Blue Moo’s Monday Musings – what I’ve learned about Manchester City this week -a female fans view

1) The Pep revolution rolls on – I am ‘old City’ when there was a banana skin at every corner. With that in mind I naturally approached this new era with trepidation – what if Pep comes to us & it all goes horribly wrong? Well what can I say – no-one is more shocked and surprised than me at how well it has all gone! I’m living in dreamland! The guy truly is a genius – and with a sense of humour that all Could fans can relate too! Long may it last!

2) This new start and era truly means that every player has the freedom and confidence to get forward at every opportunity – this is emphasised by the fact that Girl Clichy scored this week. Great to see. Clichy is a player who performs week in and week out without any real glory.

3) In the early days of the great Sheikh Mansour’s takeover City have been accused of ruining football by ‘buying’ success. With this in mind I am so proud to see Manchester City Women win the Women’s Super League today with games to spare. The Abu Dhabi Group are reinvesting in the glorious game. We have 3 other affiliate teams around the world and have invested in the emerging Women’s Football movement. Plus an ever growing academy with top class facilities. This is fabulous to see – giving something back to the future of the game. To all my friends who support Manchester United my question is – you’ve boasted about being the richest club in the world for years – what has your club done for the game in terms of reinvestment?????

4) Injuries are the downside of the game – we wait with baited breath for news about Vincent Company and Kevin de Bruyne – indications are that Ginger Kev, as he is affectionately known by the fans,  may be missing for a few weeks, maybe four. The news about Vincent is so quiet that I’m beginning to fear the worse for our Captain Fantastic.


Neighbourhood Manchester – Restaurant Review

Myself and OH are foodies and regularly eat out or just visit venues for drinks – I think we’re trying to work our way around most Manchester haunts – a hard task we know as the number of new places to eat and drink are multiplying every week – a tough job but we’re tough enough and ugly enough to try it!


I’m going to post reviews of places we visit, some reviews will be retrospective – but I will use the same format for each review and hopefully have accompanying photos for most – yes I confess I’m one of those people who can’t eat a meal or have a drink without taking a photo!

I also will judge each bar against my husbands 10 second rule – if no-one at the bar acknowledges our presence within that time we leave! Harsh maybe but my OH is right in saying that in most places the cost of 2 drinks is more than the average working persons hourly rate so custom should be valued – yes the staff can be very busy and be serving other customers – that’s not a problem, however he likes the server to at least make eye contact and state they will be with us soon. I’m pleased to say that most places do pass this test!

I recently visited Neighbourhood in Spinningfields Manchester for lunch with my husband. The venue describes itself as an all day eatery and late bar. It’s a popular venue for the smartly dressed customer.

The following paragraph is a quote from it’s own Web page

Neighbourhood is a restaurant and bar inspired by the vibrancy and accessibility of the food and drink scene you typically see in New York, Las Vegas or Miami. It’s a place where you can grab brunch, coffee and a quick snack, afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner – it literally caters for all, offering something for everybody.”

We received a nice welcome at the door, our table was ready but we asked if we could have a drink at the bar first. What my opinion was is covered in my template. Anyway here goes with my first Manchester Restaurant Review

  • Name of venue visited

         Neighbourhood Manchester 

  • Reason for visit

Late lunch with husband

  • Time and day of visit

Friday 3pm

  • First impression

Friendly welcome, looks and feels like a New York restaurant/bar. Great decor – loved            the Emerald  green leather chairs

  • Time to get servers attention/service

Met at the door by friendly staff – immediate attention.

  • Food quality

Good menu and choice. I had the tempura prawn starter – was delicious, OH had the               Lil burgers as a starter – 3 small burgers on a platter – he said they were really                          good.

Tempura Prawns
Lil Burgers

For mains we both had salads – Cobb Salad for me and a Chicken  Caesar for OH Nicely presented but nothing out of the ordinary.

We washed it down with a bottle of house white which was very nice indeed. Above             average taste for a house wine.

  • Quality of Service

service when seated was average, some delay for food and drinks service, but on the                whole good. Some friendly conversation and interaction – an important factor for us.

  • Evaluation

Nice venue – drinks pricey, looks like a venue where people want to be ‘seen’. There                were a few guests enjoying afternoon tea – the selection on offer looked good.                          From looking at the venue and the  other guests, we would say it is somewhere for a                treat or a special occasion. Not somewhere to visit  regularly.

  • Would I visit again?

Yes. Would definitely take girlfriends for a treat.

As a footnote I must state that we visited as a prize win from a twitter competition run by Neighbourhood and the food and a bottle of wine was free. Thank you Neighbourhood very generous. Special thanks to Jake for arranging and hosting.