Inside the Manchester Restaurant That Serves Drake’s Favorite Butter Chicken

Every time Drake is in Manchester, he visits Zouk, an unassuming Indian eatery down a quiet side street. According to owners Tayub and Mudassar Amjad, their butter chicken is the best he's ever had.
Ian Jones

Inside the Secret Manchester Pub That Only Serves Bartenders

The Seven Oaks opens from midnight until 8 AM, catering exclusively to bar staff clocking off from their shifts. And with so many bartenders in one place, things can soon get rowdy.
Kamila Rymajdo

Eating in One of Britain's Most Racially Divided Towns

Census data shows that white and Asian residents of Blackburn, Lancashire are increasingly divided. I visited restaurants in the town's “Asian quarter” to find out how a council regeneration scheme is forging links between the communities.
Kamila Rymajdo
Japanese cuisine

This Back Alley Manchester Restaurant Makes Unagi Like Tokyo's Best Sushi Bar

Freshwater eel can be toxic if not cooked correctly, so many chefs simply buy it pre-made and microwave before serving. Not at Umezushi, a tiny restaurant behind Manchester Victoria station.
Ian Jones
hangover cures

Pickle Brine Is Why the Polish Don’t Get Hangovers

“It’s the same as having a cup of tea in Britain. But what makes it good for a hangover is the sourness. It kills the horrible aftertaste of any alcoholic mix and gives you an energetic kick.”
Kamila Rymajdo
The Last Bite

The Last Bite: One of the UK's Oldest Greek Restaurants Still Delivers the Dolmas

Welcome back to The Last Bite, our new column documenting the survival of traditional food establishments. For this installment, we eat homemade dolmathes at Manchester’s oldest Greek restaurant.
Kamila Rymajdo
Restaurant Confessionals

Brexit Has Made It Even Worse to Be an Eastern European Waitress

The Eastern European girls never got a chance to do anything other than take drinks orders, which we were told to do wearing nice dresses and high heels.
Caribbean cooking

A Look Inside Britain’s Hidden Caribbean Food History

Riaz Phillips has spent the last year spent travelling around England, armed with a notepad and a camera, visiting Caribbean bakeries, takeaways, and cafes to document the food and people behind them.
Daisy Meager
Fast Food

Eat Beastie Boys-Inspired Onion Rings at This Hip-Hop Chip Shop

Inside a boombox-shaped food truck, onion rings inspired by Beastie Boys and crispy fries inspired by Mos Def lyrics are giving England's classic fish and chips fare a run for its money.
Kamila Rymajdo

Why This Bakery Is Selling ‘Burnt’ Sourdough

The rye loaves at Manchester’s Pollen Bakery have blackened crusts so dark they look burnt—a baking style common in France but still rare in the UK.
Clare Wiley

Meet the Manchester Record Shop Owner Who Went Deaf and Opened a Cafe

Eastern Bloc Records is one of Manchester’s longest standing music stores but when founder John Berry went deaf in 2007, he thought he’d have to give it all up. That was until he decided to start serving coffee alongside the vinyl.
Kamila Rymajdo

Even This Tripe Shop Owner Hates The Taste of Tripe

“I can’t eat tripe. It’s horrible,” says Anita Clarke, owner of The Tripe and Sandwich Shop in Manchester. “It was like having snot in my mouth.” But how do you come to run one of the country’s only remaining tripe shops if you don’t actually like...
Johanna Derry