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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Sparkle Sparkle at All Bar One

Well, call me shallow, but when an e-mail arrives in my in-box with the subject line "Friday is the New Sparkle Night" I am mysteriously drawn to read its contents (am hoping purveyors of Viagra, time-share properties, online casinos etc do not also adopt this cunning ruse).

The e-mail turned out to be from All Bar One, a jolly place on King Street in central Manchester, and carried the news that every Friday from 5th February you can get a bottle of Louis Dornier Brut Champagne for £19.95. The All Bar One website describes this as having "a pronounced biscuity flavour and a fine elegant bouquet" but you can hardly expect them to say "well, it's a bit ropey to be honest" so I will bravely go and test it for myself.

Rather sensibly, they are also suggesting you mop up some of that alcohol by ordering from their "little dishes" food menu - I have already sampled some of these (in the name of research and general all-round thoroughness/professionalism) and can recommend the boxed baked camembert with crusty bread and mango and apricot chutney. Do not, under ANY circumstances, be tricked into sharing this.

Full details and menus at www.allbarone,co,uk.

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