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Two New City Pubs, Worsley's New Restaurant, Reinvented Pub Lands In Chorlton

Sleuth Wk 7: new openings, hope, optimism and bridges

Published on February 7th 2014.


Two New City Pubs, Worsley's New Restaurant, Reinvented Pub Lands In Chorlton
 

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Albert's Worsley Opens In The Wrong Place

Sleuth went to Worsley to check out the new Albert's Worsley. This is part of James Ramsbottom's restaurants including Albert's Shed in Castlefield and Albert's Didsbury. Sleuth eventually found Albert's Worsley in Swinton (official address East Lancs Road, Swinton, M27 OAA). So even in the City of Salford there's postcode snobbery. Still, thinks Sleuth, the East Lancs in Swinton is closer to Worsley than James Martin or Jamie Oliver ever manage to get to either of their Manchester city centre restaurants.  

Worsley/Swinton Whatever - Looking Good

Geographical shenanigans aside. Albert's Worsleton (or Swinley) looks impressive. It will be good for the area as well, increasing choice in the western half of the city. If the food tastes as good as it looks Sleuth's looking forward to a visit.

Albert's Worsley

 

Albert's Worsley

Alberts Worsley foodAlberts Worsley food

Two New Pubs For The City Centre

Living Ventures (Manchester House, Australasia, Alchemist and so on) are at it again in the city with their New World Trading Company (NWTC). NWTC has the Oast House in the city centre, a Botanist in Alderley Edge and another in Leeds plus the Smugglers Cove in Albert Dock in Liverpool. The 'concept' - there's always a LV concept - revolves around pub restaurants serving everything from real ale to fine Champagnes.

Sleuth hears they want to open five new sites in London, Glasgow, Birmingham and two more in Manchester. The latter locations aren't confirmed yet but Sleuth has a couple of suggestions. 

Harpurhey. Openshaw.

Come on, Sleuth says, let's spread the love LV. Cheshire is so last year. Give the inner city the love it deserves and craves.

Chorlton Pub Takes Flight

JW Lees, local brewers, fine folk and good eggs, re-open Lloyds in Chorlton today (Friday 7 February). Sleuth looks forward to visiting the place which includes an Alcock and Brown room. Who, Sleuth hears you ask?

Well, John Alcock was born in Manchester while Brown was born in Glasgow but moved to the city as a young child and lived up the road from Lloyds at 6 Oswald Road.

The pair would team up in later life and become the first people to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean on 14/15 June 1919. 

Alcock's glory was shortlived, he was knighted after his Atlantic feat and shared in £10,000 of prize money. He died after the plane he was piloting crashed in Northern France on 18 December 1919.

Down in one so to speak.

He's buried in Southern Cemetery not far from Lloyds which keeps it all in Chorlton if nothing else. 

Those noble aviators now with a special place in a Chorlton pub

Those noble aviators now with a special place in a Chorlton pub

Sleuth And The Best Place To Keep Meat

Sleuth met Gordo and Lottie Moore (aka Greedychops) at Smoak, the steakhouse restaurant in the Malmaison Hotel. They ate as many steaks as they could get their hands on including the magnificent wing rib. As they were leaving the restaurant, Lottie turned to Gordo and said in a matter of fact tone, "You've still got meat on your face." The Fat One took it in his stride and said, "Have I really?" making no attempt to remove the meat, as though leaving it for a later. A sort of cold meat pudding.

Workers Of The World Urinate

Sleuth was having a tour of the building works of the new multi-function arts venue HOME off Whitworth Street West. He found these signs. He hopes the top one doesn't refer to the bottom sign - although that would reinforce the need for wearing helmets.

Let's hope the two signs aren't relatedLet's hope the two signs aren't related

Sleuth Discovers Their Is Hope For The English Language

Sleuth was pleased to find this sign at the HOME building site. It gave him faith in the universal desire for accurate English - even amongst construction workers.

Correct spelling in those safety signs please

Correct spelling in those safety signs please

The Legal Pebble

Sleuth was pleased to hear Judge Huskinson saying this in the excellent story from Jill Burdett about No 1 Deansgate and the row over whether one building is attached to another: “I was told there would be a gap between the buildings down which one could notionally drop a pebble so that it fell vertically to the ground.” Sleuth wonders what is the legal pebble size? Is it round, oval, or long, how much does it weigh and was the size set by Parliament. Sleuth thinks we should be told, he might want to carry a legal pebble around with him.

Pebble Outsize The Bridgewater HallProbably not this big 

The legal gap between buildingsThe legal gap between buildings with Steve Birbeck, resident of No 1 Deansgate

Sleuth And The Belgians 

Sleuth took a group of Belgian guests round the city on Monday. They were all football writers and were here to see Manchester City v Chelsea. Sleuth took them for a coffee in the Radisson Edwardian Blu were he knew Chelsea were staying. John Terry, the Chelsea captain, and Nemanja Matic, the new star play, obligingly came wandering past. Sleuth pretended he'd arranged it all of course. There was general agreement over what the final score would be in the evening's game: Manchester City 3, Chelsea 0. Some of the journalists were keen to find a bookies to bet on this. Chelsea won 0-1.  

Belgians feeling lucky at Damsons in MediaCityUK

 

Belgians feeling lucky at Damsons in MediaCityUK

Beautiful New Bridge

Every seven days or so Sleuth is stopped in the street by policemen, concierges, Belgians, pebbles of an indeterminate size, aviators, restaurateurs called Albert, new pubs, construction workers trying to find the toilet and all the meat faced men in the world, and asked: "Where can I find a beautiful new bridge over the River Irwell in Salford by acclaimed designer Tonkin Liu?"

"Why," said Sleuth, "that would be the bridge from The Crescent to The Meadows creating a lovely and slinky link between the city centre and a large green space."

And to prove this he showed all the policemen, concierges, Belgians, pebbles of an indeterminate size, aviators, restaurateurs called Albert, new pubs, construction workers trying to find the toilet and all the meat faced men in the world, this picture.

New bridge with a snag

New bridge with a snag

"But there is a snag," said Sleuth.

"What's that?" asked all the policemen, concierges, Belgians, pebbles of an indeterminate size, aviators, restaurateurs called Albert, new pubs, construction workers trying to find the toilet and all the meat faced men in the world.

"There's no money to build it yet."

"Fuck," said all the policemen, concierges, Belgians, pebbles of an indeterminate size, aviators, restaurateurs called Albert, new pubs, construction workers trying to find the toilet and all the meat faced men in the world.

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

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2014.

I sure Gordo and fund the bridge

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SleuthFebruary 7th 2014.

Wonderful diction. You should be a public speaker.

GordoFebruary 7th 2014.

Eh?

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2014.

apparently this bridge design beat around 140 others in an international design competition.... REALLY ?? The other entries must have been awfully bad, because this one's not up to much either... It's original is about all I can say about it... but certainly not attractive nor an efficient structure. A bridge here is a great idea to unlock this piece of land, just not THAT one...

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AnonymousFebruary 7th 2014.

Aww, I like it. Pleasantly meandering.

Hero
ktfairyFebruary 7th 2014.

We had a beautiful and bargainous lunch at Damsons Media City in between Christmas and New Year when going to see Warhorse over at the Lowry. Lovely food and restaurant.

ShybaldbuddhistFebruary 7th 2014.

Didn't take long for someone to diss the bridge!

Canal BlokeFebruary 7th 2014.

I approve of this bridge, its better than the one that was there before which is none!, The new Alberts in Salford looks grand at night, nice grounds too.

Graeme WrightFebruary 8th 2014.

That bridge would've been fun for someone returning to The Meadows after a Chapel Street/Crescent pub crawl but as most of the pubs have closed down it now looks rather tame. By the way half of Swinton, Walkden and Monton claim they actually live in Worsley - prestige without the property prices

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2014.

not a fan of the purple lighting in alberts

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