A delicious new blend of honey spiced rum produced by local worker bees is being launched in Manchester this May.
The city’s newest spirit blend, Decorrum, boasts an impressive pedigree with its 100% Molasse rum and highest-quality sugarcane. But what’s just as appealing is that fact it’s unequivocally Mancunian.
Inside every jet-black Roaring Twenties-type Decorrum bottle is a dash of homegrown honey made at the bee sanctuary on top of Printworks – along with a sprinkle of rhubarb and vanilla.
Each bottle purchased leads to another bee being adopted – and a donation made towards one of the region’s most important local charities Forever Manchester (which supports community activity across the region).
The rum distillers stated: “Decorrum is here to give a new meaning to the word; a new Super-Premium Spiced Rum that’s ready to shake up the drinks industry with its ‘Smooth, Simple & Sophisticated’ touch in every glass.
“Our Art Deco inspired design and flair encompasses unique flavours and secrets from around the world, for any Stylish Drinker to enjoy…demanding forgiveness not permission.”
Decorrum is officially being rolled out across Mancunia this week.
Bottles will be available to order from Uniquely Manchester, Haus of Drinks and Crafty Connoisseur.
69% of Manchester students want to try a plant-based diet – but ‘cost and inconvenience’ is putting them off
Soaring costs, the inconvenience of the lifestyle, and the potential risk of isolation have been named as the top three barriers preventing Manchester students from giving veganism and plant-based diets a try.
According to a new study of students in Manchester byMeatFreed – an app connecting the plant-based community for students in key student cities across the UK – less than one in 10 say they would be able to commit to a fully plant-based diet, despite 69% claiming they want to try more plant-based meals, and a further 23% keen on becoming plant-based full-time if possible.
35% of Manchester students say they also like to eat more sustainably, and a quarter (25%) already making sustainable meal choices – but it’s not so easy for everyone.
And it’s all down to several different barriers standing in their way, according to the study.
MeatFreed’s recent study found that 48% of Manchester students named having less options for meals on-the-go as the main reason why they’re put off trying a plant-based diet, with a further 36% feeling it would be too tricky to eat out in restaurants and at takeaways.
20% also said they felt concerned they would be the only vegetarian or vegan in their friendship group or families – which could lead to an element of social isolation.
With the rising cost of living crisis also sadly continuing to make its impact felt, 44% of Manchester students surveyed said they felt worried about the cost of a plant-based lifestyle, and another 43% said they felt a little anxious about how that could impact their diets.
Because of this, 60% of students believe their diets will change as the cost of food increases.
Yet despite all these identified hurdles, MeatFreed also found that a whopping 92% of students surveyed would like to see more plant-based options on the menu when they’re dining out, and so, to help them find the most sustainable meal options out there in our city, the MeatFreed app officially launched in Manchester last month.
This new app brings together discounts, menus, and offers for students from over 50 restaurants in Manchester, as well as offering rewards to users who choose more sustainable meal choices.
“It’s not surprising that students are growing more concerned about the cost of living and rising food prices as it’s everywhere in the media and trying to find sustainable meal choices can be trickier than ever in all that noise,” admitted Patrick Huang – co-founder of MeatFreed.
“We chose to launch in Manchester as it’s one of the biggest student communities in the UK, and with so many Manchester students keen to try plant-based and more sustainable dishes, we wanted to help them discover the options they have right on their doorstep.
“And it doesn’t have to drain the student loan either.”
Manchester has a stunning new rooftop restaurant as Climat opens its doors
There’s a stunning new rooftop restaurant in Manchester, with more than 250 different wines on the menu and beehives on the roof.
Climat is ready to open in Blackfriars House and has one of the best views in the city, with every table given a front-row seat.
From its eighth floor position, diners will be able to take in the sights of Manchester, including the (currently scaffolded) Town Hall, the ornate rooftop of Barton Arcade, and the spire of St Ann’s Church.
The 100-cover restaurant comes from the same team behind the acclaimed Covino in Chester, with exec chef of Covino and Climat Luke Richardson and head chef Simon Ulph crafting a menu of modern British feasting-size dishes.
The restaurant promises to serve ‘food you want to eat’, geared towards groups of three or more to share – think whole turbot, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, and ex-dairy cuts on the bone.
There’ll be small plates too, and the resurrection of classic vol-au-vents.
Climat’s wine cellar is comprehensive, featuring more than 250 different wines, 40% of which will come from one specific Burgundy vineyard site which has its own microclimate and specific geological conditions.
The highly-anticipated opening aims to be a ‘contemporary, Parisian-style’ addition to Manchester’s restaurant scene.
The star of the show with its decor all centre around that view, from the floor-to-ceiling windows to the spacious outdoor rooftop terrace.
Tables are arranged in one long row along the windows, with an open kitchen on the other side.
Of the menu, exec chef Luke Richardson comments: “We want to have a different signature snack at each restaurant we open. Whilst Covino has the gougère, Climat will have the vol-au-vent.
“The humble gougère will continue to serve Covino, whilst we’ve opted to resurrect the vol-au-vent for Climat, owing to their complete versatility throughout the seasons. They can literally be stuffed with anything. Beef tartare, parfait, truffle and ricotta to name just a few.
“Both myself and Simon Ulph have worked closely together to develop an opening menu we are both super proud of and we think does justice to the building and the surroundings. We believe we offer something completely different to the Manchester restaurant scene and we now can’t wait to officially launch.”
Christopher Laidler, owner of Climat, comments: “After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly my own), I couldn’t be happier that we’re one step closer to bringing Climat to life with the menu and wine list already things I’m immensely proud of.
“Climat is essentially going to be a place for guests to share our passion for really good food and drink in a relaxed rooftop setting with what I think is one of the best views of Manchester’s skyline.
“We’re well on the way to achieving this; from the look and feel of the restaurant coming together, to the exciting daily changing menu ideas and informal but quietly knowledgeable style of service we have planned.”
Charlotte Wild, head of retail and leisure at Bruntwood Works, comments: “Climat is going to be a fantastic addition to Manchester’s hospitality scene. We’re delighted to welcome such an exciting concept to Blackfriars, our community-minded Pioneering building.
“The restaurant is really coming together now and the menu clearly demonstrates their passion for excellent food and wine. It’s great to see their hard work come to fruition. Roll on December!”