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Food and drink round-up (Mar 30)

Martin Platt gets cheesy; hands of cod; winning chefs; tipsters' tipple; Ha Ha! re-brands and Cask Beer Land visits for a whole week

Published on May 17th 2010.

Food and drink round-up (Mar 30)

Whey to go!
It sure beats a cameo on The Bill.

Perhaps chastened by being the only bloke married to the sultry Gail Potter who lived to tell the tale, Sean Wilson, who played Martin Platt in Coronation Street for 21 years has undergone a radical career change.

He now makes cheese.

Churning out lines in a soap are but a memory. Nowadays Sean is to be found up to his armpits in rennet and curds as proprietor of the Saddleworth Cheese Co.

Naturally, all the milk comes from a trough, in this case the Trough of Bowland and goes to make a range of delicious sounding Lancashire jobbies including a crumbly (Muldoon's Picnic), and a tasty (Mouth Almighty). He's no daft apeth, but he certainly has named a cheese after one, in this case a Smelly Apeth.

Anyroadup, Sean will be hosting a dinner, along with Paul Heathcote at Simply Heathcotes in Liverpool on Wednesday 28th April, arrival 7-7.30pm.

The menu comprises four very tempting sounding courses at £30 a head, and for an extra £20 you can match four glasses of wine.

Sean will be presenting his cheeses and talking about his acting career and his move to cheese making, we are told.

Presumably punters will get a chance to ask him questions, such as: will he be reappearing as Gail's long-lost hubby? What's really in a Betty's hotpot and Is it true that he first got the idea for cheese after an encounter with Emily “stinking” Bishop.

Will he tell you? Willie Eckerslike.

Hands of cod
Still at Heathcote's for one teeny second longer...

Yes, it's that time of year again. On Good Friday, chefs at the Beetham Plaza restaurant will create a special menu of fish to run alongside the main menu.

Then, on Easter Sunday, if you can take any more cocoa-solids-infused mayhem, unload the kids on them with an egg decorating competition. Each child will receive an egg and plenty of decorations so they can let their imaginations run wild, as opposed to themselves.

Heathcote's head chef will judge the competition and give a special prize. It's going to be a long day.

Atlantic powerCongrats to Russell Hough - of the Atlantic Tower by Thistle, who last week picked up the Chef of the Year Award 2010 at the Liverpool Ambassador Awards.

He beat the excellent Matt Locke from one of Liverpool Confidential's favourite eating places, Spire in Church Road, and Mark Bond of LACE (The Conference Centre) up on Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park..

This award was given in recognition of Russell’s creativity and flair in the kitchen, matched with an exceptional motivational and leadership style in his role as executive chef, it says here.

Still waters run deep on Water Street.

Beatles time!The organisers of this year’s John Smith’s Grand National have commissioned a new drink. But it's not bitter – it's quite the opposite.

The “Strawberry Fields” cocktail includes Pinky vodka, blackberry and wild

strawberry liqueur and Prosecco. It will be served throughout Liverpool Day at Aintree (April 8) with all proceeds being donated to The Injured Jockeys Fund.

Lady racegoers might perhaps refrain from consuming too much of this toothsome treat, lest organisers are forced to donate next year's cocktail proceeds to the Injured WAG Fund.

Out with the C-word
Everybody's doing it. Becoming a “bar and grill”. Last week, Lenny's Smoke Bar and Grill opened on Sir Thomas Street. It's the latest Korova venture – although there will be little smoking taking place unless someone leaves the chip pan on.

Feeling left out, Ha Ha! Bar and Canteen at the Albert Dock has belatedly got in on the act and will now be known as the Ha Ha! Bar and Grill - forgoing the C word in its branding - with a big relaunch on Thursday.

Will finding a G-spot help Ha Ha! to find its fortunes?

The last two times our operatives ate there, there was little to laugh about. The first time (2007) we had American folk legend Daniel Johnston with us. The very talented Daniel is very much a McDonald's man (in case they are looking for a new ambassador), and for all sorts of reasons on that particular day, we could understand why.

Alas, the next occasion, a Bank Holiday Monday lunchtime order dragged into mid afternoon before the food arrived. We learned, as we were presented with the bill in full, that the shortcomings (many) were down to the fact that only a tiny handful of staff had turned up for work that day.

Still it was a long while back (2008) and we are up for another trip. Watch the space, we will be Grilling anew – but not at the end of any “tiring” holiday weekends coming up soon.

Taken to caskWE LOVE a themed food and beverage week. It might be one big PR puff, but it is also the adult equivalent of new lands arriving at the top of the Magic Faraway Tree.

Right now, Cask Ale land is visiting. At the James Monro on Tithebarn Street, they are embracing this. From Monday 29th March to Monday 5th April, the pub is hosting ale-tasting evenings, “offering both connoisseurs and ale virgins (it's a long time since we stumbled across any of those)” the chance to taste their range of cask ales completely free of charge.

Customers will then be asked to choose their top three for the chance to win a tour of the newly reopened Jennings brewery in the Lakes and a case of Jennings Real Ale.

In a statement that is still messing with our heads, pub Manager Jess Rhonan said: “We are asking punters to literally think outside of the wine box.”

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Beau NeddMarch 29th 2010.


Beau NeddMarch 29th 2010.


Emily BishopMarch 29th 2010.

How DARE you!

Ken Barlow, SchoolmasterMarch 29th 2010.

"Apeth"? Surely you mean an 'ha'p'orth'?

davethackerayMarch 29th 2010.

Martin Platt on Martin Platt? Is that ego excess at work, or is the real Martin Platt not Martin Platt? And what about Sean Wilson? Is he the real Martin Platt?Martin Platt, reveal yourself! Although not literally, if you please - that could prove challenging as you talk about moments of mastication.

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