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New 'Italian Wine Cafe', Best Meal Of The Week, Sleepkeepers, Daft Estate Agents

Sleuth Week 49: Truth, Love, Purity, Absurdity, Lasers

Written by . Published on November 29th 2013.

New 'Italian Wine Cafe', Best Meal Of The Week, Sleepkeepers, Daft Estate Agents

SleuthSleuthSleuth is a sideways glance at the city every week, it's the truth, but Sleuth's truth. He's several people all at once. We give £25 for every story/rumour and piece of absurdity you find for us to publish. Sleuth sometimes even gets serious. We ask for the money back if any legal action follows. Follow Sleuth on twitter @mcrsleuth

Sleuth's New Italian Food And Drink Idea Of The Week

Sleuth was wandering down Brazennose Street in Manchester from the Town Hall to Deansgate when he spotted this latest venture. Seems quite tidy, menu largely composed of piadini, Italian flatbreads, but also some wine names he's not heard of on a very short wine list. The name of the place is Veeno, which sounds like a nineteenth century embrocation. It self-describes itself as an 'Italian Wine Cafe'. Sleuth checked his Food And Drink Venue Description App (the FDVD). No this is a new one, the app will have to be updated. Confidential will be in to critique Veeno next week.
Veeno - a whole new concept

Veeno - a whole new concept

Sleuth's Best Meal Of The Week

So was Sleuth's best meal of the week in one of the new restaurants in town? Nope. It was at Manchester City in the Chairman's Suite. Jamie 'I'm-everywhere-even-in-your-dreams' Oliver is technically running the kitchens but it's Leon Smith who's the day-to-day man on the tools and the menu deviser. His ray wing and leek terrine (main picture above) was a little stroke of genius, as was his duck and puy lentils. "I want the flavours to be strong, I want refinement too," Smith told Sleuth. He's achieved both his goals. Sleuth isn't a City fan but wow what an impressive spread the Blues put on. 
Smart City with a lovely meal as well

Smart City with a lovely meal as well

Sleuth and the Deflate Agent

One of Sleuth’s colleagues is looking to buy a city centre apartment. Nothing monumental. Two bed, two bath, parking, preferably some walls, windows and a door to get in. Sleuth accompanied his colleague to a recent apartment viewing with a leading Deansgate based Estate Agent:
“So what’s the leasehold on this place?” asked Sleuth's colleague.
“Not sure actually," said the estate agent.
“Right, what’s the ground rent?”
“Don’t know that either.”
“The service charge on the building?”
“These are things you should know if I’m going to spend £170k,” said the vexed colleague.
“The owner hasn’t let us know yet.”
“Isn’t that your job to find out?”
“Well I suppose so yes," said the estate agent.
“Where's the boiler?”
“There doesn’t appear to be a boiler in the flat. It must be somewhere else."
"Really. Do you know anything about this flat, other than where it is?"
The estate agent shuffled his feet and looked at the floor.

A Flat - The Boiler Might Be Somewhere AroundA Flat - The Boiler Might Be Somewhere Around

Sleuth's Weird Licensing Condition Of The Week

Confidential revealed last week how the Mayfield Station site next to Piccadilly has been granted a premises licence for 7,500 capacity event space. There are 79 conditions attached to the licence one of which requires free lollipops for people exiting. Sleuth thought how nice, but why? Turns out lollipops require strenuous sucking and thus help keep the chattering noise down for the neighbours in the early hours. What about free gags then as well?Shssh...


Sleuth's Large Block Of Stick Bearing Concrete - Of The Week

Sleuth's been searching all week for it and now he's found it. Yes there it was. All the time it had been in the middle of the pavement at that extremely busy junction of St Ann's Street and Cross Street: a huge block of concrete with a stick on it. How could Sleuth have avoided it unless he'd walked into it with 20,000 others on the weekend. Is it art? Is it a mistake? Why does that stick need special treatment?

That marvellous block of concrete supporting a stickThat marvellous block of concrete supporting a stick

Sleuth And Stuart Maconie

Witty chap that Stuart Maconie, the well-known broadcaster and writer. Here is his dos and don'ts for London writers when writing about the North. It's part of the 'northern' issue of the New Statesmen. It's very funny. Sleuth loves this example which is so true, Maconie identifying the classic article which he describes as: 'It’s Flat White Skinny Latte Not Flat Caps Any More! Wide-eyed, well-meant “Did You Know They Have Wi-Fi and Sushi?” travel blog.' 


Sleuth’s Cheeky Cheapskate Of The Week

Confidential has just held a competition for fireworks from the excellent Chorlton Fireworks emporium. There were three prizes including a top prize of the £105 worth of pyrotechnical delight. The winner went to pick up the prize and immediately laid the fireworks out on the floor in a pretty pattern. "What are you doing?" he was asked. "Taking a photo," said the man, “these are going straight on eBay.” Sleuth thinks he could at least have had the grace to wait till he got home.

Sleuth's Saccharine Sickly Sweet Job Title Of The Week

Sleuth received this gumpf on Thursday: 'Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa and Macdonald Manchester Townhouse are celebrating their housekeeping team’s dedication to providing guests with the best 40 winks by renaming them ‘Sleepkeepers’. They have been hailed as the unsung heroes of the night by hotel bosses who have changed their titles to mark their success in ensuring guests enjoy the most relaxing stay.' Yak. What's wrong with the title housekeeper thinks Sleuth? Sleepkeeper is weird, sci-fi almost, or perhaps an alternative name for an anaesthetist. What next? Bar staff calling themselves something ridiculous like mixologists just because they can make cocktails, coffee bar staff calling themselves baristas?

Big Nose Obscenity Of The Week

Every seven days or so Sleuth is stopped in the street by policemen, concierges, Signore Piadini, Leon Smith, estate agents, lollipop ladies, Stuart Maconie, firework cheapskates and all the sleepkeepers in the world and asked: "Where can we find a mannequin with an obscene nose in a Manchester shop?"

"Why," says Sleuth, "for the answer to that perverse question you'd have to go to the upmarket fashion store Hervia Bazaar on Spring Gardens."

And to prove this he showed the policemen, concierges, Signore Piadini, Leon Smith, estate agents, lollipop ladies, Stuart Maconie, firework cheapskates and all the sleepkeepers in the world, this picture.

Is that something on your face or are you just pleased to see me?Randy the mannequin's passion for his co-worker was as plain as the nose on his face

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

AnonymousNovember 29th 2013.

Veeno, what a terrible name

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Michael CunliffeNovember 29th 2013.


AnonymousDecember 2nd 2013.

the logo is very poor too

NinoJanuary 14th 2014.

DE GUSTIBUS! it does not sound like a very reliable opinion..

AnonymousNovember 29th 2013.

Re: New Statesmen. Why is it northerners, west of the Pennines, seem "paranoid & obsessed" about the image of their region (or cities?) in the capital. Yet east of the Pennines, they just don't give a damn! I prefer the Yorkshire attitude.

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Malcolm HandleyNovember 29th 2013.

Spend time EAST of the Pennines and you will find an equal amount of "paranoid & obsesed" Tykes. AND, if you open your eyes and ears here in the glorious North West, you will find a vast army of folk who couldn't give a flying... what you, Tykes or Londoncentrics even care to think about. Frankly, we don't give a damn

AnonymousNovember 29th 2013.

There's another of those giant blocks at the bottom of St Mary's Gate.

AnonymousNovember 29th 2013.

When you regularly work with people from the capital this is an unfortunate reality. My theory is it's how they justify sharing a flat with 2 other people until you're 38 and paying £4000 a year to stand on a tube/train for 2 hours a day (if you're lucky). Rather than admitting maybe other people have a better quality of life elsewhere?

William ScholesNovember 29th 2013.

"Sleuth is not a City fan". Why mention this? Is sleuth a bitter, red devilworshipper by any chance..........

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ShybaldbuddhistNovember 29th 2013.

Why not mention it? Don't be bitter.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2013.

Sleuth is several people all at once but not a City Fan. Never mind......no accounting for taste

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2013.

' spotted this latest venture.'? I mentioned it a few weeks ago!!! Nobody ever reads Anon's posts :(

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2013.

I too recently had the pleasure of dining an MCFC before a game- food is fantastic and would be more than acceptable at a decent restaurant. Another indicator of Manchester City only choosing the best both on and off the field.

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