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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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Popular Italian launches new menu with fresh cheesy pesto pasta and king prawns

If you’re in search of an authentic Italian dining experience in Manchester, look no further than Italiana Fifty Five

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A popular Italian restaurant in Manchester has launched a new A La Carte menu.

Italiana Fifty Five has added some appetising new dishes to its menu to expand its offering this spring.

Diners can sample the newly added seasonal items and its authentic classic Italian favourites at all three of its Manchester sites – at the Great Northern, Liverpool Road and Didsbury.

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The new A La Carte dishes include Gamberoni Grigliata which is tiger prawns cooked in garlic, butter, lemon and fresh chilli and served with toasted altamura bread for  £13.95.

Also new to the menu is the Zoupa which is a hearty seafood soup with king scallops, king prawns, and muscles for £13.95.

Brand new appetisers include the Insalata Tricolore with avocado, beef tomato and buffalo mozzarella for £9.50, and the Bruschetta Speciale made with toasted sourdough bread and buffalo mozzarella spread, roasted heritage cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, fresh basil and pesto for £9.75.

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And if that’s not enough to entice you, diners can also tuck in to the new risotto and pasta dishes, including Risotto Zafferano which is a saffron risotto with parsley, garlic, onion and pecorino cheese for £14.95.

And the Trofie ala Pesto made with trofie pasta in homemade pesto sauce, finished with buffalo mozzarella for £14.95.

Complete your visit on a sweet note and indulge in one of Italiana Fifty Five’s best-loved desserts such as the Tiramisu or panna cotta.

To find out more or book a table at Italiana Fifty Five, click HERE.

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Restaurant famed for ‘cheese wheel pasta’ and ‘towering lasagnas’ looking to come to Manchester

A taste of la dolce vita could be coming to Manchester

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The ‘OTT’ group famous for its pasta served in a wheel of cheese and 10-level lasagnas is reportedly looking to open a new Italian restaurant in Manchester city centre.

French-based Big Mamma Group, which owns over-the-top Italian restaurants in London – Gloria, Carlotta, Jacuzzi, Ave Mario and Circolo Popolare – will open a new venue in Gary Neville’s under-construction St Michael’s development off Deansgate.

Its restaurants are known for their flamboyant, retro interiors, resembling vintage maximalism Italian eateries, as well as US-style red sauce joints.

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The regularly changing menus feature a variety of Italian classics, including fettuccine alfredo al tartufo, spaghetti with meatballs, a famous ’10 level’ lasagne and carbonara served in a huge cheese wheel.

The Manchester restaurant will be the first UK venue to be located outside of London and will – sit alongside the also announced Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte, also to be built at St Michael’s.

The move follows a host of other operators in the capital choosing to open new sites in Manchester.

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Soon to arrive in the city will be the likes of Caravan, Flat Iron, Soho House and Blacklock.

Big Mamma – which was founded in 2013 by French entrepreneurs Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux – has more than 20 restaurants across Europe including Paris, Monaco, Milan, Madrid and Berlin.

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High-end Japanese restaurant MUSU offering 30% off in March

Take advantage of vibrant Japanese dining experience

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High-end Japanese restaurant MUSU is offering 30% off in March for customers who sign up to its new free rewards programme.

The contemporary Japanese eatery, nestled in the heart of the city centre on Bridge Street, is launching its own membership rewards programme.

The scheme is free to join and will give members 30% off their food bill throughout March upon signing up.

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Rewards customers can enjoy discounted prices on menus including the Omakase – the theatrical, educational sushi experience which is served individually to diners at the restaurant’s six–seat omakase counter. 

This also includes the full Land of the Rising Sun tasting menus, which take in a range of cooking styles from all over Japan, devised by chef-patron Mike Shaw.

Then from April, members of the programme will be able to take advantage of a series of other rewards, including 30% off any food bill when dining at lunch time, 10% off when dining at dinner on any menu, and a 10% discount on private hire and private dining.

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The restaurant has a closed-off area for its private dining experience for guests to enjoy, which is regularly used by celebrities and food critics alike.

On top of this, members celebrating their birthdays at MUSU will receive a complimentary drink, and every reward programme member will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a 12-course Land of the Rising Sun experience, complete with wine pairings.

You can get early access to the restaurant’s special events, like its live tuna cutting experience, where a whole bluefin tuna is carved in front of diners, while its expert sushi chefs talk you through the provenance of the fish and the skills displayed in this ancient craft.

You can sign up to MUSU’s free rewards scheme, HERE.

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