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Martini's MCR Restaurant, New NQ Bar Shock, Burnham's NHS Pledge

Sleuth Wk 39: caffeine, pasta, panchos and politicians

Written by . Published on September 19th 2014.

Martini's MCR Restaurant, New NQ Bar Shock, Burnham's NHS Pledge

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Mr Martini's New Deansgate Restaurant

Sleuth got wind this week of a change on Deansgate. A friend in the industry told Sleuth that Don Marco, the Italian restaurant on Liverpool Road in Castlefield, had got its hands on a small cafe unit by Great Northern on Deangate and was to install a mini-Marco with 20 seats. Sleuth called the Don to check. "Oh no," said the manager. "That's not us." "Then who has got it?" asked Sleuth. "That's our friend... Mr Martini." The news shook Sleuth, and stirred him too.

Mr Martini... probablyMr Martini... probably

Another Week Another New NQ Bar

New Northern Quarter bar announcements are like Sleuth's weekly call from his mother. Sleuth's never sure exactly when in the week it'll come, but Sleuth's 100% sure it will come. So another week and another NQ bar has been announced. Eleska will open on 20 September at 58-60 Dale Street, just past the trendy new'ish kids on the block (El Capo, Takk, Kosmonaut). Details are currently scarce, but Sleuth has a hunch there'll be exposed brick and ceiling piping, distressed dark wooden flooring, hanging caged lighting pendants, red neons, 'bespoke' cocktails, sharing platters and a guy behind the bar that 'lives for craft beer, man'.

Big Pancho's For Oxford Road

Sleuth loves a burrito. Sleuth loves any food that fills him like a fat lady's sock. Pancho's Burritos, the affordable Mexican double-header of Arndale Markets fame, has got hold of a unit at the Quadrangle on Chester Street (by Zouk just off Oxford Road) and currently has a premises licence under review. Sleuth's pleased. Greedy students will be pleased. Chango's Burrito down the road... probably not so much.

Pancho's Burritos - a boulder of foodPancho's Burritos - a boulder of food

Man With Cross Not Cross

Sleuth wandered along Mount Street to Albert Square and looking up saw a man frowning down. “You ok?” called up Sleuth. “I am indeed,” said St Andrew from his lofty spot on the old (1872) Scottish Widows Assurance Building. “I thought I was going to have to pack my bags and take the bus north but after the right result in my homeland I still feel very welcome here.” "But you don't look very happy," said Sleuth. "I can't help how the sculptor set my face," replied the old saint, "a bit like Gordon Brown can't help his, but inside I'm delighted."

Vote X for No

Vote X for No

Burnham On The Hill

Sleuth was at the Blackley and Broughton Labour Party gathering on Thursday at Saffron Lounge in the former Town Hall on Cheetham Hill Road. Local MP and Confidential correspondent Graham Stringer was being superbly supported by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham. Good speaker, good brain, witty. “I’m the MP for Leigh,” he quipped, “I’ve never seen a restaurant with tablecloths before.” Then he was mobbed by people wanting pics with him, including the editor's son - main pic above.

Andy Burnham And Labour Election Strategy 

Burnham will be speaking at the Labour Party Conference this week and he was explicit on the policy direction Labour will take before the next election. “We’re going to make the NHS the focus of the campaign. We want to create an NHS for the whole person, health issues yes but also social well-being. People before profit. We want a Labour Party that rediscovers the courage of its convictions.” Sleuth thinks The Labour Party best shed Ed Miliband first though, Burnham is way more impressive.

Stringer and Burnham at the meeting

Stringer and Burnham at the meeting

Sleuth's Coffee House Of The Week - Smoothly Does It 

GrindsmithGrindsmithA Sleuth fave has just opened on Deansgate. Grindsmith, the elegant coffeehouse shed just over from the Cathedral, is now giving him fine caffeine boosts in the Great Northern complex. Sleuth loves the flat white.

Sleuth is compiling a list. On the west side of the city centre he now has Grindsmith, Caffeine and Co, Salvi’s and the excellent Fruit Exchange to run to when he needs to speed his brain up. No need for the bitter burnt misery of Starbucks, Costa or Nero.


It's A Generational Thing

Sleuth was on the Cheetham Hill Faith Tour last Sunday. The tour visited a Sikh Temple, a mosque, a synagogue, a C of E church and the Ukranian Catholic church. Sleuth isn’t a man of faith but he’s fascinated by its pulling powers on others. The tour party were a mixture of young and old and numbered almost fifty. In the Sikh Temple a young man was helping out sporting a United shirt – the game between United and QPR was due to start at Old Trafford. An old couple turned to him at one point and had a generation gap moment, “You speak very good English.” The lad replied with a smile, “Not surprising really. I was born round the corner. I’m British.” 

In the temple


In the temple

Black Pudding Champ

Thwaites are official brewery sponsors for Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Sleuth is happy to partake of their festival ale, malt loaf in liquid form apparently, but just wishes it was accompanied by the high jinks of another target of Thwaites sponsorship – chucking black puddings. Here’s a picture of John Barrett outside The Oaks pub on Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, probably the oldest winner of the World Black Pudding Championships. Competitors throw black puddings in an attempt to dislodge a stack of giant Yorkshire puddings from a twenty foot high plinth. David managed 10. Why Ramsbottom has not been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, we’d like to know.


The 175th Black Pudding Championships At The Oakes Pub In RamsbottomThe 175th Black Pudding Championships At The Oakes Pub In Ramsbottom


DB9 Fine

Sleuth came across a gathered crowd outside Essy's Cafe in Manchester's Square With No Name this week. Being a nosey bugger Sleuth wanted to know what the crowd were all sniggering about. Jostling to the front, Sleuth soon saw the root of the laughs. Mind you, Sleuth imagines the owner can afford the £100 tow fee.

20140919_090802Aston Martin DB9

Dirty Lazy Smokers Of The Week

This is the second floor window of The Moon Under Water, Wetherspoons pub on Deansgate. People smoke by the window and instead of getting rid of the butts leave them in a pile on the window sill. It's the perfect illustration of dirty lazy smoker habits. Or maybe its the pigeons. Manchester's famous smoking pigeons. 

Dirty lazy smokers

Dirty lazy smokers

Wetherspoons second floor smoking areaWetherspoons second floor smoking area

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

Poster BoySeptember 19th 2014.

Burnham. A synonym for Bliar-lite. The worst type of career politician. Playing games with the NHS.

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AnonymousSeptember 21st 2014.

Completely agree, I wrote to him when he was a junior secretary at the home office to explain ID cards. His response 'other countries have them and so should we'...patronising fool. Anyway, his current posturing for the Labour leadership is likely to be his undoing.

Clever SmileSeptember 19th 2014.

Good grief why can't people be happier on here

Mainly RedSeptember 19th 2014.

If Labour has a future a conviction politician such as Burnham - a man who isn't 'weird' - is the way forward

AnonymousSeptember 19th 2014.

Burnham, wasn't he in charge of the NHS when the whole Staffordshire thing happened?

John HarrisSeptember 19th 2014.

Andy Burnham, the minister for murder. Yeah that'll go well. Schofield's red rose tinted glasses are the only thing that bugs me about the editorial on this site....

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EditorialSeptember 19th 2014.

This column is written by Sleuth, who apparently has never voted red in his life.

DavidSeptember 19th 2014.

What bugs me is not that he is biased,but that he continues to insist that he is totally impartial.Why not admit the truth Mr Schofield you are a Labour supporter?.Is that something your ashamed to admit?.

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JuiceSeptember 19th 2014.

What business is it of yours? Seriously, get a fucking life.

Tom HSeptember 19th 2014.

I've been reading this site for many years and I don't recall the editor ever laying his cards on the table so specifically as 'insisting he is totally impartial'. Would you care to point us to a page where he has done so? For what it's worth in my measure he has supported and criticised the local Labour council in fairly equal measure

DavidSeptember 19th 2014.

It's remarkable how pro Labour sup porters are reduced to swearing as they have no argument to offer.

AnonymousSeptember 19th 2014.

Why would you assume that person is a Labour supporter? Perhaps it is someone who is just tired of you derailing every discussion with party politics, whether it has anything to do with the article or not. You are the definition of an internet troll.

JUICESeptember 19th 2014.

I'm not trying to make an argument, and I'm not pro-Labour (that you think anyone who disagrees with you must be pro-Labour says it all) I'm just fed up with your boring irrelevant trolling of this website, and wish you would change the record.

Jonathan SchofieldSeptember 19th 2014.

David, if you ever want to meet face to face in one of the lovely coffee shops outlined above then that's fine by me.

AnonymousSeptember 21st 2014.

He won't JS...no nuts that boy. He's giving me a headache again.

AnonymousSeptember 21st 2014.

Is Jon trying to start a fight?

AnonymousSeptember 19th 2014.

David, can you not just bore off? Seriously. Please.

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AnonymousSeptember 19th 2014.


LSeptember 19th 2014.

What Labour Party conference?

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