While many will agree that Stockport isn’t exactly known as Manchester’s Little Italy, there is one canal boat in particular serving up some wonderfully authentic Neapolitan treats.
The Waltzing Matilda Boat was founded by father-son duo Chris and Paul Edwards last year during the uncertain period between Covid lockdowns, and has become a fast favourite among locals.
Pizzas are served fresh through a hatch on the side of the boat, with Chris telling the Manchester Evening News last year: “It’s very small, it’s not a massive venue, but you’ll be able to sit and watch the kitchen in action.
“We’ve had people calling us wanting to book for thirty and it’s like, ‘not a chance!’
“We’d love to have some outside seating on the tow path if it works out well in warmer weather.”
The floating restaurant, which moves between Stockport and Cheshire on the Macclesfield Canal, has been on a brief hiatus this year but, last month, it was announced that it will be making its comeback just in time for the summer months.
Pizzas on the menu this spring range from a classic Margherita, Marinara, Pepperoni, and the Swagman, which comes topped with a delicious mix of spicy chorizo, n’duja, fresh chilli, hot honey and candied jalapeno.
There are also cakes and treats from Boaty Bakes, a North West-based small batch bakery specialising in muffins, brownies, cookies and cronuts.
And for dog walkers, the Waltzing Matilda offers a range of tasty dog treats, including Hare and Hen, Venison and Boar.
The unique boat is currently sat at High Lane on the Macclesfield canal and, unlike in its debut year riddled with Covid restrictions, guests are now welcome to sit inside the restaurant.
The Waltzing Matilda opens at 10:00am every Saturday and Sunday for coffee and bakes, while pizza is served a little bit later on from 2:30pm on Saturdays only.
It is advised to book a pizza slot in advance due to their high popularity – get yours booked here.
A FREE Michelin-starred food and drink festival is coming to Manchester this summer
Celebrated chefs from across the country will be joining forces with Escape to Freight Island for one weekend only
The KANTINA Food and Drink Weekender is returning to Manchester this summer with a whole host of Michelin-starred talent.
And better yet? This year, it is completely FREE to attend.
Billed as a ‘feast for the city’, KANTINA 2022 will see national guest chefs, restaurants and bars pairing up with the existing traders in Escape to Freight Island for a whole host of tasty and unique collaborations.
As a part of the weekend’s line-up, Brad Carter’s One Star Döner Bar will partner with Michelin-starred chef Tom Brown who founded Cornerstone in London, alongside renowned independent food consultant from Birmingham, Lap-fai Lee.
Famous for her South-East Asian cookery, Pippa Middlehurst ‘Pippy Eats’ will be returning to KANTINA for a follow-up collaboration with Mi & Pho, while the upscaled tacos from Madre will be teamed up with AngloThai’s co-founder and head chef John Chantarasak.
And Carnival – the popular new collaboration concept at Escape to Freight Island – will be taken over by award-winning chef, butcher, restauranteur and food writer Richard Turner, formerly of Hawksmoor.
There will also be an exclusive supper club will be presented by Luke French, the head chef and owner at the acclaimed JÖRO in Sheffield, which holds an impressive 3 AA Rosettes and Michelin Guide 2021 Recommended.
And for those with a sweet tooth, there will be a tantalising selection from ice cream sandwich connoisseurs Happy Endings will be available alongside offerings from Gooey and Batard.
On the drinks side of things, Soho House will take over Escape to Freight Island’s bar in the sky at The Jane Eyre, while the Pomona Island taproom will provide a whole range of beverages across the board.
And in true Escape to Freight Island fashion, the festival will host a vibrant roster of entertainment, varying from live performances, DJs, satellite events and more across the weekend.
KANTINA 2022 will be hosted at Escape to Freight Island on Friday June 10th (from 4pm until 1am), Saturday June 11th (from 12pm until 1am) and Sunday June 12th (from 12pm until 9pm) and will be completely free to attend.
Get your table booked here.
Kong’s Chicken launches jerk fried chicken, hanger steak ‘surf & turf’ and cheesy chips with gravy on new menu
Kong’s has shaken up the menu with some tasty new additions…
Manchester’s staple fried chicken joint Kongs Chicken Shop has strayed from tradition with the launch of its brand new menu.
Kong’s, the very place that sent the city into a frenzy with its fried chicken Sunday roast last year, was born out of the popular Northern Quarter ramen spot, CBRB, where it operated on a collection and delivery basis.
Thanks to its success however, Kong’s has been quick to grow and, in its short life, has held residencies in a number of city centre venues such as Foundation Coffee on Portland Street, Northern Monk Refectory, The Head of Steam in Didsbury Village and, most recently, Clubhouse in Spinningfields.
But in perhaps their biggest move yet, the fried chicken connoisseurs launched their very own American-style diner in late night arcade and bowling bar Dog Bowl at the start of the year.
And now they’ve settled into their new home nicely, Kong’s have unveiled a brand new menu, complete with their iconic fried chicken and something a little different, too.
Fans of the restaurant will recognise their trademark Signature Chicken Sandwich, which comes with a fried chicken thigh, crispy chicken skin, chunky burger sauce, iceberg lettuce, pickles and sriracha slaw, all sandwiched within a toasted seeded brioche bun.
For the first time, Kong’s is offering its own take on Caribbean cuisine with the new Jerk Chicken Sandwich – the chicken is marinated in house jerk sauce and paired with mango and pineapple hot salsa, slaw and iceberg lettuce. It is also available in vegan form, and is equally as good.
Also new to the menu is the Panang Curry Chicken Sandwich and the Buffalo Chicken Poutine, consisting of a fried chicken thigh in buffalo sauce with mozzarella, fries, gravy, blue cheese sauce, crumbled cheese, chives and chilli.
Kong’s has strayed from tradition with some of their new dishes too, including the Hanger Steak and Fries, which comes cooked rare and topped with chimichurri and watercress, with the option to add king prawns for £5 and a fried egg and grilled pineapple ring for £1.
And it’s worth mentioning that the restaurant doesn’t mess about when it comes to sides; their fried chicken and steak can be accompanied by Kong’s Slaw, Onion Rings, Buffalo Blue Cheese Fries and a range of BBQ chicken wings and tenders.
Kong’s at Dog Bowl is open from 12pm every day, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a game of bowling or fun in the arcade.
Make sure to follow Kong’s Chicken Shop on Instagram for news and updates.
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
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.
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.
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.