The weather is starting to brighten, and we’ve got news for those of you ready to head out of the house and prepare for Spring. Rambsbottom welcome Tre Ciccio, there’s a new gin bar in the Northern Quarter, as well as a gin festival in Rochdale, alongside a mooted new opening for London sourdough pizza faves, Franco Manco and more.

Tre Ciccio opening this month in Ramsbottom
Reservations are now open to be one of the first to try the new location for Altrincham and Bramhall’s Italian restaurant Tre Ciccio. Their Ramsbottom venue will open on Thursday 28 February and bookings are being taken now. If you live on the Southern side of Manchester you might want to try the yoga brunch that the restaurant hosts at their Bramhall site – the next event is this Sunday from 10am.
Opens Thu 28 Feb, Tre Ciccio, 16-18 Market Place, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9HT, Tel: 0161 439 8080

Book now: Umbra Supper Club at Pollen
Next week sees another supper club from Mike Thomas, the chef behind Umbra Food. Pollen Bakery in Ancoats will be hosting the special evening focussing on food and produce from Northern Italy. With vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available the menu will include will feature pasta with black truffle; Jerusalem artichokes in bagna cauda sauce as the north of Italy and England collide.
Mon 25 Feb, Umbra Food Presents Verso Nord, Pollen Bakery, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union Street Manchester, M4 6FQ, 7pm, £37.50

New first floor gin bar for Northern Quarter’s Abel Heywood
The first floor of Northern Quarter pub Abel Heywood is set to welcome a new gin bar to its first floor. Miss Jessie Heywood’s Remarkable Gin and Food Emporium will open on Friday 8 March and will feature over 70 gins. The Turner Street location will see the gin bar sandwiched between the pub on the bottom and the boutique hotel on the second floor and will feature gins and garnishes from around the world.
From Fri 8 Mar, Miss Jessie Heywood’s Remarkable Gin and Food Emporium, Abel Heywood, 38 Turner Street, Northern Quarter Manchester M4 1DZ, Tel: 0161 819 1441,

New Sunday brunch menu at El Gato Negro
Already one of the most popular spots for a special meal in Manchester, El Gato Negro has thrown its Spanish hat into the ring for the place to go for your Sunday brunch too. Obviously, this being El Gato, there is a Spanish take on the dishes – think potatoes roasted in jamon Serrano butter, broccoli in rioja sauce, and cauliflower cheese with Manchego. Alongside an expanded brunch menu, it might be just the place to settle in for the 10 hours its open on a Sunday.
El Gato Negro, 52 King Street, Manchester M2 4LY Tel: 0161 6948585,

Coming soon? Franco Manca Manchester
The pizza craze may seem more like it has now settled in to people just really liking pizzas nowadays but Franco Manca was one of the places to spearhead the hot pizza trend. Now it seems that over a decade since their first Brixton spot, the sourdough pizza experts are set to open up in Manchester. Details are scarce and the company have made no comments but an advert for staff to work in Manchester would suggest they’ll need a restaurant to work at. Watch this space for more…
Location TBC

Gin Festival in Rochdale
If you missed the gin festival in Manchester this weekend then get ready to head up north as Rochdale Town Hall has all you need. On Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February the Town Hall will host The Gin Festival where £12.50 gets you entry into one of the three sessions, a gin and tonic, tasters and masterclasses throughout the day, as well as street food vendors available throughout.
Fri 22- Sat 23 Feb, The Gin Festival, Rochdale Town Hall, Rochdale, OL16 1AB, £12.50,

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Fri 22 Feb - Thu 20 Jun
Rich Holmes
Published on:
Mon 25 Feb 2019