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Manchester's groovy dining scene has yet another new arrival, the Arts Bar and Grill in the Jarvis Piccadilly Hotel (0161 236 8414). And this is no traditional frumpy hotel restaurant - pounds 1.2m has been spent on the design. A huge wood-panelled oval bar dispenses cocktails, while a dramatic "wall of flame" grill cooks duck, chicken and beef to order. The menu is Modern European.

David Massey, who's spent the last few years as the head chef at a number of Antony Worrall-Thompson's restaurants, is about to go it alone. Massey will open his restaurant Brompton Bay (0171 225 2500) at 96 Draycott Avenue in Chelsea on 9 December. Massey is skilled in Mediterranean cooking, so expect such dishes as cassoulet, pasta and fish platters.

Ordinary mortals rarely get the chance to taste the elegant fare served at Mosimann's in Belgravia, as it's a private dining club. But there's an opportunity to cross the threshold on 11 December to attend a demonstration by the Swiss masterchef himself. For pounds 85, participants get to spend the morning at Mosimann's Academy, and then it's off to lunch at the club. To book, call 0171 924 1111.

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