About Neil

Photograph of Neil Sowerby with Antonio CarluccioNeil Sowerby is a North West-based freelance food and travel writer, reviewing for a variety of publications. He writes a regular food column for Live Cheshire, is food consultant to two PR companies (he is currently the official Stilton cheese blogger!) and travel editor of the Manchester Confidential website.

Oxford-educated, he was inspired to write about food and drink after encountering the late Alan Davidson at the Oxford Food Symposium in the Eighties.

After two spells on the Daily Mirror he joined the Manchester Evening News, where for a decade he was Deputy Features Editor, latterly running entertainments supplement CityLIfe and founding citylife.co.uk.

For the MEN he was food and drink/travel editor, reviewing restaurants and wine each week. Hi-LIfe Restaurant critic of the year in 2006.

Neil is a long-standing member of the Manchester Food and Drink Awards panel and has judged at national beer festivals including CAMRA’s Winter Ales Festival.

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