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.
There’s a new bottomless Mexican brunch with tacos and unlimited frozen margaritas
Just when you thought Manchester’s bottomless brunch scene couldn’t get any better…
The Mexican bottomless brunch deal you never knew you needed has landed in Manchester, and it looks incredible.
The good people at El Capo, situated in the Northern Quarter, have unveiled their brand new bottomless deal, which comes complete with tasty tacos and unlimited frozen margs – classic, frozen, fruity and spicy alike.
And for those who get a headache just from the smell of tequila, they’ve also added bottomless bottles of Sol and mimosas to their brunch offering.
On the food side of things, each taco serving comes in a set of three, with a number of tempting fillings to choose from.
For the vegetarians, there’s the Ha Ha Halloumi, which comes filled with grilled halloumi, lime aioli, melon and pineapple salsa, or the Badboy Beef Chilli for the meat-eaters, complete with chilli, sour cream, guacamole and crunchy nachos.
High Steaks comes with rump steak, shoestring fries, chipotle mayo and peppers, while the classic Porky Carnitas contains pork with zingy slaw, pico hot sauce and El Capo’s homemade pickles.
There’s also Grilled Prawns with salsa verde and the Cheeky Chicken with cajun chicken, avocado salsa, pomegranate pico and sour cream.
And for the plant-based guests can enjoy the Roasted Cauliflower taco, which contains a spiced chickpea and chipotle mayo.
Each guest gets six tacos from the menu (two fillings in sets of three), and ninety minutes of bottomless booze to enjoy to their heart’s content.
The bottomless deal is available every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm, and costs just £35 per person.
Get your table booked here.
Huge festival with Mexican, Cuban and other Latin American foods is coming this summer
The festival will offer a wide range of Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian dishes across the weekend
To celebrate the arrival of summer, Manchester is set to welcome an all-new food festival boasting the finest cuisine Latin America has to offer.
Taking over GRUB’s summer terrace next month for three days, the Latin American Food Fair will showcase tasty dishes from far-flung locations such as Cuba, Brazil and Mexico courtesy of some of Manchester’s most celebrated independent traders.
First on the line up is Bread and Butter BBQ, a Green Quarter-based dark kitchen specialising in Brazilian churrasco.
At the festival, they will be offering a menu of Brazilian-style burgers, breakfast items and barbecued steak and chips, which comes with a flavourful rump cap ‘Picanha’ cut of beef served on top of chunky chips and a vinaigrette and rocket salad.
Also on the line up is Pollard Yard’s newest resident Crunched Tacos, which has become famed for its innovative approach to taco toppings and flavours.
Their unique flavour combinations include pulled pork with a ‘Dark Fruits’ sauce and a sprinkling of bacon-flavoured Frazzles, as well as Cornflake-fried chicken with buttermilk crema and a garnish of Rice Krispies and Cuban Surf food.
Cubanitos will also be on hand across the event to serve up a wonderful selection of Cuban-inspired dishes, including loaded fries, hotdogs, burgers and sandwiches.
Mexican street food vendor El Contador concludes the line up with its soft shell taco selection, alongside Marzipan for those looking for a sweet treat.
On the drinks side of things, Salford’s very own Witch Kings Rum will be on hand to serve up some seriously tasty rum-based, Latin American-inspired cocktails.
The Latin American Food Fair will be taking over GRUB’S summer terrace on Friday July 29th (12pm-10pm), Saturday July 30th (12pm-6pm) and Sunday July 31st (12pm-6pm).
The festival will be free to enter, though booking a table in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.
COMING SOON: A rooftop restaurant with 360-degree views is opening in Manchester
Climat will serve a daily-changing menu of ‘food you want to eat’
Manchester is set to welcome a new rooftop restaurant boasting dazzling panoramic views of the city.
The brains behind Chester’s celebrated wine bar and restaurant Covino will be transforming the rooftop of Blackfriars House into Climat, their new wine-led restaurant and bar.
Blackfriars House recently underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment, and now boasts a co-working space, a lounge with a fireplace, podcast studio, 1920s-style reading room, seventy-seat auditorium and an independent coffee shop.
And as part of its ethos to blend work and lifestyle, the company has now unveiled its collaboration with Covino, which will see the launch of a brand new rooftop dining concept this autumn.
Climat will serve a seasonal, daily-changing menu that they say will simply be ‘food you want to eat’, alongside an extensive wine list boasting 250 varieties focused on the Burgundy region.
Charlotte Wild, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood Works, said: “As we are seeing a big return to the city centre post-covid, it felt it was the right time to launch this extraordinary new dining and drinking space in Manchester.
“Climat will bring a unique experience to this exciting part of the city. With an eclectic wine range and seasonally inspired food in a beautiful new destination dining spot, it’s set to be an inspiring addition to Manchester.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris and his team to our Blackfriars community – they have an amazing vision and will complement this beautiful building perfectly.
“For us, hospitality is completely central to the workplace of the future and so to have such a high-quality offering at Blackfriars makes perfect sense.”
Christopher Laidler, owner of Covino and Climat restaurants, added: “It’s great to get our foot in the door in Manchester. It represents a big step up for us. The site has so much to offer and we’re going to add something special to a great city.
“The space will be unique to others with its panoramic views and we can’t wait to share our progress during the build leading up to opening in autumn… Ultimately we want our guests to have a great dining experience and come and share our passion for really good food and drink.”
Covino started life as a small 300 square foot restaurant and bar in 2016. It quickly outgrew its first location after two years, and moved to a bigger premises around the corner where it transformed into a fully-fledged restaurant.