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Sleuth 1/2/13: Damson Pics, Labrinth And Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn opens in N4

The Manchester week through staring mad eyes

Published on February 1st 2013.

Sleuth 1/2/13: Damson Pics, Labrinth And Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn opens in N4

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Damson: Manchester Gets A Lovely New Restaurant

The new Damson at MediaCity is gorgeous - see below. Roomy, comfortable with a spectacular kitchen and chef's table (click here). The views out across MediaCity's lovely landscaped area to the tram station and then over the Ship Canal to The Imperial War Museum North is the best view from a Greater Manchester restaurant along with that from Kaleido above Urbis. Sleuth can't wait to lose a night there. 

Damson, Salford QuaysDamson, Salford Quays

The views are amazingThe views are amazing

Salford's Magic Kitchen

Damson will be helping train young chefs from Salford College. Thus it has a very impressive and very big kitchen with big stockpots, a butchering desk, and lots of shiny metal kit. "This apparatus is very clever," said Steve Pilling pointing to a vast thing above his head. "It extracts, purifies and cleans at the same time." "Is it magic?" said Sleuth. "Yes," said Steve Pilling. 

Steve Pilling's head and the magic machineSteve Pilling's head and the magic machine

Chef's tableChef's table

Longest Name Launches In The Old Socio Rehab

The new Socio Rehab has relaunched under the name Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn. Those mad Almost Famous Burger boys eh? Sleuth is going along for a look-see very soon. 

Gordo And The Incautious Bar Operator

So Gordo of Confidential was in Aubaine, the generally very good restaurant, in Selfridges. Ross Mackenzie, one of the bosses behind the Blackdog Ballrooms and The Liars Club bars was dining with Gordo. The fat one was reviewing Aubaine on the sly. The manager came over to take the food order off the men. “Are you reviewing this place?” said Ross Mackenzie just at that moment. “Because then we should order different things. Er, why are you looking at me like that? Oh right, I see.”

Sleuth Finds Further Fibbing Performer

The Liars Club is extending upstairs from its basement venue off Bridge Street. It will be taking over the former Starbucks outlet (back in the day George Best's shop Edwardia). Sleuth is pleased by that. There's a good terrace outside although the surface area inside is quite small. They should do a range of lunchtime snacks reckons Sleuth, specialising in Porkie Pies that turn out to be salads. In any case there can never be enough places to tell lies in, can there? 

Adolphe Valette Goes To The Gents In The Art Gallery

A colleague of Sleuth from the tour guiding fraternity was trying to find the Adolphe Valette pictures in Manchester Art Gallery now they've been scattered across the venue. Frenchman Valette was one of the best painters of Manchester 100 years ago. The tour guide found the classic 'Albert Square' painting and stopped to study it. Then she realised it was sited right next to the gents. "Not the best place to linger," she said, "and why is it that so many men wait until they're leaving the gents to do up their trousers?" 

Valette toiletValette toilet

It's A Gym, Jum, But Not As We Know It

One of the Confidential staff was doing some research on gyms and saunas in Greater Manchester. While ringing up places listed in Rochdale the naive young lady made an interesting discovery. "You wouldn’t come here if you wanted to get fit, love," said the gravel voiced lady at the other end of the phone. "It's not what we specialise in if you know what I mean. It's all about entertaining men."

Sleuth And Some Massive Meat

Every seven days or so Sleuth is stopped in the street by policemen, firemen, concierges, Adolphe Valette, Rochdalian 'masseurs' and the complete cast of Les Miserables, and asked "Where can we buy a massive piece of meat close to Piccadilly Station in Manchester?" 

"Why," says Sleuth, "that would be Smoak at the Malmaison and the wing rib of prime steak with huge bones of bone marrow. It takes two weeks to eat." And to prove it he showed this picture of the steak to all the policemen, firemen, concierges, to Adolphe Valette, Rochdalian 'masseurs' and the complete cast of Les Miserables.

Big meatBig meat

Sleuth, Singers And Dancing Girls On Tables

Singer/songwriter Labrinth, made an appearance at Circle Club on Thursday as brand ambassador for French vodka brand Ciroc. Sleuth isn’t a massive a fan of the Simon Cowell spawned star, but one reveller who would beg to differ was local socialite and Viva Magazine co-owner Emma Wilkinson. Upon seeing the hit-maker use a Circle Club booth as his stage, Emma decided to rise above the crowds and get closer to the star, much to the horror of the Circle Club’s safety conscious bouncers and the Ciroc PR team. Still, there was no stopping the excitable Emma as she gyrated above the masses. Even the bouncers gave up as she sang ‘Yeah! We can make an earthquake up in here’ at the top of her lungs whilst stillettoing the Circle Club’s upholstery. Everyone was annoyed, except for Sleuth who’d never been so close to a natural disaster before. There's a picture gallery from the event below.

Go, girl, goGo, girl, go

Labyrinth turns it on for the crowdLabrinth turns it on for the crowd

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

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2013.

It is a real shame that Almost Famous is here to stay.

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BlondieFebruary 1st 2013.


Samantha HallwoodFebruary 1st 2013.

Could be worse, the foods good, the decor is original, The drinks menu is unusual and they give out free food. Why would you want them to go?

barrel82February 1st 2013.

is Almost Famous still around? Thought that fad had blown by months ago. Oh well...

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2013.

Blondie, bitter about what, exactly?

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2013.

shut up tit

Jeff MillsFebruary 24th 2013.

It's funny that you remain anonymous and hide behind your comments on here instead of telling that to the owners face! Coward.

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2013.

those pictures from circle have made my day.
bad tan/make up/ hair/everything day?

Piss PoorFebruary 1st 2013.

Valette? Shocking!

Penny CloustonFebruary 1st 2013.

When I worked in Trafford Village I was looking for a gym and did a similar phone call to a "gym". I believe they did aerobics classes with women instructors for men on an individual basis. Strangely I never visited.

Victoria FinnFebruary 13th 2013.

COMMENT REMOVED BY EDITORIAL: We can't do unsubstantiated libels on the site Victoria. You know that.

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