At 22, Aiden Byrne became the youngest Michelin-starred chef ever. Today,
he practices his culinary art at the Manchester House, featuring the six-person
Newly opened in Manchester’s Piccadilly
district, conferencing operator ETC Venues, with multiple London locations, plus
Birmingham, features innovative dining
and catering options.
Reviving a 1920s Freemasons’ Hall, Manchester Hall is a new boutique conferencing and event venue featuring four restaurants: Fable (Pan-Asian); Mason’s (Modern
British); Dishoom (Modern Indian); and
An icon of this market-rich city, the fully
refurbished 1858 Mackie Mayor reopened
last October with a host of F&B concepts.
Meanwhile, the event-capable Manchester
Three Rivers distillery offers Gin Experience tours, gin-making included.
Onwards & Upwards aptly describes
culinary Liverpool. That’s the title of the debut book from nationally recognized Chef
Paul Askew, whose Art School Restaurant
is housed in an 1888 former home for destitute children near the city center. Another
local champion is former Navy chef Daniel
Heffy, whose Secret Diners Club pops up in
unconventional locations around the city,
and Buyers Club restaurant offers private
dining, food events and outside catering.
Legendary Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly is celebrated with displays
and memorabilia throughout the 83-room
Shankly Hotel, featuring brand-new
conference space for 350 delegates, and
event-capable Bastion Restaurant & Bar.
Culinary events include the twice-year-ly Liverpool Food and Drink Festival,
and in February, Global Scouse Day,
celebrating the city’s signature meat and
Marking Liverpool’s designation as
European Capital of Culture a decade ago,
the year-long Liverpool 2018 celebration
includes Feast of Fire at St George’s. This
seven-day (March 23-April 2) fire-themed
outdoor event features music, art, and
flaming food and drink.
With many Asian and Indian restaurants
located in the renowned Balti Triangle
south of the city, Birmingham has global
foodie credentials. Highlights include
200-plus restaurants representing some 30
countries in the city center; an award-win-
ning street food scene, organized around
the Digbeth Dining Club event every Friday
and Saturday; and four Michelin-starred
gems, including Simpsons and Purnell’s,
both with private dining.
Unique options include 80-year-old
Becketts Farm, incorporating meeting
facilities for 60 guests, as well as a large
family restaurant with private dining, a
cooking school and farm shop. Unique
Venues Birmingham, a new conferencing
venture between Birmingham Repertory
Theatre and the Library of Birmingham,
includes the theater’s Marmalade restau-
rant, offering fresh homemade vegetarian
and vegan dishes.
Serving authentic tapas, classic paellas
and other Spanish fare, Amantia hosts
flamenco shows, live music and salsa
workshops in its El Tablao private space,
accommodating 50 seated or 75 standing.
Live music is also on the menu at event-ca-
pable Botanist, offering cocktail tastings
and classes for groups of six or more.
On the edge of North York Moors National
Park, 20 miles north of the medieval walled
city of York, the Black Swan at Oldstead was
voted the world’s top restaurant in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Offering eight guest rooms, this quintessential country pub, from Michelin-starred
Tommy Banks and brother James, exemplifies England’s culinary advancement.
In second place was luxury hotelier
Belmond’s enchanting 32-room Le Manoir
aux Quat’Saisons. Housed in a 15th century
manor house outside of Oxford, this ho-
tel-restaurant, from celebrated French chef
Raymond Blanc, has held two Michelin
stars since opening in 1984 (and produced
nearly 30 Michelin-starred chefs). Versa-
tile group options include exclusive estate
rentals and culinary classes at the on-site
In Nottingham, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is England’s oldest inn. Integrated
into sandstone caves footing Nottingham
Castle, the inn, offering cellar tours, dates
to around 1189 AD.
Bristol, in South West England, continues to assert national culinary prominence.
The city’s four Michelin-starred restaurants
include two Spanish-inspired concepts,
Casamia and Paco Tapas. Called “two little
geniuses” by Gordon Ramsay, chef-broth-ers Peter and Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias created the former from their parents’ trattoria. Sadly, Jonray passed away in 2015, but
Peter carried on with Paco Tapas, named
for their father, earning one Michelin star
Private dining options also abound,
including seafood-driven Jetty at the luxurious new 42-room Bristol Harbour Hotel
& Spa. Joined from two historic bank buildings, the hotel also offers stunning event
space in a former Lloyds banking hall.
With a private dining room and six event
spaces, Hotel du Vin offers wine tasting
and food pairing events on a regular basis.
Housed in a converted warehouse on
Bristol’s harbor front, Bordeaux Quay is a
prime resource for planners, incorporating
restaurant, brasserie, bar, deli, bakery and
Glassboat Brasserie is a floating
restaurant offering private dining for 40.
Event-capable Lido is the stylish restoration of a classic Victorian-era lido (
outdoor baths), featuring an award-winning
restaurant serving Moorish-Mediterranean
Brighton, England’s historic seaside
escape, boasts a prodigious restaurant collection including GB1 Seafood Restaurant
& Bar, within the iconic The Grand Brighton, and Steak on Sea, at the circa-1559 Old
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