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Food and Drink Round-up 03/02/2011

Marco Pierre White’s Manchester beer, tasty food art, love potions and forty plus landladies

Published on February 3rd 2011.

Food and Drink Round-up 03/02/2011

Mad car journeys of our time
Marco Pierre White is championing all things British with wild abandon. After pies and stews and tarts he’s now into ale. And he’s going to be collaborating with one of our fine brewers, JW Lees, on a beer with its own distinctive flavour. This will be called ‘The Guv’nor’. Confidential editor, Jonathan Schofield, restaurateur Francis Carroll, brewery boss William Lees-Jones and MPW will be piling into a car on Friday at 9am to sample nine different beers at the Greengate Brewery. Looks set to be a productive day after that.

Valentine's Night (Monday 14 February)can be marked with a meal at the excellent Guestrant at Electrik in Chorlton. Occasional Manchester Confidential correspondent and the originator of North Star Deli, Deanna Thomas, will be cooking. She’s good. Electrik are at pains to point out that while ‘Valentine couples are welcome, this is really for food lovers’. Contact 0161 881 3315.

Takes allsorts
Sleuth, our madcap teller of tales and truth, (click here) was trying to drink the Lowry Hotel’s red wine stock recently when he saw these works by Rebecca Davy. They come via Comme Ca Art and they’re wonderfully Bassetty. The colours and the execution is perfect and sinister while beguiling. Sleuth might buy one. www.commecaart.com

Love is the drug... and the nosh
There’s some interesting Harvey Nichols comestibles and beverages for Valentine’s this year. There’s Jason Atherton Praline Love Heart Box at £39.95 per 200g or Passionfruit Sea Salted Caramels from Artisan du Chocolate at £11.95, Harvey Nichols Champagne and Truffles Set at £29.95, Harvey Nichols Chocolate Selection at £8.21 per 100g and out favourite Firefly Love Potion. These are a saucy blend of Passionfruit, Blueberry and Jasmine with sensory botanicals Angelica, Chocolate and Damiana, all, apparently, known for their aphrodisiac qualities. The price is £1.49 per 330ml.

Charango and Dulcimer
News reaches Confidential’s ears that the two popular Chorlton bars will re-open - although they will be separately owned and managed. Confidential thinks this is a very good thing. Both contributed to the Chorlton scene very satisfactorily. More details as we get them.

Bar-di-bar, drinky-drink
Full reviews to follow of several new bars, not least Port Street Beer House which dishes out beers from the UK and further afield. There’s a ‘selection of hand-pulled ales from some of the UK's most forward thinking brewers and a wide range of draft beers from the UK and beyond’. Wines come from Hanging Ditch – the Manchester-based wine merchants. Port Street will be a sister to Common, the excellent Edge Street bar which comes complete with fab graffiti art. This time the emphasis is on ‘pub, drinking hole’ with ‘wooden floor, lamps and a small but perfectly formed beer garden at the rear’. There’s a small selection of ‘edibles’. 39-41 Port Street, Northern Quarter. www.portstreetbeerhouse.co.uk.

Landlady of the Pev wins CAMRA love
Four decades is a while in anybody’s book. Especially running a boozer. It was lovely therefore to see Nancy Swannick being lauded and awarded by the Trafford & Hulme CAMRA members. Nancy’s been at the resplendent, be-tiled, jewel of the Peveril of Peak since January 1971. As the CAMRA boys wrote that was when Clive Dunn's ‘Grandad’ was top of the charts, and a pint of Wilson's mild was 1s 6d – 7.5p. To mark the occasion, Trafford & Hulme CAMRA were joined by members from other local branches to honour Nancy with a special presentation evening. The pub was filled with a mixture of regulars, and a large contingent of the Swanick family flew in from for the occasion.

Dish we're love with.....
This is the Jhinga Prawn Tandoori (£14.95) at EastzEast on Princess Street. This is light, artful, beautiful food. Strong flavours, great subtlety. Bloody lovely.

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FoodographicFebruary 2nd 2011.

Valentine's night is on 14th February, not January you old bunch of romantics...

EditorialFebruary 2nd 2011.

Thanks Foodographic. We've corrected that although everyday should be a day of food love...

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