Manchester’s food and drink news this week features a potato riot on the streets of Macclesfield, a new restaurant from MasterChef winner Simon Wood, free cocktails at Pen & Pencil and more.

The ever-evolving Grafene is offering two courses for £19
Grafene is inviting guests to dine at the King Street restaurant at a bargainous price. Two courses are just £19, with the full three courses on offer for £24. Expect starters such as tomato consommé with black olive and mozzarella, or treacle cured salmon with horseradish and cucumber; and mains along the lines of beef shin, sage and feta dauphinoise and kalettes or sea bream, baby leeks, quinoa and lobster bisque. Details are below for more information and how to book a table. Available all day Sunday to Thursday, this can also be enjoyed between 12pm and 3pm on Friday and 12pm and 4pm on Saturday.
Grafene, 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ, Tel: 0161 696 9700,

New restaurant from MasterChef Simon Wood on First Street
MasterChef 2015 winner Simon Wood is opening new restaurant Wood next to HOME, The Liquor Store, and the gaggle of venues now inhabiting this thriving area. Hailing from Chadderton, Simon will be revealing the menus imminently, but the website promises ‘modern interpretations of traditional flavours’.
Opening Summer 2017, follow @wood_mcr and for updates.

Panic on the streets of Macclesfield with planned ‘Potato Riot’
Yes, you read that correctly. Just a 20 minute journey from Manchester Piccadilly, Macclesfield is a reliable bolthole for foodie events. This Thursday sees the return of this historical and theatrical re-enactment of the infamous riot, which took place on 13 April 1812. Learn more of the spud history via the website below. After the event, there is a big outdoor feast with guests seated at long tables, being served warming bowls of veggie and meaty chilli and jacket potatoes. Food on the evening will be provided by new Macclesfield café The Button Warehouse – and folk band Sheelanagig will be playing from 9pm.
Jimmy Cauty’s art piece ADP is returning to the town as well for the potato riot, having spent time on tour and appearing at Banksy’s Dismaland.
Thu 13 Apr, Market Place, outside Macclesfield Town Hall, SK10 1HG.
Street theatre re-enactment: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Feast: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Tickets are £16 and include the feast, plus entry to the bar and music. More information can be found at

Free cocktails and bottomless brunch at Pen and Pencil this Easter
To celebrate the launch of its new cocktail menu, Pen and Pencil is giving away a free one to the first 100 people through the doors. Pop in to sample, gratis.
Thu 13 Apr, after 5pm.
The restaurant is also running an Easter special in their bottomless brunch series. Book a table for a free-flowing supply of eggs benedict, avocado and feta, steak and eggs, prosecco, beer and cocktails.
Sun 16 Apr, 2pm – 5pm, book in advance via
Pen and Pencil, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ, follow @penandpencilnq

Award-winning breweries and Aficionados invade Pilcrow for an Easter Weekender
Over the bank holiday weekend, this hidden away pub will be showcasing beers from award-winning breweries on the bar, while DJs Better Days, Rikki Humphrey and Aficionado provide the soundtrack. The Pilcrow chefs will be offering meaty and veggie treats from the barbecue. Follow the link below for updates.
Fri 14-Sun 16 Apr, The Pilcrow, Hanover Street, Sadler’s Yard, Manchester, M60 0AB, check the Facebook event for varying opening and food serving times:, FREE entry.

Supper club: Fruits of the Forage take over Grey’s Larder
Fruits of the Forage is bringing a five-course wild food tasting menu to Chorlton restaurant Gray’s Larder. The menu begins with a watercress and fava bean soup with cherry blossom oil and cob nut dukkah, followed by a second course of piri-piri wood pigeon with ground elder tabbouleh, nettle chapatti, wild garlic yoghurt and hogweed curry chutney (a charred broccoli and halloumi alternative is available). The main is either roasted hogget or carlin pea and quinoa roast, both with salsa verde, wild garlic croquettes, pickled sea purslane and wild greens. Northern lemon sorbet with frozen apple and spruce tip vodka is next up, before dandelion-glazed cinnamon bun with roasted dandelion ice cream, chocolate leaves and cob nut crumble completes this culinary forage around the countryside.
Mon 24 Apr, Gray’s Larder 123 Manchester Road, Manchester, M21 9PG, tickets are £25,

Fri 14 Apr: Levenshulme Market has a Friday Night Market: Easter Special edition 5pm – 9pm, with added chocolate. In the usual spot, at Levenshulme train station car park,

Sat 15 Apr: GRUB Food Festival is back with their humongous, 100% vegan ExtraVEGANza, 12pm – 10pm,

Tue 11 Apr - Mon 24 Apr
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 11 Apr 2017