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Big New Indian Restaurant, Stock Restaurant Closes And Lovely Raw Beef

Sleuth Wk 25: Curry, Love, Bicycle Face, Honour, Sanctuary

Written by . Published on June 13th 2014.

Big New Indian Restaurant, Stock Restaurant Closes And Lovely Raw Beef

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Brimful of Asha

Manchester is to gain an Asha from the Birmingham group of the same name that likes its restaurants big. The new place will be on Peter Street at the junction with Southmill Street, the former site of Baby Grand, in Lancashire House.

Brum AshaBrum AshaIt will be a huge 6,000 square foot restaurant and bar over two floors, with a big function room. The Asha restaurants are co-owned by award-winning Indian singer Asha who has recorded more music than anybody else, more than 11,000 songs according to the Guinness Book of Records. The restaurant will open in October and will hope to be another hit.

The Birmingham operation is pictured here. Menu items will include delights such as Muscat Gosht, a ‘boneless tender lamb cooked in clarified butter, with whole spices in a rich onion and tomato’.

The menu probably won’t include cannabis. A factory of the latter herb, with over 300 plants, was discovered in the derelict top floor after a fire in 2011 in Lancashire House. The building is about 100 yards from Bootle Street police station. 

Asha nosh

Asha nosh

Stock Restaurant Closed For Good

Odd food. Lamb and chilli.Odd food. Lamb and chilli.In amongst the splurge of new openings a former giant of the Manchester scene has closed. Stock was opened by Enzo Mauro, one of the great adopted Manchester Italian chefs in 2000, in the grand old hall of the former Stock Exchange. It's been struggling for a while.

In the editor's October 2013 review he wrote about the food: 'It wasn't bad food, some of it was fine, but it was so crazily distinctive as to border on the maverick. Like Alice I felt I'd fallen through the Looking Glass into a place where everything was almost but not exactly the same, where a huge chilli placed on lamb might be an every day occurrence.' He also recalls immediately after his starter being presented with a dessert menu. "Can't I have the main course I ordered?" he asked plaintively.

The building is now owned by ex-United player and England assistant manager, Gary Neville. The smart money says he's going to convert it into a boutique hotel. 

Stock Restaurant's grand domed interior


Stock Restaurant's grand domed interior

Damp Museum Experience

Sleuth was chatting to a friend about the Museum of Science and Industry aka MOSI the other day. The friend got the name mixed up. “I took the kids to the Museum of Industry, Science and Technology,” he said. Sleuth worked the acronym out. “It’s MOSI, Museum of Science and Industry, not MOIST, Museum of Industry, Science and Technology,” he said. MOIST is somehow a less savoury acronym. 

Sleuth’s Face Riding A Bicycle Picture Of The Week

L’Oreal Blackett, Confidential writer and our Stretford correspondent, found this remarkable chap at Parklife and fell a little bit in love with him.

Face rides bicycle to Park Life


Face rides bicycle to Park Life

Sleuth's Surprising Stat Of The Week

Visit Britain, the state tourist body charged with promoting visits to Britain and welcoming guests, has been talking this week about how we need to spread overseas visitors more evenly across the country. London takes a whopping 52% share of all tourism. Manchester is the third most visited city. But the surprising stat was that Manchester Airport was operating at less than 50% capacity, despite being used by over 21m travellers a year. Let's get more flights in, thinks Sleuth...well maybe not Ryan Air. 

Sleuth's Bravest Weed-Picker Of The Week

Sleuth loves this daredevil shrub remover doing his stuff on the former National House high above Parsonage Gardens. Confidential friend, Howard Sharrock was enjoying the view from his balcony in Century House when he spotted him. "I remember him doing this without a safety rope," he says. Typical. Bloody health and safety gone...er...sensible.

Get that shrub Mr Cornice-Walker

Get that shrub Mr Cornice-Walker

Sleuth's Gorgeous Food Of The Week

Sleuth had a go at the new menu at Mr Cooper's House and Garden. Lots of bits to float a foodie boat. The standout dish is shown at the top of this page, the raw beef dish came with a marinade or some such wizardy that tasted tangily Moroccan or spicily Eastern. Exceptional work. Rush and buy it. It was also good to quaff a fine local ale. The Hop from Salford brewery First Chop was a winner that lived up to its name. All hotel operations should promote local ales, adds a splash of distinctiveness to a visitors experience of Manchester, builds identity. 

Hop along

Hop along

Sleuth's Lies To Tell Tourists

England's 2014 July parade through Manchester streets following their World Cup victory in Brazil was a total success.

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

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

The MOSI story is really good

Calum McGJune 13th 2014.

The MOSI name is to vanish; it will revert back to the Museum of Science and Industry. New signage to this effect has started appearing on the buildings, but not yet on the big red cog sculpture.

JoanJune 13th 2014.

For a brief moment, when I caught sight of the weed-picker photo I had hopes of it being London Road Fire Station which was receiving the loving attention..... Sadly not.

Andrew JonesJune 13th 2014.

Shame about Stock, was good years back and great building. Hope The goateed one keeps it a restaurant.

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AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

The clue is in the phrase "boutique hotel" deerrrr!

Andrew JonesJune 13th 2014.

What are you on about muppet. Gordo's thoughts only. Durrr!!

Lorraine ByrneJune 13th 2014.

About time Stock closed, it's been shocking the last few years - no idea about service whatsoever.

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AnonymousJuly 1st 2014.

Rude, Rude, Rude. Great food, glorious venue, but shame on the staff for their dreadful attitude on each of the two occasions that I visited. I would have returned for the food many times over, but was treated so badly (even after giving it a second chance) that I never went again.

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

I'm surprised ManCon hasn't mentioned Bill's which is opening behind Byron burgers on John Dalton Street bills-website.co.uk/…/…

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AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

Are you astroturfing or having fun? I'm sure I've seen that exact comment before.

SAZKJune 13th 2014.

If youre going to shamelessly plug, at least identify yourself so we can troll you back

AVOJune 13th 2014.

Jesus H Christ, why are you surprised they haven't mentioned it? Having had a look at the menu, there isn't anything worth mentioning. Burgers, ribs, sausages served with a honey and grain mustard; how fucking edgy. there are a pleothora of operators in Manchester offering the same food and somehow I doubt Bill will be able to better them.

AnonymousJune 13th 2014.

Awww but Avo, it creates job in Manchester, so that must be good eh? Plus, the folks in Panacea can look over and feel even better about themselves. Everyone's a winner right?

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

Eaten twice at Bill's in London. For the price I paid, the food was absolutely fine... Happy to go n try it out once it opens.

Robert SmedleyJune 13th 2014.

The sure stamp of success when an ex-footballer moves into the world of restaurants and hotels. Happy memories of the old Stock though.

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ShybaldbuddhistJune 13th 2014.

From listening to and reading about Gary Neville, he strikes me as someone who more often than not will be successful in what he does. He's had a strong interest in construction, architecture and business all the way through his football career. I think in years to come he, along with the people he works with will have a very positive impact on Greater Manchester.

Alex24June 13th 2014.

I agree with Shybaldbuddhist and I'm a City fan!

AnonymousJune 14th 2014.

Service in STOCK was dire...Well rid....

Simon TurnerJune 14th 2014.

Ryanair already fly from Manchester.

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