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A November 2007 trip to Manchester by MichaelJM

G-Mex Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: I've been travelling to Manchester for several months and watched the seasons. Now it was the time of the Christmas Market.

It's Christmas!

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G-Mex Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
As most of my time in Manchester is spent in hotels, restaurants or at work I thought I’d record a few of the best quotes I’ve heard.When ordering my poached eggs one morning I wanted a bit of a delay before they were served so I asked for two poached eggs to be served in 5 minutes. I was settling down at my table with a bowl of cereal and a strong coffee when the waitress approached me with the key question: “did you want 5 poached eggs in two minutes or was it two eggs in five minutes.” I’m still not sure if she was winding me up! A middle-aged individual was being questioned by a police officer and a store security guard and the conversation went something like this: "whilst sho...Read More

Livebait Manchester

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Restaurant | "Livebait"

Livebait Manchester Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
It wasn't even close to Christmas food but I’d spotted the Livebait restaurant on an earlier visit to the City Centre and as I was in the mood for a fishy meal I opted to try it out. Livebait is a swish looking restaurant just off Albert Square in the shadow of the Town Hall. It’s got a classical feel to the place with a large room divided by various levels and waist height rails. The tables were simply laid but there was a sense of class about it and the waiters were smartly attired in black and white. They offer a two course meal for £12.95 and despite the waiter’s attempt to seduce me into buying one of the specials I stuck to my inclination to go with the set meal. The menu isn’t large...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Livebait Manchester
22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square
Manchester, England M2 5WA
+44 1618174110

Rajdoot Tandoori

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Restaurant

Rajdoot Tandoori Photo, Manchester, England
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I fancied an Indian and had seen this restaurant on a number of occasions, but had always presumed it was expensive. It was Egon Ronay rated from 1968 – 97 and is well sited on Albert Square overlooking the Christmas Market. On checking out the menu it seemed that a meal here was extremely competitively priced so I descended the short stair case into the basement restaurant. It was fairly quiet, with more waiting staff than diners and I was escorted to a low table in the lounge area of the restaurant. Enticingly there were spicy nuts on the table and I decided on a pint of cobra whilst waiting. The beer isn’t cheap (just over £3 a pint) but it seems par for the course in Manchester restauran...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2007

Rajdoot Tandoori
18 Albert Square
Manchester, England M2 5WD
+44 (0)161 834 7092

Manchester Christmas Market

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Attraction | "European Christmas Market"

Manchester Christmas Market Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
It was not even December and on my usual weekly trip over to Manchester, taking my normal pre-dinner wander around town, I stumbled, at the back of the Town Hall in Albert Square, on Manchester’s Christmas Market. “Bah, humbug” me thinks, but it turned out to be quite impressive. This is not an overnight sensation as the stalls are semi-permanent stalls established in up-market garden sheds. Initially I thought that this market was not a huge affair but as I continued with my walk I realised that the market extends from Albert Square right down towards the Arndale Centre.Now I’m about to be dragged off for a long weekend in Lille (see my separate journal) to be trailed around thei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Manchester Christmas Market
Albert Square
Manchester, England

The streets of the town

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Story/Tip

Picadilly gardens Photo, Manchester, England
Quote:
I’d had meal and a couple of beers and decided to take in the sights of Manchester. In summer the streets have a European feel to them with people were sitting out on street furniture enjoying a meal or a post-work drink. But subsequently, I’ve learned that Manchester looks pretty good under most conditions with, of course the exception of when it’s pouring with rain. In December the streets have been illuminated with Christmas lights and although this is not the best time to admire some of the fine buildings it’s hard not to let the festive spirit click in. From the modern sleek lines on the G-Mex centre I’m impressed with the oil lights burning outside the fabulously ornate Midland Hotel. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2007