With a report published last week revealing that Manchester is opening restaurants at a faster rate than London, it’s not surprising that this week’s food & drink round-up features not one but two new additions for us to enjoy…

Turtle Bay to open second branch in NQ
The team behind Turtle Bay have announced they’re opening a second branch in the Northern Quarter this summer, thanks to Mancs’ insatiable appetite for the chain’s Caribbean food, speciality rum and reggae beats. The Oxford Street restaurant has been open for less than a year, but bosses have been overwhelmed with the response they’ve had from diners – this will be the first time Turtle Bay has opened up more than one branch in a city. The new restaurant will be in the old Ryan Vintage shop on Oldham Street and opens early June.

Urban Cookhouse (pictured) opens fusion restaurant
Jamaican jerk, Deep South buttermilk-fried whiskey chicken and treacle-cured maple chops are just some of the main courses on offer at new restaurant Urban Cookhouse. Expect ‘eclectic fusion’ in a space that looks like a New York penthouse, but serves up dishes from around the world. The venue is a stone’s throw from Canal Street and opens on Friday 27 March.
Urban Cookhouse, 54 Princess Street, M1 6HS, 11am – 12am, urbancookhouse.co.uk

Manchester’s own artisan gin distillery
Well, technically, it’s Cheshire, as Forest Gin is distilled in Macclesfield. Created by husband and wife team Karl and Lindsay Bond, Forest Gin is hand-crafted in very small batches using organic ingredients and a secret mix of locally sourced botanicals from Macclesfield Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for their blend in bars around Cheshire, or pick up a bottle from Harvey Nichols.
@ForestGin, www.forestgin.com

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Published on:
Mon 16 Mar 2015