Gary Rhodes's first restaurant outside London opened at the newly built Quality Hotel, Manchester last week. Positioned next to Old Trafford football ground, Rhodes & Co (0161 868 1900) offers the chef's trademark English fare - fishcakes, steak-and-kidney pud and bread-and-butter pudding - and the odd European dish too, such as risotto. The decor is also meant to be patriotic, with walls and tables made from oak and beech.
Fans of the Belgian-themed Belgo restaurants are in for another treat. The latest concept, Bierodrome (0171 226 5835/226 3295), is set to open next week at 173/174 Upper Street, Islington, north London. It will be more of a drinks-led operation than its sisters (with 200 varieties of Belgian beer on offer and 101 different schnapps) but the familiar mussel pots and frites will be there too. Bar snacks for those in a hurry are also on the menu, such as Belgian cheese with rye bread or charcuterie and mustard.Reuse content