Restaurants; Art and craft fare

Feast your eyes while you fill your stomach. Nikki Spencer samples restaurants with an artistic bent
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7a College Approach, Greenwich (0181-305 9767)

This bar/restaurant and gallery in the arch above the Greenwich Market entrance is due to open on 11 Dec. The first exhibition will be Goldsmith's Graduates 1998, featuring the work of five artists. Above the gallery, a balcony restaurant will offer modern British-French food prepared by chef Adrian McCleod. About pounds 22 a head for dinner, pounds 12 for lunch.

Sun and Dove (left)

61-63 Coldharbour Lane London SE5 (0171-733 1525)

The Sun and Dove's next exhibition, Coolharbour Lane, will feature the work of a variety of artists (prices pounds 100-pounds 500). The private view is on 7 Dec, and the exhibition will run in the restaurant until 29 Jan. The pub-restaurant opens daily for lunch and dinner.

Shoreditch Electricity Showroom

39a Hoxton Square, London N1 (0171-739 6934)

This hip hang-out doesn't have a permanent gallery but hires out the downstairs bar for exhibitions. Past ones include Gavin Turk.

Slug and Lettuce

4 Canal Street, Manchester (0161-228 1360)

This is the latest of many Manchester restaurants and bars to host art exhibitions organised by Comme Ca PR, who specialise in bringing new artists' work to alternative venues. Small Pleasures, with abstract paintings by Hilary Jack, runs in the cafe-bar and restaurant until Jan.

Generation X

11-13 New Wakefield Street, Manchester (0161-236 4899)

This cafe-bar is currently showing paintings by Ben Mosquera.