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SLEUTH: MCR Tap | Spinningfields Kitchens | Mr Cooper World Beater | Glossop 4 Horror

Week 3: Taps, Tariffs, Traffic, Terror and TOFI

Written by . Published on January 23rd 2015.


SLEUTH: MCR Tap | Spinningfields Kitchens | Mr Cooper World Beater | Glossop 4 Horror
 

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MCR TAP UNDERWAY

Sleuth’s giddy to hear work has started at the ‘Lazy S’ building on Manchester Tap, Piccadilly’s answer to the fantastic Grade II-listed Euston Tap boozer by Euston station in London. The Euston Tap swallowed Sleuth, Gordo, the editor Jonathan Schofield and wine-junkie Neil Sowerby last week on a jolly down to visit all the Hawksmoor restaurants in London pre-Manchester opening (which, by the way, were outstanding). Needless to say Sleuth & co. missed their train back to Manchester and got royally bollocked by a ruffled PR lady. Sleuth expects the Manchester Tap to be equally as disruptive to travel schedules… 

MORE NQ BARS

As Sleuth's colleague put it in this new NQ bar article, it is estimated that soon bars in Northern Quarter (like sheep in Wales, or scarecrows in Tokushima) will outnumber people. So imagine Sleuth's unsurprise when he heard that a new bar, Tariff & Dale, is planned for 45 Dale Street (main image) on the corner of, well... Tariff Street. Looks like Tariff & Dale is from those behind Chorlton's long-standing Lead Station bar restaurant on Beech Road. As Sleuth contemplated the 500% increase in bars in this Northern Quarter corner in the last two years alone, Sleuth turned round to see Franco from Solita had slapped a new premises licence on his car windscreen.

45 Dale Street45 Dale Street

THE KITCHENS AT LEFTBANK

Sleuth’s glad to hear a whisper of news regarding Spinningfields Kitchens this week, which Sleuth thought had been binned after it failed to materialise in September last year. The idea is that a handful of small-fry food traders will be given a space in one of Leftbank's empty units to make a go of it on the riverside, with the eventual winner given the backing of Allied London for a fully fledged restaurant. Sleuth is told The Kitchens Leftbank will finally launch this spring. What with the new Dockyard pub, Scene Indian, the Cotton Building and David Gale's rumoured return, 2015 looks like a busy one for Leftbank. Finally.

LeftbankLeftbank

MR COOPER'S WORLD BEATER

It seems global high-end magazine publishers Condé Nast (Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Tatler) currently have the horn for Manchester. Not only did luxury travel mag Condé Nast Traveller name Manchester in their 'What's Hot For 2015' feature, and The French, Manchester House and Aumbry (ouch) make GQ's January addition, but they also named Mr Cooper's House & Garden at The Midland in the Top 9 cocktail bars in the world, alongside the Hotel Costes in Paris and Campbell's in New York. They say 'unlike other bars in town, there's nothing on the menu named after the Stone Roses'. They do, however, have one named after Mungo Jerry's famous 1970 hit

Mr Cooper'sMr Cooper's

SLEUTH CRASHES ON THE PEAK

Sleuth learns a serious horror movie called Dark Peak by Ben Jagger has been filmed based around the many plane wrecks from the middle years of the 20th century up on the north Peak District moors. Many of these remain surprisingly intact, such as an American Super Fortress wreck at Higher Shelf Stones above Glossop. This wreck features in the trailer below.

The plot of the movie revolves around what befalls a group of hikers when they become lost in the mist and a nameless evil rises from the wrecks with predictably messy results. Sounds decent thinks Sleuth, smiling at how life imitated art during the shoot. This was a report last year from Mountain Rescue: "Called to assist Glossop MRT with an ongoing search on Bleaklow. A party of 18 filming at an aircraft wreck had split up and become lost whilst trying to make their way off the hill in the mist." Sleuth thinks be careful what you wish for.

GLOSSOP: UK HORROR CAPITAL

As Confidential's pal Thom Hetherington, who lives up on the hills, points out, the moors around Glossop (a short hop from the city) are getting a reputation. He has a point. Think of all the grim and macabre drama that goes on, League of Gentleman, Dark Peak, the recent bus crash in Corrie, the gruelling and bleak drama The Village, Hilary Mantel’s novel Fludd.

Meanwhile, the Longdendale valley nearby is the favoured place for crazy but wonderful Manchester mosaicist, Mark Kennedy (Affleck’s Palace mosaics and more) when he goes UFO spotting. The Longdendale lights apparently are beyond explanation – click here. But Sleuth reckons the true horror is that effing permanent traffic jam up to Mottram from Glossop on the A57 in either direction. Jeez, if anything needs examining out that way, that’s the bloody one.

The real horror at Glossop

The real horror at Glossop

TOFI NOT YAFI

Schofield, the editor, or ‘a pompous tosser’ according to a ranter on his Fumo review (click here), started a series of articles looking at Manchester’s illustrious dead (click here) last week. Sleuth noted the first person mentioned, one Lucius Senecianus Martius, a Roman, who bears the honour of being the earliest named individual associated with Manchester. Sleuth hears Lucius set up a restaurant in the Roman fort and settlement of Mamucium. This was a TOFI not a YAFI. The Original Fucking Italian not Yet Another Fucking Italian.

Even the centurion was looking forward to Lucius's famous taramasalata

 

Even the centurion was looking forward to Lucius's famous taramasalata

THE OXNOBLE TRUTH: SLEUTH IS A VOYEUR

Sleuth had an early evening meal with a lady on Wednesday at the Oxnoble. There were quite a few people in, but at eye-level were flickering TVs with the sound turned down. They were annoying and distracting. “Excuse me,” said Sleuth to a member of staff, “do you really need the TVs on, nobody’s watching them and they are annoying and distracting. Could you please turn them off.” The first TV was extinguished but the not the second. Sleuth repeated the request saying, “pubs are about people watching, you can watch telly at home.” The waitress nailed Sleuth with a stare and said, “Maybe other people aren’t voyeurs like you, I like the rolling news.” Ah yes, service with a sneer. Marvellous stuff. "I am called Sleuth," pointed out Sleuth. 

TVs don't make the best dining environment, especially for a voyeur

TVs don't make the best dining environment, especially for a voyeur

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

David SmithJanuary 23rd 2015.

Windscreen not windshield......

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SleuthJanuary 23rd 2015.

Oh, sausages.

GingeJanuary 23rd 2015.

I'd like to state that 'ruffles and bollocks' - royal or not, were *not* used during said press tour. See me for a proper bollocking.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

when is the dockyard actually opening? I thought I heard January. All the cafe rouge signs are still up last time I looked

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SleuthJanuary 23rd 2015.

Sleuth has been told March

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully they'll have seats out by the river. It used to be pretty good around there on a hot day when all the restaurants were open, even though the choice of venues was limited, it was still a nice place to have a drink.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

They'll have to do better than zizzi who's terrace was infested with spiders last summer.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

Are they opening one at First Street too?

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

You just couldn't hack the pace with 'Ginge' and had to retire to an old man's pub ...

Barry MaginnJanuary 23rd 2015.

Not sure there's a prob with TVs on in pubs, especially with sound down. Potentially your issue that you think everyone else should also have?

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David SmithJanuary 23rd 2015.

Nah.....with Sleuth on this one. TV = A bit chavvy

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

They're very common overseas. I've been in fine dining places abroad with TVs on.

AnonymousJanuary 23rd 2015.

Not really the point is it. Sleuth was the customer and the person working thought what she wanted mattered more. She aint paid to watch TV or to piss off customers.

Barry MaginnJanuary 23rd 2015.

If one customer at a football match told a steward they wanted everyone else to keep the noise down because it put them off the game, they're probably get a similarly response. If one customer makes a demand that negatively impacts many other customers, then, yes, the staff will usually been a little resilient.

Barry MaginnJanuary 23rd 2015.

As for the point about 'watch telly at home', last time I checked you can drink at home too. People go to pubs for all different reasons. A lot of people like TV in the background, especially with news/sports streams, to spark talking points. If other customers didn't want telly on, they could go to the hundreds of pubs that don't have TVs.

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2015.

TVs on are a distraction in a pub. Watch TV at home. Why should my local (The Ox, as it happens) show shitty TV? I come to the pub for a DIFFERENT experience, not the same as I'd have at home, Barry.

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

So don't go then?! Not rocket science. There aren't tv in dukes which is about 30 seconds away from the ox. Can't stand people who go into a place then make demands of it to suit them. Turn the tv off, turn the music down etc, erm how does f*ck off sound?

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

That rather depends on the nature of the venue really anon. A few months ago I was in a country pub where there were a number of people eating dinner, including the group I was with. At 8.30pm, they put a DJ on in the room next door, playing crap dance/club music at top volume. The waitress was politely asked if they could turn it down a bit. She returned to tell us that it wouldn't be possible, as that's how the DJ liked it for "his crowd". As we were leaving, I put my head in said room, to find that "his crowd" numbered eight people. I highly doubt i'll be going back there, and I think I can safely say most of the other diners shared that thought. So, I am adopting your advice of not going - however it doesn't strike me that it made for particularly good business for the venue.

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

Then that's up to the venue, it might have been packed later on, it might not. They might make more from the bar on a Saturday night than they do from serving food, it's their business, they can do what they want. Some people might not have been bothered, or even liked, the music being played. Just because you and your group didn't doesn't mean that you are right and they are wrong. You should've left if it was bothering you that much. I just don't see what gives a person a right to go into a place, probably for the first time as in your case, and tell them to ignore what everybody else in the place may want and change it to suit you! Absolutely bloody ridiculous.

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

Any more straw men you'd like to build there, anon? If you read my post carefully, rather than inferring your own interpretation of it, nowhere did I suggest they don't have the right to run their venue in whichever way they see fit. Maybe they did make more money from the bar later on, but that doesn't make it any less inconsiderate to subject a dining room full of guests (not just "me and my group") to music so loud that you can barely hold a conversation with someone across the table from you. You have an interesting idea of customer service if you think the only solution is for people to get up and leave in the middle of a three course meal.

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

This thread is hilarious. You can tell who's worked in customer service... and who hasn't got a clue. Listen to your customers, or you'll go bust. It's fairly simple...

Barry MaginnJanuary 26th 2015.

And how do we know what the silent majority of customers want? The Ox has not gone bust, it is thriving. Ergo, by you logic, the majority actively want or are indifferent to a silent TV. On a side note, if two 30in screens with no sound distract and ruin your entire experience, you really have issues.

A FAR FROM CHAVVY BARJanuary 23rd 2015.

David.. a bit 'chavvy'??? Are you for real? If they have Jeremy Kyle on maybe.. but BBC News for those that want to see it is hardly that.. just because Wetherspoons might show the news don't tar everyone with the same brush!

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MGSJanuary 23rd 2015.

do you really like it, iz it, iz it wik-ed?

AnonymousJanuary 24th 2015.

I'm with David. TV on in the pub is naff. As would be having the TV on if you're entertaining your mates for dinner at home.

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2015.

.......I don't think Sleuth used the word 'chavvy'.

Steve LaneJanuary 25th 2015.

Having enjoyed both Sheffield and Euston Taps on many occasions though not as yet York, I can't wait to experience the Tap in Piccadilly. Pity nothing similar planned for that ale free zone named Victoria

AnonymousJanuary 26th 2015.

Nothing wrong with a TV in a pub. I've lived in both Spain and the US where it is commonplace. If you want to spend time in a bar / restaurant rolling news is useful.

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AnonymousJanuary 26th 2015.

I have always thought if you don't want to be in a pub that has a TV go to a pub that doesn't have a TV.

Not that David!January 28th 2015.

Define 'spring'......from what I hear, Allied London don't have permission from the freeholder to open The Kitchens. They've asked and not had a response. I suppose they taking their usual tack and proceeding until apprehended (or not).......like the Oast House. The Leftbank units aren't theirs so they can proceed no further......no matter how many words they have with the editor of this site.

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