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Aldi’s sell-out Christmas hampers are back and you can order them online this year

These are perfect gifts!

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Aldi’s Christmas Hampers sell out every year, this year they’re back and you can even bag yourself one in a nice easy online order. 

This year there are seven different themes of Hampers ranging from Fancy Food to the Ultimate Celebration Hamper.

Prices start from just £19.99 and go all the way up to a huge £99 hamper for the ultimate Christmas gift. 

The cheapest of the boxes is the Christmas Favourites, which has a selection of Aldi’s premium ‘Specially Selected’ range products in. 

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There are five goodies in total in this box including a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and strawberry and Champagne chocolates. 

The Ultimate Celebration Hamper, costing just shy of £100, is new this year, but is packed full of 26 items in total.

There’s a range of Specially Selected and normal items including three boozy bottles of Vueve Monsigny Champagne, Argentinian Malbec and A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – making sure all taste buds are covered.

There’s also posh chocolates, clotted cream fudge and florentines. Plus a range of cheese and chutney. 

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Another newbie this year is the Chocolate Celebration Hamper, which is perfect for all those chocolate lovers in your life (so everyone). 

It’ll set you back £29.99 and comes with a range of nine different chocolate surprises including Roth pink gin creams and milk chocolate honeycomb.

Some people have pointed out that this one is an incredible dupe for the Fortnum & Mason’s hamper that sets you back £2,500. OUCH. 

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Other hampers include The Luxury Collection Hamper (£59.99), The Christmas Feast Hamper (£79.99), Afternoon Treats Selection Hamper (£39.99) and The Vegan Hamper (£29.99).

The hampers are incredible value for money in comparison to others on the market, including some of the Chocolate Collections from Hotel Chocolat which range from £25 to £100. 

Each hamper is beautifully packaged in a wicker basket but it is possible to buy all the ingredients separately and build your own at home.

You can only order the hampers online this year, and they went live for pre-orders on September 21st so you can bagsy one now (they’ll dispatch on November 11th). 

You’ll also have to fork out an additional £2.95 for delivery this year!

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Escape to Freight Island is now taking bookings for April 12th

Can’t wait to be back here!

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Platform 15 at Freight Island is set to reopen from April 12th.

The first step in Boris’ lockdown easing plans involves allowing restaurants to open again and serve if they have an outside area.

This means the massive Escape to Freight Island can reopen! 

The safe and secure outdoor area features the likes of Baratxuri, Belzan Pasta Kitchen, Madre, Mi+Pho, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen, Krum and a brand-new sweet addition, Sundae the in-house ice cream brand. 

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Platform 15 will reopen seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 4pm to 12am and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12am. 

You can book now on this link. 

The site will continue to operate under the world leading ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’, meaning Escape to Freight Island is committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone.

This means it’s: “A space where you are able to socialise safely with your party, maintaining social distance from others and remaining alert to the risks of coronavirus, while being part of the overall urban festival atmosphere of Freight Island”.

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A new vegan ‘fish’ and chip shop has opened in Manchester serving up twists on chippy classics

Can’t wait to try this!

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There’s a brand new entirely-plant based fish and chip shop open in Manchester!

Founded by 31-year-old Jess Jones, JJ’s Vish and Chips is already massively popular in Leeds. Now, Jess is bringing her vegan chippy to Manchester.

For now, you can grab vegan fish and chips for takeaway with plans to open her dream shop in the future.

Opening up a dark kitchen in Ardwick, the menu boasts chippy classics such as scampi, calamari, battered sausages, chicken nuggets and of course fish and chips – but all vegan! 

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Instead of the usual ingredients, Vish and Chips uses ingredients like banana blossom and tofu with nori sheets to create a fishy taste and texture. 

Jess told the Manchester Evening News: “A lot of fish and chip shops cook their chips in beef dripping, so you can’t even get chips as a vegetarian or a vegan.

“I try to make it as like-for-like as I can as a traditional chip shop, just with a twist that there’s no meat and no fish.

“Our products are quite good replicas, I promise!”

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Jess said they’ve received really good feedback so far, adding: “We get customers in who eat fish and meat but they come to us for a nice change.

“There are a lot of questions around it. People thought it’s a bit of a bizarre idea, but actually when it opened we’ve been very very busy.

“It’s a bit of a crazy feeling and kind of bittersweet because I know there are so many people in the hospitality industry who can’t open their businesses.

“But it’s a really good feeling to open in a new city and to do it safely.”

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The full list of Wetherspoons pubs reopening on April 12th

Is your local Spoons on the list?

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Wetherspoons has confirmed that it will be reopening hundreds of pubs next month.

The pub chain announced that 394 venues would open their doors on April 12th, after the government’s roadmap out of lockdown was revealed.

Stage two of this roadmap will see pubs and restaurants open for outdoor service, although customers will still have to follow the rules around mixing households.

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Spoons is only opening a limited number of its 875 UK pubs, as not all of them are equipped for outdoor drinking and eating.

This includes plenty across Greater Manchester and the North West, like the Castle in the Air at Trafford Park, the Bishop Blaize in Stretford, the Gateway in Didsbury, and Chorlton’s Sedge Lynn.

Spoons owner Tim Martin confirmed the news today, Thursday March 4th, releasing a statement.

The full list of Wetherspoons pubs reopening on April 12th:

  • Tollemache Inn, Grantham
  • Ritz, Lincoln
  • Sugar Loaf, Market Harborough
  • Samuel Lloyd, Corby
  • Kettleby Cross, Melton Mowbray
  • Saxon Crown, Corby
  • Stamford Post, Stamford
  • Captain Noel Newton, Oakham
  • Temeraire, Saffron Walden
  • Standing Order, Stevenage
  • Six Templars, Hertford
  • Battesford Court, Witham
  • William Aylmer, Harlow
  • Harpsfield Hall, Hatfield
  • Port Jackson, Bishops Stortford
  • Angel Vaults, Hitchin
  • Manor House, Royston
  • Bottle Kiln, Harwich
  • Wouldhave, Southshields
  • Sir William De Wessyngton, Washington
  • Ward Jackson, Hartlepool
  • Bishop’s Mill, Durham (Lloyds)
  • Wicket Gate, Chester Le Street (Lloyds)
  • Harry Clasper, Whickham
  • Last Post, Beeston
  • Red Lion, Ripley
  • Waggon and Horses, Alfreton
  • Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham
  • William Peverel, Bulwell
  • Woodthorpe Top, Nottingham
  • Free Man, Nottingham
  • Six Chimneys, Wakefield
  • Richard Oastler, Brighouse
  • Obediah Brooke, Cleckheaton
  • Union Rooms, Batley
  • Horse Shoe, Wombwell
  • Turls Green, Bradford
  • Joseph Bramah, Barnsley (Lloyds)
  • Picture House, Morley
  • Crossed Shuttle, Pudsey
  • Commercial Inn, Sowerby Bridge
  • Winter Gardens, Harrogate
  • Devonshire Inn, Skipton
  • Postern Gate, York
  • Livery Rooms, Keighley
  • Bowling Green, Otley
  • Plimsoll Line, Redcar
  • Ralph Fitz Randal, Richmond
  • Stanley Jefferson, Bishop Auckland
  • Grand Electric Hall, Spennymoor
  • Angel Hotel, Whitby
  • Swatter’s Carr, Middlesbrough
  • Half Moon Inn, Billingham
  • Ironstone Miner, Guisborough
  • Three Hulats, Chaple Allerton
  • Glass Blower, Castleford
  • Winter Seam, Castleford
  • Cuthbert Brodrick, Leeds
  • Blue Bell, Pontefract
  • Old Unicorn, Bramley
  • Briggate, Leeds
  • Benjamin Huntsman, Sheffield
  • Church House, Wath Upon Dearne
  • Blue Coat, Rotherham
  • Sheffield Waterworks Company, Sheffield (Lloyds)
  • Rawson Spring, Hillsborough
  • Sheaf Island, Sheffield
  • Francis Newton, Sheffield
  • Queens Hotel, Maltby
  • Wagon and Horses, Sheffield
  • Steel Foundry, Sheffield
  • Standing Order, Derby
  • Portland Hotel, Chesterfield
  • Red Lion, Doncaster
  • Dominie Cross, Retford
  • Pillar of Rock, Bolsover
  • Company Row, Consett
  • Rohan Kanhai, Ashington
  • Fire Station, Whitley Bay
  • Quayside, Newcastle
  • Mile Castle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Lloyds)
  • Five Swans, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Red Lion, Bedlington
  • Ritz, Wallsend
  • Bell Hotel, Norwich
  • Troll Cart, Great Yarmouth
  • Cricketers, Ipswich
  • Glass House, Norwich
  • Whiffler, Norwich
  • Queen of Iceni, Norwich (Lloyds)
  • Grover & Allen, Sudbury
  • Willow Tree, Stowmarket
  • Romany Rye, East Dereham
  • Joseph Conrad, Lowestoft
  • Kings Head Hotel, Beccles
  • Limes, Fakenham
  • William Adams, Gorleston
  • Yarborough Hotel, Grimsby
  • Sweyn Forkbeard, Gainsborough
  • Blue Bell Inn, Scunthorpe
  • Prior John, Bridlington
  • Three John Scotts, Kingston Upon Hull
  • Admiral Of the Humbar, Kingston Upon Hull
  • City and County, Goole
  • Joseph Morton, Louth
  • White Horse, Brigg
  • Cross Keys, Beverley
  • Giant Bellflower, Selby
  • Coliseum Picture Theatre, Cleethorpes
  • High Cross, Leicester
  • Moon and Bell, Loughborough
  • White House, Leicester
  • Gooseberry Bush, Nottingham
  • College Arms, Peterborough (Lloyds)
  • Regal, Cambridge (Lloyds)
  • Golden Lion, Newmarket
  • Globe Hotel, Kings Lynn
  • Draper’s Arms, Peterborough
  • Sandford House, Huntingdon
  • George Hotel, Whittlesey
  • Hippodrome, March
  • Whalebone, Downham Market
  • Regal Moon, Rochdale
  • Ash Tree, Ashton-Under Lyne
  • Calverts Court, Stockport
  • Society Rooms, Macclesfield
  • Society Rooms, Stalybridge
  • Wilfred Wood, Stockport
  • White Hart, Todmorden
  • Kingfisher, Poynton
  • Sir Henry Segrave, Southport
  • Willow Grove, Southport
  • Leyland Lion, Leyland
  • Court Leet, Ormskirk
  • Commercial Hotel, Accrington
  • Old Chapel, Darwen
  • Twelve Tellers, Preston (Lloyds)
  • Lifeboat, Formby
  • Woodrow Wilson, Carlisle
  • Furness Railway, Barrow
  • Trawl Boat Inn, Lytham St. Annes
  • Miles Thompson, Kendal
  • William Rufus, Carlisle (Lloyds)
  • Layton Rakes, Blackpool (Lloyds)
  • Jolly Tars, Cleveleys
  • Railway Hotel, Lytham
  • Dog Beck, Penrith
  • Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keswick
  • Poulton Elk, Poulton le Fylde
  • Velvet Coaster, Blackpool
  • Picture House, Stafford
  • Lord Burton, Burton On Trent
  • Plaza, Rugeley
  • Wye Bridge House, Buxton
  • Bradley Green, Biddulph
  • Arnold Machin, Newcastle under Lyme
  • Hippodrome, Market Drayton
  • Wheatsheaf, Cheadle
  • Buttler’s Bell, Stafford
  • Shoulder of Mutton, Ashby De La Zouch
  • Green Dragon, Leek
  • Eccles Cross, Eccles
  • Sedge Lynn, Chorlton
  • Tim Bobbin, Urmston
  • Bishop Blaize, Stretford
  • Robert Shaw, Westhoughton
  • Wallace Hartley, Colne
  • Boot Inn, Burnley
  • Bull’s Head, Walkden
  • Sir Thomas Gerard, Ashton
  • Premier, Widnes
  • Brocket Arms, Wigan
  • Ferry Boat, Runcorn
  • Looking Glass, Warrington
  • Nine Arches, Newton le Willows
  • Raven, Liverpool
  • Navigator, Liverpool
  • Childwall Fiveways Hotel, Liverpool
  • Barkers Brewery, Huyton
  • Captain Alexander, Liverpool
  • Frank Hornby, Maghull
  • Penny Black, Northwich
  • Counting House, Congleton
  • Brass Balance, Birkenhead
  • Dee Hotel, West Kirkby
  • Wheatsheaf, Ellesmere Port
  • Queens Arms, Winsford
  • Master Mariner, New Brighton (Lloyds)
  • Bull and Stirrup Hotel, Chester
  • Castle in the Air, Manchester
  • Gateway, East Didsbury
  • Moon and Stars, Romford
  • Elms, Leigh on Sea
  • Blue Boar, Billericay
  • Parsons Barn, Shoeburyness
  • Cornfield Garage, Eastbourne
  • Oxted Inn, West Oxted
  • Lynd Cross, Horsham
  • Jack Fairman, Horley
  • George Hotel, Hailsham
  • Crowborough Cross, Crowborough
  • Standing Order, Southampton
  • Giddy Bridge, Southampton
  • Lord Arthur Lee, Fareham
  • Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Southampton
  • Wagon Works, Eastleigh
  • Crown Inn, Fareham
  • Six Bells, Lymington
  • Red Lion, Southampton
  • Railway Bell, New Barnet
  • Moon and Sixpence, Hatch End
  • Admiral Byng, Potters Bar
  • Ice Wharf, Camden (Lloyds)
  • Mossy Well, Muswell Hill
  • MUW, Watford
  • Catherine Wheel, Henley on Thames
  • King and Castle, Windsor (Lloyds)
  • Bear, Maidenhead
  • Red Lion and Pineapple, Acton
  • Moon on the Hill, Sutton
  • George, Staines
  • William Morris, Hammersmith
  • Botwell Inn, Hayes
  • Rocket, Putney
  • Tollgate, Haringey
  • MUW, Enfield
  • Spouters Corner, Wood Green
  • Moon and Cross, Waltham Cross
  • Waterend Barn, St Albans
  • Star, Hoddesdon
  • Leading Light, Faversham
  • County Hotel, Ashford
  • Golden Lion, Rochester
  • Saxon Shore, Herne Bay
  • Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate
  • Peter Cushing, Whitstable
  • Sir Norman Wisdom, Deal
  • Thomas Waghorn, Chatham
  • Belle and Lion, Sheerness
  • Golden Hope, Sittingbourne
  • Old Manor, Bracknell
  • Back of Beyond, Reading
  • John Russell Fox, Andover
  • Angel, Basingstoke (Lloyds)
  • Dockle Farmhouse, Swindon (Lloyds)
  • Sir Daniel Arms, Swindon (Lloyds)
  • Ivy House, Alton
  • Bridgehouse, Chippenham
  • Hatchet Inn, Newbury
  • Bell, Amesbury
  • J J Moons, Wembley
  • J J Moons, Ruislip Manor
  • Village Inn, Pinner
  • Greenwood Hotel, Northolt
  • Crown, Berkhamsted
  • Penny Black, Bicester
  • Golden Bee, Stratford upon Avon
  • Swan and Castle, Oxford
  • White Hart, Aylesbury (Lloyds)
  • Moon and Stars, Penge
  • Harvest Moon, Orpington
  • Sovereign of the Seas, Petts Wood
  • Surrey Docks, Rotherhithe
  • Richmal Crompton, Bromley
  • New Cross, Welling
  • Brockley Barge, Brockley
  • Furze Wren, Bexleyheath
  • Flying Boat, Dartford
  • Greyhound, Bromley
  • New Fairlop Oak, Barkingside
  • George, Wanstead
  • Great Spoon of Ilford, Ilford
  • Goldengrove, Stratford
  • Eva Hart, Chadwell Heath
  • Half Moon, Mile End
  • Hudson Bay, Forest Gate
  • Ledger Building, Docklands
  • Fox on the Hill, Denmark Hill
  • Asparagus, Battersea
  • Capitol, Forest Hill
  • MUW, Norbury
  • Assembly Rooms, Epsom
  • Sir Julian Huxley, Selsdon
  • Watchman, New Malden
  • Prince Arthur, Fleet
  • Queens Hotel, Aldershot
  • Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge
  • Society Rooms, Maidstone
  • West Quay, Brighton
  • Picture Playhouse, Bexhill on Sea
  • Hatters Inn, Bognor Regis
  • Parchment Makers, Havant
  • Star, Gosport
  • Sir Alec Rose, Port Solent
  • Man in the Moon, Newport IOW
  • Red Lion, Petersfield
  • Denmead Queen, Waterlooville
  • Lord Palmerston, Southsea (Lloyds)
  • Union Rooms, Plymouth (Lloyds)
  • Panniers, Barnstaple
  • Britannia Inn, Plymouth
  • Duke of Wellington, Minehead
  • Admiral Colingwood, Ilfracombe
  • Talk of the Town, Paignton
  • Stannary Court, Plympton
  • White Hart Hotel, Okehampton
  • Jolie Brise, Teignmouth
  • White House, Luton
  • Red Well, Wellingborough
  • Earl of Dalkeith, Kettering
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, Bedford
  • MUW, Milton Keynes
  • Saracen’s Head, Daventry
  • Gary Cooper, Dunstable
  • Swan Hotel, Leighton Buzzard
  • Cordwainer, Northampton
  • Railway Inn, Rushden
  • Crown Hotel, Biggleswade
  • Captain Ridleys Shooting Party, Bletchley
  • Rann Wartha, St.Austell
  • Green Parrot, Perranporth
  • King Doniert, Liskeard
  • Coinage Hall, Helston
  • Bottle Of Sack, Sutton Coldfield
  • Bellwether, Wednesbury
  • Bole Bridge, Tamworth
  • Mare Pool, Mere Green
  • St Matthews Hall, Walsall
  • Bloxwich Showman, Bloxwich
  • Avion, Aldridge
  • Hedgford Lodge, Hednesford
  • Perkin Warbeck, Taunton
  • Imperial, Exeter
  • Powder Monkey, Exmouth
  • George’s Meeting House, Exeter
  • Lantokay, Street
  • Cerdic, Chard
  • Carnival Inn, Bridgwater
  • White Ball Inn, Tiverton
  • Reeds Arms, Burnham on Sea
  • Sawyer’s Arms, Exeter
  • Chevalier Inn, Exeter (Lloyds)
  • Cabot Court Hotel, Weston Super Mare
  • Quarter Jack, Wells
  • Star Inn, Honiton
  • Figure of Eight, Birmingham
  • Bishop Vesey, Sutton Coldfield
  • White Swan, Solihull
  • Dragon Inn, Birmingham
  • Regal, Gloucester (Lloyds)
  • MUW, Cheltenham (Lloyds)
  • Waterfront Inn, Brierley Hill
  • Britannia, Rowley Regis
  • Crown, Worcester
  • Abraham Darby, Dudley
  • Royal Hop Pole, Tewkesbury
  • Foley Arms Hotel, Great Malvern
  • Chequers Inn, Stourbridge
  • Lord High Constable of England, Gloucester
  • Flying Standard, Coventry
  • Golden Cross Hotel, Bromsgrove
  • Old Swanne Inne, Evesham
  • City Arms, Coventry
  • Thomas Lloyd, Warwick
  • Black Horse, Birmingham
  • Spon Gate, Coventry (Lloyds)
  • Royal Enfield, Redditch (Lloyds)
  • Pump House, Shirley
  • Moon in the Square, Bournemouth
  • Lord Wimbourne, Poole
  • Royal Oak, Dorchester
  • Kings Head Inn, Salisbury
  • Quay, Poole
  • Blackwater Stream, Broadstone
  • Kingswood Collier, Bristol
  • Staple Hill Oak, Bristol
  • St George’s Hall, Redfield
  • V Shed, Bristol (Lloyds)
  • Knight’s Templar, Bristol
  • Glassmaker, Nailsea
  • Thorn’s Farm, Yate
  • Jolly Sailor, Hanham
  • Bear, Melksham
  • Palladium Electric, Midsomer Norton
  • Bath Arms, Warminster
  • Posset Cup, Portishead

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