This week it was announced that the Northern Quarter’s acclaimed burger restaurant Almost Famous will be permanently closing.
The restaurant, renowned for its unique and outlandish burger variations, originally found life at its Northern Quarter venue, and has since opened three more restaurants across Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.
But sadly, the birthplace of the popular restaurant will soon be no more, with bosses announcing its permanent closure.
A statement on the brand’s social media platforms read: “I’m like a sherbet dibdab of emotion telling this… AlmostFamousNQ is closing forever at the end of next week.
“The legendary hang out where it all began is moving home – thank you all for making it what it was – come say hey, party all week, last one Saturday.”
But they’re not going quietly, with Almost Famous revealing that they’ll be dishing out some incredible goodies to people popping down to say goodbye.
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The first two people at the NQ venue after its midday opening on Saturday will win a BLACKCARD, which will get them free burgers for a year at any Almost Famous.
And if that wasn’t enough, the first 20 people in the queue eat for free – no bookings for this.
You’ll also be able to win a real Banksy, with the restaurant saying: “WIN some legit Bansky art from AFNQ – a piece of AFNQ history will be given away with as part of a TREASURE HUNT we are putting on – the first clue comes with the bill and the winner will get a real BANKSY print worth a bare stack of cash and 2 BLACKCARDS.”
They’re accepting bookings from 2pm, but there will only be a limited amount to make sure there is plenty of space for walk-ins.
Almost Famous originally opened as a ‘speakeasy style’ pop-up restaurant in the Northern Quarter, and quickly grew in popularity thanks to its menu of whacky burgers, ribs, chips, chilli dogs and cocktails.
In 2013, the NQ restaurant was forced to temporarily close following a fire in the building, which resulted in a major refurbishment and new roof.
The other Almost Famous restaurants will remain open.
NEW OPENING: The bakery serving school dinner cakes and cookie dough tubs
This all looks incredible!
Dedicated dessert cafe Little Blonde Bakes has opened a brand-new site in the former Lazy Tony’s site on Radium Street in Ancoats.
The bakery began life back in 2016 and has since gained a huge cult following – they’re now moving from an at home business to a fully fledged takeout venue.
Serving nostalgic bakes and a huge menu of indulgent sweet treats, you’ll find old-school cake and custard, millionaire’s crepes, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more.
Already famous for its mammoth portion sizes, Little Blonde Bakes will also offer bespoke cakes and cookie dough tubs, which come in a variety of flavours.
For now, the bakery is operating as a takeout and collection spot only, and it’s open Thursday to Sunday.
Those with a sweet tooth will be able to order through Uber Eats for their bakes to be delivered straight to their door, or just take a short walk to Radium Street in the heart of Ancoats.
As well as its massive range of milkshakes, brownies, cookie dough and crepes, Little Blonde Bakes will also curb any nostalgic cravings, as the bakery also serves a range of school dinner cake with custard that provides the ultimate winter warmer – including mint custard!
Little Blonde Bakes is now open – find more info and place an order here.
Baileys launches boozy hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas
How good do these look?
It’s not officially Christmas until the bottle of Baileys has been opened, is it?
It’s a festive favourite, so what better way to enjoy it than in an incredible boozy hot chocolate while you wait for Santa to climb down the chimney.
Well now you can, as Baileys has relaunched its hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas.
The hot chocolate bombes were a hit last year, so much so that Baileys has decided to bring them back again for 2022.
They consist of an outer shell made from velvety dark chocolate and flavoured with Baileys, and are stuffed full of fluffy mini marshmallows.
To activate the bombes, simply pour hot milk over them until they dissolve into creamy hot chocolate.
Baileys teased on its website: “Who fancies something really special? And we mean, REALLY special.
“Enjoy two of the greatest indulgences… chocolate and Baileys, in one decadent drink. Welcome to hot choccie heaven!”
You can get yourself a 130g box on Amazon, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Spanish tapas restaurant in a cave reveals stunning new look after refurb
This looks stunning!
If you’ve ever fancied enjoying some incredible tapas in a cave then we’ve got just the place for you to explore.
La Cueva is an iconic ‘cave-like’ restaurant in Cheadle’s Old Rectory Gardens, and it’s just reopened after an extensive refurbishment which saw the venue double in size.
The authentic Spanish tapas bar has been in the heart of Cheadle for years, gaining cult status for its incredible salt cave interior, which features cascading walls and ceilings filled with pink Himalayan salt lamps.
However, it’s not just the interior that entices customers back for more – La Cueva’s mouthwatering menu of traditionally prepared tapas is all made fresh in house.
The diverse range of dishes hail from all regions of Spain, and includes Empanadas – oven baked pastry filled with minced lamb, beef, bell peppers, onion, garlic and olives – and special imported Chorizo.
Also on the menu is Pollo Alla Crema, a chicken breast cooked in cream with smoked cheese, roasted garlic and parsley.
You can also get Gambas Pil Pil, king prawn tails sautéed in olive oil, garlic, fresh chilli and tomato sauce, and Guso De Mariscos, which is mixed seafood stewed in rich tomato sauce with garlic and aromatic herbs.
And if you just fancy an afternoon drink, La Cueva’s Cava Sangria is something special – it’s all made fresh in-house and is bursting with fruity flavour.
Since the renovation, the restaurant has also acquired a van that it will use to serve paella from, as well as for future event planning, festivals and private hire events.
La Cueva is open Monday to Friday, 5pm-10pm, and Saturday to Sunday 4pm-10pm – get yourself booked in here.