I grow my own, brave the kitchen heat and know my woozy way around a wine list. Welcome to my post-lockdown world…

You may call it a blog if you must. It’s certainly a change of direction I’ve been putting off through years of journalistic hyper-activity. The lockdowns have made me reassess the food and drink I really care about. I feel refreshed and free of restraint. Even so. Please excuse the solipsistic sounding neilsowerby.co.uk. It’s not just about me. More the discoveries I want to share. Read more…

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Yakima Valley dreaming! C’mon smell the hops – and the cilantro

Yakima in America's Pacific North-West is the hop capital of world and a great area for a road trip
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Tom and Laurissa’s Pignut – sustainable restaurant that prides itself on going to ground

Foraging and sustainability are at the forefront for exciting Yorkshire restaurant Pignut
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Butter chicken and mutton keema conjure up memories of the Old Delhi maze

The Delhi House Cafe is a homage to the Indian capital's culinary legacy – with some inevitable compromises
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Hokkaidō comes to Didsbury – meeting the creative couple behind Midori at Wine and Wallop

Didsbury bar Wine and Wallop is hosting seriously good, authentic Japanese cuisine created by a globe-trotting couple.

Historic Brewing Conference, Mcr – cheers to August’s unmissable mash-up

Beer has been around since pre-historic times. Learn more about its incredible journey at a unique event in Manchester.
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The North strikes back – Bavette, Lamb of Tartary and Eight at Gazegill

I check out three new, very different, northern eating spots that show huge potential.
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