Launching 4MCRWomen

 It’s finally here – 16th April 2012.


Firework explosion.


The day that 4Manchester Women finally launches upon an unsuspecting world! From a germ of an idea for a daily magazine-style blog (conceived in the shower), via a blinding flash of inspiration whilst walking a friend’s dog (the 4Women ‘Hotty’, ‘Mummy’, ‘Homey’ and ‘Lively’ concept) – and now, well here we all are!

Just like a greyhound at Belle Vue races released from its gate – at last 4Manchester Women is off and running.


4Manchester Women purple logo.


So thank you – THANK YOU! for reading and for joining us for what I hope will be a thoroughly exciting adventure.

What do we want to do? Well we’re not here to promote perfect lives – we’re here to share real lives. All we want is to give you a daily chuckle, share some intelligent opinion and give some practical ideas and support. We know you’re all busy, so why not let 4Manchester Women and our band of roving bloggers cut through the crap on your behalf and winkle out the good stuff – making life a bit easier and pointing fun times your way in the city that we all call home.


Shop signs on King Street Manchester.

Hard rock cafe guitar in Printworks.


While not everything we write will be specifically about Manchester, let’s face it, there’s a big world out there. And it certainly won’t all be about the city centre. It will hopefully be written with a big dose of Manc humour and practical, no nonsense common sense.

You can find out more about 4Manchester Women by reading the ‘About Us section. You can also read about 4Manchester Women’s evolution on my own personal blog – ‘My Wonderful Life’

4Manchester Women takes shape

4Manchester Women – the story of our brand

4Manchester Women – Hotty alert


Another thank you …….

From personal point of view – I’d just like to dedicate today and the launch of 4Manchester Women to the nurses in the Haematology & Transplant Unit at The Christie in Manchester. Two years ago today I was in The Christie fighting Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It’s been a long, slow and difficult road, but with lots of support, some amazing medical jiggery pokery and top class nursing, I now have a future, for which I’d like to publically say ‘Thank You’!

That episode was a big reminder that life isn’t a rehearsal and doesn’t always go to plan. As a result, having been given a second chance I promised myself that I’d make every effort to get off my bum and get out and give things a go. Hopefully this spirit of grabbing life by the balls will shine through 4Manchester Women and illuminate it.

But enough of all that – time for some fun.

At 4Manchester Women, we want to reflect the thoughts and ideas of real Manchester Women, so that we can bring you real top ten’s and recommendations. So this week, we’ll be asking you a series of questions to find out about some of your favourite things in Manchester.

Today we’d like to know which is your favourite Manchester restaurant?

 Close up of morroccan salad.

When we did our initial research we asked “Which topics would you be most interested in reading about?” From over 20 different topics, 78% of respondents ticked ‘restaurants’. So let’s share our favourite places  and generate a 4Manchester Women Top 10. By Manchester, we mean Greater Manchester, so please do include the towns and burbs.


Please let us know your favourite Manchester restaurant by leaving a comment in the comments box below.


To say thank you, one lucky person chosen at random will win a box of four cupcakes.


We’ll be running a different ‘Manchester favourites’ every day this week, so the more times you take part, the more chances you have of winning some lovely cake!


Good luck and once again – thank you for visiting us today, and please do keep popping by.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

Photographs: Rob Wood and Alison Staples.


By taking part in this survey you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.
The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative given. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Sunday 22nd April. Winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person.
If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


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24 thoughts on “Launching 4MCRWomen

  1. I love a visit to Sugar Junction on Tib Street in the Northern Quarter. Vintage-inspired decor, gorgeous food freshly made to order, great service – always a treat!

  2. My favourite Italian restaurant in Manchester is San Rocco on South King Street, being going for years and am never disappointed.
    Agree with Dee, Sugar Junction is a great tea room, also love Airyfairycakes in Didsbury.
    In the ‘burbs, have to mention The Tung Fong in Worsley, Smiths in Eccles and Blacksticks in Monton.

  3. I love The Restaurant Bar and Grill for great food and amazing cocktails – definitely a place for that lively girls night out, or a hot(ty) date with someone special.

  4. Amanda Brown on Twitter
    @4MCRWomen my fav restaurant is the gorgeous greek place #dimitri’s on Deansgate. First date with now Hubbie @ianbrown08 #tastybaclava xx

  5. Agree with Ellen, got to be Airyfairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury or recently tried Jamies and was most pleased with the loos! (food was amazing too though!)

  6. For a special occasion Stock in the old stock exchange building in the city centre is lovely – not cheap but it’s a great venue and fabulous Italian food beyond the usual pizza/pasta. For something more informal The Lime Tree in Didsbury is good – they used to do a really good set lunch menu but I don’t know if they still do. And to meet friends with kids Bean & Brush art cafe in Sale is really good. There’s stuff to keep the kids entertained, plenty of space for buggies and highchairs and they do a cracking fish finger sandwich!

  7. Mine has to be San Carlo, I love the buzz of the place and I am love the food. My husband is always reminded about what an expensive date I am when we go there…I have to drink Kir Royales. Suppose its a good job that going out tokens don’t come our way very often!

  8. Aladdin in withington. It’s a complete gem. It’s been around for many years, and the quality of the eastern Mediterranean food is delicious. The staff are friendly and friendly and it has that family feel to it. Wether a special occasion or a quick tea out, it really does the trick. And the best thing is it is very good value. You can even bring your own bottle. I eat out a lot, and don’t grudge spending money on good food, but aladdins is somewhere I return time and again, and I’m always happy!

  9. I always enjoy Bistro 156 in West Didsbury. Great food every time, relaxed atmosphere and a cracking early bird menu if it’s pre-pay day. Though don’t all go for that as there are only a few tables and there might not be any room left for me…

  10. ‏From Twitter
    @lightsweetphoto i love choice restaurant, the restaurant in 361 casino (never remember the number or name properly) and also harvey nics xx

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