An intimate restaurant came out on top of a worldwide review of restaurants in the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards, created by review website Tripadvisor, and guess what?
It’s located a stone’s throw away from Manchester.
The Old Stamp House, an intimate restaurant situated in Ambleside, Lake District, stood out among businesses from across the globe, including its two-Michelin star neighbour L’Enclume, which was placed in a humble eighteenth spot.
The elusive restaurant was opened in 2014 by brothers Ryan and Craig Blackburn, who work as the head chef and restaurant manager respectively.
It is housed in the former office of poet William Wordsworth, and seats just twenty-eight customers at a time.
It was awarded a Michelin star in 2019, has been named the Cumbria Life Restaurant of the Year, as well as receiving three AA rosettes.
A description on the Michelin Guide’s website reads: “The Old Stamp House is as quirky as its name implies. It sits in the centre of Ambleside – which in turn sits within the heart of the Lake District National Park – inside the cellars of an old house where William Wordsworth used to work as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland.
“It’s a tiny place, split over two low-ceilinged rooms which are hung with local art.”
Using ingredients inspired by Cumbria heritage, the restaurant’s specialities include potted shrimps, cauliflower and spiced mead velouté, Yew Tree Farm Herdwick hogget, peas and locally foraged wild mushrooms, and a rum tart with brambles, pear and Cumbrian gingerbread.
Very posh, as you can see.
The North of England was also victorious in the National Parks category, where both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District placed in the top twenty-five.
Wood relaunches its 50% off deal in response to cost of living crisis
Guests will be able to enjoy Wood’s luxury tasting menu for half the price
Wood has relaunched its 50% off deal to give people the chance to enjoy its luxury dining experience for a fraction of the price.
Following the overwhelming success of its 50% off deal at the start of the year, the restaurant’s owner Simon Wood has decided to relaunch the offer every Wednesday from now until the end of 2022, with the exception of Wednesday 7th and 14th December.
The deal applies to Wood’s tasting menu, which consists of seven courses made of outstanding British produce.
The menu would usually cost £110pp, but every Wednesday will cost just £55pp.
The tasting menu conisists of quirky dishes such as the Some Beef, It’s Bones and Whey Soured Onion, which consists of several elements including a ‘rich cut of British Beef… with a texture like butter’, sat atop bone marrow-fried bread, topped with bone marrow, cured ox heart and tongue and served in a dish of liquid bone marrow seasoned with beef sauce and chive oil.
The dish also features Simon’s take on the traditional Rag Pudding, an Oldham delicacy that consists of minced meat and onions wrapped in suet pastry.
Other dishes on the tasting menu include Owd Yonner and Onions, Hen’s Egg with Truffled Chips and Ham, The Best Bit of Chicken and Exton Rose Strawberry, Marigold and Cereal Milk.
Simon Wood said of the menu: “The finest suppliers in the country provide seasonal, high welfare, foraged exceptional produce, which will be treated with the utmost respect.
“Salt, milk, butter, vinegars, wines, oils, herbs and spices must be of the highest quality throughout the restaurant.”
In addition to the tasting menu, Wood also boasts seasonal and classic wine flights – for £60 and £90 retrospectively – which can be added on the day to pair with the tasting menu.
The 50% off deal will be available between 5pm-11pm every Wednesday until the end of the year – though December 7th and December 14th are both excluded.
Get a table booked here.
Two Manchester pizzas are in the running to be crowned best in the UK
The two restaurants are among just sixteen nominees across the whole of the UK
Manchester could soon be on the map as having the best pizza in the UK thanks to two particular pie concoctions.
Pizzas from the city’s beloved pizzerias, Rudy’s and Crazy Pedro’s, have both received nominations in this year’s National Pizza Awards.
Rudy’s, which is beloved for its menu of traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, has been nominated for its ‘Francesco’, a white pizza – no tomato sauce – with a courgette cream base, topped with fior di latte, fresh ricotta and fresh basil.
Crazy Pedro’s, on the other hand, is known best for its more outlandish approach to pizza toppings, and has been nominated for its somewhat unorthodox ‘Chicken & Waffle’ pizza.
This comes topped with fried chicken, smoked bacon, waffles and lashings of maple syrup.
Rudy’s and Crazy Pedro’s are among just sixteen entries from the entirety of the UK, all of whom are in the battle to win the crown of Pizza Chef of the Year.
In order to be crowned Pizza Chef of the Year, each restaurant will be required to participate in a head-to-head technical challenge with a selection of ingredients.
Winners will be judged by a panel of industry experts, with the event taking place in Islington, North London, next month.
Genna Ash-Brown, editor of Dine Out Magazine, which organises the annual awards, said: “The calibre of entries for the National Pizza Awards 2022 was so high that it made our job of selecting finalists more than a little tricky.
“But this year’s line-up genuinely is our best yet. The finalists are preparing for battle as we get ready to fire up the ovens and count down the days until we showcase the very best pizza creations the industry has to offer.
“This is an event you won’t want to miss!”
There’s a restaurant in Manchester dedicated entirely to toasties
There’s also a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes and shakes…
Manchester’s very own toasty restaurant has launched a brand new menu with loaded fries, jacket potatoes and shakes.
Frankie’s Toasties found life back in 2018 when a ‘typical born ‘n’ bred Manc lad’ decided to share his love of the humble toasty with the good people of Manchester.
Frankie’s was quick to earn a name for itself among foodies across the city, mainly thanks to its eclectic menu of toasties, all costing just £3.25 a piece.
Fillings include Supernoodles, ‘builder’s breakfast’ and cheese, mac and cheese, pulled pork and hot ramen with cheese, as well as some classics such as ham and cheese and tuna melt.
Frankie’s also boasts a selection of ‘sweet’ toasties, with fillings such as Nutella, Lotus Biscoff and S’Mores with chocolate and marshmallow.
And now, Frankie’s has launched a brand new menu with some exciting new additions.
Joining its usual toasties is a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes, all of which can be customised with an array of tasty toppings and fillings for just £4.
Customers can choose from classic fillings such as tuna mayonnaise, chilli con carne and baked beans, as well as some more unusual choices including spicy ramen noodles, BBQ pulled pork, meatball marinara and creamy garlic mushrooms.
Extra toppings include hash browns, fresh chillies, nacho cheese and jalapeños.
The new menu also boasts loaded ‘filthy’ fries and over thirty milkshake flavours, ranging from banoffee pie, Nutella, salted caramel, Snickers and Kinder Bueno, as well as a number of vegan options.
Frankies Toasties can be found at its original restaurant down Portland Street, and also at its new site in the Arndale food market.
For more information on the menu and where to find your closest Frankie’s, visit the Frankie’s Toasties website.