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A huge all-pink cake cafe is opening in Trafford Palazzo

Live your best life as Emily In Paris!

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A huge pink cake cafe is set to open in Trafford Palazzo as the first North West branch of London brand EL&N.

It is currently under construction in the location next to Primark, and with its distinctive pink arches already up and beginning to take shape, the structure could be mistaken for an over-sized Barbie house.

More than just an eye pleasing and pretty place to take a picture, EL&N — which stands for Eat, Live and Nourish — serves melt in your mouth cakes and coffees – a perfect combination!

The bouji brand is renowned for ‘creating products centred around living a stylish life in a stunning setting’, so it will come as no surprise that it has branches around London, Europe and the Middle East including Milan, Paris and Dubai.

Its other locations have Instagrammable details such as all-pink booths, flamboyant floral walls and bright neon signs all aimed at ‘encouraging a positive ethos to nourish the soul’.

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This food and lifestyle blogger’s paradise is set to open next month just in time for Easter, according to bosses. 

Trafford Palazzo owners Peel L&P confirmed earlier this month that it had agreed a lease to bring EL&N to its Trafford City development. 
It is one of EL&N’s first ventures based in the North of England which will see the international brand occupy a 200 sqm site within the grand Italian mall space, right opposite Primark — so you can indulge in a much needed coffee and cake stop after you’re all shopped-out.

The brand was first launched in Mayfair, London in 2017 and has since been established as a leading cafe and lifestyle brand with flowery walls, pink interiors and an eye-catching menu offerings.

Mark Whittaker, Executive Director – Property Investment & Management at Peel L&P, said: “This is an extremely exciting announcement and will elevate the offering even further at Trafford Palazzo.

“EL&N is exactly the type of operator we are looking to attract, a forward thinking, unique brand that will complement the centre and add to the experience we are fostering within the space.”

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Alexandra Miller, Founder of EL&N said: “We are thrilled to announce our very first opening in Manchester at Trafford Palazzo. This location in particular is iconic, and we can’t wait to bring our unique offering to the diners of Manchester.

“The store design ties in all the classic EL&N interior elements along with some fresh new Instagram moments that we’ve never done before, Manchester, you’re in for a real treat!”

EL&N will join other flagship occupiers opening this year at Trafford Palazzo, including NERF Action Experience, fast-food favourite Archies, and state of the art bowling alley King Pins — which will sit alongside the existing family attractions of Legoland and SeaLife Trafford.

Since Peel L&P acquired Trafford Palazzo, it says it has introduced a new placemaking and lettings strategy which has attracted several leading brands to add to the ‘diverse experiences and adventures within Trafford City’.

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Popular Turkish restaurant set to open second site in Manchester city centre

Manchester is set to boast an exciting new Turkish eatery

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A Lancashire-based Turkish restaurant loved for its authentic cuisine is set to open a second venue in Manchester.

Ottoman Bar & Grill is set to be the latest addition to Manchester’s ever-expanding and bustling food scene.

Becoming the second site, it will open at Affinity Living’s Riverside complex situated on the edge of Salford, across from Spinningfields, making it the family-owned eatery’s first in the city.

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The family already have a well-established venue in their hometown of Chorley that’s famous among locals – where regulars flock to sample dishes of authentic Turkish cuisine.

The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at its new Manchester location.

Opening in February next year, diners can expect menu highlights including the delicious chicken and lamb shish kebabs, freshly made bread and hummus and specials such as the lamb butterfly – as well as a delightful selection of vegetarian dishes.

The decor will feature elegant furniture against a striking colour theme with vibrant pampas grass, giving the perfect ambience to enjoy an exquisite dining experience for any occasion.

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Ugur Ansin, director at Ottoman Bar & Grill, said: “We cannot wait to open the doors to our Manchester city centre restaurant in Affinity Living Riverside next year.

“We’ve built a solid reputation in Chorley for providing the best quality food alongside a second-to-none service. 

“My team has invested their decades of experience as butchers and working in Turkey’s top restaurants into Ottoman – creating a truly authentic dining experience.

“Manchester was the natural next step for us in opening a second restaurant, and we’ve got big plans to take our dining experience nationwide in the next few years. See you very soon Manchester.”

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Morrisons is doing half price fish and chips at all of its cafes today

The chippy tea will be available for £3.50

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Morrisons is offering half price on fish and chips in its cafés today to mark Black Friday.

The supermarket chain will be dishing up the bargain meals on Friday, November 24th so shoppers can take advantage of a great saving in the huge day of sales.

There’s just one catch – and we’re not talking about the fish – the price of a plate of fish will be slashed by 50% for Morrisons’ More Card holders.

The Fish & Chips meal includes a freshly battered fish from Morrisons Market Street, with a portion of hot golden chips and a side of mushy peas to complete. Usually costing seven quid, More Card holders will get it for £3.50.


Diners at Morrisons café can also add a side of bread and butter for £1 and finish off with a sweet treat of Bramley Apple Crumble for £3.

Chris Strong, Morrison’s Café Buying Manager said: “Bargain hunting on Black Friday can certainly work up an appetite, so why not pop into one of our cafés for the ultimate catch of the day!

“A whopping 50% off our customer favourite Fish & Chip café meal. Available for one day only… you’ll need to be quick!”

The supermarket offered 50% off its fish & chips back in June and shoppers flocked for a fish supper which cost £3.49.

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Last week the chain unveiled its new Christmas Menu for 2023 with a variety of festive options costing from £4. 

The menu includes the Festive Turkey Feast Toastie (£4.50), The Festive Stack Chicken Burger (£7.00), and two or three course roast dinners with all the trimmings (£10 & £12).

Vegetarian and vegan alternatives also feature on the set menu, so there’s something for every shopper to enjoy. 


Families can also continue to take advantage of the Kids Eat Free offer when purchasing an adult meal over £4.50, available all day, every day in Morrisons cafés.

The half-price fish and chips offer will be available in its 395 cafés nationwide on Friday, November 24th 2023 whilst stocks last. The discount is available for More Card holders.

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Pub chain launches gravy ice cream sundae with FREE carvery for anyone who finishes it

It’s all gravy

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A popular pub chain is dishing out a free carvery to anyone who can finish its new limited edition dessert challenge.

Greene King has launched a new limited edition Carvery Sundae – which consists of a sweet ice-cream dessert smothered in lashings of hot savoury gravy.

The unusual take on a sweet and savoury-style dessert will be available for two Sundays only – November 26th and December 3rd.

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The challenge is available at 40 participating sites across the UK, including five pubs in Manchester. Those taking part will have to finish all of the the hot and cold dessert to win a free carvery.

Challengers will have a choice of two flavoured sundaes: the ‘Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae’ which consists of two scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, lava cookie, Twix, Malteasers and Smarties. 

Or, the ‘Choctastic Sundae’, which consists of one scoop of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, lava cookie, Twix, Malteasers and Smarties. Either choice will of course come with a generous pouring of the brand’s own gravy to top it off.

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The pubs that are getting involved in the gravy sundae madness around Greater Manchester include: The Barlow Croft in East Didsbury, Beach in Littleborough, Bee Hive in Bolton, Mottram Wood in Hyde and Red Robin in Wigan.

Sophie Howells, Marketing Manager for Greene King Pub & Carvery, said: “The Carvery Sundae is the perfect balance of sweet and savoury, featuring two types of ice cream, and a wide range of toppings. 

“The hot gravy might not be for everyone, but it certainly makes for a unique experience.

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“Best of all, if you finish it, you get your next carvery on us. Once you’ve polished off your Carvery Sundae, a team member will give you a receipt to redeem a carvery meal the next time you’re in the pub.”

To take part in the challenge and be in with a chance of winning a free carvery, customers will need to ask for a topping of gravy on their sundae when they order.

The limited edition Carvery Sundae is available on Sunday, November 26th and Sunday, December 3rd at selected sites only.

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