee? I don't think so. It was never going to go against the banks that one in the current climate.

gor says..“ heroes = fools

scoteee says..“ I am willing to bet that the banks will now pursue those who have been paid out with further demonstrations of anti customer care agression.The good news however is that for the rest of us going forward the banks have re-evaluated their charges. RBs for example has gone from charging 38 per bounced transaction to just £5.although this is a per day fee with a new referal fee of £35 I read the amended T's and C's that were emailed to me this morning.What the RBS have done is just re-packaged it and clobbered us around the other ear instead! Brilliant,hang on dont we all own half of this bank? which MP do I lobby? :@P

Jim says..“ I think I'm right in saying that the Curzon Urmston, Marple Regent and Heaton Moor Savoy are the last three traditional cinemas in Greater Manchester with regular film showings. I would be grateful if Manchester Confidential would cover the story that Heaton Moor Savoy is due to close in January.

tblzebra says..“ Stockport Plaza too Jim?

Private&Confidential says..“ In all seriousness, can I suggest Man Con submits a planning application to demolish Metrolink's farcical fencing, shocking shelters and derivative decals in St Peter's Square in symbolic protest? Maybe even run an informal design competition for something better?

Jim says..“ Good point tblzebra. I'm certainly looking forward to visiting the re-opened Stockport Plaza following its fettling, it should be utterly majestic, but it only shows films about once a month.

Lou says..“ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article6934109.eceIsn't this our old tree? Ungrateful gits. we should take it back!

Anonymous says..“ Someone just commented that Ithaca has gone tits-up. Anyone?

nortern rose says..“ to all you courteeners haters, get a grip and each to their own surely ! I'm from Cumbria and myself and many friends travel to as many of their gigs as possible. During the recent floods, with true community spirit we all got together and had a what ended up a party, courteeners came on and nothing else mattered anymore,at least for the time being, a great night was had by all. So relax and enjoy, and if you can't then jog on to some band that will make you happy - be a sheep and follow everyone else why we take the time to enjoy and support one of the best things to ever comeout of the north west !!

Anonymous says..“ is being a hero like having a black Amex ?

LisaJK says..“ I am very disappointed today in your Ithaca £25 3 course plus 1/2 bottle of wine offer! I booked this on Friday night as a thank you to my other half for a recent trip to Frankfurt he took me on. I booked through this site and paid £16 deposit, on arrival they couldn't find my booking but accepted I had done it which was fine. We had to wait about 15 minutes just get the menu and then were given the wine list, I said we were doing the confidential offer so wasn't the wine the house and included, she said oops sorry yes. We then got a glass of wine each and the waitress topped our glasses up throughout the meal until all gone. Fine I thought (watch this space) at the end of the meal we both asked for the Panacotta and were told that the chef had none left and were instead given a form of cherry trifle, whilst this wasn't bad surely the chef should have enough deserts to fulfil a set meal deal? We then received the bill which not only didn't have the depsit taken off it had charges for 2 x glasses of wine at £8. When I queried this I was told that the offer was only half a bottle of wine and as we'd finished the bottle we're charged for the second half. Thinking I had maybe misread the offer I accepted that, today I see I was totally correct and it should have been half per person!! Not only that £6.10p had been added for service which was at best, poor (I will always tip at least 10%; usually more but found it cheeky that this was added automatically!) then when I tried to pay the card machine wouldn't work yet I was told it must be my card (then it turns out it was the machine) they offered not other alternative of payment other than cash, which I didn't have on me, so my other half had to pay for the meal as he had cash on him, which came to £51 despite me having paid £16 deposit? The whole experience was a disappointment and turns out a rip off :( I am gutted :( Please can confidential speak to this recommended restaurant about this?

Cas says..“ I've been Ithaca loads of times and generally loved it apart from those edamame things - what's all that about?! Anyway I ate there once on a special offer, not a ManCon one a direct one, and it was rubbish. We got what seemed like half the normal portions and it just wasn't as good usual. I wouldn't have a special offer there again as they don't seem to really want to offer them if that makes any sense.

LisaJK says..“ I am so disappointed as it was a treat for my boyfriend and I just felt it was completely crap :( I ended up paying £67 total for the veggie starter and main (as we don't eat meat) and 1 bottle of house white, the food was tasty but now I see I've been ripped off as charged for the second half of the bottle. Not impressed and I just think that ManCon should sort this out, I will never take up ManCon's advice or offers again if this is what they turn out like! :(

johnthebrief says..“ Ithaca's foood is very good but the prices are outragous, particularly bearing in mind the laughable portion sizes. I wouldn't eat there again unless someone else was paying and I wasn't really hungry anyway

Great cocktails though

Cas says..“ Lisa, I'm sure ManCon will be as concerned as you and sort something out.

Jonathan Schofield - Editor says..“ Lisa we have asked Ithaca to explain themselves. We take these comments seriously. If restaurants accept to work with Strictly Confidential then they must show the same diligence as they would with any other customer. If we are not happy with the answer we receive from Ithaca then we will not work with them in future. Please send any complaints to me at jonathans@planetconfidential.co.uk or Mark Garner @ markg@planetconfidential.co.uk

Howard says..“ Is the service in Carluccio's the worst in town. Good food spoiled by uninterested staff. In there on Saturday and the front of house team's professionalism was akin to six 8 year olds playing at cafes.

Anonymous says..“ Howard, you're spot on there mate. Awful, awful service and random food. I've had the same dish in there 3 times, first time it was great, second awful and then I gave it a final go and it was bad again. Was in there once on a Sunday lunchtime and one of the waiters had a hangover which he explained to all the other staff as loudly and dramatically as possible. He then went and sat at a table and put his head in his hands and started the dying swan routine so the other staff came and gave him attention. Very strange.

I love Manchester says..“ I would like to have a little rant here about the new David Rozman offer on the website. I have been going to the salon since I saw an ad here and it really is a great salaon. Really friendly and great hairdressing skills. However I feel somewhat irked that as a loyal customer I get nothing back for my loyalty. NEW customers only get this £50 discount plus another loyalty card worth £30 apparently which gives further discounts throughout 2010...what are david Rozman going to do to reward their loyal clients who are helping to build their clientale too with word of mouth?????

C 2 The G says..“ @ I love Manchester - When I'm feeling flush i go to David Rozman and get my hair cut so about 6 times a year. As a bit a of cheeky chappy I always ask for a discount on my next cut being a sort of regular client. They usually will offer 10%; or a additional service that I have not had before like hair spa at a discounted rate. If you don't ask you don't get has always been my motto.

C 2 The G says..“ @ I love Manchester - When I'm feeling flush i go to David Rozman and get my hair cut so about 6 times a year. As a bit a of cheeky chappy I always ask for a discount on my next cut being a sort of regular client. They usually will offer 10%; or a additional service that I have not had before like hair spa at a discounted rate. If you don't ask you don't get has always been my motto.

Jonathan Ithaca says..“ LisaJK…Firstly I shall address every complaint in your rant. By no means am I implying that what you say did not occur but I find it hard to believe that one table can have so many problems without management realising at the time. These are very serious allegations which I shall fully investigate and take appropriate action as yours and other customer’s satisfaction is paramount. I can assure you that I will promise that any future visits will have no bitter after taste. For those who haven’t experienced Ithaca I would like to express that we are to capacity every Friday and Saturday night with extremely satisfied customers. I would like to apologise to you and anyone who has had an unsatisfactory experience at Ithaca. I myself, previous to working with Ithaca, have had a bad experience. It’s not nice when things don’t go the way you wish. To combat these issues we are currently amidst an intensive transformation of the business as a whole. Previously there has been a poor bar service, and there are issues that I am addressing in the restaurant. The booking procedure isn’t perfect and the previous management has not been consistent. For your confidence, to combat these problems, here are a few of the changes we have been making over the past few weeks.We are currently incubating an intensive training package as this is an area which has had occasional negative reviews. Edexcel courses will become compulsory in all areas of the Ithaca skeleton to ensure high standards are met. We are implementing a brand new key member of the team, solely responsible for the restaurants service; he has had a life time in the service industry. This includes being a private butler in London to restaurant manager in various North West sites. His impact will create not only a transformation in the body of Ithaca but create a bench mark for the cities finest restaurants. Alex Scott, our new bar manager is an award winning bar tender. His past experience includes working in some of Manchester’s most reputable venues such as Obsidian and Harvey Nichols and has even worked in New York at Billy Bo’s (made famous by the film Cocktail). With patented cocktails to his name and critically acclaimed cocktails menus, he has a standard which runs parallel to my own.We are currently transferring our whole booking system to Restaurant Diary, a very consistent, efficient online system highly recommended to us from Manchester Confidential’s senior staff to ensure future bookings are not overseen. Although this is not a justification, teething problems with the change over are inevitable and I apologise for any inconveniences experienced.I myself as Operations Director have been here for 4 weeks now and am in the process of a major overhaul of the business. This is an area I have been involved with over the past 13 years which has shaped the nightlife of the city. I work from the ethos of having no quick answers and no justifications, just that things should be done once and done right…and for that to be done, it takes time. You and all Ithaca customers are the people that week in week out pay our wages therefore we are all indebted to you and take all comments on sites like this, very constructively. Manchester confidential, Manchester people and my team communicating collectively will make Ithaca the legend it should be rather than just being well known for being a beautiful venue and supplying supreme, high quality food. I always welcome constructive criticism and I will always urge people to tell me of any bad experiences as they happen.I would personally like to invite you and your partner to dinner, on the house on an evening of your choosing. This is to act as a apology and an opportunity to tell you privately about the Ithaca plan and your part in it. This is not something I would normally do but I would like to send a message to you and Manchester that previous complaints about the Ithaca operation are coming to an end. Please contact myself at Ithaca or though Manchester confidential to arrange a time and date.

thelloningrad says..“ "Firstly I shall address every complaint in your rant. By no means am I implying that what you say did not occur but I find it hard to believe that one table can have so many problems"Not so much addressing them as telling her she's a liar, then. Classy.

scoteee says..“ Or thelloningrad, it may also be that Jonathan sees Lisa's response as one of an emotionally driven point of view and is allowing her the flexibility of frustration in her message.I think you have done the right thing Jonathan,ignore the pedant...

Cas says..“ To be honest Scoteee I agree with thelloningrad. If I were the lady in question I wouldn't give a toss about what's going on behind the scenes, I'd just expect decent service and food. I mean what is he going to investigate? Will he ask the staff who were on and they'll say 'yes boss we did give her crap service and charge her wrong', not likely is it? Jonathan, should have apologised for what happened, sorted it and left it at that without the advertising rant.

Chick says..“ That really is an astounding post by Jonathan at Ithaca. He has failed to do what you he announced in his opening gambit and then, as Cas says, launched into a rant about the new Ithaca business and marketing plan, plus a few snide digs at previous management. Could you also expalin what the Ithaca 'skeleton' is? David Brent eat your heart out. A dissatisfied customer wants their issues addressed, not a patronising rant about how it's allgoing to be in the future.

rosie says..“ I couldn't be arsed reading past him calling Lisa a liar. Told me all I need to know about "new" Ithaca.

Anonymous says..“ Did Jonathan Ithaca write that in another language then put it through an instant online translator?

'we are to capacity every Friday and Saturday'
'incubating an intensive training package'
the Ithaca skeleton
implementing a brand new key member of the team
transformation in the body of Ithaca

NorthernGeezer says..“ Being full on a Friday and Saturday night dont mean everything is ok.BTW.................do they do pies??.

mark m says..“ apart from the fact Ithaca boy wanted to have a free advert, and maybe needs to learn not to knee jerk on a rant, I think the reaction and offer is a good one. take it up and I am sure Ithaca will give you a great free night. They can do it very well.

scoteee says..“ All I see is a pissed off customer and an operations guy that wants to fix things.If he didn't give a toss he wouldn't be ranting and Ithaca already have the advertising space so that point's irrrelevant.Give the guy a break he has offered a free meal and stood in to protect what he clearly believes to be a successful prospect.If I was Lisa I would be happy to take Ithaca up on the offer...

Anonymous says..“ Why would Lisa want to go back? The guy has called her a liar. 'I'm not saying it didn't occur.... I find it hard to believe' That's like saying 'I'm not saying you've got hygiene problems but you stink.' He seems an idiot and I for one will give the place a wide berth until he inevitably becomes part of a re-shuffle.

Anonymous says..“ @scoteee, if he did give a toss, about the customer (and not himself) he most definately would not have ranted on this site. A short message to Lisa would have sufficed, inviting her to call him, not one of the longeest rants this year, Very unproffessional, he's made himself look like an idiot - a pompous one at that

Anonymous says..“ Oh dear, when ARNIE S HIRA, real or fake, sees this, I doubt he'll be happy with the PR from his new management team

xmas trees £18 delivery available says..“ EDITORIAL COMMENT: Naughty person. We have a sales team if you'd like to call the number at the bottom of this page. Although Classified ads: that might be an idea.

scoteee says..“ don't talk bollox anon, you probably never have been there anyhow, and have no intention.You just came on here to rock the boat and anonymously at that!

classifieds section good idea says..“ yeah!

Anonymous says..“ Scoteee, we're all anonymous or is Scoteee your full name? I haven't rocked the boat, seems like Ithaca have done that themselves. I have been there several times, usually have the cod but the duck is good too. However I'm not going again until it sorts this pretentious state out. I don't want to be there, have to return bad food (which happens everywhere sometimes) and then be told the reasons for it. That they're building a legend and there has been regime change etc etc I prefer to eat in restaurants, not projects. The fact the he has also called her a liar also gives weight to the feeling you sometimes get that they think they are doing you a favour. It may be full Friday and Saturday evenings but I walked past on Sunday at about 6 and it was empty. Not half empty but totally empty and Sunday was the busiest day I've seen in Manchester for a long time.

anonymous says..“ scoteee,cas,chick,rosie,are separately identifiable and this is apparent when they rant.anonymous,anonymous and anonymous are not.

LisaJK says..“ Well, despite thinking I am lying about all the issues (which I honestly am not and to be honest I have even left a couple off my rant because I thought they might be seen as potentially being petty and I really am not the sort of person that usually complains about anything!) I appreciate you've taken the time to comment and offered us a night on the house. Good luck with major business/staff/procedures overhaul as the venue and the food deserve it!

C 2 The G says..“ God you people are harsh on here sometimes! Everyone has a right to defend their corner surely! I feel Ithaca have explained themselves and given everyone a flavour of what’s happening in the future for us all. I would have been happy at getting a free meal invite and I think an ok explanation. What else should he have given her, the 6 winning lotto numbers! At least he has had the balls to come on here.

Cas says..“ C2, yeah defend your corner but don't say in so many words the girl is a liar. Then don't try to defend the poor service you've already doubted existed by going on a rant about creating a new Ithaca legend blah blah blah. As someone else said, he should have come on, apologised and asked Lisa to ring him, then he could have dealt with the issue properly and not sounded so bloody patronising. I don't think it's too harsh to think that.

C 2 The G says..“ @ Cas - Reading it back I agree on the liar point! However he has to publically respond as its bad press they don't need on Man Con. People like me would think twice about going there if he had not responded (fickle I know). At least it shows they are doing something about the so called problems.

Anonymous says..“ "I'm sorry, i'll look into it, would you like a free meal to make up for it?" THAT is the only response he should have come back with.

Chick says..“ What's happened to the Strictly Confidential offer at Ithaca?

Charles Dickens says..“ Can I borrow this for my next novel, it's such beautiful prose? 'For your confidence, to combat these problems, here are a few of the changes we have been making over the past few weeks. We are currently incubating an intensive training package as this is an area which has had occasional negative reviews. Edexcel courses will become compulsory in all areas of the Ithaca skeleton to ensure high standards are met.' Thank you Jonathan Ithaca.

Dan Brown says..“ Hands off Charlie, Jonathan Ithaca, writes all my novels for me and then I simply add my name.

Anonymous says..“ What a lot of tosh. How up your own bottom can you get? Ithaca is a restaurant with ideas above its station. Butler? Operations Director? Its an independent restaurant for heavens sake with around 70-0dd covers, not part of some multi-million national chain. Its top-heavy with staff on all levels from what I have seen and as for being 'to capacity', I've yet to see more than a couple of tables in there at any one time , unless of course, the diners are all upstairs...

Madchester says..“ Ano - dont hold back will you!

johnthebrief says..“ Tristan - any chance you could archive or delete some of this rant? It's 2 years old, and it's so long that if I try to access it my computer sulks for 10 minutes

Gordo says..“ I agree, u ok with that Jonathan, it goes on forever; the new design will solve it but it's a ba****d on my iPhone

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GezzabelleDecember 8th 2009.

I went to see the Spice Girls at the MEN Arena last night. I really really enjoyed it as I have always been a big fan of the girls. One thing annoyed me though. We got there at about 7 o'clock . We knew that there was no support so we expected the girls to come on stage fairly shortly. However, the show didn't come on stage till 9. I paid £80 for my ticket plus booking fee on seetickets.com, and I think that to have no support act but not come on earlier than 9 o'clock is a bit much for that much money. What does anyone else think?

Cllr Paul ShannonDecember 8th 2009.

Following the views expressed by 76% of Mancunians in a Manchester Evening News poll in favour of an organised New Year's Eve celebration in our city, Manchester Lib Dems have responded. We are moving a motion at this week's Council meeting calling for a public consultation to begin. We believe that any New Year’s Eve celebrations must be safe, financially viable and have the support of the business sector and public.Now is the right time to review the Council’s previous policy of not holding a New Year’s Eve celebration. Many big cities across the UK and Europe hold successful and enjoyable New Year’s Eve celebrations. I'm sure here in Manchester we would do it even better than them! I hope for cross-party support from all Councillors to make Manchester's New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31st 2008 a reality.Cllr Paul ShannonManchester Lib Dem Deputy Leader

KevinDecember 8th 2009.

76% of Manchester Evening News readers can't even read, if faced with a question such as do we want a free party of course they're going to say yes. Honestly Councillor this is shamefull politicking. You want the people to rise up and vite for the small-minded liberals. We don't need a New Years Eve party let's do the other ones better.

mark mDecember 8th 2009.

76% of all statistics are made up on the spot

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

Just wanted to say have been and had 2 private ski lessons at Chill Factor with a guy called Paul Cole,and although it is expensive I thought he was a great instructor, have only ever been on snow once before and needed proper lessons. I feel much more confident in my ability and he has a great teaching manner and is very patient and encouraging.Cheers Paul.

curiosity = dead catDecember 8th 2009.

Just being nosey, big queue outside town hall on Albert Square... what's it all about???? Anyone know?

SueDecember 8th 2009.

EastzEast hellJust thought you might be interested in my horrendous experience at the new EastzEast a couple of weekends ago. I think if you read my email below you should find it fairly self explanatory… Also thought you might be interested to know that the restaurant has not seen fit to reply or even acknowledge my complaint. I feel really let down by them. I’ve been to EastzEast on a number of occasions and never had a problem, and I know that you consider them to be your favourite Indian restaurant in the city centre but obviously something went seriously wrong on that particular night. Maybe its just teething problems but I thought I at least deserved an acknowledgement from them – perhaps they don’t care? I’d be interested to know whether you’ve received any other adverse comments.

JonoDecember 8th 2009.

A friend of mine wants to play poker (for match-sticks) in a pub in or near the city centre but is having trouble finding one with a gambling license. Is a license needed, given no money is involved? Or does anyone out there know of a pub with such a permit?Thanks.

thedeviloneDecember 8th 2009.

Giraffe - Spiningfields - horrid.Took my 2 nieces here and my husband one Staurday and it was a really bad dining experience. I know it is a fast food kind of place, but seriously McDonalds would have been better. The childrens meal of sausage and mash, was 1 shriveled sausage and a blob of mash. The chicken burger was burnt pieces of chicken that was inedible - you wouldn't feed to the dog. They didnt have the chicken wrap I wanted so I had the Meze which tasted 3 days old. Don't go near the smoothies unless you want tasteless slop. Yeah seriously this place was rubbish. Staff were nice though but I don't pay for smiles. The plastic giraffes on the cups was probably the best thing!

JodyDecember 8th 2009.

Giraffe is like a Wacky Warehouse gone wrong. The food is amateurish and the sit in Spinningfields so cramped that you walk out with neck ache. We really don't need this place.

wayneDecember 8th 2009.

Hey everybody Black Francis (Aka Frank Black front man of the Grunge legends The Pixies) will play Big Hands at 7pm today It’s a pre-core gig (like a guerilla gig). Apparently the one in Oxford (7th Feb) was brilliant and over 100 people turned up. They are hoping it will get mobbed. It precedes his NME shockwaves awards gig at the Academy later in the evening.

WebsterDecember 8th 2009.

Have you noticed the GMP police car that seems to be a perminent fixture parked in St Ann Street (outside Habitat)throughout the day, causing an obstruction, not loading or unloading, preventing disabled badges holders a parking facility. What's it all about?

I dislikeDecember 8th 2009.

Circle = horrible horrible. Used to be interesting people, now it is just rich people. I was a member for years, even had my picture up on the wall at one point. Got convinced into having my birthday there, half price drinks and food promised. Convinced my friends against their better nature to come along. Turn up - 'no no no, it's only buy one get one free on the first drink' and even better 'who told you get buy one get one free on the food - we could not afford that'! Genius, awfull customer service. I just looked stoopid. They were either broke or desperate. I looked like a fantasist. Then the 'special room' with a broken playstation and a rubbish guitar game..awful. Cancel membership via letter & email, no contact in return. Months later debt collectors get in touch, turns out when I introduced a friend to them, I had signed up for another years membership...and they were holding me to it despite me explaining my reasons for leaving!! Oh well, they get 10 quid a month & have lost a fair bit of business since from friends and associates.Given my numerous emails to them did not meet with a single response it feels good to get this off my chest.Love. Me!

GarethDecember 8th 2009.

MEN - world class muppets that they are. Today's cover - apparantly global warming is an issue & we need to do something about it! Well I never. Go back to picking on poor council employees who commit minor offences. Or whatever it is you 'investigate'.

GarethDecember 8th 2009.

Wayne - re Frank Black...when is today?!

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

HiI received a call on my mobile to say I'd won a night at the Renaissance on your website but I'm still waiting for written confirmation

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

It might be an idea to put your name so they know who you are.

nathanDecember 8th 2009.

does anynody feel we've lost our goverment to private businesses ???

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

North - south divide. No not south of England V north of England...it's Manchester I am talking about. Its such a strong divide and completely constructed ie no real difference especially comparing either to THE REST OF THE WORLD. Whilst Chorlton has its baker (has anyone ever been to Golders Green in London) and whilst I applaud Unicorn for its principles and do occasionaly shop there (from the North of the city so I do burn up the carbs!) ther is life north of Deansgate. It shocks me how few people even know where Boddingtons is (was, its now an other car park). There is now a Croma in Prestwich and Manchesters' only chocolatiers, Slattery is in Whitefield. Nervous friends and colleagues seem determined to buy/remain south, which of course means there is more space up here but it does get a little lonely at times! There view of Manchester stretches to small areas of the south as far as the city centre.

GerryDecember 8th 2009.

Got used to being told by restaurants when I book for seven o'clock that they want the table back by nine. The Aladdin in Withington went one further tonight -brought me my bill unasjed at 8:15 when we were still on dessert and coffee. How's that for middle eastern hospitality?

johnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

Why is Manchester City Council so determined to stop people parking in the city centre. The proliferation of double yellow lines has been phenomenal and the (predictable) result is that our streets are gridlocked with people looking for somewhere to park. Perhaps if the council made it easier to park they'd find that both the environment and local businesses benefited, as people spend less itme running their engines and more time spending money.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

John the brief is absolutely correct. I am a non smoker, but drivers are now joining smokers in the group of unwanted people. I like to visit the city centre, out of hours parking used to be easy, now it is often impossible. I am also responsible and law abiding, I would not dream of drinking and driving, nor would I park on a double yellow line.What is wrong with a few single yellow lines in quiet areas, wide roads, or side streets?All the Greater Manchester councils seem to love putting more and more paint on the roads.Let's have some more single yellows in central Manchester, it has not been abandoned to the binge drinking youth.

GJHDecember 8th 2009.

FITNESS FIRST GANG OF BANDITS. They lost my membership cancellation letter & charged me for the next month. Then whilst failing to get back to my phone calls took ANOTHER payment & now simply refer to the terms and conditions in refusing to give me my cash back. They know I am telling the truth & hide behind the contract. From what I hear typical. DO NOT GO NEAR. If one person has second thoughts after reading this, I will be delighted.

kittiroxDecember 8th 2009.

Subway breakfasts... the only time I've taken a bite out of a sandwich and put it in the bin. Completely gross - don't be sucked in by the brekkie vouchers!

PaulaDecember 8th 2009.

Michael Todd, not in the public interest!!!!Maybe the police can explain how hounding my father for 18 months for a minor accident he did not have, producing statements dated before the alledged, false offence, several visits to court for the alledged victim to produce a bill for damage to her car of £150. He is supposed to have deliberately rammed her old banger, I think more than £150 damage would have been created if that had happened. Police refused to carry out a visual of forensic test on my fathers car to clear him. He basically was set up and it cost the taxpapers a lot of money. I would love someone to explain how the CPS classified this as in the public interest. Ironically my fathers formal complaint was then made confidential and he was not allowed to view what was input to cover up the polices set up and cover up as it wasn't int he public interest.

Horrified ObserverDecember 8th 2009.

Q: When is a pub quiz not a pub quiz?A: When it becomes the 'Look-at-me-I'm-the-zany-Quizmaster' show.Ie. Trof Northern Quarter. Poor Lizzie B, relegated to the sidelines...

Jackie from WorsleyDecember 8th 2009.

Went to San Carlo last night for a birthday celebration - nothing to celebrate at San Carlo. We went for the later 9.30 sitting which was fine but you can't add drinks that you have at the bar to your overall bill. Why? Mozzarella starter was cold. Hubby's main course came without his side order; my main of risotto was warm, not hot. The side order never arrived and no apology from the senior waiters was offered, despite our complaints. Not good service at all from Manchester's top rated Italian Restaurant. Don’t go there if you want a good value for money celebratory night out - you won't get one there!

Ken BarlowDecember 8th 2009.

Jackie , The place is appalling , San Carlo is full of Chavs and Slappers all dressed in cheap looked gold .The food is consistenly crap and the best bit , they just dont give a **** about you Every body , please go elsewhere

AngelaDecember 8th 2009.

Party from office went to Belle Vue Dogs last thursday on the 2 4 1 offer.Great night - food OK - did not like way vegetables were served - our waitress was absolutely useless - 20 mins wait for bottle of wine - 25 min wait for 2 vodkas - need to sort out lazy waiting-on staff from helpful & efficient waiting on staff -

johnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

FAO - Horrified Observer - the best pub quiz in Manchester is 9pm every Monday night at Tribeca on Sackville Street. (and no I'm not the quizmaster or an employee)

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

Anyone get towed or clamped at Sale Metro today (Old Bar 2 car park)??It seems strange to me that the car park was made to look like it was open to the public for a few months whilst it got busier and busier with commuters and then all of a sudden signs were put up saying 'private property' and in one day all the cars in the car park were either towed or clamped. I reckon that's an easy £5,000 the particular 'parking services' company made today!!

Angela, WalkdenDecember 8th 2009.

I want to know why the Cinema in the trafford centre charge extra for the 'Premier Seats' ? I went to the very same cinema when it first opened and the only difference between the seats is a small screwed on plate saying 'premier seat' ? It is obvious they have pick out the most popular seats and decided to charge extra for them - this does not happen at other cinemas. The one at the Printworks is excellent, you can pay extra and help yourself to as much nacho & cheese dip as you like and you can have a beer, the seats are leather and are almost like sofa's (if you life the arm rest. If everybody complained about the charge then maybe they will do something about it! I urge you all to boycott these so called premier seats!!! If you want to spend extra money then try the printworks. PS the cheese dip for the nachos is also very good there. Lol.

ChristianDecember 8th 2009.

Just got back from the Laundry Shop on Oxford Rd and been disgusted by the customer service. Got a pair of trousers back which had to wear for 1 day back at work and the pockets not pressed at all. Asked for repressing....NO! Was told had to pay again, after forking out a fiver to have them cleaned in the first place!!! I've used the Laundry Shop frequently over the last few years, this is the first time they have messed up but won't return after this rubbish customer service. How about an article on the best dry cleaners in the city centre... need to find one who can do the job properly!!!! Thanks for listening

JohnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

Hey there Mancon, could you post a rant section on the St Petersburg offer/competition.I'd love to explain how you'd have to pay me a lot of money ever to set foot in that dreadful place ever again.

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 8th 2009.

Dear Johnthebrief it's on our list.

JohnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

I'll write you a review for a tenner - taking in the whole experience from non existent service, sub-Burger King food, the drunk girl wearing a velvet curtain and singing karaoke, and the obvious mafioso propping up the bar. Why did we have to lose Ikan Baby for this dump?

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 8th 2009.

Johnthebrief, wow, I think you've done the review already. I quite like the idea of an obvious mafia bod by the bar. Does this man know nothing of the benefits of disguise in his line of shady business. And while I'm on here, Christian, we'll leave the dry cleaning thing for the mo, but if you want to let us know which is the best then we'll communicate that. As for the Trafford Centre point from Angela, I'll get somebody on to it next week and we'll find out what's going on.

CarolDecember 8th 2009.

ABODE restaurant - give the special offer a miss if you want to feel you have eaten. Portions are miniscule and you definitely need side dishes as these are not included in the price although no-one bothers to mention this to you until its too late! The cafe bar looks nice from the outside but is not finished off inside - look like an old workhouse at the back! The eating area located behind a glass screen looks like something out of an airport cafe bar and lacks ambience. Staff pleasant enough but lack training required for what is supposed to be a high quality eaterie. Wouldnt recommend it.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2009.

Hello,This is not strictly a rant but its the best place to speak to people in Manchester!Do you work in the design industry in or near the City Centre?Would you be interested in talking to us, and getting rewarded for your time?We represent one of the leading Spray Adhesive brands and are excited to chat to you about our next big campaign.If you are interested in getting involved, and would be able to spare an hour of your time TOMORROW EVENING, please feel free to get in touch.Date: Thursday 10th AprilTime: 5-6pm; 6-7pmLocation: tbc. but will be in central Manchester!Light refreshments will be provided, and recipients will be paid £15 for their time.Spaces are limited, so we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!Please email sprayfocus@hotmail.co.uk for more information and we will be in touch. Please feel free to tell your designer friends...Thanks for your time.

BenDecember 8th 2009.

I hope the "sprayfocus" shill has paid for his/her impromptu advertisement in the RANT section! Moving on to comments on fixed priced menu deals such as the current one at Abode. Yes, most places I've been to do try to bump up the bill with the inevitable "vegetables" or "water" questions but I didn't find the need to pay extra at either Malmaison in June or Abode in April. The portions were fine and the food good. My only concern would be a) the automatic addition of a service charge at each venue and b) the apparent assumption at one place that we were leaving a further tip on top of the service charge and that there was no need for them to bring back the couple of quid change. If they need £30 (rather than £25) to make the deal work it'd be more honest to say so. But, as I say, no complaints about the food/portions.

MoDecember 8th 2009.

Went to the Krispy Kreme opening this morning in Piccadilly and stood back to take a photo of them cutting the ribbons so ended up about 10th or 11th in the queue and contrary to your Krispy Kreme article they didn't give free donuts to the first twelve, just to the first 8. I had to buy mine.They are delicious though - but just wanted to put your write up right.Mo

nickyDecember 8th 2009.

I would like to thank Manchester Confidential for a fantastic night last night at the Cirque Surreal at the Trafford Centre, i won the tickets and had a very enjoyable evening, the show is excellent and i recomend to every one.Thanks again, Nicky

PC ?December 8th 2009.

Could anybody explain why the memorial service for Michael Todd was completely overwelmed by the on-street police presence? What on earth were they all doing there? Shouldn't they have been doing other jobs?

GJHDecember 8th 2009.

Manchester confidential competitions.Exactly how are the winners chosen?Why ask for post codes?Our theory is that those from less affluent post codes are deliberatly excluded from the competition prizes as there is less payback!!!!Which would explain why I have won nothing in a zillion years of entering every relevant one!

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 8th 2009.

GJH we take postcodes because we want to know where our readers are, this helps us with stories and promotions. All competition winners are chosen randomly, there's no postcode lottery here. As for not winning we have the best competitions and offers in Manchester but we also have more than 55,000 subscribers. Keep trying, your time may yet come.

i need and events diary for manchesterDecember 8th 2009.

does anyone have an events diary/guide for manchester? basically i need a list of what's on in manchester in say "august" or "october", ive tried the tourist office, various hotel foyers, marketing manchester and the metro, no one has one. I know i've seen them in the past, can anyone help?

johnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

Jonathan - Has Gordo gone part time or have you cut his expense allowance? We hardly ever get a review from him these days, and they were the reaosn I first started reading this site.

GordoDecember 8th 2009.

I agree with you, JtB, more money please

johnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

If you're short of readies this month Gordo, check out Kim by the Sea in Hulme

MikeBDecember 8th 2009.

I can't believe it Krispy Kreme have stopped making the Manchester Tart donut.Someone needs to start a campaign to get them

GJHDecember 8th 2009.

No no no MikeB - coconut, on a dougnut?!Like jam on a pizza!

drew peacockDecember 8th 2009.

Mo...Are you a press photographer or summat?...why would anyone other than that be taking a pic of the opening of a doughnut shop ffs?...

drew peacockDecember 8th 2009.

And another thing...Man Con.. Why do new posts appear at the bottom of the pile?..shouldn't they appear at the top so we don't have to keep scrolling down all the time?..It's like having a pile of mail, lifting it up and sticking todays at the bottom.

Universal pandemicDecember 8th 2009.

Did anybody see this post on the Panacea review? Hellen says..“ Last Saturday night whilst enjoying some quiet drinks with professional friends in Panacea, I was approached by a short guy dressed in a dishevelled cream shirt who proceeded to remove a friend's Porn Star Martini from the table. At the time, my friends were visiting the ladies room, and I was simply an innocent woman sat alone. I felt isolated and intimidated by his aggressive and unreasonable behaviour. When questioned as to why a 'stranger' (Jo Akka - Manager) was trying to steal my friend's cocktail, I was told that it had a 'tea spoon' in it. My calm response involved explaining that this cocktail and the previous four that my friend had bought, had all been served with a spoon. His reply was 'I'm taking your drink'. I said 'I'm afraid not'...'it's my friend's'. Within seconds, I was approached by a small 'bald bouncer' who escorted me - without explanation - off the premises. I explained that I was with three friends who would all be concerned as to what had happened to me. I remained cool, calm and collected as I left as the bouncer threatened to physically remove me - 'drag me out' - if I did not move there and then. About ten minutes later, my friends who had not been informed of my whereabouts exited the club to look for me. We proceeded to attempt to discuss the reasons as to why exactly I had been asked to leave. And of course, during this time, there was no sign of Akka. The bouncers had no rational explanation (hmmm, surprising!) as to why I was asked to leave..and as we were very aware of Akka's violent behaviour towards women, we thought it best to leave. We left over £50 worth of drinks on the table - I only hope that Akka got his spoon in the end!!.... It is obvious that Jo Akka suffers from short man syndrome; I suggest in future he picks on someone his own size! Oh yeah, he did with me being a towering 5ft 3” tall!”

Jennie PlattDecember 8th 2009.

I'm more than happy to stick a tenner on Utd, just as the ad suggests, as long as if they do win we get to see Gordo running down Deansgate with Utd shirt pulled over his head, a la Ryan Giggs after scoring a goal....

johnthebriefDecember 8th 2009.

I don't wish to appear unsympathetic but anyone who chooses to go to Panacea should expect to be treated like ****. It's what they do. And why would anyone want to give money to a man who tried to kill one of his own customers? How does the guy still have a licence?

LeeDecember 8th 2009.

Thanks for a great night at the theatre Man Con! We won a pair of the tickets for the gala performance of 'A Glass Menagerie' on Saturday night. We even got dressed up in our glad rags and had a wonderful time, the Royal Exchange being as fab as ever.On a more sombre note, does anyone know what's going on with Gastros? I've just got used to having this place here for brunch and foodie gifts, plus a quiet glass of wine on the rare nights I don't fancy TriBeCa. Now there's a funny notice on the door and it was all shut up last night.Can anyone shed any light?

Kev PDecember 9th 2009.

I just finally got around to watching the Sex and the City movie trailer and weed my pants in excitement.

ithastobemeDecember 9th 2009.

£21 for 3 courses and unlimited wine at vermillion?? My I'm SURE that was what Harvey Nicks do???

Kev PDecember 9th 2009.

IT'S ELECTION DAY!!! Make sure you get out and vote - People died for you to have the right, don't waste it because you can't be bothered! If you're lucky enough to live in Manchester City Centre - VOTE ANTHONY McCAUL!!!

johnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Sorry Kev, while I agree with your sentiments on exercising the right to vote, I am never in a million years going to vote for Mr McCaul, as the local representative of our lying prime minister.

Kev PDecember 9th 2009.

Local elections are, oddly enough, about LOCAL issues. Manchester is a fantastic city thanks to our fantastic Labour Council, who continue to buck the national trend year on year and gain votes despite national opinion polls. That's because most people in Manchester have enough intelligence to separate out what's going on nationally from the great things happening locally.

JohnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Nope - an idealistic sentiment but sadly misguided - local elections are the only chance the people of this country get to pass judgment on the government at Westminster. And in my own view our Labour Council is a lot less than fantastic, but I won't bore you with that.

allan workmanDecember 9th 2009.

i wonder if anyone could sell me a ticket for next week eufa cup final cheers allan workman (glasgow p`s no touts thank -you

city centre dwellerDecember 9th 2009.

First things first....what a great day for both the supporters and the city of Manchester. That said in the current environmental climate......i am curious to know what Manchester City Council are doing with the rubbish they are collecting? On a recent recycle now advert, it states that by recycling one glass bottle will save enough power to watch a tv for 20 minutes......we could watch a lot of television if Manchester City Council collected and recycled the waste generated by the thirsty supporters!!This would also go along way to help Manchester to secure the title of Britains greenest city. Just a thought!!

LeeDecember 9th 2009.

Not denying city centre dweller exactly... I've met some lovely fans in the past 24 hours...but at the moment I'm locked in a bar with rumours about riots at pic. Anyone know what's going on?

christineDecember 9th 2009.

Just been for lunch at the opus restaurant at the radisson and considering they sell pizzas for £16.50, yes thats £16.50 you would think it would be a bit special wouldnt you! well it wasnt, in fact it was awful. Sandwiches were soggy, chips greasy and then menu range very poor. Dont bother when there are so many fab restaurants and cafe bars in manchester.

mark mDecember 9th 2009.

Just read your recipe for Spag boll. This would not taste nice. Bolognese or any tomato based sauces should be cooked for an hour or two, after which they will taste fantastic. 15 mins is a bollocksnese sauce

paulaDecember 9th 2009.

The bridgewater hotel in Worsley. The worst place to eat or drink in Manchester (must be?) Burnt, tasteless food and slow service. We were a party of 10 and the only ones in the place and still no drinks orders were taken and i think the serving staff were also doing the cooking. Lovely ladies but no idea. When i complained about the burger they had served up, they knocked off £1.30 from the whole bill. Wehey. Then told me that the chef had walked out and they were struggling a little, ALITTLE!. Wanted to warn people, don't make the same mistake as we did. Even complaining to the company direct, didn't get us a reply. Nice?

JohnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Hey Jonathan, what happened to the second half of the interview with the muppet in charge of the metro?

steDecember 9th 2009.

Ive just heard the new release by manchester band Air Cav , how good are they ? Better that some i could mention ,liam .

Mr TDecember 9th 2009.

Having had a great night out, i'm now home eating crispy chicken. rock the **** on mancunia!

Loyal employee of the Manchester MuseumDecember 9th 2009.

Loyal employee of the Manchester Museum says..“ This is just the tip of a larger Ice burg, in recent months a number of our displays have been removed. Human skeletons and any thing which depicts evolution have simply disappeared from our mammal’s gallery. The public comments are in sharp contrast to those stated by the Museum management. Loyal employee of the Manchester museum.”

johnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Jonathan, whatever happened to part 2 of the metro interview? And who won the £50 for the "best bar in Manchester" competition? I'd hate to think you were going back on your word....

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

Any chance of confidential doing a piece on the MMA or Mixed Martial Arts scene in manchester as no onw else seems too. Predators Gym in manchester crowned 2 world champions at the weekend and it would be nice to see them get some recognition. There site is http://www.manchester-mma.com Thanks

ScoteeeDecember 9th 2009.

Ithaca,Ithaca,Ithaca!what a nightmare...,Following an evening that left me £150 lighter on confidentials advice I paid a visit to 36 john dalton street to find the waitress apologising for the multitude of chefs and kitchen assistants all walking out for a calm down following a "queen" style chef bust up within minutes of ordering.Apparently these guys are working from 7am in the morning until 11pm at night and, in good restauranteur style, the management are refusing to close on a monday rendering the team to work those hours seven days a week.Well it has just opened.And where was the superstar head chef on a Thursday night? I only went to be fed by him???As the evening wore on it became clear that fitting a loud table of 12 full of rude oiks in that tiny first floor restaurant was a bad idea for the new 6ft5 French Roger Ramjet Lookalike Manager with his square jaw and sucked in cheeks it was amusing to see the whole kitchen collapse with confusion and frustration at the rowdy table and lack of food orders being completed.The food its'self was above average with the Black cod well recommended.The seared scallops topped with caviar and a zesty dressing overpowered the three side by side beautifully cooked pieces .I also tried the gaspaco wagyu beef which came as four of the thinnest slices that melted in the mouth these were beautiful even if i did feel i was swallowing a fiver at a time(thinner than a fiver they should have melted too!.A seaweed salad dressed in sesame oil and sesame nuts was an interesting texture too.All washed down with an white oaky Rioja which had me staggering out of the restaurant an hour later and represented excellent value for money at just £22 per bottle All in all i felt raped, but had to admit the food is almost there but the management need to be less nervous about boystrous wanabe's and make a decision about the hours otherwise I wouldnt go again.make sure the executive chef is working that night... Food 8/10waitress made our night 10/10,Atmosphere 4/10.a huge crowd which were continuously being plied with daft cocktails and sambucas that got spilt on a client and smashed on the floor because there are more staff than seating space begun the evening on the wrong foot for me.the food (when it came) idnt come at the same time reminded me of a family meal at frankie and bennies where i was waiting for a free portion of the scallops as a gesture of good will but got nothing but sorry's

scoteeeDecember 9th 2009.

no i didnt do a spell check or a grammar check!!!! I'm busy me !

JohnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

If you weren't there last night, go and buy a ticket for Leonard Cohen before heleaves on Friday. The run's sold out but the touts will sort you out - pay them, whatever they ask it's worth it. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the greatest singer/songwriter of the age. Last night's performance was awesome.

JohnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Second half of the metrolink security interview? A result for the "Manchester's best bar" competition - you owe someone £50. Restaurant reviews have pretty much dried up... Are you all on holiday or has ManCon run out of money....?

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

If you ever use on-road parking in Manchester, be wary when you're getting a ticket! I left my car, walked up to a pay machine, which was all of 15-20 meters away, started to put my money in, turned around and saw two traffic wardens starting to issue my car a parking ticket! I complained about this, and was told that apparently "they don't have time to make sure someone's currently getting a ticket". My car was one of only two on the road, and apart from a couple of passerby's (who actually got my attention and pointed me over to the traffic wardens) the street was empty. Maybe it had something to do with it being 5:50pm and their supposedly non-existant quotas?

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

Remember all the high hopes for the regeneration of Castlefield-the derelict areas to be grassed for the visitors to have picnics on;repair the wooden bridge:make the steel bridges non slip:get in touch with the Owner of G Plot......

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 9th 2009.

Dear Anonymous, the hig hpes are still there. The high hopes will turn into real results. But these things take time...sadly. Yet behind the scenes things are happening so let's not despair.We'll do a follow-up later this year.

MelanieDecember 9th 2009.

Just when you think Man Con might be the alternative, witty sharp new media baby that crap about San Carlo goes up. Shame on you fellas...too obvious, too bleeding obvious. And of course we can't comment on that story.

Billy one ear says.....December 9th 2009.

whats up with the San Carlo Story? About time someone is making money if you read the newspapaers all you want to do is hang yourself

KatyDecember 9th 2009.

Birdcage - completely let down by it's neanderthal door staff!!!Myself and about twenty others planned a trip to the Birdcage, Manchester for my friend's hen night. Oh what a mistake!! We had each paid £15 deposit to secure our table and had been looking forward to it for some time. Upon arrival at the door the 'bouncers' were extremely rude and aggressive in their nature and accused us of bringing more people then had paid deposits and stated that two of us would have to pay again. We had in fact brought the correct number of people & in my opinion they were just trying to pull a fast one. They eventually backed off and in the end decided we could go in. As my friend was on her way in I tried to take a picture of her (as I had been doing all night to document her hen night). As I lifted my camera a male 'bouncer' stormed over and ripped the camera out of my hand stating he did not like having his picture taken. (PLEASE DON'T FLATTER YOURSELF, LOVE!)He was extremely threatening and aggressive in his manner and I was pretty shocked to say the least. He finally gave me my camera back but as you can imagine I was non too impressed to have my personal property ripped off me for no reason and made this clear to him. Following this, they decided "they did not like my attitude" and refused to let me in. Quite what attitude you're supposed to have after being threatened and intimidated by such utter thugs I have no idea. My friend and I came away minus our £15 deposits and headed over to the Northern Quarter instead where the people were far more civilised and pleasant! A full letter of complaint has gone in although I do not expect a response. After talking to other people I have heard many a horror story about The Birdcage and it's wonderful door staff - my experience it seems is not a one off incident. The Birdcage should be thoroughly ashamed of these members of staff who are giving it's club a very bad name. Avoid at all costs - you have been warned!!!

johnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Why have you suddenly started posting adverts dressed up as stories? What's the "news" angle in the latest one about Davis Blank Furniss? Aren't adverts meant to be labelled as such?

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

McFly are coming so i booked tickets, would be nice to have a hotel as well, save having to drive 2 hours after concert, checked out 5 top hotels, all with same answer nothing doing we are full or don't do mum and kids, is this what Manchester is all about now,

MatDecember 9th 2009.

I agree with johnthebrief about the advertorials masquerading as news stories on ManCon. It doesn't do your credibility any favours.

MatDecember 9th 2009.

Does anyone actually read this bit? Anyway, I've realised that whenever I post comments on here it's usually to criticise or moan about something that's been written on here. But I only do it because I like ManCon and care about it. It's become my number one source of local news and its campaigning and passion for Manchester puts the MEN to shame. Just wanted to get that off my chest!

Jonathan SchofieldDecember 9th 2009.

Mat, we always read the comments and from Friday we're going to have a Rant of the Week article to show we do. And thanks for that.

johnthebriefDecember 9th 2009.

Agree with Mat. We only shout at you because we care, Jonathan. Much as we may bitch and moan, ManCon is a bloody good source of news, comment and entertainment. And on the subject, whatever happened to the rest of the metrolink interview we were promised?

unlucky with worsley restaurantsDecember 9th 2009.

The last time I wrote on this rant was regarding Milan in Worsley. Went to Ambiante tapas restaurant in Worsley last night, here are my comments:The food was nice – but a distinct lack of taste to the tapas we had to start – it needed salt (I don’t think you should ever have to add seasoning to restaurant food), we shared a meat paella for main – it was nice but over salted! And they ‘forgot’ to put the chorizo in (a key ingredient to meat paella one would think!) – we told them and they brought a bowl of chorizo out – but we’d virtually finished by this point and were too full to eat it.We sat outside which is absolutely gorgeous – felt like being in Spain – until a couple came and sat at the next table and started smoking – even though its outside I would expect smoking to be banned as it’s a restaurant and other people will be eating, and it wasn’t – disgusting! Luckily we’d finished eating and went inside to finish our wine.We brought up the missing chorizo when the bill came – and they were really put out! Not apologetic. Then they took off a whole £1.50 from the £16 paella to compensate! – very disappointed!

Thoroughbred MancDecember 9th 2009.

I'm currently loving http://www.waiterrant.net. Just thought I'd share with the group.

Woodstock disaster!December 9th 2009.

If anyone's thinking of having Sunday lunch at the Woodstock in Didsbury, then heed my words and AVOID AT ALL COSTS. I have had many mediocre Sunday lunches over the years, but today's takes the Rank Roast Biscuit. This pub could be so much better, but invariably the lack of staff necessitates an unseemly and stressful queue, only to be eventually served by sour-faced, disgruntled staff, who clearly wish to be someplace else. Why employ two bar staff when thirty people are constantly waiting to be served? My order of standard roast beef lunch was the most appalling plate of tepid food I have been presented with in a long while. A general mess of bland beef (very little of it), on a soggy Yorkshire, next to two pathetic 'roast potatoes' (aren't roasties supposed to be crisp?...these were like leftovers from a dinner party two days ago), and a mass of barely-warm leeks, in an insipid gravy. In short, utterly joyless food served by clearly disgruntled staff in an understaffed pub that clearly doesn't give a to*s about its food!

GemmaDecember 9th 2009.

After your article in the April manchester confidential i went along to the new Boutique in Stockport. what a find. Everyone was really friendly and I picked up a great couple of outfits and am now having a dress made by Sue. Cheers Manchester Confidential.

GemmaDecember 9th 2009.

Oops! forgot to put the name of boutique. MODISTE on Lower Hillgate

Bob the builderDecember 9th 2009.

Sleb spotting-Neil Morrisey enjoying a pint or several with his 'Dylan' co stars in the Marble on Rochdale rd. Bloody loud fella!

king willy sucks...December 9th 2009.

After reading an MC write up on the king william in wilmslow and being bored of the usual fir coat no knickers food haunts, we decided to give it a try early on sat evening. I thought it only right that I let you know the lack of atmosphere and poor service was accompanied by terrible luke warm, over cooked tasteless food.

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

Is anyone in town at the minute, i hear a man has been knocked over by a bus outside Marks and Spencers food!!

MryeahyeahyeahDecember 9th 2009.

Went to MC abode yesterday afternoon with the confidential 'exclusive' offer of a sharing platter and a bottle of wine for a reasonable £19.95. Excellent food, good service (even going as far to explain the three different types of bread accompanying the platter). All round an entirely civilised way to spend an hour and a half before going to the theatre. There was only one problem: The listed price on the menu for a platter and a bottle of wine is £19:95, the little crumpled token I diligently printed out and handed out to the bar staff said as much. WTF?! If something costs something why do I need a token to buy purchase it at the price it already is?! As a result I look like the coupon kid as I bashfully linger infront of the polished bar like I'm being done some massive service and I should be oh so greatful. What next? an exclusive offer at the pound store everything for a pound with this print out! Penny sweets for a penny but only if you find a printer first?

AvoDecember 9th 2009.

If anyone wants a break from the bar scene in Manchester, may I recommend a tour of the Robinson's Brewery in Stockport. We recently went last month and for the princeley sum of £11, we were treated to a full tour of the 300 year old brewery. The highlight of the evening however was the hour and a half or so in the Unicorn Room where it was a free bar so everyone could sample the full range of Robinson's beers complimented by a traditional finger buffet. Gordo, sounds that may interest you if you fancy venturing out of our great metropolis??Anyway, if anyone wants more information, please follow this link http://www.frederic-robinson.com

Jo SDecember 9th 2009.

Just wanted to make everyone aware that if they go to Pau Brasil for lunch on Fridays they will be charged £22.50 from now on. We went for lunch today and only found out at the end of the meal that the lunchtime price of £12.50 is now only valid Monday - Thursday. I did point out that their website had not been updated to state this fact and that we were not informed of this when we made the booking over a week ago. Although the food was very nice (if a little too salty) I really think £22.50 for lunch is overpriced and if we had known this in advance we would have probably gone somewhere else and gone back to Pau Brasil on a different day. We did complain and they knocked off 20% from the bill but it still put a bit of a downer on the experience.

vikasDecember 9th 2009.

hi am vikas,from india,looking for ajob in airlines,or in hospitality,but ilove to work with airlines

mark mDecember 9th 2009.

has anyone seen 'gordoworld.com'. maybe this is an old one, but if u know gordo it is quite funny really

louise8December 9th 2009.

does anyone know the details of one of those cab firms that come out on a scooter and drive your car home for you?

mark mDecember 9th 2009.

scooterman.co.uk, oddly enuff!!!

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

Went to Red & Hot for dinner last night… really impressed, the food, interior and service were all excellent. Value for money was brilliant and portion sizes very generous, will definitely be going again to try some of the more interesting dishes that I could see people enjoying!!

anonDecember 9th 2009.

Is panacea in Alderley edge any good?

Big Daft FellerDecember 9th 2009.

I was there last night, the champagne wasn't, if they have spent all that money they should have at least made sure that the punters get the real stuff and plenty of it. poor.

WalrusinDecember 9th 2009.

Took up the MC offer at Walrus last nite with a mate. Was well impressed & stayed longer than expected. Bar Staff were friendly & attentive, food service was good. Really enjoyed the food, the Squid starter was perfect melt in the mouth stuff, the mini thai fishcakes were tasty. We had the Yellow Curry chicken & Pork & Holy Basil Main, both dishes were excellent with just the right amouny of spice and the slightly sticky rice (made it easier to pick up with chopsticks) was perfect. Great music and atmosphere, will deffo be going back...

Wes Browns Knee.December 9th 2009.

My Scouse bird told me to do it.

intheknowDecember 9th 2009.

Hey has anyone come across www.nxtbook.com/…/0…

ModisteDecember 9th 2009.

Went along to Walrus after the Young Designer Awards at the Triangle (on thursday evening.(we have got great talentand style here in the North) We had printed off the discount voucher and got ther just befor 8.0p.m. deadline. It was a great deal and the food was brilliant, staff were pleasant as well. Thanks

stuartDecember 9th 2009.

is it true that mr manchester him self has left the chop house. just heard from the grapvine. well hope this is not the begining of the end, hope to see you soon mr pilling we all injoyed your service, the place will not be the same with out you.

AnonymousDecember 9th 2009.

FFS- another post about Steve Pilling - can ManCon just run a headline story about Sam's / Tom's to keep all the bloody posts in one place

WayneDecember 10th 2009.

ManCon already have laid this to rest at www.manchesterconfidential.com/index.asp… It's also been said on here that he runs Destino round the corner in Pall Mall.

CliffDecember 10th 2009.

hey Modiste you are so right, not big portions but spot on qaulity.

GORDecember 10th 2009.

The offer at MC Cafe is rubbish!!! I thought that 32 quid was a bargain for 3 courses each plus wine but that was before I saw the size of the portions! the main course dish of salmon was the size of a starter and had no stodge at all with it - just salmon and sauce - and the sticky toffee pudding was seriously only 2 inches squared. We got a pizza and donner meat on the way home - I kid you not!crap atmosphere too - playing club tunes in a hotel restuarant does not seem right. We received our starters before our drinks and the toliets were a disgrace! I seriously walked into the middle cubicle to find poo all over the toilet bowl, seat and even wall. It was like a scene from train spotting. They cant have eaten there though because there was far too much poo...

Old customer and French fanDecember 10th 2009.

Just to let the good folks of Manchester know and all the old customers of the last 22 years "HARPERS" re-opened last night 23/09/08. Good tapas and menu overseen by the great Eugenio (spelling?). I went on the off chance it was there first night and great

CliffDecember 10th 2009.

Viva la differrence.!! long live the independant, Good luck to Harpers and make sure the staff get all the tips!

DangermouseDecember 10th 2009.

Well, kudos for Walrus again...returned after 1st visit with more mates. Once again the food was superb & exceptional service from Dangermouse himself. Had to have the Squid again but this time had the Katsudon pork which was delish..also highly recommend the massman too. Thanks to Walrus for not disappointing with new peeps in tow...

sazzleDecember 10th 2009.

no wonder his other overhyped sh*thole burnt down

lisaDecember 10th 2009.

Manchester confidential fashion visited a boutique called Modiste in Stockport Underbanks the other month and did a article on the new boutique. I popped in this week. What a find, their own great designs plus collections by other independents. It was so interesting to talk with Sue the designer. I mentioned Manchester Confidential and was given 10% discount. Thanks M/C.

Manc34December 10th 2009.

City centre Manchester now is WORSE in the day than it is at nite. Drunks and gangs and homeless all doin the zombie like tour of the streets..its horrible..Piccadilly is the worst when it should be the best bit? Sorry sorry place these days.

AnonymousDecember 10th 2009.

HARPERS - Has Felix finally gone to put up his feet ? Ive not been for a couple of years but love the place, and all the staff make it a great place to eat drink and enjoy bein merry :)

camavaDecember 10th 2009.

I have been looking on the web sire for some time now for a write up on Chesters Hotel & Restaurant. if you want a really excellent steak then you have to go there. They do other dishes but the main attraction are their Steaks. It is a Hotel, butyou do not have to be resident to dine there. The restaurant holds about 80 so has a warm friendly atmosphere. Not the cheapest but certainly the best Steak around. This is situated on Chester Road near man United ground.

rozzybabyDecember 10th 2009.

Just warning people not to eat at the Mitre Hotel cafe on Exchange Square, waited over 45 minutes yesterday for the worst sandwich ever!

AnonymousDecember 10th 2009.

visited the Hilton on Deansgate at the weekend - pre booked months ago. cloud 23 was absolutely brilliant service 100% staff lovely - attentive but not imposing. Went downstairs to podium restaurant and it was the worst eve I have had the misfortune to sit through! we were there almost 1.5hrs and only managed to be served starters and a bottle of wine we had to ask for more than once. The mgr on that eve blanked us when we went to front of house to advise of our arrival as he had a more "prestigious" guest to look after who was standing BEHIND us. Staff didn't even know what dishes were on/off that eve and when we finally placed our order he had to come back out to ask how we wanted steak cooking AGAIN! Then when we finshed starters we were looking at our plates for about 15mins (had to ask in end for them to be removd) then I think there was a mix up in kicthcen as about 30 mins plus passed we still had no main (now at bottom of wine bottle) aked waiter to chase it up - ssured us we were next table to be served - alas food went in other directions from the kitchen. We asked again and a supervisor went to check on our order but did not feedback any info to us - with which we got up to leave; whereby a manager finally appeared to ask to sit down and the'd make our night special!!! Why should you have to complain in order to get a service/product you expect when you pay a certain amount - I'd understand crap service from a fast food place as they are knocking out a high volume of food at a basic price etc not £25 per plate!So to sum up - DO NOT GO!!!annoyingly when i have spoken to friends and coleagues since they have all said the same just a shame nobody else has ranted over it and I could have saved the heartache and a very special oocasion ruined!

MancmanDecember 10th 2009.

Does Confidential know that there's a recession? I say that because I've just received an invitation to subscribe to their supa doopa new dining card which gives me 25% off the food part of the bill at 25 hand picked restaurants. There's a 3 month introductory offer but the ongoing rate is £20 per month, which means that to break even on the deal I would have to spend a whopping £960 per year just on food at this restricted list of eateries. And it seems that the card can't normally be used on Friday night or anytime on Saturday. Forgive me if I'm being thick but that doesn't seem like a great deal to me, Gordo!

mancmanDecember 10th 2009.

Just noticed that if you commit to a full year you get the card at £10, so you'd only need to spend £480 a year on food at the 25 eateries. But not being able to use the card on Friday night or Saturdays would still give me an issue. Throw in a discount on the booze and it might be worth thinking about!

Just bought itDecember 10th 2009.

I spend that a month. will save me £100 a month. no brianer.

GordoDecember 10th 2009.

Mancman, it is very experimental. You can't buy twelve months yet, lets stick to the thre months but you will be guaranteed the deal ongoing at either £12.50 a month or £10 if you then sign up for twelve. You will be able to get 10% off rental properties from three of Manc's top people, saving at least £65 a month, and 20% off monthly hair stuff from some great places which will save my girlfriend £30 every six weeks or so. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Also, when you tell them all that you are a Mancon Privilege holder, you are going to be well looked after, they will all be terrified of you guys ranting about **** food and service. Finally, the team here have grafted their bollocks off for everyone for four years, with everything wrung out of advertisers. Don't you think it's time to support Manchester's only Media owned by Mancunians and for Mancunians, without £695 million of the Scott Trusts money to piss up the wall?

Caroline, Whalley RangeDecember 10th 2009.

....no brianer. Love it!

DrakeDecember 10th 2009.

Be fair Gordo, GMG performs a useful service. Who else would employ Mark Dodson (never mind pay him 250+k a year)? Mind, as he's one of only three employees left, he does have to write a lot of the bollox they put out. But who will they get to fill that 100,000 sq ft of empty office space at 2 Hardman STreet? The new ManCon offices perhaps? Thats what you get when you make all your staff redundant. Space, glorious space.

ChickadeeDecember 10th 2009.

Is that Panacea featured in the Bold 2in1 White Diamond and Lotus Flower advert on the telly?

AvoDecember 10th 2009.

yeah chickadee it is!!

ChickadeeDecember 10th 2009.

Brings a bold fresh smelling perspective to washing your dirty laundry in public!

emma graceDecember 10th 2009.

can someone please review San Rocco and see if the staff are just as rude as they were to me....? many thanks

markDecember 10th 2009.

if you came across to them as opinionated as you do on here then i am not surprised that they were rude to you.xx

markDecember 10th 2009.

lol

emma graceDecember 10th 2009.

mind you, now I come to think of it maybe it was when I said "please can I have extra balsamic with my bruschetta and please can you make my risotto quite al dente and please can you turn the music down, and close that window over there" that they got the hump...who knows

JennDecember 10th 2009.

http://www.waiterrant.netGenius (I must admit I got the link from here but enjoyed it so much I thought I'd pass it on!)

FiFiXrdDecember 10th 2009.

caroline from whalley range - your comment is class. "A no Brianer?" - which brian are you referring to?

MancmanDecember 10th 2009.

A few thoughts from the above: 1) "Just bought it" must be as fat as a pig! 2) Gordo's girlfriend must have the most stunning hair in Manchester 3)I'm sure that the 3 Manc top people renting out there properties will do me a deal these days without me flashing a Mancon card 4)Another card on the market, at lower cost, gives me a much wider range of restaurants with great discounts. 5)I enjoy my free MEN so don't knock it! 6)If nobody's ever going to have to pay the £20 pm advertised price of the card, this smacks of the never ending sale to lure in the punters.Sorry, still not convinced!

becksDecember 10th 2009.

Emma Grace, i am with you! - The San Rocco in Hale is horrendous. We got treated like second class citizens even though we were nothing but smiles! When a pasta starter arrives 5 minutes after ordering but the bill takes 30 minutes it's pretty shoddy.

Just bought itDecember 10th 2009.

Sounds like you aren't the right target market MancMan, i have just had 36 quids worth of completely free food at Ithaca on the Privelege Card. Good it was as well. Thats paid for all but 3 quid's worth of my three month membership.

GordoDecember 10th 2009.

That'll be ex girlfriend now, to you MancMan! Any girls out their with cheap hardo habits and like eating a lot?

MancmanDecember 10th 2009.

So you've just spent £180 on food alone to get your £36 knocked off, Just bought it? Glad you enjoyed it! By the way,Gordo, does the card mean that all of those great offers you used to send us are now things of the past?

rosieDecember 10th 2009.

I'd volunteer myself to be Gordo's flopsy,but I have no idea what a "hardo habit" is.Maybe I'm too sheltered....

Just bought itDecember 10th 2009.

MancMan, you don't get it. There are lots of other stuff other than the discount. I was, along with 500 other people, given two free lunches at Ithaca. yes, the lunch menu free. All I paid for was the booze. So, not 25% off, free food. There were a few other tables in there from Manconfidential as well. Lunch menu, £17 for food, times two, equals me saving £34. Cost of card for quarter, £37-odd, so far I am out of paocket 3 quid. and I have two meals a week for sixteen weeks to go. By the way, I did enjoy it! Frankly, I don't begrudge giving my custom to manCon, its a good local bunch of people. I have had bags of stuff off them in the past for nowt so they get my vote.

GordoDecember 10th 2009.

Mancman, yes, we will be doing more of the same, getting stronger all the time. The Privelege Card is designed to build revenue streams, re-invest in more writers and account managers, etc etc. don't be so bloody cynical.

AnonymousDecember 10th 2009.

This has probably nothing to do with any of the other rants going on this evening....but I had a really REALLY bad experience at East z East on Blackfriars last Saturday....the service was appalling and the food wasn't that great either!!! Akbars is by far the best curry house in the city centre! I was begged by the manager to try it again...but it is not worth the hassle!!!!

Richard JohnsonDecember 10th 2009.

What's going on at the former Cocoa Rooms? Looks like it is re-opening. Anyone know?

Mr yeahyeahyeahDecember 10th 2009.

Just having aa look at you offers.There's a good 'un from the belleview dogs offering a meal and entrance for a mere 1p. Excellent value. However, in the advert it states ..'hear the pounding of the paws as the sleek and elegant greyhounds live up to their reputation as the second fastest animal in the world,'Surely this can't be right. A greyhound? second only to, one presumes, a cheetah? Even assuming we are talking of land mammals (I'm near certain some birds could out move a dog)is not a horse nor none of the other big cats (a leopard?) faster?Am I a pedant or just plain wrong?Confused Withington.

MancmanDecember 10th 2009.

Classic stuff! Gordo says I'm being cynical because I question the value for money of one of his products. He tells me "the Privelege Card is designed to build revenue streams, re-invest in more writers and account managers, etc etc. don't be so bloody cynical.” well sorry Gordo if I don't rush out with my chequebook every time you come up with another idea to generate revenue. There's plenty of much more deserving charities out there

The Mog MertDecember 10th 2009.

Mr Yeah, meant to say, have you got a girlfriend?

Phil SpecterDecember 10th 2009.

Mancman, when was the last time you were asked by Manconfi for money? I can't remeber once in four years. Are you the Editor of the MEN, you tight little sh1towse? Got an invite to eat with Michael Caines the 2 * Michelin chef in a weeks time one day after my membership with free food, how good is that? If you are impressed with a free MEN you should **** off back there. Long Liver Manconfi...

AvoDecember 10th 2009.

I thoroughly agree with The Times. The Indian Ocean is a wicked place which I first visited when I was in my teens. Their seafood dishes are also very good.

AvoDecember 10th 2009.

I admit it, I love Man Con as much as I love Man U. That's why I check the site at half time...

baldmosherDecember 10th 2009.

I'm still waiting for Croma to call me back about a party of 12 for a Christmas meal. Yes they might be full and yes we're late to book, but "I'll check now and call you back in 5-10 minutes" is becoming "we can't be bothered to call you, we don't need your business". I probably won't bother booking there again just for the sake of a 30 second phone call, they clearly don't need my business.

MancmanDecember 10th 2009.

I see that Phil Specter is as rude as his namesake. I won't sink to his level of abuse but he may wish to know that there's a job going on Radio 2 which will be much suited to his style. In the meantime, I'll stick to making reasonable comments where I think that they are merited.

Manchester Confidential privilege card is a farceDecember 10th 2009.

What’s going on with the Manchester Confidential privilege card? I paid for mine almost 2 weeks ago & was told that it would arrive by the end of the week. It did not so a week after I coughed up I tried to call the confidential offices but was unable to get through so then I sent an email asking it where mine was. STILL nothing. I am exceptionally disappointed by this abysmal service. Today is November 1st, which is the start of my paid subscription time, & yet I am unable to start utilising my card.Following the Ithaca free meal debacle I had hoped the privilege card itself would run considerably more smoothly……. How wrong I was. Be warned people, you’re going to end up paying for something you can’t actually use. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

Mark Garner, The PublisherDecember 10th 2009.

Manchester Confidential Privilege Etc Etc, eay tiger, the cards were delayed. we will have temporary ones delivered Monday. I do not understand why you couldn't get through to the office. Call 0161 228 0044 normal working hours. Email me at markg@planetconfidential.co.uk otherwise; in the meanting we will book any card holder in any estblishment they require. I will ensure your card is recredited on Monday.

mancmanDecember 10th 2009.

Nice to see such a humble apology!

Phil SpecterDecember 10th 2009.

ooh, MancMan, i see you haven't found that life yet...

Likes a ChineseDecember 10th 2009.

Whats trhe best Chines in the city? I am coming in two weeks...

mark mDecember 10th 2009.

After a review on here i went to red n hot, faulkner street. just awesome. sechuan style with very interesting use of offal

seabeeDecember 10th 2009.

dear readers the reason some of the privilege cards havent arrived is because im your postman and cant be arsed doing my job ive got sack fulls of post stashed under my bed thinking of having a real fire fitted here at home because it wont cost be anything for fuel.sorry mark but you just cant get the staff these days.

AnonymousDecember 10th 2009.

My comments is that I am unable to find a control product because I do not have the calssic size. I have a midriff/ tummy problem but am size 14/16 bust and 10/12 hip. Please can you advize of a product that would help JM

AnonymousDecember 10th 2009.

What's happened to Love Saves the Day on Thomas St?

scoteeeDecember 10th 2009.

Love Saves the Day went in to liquidation.

BeeDecember 10th 2009.

Simply Yours does seperate bits of control wear for top and bottom halves so you can mix and match.

seabeeDecember 11th 2009.

NEWSFLASH.reports are coming in today that a russian submarine believed to a typhoon class was spotted this morning in hollingworth lake near littleborough.police began receiving calls from members of the public at around 7am.local fisherman wayne kerr said "i saw this sub suddenly surface right in front of me.after a moment the hatch on the connig tower opened and a head popped out.when he saw me he ducked back inside and then the sub went down again".royal navy vessels have been sent to the area to comb for the rogoue sub ,but say it may have headed down the rochdale canal into open water.angry residents are demanding action after last years incident when an iranian gunboat arrived in hebden bridge and the crew did a runner leaving navy and goverment officals with egg on thier faces.

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

i saw the iranian crew run past the station there were to fast to catch up to and got away

Hi-LifeDecember 11th 2009.

This is nothing to do with a gig I've been too, its in regards to the privilege card and there is nowhere to make comments about it on the website... is it not cheaper to get a hi-life card as it costs around £90 for the year for the platinum card which you can pay in monthly instalments and there are more restaurants included and you get 50% off your food bill...

Hi-LifeDecember 11th 2009.

This is nothing to do with a gig I've been too, its in regards to the privilege card and there is nowhere to make comments about it on the website... is it not cheaper to get a hi-life card as it costs around £90 for the year for the platinum card which you can pay in monthly instalments and there are more restaurants included and you get 50%; off your food bill...

mazzaDecember 11th 2009.

Hi does anyone know the opening times for the new North Pole bar which is being set up near the Urbis, it doesn't say anywhere on their website and I was wondering how late it was open til in the evening, ta!

AvoDecember 11th 2009.

The bar is open from midday till 11pm. It looks to be a good place to visit as the cocktails are done by ex socio staff and the food is done by Robert Owen Brown.

GTDecember 11th 2009.

BELUGA BAR: Burritos = BAD! Tried them with some mates last week; first of all they were not burritos - they looked more like cheap chicken fajitas with barely any filling! Plus, when we implied we weren't happy with the food to the waiter, what we got was an arrogant remark!

mohammed khanDecember 11th 2009.

donate and download music at http://www.socialkaos.co.ukto help prolong life for saint annes hospice and the new childrens appea.supported by Ricky hatton,Wes brown,Clint boon and Sir Gerald kaufman.

GJHDecember 11th 2009.

Why is the halloween bash at circle the only entry on man con that is not available to read and rant?

EditorialDecember 11th 2009.

No GJH that was an oversight. There will be a rant facility appearing in five, four, three, two, one.......now.

GJHDecember 11th 2009.

fair play editorial...and another thing. Ithaca. I really really want to like you. I ate there & your marinaded cod was gods own. The best sushi I have had...I even feel sorry for you when I realise you opened on the brink of a recession.But still - your emails are written by gushing two year olds on acid, stop all this love and peace rubbish....and most of all - your latest one - 'celebrity favoured' PLEASE...do you want to be the Sugar Lounge or a propery eatery - you can not be both. People who will buy your food will not give a monkeys if that bird from corrie was in. over and out.

SalDecember 11th 2009.

What's up with Manchester Confidential this week? It's all adverts and now a blog about an allotment? Where are all the food and drink reviews? I can't stand Citylife, but this week it seems I have little choice. Shape up!

toskio sukiDecember 11th 2009.

Hey Sal you a boy or a gir l .Y You sound fun over here from Japan and like going out having goodtime cheeky

Neighbourhood WatchDecember 11th 2009.

Does anybody know whats the deal with the police in the northern quarter every weekend??? They had a metal detector on blue on Saturday night...

emma graceDecember 11th 2009.

I think that says more about Bluu than the Northern Quarter in general...

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

Ive seen them too, they have been in the NQ for the past 3-4 weekends and i've seen them patrolling round mid week. They had sniffer dogs in every bar about 3 fridays ago, people were being dragged out and searched.

ooh dramaDecember 11th 2009.

ooh, drama

emma graceDecember 11th 2009.

In that case, I think it's pretty obvious what's going on!! tut tut

ZabzyDecember 11th 2009.

Do you think sniffer dogs enjoy bing?

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

I think they love bing!!!

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

Has anyone tried to book a table at Matt & Phreds, I have left 3 telephone messages, sent 3 emails and they still cannot confirm is my table is reserved. Is this part of their PR strategy.

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

I am a little unsure of whether to vote yes or no on the Transpot Innovation Proposals. If I vote yes I would like the transport system to be improved I am also voting for a congestion charge at the end of it. If I vote no to the congestion charge, am I also saying that I do not wish for the transport system to be improved. Is there a standard of improvements that can be measured and agreed before the congestion charge is initiated.

Paul JohnsonDecember 11th 2009.

Have the Labour Party deserted the north?11 years of Labour and we have seen- north south divide getting wide- significant public transport investment in london- shelving of public transport investment in Manchester (unless we pay the congestion charge)- Labour pushing for another runway at Heathrow- Tories saying no to this and proposing a high speed rail link to Manchester, Leeds etcRead this article on the FT from the shadow transport secretary;www.ft.com/…/4-a5f1-11dd-9d26-000077b07658.html… are beginning to look very tempting for us northerners

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

I suggest you send an email to andrea@mattandphreds.com . She's great and will definitely get back to you.

AvoDecember 11th 2009.

Went to Central Perk on Thursday morning for a sausage barm. The food was great. The peppery little cumberland sausages were served on a fluffy barm which went down a treat. There was a nice ambience in there too whilst I waited, plenty of seating and a comfy battered old leather sofa with Joss Stone flowing from the speakers. An excellent place which sorted out my mid week hangover a treat! ManCon, you need to review it!

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

Yes Andrea has been my contact for 3 emails and 3 telephone calls, but has confirmed they are busy and will confirm if my reservation last Monday, still no word.

Richard HigginsDecember 11th 2009.

Anyone else getting sick of door to door begging in South Manchester? We're in Whalley Range and its become at least a weekly occurence now.

Mark Garner, The PublisherDecember 11th 2009.

Richard, I am very interested in doing a piece on this; I am horrified with these women from the Balkans carrying children that look like they are dead, begging. Can you email me and tell me whats happening where you are? Mark@manchesterconfidential.com. Thanks Mark Garner, The Publisher

Dean MoullDecember 11th 2009.

Re: trouble with booking at Matt and Phred's post. I'm very sorry to hear about the poor service you've received from the club with respect to your enquiry. Please email me at dean@mattandphred.com and I assure you I will contact you as soon as I receive your message. Sincere apologies, Dean Moull.

emma graceDecember 11th 2009.

I went to an absolutely fabulous restaurant last night...Mancon you really have to go. It was called Bazooka by Night on Princess St, opposite the Garratt. It was SO busy, full of Christmas parties (I was on my works do), Greek restaurant. I wasn't sure when I first walked in. I couldn't have been more wrong...the food was fab but the best bit was the service. When the food was gone the waiters got the whole restaurant up, holding hands and dancing round the restaurant in between the tables. One of them was sat playing traditional Greek music on his guitar and singing at the front, and they had dancing competitions for bottles of wine. They had us up dancing on the tables! Honestly, if you've never been, you must must try it...the atmosphere was fabulous.

emma graceDecember 11th 2009.

there's a restaurant in didsbury, next door to M20...anyone got any idea what it's called??

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

I just thought i would leave some words of wisdom about a restaurant i visited in the last few weeks in Stalybridge. The Roe Cross an old carvery pub in Mottram, well where do i begin we were told the food was good but to be honest the night started in disaster and did not improve, the staff did not have a clue what they were talking about the management were just sat around like slobs expecting to see a full till at the end of the night when it was obvious that they too did not have a clue and when it came to the food well what can i say i wish we had gone to mc donalds we could have had a better meal it was the worst i have eaten maybe they should run a burger van they may get that right after alot of training but i doubt it!!!

jamie hDecember 11th 2009.

SUBJECT: YANG SING RESTAURANT – PRINCESS STREET I think everyone should know – THIS RESTAURANT IS A DISGRACE – for the following reasons: Quality of service 1/10 Attitude of management and staff alike 0.5/10 Value for money 1/10 Food 6/10 We had the misfortune of visiting this restaurant on Tuesday 16th December 2008. We (my elderly mother, auntie, my cousin and I) had booked our table three weeks in advance. Upon arrival we were frowned upon and ushered to the table like cattle, promptly barked at by the restaurant manager “You out of here by 8pm – this table booked for next party, you out by 8pm – YES!” We smiled politely and said we would be and sat down. The ten minutes following this rude interjection to what is allegedly (and I use that word allegedly quite literally) the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester, we were asked NINE times if we were ready to order. Not only were we asked nine times, but four different waiters and waitresses asked us! We then ordered at around 6:45pm. Our food arrived promptly and we ate it as such, feeling both unwelcome and uncomfortable. We finished our once a year get together /Christmas meal at 7:30pm and asked for the bill, we had finally had enough of what can only be described as one of the most stomach turning events of my entire social calendar. Once we had paid the bill, another manager in a grey suit (and a black eye, it looked like his wife had been beating him round the soup kitchen with the chow mein ladle) came to our table and hastened us to leave as (and I quote) “We have another table due here now, quickly quickly” we were told. Of course by this point they had already received over £100 of our hard earned money, which by the way got us a couple of starters, a few main courses and a bottle of wine that tasted like Jesus’ sandals rather than Jesus juice. And the best bit?! When we complained to the grey suited, black eyed man, he told us “Our other customers get preferential treatment because they book in advance, you booked last minute” WHAT??!! Three weeks in advance? How soon do we have to book to get preferential treatment? Three years?! I think everyone should know how appalling the YANG SING ON PRINCESS STREET is and I would implore you all to avoid it at all costs. Manchester has a huge variety of Chinese restaurants – eat here at your peril! Or if you do, say hello to the rats I noticed scurrying around the side of the restaurant eating the bits of food the kitchen hands had dropped out of the bin bags. ”

scoteeeDecember 11th 2009.

Sorry to hear that Jamie however it is a well known fact that the Yang Sing has lost its original badge of honour some time ago...many locals I know avoid the place. I am pretty sure that in time, the message will cross the borders and "they will get theirs".Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I would have ordered more food and wine before asking one member of my after the meal to lead my family up the stairs and to the car. At that point I would have stood at the till and opened my wallet offering my business card and telling them to send me an invoice…there isn’t a bloody thing they can do legally. I don’t get angry in restaurants, I vote with my feet. Having done this before and true to form, the police couldn’t careless anyhow, let alone GM police.Sorry to hear that ...

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

For anybody who might possibly be interested I can confirm that Matt and Phred's is for sale! Hopefully, somebody will pick up this [potentially] fantastic venue and make it the great venue that it should be. Please, somebody???

TonyDecember 11th 2009.

Manchester (sh)ity Council have done the good people of Manchester proud, once again. We are all invited to join the city center festivities this evening with an estimated 80,000 souls in attendance. Great..........While everyone enjoys the disply etc.. at midnight the buses and trams will be running their last trips out of town at 12.30am leaving everyone at the mercy of the overproced black cabs who are charging us the outragous rates that the Council have set. Happy Christmas Manchester Council you have done us proud one more time.....

TonyDecember 11th 2009.

We had our Christmas party at Tiger Tiger. What a disgrace. We were charged nearly £30 for a buffet and VIP seating. The buffet was awful and would have caused a riot if it had tipped up at Strangeways Prison. As for the VIP seating we were offered 2 grubby couches for 10 of us in a room that reaked of urine and sweat and that was at the start of the evening. The music was nothing short of amateurish, I think the DJ was deaf. On the whole a crap night apart from the good company.

MusoDecember 11th 2009.

Great gig coming up...Legendary Neville Staple from The Specials, supported by Manchester band The Ambush, Moho Live, Fri 16th Jan.www.nevillestaple.co.ukwww.myspace.com/anambush…

emma graceDecember 11th 2009.

Can I ask a question please? I need to book a plane ticket to Germany in March and as I never fly anywhere, I have no idea where to start looking. Too many websites!! Can anyone recommend a good website/company??

viva chris ronald...December 11th 2009.

http://uk.travelzoo.com/ try this miss grace

mark mDecember 11th 2009.

http://www.onewayticketasfarawayaspossible.com is just for you EG :o))

mark mDecember 11th 2009.

Oh yeah. ah well. happy hunting.

scoteeeDecember 11th 2009.

Ms G have you tries travel supermarket?

emma graceDecember 11th 2009.

No...but I will. Thanks!

NantDecember 11th 2009.

Went to Ithaca last night to take advantage of the Asahi beer offer. it doesn't exist. Neither the waitress or her manager knew anything about it. Very disappointed. First visit and was not impressed with the place either. Only 1 toilet (shared male/female) for the bar area, dodgy toilet seat, wonky tap and broken door lock. Thought this place was supposed to be posh.It ain't.

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

Have been waiting for weeks for the winter deal card which gets you 50% off your food bill at Room. I have tried to get this card 5 times now. I have eaten there a few times and its a great place so when I saw this offer I thought WOW! Very disappointed when I have heard that others cannot get the card either!!!

Ithaca don'tDecember 11th 2009.

Methinks me n my mate are owed a drink. Went to Ithaca for the Thurs nite beer offer which does not exist!!! The bar manager said that had had conflict with ManCon before putting deals on they had no idea about... Sort this, you're still advertising the damn deal... As an aside for an expensive restaurant, the WC door handle was about to fall off, no lock on the door n the loo seat bout to fall off!! You'd think for the prices they charge things would be better kept.. fur coat no knickers and won't be back !!!

ilove1984December 11th 2009.

Hey, what happened to Job Confidential? xx

Purple MancDecember 11th 2009.

Manchester for University Challenge Champions! C'mon!

Mark Garner, The PublisherDecember 11th 2009.

ilove1984, the recession is what happened to Jobs! We have 'mothballed' it until later in the year.

ilove1984December 11th 2009.

Cheers Mark...just when i am looking for a job though!! Grr ;)

DigDecember 11th 2009.

And what happened to Yousaf calling regarding a job?

shiveringgoatDecember 11th 2009.

I really like Manchester Confidential but I find it frustrating and confusing that there are no publishing dates on many of the articles and also the rants underneath them so there is often no way of telling how old an article is. Can this be reviewed, it would be very helpful Many Thanks

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

yes there is, just look at the bottom of the page! That's what I do.

michelleDecember 11th 2009.

Do we know who has won the Valentines meal at Abode?! x

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

Was it the same person who won the "cook for us competition"?

ilove1984December 11th 2009.

Jonathan - I enjoyed you TV appearance last night! Can you tell me how you can get into doing the tour guide course, or how you can get carreres in Manchester tourism? Thanks

AnonymousDecember 11th 2009.

Hey ManCon: any chance of some analysis of these new plans for the Library/Town Hall -- in particular the (worrying, I'd say) vision for Library Walk? Would be good to know what your architecturally-informed writers think about it all...

Jonathan SchofieldDecember 12th 2009.

We'll be all over them like a rash next week. Thanks for asking though. Editor.

Unimpressed with ManConDecember 12th 2009.

I see the rant facility has been pulled from that god awful Bredbury Hall advertorial. That was the poorest 'article' I've seen on Confidential for a long, long time. Truly awful.

AnonymousDecember 12th 2009.

Do all bank customers feel that the failed banks should not be paying their staff any bonuses this year. I thought performance related bonuses were paid from a percentage of the overall profit, not the overall losses. If all customers decided to change their banks because the did not agree to their bank paying the bonus, do you think the powers that be might change their mind?

DaveDecember 12th 2009.

Does anyone know of a good Indian takeaway in city centre as not found a good one in the 7 years I've lived here?!!!Fave dishes are Dhansak, Pathia Tandoori Chicken etc. I always find the "creamy" dishes to be a very strange colour and horrible consistency!!! Anyone please help??

oksauceDecember 12th 2009.

The Martket Restaurant.We used to look forward to the market restaurant , every valentines day (my Birthday) we ate great food , attention to detail was great ,atmosphere fab, expensive but worth every penny, now im afraid its a different story, new owners.Im sure anyone who takes over this landmark of a restaraunt must have good intentions to keep the same quality of food service etc, but you do feel miffed if your bill is £120+ and the food has been relegated to almost pizzahut standards, this rant is too long already , but if i can save some poor tourist or anyone some money by writing this then ok.It is not the same restaurant, service attitude, too cool for school--kids who you know eat at greggs regulaly, and are on the rude side, terrible waiting time between ordering a bottle of wine (25mins later im at the bar collecting) etc etc, £130 pounds later, nobody says bye thanks ,,, bugger all.We were sad because for us it was special and its the end of an era.

societybagDecember 12th 2009.

Would someone please look into matters regarding the Manchester Civic Society??? What has happened here??? There is no information on their website at all...and hasnt been for over 2 years now. Rumour has it that the old committee have been overthrown...or rather forced out by conflict within the society. I have been told it has been taken over by a conservative councillor who has muscled in on the back of this conflict... with a gang of his fellow tory mates. But who is this chap? Where has he sprung from? AND...more importantly what are his motives??? Is he using the society as a political platform??? Or is it simply to promote himself?? Pillar of the society??? I think not! Do long standing civic society members not have a say in all of this??? What about corporate members?? Indeed.....are there even any members left???? If so, who are they and where the hell are they??? (and what about their membership fee's????)Hey..one more thing....what happened to the Forum???? Come on Mr Schofield.....surely if anyone can come up with some answers....it's you! There is something decidedly dodgy going on here..dont ya think????

Pedro1874December 12th 2009.

Gordo! Why no review for Linen after they started - only the decor review in 2006? We went there recently on that recommendation and were impressed with the food too. One of the best risottos I have ever tasted. I asked to speak to the chef who had made it and was really impressed with Oliver Rushton's knowledge and enthusiasm. Good wine list and very good value for money especially with the 10% off for showing your membership card. (Available free in the lobby on arrival) Not compulsory to join but a no brainer!

JackDecember 12th 2009.

What's going on down at CIDS - Their offices are 'to let' and The Drum says they are closing, but no news elsewhere - conspicuously nothing in their own Creative Times... any news?

LeeDecember 12th 2009.

Sooo excited that San Carlos is coming to Dubai, I've been missing it!Let me know if you want a review ManCon.

Pedro1874December 12th 2009.

Just spotted this in a wine newsletter and couldn't help myself to a bit of cut and paste! Gordo! do you read our rants?!2005 El Gordo Victorian DurifWAS £72.00 NOW £60 per dozen!“El Gordo means “the fat one” – add big, dense, thick-set, rough-hewn to ‘fat’ and I’ll drink to that. Durif is a beast in any case, rarely tamed, but these guys have just about managed it – the tannic chunkiness well matched by rich, black plum syrup, herbs, eucalyptus and mint.” Oz Clarke (250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide 2008)This is certainly one to warm the cockles of your heart during these cold nights! I love Durif, it has the classic richness and grunt that typifies Aussie red, but great balance and a rich finish. Great with steak or with casseroles.

BabyDecember 12th 2009.

I've seen the new Ithaca offer. Best savings are on Sunday with 50% off your food bill - shame it's not open on a Sunday then

????December 12th 2009.

Have i missed something? Has this now become CheshireOaks.com??? Talk about selling your Soul!

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 12th 2009.

Dear ???? that's a cheap trick. We are commercial and we only survive on advertising. These are very tough times and we are as far as we know the only website magazine that pays its freelance writers to bring you content that is unavailable elsewhere. The Cheshire Oaks style ads won't happen all the time but if they help keep us going as an alternative voice then they're a small price to pay. We do have soul but we need to keep the body together as well. Or maybe you'd like to pay a subscription for all the great articles and comps and offers we put up? 50p a week perhaps?

SteveDecember 12th 2009.

Mr Schofield, i see your point but ?? has a point i feel too. I'll give you 10p a week but i want to win at least 10 competitions a yr.

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 12th 2009.

Steve, what is the point, I'm intrigued? This is a free access site after all.

AvoDecember 12th 2009.

The girl on the Cheshire Oaks ad is a little hottie and has breasts that seemingly defy gravity as she is obviously trampolining so I don't mind looking at her while the main page is loading.

mark mDecember 12th 2009.

Tsk Avo

AvoDecember 12th 2009.

Shut up and get prepping. You need to sort out your mis en place boy!

CastlefieldDecember 12th 2009.

That Cheshire Oaks ad is irritating. Yes you are a commercial operation out to make money but I think you've gone a tad too far here. Most websites are commercial operations and have ads but not like this. Perhaps less ads and drop a journo as half the comments on the rants seem to be from them, surely not all needed. As for charging us all, whether we pay or not we are the hand that feeds you as you'll know no readers means no advertisers and while we read you because we enjoy it perhaps a little more respect when 'customers' give their views as above wouldn't go amiss.

DescartesDecember 12th 2009.

I don't think it's that bad, not that different from a full page ad in the evening news is it? I just click passed it, does me fine :)

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