An audience with the man from The Times

Spent an enjoyable early part of yesterday evening talking food and online journalism with The Times food and drink editor Nick Wyke.
He’s ventured out of the capital to write a feature on our fair city and he wanted to pick my brains about the best places to go.
I’ll be fascinated to read what he discovered on his journey around Manchester’s best bits when it’s published on the 21st of this month.
Our conversation started with Shlurp! (the excellent and imaginative soups, salad and sandwich place unfortunately tucked away in the underpass off Brazenose Street ) and ended up somewhere between hotel dining, China Town (Red Chillli, of course), the Curry Mile (Punjab) and Deansgate, I think.
It turns out that Nick is something of an enthusiast for locally sourced and produced food and had already encountered some of the great north west suppliers.
After congratulating himn on being one of the few London-based journos to bother making it to the city, I pointed out that generally we only see two stories written about Manchester’s dining;
Number one. What’s wrong with Manchester? As in why no Michelin stars, why so little top-end dining in a booming city? blah, blah. Most recent example of this being Jay Rayner’s Observer piece
Number two. It’s glam ooop north. This patronising genre of article professes to find it surpring that people like to dress up and go out at the weekend to enjoy cocktails. Coverage along these lines usually involves WAGs.
Talking this through, while admiring the lofty view, it was right on cue that what seemed to be a bus load of young ladies dressed to the nines hit the Hilton’s sky bar and started ordering bellinis and mojitos . Well it was Friday night!
I left soon after to pursue my own start to the weekend but I couldn’t resist asking Nick which of the many fine eateries we’d talked about he might be visiting that night. “Dimitri’s” he suggested.
Good choice – just hope they found him suitably dressed to secure a table.

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4 thoughts on “An audience with the man from The Times

  1. Having read your next entry on fish pie and gravy, it’s easy to see why food writers can be so patronising / wrong about Manchester. If they think we serve gravy with everything, is it any wonder?!

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  2. Having read your next entry on fish pie and gravy, it’s easy to see why food writers can be so patronising / wrong about Manchester. If they think we serve gravy with everything, is it any wonder?!

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