Stockport seems to be setting the news agenda for food and drink this week with a two in, two out policy as cocktail bars The Good Rebel and The Sandman come in whilst Chaat Cart and Vinabond unfortunately bow out. Alongside this, there’s a celebration of two decades for pizza place Croma, an award for newbie Mamucium and a special whisky tasting just after Burns night for the aptly named Edinburgh Castle.

Croma Celebrates Turning 20 By Slashing Pizza Prices

There’s plenty of new pizza places that have popped up in Manchester over the last few years – Rudy’s with its second branch, Noi Quattro, Salvi’s and chains from London such as Franco Manca offering plenty of Italian doughy options – but one of Manchester’s oldest pizza places is set to mark two decades of doughy goodness this year. To celebrate, Croma will be hosting a range of celebrations leading up to its official birthday in November and until the end of January diners can act like it’s the turn of the Millennium all over again. Until the end of the month, the menu returns to the same prices as when Croma first opened back in 2000, so you can get a Margherita for just £3.85 or splash out on their Peking duck pizza at £6.95. The offer is only available at their city centre restaurant, where it all began.

Albert Square, 1-3 Clarence Street, M2 4DE, Tel: 0161 237 9799
Prestigious Award For Mamucium

Michelin isn’t the only food-based guide to hand out awards to restaurants, as the AA’s rosettes are much sought after by venues around the UK. A single rosette is only awarded to 10% of UK restaurants and Mamucium, the new restaurant below Hotel Indigo next to Victoria Station, has just got their hands on a double. Executive chef Andrew Green snapped up the award just before the restaurant’s first birthday, with judges awarding their contemporary British menu with a Northern spin. If you’re considering giving it a try, they are offering 3 courses and a glass of wine for just £20. Find more deals in our January round-up here.

6 Todd Street, M3 1WU, Tel: 0161 359 7498
Marple's Chaat Cart To Close

Marple is set to say goodbye to one of its most loved restaurants as Chaat Cart closes down its Marple branch on Derby Street. Having started as a stall in 2012 the Indian street food restaurant has gained a huge number of fans since opening its permanent location in 2017. However owner Aarti Ormsby has decided it’s time to concentrate on their other ventures in food halls including the nearby Produce Hall as well as promising 2020 will see a couple of new projects for the company.

The Produce Hall, 24A Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EU
Stockport's Viking Tapas Bar Bows Out

Just like buses, another Stockport restaurant is closing its doors. Vinabod – Stockport, and maybe the UK’s, first ever Viking tapas restaurant has gone to Valhalla after less than a year. Inspired by Viking and Norse styles and mythology, the bar that specialised in mead and fake furs has ceased trading with immediate effect. However, all is not lost for the site that was previously also the home to Allotment…

6 Vernon Street, Stockport SK1 1TY
The Cracked Actor Gets Evil Twin Cocktail Bar

Stockport’s beer and blues bar, The Cracked Actor, is set to get an ‘evil twin’ in the shape of new cocktail bar and restaurant, The Sandman. Taking over from the aforementioned Vinabod, the new venture from owner Joseph Patten will focus on cocktails and wine as well as roast dinners every day until 9pm. The Castle Chambers site should be open by the summer.

6 Vernon Street, Stockport SK1 1TY
Cocktail and Wine Bar The Good Rebel Comes to Stockport

The Sandman isn’t the only new bar heading Stockport’s way as The Good Rebel is set to open its doors this month in The Old Town. Aiming to open on Thursday 30 January, the bar hopes to add a new side to Stockport’s drinks scene by moving away from a more pubby feel to cocktails and wines.

6 Mealhouse Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JP
Whiskey and Tasting Menu Evening at Edinburgh Castle

If Burns Night whets your whistle for some more of Scotland’s finest exports, Ancoats’ newest pub the Edinburgh Castle has you covered on Monday 27 January with their Rare by Nature evening. Whisky legend Colin Dunn will be guiding drinkers and diners through a range of rare whiskies, accompanied by a Scottish-inspired five course tasting menu. As a European Whisky Ambassador for Diageo, Dunn will explain the different whiskies alongside the meal, which unsurprisingly includes haggis and Scottish cod all for a very reasonable £35. Booking is essential – to secure your spot email here.

Henry Street & Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AW
MOJO Launches CBD-Infused Drink

Earlier this month we announced that Tib Street in the Northern Quarter had welcomed its own Amsterdam-style vape cafe specialising in CBD, the cannabis based substance that mellows one out without the trip. Now MOJOs are getting in on the act as the Bridge Street cocktail bar launches its Mellow Mood non-alcoholic drink on Monday 3 February. For £10 customers can see what all the CBD fuss is about.

Mojo, 59A Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BQ, Tel: 0845 611 8643
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival | 23 - 25 Jan | Manchester Central | From £10

The biggest celebration of beer and cider in the North is hitting Manchester Central this week as the simply titled Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2020 opens on Wednesday 23 January. Taking over the exhibition hall until Saturday 25 January, the first day is open only to trade and CAMRA members but the remaining 3 days are open to all. With new and established makers from around the country and further afield, there is more than enough to tickle anybody’s fancy. Tickets start at £10 and include refundable glass hire.

Windmill Street, Manchester City Centre, M2 3GX
Tue 21 Jan - Tue 28 Jan
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 21 Jan 2020