Knutsford based Living Ventures Group have raised a record £53,190 for Cancer Research UK during January 2015. In total, 33 Living Ventures’ establishments in eight cities around the UK, participated in the initiative by adding £1 to each diner’s bill.
Tim Bacon, Living Ventures CEO said: " I am delighted that we have been able to raise such an incredible amount for such a worthwhile cause.”
Bethany Felton, Cancer Research UK’s North West spokeswoman, said: “We’d like to thank staff and customers for their kind donations. The money raised by Living Ventures will go to Cancer Research UK’s More Tomorrow’s campaign which is helping to fund the new Manchester Cancer Research Centre in Withington - a really important initiative to help scientists look for treatments and get these to patient faster. Every hour, more than four people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. The Manchester Cancer Research Centre, a partnership between Cancer Research UK, The University of Manchester and The Christie, aims to improve understanding of how cancer develops, in order to translate basic and clinical research into new treatments that benefit cancer patients in Manchester and across the world.”
“The new facility will ensure we provide outstanding opportunities and a vibrant environment for researchers, clinicians and external partners to work together towards our vision through a single-site 'bench to bedside' approach.”
The Midland Hotel's casual fine dining restaurant Mr Coopers House and Garden has been awarded a coveted spot in Conde Nast traveller magazine's Gold Standard, which highlights their choice of the world's best 18 bars and restaurants. Only two other spots in the list have been awarded to UK based operations.
It’s the latest in a long line of accolades to be bestowed upon the Simon Rogan led Mr Cooper's, which continues to prove a massive success with both diners and bar goers in the city.
The guide playfully quotes 'Unlike other bars in town, there's nothing on the menu named after The Stone Roses'.
Following on from a successful menu expansion in the USA, Starbucks are keen to launch their evening menu to the UK market. The new evening menu will see stores offering beer and wine along with hot and cold meals from 4pm. It is not yet clear which stores in the UK will be offering the service but with 13 stores and counting in the city it looks like starbucks popularity will only grow. _ 23 Feb 2015
The corner of Hilton Street and Tib Steet has a new resident. Affleck & Brown has opened in the former Art NQ Café Bar. The bars name sake department store was once known as the Harrods of the north will the bar have the same such notoriety. _ 17 Feb 2015
Glendola Leisure are reportedly about to sign on the dotted line for one of the last available units in the Corn Exchange complex. Glendola will be opening their second Bar and Beef steak house style restaurant less than a year after the original restaurant opened its doors in Glasgow
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The Drunken Butcher is planning an Emma in Wonderland event, taking place in May. The evening will offer fabulous dining with themed cocktails such as the White Rabbit, and A Cheshire Grin created by The Liquorists and Manchester House. If you hadn’t guessed already the event is themed on Alice and Wonderland and is in aid of Action against Hunger, with £10 from each ticket sales going to the charity. _ 12 Feb 2015
Manchester’s finest bars come together for a festival of cocktails in the new urban chic surroundings of the Great Northern Warehouse. Twenty handpicked bars will be “popping up” to present an exciting new collection of signature cocktails created especially for the show. Enjoy expert one-to-one cocktail tuition by the city's finest bartenders and experience the wide spectrum of Manchester’s dynamic bar scene all under one roof. Enjoy the music, love the food and celebrate the drinks at the UK’s greatest cocktail event. _ 12 Feb 2015
March will see Victoria Baths host The Manchester Gin Festival. This Gin Lovers dream runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March and will have over 80 varieties of Gin on offer along with talks from industry experts, live entertainment and food. _ 12 Feb 2015
A truly secret speakeasy bar is set to open in Manchester this March. In the true spirit of prohibition and speakeasy culture that’s all we can say for now, as this bar is still a secret. _ 12 Feb 2015
confirmed the new opening will be a ferment bar situated in one of the railway arches behind Piccadilly train station, which is conveniently located close to their brewery. _ 10 Feb 2015
The Grade II listed building, and former Bank situated at the top of King Street which later this year will be opening as Hotel Gotham is also set to be the home of Brass. This 7th floor rooftop bar is being designed around the building history and is set to include bowler hats, bankers lamps and art deco chairs, but with a contemporary twist. _ 10 Feb 2015
Carlsberg have launched an offshoot of their San Miguel brand. San Miguel 0.0%, an alcohol free, variant of the popular Spanish tipple is set to hit shelves in Tesco and Asda. The decision was made to release the new product due to a rise in popularity of alcohol free beers later. The rollout is scheduled for later this year, with no firm timescales given yet. _ 04 Feb 2015
Progressive craft beer purveyors Brewdog have unveiled plans to offer designated drivers a 15% discount on coffees, soft drinks and their 0.5% ABV Nanny State beer. The Aberdeen based brewer has done this following the induction of new tighter regulations in Scotland over drink driving. _ 03 Feb 2015
Popular Gay village hotspot Eden has closed its doors for business. This has been blamed on a downturn of trade following a rise in popularity at other venues in the area. 18 jobs will be lost as a result of the closure. _ 04 Feb 2015
Manchester City Council have received a planning application for a new bar at 19 Shudehill in Manchester, which will be named The Wash House. It is believed to be part of the same group as The Launderette in Chorlton. Consultation ends on the 26th of February _ 04 Feb 2015
The Russian craze of paying per minute in coffee shops has made it to Manchester's Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. Ziferblat charges 5p per minute, and once inside, you can eat and drink as many coffees and cakes etc as you like, all included in your 5p per minute. Clearly they have no idea how much Mancunians me can eat in drink in 5 minutes! _ 03 Feb 2015
Not to be confused with Manchester Tap Piccadilly or Taps, a new bar named Manchester Tap is set to open in town. The venture is primed for launch in Ancoats, and will feature 25+ on tap beers, along with a plethora of bottled brews. The people behind this new venue are the same team responsible for Tapped, based in Leeds, along with Harrogate Tap, Sheffield Tap and York Tap . _ 03 Feb 2015