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The Coffee Column: Anchor

Previous editor Ben Walker steps in to the earthy fumes of Rusholme’s NQ-style community coffee spot, Anchor, where sharing is caring

Review: Fuzion

Ben Walker shares his experience of Fallowfield’s Fuzion

Soul music for soul food?

Can carefully selected transcendental rhythms really enhance out gastronomic experience?

All hail the sandwich maker

Get creative with your sandwich maker and the explore the unconquered frontiers of toasties.

The continuing odyssey of the craft beer revolution

We have become spoilt with such choice and very fortunate that now craft beer is common place in our bars.

Yes, Pieminister

Sustainable, ethical, natural, but above all thoroughly delicious. Pieminister lands in Manchester.

Adventures of a drinks enthusiast

Don’t settle for the run of the mill soft drinks, and maybe even pass on the beer once in a while, and indulge in these fine offerings.

Dry January: road to perdition or salvation?

Have you slogged through a booze-free start to the year, or has January started where December left off?

Lunch time hot spots: somewhere a little different.

Eat well in 2014. Start by trying these three great lunch time alternatives to the baked potato.

The not so humble Burger

The dirty burger revolution has taken control of restaurants and menus everywhere. The way things are going, reputations will be made or broken on the quality of their chuck beef and brioche buns.

What of coffee on campus?

Ben Walker has been searching the campus grounds for the best cup of coffee

The Cornerhouse: one of the culinary highlights of the year so far.

The Cornerhouse stakes its claim as the best Oxford Road restaurant–offering a range of stylish classic dishes on a student budget.

The Art of Budget Mixology

Ben Walker ventures into the world of home made cocktails

Politics aside, let’s talk food

Resplendent with quirky art and green gingham table clothes, alive with the sound content diners tucking into their lunch, cake and coffee; the Veggie Café is a rare jewel in the otherwise relatively barren campus culinary landscape.

Nido still has a long way to go

Left: ‘Montado’ dishes; top right Spanish Omlette, bottom right Croquette, and bottom left Chorizo were the best, yet did not surpass the competition. Tapas Bars are really taking Manchester by storm; those little dishes of delight are the in thing, the cool cuisine. The small snack sized portions allows the diner and their companions to […]

Welcome to the wonderful world of Food and Drink

Over the year we will endeavour to help you eat and drink your way around Manchester’s finest establishments, with also recipe ideas and advice to cook up a storm at home too. In the past five years or so the craft beer and casual dining movement has gone from a niche interest to a becoming […]

Stylish but straightforward: Basil Pesto

Homemade Basil Pesto with Penne, deconstructed Bruschetta, and Pecorino Romano. This is a fresh dish that relies on good ingredients, not necessarily high quality cooking skills. The key, as is often the case, is to keep tasting as you go.   You will need: Fresh basil leaves (handful) Pine nuts- (you can lightly toasted these […]

Pub Crawl: A boozy wander up Oxford Road

A guide to Oxford Road’s watering holes

Celebratory sipping

As the academic year draws to a close, Ben Walker advises on that essential post-exam tipple

A black coffee please, not an ‘Americano’

Coffee has bean the grounds of many a heated and strong discussion – Ben Walker joins the debate