Ormer – St Helier, Jerseys

“Another Michelin Star restaurant on Jersey, don’t mind if I do…” The Flame had arranged a quick week in Jersey. No problem I thought, the place is steeped to the gills in Michelin starred restaurants and the place heaves with quality raw materials. Within minutes I’d booked Ormer. Its Michelin star has been honed by … Continue reading Ormer – St Helier, Jerseys

El Gato Negro Tapas – Manchester

“Finally made it. And yes, The Black Cat can still do it” Bit late to the party! El Gato has been wowing the Manchester scene with its high end Spanish tapas for a couple of years now. After a few abortive attempts I finally took The Flame along for a pre-gig tea. I’ve been a … Continue reading El Gato Negro Tapas – Manchester

Trains and Food – The Cumbrian Hoovers – Pathfinder Tours

“Not your normal restaurant, service a bit wobbly, especially by the sea!” What could be better? A journey across some of England’s finest railway scenery on board a luxurious carriage, pulled by a brace of English Electric’s finest. The tour was called ‘The Cumbrian Hoovers’, a nod to the nick name given to these fine … Continue reading Trains and Food – The Cumbrian Hoovers – Pathfinder Tours

Shears Yard – Leeds

“Found another gem deep in the bowels of Leeds. Im starting to really like Leeds” Whilst on the one hand I had to take The Flame to a James Blunt concert, it did mean on the other hand In could eat and drink in Leeds again! I like Leeds. We lunched on charcuterie at ‘Friends … Continue reading Shears Yard – Leeds

The Pit Smokehouse – Culcheth, Cheshire

“Our very own dirty food emporium, right on our doorstep!” The great burger revolution that has swept through, well err…. Manchester over the last few years has shown little sign of abating. Solita, Byron, Almost Famous, Reds, Five Guys and various Smokehouse empires have grilled into the fray with apparent success. Followers will know I … Continue reading The Pit Smokehouse – Culcheth, Cheshire

L’Enclume – Cartmel, Cumbria

“Well thats one on the bucket list ticked off! Think Ill go again and again though…..” Finally done it. Finally absorbed the foraged and farmed nutrients of Simon Rogans’s Cumbrian bounty. His two Michelin starred restaurant L’Enclume. Took 55 years exactly to do it mind, but I did it. And it met all expectations. An … Continue reading L’Enclume – Cartmel, Cumbria

Bowland Brewery Beer Hall – Holmes Mill, Clitheroe

“If you like eating off the piston of a steam engine surrounded by beer this is the place for you!” It’s a Friday and The Cooktwit has taken the day off work and has vowed to accrue some brownie points with The Flame on account of a forthcoming gentlemen’s trip to Portugal. I venture that … Continue reading Bowland Brewery Beer Hall – Holmes Mill, Clitheroe

The Pasta Factory – Manchester

“Another branch of Manchester’s ‘Little Italy’ is doing the business. If its pasta you need you’ll go far to get any better than The Pasta Factory in Manchester’s Shudehill” Rather than pail and wallow, The Cooktwit when left to grapple as one is a hardy soul. Indeed there are times when dining on ones lonesome … Continue reading The Pasta Factory – Manchester

Top Dishes of 2015

I can see a bandwagon coming along. Yep, I’m on it. Welcome to my 2015 food review! It’s now customary to provide a small compendium of what has been quaffed over the last year. I did one for 2014 and that seemed to go down well. I’ve already read a few this year. They’ve generally … Continue reading Top Dishes of 2015