Manchester’s food news this week includes a new head chef at Peacock Room, new Stage and Radio bar from the Cutting Room crew, a new cocktail bar Arcane near to La Vina on King Street, Italian Sunday lunch at Salvi’s and a whisky festival at the Whiskey Jar.

New head chef at The Peacock Room (pic)
Award-winning Rochdale restaurant The Peacock Room has appointed a new head chef to lead the two AA rosette venue forwards. Based at Crimble Hall, customers can enjoy fine dining in the countryside, in art deco surrounds. From the à la carte menu, expect potted smoked mackerel with grapes and horseradish or celeriac velouté to start followed by saddle of venison with fondant vegetables, pearl barley and haggis or a leek and Lancashire cheese pathivier. With two courses for £25 and the for £30, there is also a Sunday lunch menu to tempt you out of the city for relaxation and gravy.
The Peacock Room, Crimble Hall, Crimble Lane, Bamford, Rochdale, OL11 4AD. Tel: 01706 368591,

New Stage and Radio bar takes over Northern Quarter’s Cuba Cafe
Northern Quarter stalwart Cuba Café is calling time at the bar for the last time, after 18 years of dancing. Fear not, the beat will go on. Harking back to the 1950s the venue will be renamed Stage and Radio, a legendary Manchester jazz night. Being steered in the new direction by the people behind The Cutting Room in Ancoats, it will maintain the same party atmosphere across three floors of different themes. The basement will be a place to dance into the night, plus food will also be available, offering New York-style pizza, burgers and salads.
From mid-May, Stage and Radio, 43 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ.

Whisky Festival at Whiskey Jar
Hosted by The Whiskey Jar (where else could it be?), there will be 300 varieties to sample and buy. There will also be a whiskey cocktail bar, using elixirs sourced from all over the world. The accompanying food stalls will even be incorporating the stuff. Tickets include talks, demos, a tasting glass and samples.
Sun 5 Jun, The Whiskey Jar, 14 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF. Tel: 0161 237 5686,Two sessions are available to book, noon-4.30pm and 5.30-9.30pm, £25,

King Street expansion continues with Arcane cocktail bar
Cocktail bar Arcane will be opening in the space below La Vina tapas restaurant on Deansgate. Alongside classic cocktails, the new bar will also offer a rotating menu of exciting concoctions. Restoring the listed building has uncovered intriguing old features, which have been worked into the design. A promising new independent.
Opening date TBC,

Salvi’s Italian Sunday lunch menu
Italian restaurant and people’s favourite Salvi’s has launched a Neapolitan Sunday lunch menu, available from noon at both branches in the city. Customers can dine on the venue’s famous buffalo mozzarella and antipasti delights, followed by a weekly special, all washed down with a glass of wine for £26 (for two).
Salvi’s Cucina, 19 John Dalton Street, Mancehster, M2 6FW. Tel: 0161 222 8090.
Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar, Unit 22b, The Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR. Tel: 0161 222 8021.

Tue 5 Apr - Sun 5 Jun
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 5 Apr 2016