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The Top 25 Most Read Food And Drink Stories Of 2011

Heston Blumenthal comes to Manchester...and then there are some serious ones

Written by . Published on December 28th 2011.

The Top 25 Most Read Food And Drink Stories Of 2011

HERE are the top ten food and drink stories in terms of reads in 2011 on Manchester Confidential. They showed an interesting diversity.

Our exclusive preview of Australasia gained the most reads, then our new story about Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South taking over the Kings Arms in Salford, followed by the Red Hot World Buffet phenomenon. In the list there's even a chip shop, a patisserie and the death of Brannigans. 

Many of the news stories about openings and closures were the most popular food and drink articles this year. 

At Confidential we’re particularly proud of the high ranking here of our April Fool’s Day spoof about Heston Blumenthal opening in Chorlton, in a restaurant called Chorlton:Heston.

The serious yet silly review of Red Hot World Buffet is also highly placed on this list.

What can't be denied is 2011 was surprisingly active with openings and announcements and aside from the closure of The Modern there were very few major losses. 

Let's hope that trend continues into 2012. 

For our Confidential food writers choice of the best restaurant, newcomer, bar and pub of the year click here

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter here @JonathSchofield

The Top 25 Most Read Stories

Australasia exclusive: this food could be the best yet

Exclusive: Paul Heaton Takes Over Kings Arms, Salford

Red Hot World Buffet Review

Oast House Opens

Heston Blumenthal opens in Manchester 

Marco Pierre White opens in Manchester

Jamie Oliver confirms King Street restaurant

Rozafa, Greek Restaurant, review

Bohemia opens at Castlefield 

Browns Bar and Brasserie EXCLUSIVE preview

The Rose Garden Restaurant Review

The Modern closes its doors

EXCLUSIVE: L'Entrecote to open in Manchester

Smoak Restaurant Examined

Chaophraya review

Dimitri's Didsbury, Reviewed 

Patisserie Valerie review

Brannigans closes: a city mourns

Manchipster Plaice Reviewed

63 Degrees, New French Restaurant, Reviewed

Kyotoya, Japanese Restaurant, Reviewed

Taurus food review

Rosso restaurant review

Vertigo: The Gordo Review

And For A Laugh Here's Our April Fool’s Day Menu At Chorlton:Heston


Wasabi-soused elk tongue with fatigued espuma
Herons-blood noflyzone with Gaddafi rock salad
Amuse pooch (small happy dog) 
Harsh and abrasive snails rigorously denied


Scorched marlin hoof, fettled potato and helium-roasted monster munch
The Medlock Egg: placenta conceived out of Medlock, deep-fried in sumac-sprinkled loam
Steak tartar: cold, dead, beef
Punished ducks, with kitchen-caught locally sourced wasp puree


Loads of beetroot, just loads of it


Massive Tesco Surprise with appalled local raspberries
Mashed mish of mish mash, nish and tish
Swarfega and bilberry pavlova
Exploded sherbet lemons in Space

Heston Blumenthal's Signature Dish On Edible PaperHeston Blumenthal's Signature Dish On Edible Paper - or so we said back on 1 April 2011

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

CBJanuary 3rd 2012.

Loved the Blumenthal thing

Elaine CashinJanuary 3rd 2012.

Jonathan - you are a serious rival to Richard Littlejohn

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Jonathan SchofieldJanuary 3rd 2012.

Elaine, good lord I don't really look to RL or any of his kind. Especially since I don't like the Mail or trust it in the least, hence this article last year: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml&#34; href="www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/…/a&#62…;;

Elaine CashinJanuary 4th 2012.

Hells bells Jonathan - can't call your article up but what is it with all these Mail bashers? It was a compliment at the end of the day that certainly doesn't warrant such a vehement reprimand!

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Jonathan SchofieldJanuary 5th 2012.

Elaine, I must have been having a bad day. It's just I suppose I'm not a massive fan of Littlejohn or The Mail's editorial lines. I apologise for being ungracious.

Elaine CashinJanuary 5th 2012.

Thanks - apology accepted.

Audrey SmithJanuary 9th 2012.

My family and I dined at Albert's Manchester last evening and I was very disappointed because it was my suggestion to dine there. We arrived for our booking at 5pm and the lunch menu was still being served. By 5:20 we decided to make our order only to be told that even though it indicated on the menu that the lunch menu ended at 5:30 we could not choose from the evening menu because the chef was busy serving the lunch menu. Our waiter was very apologetic and emarrassed to say the least. Following on from this, on observing how things ran: the service was slow and slap-dash yet the staff ware running around like headless chickens. The female staff looked untidy: bra straps showing uncombed hair and the front desk presentation was poor. Our bill amounted to £150 from an evening at Albert's, I have dined there several times and I have also recommended it to my friends and colleagues. After last nights disappointment I can say I will never dine at Albert's again.

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