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Lynda Moyo In The All Together, Almost Famous Burgers, X-Factor, Britannia Hotel

Sleuth 12/10/2012

Published on October 12th 2012.

Lynda Moyo In The All Together, Almost Famous Burgers, X-Factor, Britannia Hotel

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Almost Famous Burgers To Change Name

At Monday’s Awards at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Gala Dinner, Almost Famous Burgers picked up two awards, the Food Pioneer and Food Hero gongs. Sleuth now hears they may be changing their name. Sleuth understands they will be dropping the ‘Al’ syllable of the name to become ‘Most Famous Burgers’. Apparently they are second only to McDonalds in burger fame now.

Gordo on the left, Beau Myers with one of Almost Famous awards on the rightGordo on the left, Beau Myers with one of Almost Famous awards on the right

Jenny McAlpine Adds Food And Drink Fiz

Also at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards, one of the prizes was dished out by Corrie star Jenny McAlpine. She plays a character Sleuth believes is called Fiz, but since he last watched the soap in the eighties when there were only four channels on TV (imagine that kids) he's not really sure. Anyway McAlpine has been eyeing up an empty restaurant site opposite Sandinista on Old Bank Street, just off St Ann's Square. The 100 cover venue was formerly the awful Bar 5 and before that the even worse Conservatory. It was announced at the awards McAlpine intends to open before Christmas with a modern British menu. Sleuth wishes her luck. 

Lynda Moyo Is Caught In The All Together

Our Body Confidential editor Lynda Moyo, Tough Nun, Percussionist and Fast Food Connoisseur, was properly papped this week.

She visited Fashion Cam 360 thanks to Manchester Arndale. While she threw her flamboyant hair back, 32 cameras snapped her from all angles. The result is a 360 degree video image of La Moyo. It's a bit spooky, a bit sci-fi, but sort of mesmerising too. Very Avatar. Very like that virtual world website called Second Life.

The reason for it all is this, according to the blurb: 'Shoppers can add a touch of Hollywood glamour to their party outfit and see themselves full circle from every angle. For the first time in the UK customers will be able to step inside a six foot trussing structure which incorporates 32 computer-controlled Canon cameras which shoot simultaneously creating a freeze-frame effect.' 

It's arriving at the Manchester Arndale from 9-11 November and those who try it out will be able to see their own Matrix style video like Lynda's on the Manchester Arndale website.

Now, click below, and watch that lady spin.

Roast For Plaudits 

Sleuth reckons that if you want a Sunday roast in Parlour on Beech Road in Chorlton in the near future, then perhaps go soon. Apparently the Rochdale Observer (Sleuth thinks it was the Rochdale Observer or maybe another paper with a similar name) might soon be declaring it the best roast in a pub anywhere in the country. Sleuth’s going to try it out as soon as possible.

Sleuth’s Odd Google Moment Of The Week

Sleuth was talking to a visiting journalist recently. He’d looked up the location of the National Football Museum (NFM) and nearly got on a train to deepest Lancashire. Google isn’t always the fastest to react is it? The address below really needs updating. Or maybe there are some bitter hackers in Preston fighting back, angry that NFM moved in the first place.

Google muggleGoogle muggle

Sleuth’s Taxi Driver Watching TV Episode Of The Week

So Sleuth called a mini-cab and was tootling along Chorlton Road when he noticed something. A smart phone was attached to a clip under the windscreen mirror. “Are you really watching X Factor while driving?” he asked. The driver nodded and said, “It helps pass the time, do you want me to turn it up so you can listen?” Sleuth wasn’t sure about the legality and the safety of such behaviour, but he was desperate to know how Ella Henderson was getting on. 

Taxi sing songTaxi sing song

Sleuth's Least Surprising Comment Of The Week

Sleuth was in Blue Pig on High Street the other day. This is the new bar/eaterie from the Odd group. There were two ladies speaking Italian on the next table. Sleuth wished them 'Buongiorno' and had a chat. Turns out they've been three weeks in Manchester with 15 kids from Naples. While the kids have been studying English, the ladies have been having lunch. They've loved Manchester except...."Where've you been staying?" asked Sleuth. Pause. "The Britannia Hotel," they said. "Oh, I'm dreadfully sorry," said Sleuth. "So are we," they replied emotionally. "That is a very very strange hotel, so glamourous with the stairs and reception, and then you reach the rooms." They then did one of those exasperated gesticulations only the Italians can pull off.

Italian styleItalian style

Sleuth’s Gratuitous Use Of That Book Title - Of The Week 

This from the city council about an event on Thursday this week. ‘Manchester Libraries and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) are heading out on the town to celebrate International Coming Out Day. LGF’s pink closet will be in Manchester city centre giving members of the public the chance to ‘come out’ of it and have their picture taken. Manchester Libraries will be joining LGF on Canal Street to launch ‘Fifty Shades of Gay’ (Hurrah, there it is) a new selection of the best in LGBT writing which highlights the work of librarians’ favourite 50 new and classic authors.’

Tango's Arrives

Sleuth hears that Bacchanalia, the bar restaurant between Grinch and Sam's Chop House on Chapel Walks in the city has changed hands. It's now Tango's. Sleuth's investigating but on facebook is describing it as 'fine dining' - really. Let's hope it's not running before it can walk. Confidential will check it out.

Sleuth's Third Demolition Picture Of The BBC

Sleuth has the demolition urge. He has an apocalyptic desire. The destruction of the BBC on Oxford Road he finds incredibly beguiling. Die, building, die. 

Going, going....Going, going....

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

JamiePastillesOctober 12th 2012.

I feel sad about The Parlour as I love the venue and used to seriously love the food, but I do feel the quality of the ingredients and the preparation has gone downhill. Their breakfasts used to be AMAZING but recently always leave slightly disappointed. Maybe they're back to their former glory?

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the Whalley RangerOctober 12th 2012.

What? Just been there last Friday night: the food was great and service very obliging. Cannot see how that concept could fail in the future.

ChorltongalOctober 12th 2012.

I agree. Their food has definitely gone downhill recently and is overpriced. My friend paid £6 for a cheese and pickle sandwich and got a warburtons bap with branston pickle and grated mild chedder out of a bag... She was expecting a Barbican Artisan Bread Roll, with cheese from Hickson and Blacks and Christines Home Made Chutney!

ChorltongalOctober 12th 2012.


Andrew LeachOctober 12th 2012.

Almost famous .. Almost in , was in M/ c last Sat and walked at interval from the dreadful 'country wife ' at Royal ex , what was going on M /c the place was mobbed !
1 hr wait for table at almost famous burger , no table at ' Sam's or Mr Thomas chop house , ,el Rincon full .. 'Pizzaia Italian ( or whatever it's now called ) fill , Marble Arch rammed .. And it was still onzly 6:30 ..Had a pint and got a take a way on the way home .. Recession .. Where. .. Not in city centre m/ c

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AnonymousOctober 12th 2012.

Next time, instead of attempting to go out for dinner, why don't you stay in and work on your spelling and grammar.

AnonymousOctober 12th 2012.

Or just eat at a less obvious time of day

AnonymousOctober 12th 2012.

Or if you're going to try and eat in the city centre on a Saturday evening, try and book beforehand.

AnonymousOctober 12th 2012.

Britannia Hotel's bizarre claims to fame - featured heavily in the video of Andy (Andrew) Cole's 1999 debut R'n'B single - 'Outstanding' - Irony?

ElenaOctober 12th 2012.

Well, 2 hours wait at Almost famous burgers last Friday!! When I thought that we were finally going to eat, there were another queue... 20min outside, 45min at the bar and after ordering, another 50min waiting for our food at the table! There is no real system for the queuing, just a little blond lady deciding who's going to sit next!

So ended up spending £40 on drinks and £20 for food... was it worth it?? Hummm... The burgers were great, as well as the chilli cheese fries, but anyone who has been to the Fast food chain In-N-Out in California would recognize some of their not-so-secret burgers and chilli cheese fries that are so famous in the whole USA!
Also by 9pm, most of the staff at the bar were very merry, to be polite... :-)

If anyone else could open in Manchester a place similar that does cheap nice burgers with a real management system (of customers, queues, staff), that might force Almost famous burgers to improve their customer service side.

If a fast food chain in the US can do it, making good burgers is certainly not rocket science. It's a shame cos customer service should be important, but when you're so successful and there's no competition, there's no need for customer service!

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AnonymousOctober 13th 2012.

This is part of the charm of Almost Famous. I like the fact that there's no bookings, you're not made to queue in an orderly fashion for a table and the staff seem to be having as good a time as the customers. I would say that you're just unfortunate that you've left it this long to go because it's obviously at capacity quite early nowadays.
Also, there's no secret around the burgers and fries, everybody knows that they're based on In-N-Out and Meat Liquor. What ever you do, don't tell people about the secret about Barburrito; it's a copy of Chipotle, shhhhhh!

Dave LythallOctober 13th 2012.

Has anyone tried Tusk next to Walrus in the NQ ? A the burgers there are as good as Almost Famous easily. Just saying.

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IanOctober 13th 2012.

Might try this today. Any recommendation?

DOctober 18th 2012.

Burgers at Tusk are superb!

JamesOctober 13th 2012.

Burger, burger, sing a song of burgers. I'm going to keep off 'em for about two months. Sick of people going on about them.

JOctober 13th 2012.

Can't believe people would queue nearly 2 hours for a burger and chips! seriously, how good can it be?

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AnonymousOctober 14th 2012.

Very true J, I hope this 'fad' is over and done with soon.

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