This week’s Manchester food and drink news includes offers at Bock Biere Café and Hispi, a new NQ restaurant opening at the end of June called Fress, Mary Ellen McTague’s new cafe at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Beer Week events, Festa Italiana, Altrincham Pub Festival and more.

Opening soon: Fress restaurant and bar on Oldham Street
Like the sound of a Victorian bistro in the heart of the NQ? Click here for full story.

Now open: Mary Ellen McTague’s The Gallery Cafe at Manchester Art Gallery
Michelin star cheese, and Breville toasties arrive in the city centre with the launch of Mary Ellen McTague’s new eatery. Read more.

Offer: beer & mussels for two for £25 at Bock Biere Café
Running for ten days, Bock Biere Café will be offering guests two bottles of gueuze and moules frites for two, for £25. A list of Boon, Lindemans and Oude gueuzes are up for grabs to accompany the classic Belgian dish.
Fri 23 Jun – Mon 3 July, Bock Biere Café, 10 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JB, Tel: 0161 839 4288, times vary, £25,

Offer: Hispi steak and beer for £15
Didsbury bistro Hispi has a tasty Manchester Beer Week offer for guests. Head in over lunchtime Mon-Sat, or for an early evening treat before 7pm Sun-Fri to enjoy the restaurant’s braised featherblade steak speciality, served with charred baby gem lettuce and pickled walnut, plus a Runaway brewery beer for £15.
Fri 23 Jun – Mon 3 Jul, Hispi, 1C School Lane, Manchester, M20 6RD, Tel: 0161 445 3996,

Trip out of town: Staly Summer Fest at Stalybridge Buffet Bar
As part of Manchester Beer Week, out-of-town Victorian train platform pub Stalybridge Buffet Bar is hosting a summer beer festival featuring brews from Track, Blackjack, First Chop, Manchester Brew Co., Marble, Beer Nouveau, Se7en Brothers, Squawk, Beatniks Republic, Chorlton Brew Co. and Cloudwater. An Asian street food menu will be on hand, serving kara-age fried chicken served in a steamed bun, kimchi slaw, pickled cucumber, or katsu cod breaded, Japanese tartare sauce, iceberg lettuce and pickles, all served with parmesan and rosemary sweet potato fries. There will also be nibbles such as Brussel sprouts with ponzu and pomegranate or bulgogi and cheddar wontons. There will be live music playing all day, make the ten minute train journey and head down to peruse the beer bars.
Fri 23-Sun 25 Jun, Stalybridge Buffet Bar, Platform 4, Stalybridge Railway Station, Rassbottom Street, SK15 1RF, Tel: 0161 303 0007, noon-10pm,

Meet the brewer: Hawkshead event at Pie & Ale
Northern Quarter bar and restaurant Pie & Ale is collaborating with Cumbrian brewery Hawkshead for a meet the brewer event. Whilst guests are talked through signature beers, they will be served a flight of different cask brews and a pie, all for £17.
Tue 27 Jun, Pie & Ale, 1-2 The Hive, 47 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN. Tel: 0161 228 1610, 6pm, £17,

Hops vs. Herbs beer & food pairing with Northern Monk & co. at Font Chorlton
As part of Manchester Beer Week, four Leeds breweries are hopping over the Pennines to join forces with Font Chorlton, to create a one-off, four-course menu. Each course showcases a particular herb, alongside beers from Northern Monk, Ridgeside, North Brewing Co. and Zapato. The Hops vs Herbs food and beer pairing evening has just 20 places, so book now to avoid missing out.
Tue 27 Jun,The Font Chorlton, 115-117 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PG, 7-10pm, £25,

Reminder that Festa Italiana Manchester 2017 begins Fri 23 Jun, read more about it here.

Altrincham Pub Festival is happening all across the town, with eleven pubs participating to serve punters 50 different real ales:

Tue 20 Jun - Tue 27 Jun
Kate Holmes
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Thu 22 Jun 2017