Conversations with…The Crafty Cheese Man September 10, 2020

Here we go with round 2 of our ‘Conversations with…’ series, letting you get to know who’s behind our new food menu a little better. If you’re a big fan of all things cheese, you’ll want to read this…Conversation with @thecraftycheeseman.

The man behind the cheese, Jonathan, started his business just before lockdown to champion the incredible, passionate people working in the cheese industry. He works directly with quality cheese-makers in the North, connecting them with like-minded businesses who’re interested in speciality, locally-sourced ingredients to create a community of fantastic people who work to help each other out.

Though he might be a crafty Southerner, it’s the North that brought him to cheese. From training staff at Booth’s supermarket in all things cheese to making his own Blacksticks Blue, Jonathan has gained a passion and knowledge for cheese that makes him the true (Northern) cheese man he is!

Now he works on The Crafty Cheeseman from an old dairy in Preston that used to make cheese 10 years ago. He supplies from some of the best cheesemakers in the country like Dewlay Cheesemakers, a 4th generation family run business making delicious Lancashire cheese, and JJ Sandham in Garstang, a quaint traditional cheesemakers, most famous for smoking up to 4 tonnes of cheese a day!

You can find his cheese, like the Garstone White and Dewlay’s Lancashire cheese, on our menu in our Cheeseboard, our Three Cheese Terrine and our Rarebit. His speciality cheeses also feature in our daily specials, like the recent Burrata with tomato carpaccio, pickled beetroot & hazelnuts. Dee-licious!

Jonathan has also just been nominated in the Manchester Food & Drink Awards (go vote for him!) for his home cheese deliveries during lockdown, something he plans to do much more of in the future… That’s after he’s finished telling us his cheese jokes and generally talking too much. We love you Cheese Man!

Check out Jonathan’s cheese on the menu.

Cocktail of the Week: Pineapple & Black Pepper Margarita September 4, 2020

For the last bank holiday of the summer we put on a Team Proof favourite for our cocktail special, the Pineapple & Black Pepper Margarita. It’s full of fresh juicy pineapple juxtaposed by the spicy black pepper, party time flavours in your mouth! If you missed it in the bar or just want to recreate it at home, here’s how.

Don’t forget to tag us @proofchorlton in your photos on Facebook or Instagram.


A chunk of fresh pineapple

35ml lime juice

35ml pineapple juice

35ml Tequila

25ml Triple sec

Fresh black pepper


Muddle the fresh pineapple in your cocktail shaker to get all the lovely juices. Add all the other ingredients and give it a long hard shake with lots of ice to foam it up.


Strain into a martini glass & serve straight up. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and a lime wheel, and don’t forget the crack of black pepper on top!

Enjoy! x

If you want to try more of our cocktails at home, or even our food, check out our takeaway menu.

Eat Out To Help Out – Extended! September 4, 2020

Phew! August was a busy month! We hope you enjoyed making the most of the Eat Out To Help Out offer and, if you chose to support us, then thank you, we really appreciate it.

We’d love to keep the community spirit going and make these Covid times a little more enjoyable so we’ve decided to continue the offer but we’re asking you to Meet Us In The Middle.

Throughout September…

25% off food & non-booze


STRICTLY bookings only.

Book your table here.

We really hope this offer will allow you to continue enjoying yourselves and seeing loved ones. Covid can’t tear us apart!

Covid-19 Secure Policy September 4, 2020

We want you to feel as safe and as comfortable as possible when visiting us. As such we have put into place a Covid-19 secure policy that is line with the government guidelines. Please read before visiting so that you’re aware of our policy.

We strive to give the same level of relaxed service and ambience whilst ensuring the safety of our staff as well as our customers but please bare with us if service is a little slower whilst our staff take on the extra steps to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Read our policy here.