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Jay Rayner finds San Carlo Cicchetti in Manchester a gastronomic place of safety

28 November 2011 by

After years of disappointment, Jay Rayner finally discovers a gastronomic place of safety among Manchester's restaurants - San Carlo Cicchetti.

The Observer‘s food critic says that his failures to eat well in the city have even started to bore him but arriving at San Carlo Cicchetti, he finally knows that everything will be fine.

Time Out‘s Guy Dimond says Jamie Oliver's latest venture, Union Jacks, is so good, you have to like it. "If it wasn't all done so very well - cheeky chappie service with a smile, good food, fun atmosphere - you'd have to hate it," he says.

Meanwhile devastatingly pretty waitresses and wonderful food mean the Independent‘s John Walsh has a lovely time at the Pig hotel in the New Forest, Hampshire.

The Devonshire Arms in Chiswick, west London, doesn't set the Sunday Telegraph‘s Zoe Williams' heart on fire but with delightful service and décor, it's a lovely neighbourhood pub.

In London, the Metro‘s Marina O'Loughlin says there's nothing on the menu at the Balcon that she wouldn't want to eat, while the Evening Standard‘s Fay Maschler discovers delicious burgers at MEATliquor, a more permanent site from the team behind Meatwagon and MEATEASY located in a car park site behind Debenham's in Oxford Street.

Giles Coren experiences service from hell at Chinese restaurant the Grand Imperial London, housed within the Thistle Grosvenor Hotel.

The Times‘ food critic says although the food is good, the restaurant doesn't give a "flying lee ho fook about their customers" after sitting "in their giant golden room being treated like crap for the better part of 40 minutes".

For these reviews in full and more, see What's on the menu? Visit Guide Girl for the latest gossip from the fine-dining world.

By Kerstin Kühn

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