A countryside farm has opened up on weekends to offer pizza, beer and gorgeous views of Greater Manchester.
Located on top of a hill in Rossendale, Farm Tap at Kiln Clough Farm, Helmshore, has now reopened its doors for the summer months.
The Farm Tap is run by brothers Barney and Josh Vines out of a barn on the site of their family’s working farm. They initially came up with the idea after they hosted a beer festival on the site back in 2016 – here, they decided to launch their own brewery and, thus, Northern Whisper was born.
The brothers went on to open beer tap bars in locations across Greater Manchester and Lancashire – Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Colne – but because of lockdown restrictions they have not yet been able to open.
But with Farm Tap having acres of outdoor space, the brothers have been able to reopen following the easing of restrictions in April.
Barney, thirty-two, said on the venue: “It is just great to be back open again.
“It’s our family farm, and my brother Josh and I organised a beer festival in 2016 which did brilliantly and that’s how the idea for our own brewery came about.”
Barney pointed out that, as well as stunning views, guests at Farm Tap will also be able to enjoy the presence of farmyard animals, too.
He said: “At certain times of the year you’ll see animals from the tap, but it’s a working farm not a petting zoo.
“We have a number of rare breeds here, and our pig barn is further down the lane. For people who are walking up here it’s not uncommon to see the pigs basking in the sun.”
All beers, which are priced at a very reasonable £4 a pint, are the brewery’s own, including core favourites like Chinwag IPA, Chatterbox APA and Oppenchops golden ale.
The beers are all named after some good Northern terms for banter, with Barney noting: “We liked the idea of names which could be associated with hearsay and rumours – Rossendale can be rife for small talk and rumours!”
The pizzas on site, alternatively, are priced between £9.95 to £10.95 with toppings including a classic margarita and ham and mushroom as well as their own slightly more adventurous concoctions, ‘meaty monster’ and ‘spicy monster combos.’
Farm Tap doesn’t take bookings, so it’s simply a case of turning up and finding a seat outside at the sprawling farm and admiring the stunning views of Greater Manchester all around.
For directions and more information, you can visit their website here.
Greater Manchester chippies forced to close because of heat as kitchens reach 44 degrees
The rain doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?
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.
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.
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
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.’
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.
“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.
‘Best restaurant in the world’ named and it’s only a short drive from Manchester
I know where I’m dining this weekend…
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.
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.”
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.