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A ‘Dragon’s Den’-Style Show Is Bringing 12 Pop-Up Restaurants To Manchester

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We all love watching Dragon’s Den – seeing who has the perfect pitch and who couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.

Well, a new BBC Two show is coming to Manchester next month – and the winners will bag the investment they need for their own restaurant.

Million Pound Menu sees 12 of the UK’s most exciting and innovative food concepts coming to the heart of city – Spinningfields – for the restaurant investment show hosted by First Dates’ Fred Sirieix.

So how does it work?

Each pop-up restaurant ideas is going  to take turns running one of two spaces in Leftbank between November 7 and 25.

They have three days to prove themselves, with members of the public able to apply to be dining guests on the programme.

You do have to pay, but any profits go to Children in Need – and the first night of each eatery is as a half-price soft launch.

Here are the venues you can choose from – and links to their pages including menus.

Epoch – November 7-9: “Epoch uses only the best of British ingredients to produce sumptuous dishes.”


Shrimp Wreck – November 7-9: “The freshest local produce to make utterly delicious fish based food.”


Greedy Khao – November 11-13: “Modern, flavour-focused Thai fast food – that just so happens to be vegan”


Trap Kitchen – November 11-13: “Authentic American soul food in one heavenly box: fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, lobster tails in garlic butter, cajun prawns, waffles…”


Finca – November 14-16: “Vibrant Cuban street food restaurant founded by four friends from Liverpool”


Wholesome Junkies – November 14-16: “Passionate, purely vegan, street food vendor based in Manchester”

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Black Bear Burger – November 17-19: “Using quality ingredients to create mouth-watering, juicy burgers; beef, cheese, onion jam and garlic mayo is their signature piece, plus tasty sides like poutine, mac-n-cheese balls and nuggets.”

Naked Dough – November 17-19: “An egg-free dough that’s safe to eat raw: the UK’s first cookie-dough parlour.”

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Bubble & – November 20-22: “Innovative, contemporary, British restaurant concept offering a unique take on the mouth-watering British classic: bubble and squeak”


Dynasty – November 20-22: “A fusion of tapas-style small plates with “plant-forward” East Asian and Latin ingredients”

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Hollings – November 23-25: “Provenance, quality produce and seasonality; rump of beef carpaccio with anchovies and aged parmesan, Red Leicester mac ‘n’ cheese, steamed fillet of sea-bass with homegrown tomato salad”

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The Cheese Wheel – November 23-25: Sserving freshly made Italian fettucine that has been immersed in a luxuriously large wheel of Grana Padano”

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(Header image: The Kitchens/Twitter)

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