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Nestled in the historic old architecture of Stockport Marketplace, Blackshaw’s Kitchen becomes the latest food & drink destination in the town centre.
Only two years ago the food scene in Stockport was in all sense of the word bland. But as years have passed more and more establishments are setting up shop which is bringing local people back to the town centre.
Blackshaw’s have managed to turn an old building into something delightfully honest, modern, but also in keeping with the buildings that surround it.
Inside you are welcomed by a space that feels comfortable. The old pillars inside have been stripped down to their original colour, the brick opened up, and the beautiful wooden windows have been given a fresh coat of paint.
The triumph is not only in Blackshaw’s ability to feel modern and classic at the same time. It is James’ choice to use local businesses produce in the process of creating his restaurant. A wide array of plants are perfectly balanced on the wall that give a nod to the fashionable indoor plant scene consuming popular culture. All purchased from Plant Shop Manchester on the other side of the square. There are plans to involve local artists to create a beautiful mural inside the restaurant which adds to the community vibe.
It is always a winner in our eyes when local businesses support each other.
Now to the food…
The food available is in keeping with what you’d expect from an urban kitchen. It is not trying to be complex it is hearty, wholesome and easy going with an occasional spark along the way. Something we feel the old town and Stockport as a whole needed. Surrounded by the likes of Where The Light Gets In, and until recently The Allotment, Blackshaw’s humble menu fits perfectly in its environment.
Blackshaw’s Kitchen offers anything from Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and caramelised banana to a classic fish an chips. We must admit the Roast Sirloin of beef did look excellently put together but we opted for a lighter option.
Vegan and Veggie options are available which include Lentil hotpot, Sunday vegan roast and a field board.
Without harping on too much we absolutely recommend you pay the team a visit, and as always remember embrace the local.
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We were invited to dine as guests of Blackshaws and were not asked to pay.
South Seven chose to set up shop in the sleepy suburb of Marple Bridge. It seems like an unusual place to have a hipster burger, burrito and nacho restaurant but everybody loves to expect the unexpected.
We tried to book for the friday night but it was too busy which led to a drop in n’ wait kind of situation. We recommend booking in advance especially if you hope to visit at the weekend.
If you do decide to just turn up and wait, Marple Bridge has a wide range of local pubs which are perfect for a cheeky beverage while you wait for your table to become available.
Upon entry of South Seven you are greeted by a long narrow space that is surprising considering how small the restaurant looks from the outside; it has a touch of a tardis feel to it.
Anyway, the low lighting and classic american tunes really mirror the fashionable burger bar atmosphere that is dominating the restaurant scene at present.
The menu is quite large with foods ranging from burritos, nachos, ribs, burgers, waffles and wings. All of the classic american dishes we’d say…
The nachos though – the best we’ve ever eaten. They are a chef’s dream to put together but so many places are lazy with the ingredients. South Seven had some amazing pico de gallo, chedder cheese and guac (not a soggy chip in sight). If you visit make sure you order the nachos as a starter.
South Seven opting to have burritos on the menu definitely made the experience unique for Stockport. Correct us if we’re wrong but can you get burritos anywhere else in Stockport?
The burritos however were HUGE! We could only eat half and had to take the other half home. They came with fries and a range of different sauces so we were well equipped.
The prices at South Seven are pretty standard: Chicken Burrito £10, Burgers range between £9/10 and smoked pork ribs £12.50. All come with fries and you do get a large amount of food for your money.
The veggie option was falafel with roasted red peppers, guacamole, halloumi and tzatziki which was £8.50.
South Seven has mastered the art of American dining and successfully converted it to fit in with the leafy villages of Stockport. We will be definitely visiting again soon and highly suggest you head down to Marple Bridge to eat your body weight in fantastically unhealthy food. We all love it though don’t we…
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Nestled off Lower Hillgate, inside the ground floor of a mock-Tudor building sits a quirky independent cafe by the name of Hillgate Cakery.
The cafe, which was recently featured in the MEN newspaper, has brought another opportunity for vegan food to be showcased in the Stockport area. Despite not being vegan, the Stop in Stockport team decided to visit the cakery after seeing the amazing cakes that are on offer.
Upon entry we were greeted by attentive hosts, a bright and colourful interior and the smell of freshly made cakes, brownies and treats. The owners provided plenty of pleasant chit-chat whilst we deliberated over what we would order.
Our choices included, a coffee and walnut cake with oodles of icing, a deliciously rich peanut butter and chocolate brownie along with a slice of double Oreo cake (side note: who knew Oreos were vegan?!)
No word of a lie, you would never ever know the cakes were made using only vegan ingredients. They. Were. Amazing… Honestly. Amazing.
The owners have created such a warm, family-orientated atmosphere that, young or old, vegan or not, all feel welcome.
So, whether you’re after a comfortable place to spend an afternoon with friends or after a quick sugar fix, we’d highly recommend a trip to the Hillgate Cakery.
Embrace the local.
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