This week we’ve got a slew of openings, and barely a closure in sight. Mash Tun will be bringing sausage, beer, and music to the old Grafene site. Ezra and Gill and Wolf are eyeing up their second city centre spots, and the locally much loved The Sparrows gets a good deal of national coverage thanks to Jay Rayner and the Guardian.

Mash Tun Opens This Week
Having opened up on the site of the old Grafene restaurant this week, Mash Tun will be a unique mash-up of music and sausage as well as craft beer. The bangers and mash restaurant will feature 24 different rotating taps as well as a potential 100 different sausage and potato combinations. The food pedigree is not to be sniffed at with head chef Nick Moore having worked in Michelin starred Texture, and Adam Regan have worked all across the Gordon Ramsay world. The music will be provided from the stage built into the corner. If you want to try the place out they are offering 50% off throughout May.
Open now, Mash Tun, 55 King Street, M2 4LQ Tel: 0161 696 9700,

Live Blues at The Talleyrand
One of Levenshulme’s newest bars is hosting a blues and film night this week evoking the feel of the 1960s blues of USA. A screening of ‘And This Is Free’, which documents the melting pot of Chicago’s Maxwell Street is followed by a blues performance from the unique stylings of Rik Warren of Honeyfeet and Walk.
Sun 12 May, The Talleyrand, 103 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, M19 3WX,

The Sparrows Gets Rave Review
This weekend’s papers saw a star turn for one of Manchester’s newest restaurants. The Sparrows, that we mentioned opened a few weeks back, was much loved by Jay Rayner in this Saturday’s Guardian as he praised their carb heavy dishes (pictured), and the impressive drinks on offer. We heartily concur that if you can get a table at the 12 cover restaurant, it is very much worth it. Read our full preview here.
The Sparrows, Unit 3, Mirabel Street, M3 1PJ,

Ezra and Gil To Open a Second Site
One of the largest and busiest brunch spots in the Northern Quarter is to open up a second spot near to St Peter’s Square. The old Subway shop on Peter Street is to host the next site of the Hilton Street coffee shop. Whilst much will be copied over from the original site, the Ezra & Gil owners maintain they will fit in with the feel of Peter Street, and will stick to a similar menu to the Northern Quarter spot, but will be open much later as it won’t shut until 10pm.
Opening this year, Ezra & Gil, Peter Street, M2 3NG, follow @ezra_gil for up to date info.

Wolf heading to Spinningfields
It appears Wolf in the Arndale is one of the few successes of the new food hall as they look set to expand to a second site in Spinningfields. The Italian Street Food chain have applied to take over the space that Wahu vacated a few months back. With the aim to cater to a weekday lunch crowd, Spinningfields seems the perfect spot for it.
Opening TBC, Wolf Italian Street Food, The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3AP,

Mackie Mayor to host Reserve Wine Fair
Mackie Mayor’s wine bar and shop, Reserve Wines, is to host a wine fair on the top deck of the food market. The balcony seating will be closed off during the day of 7th July for guests to try up to 50 different types of wine. Taking place between midday and 4pm, tickets are priced at £20 and include as many tasters as guests want to try. More information about the producers and the wines will be available on the Reserve Wines twitter closer to the date.
12pm-4pm, Saturday July 7th, Reserve Wines, Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle Street, M4 5BU follow @ReserveatMackie for up to date info.

Free Old Fashioneds at Hatch
If you’re as fond of an Old Fashioned as Don Draper but short on the time or the cash to regularly indulge your passion for the tipple then get yourself to Hatch this weekend. Thanks to a new contraption, The Woodsman, drinkers can create their own Old Fashioned in a matter of seconds, and it’s owners, whisky brand Whyte & Mackay, are bringing it to the boxpark on Oxford Road to provide free cocktails all weekend. Customers will be able to pull on the levers from May 10th until 12th.
Fri 10 – Sun 12 May, Hatch, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED,

Tue 7 May - Mon 13 May
Joe Daly
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Tue 7 May 2019