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The food and drink round up (13/04/10)

Hope Street Hotel scores for Liverpool at Northern Hospitality Awards; Elvis the toppermost tipper, plus more astronomical, gastronomical guff

Published on September 21st 2010.

The food and drink round up (13/04/10)
Hope for some Over 250 people from restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels from across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East, saw the newly extended Hope Street Hotel win the best hotel accolade at the Northern Hospitality Awards last night.

The ceremony, now in its fifth year, was held at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester, compered by food and drink journalist Nigel Barden with the Hilton's David Gale rattling the pots and pans for all those clued up food luminaries

Liverpool scored just one out of the nine possible awards. Manchester not much better. Yorkshire's food and drink places, on the other hand, picked up almost half, including best chef - James Mackenzie of The Pipe and Glass Inn, Beverley, and best restaurant, Greens Restaurant & Bistro over in sunny Whitby.

Wait. Whitby eh? Home of the Magpie cafe, eh? We think Whitby Confidential has quite a ring to it.

Mustn't crumble Another Liverpool hotel with a bit of front is the Malmaison – or should that be a bit of front in danger of falling off.

The facade of the Mersey waterside building is being replaced just three years after opening because “substantial defects” have been discovered. A tile came loose on its £2.5m stonework and a building survey determined the entire work needed to be redone.

Says Manager Mark James: “Once we knew there was a defect, we took the best measures for the longevity of the building so that is here for the next 60, 80, 100 years.

“There will be no disruption to people using the hotel as it does not affect it internally.”The Malmaison is one of the more striking (in a good way) new-builds on the World Heritage Site so to ensure that no one gets, er, struck, the work is being done under guarantee from the company that built it, AMEC at no cost to the hotel.

The Mal said it did not know whether its exposed position on the river was a factor in the failed facade, but the fact that the cladding was fitted by a sub-contractor who has since gone out of business gives us a clue. It's name? Weatherwise.

Riemenschnieder again We have never heard of The Highwayman in Rainow in the hills east of Macclesfield, but now it is getting a "name" chef we have. So what?

It's that Michael Riemenschnieder again, the Swiss giant who once graced Michelin starred restaurants across the country. He took over at Juniper in Altrincham in 2008, but his project there bombed 14 months ago. Then, to much fanfare, he turned up at the Hillbark Hotel at Frankby on the Wirral earlier this year for about five minutes. Then just as quickly as he came to Merseyside, he “went”.

Now he's bringing his undoubted talents to the moor top Highwayman. The question is, will he stand and deliver?

Beer time Staying at the Mal, and of course you can, let's not forget the food and drink events regularly staged there to big heap popularity.

There are two this month, the first this Thursday (Apr 15)

Join the Liverpool Mal and ale experts from Cains Brewery for an evening of good food and real ale. Four course dinner with ale, £35.00 per person. If that thought doesn't get you going, there's even more excitement. We are going. Yes, what are you waiting for?

Then on St George's Day, it's the Argento Wine Dinner, where it's the turn of expert wine makers who will be providing an exclusive evening ofgood food, good wine and good company. Again, there are four courses with canapes with wine matches for only £35.00 per person. Email them at events.liverpool@malmaison.com. But hurry, it's limited availability.

Southport for nosh
Southport Food and Drink Festival will take place from 13-16 May, and it's a good place to go for your olives and fancy beer tastings.

Highlights include chef demonstrations from the likes of Manchester based scouser Simon Rimmer and Lymm-based scouser Aiden Bryne, the youngest man to win a Michelin star. TV broadcaster, author and general beer expert Pete Brown will be hosting a beer talk and tasting, based around his new book ‘Hops and Glory’.

There will be a Southport Food and Drink Festival Pavilion in the Town Hall Gardens, for restaurants, chefs, breweries and chocolatiers, and there'll also be the inevitable gong giving out Gala Dinner. For more details check www.visitsouthport.com

Tipping points When you tip, who gets your money? The waiter? The boss? The business chain? If you don't know - ask.

Businesses have been encouraged to tell you - so ask them if they don't make it clear. It's easy, honest, just ask 'Who gets the tip?

Who Gets The Tip? is the name of a new national campaign to get you to do just this. Its site is full of stats, like how the Welsh are the most generous tippers. Or the Scots, depending on which bit you read. It also encourages restaurants and the like to submit their tipping policies online so punters can make an informed choice. So far Pizza Hut is the only balloon on the Liverpool google map which proudly boasts that !00 percent of tips go to staff.

It also gives a history of tipping. Did you know, for instance, that in the 18th century the phrase ‘tip me’ was commonly used in English to mean ‘give me’? Or that Elvis Presley was said to be so generous that he gave away about 200 cars to waiters, friends and complete strangers. He was such a heavy tipper, in fact, that he even tipped off his own toilet seat.

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Phil McCrackenApril 12th 2010.

If Elvis was so generous giving away cars as a tip after a meal how did he get home? Priscilla can't have been too chuffed when they were stuck at the taxi rank at 3.00 in the morning

Norman KennyApril 12th 2010.

I am shocked to see that you mess up The Sacred Heart picture, which is not done. Shame on you guys.. you must be off your bloody minds or pissed....

Argento WineApril 12th 2010.

Please join us for the Argento Wine Dinner at the Liverpool Malmaison on St. George's Day (23rd April). The correct email address for RSVP events.liverpool@malmaison.com/">http://is:events.liverpool@malmaison.com

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