Manchester food and drink news this week includes a festive Grub fair, a new jerk shack for the Northern Quarter, booking being taken at Michael O’Hare’s new restaurant, The Rabbit in the Moon and a three courses plus wine offer for £18 at Didsbury’s Hispi.

Pre-Christmas GRUB Food Fair
The collaboration between GRUB and Alphabet Brewing Company is going rogue and shifting days to this Friday, to give Manchester an excellent bolthole to avoid the Mad Friday crowd. Usual great food service will resume with Nasi Lemak, Purely Pizza, Wallace and Sons, Hip Hop Chip Shop, plus Milkjam Mcr for afters. Expect live DJs, good food and pre-family Christmas fun. A five minute walk from Piccadilly Station, bring cash for the food stalls, (cards accepted at the bar.)
Fri 23 Dec, Alphabet Brewing Company, 99 North Western Street, Manchester, M12 6JL. 12-10pm,

New for Northern Quarter: Jerk Shack next to Northern Soul
Now the proud owners of brand spanking new signs (Merry Christmas), Jerk Shack has settled into the Northern Quarter neighbourhood, serving up jerk chicken, pumpkin rice, jerk jackfruit and plantain, next to their Northern Soul grilled cheese neighbours. Part of the influx of new traders for Arndale Market, their Caribbean fare is a welcome addition to the food offering in that area of the city. Plenty of gluten free and vegan options, too.
Open now: Jerk Shack, Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PN, times vary,

Whisky tasting series at Rain Bar
The first One For The Road Whisky Tasting starts this week, with the inaugural one at Rain Bar. During the session, there will be guidance on tasting, how to recognise whisky profiles and a description of the delicious process. With four samples included in the ticket price, there will be tastes of the USA, Wales and two from Scotland.
Wed 21 Dec, Rain Bar, Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JG, 8.15pm, £15,

Offer of the month: Hispi – three courses and wine for £18 
If you’re looking for a bit of pre-Christmas feasting, Hispi’s set menu can offer that. From Monday to Thursday, between 6pm and 7pm, dine from their ‘Early Doors’ menu, £18 for three courses and a 125ml glass of wine. Starter options include chicken liver pate with apple and grape chutney and a main on offer is pan roast skate wing with mace brown butter, saffron potatoes and spinach. More options are available on the a la carte menu. They also have plans to make January less bleak us as well, watch this space. We’ve been. It’s good.
Hispi, 1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD, Tel: 0161 445 3996,

New Ancoats bar Seven Brothers is now open, serving a range of the brewers’ beers; London’s Ivy group is in talks to open a venue in Manchester; bookings for Michael O’Hare’s new ‘space age Asian’ restaurant The Rabbit in the Moon (pic, soft launch is now happening) is opening the books for reservations this week – keep an eye on @urbisrabbit for details.

Tue 20 Dec - Tue 31 Jan
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 20 Dec 2016