Townfields – Altrincham

Renowned Executive Chef Simon Hardman-Taylor heads up the newly-opened Townfields Restaurant at the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham.

Its delicious menu serves a fantastic range of dishes, including: a braised shoulder of lamb; spicy piri-piri prawns; and a grill section offering 28-day matured steaks, succulent lamb Barnsley chop and a charred jerk salmon supreme. Then there are the sweet delights, such as the irresistible, warm Eccles cake with clotted cream, home-made chocolate brownie and local delicacy, Dunham Massey ice cream. The restaurant itself is of contemporary design, combining plush shades of azure alongside accents of white, cream, brown and gold. Natural wood features alongside tiled floors with plush carpet insets; completing a stylish new look that is part of the hotel’s recent £1.5m transformation.

The Townfields Restaurant is open from 5.30am daily and is the perfect place to indulge in top-quality food. It also offers a children’s menu, which makes it a great venue for the whole family to visit.

Townfields Restaurant. Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Church Street, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4DP

Tel: 0161 927 7272 /

MR COOPER’S – Manchester

Mr Cooper’s brings the outdoors indoors; the venue is gorgeous and when you take a seat, it truly feels like you are kicking back in an English country garden.

The food is beautifully presented and the portions spot on, what’s more, the pace at which they’re served is exactly right. For starters, I selected prawns and sweet cabbage, which complemented each other to perfection, while my partner had black pudding tart with apple and beetroot crisps. Our taste buds were suitably impressed! For our main courses, we both opted for the lamb. It arrived superbly well-done (as instructed) and bathing in an elegant sea of spiced lentils, surrounded by roasted sweetheart cabbage in teriyaki sauce and famous Midland truffles. Served with a side of French fries to share, our dishes were faultless.

To complete the meal, we shared a delectable peach cheesecake with blueberries and jasmine, and a caramel tart with mascarpone ice cream. It proved the perfect end to a perfect meal.

Mr Cooper’s House & Garden. The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

Tel: 0161 932 4198 /

GUSTO – Didsbury

Gusto has a distinct style all of its own, just like Didsbury. That’s probably why it’s a favourite spot for discerning Didsburyites; gathering on the heated terrace, sitting back and sipping a Bellini while watching the world go by. Inside, the luxurious leather booths are the perfect backdrop for getting together with friends and family. You can now start your weekend with a Gusto brunch.

The menu offers everything from Passion Fruit and Pistachio Granola to a traditional full English breakfast. The Smashed Avocado and Chilli on a Toasted Seeded Bloomer is a popular new addition. For a healthier option, you could go for one of the delicious Vegetable Smoothies – our favourite being Broccoli and the Beast. Take the kids, and they’ll no doubt opt for (and adore) Warm Buttermilk Pancakes with Chocolate and Mascarpone or Oven-baked Waffles with Fresh Berries and Greek Yoghurt. Why not? It is the weekend after all! Gusto brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-noon. Last orders at 11.45am.

Gusto Didsbury. 756 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2DW

Tel: 0161 445 8209 /

ARNERO – Manchester

Arnero is a stunning new Indian restaurant that succeeds in transporting you to India using more than just their food. Everything about this restaurant has been designed with love and care, and is perfected down to the last detail. Their food is a beautiful and varied, representative of the very best in Indian cuisine, and the décor has been transported from the family’s favourite Indian designers.

The restaurant is spread across two floors, with a beautifully-designed bar and semi-open kitchen to one side. The upstairs is the perfect place to host an event and can be hired, along with the large veranda, to create a party space with plenty of atmosphere. It is placed conveniently close to several of Manchester’s theatres and attractions, making it the perfect spot to eat before a night out.

Arnero is fast becoming a local favourite, so head on over to enjoy a relaxed evening of authentic Indian food in a stunning setting.

Arnero, 25 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3LZ

Tel: 0161 236 1364 / / Email:

CARAMELLO – Didsbury

Caramello is the latest, and easily one of the best, places to eat out in Didsbury village. Located in the middle of the village, this charming little gelato and patisserie has a real family feel to it. All of their ice creams, cakes and pastries are absolutely scrumptious, but they also serve a delicious range of meals as well.

I was there to try out their brunch menu, and it certainly exceeded my (already high!) expectations. I went for the unhealthy option and had light, beautifully-made pancakes with chocolate and banana. While my partner had eggs royale with salmon that was beautifully cooked and presented.

Despite already being pleasantly full, we shared one of their amazing milkshakes and a lemon and coconut cupcake afterwards. Everything is so delicious, it’s a struggle to decide what to select from the menu, but I know I will be back very soon to try more. This gorgeous new place is well worth a visit!

Caramello, 762 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2DR

Tel: 0161 215 3545  /  /  Email:

IBÉRICA – Manchester

It was all smiles at Ibérica, a beautiful Spanish restaurant in the centre of Spinningfields, as I was welcomed in to sample their latest menu.

It’s the perfect place to go with a group of friends or family, as Spanish food is always best when shared across the table. My partner and I shared all the classics during our visit; from tomato bread to cheese and ham croquettes, through to the classic patatas bravas. My two personal favourites were the garlic prawns and pasta, which were absolutely bursting with flavour; and a spinach, blue cheese and pear salad, which helped refresh the whole meal.

If you’re new to Spanish cuisine, then the staff are more than happy to advise on quantities and offer their expertise on what dishes complement one another. The attractive venue, efficient staff and high-quality food will each ensure that you walk away with a smile on your face, and a lingering taste of Spain.

Ibérica, 14-15 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF

Tel: 0161 358 1350  /