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There’s a new Forest Gin pop-up bar at Harvey Nichols serving up cocktails all weekend

The pop up is dishing out a whole array of unique and organic cocktails

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Exciting gin news: Local favourite Forest Gin is dominating a new pop up in Manchester’s city centre. 

Located on the ground floor of Harvey Nichols, the pop up is available every weekend and is offering some seriously good cocktails made with the finest local ingredients.

Their website reads: “Join us every weekend for a specially curated menu of botanically inspired gin cocktails showcasing the very best of Forest Gin’s unique distillations.

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“Featuring the finest organic and foraged ingredients, sourced from the distillery’s idyllic surroundings in the Peak District National Park, take some time out to enjoy a ‘Lavender Bee’s Knees’ cocktail or a refreshing ‘Forest Gin Hibiscus Lemonade.'”

On the menu, you will find unique concoctions such as the ‘Earl Grey Iced Tea’, a delicious blend of – you guessed it – Earl Grey Forest Gin, rose lemonade, summer berries and mint leaves.

The ‘Lavender Bee’s Knees’ is also worth a try – a simple blend of Forest Gin, lemon juice, honey and lavender.

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And for those fancying something other than gin, the ‘The Velvet Nettle’, which blends Forest Whisky, lemon, nettle cordial, honey and egg white will be certain to hit the spot.

The Forest Distillery is located in a unique 17th century barn, nestled within the beautiful Macclesfield Forest in the Peak District National Park.

It is here that the Bond family and ‘a small team of weasels’ daily distil spirits of the very highest quality using organic and foraged ingredients – all water used in the process comes from the Peak’s very own natural springs.

Visit their website for more information.

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Greater Manchester chippies forced to close because of heat as kitchens reach 44 degrees 

The rain doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?

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A full week of scorching temperatures across Greater Manchester has resulted in the closure of a number of our favourite fish and chip shops.

Throughout the last week, Greater Manchester has endured blistering conditions, with temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees celsius.

Yet, while many have been enjoying the unusually warm weather in local parks and beer gardens, our chippies haven’t been faring so well.

Charlie’s Fish & Chips Urmston M41 / Facebook

Popular restaurants Charlie’s Fish and Chips in Urmston and Chips @ No. 8 in Prestwich had to close their doors this week when temperatures soared in their kitchens.

Chips @ No 8 was named one of the best chippies in the UK in the recent Fry Magazine Awards.

But locals haven’t been able to visit since Tuesday after the kitchen’s vital fan stopped working, meaning the temperature reached a staggering 44 degrees celsius. 

A sign in the window of the Prestwich business, signed off with a smiley face, read: “The kitchen supply fan has chosen today to give up.

“When the temperature in here reached 44 degrees celsius… So did we! Gone for an ice cream.”

Over in Urmston, meanwhile, Charlie’s posted on its Facebook page: “Closed today due to extreme temperatures. Health and safety comes first!

Though fans of the restaurants need not fear because, now that temperatures have cooled somewhat, they are both back open from today. To check their opening times, visit the Chips @ No.8 Facebook page and the Charlie’s Fish & Chips Urmston M41 Facebook page.

While there’s no law for minimum or maximum working temperatures here in the UK, gov guidance suggests a minimum of 16 degrees celsius or 13 degrees celsius if employees are doing physical work.

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A new waterside wine and cheese bar with an outdoor terrace is coming to Manchester

Because there’s no such thing as too many wine and cheese bars

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The team behind Manchester’s pop-up restaurant concept, Higher Ground, are bringing a brand new waterside wine and cheese bar to Manchester.

Based in New Islington, Flawd will specialise in natural, low-intervention wine and local beer, served alongside cheese and charcuterie while also featuring an outdoor terrace beside the bustling Islington Marina.

The aim is to shine a spotlight on small-scale wine producers and to ‘make natural wine approachable to anyone and everyone,’ while also creating the ideal venue for ‘after work drinks, an aperitivo before dinner, or a few drinks before a night out in surrounding neighbourhoods.’

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There will also be a heavy focus on quality bottles of wine to share with friends.

On the food side of things, Flawd will be serving a selection of British cheeses, charcuterie, and ferments from Curing Rebels in Brighton, whose selection includes ‘Brighton salami’ and salmon pastrami.

Joseph Otway, co-owner, said: “We really just want to open a neighbourhood wine bar for the growing New Islington community.

Higher Ground / Facebook

“To create a space for people to drink great wine, relax and have fun.”

Higher Ground is made up of Joseph Otway, former head chef at Where The Light Gets In, and Richard Cossins, formerly general manager at Fera at Claridges in London.

They have spearheaded the trend of natural wines, small plates and Scandi style dining that is making waves through Manchester.

Flawd will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays in September. An official launch date is yet to be announced. 

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‘Best restaurant in the world’ named and it’s only a short drive from Manchester

I know where I’m dining this weekend…

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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.

The Old Stamp House Restaurant / TripAdvisor

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.”

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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.

Check out the full 2021 Travellers Choice Awards winners, and visit the Old Stamp House’s official website for further details and bookings.

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