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New MCR Steakhouse, Jack Spratt Closes, Paul Scholes New Role

Sleuth Wk 12: Fact, Absurdity, Quotes And Headlines

Written by . Published on March 28th 2014.

New MCR Steakhouse, Jack Spratt Closes, Paul Scholes New Role

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Miller & Carter Arrives In Shiny White King Street Beauty

In May, Mitchell & Butler brand, Miller & Carter Steakhouse, will arrive in the former Lloyd's Bank building on King Street. Recently restored this Charles Heathcote building from 1915 looks splendid once more.

Miller & Carter offer T-bones and Porterhouses, ribeyes and rumps. Also fish, lamb and things for kids - menus here. Mitchell & Butler also have All Bar One up the road. Nearby there are Sam's and Tom's Chop Houses, Browns and not far away Grill on the Alley, Restaurant Bar Grill and Gaucho. Sleuth reckons this area has got very meaty. The steaks are high... so to speak. 

Miller & Carter arriving

Miller & Carter arriving

Sexy buildingHandsome building

Jack Spratt Makes Way For Some Splendid Sausage

A bangerA bangerSadly, round the corner on John Dalton Street, sweet Jack Spratt are closing down. Sleuth liked Jack Spratt. It was as though a Northern Quarter bar had gone for a stroll, got lost and settled down. It brought a splash of funky difference to the business districts. Now it's off for another stroll. The brothers who run it are taking a wander up to North Yorkshire and opening restaurants in Wetherby, Northallerton and Middlesborough. Sleuth loves a dramatic and interesting change of scene. Northallerton is a lovely town where a lost cow makes the headlines. He might take a trip up and try it out sometime. Jack Spratt closes Saturday 29 March.

Sleuth hears that Spratt will make way for sausage, The Splendid Sausage Company in fact. Confidential will be speaking with the owner soon. 'A sausage restaurant?' said Sleuth's chum, 'Not sure I'd go out just for a sausage.' 'Well...' said Sleuth with his smarmiest face, 'you could say the same about a burger, and they seem to be doing alright.' Sleuth's chum shut his trap quicker than you could say pork-to-the-fork.

Bye bye Jack Spratt

Bye bye Jack Spratt

Manchester City Centre's Dullest Opening Of 2014

Sleuth was walking down Deansgate. He passed the Sainsbury's at the junction with Bridge Street, then North Face, then Forsyths music shop and saw a planning permission notice on the next unit where Staples shop used to be. It was for a YAFT - Yet Another Fucking Tesco. Yawn. Sigh. Boo. Sleuth would have much preferred a fishmongers or a tap shoe store or a sand dune representing a desert and the drying up of retail diversity.

Yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzYawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

United's Class Of '92 Show Class With Surprise Purchase

Sleuth loves how lots of football commentators in the know thought Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt were part of a consortium attempting to buy Manchester United for £2bn. Instead they've gone for Salford City FC in Kersal, capacity 1400, and a team for whom Rhodri Giggs, Ryan's brother used to play. Salford City are in the Northern Premier League and are presently 11th.

Giggs has said: "We want to engage the football community, use our football experience and knowledge to aspire and nurture young talent and being able to do that in Salford makes it even more exciting." Gary Neville: "Salford City represents those early years, the commitment, hunger, enthusiasm, desire and spirit of football and I'm very excited about this venture. For clarity, no name change, no ground change and the management and committee stay as before."

Sleuth loves these boys. With property purchasing in the region, new hotels in the offing and now this acquisition, they are investing in their area rather than taking their money elsewhere. 

Salford City Fc - Grass Roots Football

Salford City FC - Grass Roots Football

Paul Scholes' Side Project For Digital Festival

Paul Scholes was always Sleuth's favourite United footballer until he recently retired. He seemed very focussed on the game as with the investment in the story above, so Sleuth was delighted by the MEN piece (picture below - with Mr Scholes holding a black pudding) revealing he will be joining the Future Everything festival launched this Thursday. As you all know 'FutureEverything is an internationally recognised R&D hub for digital culture, presenting industry conferences, innovation projects, artworks and live experiences which showcase a digital future'.

Scholes told Sleuth: "I'm going to play a binary formation of 01110110101 with Tim Berners-Lee and Alan Turing out wide and Bill Gates as the holding midfielder. Steve Jobs will be handing out apples at half time."

Surprising career move

Surprising career move

What Premier League Footballers Eat

Sleuth was in the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Peter Street last week as Fulham Football Club arrived for their game with Manchester City. After the team had registered, a trolley emerged from the coach with food in Tupperware and clingfilm - picture below. Fulham lost 5-0. They probably needed a proper full meal.

Fulham's unfilling foodFulham's unfilling food

Britannia Rules The Building

Every seven days or so Sleuth is asked by policemen, concierges, Paul Scholes, Millers, Carters, Jack Spratt, Fulham FC and all the steaks in Manchester: "Where can we find in Manchester the best representation of Britannia in the city?"

"Why," says Sleuth, "that would be on the former Lloyds Bank becoming the Miller & Carter steakhouse featured above. It was sculpted by Earp, Hobbs and Miller (no relation) in 1915 and shows Britannia on a boat, with a kneeling male figure representing Britain and a young boy representing the colonies. The boy is holding a steak."

And to prove this he showed the policemen, concierges, Paul Scholes, Millers, Carters, Jack Spratt, Fulham FC and all the steaks in Manchester this picture.

"Is he really holding a steak?" asked all the lovely people.

"No," said Sleuth. 

Britannia rules the steaks...la,la,la, laBritannia rules the steaks...la,la,la,la

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

Poster BoyMarch 28th 2014.

Does this mean F.C. United now become City, to Salford City's United?...

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AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

Rhodri Giggs plays for F.C.U.M. now as it happens.

Mr M GlazerMarch 28th 2014.


AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

A sad goodbye to Jack Spratt, hope it gets a great send off this weekend. Something else will be rising from the ashes in the next couple of weeks though...

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AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

What? Tell!

SsshhhhhMarch 28th 2014.

Shake Shack

RestaurateurerfellerMarch 28th 2014.

who's taking over the Jack Spratt spot?

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AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

The Splendid Sausage Company

jrsteeveMarch 28th 2014.

Quite a few units are now becoming vacant along John Dalton Street.

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AnonymousMarch 28th 2014.

Are they? There are maybe 5 or 6 including Jack Spratt, of these Salvi's are taking two, Bills one and the Jack Spratt site has a new operator going in too. That leaves the John Dalton bar/restaurant and maybe one other

jrsteeveMarch 28th 2014.

Indeed, also the Toni & Guy unit to add to this shortly.

Kevin PeelMarch 28th 2014.

Sad news about Jack Spratt - that was the venue of choice for councillors for lunch after council meetings! Perhaps that was wot did for it...

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DavidMarch 28th 2014.

Or maybe your anti business strategy of trying to milk the city centre for more and more parking charges

DrakeMarch 28th 2014.

Of course, if you want to blame MCC for a restaurant closing, you have to give them the credit for all the ones opening and raking in the cash?

DavidMarch 28th 2014.

No you don't.They contributed nothing.the vitality of Manchester is due to the creativity and enterprise of the people from here or who come here.Not a council who cannot be bothered to clean the streets or make the city centre attractive.

GimboidMarch 28th 2014.

The City Centre Anti-Business Strategy is of course one of Councillor Peel's main personal achievements since becoming a member.

SimonMarch 28th 2014.

Classic David logic, the council are to blame for everything and to be credited with nothing.

DavidMarch 28th 2014.

I would credit Graham Stringer as a council leader and I would credit Bob Scott but not the current leadership of Manchester.

AnonymousMarch 29th 2014.

I have never seem Sir Richard Leede in Jack Spratt's once. If you need any further proof of their anti-business acumen, well there you have it. Typical Liebour.

AnonymousMarch 29th 2014.

Please people stop criticizing David, he's one of the best ranter's on here

JanusxxxMarch 29th 2014.

If anyone dosnt want criticism, then blogging on here is the wrong place to be xx

SimonMarch 29th 2014.

David thrives on the criticism, if nobody responded to his hilarious ranting he wouldn't bother!

DrakeMarch 30th 2014.

Bob Scott wasn't part of the council. Odd comment

MarkMarch 28th 2014.

Chairs standing & stacked on ready-set-to-eat tables in the window is the worst advert I've ever seen for a restaurant on such a prime city thoroughfare.

MGSMarch 28th 2014.

What happened to JS? Rents and rates? I always thought that place was popular. Christ it must be bloody hard out there.

Marcus EmadiMarch 28th 2014.

Thanks for the kind word folks! I'm sure we will be back in years to come! We've had a brilliant time and are looking forward to visiting the Splendid Sausage company in the coming months. Stay classy Manchester. Love Som & Marcus from Jack Spratt

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