Gusto is a chain of restaurants with branches all over the North of England and a couple in Scotland. They serve a variety of food, mostly British and European. Manchester is fortunate to have three branches within Greater Manchester: City Centre, Didsbury and Cheadle Hulme; the latter two offering a brunch option between 9am – 1pm. Today’s review will focus on the brunch menu at the Didsbury branch!*
Honey Restaurant resides inside Hotel Gotham, towering over King Street. The building was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928 in the Art Deco style which was common at the time. Lutyens designed many homes, public buildings and memorials worldwide, notably in New Delhi. Constructed from stone and steel into a castle-like design, it used to house the Midland Bank. Whilst Jamie Oliver has taken the ground hall, the upper floors house the hotel with Honey Restaurant on the 6th floor and Club Brass, a VIP only lounge and bar, on the 7th floor.
It is one of those places where you have to dress up for the occasion in order to be let in, so I’ve never had a reason to venture inside. I was excited when I was invited to a VIP taster menu celebrating 3 years of the hotel and restaurant.*
Cosmo is an established world buffet chain with 19 branches total (as of the moment this post is published), stretching all over the mainland Britain from Aberdeen to Southampton. There is also one in Belfast (shout out to my family and friends back home!) and another in Dublin also.
Let’s see what exactly Cosmo has to offer.*
I am back with another giveaway to a foodie event for you, my readers! I love food events as it gives me a chance to explore and potentially taste a wide range of food offerings within a short amount of space. The only limit is my stomach and potentially my wallet. Manchester Eats Festival is taking place in Heaton Park on both the 7th and 8th July and I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to my readers!
I’ve visited Bill’s Restaurant a few times in the past, mostly in London but have only made the visit to Manchester’s branch once. This isn’t because the food has gone downhill, but mostly because there’s always something new to try in Manchester’s dining scene. Bill’s is a no-brainer to me when I go down to London and want a good breakfast. I haven’t had the opportunity to eat from their all-day menu, so one evening, I did just that. Discount code available to my readers at the bottom of the post. *
Adam Reid is Chef Patron of The French at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. He participated in an international culinary retreat to Alaska last June, where he was given the opportunity to understand more about Alaska’s sustainable fishing industry, as well as the scale and the size of the species fished. Since his visit, Adam has been experimenting with a range of Alaska’s finest seafood.
Here, I interview Adam on his experiences.