February’s food news features more exciting openings for the south Manchester suburb of Chorlton with Cantor’s Food Store, an Ottolenghi’s inspired deli restaurant announced for early March. Head chef Adam Reid from The French at The Midland Hotel announces a collaboration with Kevin Tickle of the Michelin-starred Cumbrian restaurant at The Forest Side. Rudy’s Pizza have a second shop, as do Mowgli and there are some one-off foodie events to get us through the cold February weekends.

Opening soon: Cantor’s Food Store in Chorlton
It’s an exciting time for Chorlton with the opening of Mary Ellen McTague’s The Creameries, and the announcement this week that the leafy South Manchester suburb will be soon be home to a new deli restaurant. Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s successful London eateries, we expect flavours to draw from the mediterranean and the Middle East, relaxed dining and a decent shop with dishes pre-made to take away or eat in. Behind the venture is Eddy Cantor, local food enthusiast who has previously owned delis in London and worked as a private chef.
Opening early March, 72-74 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9PQ.

Watch out for: Adam Reid and Kevin Tickle at The French
Kevin Tickle at The French: Head chef at the Michelin-starred Forest Side country house hotel in Cumbria comes to the French for a collaboration with resident chef Adam Reid. Former ‘chief forager’ at L’enclume, Kevin Tickle is known for creating modern, seasonal dishes using ingredients on offer from the surrounding area. Keep an eye on The French’s website for similar upcoming events.
Wed 14 Mar, The French at the Midland Hotel, Peter Street, M60 2DS. the-french.co.uk

Opening in 2018: Mowgli on Oxford Road
Popular Indian street food restaurant Mowgli announces plans to expand to a second location on Oxford Road. The Indian restaurant chain’s Corn Exchange branch has been a roaring success with both it’s Indian home cooking and extensive cocktail menu proving to be a hit. Along with the opening of the new Hatch development, the city’s eating options seem to be stealthily drifting out of the city livening up an area of the city that was once the domain of the greasy kebab shop.
Opening Sep ’18, exact location TBA. www.mowglistreetfood.com

Last chance to book: Prosecco festival at Manchester Cathedral
For fans of the fizz, a Prosecco festival is coming to Manchester Cathedral this February. The ‘Sparkling Prosecco Event’ feature over 20 different types of Prosecco, Champagne and bubbly-based cocktails. The spectacular cathedral setting will also play host to live DJs, food stalls and a craft ale bar.
Fri 23 – Sat 24 Feb, Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX. Tickets £9 – £22 www.eventbrite.co.uk

In Short

Opening soon: Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza 2nd shop
The Ancoats based pizzeria have officially announced the imminent opening of their second branch on Peter Street, near parent company’s other venture, Albert’s Schloss. It’s been on the cards for a while but with a date of mid-March for the opening, the rumours are finally being realised. Read our full story here.
From mid-March, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR, @RudysPizzaMcr

Deal of the week: Albert’s Schloss
If you are missing the January food bargains, there are still some savings to be made in February. Recently raved about by The Guardian’s Jay Rayner, Albert’s Schloss are offering 50% off food up until this Fri. Only available when booking online.
Mon-Fri (up until Fri 9 Feb), Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR. albertsschloss.co.uk

Last chance to book: The Cheese Fest
The Cheese Fest is coming to Trafford Park’s Bowler’s Exhibition Centre with all the cheese-based fun you could hope for in one place. The BEC hosts the independent manufacturers, hot food stalls and beer and wine suppliers to help match the perfect wines and beers with you favourite stilton. One for the Turophile (cheese connoisseur) in your life.
Sat 24 – Sun 25 Feb. Bowler’s Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1SN.Tickets £3 – £5 www.eventbrite.co.uk

Tap takeover: Magic Rock Brewery at The Beagle
Magic Rock Brewery have just announced they will host a Tap takeover at the Beagle in Chorlton later this month. The Huddersfield based brewer will showcase the Brother Chucker, an IPA collaboration with Spanish based company, Basqueland Brewing.
FREE, Fri 23 Feb, The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0BQ. www.beaglesabout.com

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Fri 9 Feb - Sun 23 Sep
Olivia Rye
Published on:
Thu 8 Feb 2018