Ginger's Comfort Emporium van

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium Interview

Ice cream fires my imagination – it’s an experimental cook’s dream. Cream, sugar and eggs set the stage for any flavour combos you can think upClaire Kelsey from her book Melt

I’ve been an avid fan of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium since discovering them at the Manchester Food and Drink festival in 2014. I was very much drawn in with her rather unusual combinations such as rhubarb crumble ice cream and salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream (aka the Chorlton Crack). Since then, they’ve set up shop on the first floor of Affleck’s Palace and Claire’s repertoire of creations have steadily increased and evolved with fresh inspiration and the changing of the seasons.

Here, I ask Claire Kelsey, owner of Ginger’s, a few questions about herself and her business.

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Desserts, one side

Afternoon Tea at Marco’s Italian

I’ve not heard much about Marco’s if I’m honest but decided to give it a go on yet another LivingSocial deal and I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there’s a preconceived  notion that afternoon teas in hotel restaurants would be excellent. I took my sister with me as we proceeded to Marco’s Italian for some hopefully tasty food before an evening out at The Lowry.

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at Greenhouse Vegetarian Cafe

I first noticed the Greenhouse Vegetarian Cafe due to the appearance of these gorgeous mint planters right outside the entrance. What used to be dead space is now a quaint place for coffee or lunch. I had high hopes for the food served as I knew they served coffee from Ancoats Coffee Co. (I should note here that I’m not a coffee drinker, but I have heard others praise Ancoats Coffee Co. for their coffee).

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Chapter One spread

at Chapter One

One day I was walking down Lever Street when I noticed that a disused space has now been filled with lovely seating, books and tea cups. As I was on my way to do something else, I made a mental note to come back and check out this place when I had more time. Eventually, LivingSocial were doing an offer at Chapter One, where you can get an all-day brunch with tea or coffee for two for £8. Armed with my voucher, I made my way there one evening after work in November.

(I did want to do this on a Saturday brunch time but unfortunately my weekends were filled up and this was the only time I could conceivably utilise the voucher.)

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