A Bolton grandma who rose to fame selling home-cooked meals during the 2020 lockdown has now opened her very own cafe.
Marion Love’s business was born in the midst of the Covid pandemic, when she began cooking and baking a variety of dishes to sell from her home in Farnworth.
The fifty-year-old’s culinary offerings proved to be a huge hit amongst the local community, and she was catapulted to nationwide stardom after YouTube channel Rate My Takeaway sampled her famed English breakfast.
Following the video, Marion was inundated with orders, with people driving from as far as Newcastle to try out her home cooking.
And with Marion’s home cooking continuing to go from strength to strength even in the wake of the pandemic, she has now taken the plunge with the opening of her very first cafe, appropriately named Grandma’s Kitchen.
The bistro-style cafe offers a variety of breakfast, lunch and bakery options, with the breakfast menu including the likes of eggs Benedict, Marion’s famous full English breakfast and even the more experimental breakfast burritos.
On the lunch menu, guests will be able to find dishes of all cuisines, from the Italian sandwich, the Korean brioche bun with chicken and the Cajun chicken rice bowl.
Also on the menu is a selection of Marion’s famous baked goods, including cakes and cupcakes suitable for an array of occasions.
Speaking to The Bolton News about her latest venture, Marion said: “Our first day was hectic, none of us had breakfast or lunch, and we’d been up since 6 o’clock in the morning.
“I’m mostly cooking at the back so I don’t get to see everyone as much but when I popped my head round I saw so many people here, that I think we will need more tables.
“It’s been amazing though, and now we just need to adjust to everything and see how it goes.”
There’s a new bottomless Mexican brunch with tacos and unlimited frozen margaritas
Just when you thought Manchester’s bottomless brunch scene couldn’t get any better…
The Mexican bottomless brunch deal you never knew you needed has landed in Manchester, and it looks incredible.
The good people at El Capo, situated in the Northern Quarter, have unveiled their brand new bottomless deal, which comes complete with tasty tacos and unlimited frozen margs – classic, frozen, fruity and spicy alike.
And for those who get a headache just from the smell of tequila, they’ve also added bottomless bottles of Sol and mimosas to their brunch offering.
On the food side of things, each taco serving comes in a set of three, with a number of tempting fillings to choose from.
For the vegetarians, there’s the Ha Ha Halloumi, which comes filled with grilled halloumi, lime aioli, melon and pineapple salsa, or the Badboy Beef Chilli for the meat-eaters, complete with chilli, sour cream, guacamole and crunchy nachos.
High Steaks comes with rump steak, shoestring fries, chipotle mayo and peppers, while the classic Porky Carnitas contains pork with zingy slaw, pico hot sauce and El Capo’s homemade pickles.
There’s also Grilled Prawns with salsa verde and the Cheeky Chicken with cajun chicken, avocado salsa, pomegranate pico and sour cream.
And for the plant-based guests can enjoy the Roasted Cauliflower taco, which contains a spiced chickpea and chipotle mayo.
Each guest gets six tacos from the menu (two fillings in sets of three), and ninety minutes of bottomless booze to enjoy to their heart’s content.
The bottomless deal is available every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm, and costs just £35 per person.
Get your table booked here.
Huge festival with Mexican, Cuban and other Latin American foods is coming this summer
The festival will offer a wide range of Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian dishes across the weekend
To celebrate the arrival of summer, Manchester is set to welcome an all-new food festival boasting the finest cuisine Latin America has to offer.
Taking over GRUB’s summer terrace next month for three days, the Latin American Food Fair will showcase tasty dishes from far-flung locations such as Cuba, Brazil and Mexico courtesy of some of Manchester’s most celebrated independent traders.
First on the line up is Bread and Butter BBQ, a Green Quarter-based dark kitchen specialising in Brazilian churrasco.
At the festival, they will be offering a menu of Brazilian-style burgers, breakfast items and barbecued steak and chips, which comes with a flavourful rump cap ‘Picanha’ cut of beef served on top of chunky chips and a vinaigrette and rocket salad.
Also on the line up is Pollard Yard’s newest resident Crunched Tacos, which has become famed for its innovative approach to taco toppings and flavours.
Their unique flavour combinations include pulled pork with a ‘Dark Fruits’ sauce and a sprinkling of bacon-flavoured Frazzles, as well as Cornflake-fried chicken with buttermilk crema and a garnish of Rice Krispies and Cuban Surf food.
Cubanitos will also be on hand across the event to serve up a wonderful selection of Cuban-inspired dishes, including loaded fries, hotdogs, burgers and sandwiches.
Mexican street food vendor El Contador concludes the line up with its soft shell taco selection, alongside Marzipan for those looking for a sweet treat.
On the drinks side of things, Salford’s very own Witch Kings Rum will be on hand to serve up some seriously tasty rum-based, Latin American-inspired cocktails.
The Latin American Food Fair will be taking over GRUB’S summer terrace on Friday July 29th (12pm-10pm), Saturday July 30th (12pm-6pm) and Sunday July 31st (12pm-6pm).
The festival will be free to enter, though booking a table in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.
COMING SOON: A rooftop restaurant with 360-degree views is opening in Manchester
Climat will serve a daily-changing menu of ‘food you want to eat’
Manchester is set to welcome a new rooftop restaurant boasting dazzling panoramic views of the city.
The brains behind Chester’s celebrated wine bar and restaurant Covino will be transforming the rooftop of Blackfriars House into Climat, their new wine-led restaurant and bar.
Blackfriars House recently underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment, and now boasts a co-working space, a lounge with a fireplace, podcast studio, 1920s-style reading room, seventy-seat auditorium and an independent coffee shop.
And as part of its ethos to blend work and lifestyle, the company has now unveiled its collaboration with Covino, which will see the launch of a brand new rooftop dining concept this autumn.
Climat will serve a seasonal, daily-changing menu that they say will simply be ‘food you want to eat’, alongside an extensive wine list boasting 250 varieties focused on the Burgundy region.
Charlotte Wild, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood Works, said: “As we are seeing a big return to the city centre post-covid, it felt it was the right time to launch this extraordinary new dining and drinking space in Manchester.
“Climat will bring a unique experience to this exciting part of the city. With an eclectic wine range and seasonally inspired food in a beautiful new destination dining spot, it’s set to be an inspiring addition to Manchester.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris and his team to our Blackfriars community – they have an amazing vision and will complement this beautiful building perfectly.
“For us, hospitality is completely central to the workplace of the future and so to have such a high-quality offering at Blackfriars makes perfect sense.”
Christopher Laidler, owner of Covino and Climat restaurants, added: “It’s great to get our foot in the door in Manchester. It represents a big step up for us. The site has so much to offer and we’re going to add something special to a great city.
“The space will be unique to others with its panoramic views and we can’t wait to share our progress during the build leading up to opening in autumn… Ultimately we want our guests to have a great dining experience and come and share our passion for really good food and drink.”
Covino started life as a small 300 square foot restaurant and bar in 2016. It quickly outgrew its first location after two years, and moved to a bigger premises around the corner where it transformed into a fully-fledged restaurant.