Manchester restaurant Habas has made it into the prestigious Michelin guide just six months after opening its doors in the city.
The restaurant is the creation of esteemed chef Simon Shaw, who also has the two-AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant El Gato Negro, as well as Canto (which has been newly-awarded a Michelin Plate) in Ancoats.
It opened in the lower level of the historic Manchester Reform Club building in June to mixed reviews.
However, it seems the naysayers are to be mostly ignored, as it’s already caught the eye of inspectors at Michelin, who advise diners to ‘arrive early for a cocktail in the bar before moving into the fun, slightly retro-style dining room’.
The guide continues: “Small sharing plates take their influences mainly from the Middle East but there are also hints of the Mediterranean to be seen.
“Must-haves include the homemade pita bread, stuffed filo cigars and vegetable dishes.”
Housed inside the building’s former wine cellar, the menu follows a similar format to Shaw’s other popular Spanish and Portuguese-style city-centre restaurants – with a strong focus on small plates, ordered to share.
Speaking on the inclusion of Habas in MICHELIN’s fourth live release of the year, Shaw said: “First and foremost I’m absolutely delighted. For a business that’s been such a long time in the making and yet still very much in its infancy its remarkable. It’s all credit to Craig, Kelly and their respective teams who are doing an incredible job.”
Habas is one of 12 Manchester restaurants recommended in this year’s guide, alongside Adam Reid at The French, Allotment vegan eatery, Tast, El Gato Negro, Porta Tapas, Canto, The Bull and Bear, 63 Degrees, Erst, Mana, and OSMA.
The restaurant has just introduced a new Sunday roast offering, with two options available and an option to bring your own wine for just an additional £5 corkage fee.
The announcement follows a new approach announced by Michelin this summer, which sees the guide announce new additions on a monthly basis for the very first time.
Usually, these are only revealed at the annual launch event – but we have to say, we’re enjoying the new approach, as it gives us something new to look forward to every month, instead of having to wait a whole year.
The most prestigious awards, however -Stars, Bib Gourmands and Green Stars – will be announced at the annual 2022 ceremony as usual. So we’ve still got a bit of a wait for those.
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The Makers Market is coming back to Cutting Room Square every month as of this Sunday
The North West’s hugely popular Makers Market is returning to Ancoat’s Cutting Room Square as of this weekend, marking the start of a monthly community staple.
While Makers Markets have been popping up around the region for years now — Stockport, Cheadle, Salford and Media City; Knutsford, Northern Quarter, Didsbury, Congleton and countless other locations — it’s only ever been at Cutting Room Square just the once as part of a trial run back in November 2022.
However, after going down an absolute treat and just as popular as all the others around Greater Manchester and beyond, the organisers have decided to bring it back on a permanent basis from this weekend onwards. Ancoats just got even better.
Now, as of Sunday, 2 April, city centre residents and those travelling into town will be able to enjoy a regular community market packed with local traders from all over every month. Wonderful stuff.
If for some reason you’ve never come across a Makers Market before, the concept is pretty simple: local businesses and indie traders of all different kinds gather in public spaces like Cutting Room Square, setting up pop-up stalls to sell their wares, whatever they may be.
Whether it’d be homemade food and bakery items, handcrafted prints and textiles, or homeware, second-hand records, flowers and everything in between, there is literally always something for everyone.
More importantly, though, these monthly markets aren’t just another place to shop locally and responsibly, but they genuinely provide a wonderful sense of community, quickly cementing themselves as a regular staple for everyone to look forward to and socialise at.
Typically taking place on the second Sunday of every month and with Cutting Room Square and Ancoats already a popular district for locals and tourists alike, we’re sure the atmosphere is going to be great.
You’ve also got the successful Ancoats Pop Up events scattered throughout the rest of the 2023 calendar too — happy days.
We look forward to a year filled with plenty more markets all around Greater Manchester!
You can check out the full list of traders that will be appearing at this weekend’s Makers Market at Cutting Room Square HERE.
This tiny hole in a wall is home to Greater Manchester’s best smashed burgers
Bob over Salford way, and any burger fan worth their salt will tell you that there’s only one place to go for a smashed burger in this neck of the woods. Yes, we’re talking about Burgerism.
First founded in 2018, Burgerism has been quietly setting the standard for dark kitchens way before the pandemic made them so popular.
For years, it has been delivery only – drawing regular queues outside its Salford site and churning out thousands of its popular smashed patty burgers a day. More recently, the kitchen has gone exclusive on Deliveroo and is slowly expanding its empire across the UK with further sites in Liverpool and Leeds.
This year, the team also opened a second site on the other side of Manchester in Gatley.
As a result, Stockport locals can now enjoy their smashed patties, perfect potato buns and crunchy fried chicken without having to make the drive across town (once a regular occurrence, or so we’re told).
Serving up a range of stacked burgers, chicken wings and others sides, alongside Burgerism’s award-winning mains takeaway fans will find a whole host of other treats including lemon pepper, BBQ and buffalo wings.
Fries come with the skin on, tossed in a signature house spice mix, whilst burgers are pressed down onto a hot grill using a super-secret smashing tool that the team will not reveal on camera for love nor money.
As for the main event, smashed burgers can be ordered as singles or doubles with optional extras like cheese and bacon.
There’s also the slawed-up Freebird chicken burger, which is deep fried and then dipped back into spicy oil for an extra kick.
Non-meat eaters are also well catered for, with ‘Veggied’ and ‘Veganed’ options both made using Moving Mountains ‘bleeding’ plant-based patties.
Last but not least, we have to give a shout out to Burgerism’s new dessert offering which sees the team partner with Leeds favourite Get Baked to serve up some of the fudgiest, gooey brownies we’ve had the pleasure of tasting.