This week Manchester’s food and drink news includes Reserve’s Christmas Wine Fair, a new toastie outlet, Frankie’s Toasties selling white bread sandwiches packed with fillings such as Mars Bars, Supernoodles and more, as well as an opening date for new Belgian-inspired sandwich bar, Robert & Victor.

Last chance: Reserve Didsbury Christmas Wine Fair
Love wine? Make a wobbly line directly to the Reserve Wine Fair. Read more here.
Thu 8 Nov, Didsbury Sports Ground, Ford Lane, Manchester M20 2RU. 7-9pm, £20,

Opening in November 2018: Porta Heads to Salford
Spanish tapas restaurant Porta has been making a name for itself in Chester and just opposite the market in Altrincham, and now it aims to bring a bit of Iberian flair to Salford. From the end of November Porta will be open in Bexley Square on Chapel Street promising to bring laid back charm and a neighbourhood feel. Read the full story here.
Porta, Chapel Street, Salford M3 0BX,

Opening this month: Kendal Calling founder’s 33 Oldham Street bar – with roof garden
A new four-storey venue is set to open up on Oldham Street at the end of the month, with the largest roof garden in the Northern Quarter and possibly the city. The old Manchester Coffee Co site at 33 Oldham Street (next to Paul’s Hair) has been taken over by one of the Kendal Calling founders, Andy Smith, and is set to feature a workspace, coffee shop, and cocktail bar with the roof garden opening up later on. The venue will also feature a state of the art sound system and a listening room.
33 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JG, @33OldhamStreet

Opening soon: Robert & Victor Belgian-inspired sandwich bar on Oxford Street
The UK may still be planning its separation from Brussels, but a new venture at St James on Oxford Street is hoping to tap into a lingering love for Belgium. Robert & Victor promise high-quality seasonal sandwiches to Manchester and François Deremiens, artisan chocolatier, chocolates. Cakes are supplied by Bisous Bisous and bread comes courtesy of Lovingly Artisan.
From Mon 12 Nov, Robert & Victor, 85 Oxford Street, St James Buildings, M1 6ET. Tel: 0161 637 3031,

Now open: Dormouse Chocolate at Great Northern
Hugely acclaimed local chocolatiers, Dormouse Chocolates have opened up a space in the Great Northern off Deansgate for Mancunians to the hold of their sweet treats. Manchester’s first ever bean to bar producer began at markets around the area and has now brought their first ever shop to the old Beat Street area which is quietly becoming a foodie haven (see also: Platski, Siam Smiles). The space hopes to welcome tastings and events as well as selling chocolate from worldwide producers, as well as their own products.
Now open: Dormouse Chocolate, Unit 0 Great Northern, St Peter’s Warehouse, M3 4EJ,

Opening Monday: Frankie’s Toasties sandwich shop on Portland Street
If you’re after a bit of comfort food and some intriguing options shoved between two slices of bread, Frankie’s Toasties is your next port of call. Promising to do ‘nowt fancy’, owner Barry Chui is offering a wide range of offerings that seem to be out of a hungover student’s dream. Whether it’s normal options such as beans and cheese or sweeter treats like a Caramac, Supernoodles and alphabetti spaghetti (pictured) Barry probably has you covered. If Northern Soul’s massive toastie treats have you hankering after more Warburton’s loaded snacks, it might be worth your time.
From Mon 22 Oct, Frankie’s Toasties, 98a Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4GX,

Tue 16 Oct - Fri 30 Nov
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 16 Oct 2018