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Fabulously festive eats and the top spots for a Christmas tipple.

Let them Eat Cake

Those of you who enjoy a sweet treat will be delighted to learn that the beautiful French Patisserie and Observer Food Monthly award winner, Bisous Bisous, is now open in Altrincham. Alex Moreau and Kirsty McAlpine already own a shop in Didsbury, from where they sell their exquisite patisserie, viennoiserie and macarons together with a selection of breads. They have recently expanded their empire and are now open at the Altrincham Market.

Alex and his family have been in the restaurant industry for many years and his great grandfather owned a patisserie in Normandy, France. Alex and Kirsty are continuing this family legacy and their business philosophy is based on preserving the art of French pastry. Their macarons are also available to purchase in gorgeous gift boxes making them the perfect present.


Worldly Wines

Launching this Autumn, Wanderlust Wines is a wine club for wine enthusiasts and focuses on delivering sustainable quality wines created by small producers.

The club provides the opportunity to explore new wines and new regions. The company is founded by Richard Ellison, a former banker and self-professed wine fanatic, who has brought together the wines discovered whilst on his travels around the world.

The wines are not yet available to the UK market and this, together with Ellison’s forté of identifying boutique producers makes this club unique. He has found producers who work to sustainable, biodynamic and organic methods of production and he has forged special relationships to understand their passion for making individual wines. Club benefits include privileged offers, invitations to exclusive producer selection tastings and opportunities to ‘meet the producers’ and of course, try great wine.


High Praise

The Michelin Guide recently unveiled their annual, eagerly anticipated list of Michelin Stars across the UK and Ireland, for 2018. Regarded as the most important restaurant guide in the world, the inspectors announced the Michelin Starred restaurants for the forthcoming year, and the North- West region definitely has cause to celebrate.

The team at Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor has retained its Michelin Star for an incredible 28 th consecutive year, an achievement matched by only a handful of UK restaurants. The Lake District proved it’s still one of the best food destinations in the UK with Cumbria’s L’Enclume, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, and Forest Side all featured in the acclaimed list.

Over in Lancashire Northcote retained its much deserved, long- held star rating. Whilst Mark Birchall and Andy and Tracey Bell of Moor Hall were delighted to have been granted a prestigious star accolade, just months after opening their restaurant at their stunning 16 century grade II listed manor house.

Fraiche of Merseyside and Fischer’s at Baslow Hall in Derbyshire ensured the North West’s representation in the list featured right across the region. Over in Manchester the battle for a star to be awarded in the city still continues.


Banking on 32

Those of you who frequent Tarporley High Street will have noticed the old HSBC Bank Building has a new occupant. Phil and Ed Cowap of The Hollies Farm shop in Little Budworth are bringing their new venture, 32 by The Hollies Restaurant, Bar Hotel to town. The restaurant offering will be a showcase of the finest fresh produce from their farm shop and butchery.

The interior scheme for the hotel is to be inspired by the brothers visits to bars and boutique hotels around the world and over the next few months the building will be transformed from a disused bank into Tarporley’s next gem.