Northern Restaurant and Bar 2012 preview

24 February 2012 by
Northern Restaurant and Bar 2012 preview

Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB), which runs on 12 and 13 March at Manchester Central, is teaming up with Taste Cumbria, Visit Manchester, Taste Lancashire and Northern Ireland Naturally as this year's Best of Fine Foods showcase partners.

Taste Cumbria will bring top-class food and drink produce to the show, all of which can be supplied directly to the catering industry. A selection of Cumbria's most renowned chefs will also take to the Taste Cumbria demonstration kitchen to show visitors the variety and scope of Cumbria's produce.

Also showcasing its region's finest foods is Visit Manchester, which supports local producers and suppliers in the Greater Manchester area. Taste Lancashire will champion Lancashire's diverse and award-winning food and drink producers while Northern Ireland Naturally will present new food ideas and established favourites from Northern Ireland including artisan breads, premium beef, dairy, fresh vegetables, tea, coffee and unique berry liqueurs.

Now in its 11th year, Northern Restaurant & Bar welcomes trade-only exhibitors and visitors including brewers, hoteliers, publicans, catering suppliers, chefs, restaurateurs and bartenders from across the north of England. As well as being a hotspot for hospitality networking, Northern Restaurant & Bar will stage chef demonstrations, tutored tastings, cocktail shows and fine food displays.

Key features include Chef Live, Grape, Grain & Bean, the Liquor Theatre and, new for this year, the NRB Top 50 which will honour 50 individuals from influential operators in the north of England, with a special reception being held on Monday 12 March for those listed.

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Caterer and Hotelkeeper takes a look at some of the new products on display.


Product Beerlao

Special mention Noted as Asia's best beer by Time Out magazine

Details The Lao Brewery Company was founded in 1971 and first began brewing its signature beers in 1973. Made from Pilsen malt imported from France, Hallertauer hops and yeast from Germany and local rice and spring water. Brewed and bottled in Laos.

Taste details A 5% crisp beer with a soft finish. Light golden in colour and great body.

Matches Great with Asian-style cooking and fiery spices

SupplierLWC Drinks
0845 502
Stand Number: 637


Product LED writing boards

USP New eye-catching UK product

Details Easy to use LED sign boards that can be changed as often as your business needs. Perfect for highlighting special menus or promotions, they are available in a choice of seven fluorescent colours and 37 lighting modes.

Sizes 22in, 28in and 32in

Price From £73.66 to £114.12 + VAT

SupplierGrander Imports
0800 002
Stand Number: 312


Product Cakes and Bakes

USP Launching at show

Details Locally sourced ingredients and free-range eggs are used to make a range of loaf cakes, tray bakes, cakes and biscuits as well as a range of gluten-free products

Range includes Chocolate Brodie, Lover's loaf, orange and cardamom cake, chocolate Nancy and Date and Walnut squares

Awards Fine Food Awards one- and two-star winners 2011

SupplierGinger Bakers
07990 541982Stand Number: Taste Cumbria section F9-F19


Product Black Light glassware

USP Phosphorescent silicone applied to the outside of each glass that glows under UV lights used in late-night venues

Details The Black Light glassware is one of many new lines being launched at NRB. The range includes concepts for cocktails, desserts, aperitifs, barware and hot beverages.

SupplierArc International (part of the Arcoroc brand)
Stand Number: 403


Product Lakeland lager

USP Lager with a twist - fermented not with lager yeast but with Hawkshead Breweries' ale yeast

Details Wanting to extend their reach beyond real cask ales, a pilot project of a new local keg lager has proved successful in the Lake District. Now being rolled out in Manchester.

Look and taste Billed as "lager with taste" it is pale in colour with a subtle fresh hop character from European lager hops

SupplierHawkshead Brewery
01539 822644Stand Number: F15


Product Type 301 F A Porsche knives

USP Anti-stick blade to avoid watery (hydrous) materials such as vegetables, sticking to the blade

Details Unlike traditional knife designs with a fluted blade, this new technology has a serrated anti-stick structure on the right hand side of the blade (similar to a Japanese sashimi knife) which allow slices to fall easily off the blade

Top Marks German magazine TestFakta (similar to Which? in the UK) voted the new type 301 Porsche knife "best in test" against its competitive set

SupplierChroma Knives UK
0845 643 6914Stand Number: 310


Product The Inka Charcoal Oven

USP A closed barbecue, providing all the flavours and aromas of a barbecue at high-speed

Innovation Ecologically sound coconut charcoal that burns at a higher temperature than wood charcoal without flames

Details The glass-fronted oven doors can withstand temperatures up to 750°C and allow the customers to see the food cooking inside. Insulated to ensure the intense heat stays in the oven and a built-in fat removal system.

Other features Removable tilted shelves, built-in firebreak and an ash-box for easy removal of ashes

SupplierInka Charcoal Ovens
0845 643 6915
Stand Number: 310


Product Flora Tea

USP Real flowers in your tea

Details Natural and healthy specially blended green tea and different flower scented aromas. Picked by hand from the mountains of Southern China, the tea spheres unfurl to reveal their flower centres.

Flavour range Lily Fairy; Flower Lover; Aromatic Mayflower, Flying Snow; Jasmine with Love; Oriental Beauty; Butterfly Long for Flower and Summer Love

Awards BBC Good Food Show Best Stocking Fillers Award and the Great Taste Three-Star Gold Award 2011

SupplierFlora Tea Company
07737 424700Stand Number: 105


Product Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Beer

USP World's first beer to be matured in former Irish whiskey barrels

Details A specially brewed Scottish stout matured in rare oak barrels

Flavour Rich and smooth, with aromas and flavours of intense dark chocolate and treacle alongside signature vanilla and oak notes

SupplierThe Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
0131-220 7230Stand Number: 601


Product Jubilee Jam

USP Locally sourced ingredients

Details Mark and Maria Whitehead, the owners and producers of the Hawkshead Relish Company, have built it up from scratch to a size where supplies are now sent around the world. Jubilee Jam is being launched at NRB to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee.

Flavours Lyth Valley Damsons and English Rose Liqueur

More in the range Beetroot and Horseradish Chutney, Westmorland Chutney, Chilli jam, Hot garlic Pickle and Mango Chutney

SupplierThe Hawkshead Relish Company
01539 436614
Stand Number: F9 - F1

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