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Gordo’s Bits and Bobs

Gordo's been out and about again, read his latest musings and news from around town...

Written by . Published on December 8th 2006.

Gordo’s Bits and Bobs

Hilton Chef Jumps

Steve Mac, Head Chef, has done a runner from the Hilton Hotel. One wag here at Manchester Confidential wondered if he was tired of queuing? Steve, call Gordo and tell all….. Steve’s newly-ex gaffer, the wondrous Bernadette Gilligan was spotted by Gordo dining in Linen restaurant at Manchester235 last Friday. She reports a good meal. Find out what Gordo thinks in a couple of weeks as he will be publishing the official review following five meals there. Gordo can report that Bernadette was looking extra fit on the evening. The Hilton has shipped one of its big guns in from the continent to act as head Chef for the time being. Reports please.

Hilton Hotel Podium Restaurant 0161 870 1600

Its Catching: Linen at Manchester 235 loses its Chef

Linen Chef Arlindo Anjo has, by all accounts, put his coat on. Pity this, the restaurant has been scoring very highly across the board, with Jonathon Schofield giving it four stars, a high score by a guy who knows his foie gras with apricot compote. As well as his onions. Kate Leach had a dry lemon sole there at dinner with Gordo a couple of Saturdays ago, and Gordo’s catch of the day, fish and chips, is bettered by Lloyds café on Lloyd street. Tip; have the special on Tuesdays, fish and chips, £2.25. Back to Linen, Gordo can divulge that the service is in the top three in town. Nathan and co are fabulous. Don’t have the smoked duck egg with smoked salmon soldiers by the way, it’s a crap dish. Do have the veal chop, Gordo lies awake at night dreaming about it.

Linen 0161 832 3927

Thai Restaurant Opens!

A new Thai restaurant has appeared above Sam’s Chophouse in the ill fated premises of Le Figaro. Chaophraya. Trips off the tongue. Shagger nipped in for lunch at the beginning of the week with The Lawyer, who was taking a day off work. Blimey. Shagger said it was pretty darned good.

Gordo gave his pal Jonathan Schofield a call on Friday lunchtime and got him over there. It turns out to be a remarkable venue now, warm, inviting, impeccable service and blisteringly good food. Full report next week. George from Le Mont and the cheeky chappie Steve ‘The Pill’ Pilling from Sam’s came up for a fast drink which quickly turned into three bottles of Chablis. Good one this. The Pill got the North West Award for the best roast beef by all accounts. More later.

(Update: Gordo took Wayne Mellor, Paul Forbes and young Charity there for dinner last night; it’s settling in nicely. Truly excellent Pad Thai. You can have a bar snack downstairs for under £6 at lunch, these look outstanding).

Chaophraya, - 0161 832 8342. Above Sam's Chop House, Chapel Walks, Manchester.

James Bond Premier

Gordo and Shagger were showing off their battlefield management skills (and how non-existent they were, eh? – Ed) having arranged a premier showing of Casino Royale the week before last at the excellent AMC cinema for 650 people, with 100 of them having dinner in Linen in Manchester235. The Evil Empire’s paper, The Manchester Pipe and Slipper News, says it’s great. Gordo agrees. Arrangements for the evening hit an all time low at twenty minutes past six, when Shagger called Gordo with the news that whilst we had 315 bottles of champagne, we had thirty glasses. Great stuff. The Lawyer burst into action and found another 400 from Demitri’ s and Odd bins. That woman should be put in charge of the situation in Iraq.

Once Shagger stopped crying and Gordo necked four pints of bitter the rest of the evening went off in fine fashion. A rather handsome £30,263 was raised. The Linen team were awesome by the way, once Gordo had explained to Nathan, the gaffer, that there was a car boot that had his name on it if the wine wasn’t open and ready to pour the instant the guests sat down.

Nice to see Jayne Whelan, owner of Garbo, on John Robinson’s table, Gordo hasn’t seen her for a while. She looks rather tasty. John is a good sport, his shops, David M. Robinson the Jewellers donated nearly £15,000 worth of goodies for the charity, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Go and buy stuff from him immediately.

Arnold Hira (15) took a table for four, stretching his pocket money. He had his astonishingly pretty ‘just a good friend’ Claire Leatherbarrow, Cee Cee to her pals and another couple. Gordo was gobsmacked when the envelope holding the winning ticket for the diamond necklace had his name on it. It was too late to cheat, so Gordo got Shagger to present it to Cee Cee who was delighted. Arnie was muttering “ I hope she doesn’t expect a Christmas present after that….” in the background.

Photo Gallery, click here…..

Gail Sullivan up For Grabs.

Quick, get here while she is still hot! She is single of the week, click here


Cleo Farnham’s new bar, Odder, has opened on Oxford road opposite the BBC. Gordo likes Cleo, even though she didn’t invite him to her ‘soft’ opening but invited Phil and Gail from Radio manchester. Grrrr… Anyway, it’s the old Zumeba bar, Cleo, genius, has her usual twists, you walk in a fairly average looking downstairs, just another bar, then venture upstairs into an Odd space. Very Cleo, Gordo likes it.

Happy Trails

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