REVIEW: Funky Monkey Coffee Company, Stockport

Working in Stockport, going to hospital in Stockport and generally being sucked in by the whole Stopfordian vibe, I have been uncovering some of the bright spots in this hitherto unexplored metropolis in 2018. It’s got places for interesting dining experiences and such – WTLGI for menu-free award-winning fare, The Allotment for vegan feasting and…

OPENING: Beatnikz Republic Bar, Northern Quarter

I posted about this glorious doughnut-beer matching in my Manchester Beer Week post recently, so this seems like an excellent follow-up. The genius minds behind that event last year – Beatnikz Republic – are all set to open a standalone bar in Manchester, which is a source of excitement for beer enthusiasts. But they need…

EVENT: Pay-what-you-feel dinner, Marble Arch Inn

There aren’t many events in town that let you pay whatever you think they’re worth. And, realistically, who has the cojones to stiff a hardworking team on the bill – especially when the money is going to a good cause? That’s the deal with tomorrow night at the one of my favourite pubs in the…

EVENT: Vegan Supper Club, Soup Kitchen

As I alluded to yesterday, it’s a bit of a crazy time at home, what with dashing to and from the hospital and being generally fried beyond all reason in this frigging heat. This close to stripping off my skin in this heat. Please. Just. Make. It. Stop. pic.twitter.com/qtiUYD8Fvm — Kirstie McCrum (@kirstiemccrum) July 2,…

RECIPE: Bugger-it-all chorizo & red pepper pasta

It’s been one of those weeks in Casa Crum, where keeping body and soul together is as much of a strain as anything. Work-wise I’ve been driving up and down the North West and – more stressfully and importantly – have been struggling to get healthcare sorted for a family member, racing back and forth…

OPENING: Cantor’s Food Store, Chorlton

South Manchester’s Chorlton is a lovely spot, and often the butt of jokes. Full of hipsters, tiny dogs and real ale pubs, it’s worth a Saturday afternoon to explore all of its nooks and crannies and definitely doesn’t have plenty of cafes to sit down and have a good feast and a natter. Oh, wait….

REVIEW: Brewski, Chorlton

O Canada! Our home and native land! OK, you got me – it’s not my home and native land. But seeing as Canadians have a terrific prime minister, gave the world the RCMP and invented two of the greatest foods on the planet, I’d say we’re all a little bit Canadian on Sunday, their national day….