This week’s round-up features an exciting new NQ breakfast option, an independent kid on the block and not one but two beer festivals to choose from…

Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival
This suburban beer festival brought to you by Camra is now in its 11th year – and, over three days this weekend, it will be serving up over 90 real ales and 50 ciders and perries. It’s set to be a corker if the sun sticks around, taking over the grounds of St Clement’s Church with live music and street food to add to the mix. What’s more, they’re dedicating an entire bar to local brews, featuring exclusive beers by Blackjack, Brightside, Wilson Potter and more. The festival runs from Thursday to Saturday – choose the last day if you want to take part in a beer tasting class.
Thu 2 – Sat 4 Jul, Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival, St Clement’s Church, 6 Edge Lane, Chorlton, M21 9JF, more info and tickets here

Support independents on Independence Day
The team at new NYC-style eatery Urban Cookhouse have partnered up with local businesses from across the city centre for an Independence Day with a twist. This Saturday, along with website I Love Manchester and artist Mark Kennedy, the Princess Street restaurant will be hosting a massive party celebrating independent talent with a side of canapés and New York-inspired cocktails.
Sat 4 Jul, Urban Cookhouse, 54 Princess Street, M1 6HS, Tel: 0161 235 8768,

30% off at Common
For the whole of July, Common is offering a whopping 30% off its new breakfast menu. The guys have a new morning offering for you to choose from – including fruity porridge and granola or smashed avocado on toast. But it’s the egg dishes that sound the most delicious – lazy scotch ones with sausage on sourdough, cured salmon with the poached variety, or a yummy Middle Eastern shakshuka (pictured) with rich, spiced tomato sauce, peppers, sour cream and, of course, eggs.
Until Fri 31 Jul, Common, 39 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1HW, 9am – midday,

The Great Peak Weekender
Chorlton isn’t the only place with a beer festival this weekend: Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire is also celebrating the mighty brew at its annual Great Peak Weekender. There’s more to this festival than meets the eye though – brewery talks and tours, outdoor activities for the kids, an open gardens event at Thornbridge Hall, and a programme of live music for when you just want to chill in the sun with a beer in hand.
Fri 3 – Sun 5 Jul, The Great Peak Weekender, Buxton Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1GS, Tel: 01629 815999,

Thu 2 Jul - Fri 31 Jul
Rakhi Sinha
Published on:
Tue 30 Jun 2015