Harry’s ad­ven­tures in food re­ceiv­ing five-star re­views

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IT’S never too late in life to try some­thing dif­fer­ent – and Harry Fogg will drink to that.

The 82-year-old is carv­ing out a new ca­reer as a restau­rant critic, giv­ing a grilling to eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments across Tame­side, Old­ham and Glossop.

Harry, a re­tired of­fice clerk, vis­its a new venue each week, judg­ing them on fac­tors in­clud­ing food and wine, at­mos­phere and ac­ces­si­bil­ity be­fore award­ing them be­tween one and five stars.

A res­i­dent at Mill­brook Care Home, in Staly­bridge, Harry took up his new hobby fol­low­ing the death of wife Dorothy, who he was with for more than 40 years.

When word of his culi­nary cri­tiques spread, he de­cided to write them all down to­gether and he has now pub­lished his col­lec­tion of re­views called My Ad­ven­tures in Food.

To date he has sam­pled the fare at more than 30 dif­fer­ent pubs and restau­rants, sampling food – some for the first time – from all cor­ners of the globe. He said: “You name a restau­rant and I’ve prob­a­bly been to it.

“This was just some­thing I thought I would like to do, some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

“I wanted to sam­ple Chi­nese and In­dian food for the first time.”

De­spite ac­quir­ing a taste for for­eign food, Harry still has his firm favourites – as long as they know how to cook a good steak and pour a de­cent glass of red wine.

His top picks in­clude The Roebuck, in Stri­nes­dale, the Old Bell Inn, in Delph, and Ash­ton’s Broadoak Ho­tel – although the lat­ter re­cently had a star knocked off for ditch­ing its table­cloths.

Harry added: “Food is the main rea­son for award­ing stars but other fac­tors are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion – how friendly the staff are, if the ser­vice is slow, what the toi­lets are like.

“It’s all my own opin­ion, based on vis­its, but a few peo­ple have asked and if they want my ad­vice then I’m happy to help.”

Do­minic Sal­ter

Harry Fogg pre­pares to sam­ple the fare on of­fer at the The Broadoak Ho­tel

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