Hospitality brings out the best in January 2022 with great food and drink invitations

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Happy New Year to all our readers. Christmas was a time to celebrate with family and loved ones if that was doable. Hospitality delivered some wonderful events to make it the most festive of times. There were Christmas carols: there were servings of piping hot mulled wine (which tasted delicious) and Father Christmas raced from venue to venue at the speed of light. Probably assisted by super-powered reindeer. One or two memorable evenings involved delicious tapas and tasting menus (with the wow factor) and a fabulous atmosphere.

Feature by Jean Hill

Here’s hoping 2022 is a wonderful new year, and we get to enjoy some of those great restaurants in the area. There is so much to look forward to: good times ahead with some exciting launches.


This January Piccolino is inviting guests not to give something up, but to try something new. 

The premium Italian restaurant’s Try January menu sees a spin on Veganuary and Dry January.  There is a selection of new vegan dishes paired with incredible vegan, low to non-alcoholic, and full-bodied wines.  All have been selected by Head Sommelier Dario Barbato and promise to bring out the best in every bite.  New dishes include:

Arancine Di Zucca (£8.50) – butternut squash arancine & sundried tomato mayonnaise (Ve)

Gnocchi Di Patate Dolci (£12.50)-  sweet potato gnocchi, cavolo nero & almond pesto (Ve)

Pizza Tartufo E Zucchine (£11.95) – courgette, mushroom & truffle cream (Ve)

Fettucine Al Sugo Di Verdure (£13.75) – vegetables, miso, red wine, bay leaf & tomato (Ve)

Torta Al Cioccolato (£6.95) – chocolate cake, courgette, chocolate ganache, raspberry sorbet (Ve)

A new range of non-alcoholic cocktails also feature alongside Everleaf’s zero-alcohol earth-inspired tonics (£5.65), which deliver great aroma, depth and complexity:

Zero Friends With Benefits (£4.65) – raspberries & watermelon with passion fruit, cranberry, pureed white peaches & lemon

Zero Vanilla Laika (£4.65) – apple, pear, blackberry, vanilla & lemon

Zero Last Mango In Paris (£4.65) – mango & melon with apple, elderflower & lime

If you were the last mango in Paris, I would devour you.

For those starting the new year with a different aspect and looking to raise a glass to Ginuary, Piccolino has gin enthusiasts covered too.  

Choose from over 18 different variants of the spirit including Hendricks (£4.75), Villa Ascenti (£5.00), and Arber Rhubarb (£4.65) or mix it up with one of Piccolino’s gin-based cocktails including:

Gin & Pear It (£9.15) – Bombay Sapphire gin & Cartron kiwi liqueur with pear nectar, apple & lemon

Last Mango in Paris (£9.00) – Arber pineapple gin & Melonade melon aperitif with Fiorente elderflower liqueur, mango, apple & lime

Apple Basil Gimlet (£9.15) – Hendrick’s gin with green apple, fresh basil & citrus.

Piccolino’s Try January menu is available from January 4th to January 31st and features alongside the restaurant’s classic menu. To find out more or make a reservation please visit: 

Try January is available at all Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Yorkshire restaurants. These include: Piccolino Caffe Grande (Manchester), Didsbury, Hale, Bramhall, Knutsford, Stockton Heath, Chester, Collingham, Ilkley, Sheffield and Liverpool.

Golden opportunities with Gusto Italian, Liverpool

All that glitters might well be gold when you are a Gusto Gold Rewards member!

This January Gold Rewards members can enjoy 50% off delicious Gusto dishes! It’s available between 4th and 28th January, Monday to Thursday all day and Friday until 5pm when you dine from the A La Carte or Party set menus.

Not a member? You can still sign up and, hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy this offer throughout January…£10 cashback for signing up. 5% cashback every time you dine. There is exclusive access to events and special offers and birthday gifts from Gusto to you. January is sounding better than ever already. You will need to check terms and conditions, but it is free to join!

Slim’s on Bold Street


Slim’s has 50% off food on the Breakfast, Vegan and Main menu throughout January available all day Wednesday – Friday. This restaurant does beautiful burgers and has a way with BBQ sweet-corn, that is breath-takingly good.

Pre-booking is encouraged. Not available in conjunction with any other offer such as Wings Wednesday.

Duke Street Market

Duke Street Market

Duke Street Market has 20% off food on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout January. This hub is a great meeting place, and because the food is usually served to your table, it is ideal for lunch breaks. Leisurely after work dining is recommended, too.

For more culinary inspiration, please pay a visit to our food & drink page.

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