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Food and Drink Round-up 15/07/2010

Sweet service, the greatest food writer in the world, square meals, caffeine and toilet openings

Published on July 15th 2010.

Food and Drink Round-up 15/07/2010

Lead Man
Confidential invaded The Lead Station in Chorlton (99 Beech Road, 0161 881 5559) to see how long it would take to be insulted by the aggressive manageress there - you normally get a one in two hit visiting the Lead Station. Our heroine was off so we were served by a young man in a lumberjack shirt borrowed from 1985. The lad was brilliant, a natural at the service game: smiling, pleased to see us, efficient and charming. The food was good too: the vegetable rosti stack with sautéed mushrooms and asparagus at £8.50 was the best veggie dish Schofield’s had in years. Team MC left a generous tip for the lad because he deserved it.

Kim Woman
The level of service was so good in the The Lead Station it reminded Confidential of a while back when reviewing Kim by the Sea in Hulme (click here). The girl serving said: “We have a conference in the upstairs room, we've only got one chef on, so it might be a while before we can get round to you, but we’ll try our best. And even if I have to go to Asda and buy you something we will feed and water you, I promise.” The girl was called Leah - Confidential’s still a bit in love with her.

Bonkers Slattery
The editor, Jonathan Schofield took the BBC round Manchester this week, showing them the surprises and delights of the city region. As they were all desperate for a coffee he took them to Slattery’s in Whitefield (197 Bury New Road, 0161 767 9303) as they were in the neighbourhood – this is most extravagant tea, cake, coffee and chocolate shop for fifty miles around. The guests were Southerners who thought they’d gone to heaven. “This place is just bonkers,” said one visitor surveying the massed ranks of ladies who lunch. “Oh my God, you can actually see them making the chocolate,” said another. Away from the cakes, the black pudding and rarebit dish is a little wonder. If you’ve not been go to Slattery’s soon, it is truly bonkers.

Alty favourite back in business
Confidential has fallen over a few times on the way back to the tram from Le Trappiste in Altrincham – that Belgian beer is so strong. Anyway after closing for a while the lovely bar is presently fitting out in new premises on Shaws Road, round the corner from its old address on Greenwood Street. Le Trappiste is an ‘Ambassadeur d’Orval’: Orval is a Trappist brewery in Belgium and to gain this accolade is a rare honour. Expect some decent food as well if the previous high standards of the bar are maintained.

Thomas Restaurant gets a Gordo gee-up
The Fat One taps the editor on the shoulder: “Went for the first time to Thomas on Thomas Street last night. Your review (click here) was right, it’s a cracking place. Had the mackerel and the pork belly. Both excellent. The lad in the kitchen knows what he’s doing.” Gordo paused for a moment before spinning on his heels and departing with: “which isn’t a bad compliment coming from me, possibly the finest food writer on the planet.”

Council caffeine
In the Council’s new temporary home of Number One First Street, Broderick's Love Coffee has arrived. The place is located between the railway bridge close to the Hacienda apartments and the Mancunian Way, off Albion Street. Broderick's Love Coffee already runs a concession in Terminal 2 of Manchester Airport. In First Street there’s a cafe in the atrium for the use of the building’s occupants and a further concession in the customer service centre open to the public. It serves the usual coffee, teas, frappuccinos and fruit smoothies plus sandwiches, paninis, cookies, muffins, brownies and cakes. We’ll call in, let you know what we think.

Square meals
Speaking of the Council and coffee houses. The new plans for St Peter’s Square include in the shortlisted entries all sorts of ideas for cafes and restaurants ranging from ridiculous new pavilions that would get in the way to sensible ideas of placing catering venues under the arcade of the Town Hall Extension. You can view these in the old Visitor Information Centre – also in the Town Hall Extension over the weekend.

Northern Quarter booze
It’s good to see old boozers back on their feet. The City Pub on Oldham Street is up and running again and seems to want to do things the right way with proper ales and volume levels set for a decent chat rather than shouting at each other. The pub even has its own City Pride ale at 4% produced by Acorn Brewery of Barnsley. The strange thing about the pub is the plaster relief on the outside which shows William III (William of Orange) being welcomed into Britain. It probably hints at the sectarian affiliations of a previous landlord. Over the road is the Castle, the Robinson’s pub, which recently celebrated the opening of its new toilets with a party and the cutting of a ribbon. Apparently they're still feeling flushed with success. It's a chain reaction...er...nobody will be falling between two stools anymore...er...they've brought down the cistern from within...er...they're looking after number one...er...er...bye.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Mr B BogJuly 15th 2010.

Very funny informative. Especially the Castle toilets thing.

NortherngeezerJuly 15th 2010.

That Rosti looks burnt..............or is it the Mancon shyte piccy syndrome again?

Jonathan Schofield - editorJuly 15th 2010.

Northern Geezer you bugger, our pics are all right compared to most. Maybe we should give you a packet of crisp and a pint of beer allowance and you can run along and take the pics. By the way is Chorlton Manchester enough for you?

Leigh ScottJuly 15th 2010.

jonathan we all know you take your pics with an iphone.It only appears to be the rest of the team who can be bothered to take along something which doest slide in to the back pocket of their chino!ha!

Jonathan Schofield - editorJuly 15th 2010.

Funnily enough Scoteee I possess neither chinos nor iPhone. Mind you I find a handy Box Brownie and some flannels work a treat.

NortherngeezerJuly 15th 2010.

Awww c'mon Ed, look at the piccy, they've burnt the underside and tried to hide it not very well, if you flipped it over it would have been like fooking charcoal, looking at the edges, that or yer focus setting was wayyyyyyy out. And another thing, why travel for food when we've got so many good restaurants on our doorstep, but after saying that, i DOO get out an about a bit, not far i'll grant yer but i know a great Indian in Haydock and a pie shop in Wigan to die for. I tried booking the Grosvenor in Chester in May but they fooked oop the reservation, no apology, no contrition but its me own fault, i should have stuck to me normal rules, if it aint in walking distance of the 83 bus route, dont bother!!!!.

Graphics NerdJuly 19th 2010.

Good to see that the designers who put together with plans for St. Peter's Square were using a bootleg font. Have a look at the apostrophes in the picture... Shows a great attention to detail. I wonder if the builders will cut corners and rush the job too?

AgricolaJuly 19th 2010.

Wow GN, that is a proper spot....

LJJuly 19th 2010.

Any chance the Castle could drop the mirror in the ladies down a few inches. You have to be over 6ft to look in it.

Still, a massive improvement on before. Once the barmaid ended up wedging a golf umbrella over the cubicle to stop the rain pouring all over me.

Leah BrothertonJuly 19th 2010.

Love the Lead Station, good to see it get a mention :o)

NortherngeezerJuly 19th 2010.

The old adage applies........." Yer Cant Polish A Turd"

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