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Spinningfields has some incredible festive food and drink offers this Christmas

The ultimate guide to festive fun in Spinningfields

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Spinningfields has launched a huge range of Christmas food and drink fun, taking place across its many bars and restaurants.

From Indian street food medleys and smoking cocktails, with some ‘wineoke’ and festive faux fur filled teepees along the way, Spinningfields has got it all going on this winter.

Serving as a cosy retreat to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Christmas, here’s the very best things to eat, drink and do across the next month at Spinningfields.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Starting off with a local favourite, The Alchemist is inviting people to enjoy either a two or three-course menu with a welcome festive cocktail, nibbles and a digestif shot to end the night.

Famous for always going all-out with its drinks menu, the bar has launched some Christmas-themed specials including a Mulled Belini, Winter Colada and White Chocolate and Raspberry Martini to enjoy across the season.

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The Ivy

With three special dining offers; the Ivy Brasserie, Ivy Asia and the botanical roof garden, The Ivy gives guests a magical setting to enjoy its vast menus of winter warming seasonal food.

Offering afternoon tea, brunch, lunch and dinner, it’s serving the likes of Duck Liver Parfait, Goose and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie and Lobster and Prawn Cocktail, alongside a huge menu of limited edition curated cocktails in collaboration with Chivas XV Gold Whisky.

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Australasia

Subterranean neighbourhood eatery Australasia is serving coastal-inspired three and four-course menus this Christmas, which features British ingredients with a distinctive Australian twist.

With dishes such as Wagyu Nigiri and Matcha Kombu Cured Salmon making the menu, alongside Miso Bakes Cod and Goose Fat Roast Potatoes – it’s a great destination for alternative dining after a rummage around the Christmas markets.

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The Oast House

One of Manchester’s most iconic venues for good, old fashioned festive fun, The Oast House is offering a dazzling programme of events in and around its curious teepee.

Enjoy live music from local acts, festive tipples and delicious menus full of hearty dishes such as Bratwurst Hot Dogs, Yorkshire Pudding Wraps, Loaded Pies and Turkey Hanging Kebabs.

With fire pits, faux fur throws, festive fairy lights and warming drinks, The Curious Teepee is one of Manchester’s most atmospheric winter venues.

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Fazenda

Fazenda is transporting guests to the shores of South America this Christmas and New Year with its renowned menu of century-old gaucho traditions combined with rodizio dining.

Guests can enjoy Brazilian influenced food, with the option to upgrade to silver, gold or platinum packages which include a glass of fizz or Veuve Clicquot and five Brazilian sweet treats.

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20 Stories

Serving as a serene sanctuary up in the skies above the city, 20 Stories has launched a bespoke cocktail menu curated in collaboration with Ciroc vodka.

For Christmas Day, the venue is also relieving all of the stress of home cooking with its five-course tasting menu, designed by the restaurant’s executive chef Daniel Scott.

The dishes combine seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce and can be joined by three wine pairings, carefully curated by head sommelier Andreas Rosendal.

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Comptoir Libanais

With a mix of Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine, Comptoir Libanais offers an all-day dining experience full of healthy, fresh and honest food.

The laid-back setting makes for authentic feasting, and the festive menu offers diners two-courses and mint tea for £28.95 and three-courses and tea for £34.95.

Stand-out dishes include the Mixed Grill with lamb kofta, chicken kofta and chicken taouk, as well as the Seabass Sayadiyah and Vanilla and Mango Cheesecake.

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Tattu

Tattu has launched a stunning winter campaign, ‘The Great Snow’ where guests can experience the wonder of Aurora Borealis dancing across the restaurant whilst dining under the frozen cherry blossom.

The restaurant has created a special cocktail for Christmas that’s a blend of Grey Goose vodka, white chocolate and sparkling cherry.

The desserts follow suit, with the restaurant’s signature Cherry Blossom snow-topped with icy blue candyfloss plus a new Mount Heng Flambe, an indulgent baked Alaska with marashino cherry, coconut, hazelnuts and meringue structured to resemble China’s Mount Heng.

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Sakku Samba

Sakku Samba is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of elegant excess, with an endless selection of dishes including nigiri, gyoza, sashimi, picanha, carneiro and much more.

Alongside this, diners can also enjoy the restaurant’s A La Carte menu of Brazilian/Japanese fusion food, which centres on traditional grill dishes, noodles and more.

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The Lawn Club

The Lawn Club has reinvented itself as a winter wonderland this season, complete with a brand new fairy-light adorned pergola for walk-in guests, as well as festive pods that have been upgraded with cosy blankets.

A welcoming social spot, located in the heart of Spinningfields, guests can also enjoy an all-day food and drinks menu which offers something for everyone, from antipasti boards and burgers, to craft beers and cocktails – perfect for lunchtime meetings, mate dates, and after work drinks.

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Provence Wine

Nothing says Christmas more than a wineoke session with bottomless bottles, right? Provence Wine is offering this for group bookings with the option to add on entertainment, games and wine tastings hosted by an in-house wine aficionado.

The wine bar and coffee house caters for every occasion and guests can select from a menu categorised by ‘wine occasions’, as well as a menu of light bites and nibbles.

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Scene Indian Street Kitchen

Taking customers on a journey through the flavour filled streets of India, Pakistan and South Asia, Scene Indian Street Kitchen offers diners authentic street food.

The tranquil riverside terrace overlooks the River Irwell, offering visitors an excellent option for enjoying food al fresco, the traditional way.

The outdoor heated garden veranda caters for those wanting to relax and unwind with some drinks and shisha while dining on some authentic street food.

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Thaikhun

If turkey with all the trimmings isn’t quite up your street, Thaikhun kicks off its own Christmas party with a fantastically affordable set menu and a range of festive cocktails to wash it down.

Beginning at just £17.50pp, the tinsel-strewn Thai feast promises dishes guaranteed to please the fussiest of eaters, complete with curries, noodle dishes, sharing platters and more.

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An all-you-can-eat cheese party is coming to Manchester for Valentine’s Day

Calling all cheese lovers!

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A pub in Manchester is doing an all-you-can-eat cheese party to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Pie and Ale, based in the Northern Quarter, will be hosting this very cheesy evening in collaboration with Homage 2 Fromage, on Thursday February 16th at 7pm – 9.30pm.

The Leeds-born cheese tasting company will be laying out a selection of cheeses decked out on slabs in a help-yourself buffet style, called ‘Cheese of Love’ – perfect for lovers of the creamy delight.

The event promises to showcase a selection of ‘eight sexy, sultry, sensuous cheeses’ with some ‘soft and yielding’ and others ‘big and strong’, and a serving of the molten good stuff to make an appearance amongst the layout also.

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You can have your fill as the portions of cheesy goodness will be unlimited for the two and half hours.

You’ll be needing something to wash it all down with, and at Pie and Ale you can also get stuck into a large selection of ales and craft beers, with six rotating cask ales, craft lager and beer on tap, and plenty of cans and bottles to choose from in the fridge.

Put together by Nick and Vickie, who created Homage 2 Fromage in 2011 after a random conversation on Twitter, the event will be a laid back and casual evening where you can take someone special and indulge in a pungent banquet together while sipping on some good ales.

Tickets cost £40 for a table for two and drinks are not included in the price. You can purchase tickets here.

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Biddulph Grange: The unique garden where you can walk through Ancient Egypt, China and Italy in a day

You can explore Ancient Egypt, China and Italy all in one walk.

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Biddulph Grange is a unique garden where visitors can walk across continents all in one day.

Based at Biddulph Grange Country Park in Staffordshire, this unusual National Trust landscape is a real hidden gem and has even been coined as a ‘horticultural Disneyland’.

Right near the border of Cheshire, the ‘playful paradise’ was designed by horticulturist and British landowner James Bateman after moving there in 1840, and offers a quirky masterpiece for all to enjoy. He lived there with his wife Maria for 27 years, and developed the masterpiece with her help and that of his friend, painter Edward William Cooke.

While exploring the fascinating grounds of the Grade-II listed garden, you can climb its 400 steps, pass by stone sphinxes, before you come across a bright red Chinese pagoda by a lake, and stumble upon a tiered Italian-style garden.

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Walkers can take a step back in time — or all 400 of them — through a Tudor-style cottage and a Victorian garden, which overlooks the valley. Featured gardens include:

The China Garden

Bright reds and trimmings of gold make this little piece of an oriental haven stand out from the crowd. It even has a joss house, a tower and a ‘Great wall’ all of its own.

The Egyptian Garden

Walk through a tomb-like tunnel where a grand stone temple doorway bears an image of the sun god Ra along with four stone sphinxes, surrounded by clipped yew.

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The Italy Garden

It features a series of magnificent trickling terraces, one after the other, in an Italian style. 

The incredible terraces are packed with plants from around the world – it might be Italian in style, but Italian plants apparently don’t grow well on a wet and windy English hillside.

The Stumpery

Here is where old tree stumps are used as makeshift scaffolding for climbing plants and is the oldest stumpery in the country. It has even been copied by Prince Charles’ home in Gloucestershire.

The Cheshire Cottage

This Tudor-style cottage dates back to 1856 and its facade includes the initials of James and his wife Maria.

The National Trust has drawn possible links between the Cheshire Cottage and Queen Victoria’s famous Swiss Cottage, which she built for her nine children around the same time.

In Bateman’s time, the cottage would have been the commanding focus surrounded by small trees – now it’s dwarfed by towering conifers.

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More than just acres of stunning garden grounds, Biddulph Grange also has a Geological gallery, with a ‘unique Victorian display of fossils and geological strata laid out according to the Biblical days of creation’ — offering a ‘fascinating journey through time’.

There is also a woodland adventure play area, with see-saws, climbing frames and balancing beams — great for the young ones with plenty of energy to burn. Afterwards, you can wind down and take it all in at the tea rooms, where hot and cold food is served fresh daily.

Biddulph Grange is open from 10am to 3.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday, throughout January. Tickets for adults cost £12 and £6 for children.

It’s between 45 minutes and an hour to drive to Biddulph Grange Garden from most parts of Greater Manchester. You can also get to it by taking the train to Congleton then a short bus ride on the 94 service to St Lawrence’s Church.

You can find out more about Biddulph Grange Garden at the National Trust website here.

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An all-new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks ‘Glow Party’ is coming to Manchester this weekend

The kids will love this!

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The all-new Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party will be coming to Manchester this weekend.

Fans of all ages will be left dazzled at the family friendly event, as they watch the iconic trucks light up the floor, which showcases at the AO Arena on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th.

This one-of-a-kind, high-energy Glow Party experience will see huge rip-roaring trucks rolling onto the floor to hold outrageous competitions and battles.

The thrilling new experience brings audiences the only opportunity to watch their favourite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks – Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Boneshaker™, Bigfoot® and more, plus the all-new Gunkster™, as they light-up the room.

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Event performances will also feature spectacular laser light shows, exhilarating dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. 

Plus, a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot, Megasaurus, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross.

An exciting Crash Zone Pre-Show Party will be held before every performance, providing fans access to the competition floor to see the outrageous designs and epic size of Monster Trucks along with autograph signings from the drivers and performers.

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Each ticket includes an autograph card plus a souvenir pass and lanyard exclusive to Crash Zone attendees.

Senior Vice President Touring, International Music, Live Nation, Tim McWilliams said: “We are thrilled to be embarking on our third UK tour of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live.

“As the world’s largest live-entertainment company, we are part of many incredible shows, but Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live provides a new dimension in family entertainment that never fails to impress. 

“We can’t wait for these shows so we can all join the Glow Party.”

Ken Hudgens, CEO of Family Entertainment Live, added: “With the success of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party thus far, we’re excited to continue the amazing experience into 2023, both in the United States and internationally.”

Special children’s pricing is available for all shows providing great value for the whole family. 

There’s four shows over the weekend, and you can grab tickets here: Saturday 14th 11:30am; Saturday 14th 6:30pm; Sunday 15th 11:30am; Sunday 15th 6:30pm.

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