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Old December 12th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3721
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I have to admit that the activities list sounds utterly ridiculous. Most people are really not interested in chic ski lodges or games days where you can play hopscotch. They are also not interested in getting served by the six times uk barman of the year(guff, guff, guff). If he was really that decent then why has he ended up inside a container for the winter months, in the middle of Salford.


Hilarious. Is that Checkovian or is it Beckett.

It's like a Soviet misery surrealism.

Yuri comes to Moscow from deepest Siberia, wins the barman of the year at the XXXXV party conference, then finds himself secreted for the next three years in a metal container in Karelia under strictest order of the KGB that he is serving the continuous March of the Progression of Humanity under the Glorious Leadership of Chairman Leonid.

"Two vodkas comrade!"

Now Lee, I might be wrong, perhaps the good employees of the BBC enjoys the regression, no doubt beloved in their Oxbridge days, of combining alcohol with acts of random violent pub games? Or is that the Government?
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Old December 13th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #3722
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It's the first time someone has described a shipping container as "chic" I might take a 4 pack down the container port at the weekend as with so many containers around it must be über chic.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:18 AM   #3723
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I noticed today that Prezzo in the Printworks is looking nearly finished. Signs are up outside. Looks good!

Heres the link...

http://www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/r...ant/manchester
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Old December 14th, 2012, 02:15 AM   #3724
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Funny reading the comments on here I visited this bar with avec freund early this eve. It was moderately busy. freezing cold inside, only noticed fire before left maybe OK by that but freezing in our corner. Got hot vimto with cinnamon and cloves which I'd seen on Twitter as the offer of the day. Very friendly girl served us almost as soon as we sat down but the drink took about 15 mins to arrive - ridiculous, was tempted to ask for it free! Nice interior, intimate but spacious feel but let down by the cold! Only saving grace was the foosball table we spotted before leaving, it was free + super fun!
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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #3725
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Simon Rogan to take over management of two restaurants at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Two-Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan is to take over the management of two restaurants at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

The chef-proprietor of L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, and Roganic in London, will take over the running of the former Michelin-starred French restaurant as well as the hotel's second, larger bar and dining room, which is currently called the Colony.

Rogan's appointment coincides with a £400,000 investment taking place at the Midland Hotel. This will include a complete refurbishment of the 50-seat French, which will close in January and reopen late in February. The modern revamp will incorporate the Grade-II listed room's historic features.

At the French Rogan will serve his renowned L'Enclume-style cuisine focused on British only ingredients. The second, larger restaurant, which is yet-to-be-named, will hold around 150 diners and offer a more casual menu not exclusively based on British ingredients.

Rogan, who also runs Rogan & Co in Cartmel, as well as the Pig & Whistle pub, will continue to be based in Cumbria and is in the process of putting together a brigade to oversee the day-to-day running of the operations at the Midland Hotel.

The French was one of Britain's first Michelin-starred restaurants back in the 1970s, when Michelin relaunched its UK guide in 1974.

"There is huge affection for the Midland hotel in Manchester and I want to help bring its restaurants back to their former glory. It's a wonderful challenge," Rogan said.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 10:29 AM   #3726
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I popped along Monday evening with a few friends and we were given a really warm welcome at the bar, good selection of beers too. The atmosphere was great and what an innovative design using a few containers. The place was pretty busy and no doubt it'll do very well over the coming weeks and months. Looking forward to my next visit.

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The opening times are better, or at least definite this time round. During the summer I would roll up there during a hot sunny day and the place would be closed. However, on colder days during rain it would be open. Could never work it out.

I have to admit that the activities list sounds utterly ridiculous. Most people are really not interested in chic ski lodges or games days where you can play hopscotch. They are also not interested in getting served by the six times uk barman of the year(guff, guff, guff). If he was really that decent then why has he ended up inside a container for the winter months, in the middle of Salford.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 08:16 PM   #3727
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All Star Lanes now due to open at Great Northern in February.

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All Star Lanes Manchester Opening February 2013!

We’re pleased to announce our first venue outside of London will be opening its doors in February 2013 in Manchester. Our newest site will be based in the Grade 2* listed Great Northern Warehouse just off Deansgate. We’re very excited about the new venue which will feature 8 public bowling lanes, a large cocktail bar, 80 cover restaurant (featuring a wood fired indoor barbecue) and a rather unique addition…a whiskey tasting room. The venue will also have it’s very own private room with 2 bowling lanes, private cocktail bar, karaoke facilities and canapé menu…perfect for groups of 30-80 people.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #3728
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I noticed today that Prezzo in the Printworks is looking nearly finished. Signs are up outside. Looks good!

Heres the link...

http://www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/r...ant/manchester
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Old December 15th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #3729
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That's a pretty big unit for Prezzo.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #3730
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I think Prezzo have just taken the ground floor of the former Opus unit, the first floor is being split up for another tenant apparently along with the planned/rumoured mezzanine level within the Pump Yard to access the unit.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 01:11 AM   #3731
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good selection of beers too.
Really? when we went in they only offered about 5 different bottled beers and San Miguel on draught. Not what I would call a good beer selection. Like other people we also waited over 15 minutes for our drinks after ordering. It was nice enough but not somewhere I would rave about or go back to in a hurry.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #3732
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Anyone know what happened to the pond quay Chinese at the Lowry? I would have thought it would be booming now the bbc staff are there and the Lowry is busier!
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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:27 AM   #3733
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I'm glad that Pong Quay has closed, worst chinese ever! Hopefully something much better in its place like Wetherspoons or a Cafe Nero (should be tons more outlets at the Quays).
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Old December 20th, 2012, 09:56 AM   #3734
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Anyone know what happened to the pond quay Chinese at the Lowry? I would have thought it would be booming now the bbc staff are there and the Lowry is busier!

Not sure its been closed a few weeks now, looks like it got the chop.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #3735
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Shame. Fair enough, places have to evolve. It would be nice to see them go with something original and unique and skip anything gourmet burger or Tiki related.

http://www.manchesterconfidential.co...Rehab-To-Close

NORMALLY the first thing we do with food and drink press releases is take out the gush, the crap, the giddy enthusiasm, and the seventeen thousand exclamation marks, and then see if there’s anything left.

Often there isn't.

But this press release from the Socio Rehab team is different. It is so emblematic of the business concerned that we’re going to run it in all its fecund entirety. And odd grammar.

Some of you may have to wipe away a tear as this Manchester drinks pioneer bites the dust.

But all is not lost..........

'Socio Rehab, launched in March 2004, the dream of bartenders Beau Myers and Ian Morgan; an adventurous attempt to shake up the Manchester cocktail scene.

'An unblinkered focus on innovative cocktails and a personal approach to service, Socio took things to the extreme from day one, run by bartenders for bartenders and cocktail lovers, Socio shunned trends and strived to be pioneers of a fast paced scene.

'Unconventional and quirky, Socio has been a hit with patrons, and home to the best of Manchester mixological talent.

'Socio achieved nationwide recognition, frequently touted as best cocktail bar outside of London, winning accolades within Manchester as Bar Of The Year and others we were too drunk to remember.

'SOOOOO…

'It’s the end of an era - times, tastes and people move on, SOCIO REHAB WILL CLOSE forever after New Years Eve. Our company BeautifulDrinks have decided to focus on food led operations, bringing our passions and talents to your tables. We’ve got fat and grown up, we still love the booze but we like a good bit of food to go with it, and Socio just doesn’t fit this model.

'It’s been an emotional ride; we’ve sold over 100, 000 rainbow roads and gone through nearly half a million limes, but the biggest hits have been epic parties and even scarier hangovers.

'We’ll miss you Socio - the people, the parties, the glow sticks, the cocktail menus. We’ve achieved what we set out to – Socially Rehabilitate people who have been over exposed to negative drinking experiences, I’d like to think we made people turn and look and most importantly made people smile and gave a good time.

'So to go out in Socio style we will be hosting an end of the year, end of an era, end of socio, END OF LIFE AS WE ******* KNOW IT party, New Years Eve Baby.'

Back to us at Confidential.

For the NYE party just turn up, there's no door charge, so there will be chaos.

The good news is that on 22 January a new Manchester player will rise on the Socio site.

This will offer food to surprise and top quality drinks, including a fine range of cocktails - so all is not lost for the mixer sluggers.

What is certain is that Socio will be missed. We can comfort ourselves that this isn't a death in the food and drink family of Manchester, just a change of direction, a career move, a maturing.

We say good luck to the new BeautifulDrinks battleship when she launches and all who set sail in her.

Let's hope she makes as much of a splash as Socio and Almost Famous did when they launched. We can't wait to read the menu.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #3736
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Not sure its been closed a few weeks now, looks like it got the chop.
Oh thats a shame - I only went to the Salford branch once but I do frequent the Urmston restaurant and it is always packed and the food is great in there. Do you think it could be possibly something to do with Peel putting rents up?
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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:31 PM   #3737
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what a shame about Socio Rehab too! I used to be in there a lot when i lived off Chapel Street. Always a good place to start off an evening in town. The cocktails were immense too - hope the new ventrure in as good!
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Old December 21st, 2012, 01:52 PM   #3738
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Manchester Escorts - New Agency

New Agency in Manchester called Hush Escorts

Any one would like to take a look (OVER 18s)

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Old December 21st, 2012, 10:37 PM   #3739
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Old December 21st, 2012, 10:40 PM   #3740
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