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The hidden gem in Heaton Moor serving up extra special steak and chips that takes 45 days to make 

The chips alone take three days and nights to perfect…

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There’s a hidden gem in Heaton Moor that’s claiming to have the ‘best chips in the North West.’

A very bold claim, I know. 

But James Hulme isn’t messing around – the owner and head chef of The Moor, James trained under the critically acclaimed celebrity chef Marco Pierre White before landing himself in the kitchen at Quaglino’s in St. James in London. 

He then came back up to Manchester to open the popular Spinningfields spot 20 Stories and, more recently, the lesser known The Moor in the Stockport suburb of Heaton Moor, just a stones-throw away from Manchester’s city centre.

The menus at The Moor are ever changing, and James’ ‘no waste’ approach to cooking is evident. But, perhaps most prominently, James’ menus are known and beloved for their high quality and locally sourced produce.

Take the steak, for example. James exclusively sources retired dairy cows from a farm just outside Buxton for his beef – traditionally used in Basque cooking, chefs tend to use retired dairy cows based on the fact that once their time in the milking industry is over, they’re put out to pasture to fatten up and relax, a cushty lifestyle that adds to the maturity and marbling of the meat.

Once in the restaurant, the steak is cooked over charcoal made from the fell trees from the same farm in which the cow once grazed – that’s either heartwarming or eerie, I’ll let you decide.

The steak is aged for a minimum of forty days and absolutely nothing on the meat goes to waste; the fat is used for cooking the chips, the bones for stock and the trimmings go to make the sauces.

The fish is also sustainably sourced from local fisherman, who deliver whatever comes in on the boat on the same morning the order is placed, as is the locally sourced vegetables. 

But let’s discuss the real star of the show – those three-day long cooked chips.

Now, The Moor don’t hold back when it comes to the humble chip – their first step is to thinly slice their potatoes so that they’re paper-thin, and then mix them with the melted beef fat from the ribs and a sprinkling of thyme. Then, they’re baked in the oven until soft.

The slices are then pressed together overnight until they’re as compact as possible and sliced into the chunky chip shape we all know and love. And last but not least, they’re then deep fried to order, leaving them crispy on the outside and wonderfully fluffy on the inside. 

Though it is worth mentioning that the chips only come as a side with the rib steak, and can’t be ordered individually. Though is that really a bad thing?

The menu offers a whole host of luxurious options, including a mangalitza pork belly, the beef tartare, and the Dashi-cured chalk stream trout. There is both a lunch menu and a dinner menu, as well as a Sunday roast menu on, you guessed it, Sundays. 

The restaurant is now open and taking bookings – check out the full menu and get yourself a reservation here

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New Turtle Bay restaurant set to open in Salford Quays as plans submitted

Manchester’s existing Turtle Bay restaurants are hugely popular thanks to their Caribbean-inspired menus and cocktails

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Salford Quays could soon be getting its very own Turtle Bay, with plans to build a new restaurant recently being submitted.

There are currently two existing Turtle Bay restaurants in Manchester, with one located down Oxford Road and the other in the Northern Quarter.

The venues have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians over the years, mainly thanks to their Caribbean-inspired menus, extensive list of rum cocktails and their competitive Happy Hour, which runs at varying hours every day of the week. 

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But the brand could soon be expanding outside of the city centre, with plans been recently submitted to open a new restaurant in Salford Quays.

According to the Salford City Council website, the application was received on Wednesday April 6th, and proposed the brands recognisable features, including an illuminated Turtle Bay sign, a ‘Caribbean social’ neon sign, and coloured awnings with pattern/graphics wording. 

It has also been pitched for the new Turtle Bay to move into the former Real China restaurant space in The Lowry Designer Outlet.

The proposal was validated last week on Tuesday May 3rd, so updates can be expected in the coming months. 

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Turtle Bay was founded in 2010 by Sri Lankan Ajith Jaya-Wickrema, who also established the Mexican restaurant chain Las Iguanas. 

Ajith, who moved to the UK at the age of fifteen, had a vision to create a group of restaurants that would ‘transport you to the Caribbean without a plane ticket’ and, ultimately, ‘bring the fun, bring the flavour, and bring on the good times’. 

Fast forward to today and there are now forty-two Turtle Bay restaurants across the UK, with ever-evolving menus, cocktails, live music and social events.

Head over to the Turtle Bay website for to stay posted with updates on their next venture.

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M&S launch new Corgi and Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar cakes

‘When you thought you’d seen it all… introducing Corgi meets Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar’

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M&S is commemorating the Queen’s seventieth year on the throne the only way it knows how with the launch of some very regal caterpillar cakes.

The supermarket took to social media today to unveil its miniature Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar, as well as a brand new corgi version of the popular chocolate cake.

Sharing a photo of the tasty treats, which take on the same shape as the original caterpillar cake but with new crowns and royal capes, M&S wrote: “When you thought you’d seen it all… introducing Corgi meets Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar”.

Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar and her corgi companion will be available to buy in all M&S stores from Tuesday May 17th, just in time for the Jubilee celebrations. 

And these aren’t the only new additions to M&S’s Platinum Jubilee range this year, with the retailer selling a whole host of royal-themed treats, drinks and home additions.

Though M&S isn’t the first supermarket to give their caterpillar cake a royal makeover, with Morrisons last month unveiling their very own Clarence the Corgi cake for the Jubilee celebrations. 

The limited edition corgi cake is made up of the usual chocolate-coated swiss roll cake, and will come complete with red, white and blue sprinkles, little boots, and a Union Jack crown to top it all off.

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It will be available to buy in all good Morrisons stores from May 21st.

The country is gearing up for four days worth of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including two extra days off across the May bank holiday weekend.

Other celebrations that weekend will include a Platinum Pudding Competition, which will be judged by baking royalty Dame Mary Berry.

The Platinum Jubilee Line Up in Full

May 12th-15th: Performances in Windsor Castle

June 2nd: Bank holiday begins with a Trooping The Colour and lighting of beacons

June 3rd: Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral

June 4th: Celebrity Party At The Palace outside Buckingham Palace

June 5th: Big Jubilee Lunch and Jubilee Pageant

July: Performances charting the stories of the Queen’s coronation and jubilees

The May Bank Holiday – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2nd, while an extra Bank Holiday will be added on Friday June 3rd, making it a four-day weekend.

You can shop the full M&S Platinum Jubilee range here.

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NEW OPENING: Manchester’s first ever loaf cake cafe is opening this weekend

The loaf cakes come in a variety of different flavours, including Biscoff, Jammie Dodger and Bourbon Biscuit

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Manchester is set to welcome a brand new cafe dedicated to all things loaf cake.

Loaf Manchester found life in the height of the Covid pandemic in May 2020, with founder and owner Aiden Ryan selling his homemade loaf cakes in a bid to raise money for the NHS.

Aiden’s freshly baked loafs and their unique flavours and toppings proved to be a huge hit and, before he knew it, he was supplying thirteen different cafes across Manchester and making personalised orders from a shipping container in Pollard Yard, Ancoats.

In less than two years, Loaf Manchester has supplied the likes of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and is now gearing up to open its first official site in Affinity Living Riverview, Salford.

@loaf_manchester / Instagram

@loaf_manchester / Instagram

On the menu, guests can expect to find all the usual loaf delights that have made the brand so popular over the years, including fan favourite flavours of Jammie Dodger, Biscoff, Bourbon Biscuit, and Custard Cream.

Alongside Loaf Manchester’s classic collection of nostalgic cakes, there will be a selection of handmade Loaf Au Choc, Croissant Loaf and Brioche Loaf fresh on the counter each day.

And for the first time, Loaf Manchester will be offering a selection of light lunch options to balance the sweet with savoury, including artisanal sandwiches and bagels from Sndwch Mcr, salads and smoothies from Bondi Bowls, and natural made soft drinks from Steep Soda Co.

Loaf Manchester will be opening its Affinity Living Riverview cafe this weekend and, to celebrate, will be throwing launch parties on both Saturday and Sunday, complete with cake, booze and live music.

Aiden said on Loaf Manchester’s new chapter: “We are so proud of where the brand is now and the connections we’ve made – the support we’ve had from both customers and local business has been absolutely incredible.

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@loaf_manchester / Instagram

“This weekend is not just the launch of our first site, it’s the celebration of our partnership with Affinity Living, a community driven place to live, as well as the creatives and small businesses that have helped elevate Loaf to where it is now.”

Loaf Manchester will be opening to the public on Saturday May 14th with an epic launch party starting at 12pm-9pm.

There will be a second launch party the following day on Sunday May 15th, starting at 11am-5pm.

Follow Loaf Manchester on Instagram for all the details.

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