Food and drink ideas at Northern Restaurant & Bar

NRB 2014

Northern Restaurant & Bar returns on March 17 and 18, taking over Manchester Central in Manchester city centre, and this year it will be 15% bigger than before. It will include over 250 exhibitors and more than 50 tastings, talks and demonstrations.

All of the usual features and programmes will be refreshed and enhanced, from the Spirit Room and Drinks Live to Market Kitchen and a new Craft Beer Quarter.

The Drinks Live Theatre will host master distillers and brand ambassadors with a programme of talks and tastings. Sessions include:

  • Jared Brown, drinks historian and master distiller for Sipsmith Gin, who wrote about the history of the Martini in his book Shaken, Not Stirred: a celebration of the Martini
  • Claire Smith-Warner, head of spirit creation at Belvedere Vodka, who will discuss health and wellness within the drinks industry, tackling issues over sugar content
  • Fever Tree’s Craig Harper and leading Manchester-based bartender Jamie Jones on which gins you really need in your bar.
  • Thomas Peyrat, UK brand ambassador for Rémy Martin, on cognac
  • Quintessential Brands in partnership with Nate Booker from Manchester’s Mr Cooper’s House & Garden will demonstrate a range of cocktails infused with tea.

There will also be a chance for one talented bartender to win a trip to Dijon in a cocktail competition for Gabriel Boudier liqueurs, run by distributor Emporia Brands.

The Drinks Live Theatre will also host coffee masterclasses by specialist supplier Coopers with baristas Stephen Hastwell and Carl Saint.

The Spirit Room will see the biggest selection of spirit brands on show outside London, with 70 brands including Warner Edwards gin, Gabriel Boudier liqueurs, Sipsmith gin, Bacardi rum, Bruichladdich whiskies and Chairman’s Reserve rums. For the full list visit

The show organisers are planning the strongest-ever NRB Top 50 Awards, which recognise the leading operators in hospitality in the north, in association with Manchester solicitors Kuits.

As well as events featuring some of the north’s leading chefs, the show includes the NRB Debate on March 17, with keynote speaker Nick Lander, writer, consultant, restaurateur and author of industry bible, The Art of the Restaurateur.

Northern Restaurant & Bar forms the hub of Northern Hospitality Week (NHW), five days of class-leading industry debates and special one-off business events.

For more details and to register for a free ticket, visit

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