The weekend started early for Alison, when she met a friend she had not seen for a year and they went to Artisan in Spiningfelds, where they had cocktails and lunch . They had a mojito and a purple lady to drink and the Satay chicken, chilli, onion & yoghurt
in a folded flat bread and the pulled pork sandwich with homemade crinkle cut chips to eat. Alison said the cocktails were nice but the food was not up to the usual standard and whilst the service was good there was a bit of a cock-up over the bill, but this was sorted quickly. I then met them at the Royal Exchange for special FX, their free Friday entertainment in the Great Hall, this Friday it was The Flat Cap 3, a very good jazz group who play everything from old time standards to modern pop and some of their own stuff. I had some beers and the ladies shared a bottle of prosecco.
From here after walking Alison’s friend back to her train we stopped off at The Fitzgerald, where Alison had a Smoked Rum Old Fashioned (Diplomatico Reserva and Havana Especial Rums, cherry and Angostura Bitters served in a sealed bottle with cherry smoke) and I had a Sazerac (Martell VS, Sazerac Rye, Peychaud bitters and an absinthe rinse) and very nice they were too, this is a place we will be going back to. From there we went to one of our favourite places, Mr Coopers House and Garden, here we went for a couple of classics a mojito for Alison and a long island iced tea for myself, we also had snacks, home baked sourdough bread, whipped butter and salt flakes, and some caramel, chilli and black pepper popcorn. From there it was a tram back to Sale where we called into Vida for a porn star martini and a pint of Peroni, before going home.
Saturday evening was spent with good friends at the Nomads for a panto reunion again a night of beer and prosecco. There was karoke, laughs and interesting conversations and I guess some sore heads in the morning!
Sunday, a day of rest, not for us! After a leisurely breakfast in bed it was off to the Horse and Jockey in Chorlton to help Jeff celebrate his birthday. We decided to get some exercise by walking there, we went down the canal tow both from Dane Road to Stretford, then down Edge lane, this was made more interesting by Emma coming with us with the dogs! Bruno kept insisting he wanted to go for a swim! The Horse and Jockey has changed hands since the last time we were there and is now owned by Holts brewery. It is brighter inside and there were lots of families in and it was very busy, it was Sunday afternoon. From there Alison took me to the Launderette on Beech Road, this is somewhere Alison had been before but I had not, when we arrived we were offed the choice of sitting outside or inside, we opted for outside and with the awning and heaters it was very pleasant, although it was a very mild night. We started with cocktails a Launderette Porn Star for Alison and a Jerk Daiquiri for me (Red Leg spiced rum, Kings Ginger, Blossoms Mango, lime and jerk seasoning, served with a pineapple slice). To eat we shared a stater of Arancini, these were deep fried, breaded goats cheese balls, served on a roasted butternut squash puree with rocket, for our mains we had a caesar salad with chicken and anchovies, which Alison said was very good but a little light on the caesar dressing, although when we asked for more it came straight away. I had the Toulouse sausage and haricot bean cassoulet, which as tasty but with a little to much bread crumbs on
the top which made it too dry. We then had one of their share cocktails, Night at the Drive In (Absolut vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, passion fruit puree and slated caramel syrup, topped with prosecco and a scoop of popcorn). For dessert we shared a chocolate brownie and ice cream. It had a nice atmosphere and the staff were friendly, we will definitely be back. Then it was back home to bed so we could be up early to get into work for a rest!