Almost Famous is back, and stripping things down to the good old classic juicy burgers!
The Great Northern branch of Almost Famous – you know, the one with the towering gorilla statue and the cow outside – is back open for business on July 4th, and they’re planning on stripping it back to ‘what made the magic’.
After spending lockdown taking things back to basics with hand-pressed freshly ground beef, amazing brioche, melty cheese, creamy smacky sauces, simple builds and the best quality ingredients cooked perfect and juicy every time, Beau Myers said “I’ve been remembering what Almost Famous was all about.”
The menu will be completely stripped back to just a few simple OG burgers.
That’s not to say they’re not going to be as incredible as ever!
On the menu is the Ultra Famous burger, complete with double juicy famous cheeseburger, wonderbutter onion, famous sauce, bacon ketchup and pickles. This one is set to ‘hit that perfect burger craving’.
Then there’s the Phoenix 2.0, double cheese, JD maple smoked streaky bacon, shoestring onions, frazzles, fresh chillies, bacon mayo, redneck bbq and, of course, bacon ketchup.
The Crack Shack ‘Damn Daniel back at it again with the sweet salty savoury magic’ is back too. Crispy fried chicken, cheesburge creamy sauce with tangy pickles, Disney magic JD maple and a brand spanking new sauce for 2020.
It wouldn’t be an Almost Famous without fries now, would it?! Of course, they’re on the menu too! There’s also a good range of cocktails, beer and soft drinks.
Almost Famous in the Great Northern will be open 4pm-9pm Wednesday and Thursday and 12-10pm Friday – Sunday – you’ll need to book ahead, which you can do on the website here.
The Northern Quarter site is set to open in a few weeks time, but the date is yet to be confirmed.
Which burger are you getting then?
Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester
Will you be trying one of these?
Manchester’s only Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, has launched a new takeaway burger which is available during lockdown.
The Michelin Star cheeseburger is made with a Lake District Farmer’s Belted Galloway smoked beef patty, put together with shin, brisket and rump cap.
It’s then topped with Mana’s own American-style cheese, made with St Andrew’s Cheddar and Cloudwater beer, placed in a potato and brown butter bun, and finished with Koji and dill mayonnaise, iceberg, and green onion paste.
The burger will set you back £16, and you can also grab some drinks for £5 each if you’re thirsty, including a lime, raw sugar, mint, and cucumber soda, a sorrel and matcha iced tea, and a fermented Banks’ Tomato and oregano soda.
Mana spent the eight days before launching it testing different beef cut ratios, cheese slice thicknesses and woods to smoke the patties, and according to them it’s ‘the best burger we’ve ever had’.
Head Chef, Simon Martin said: “As well as keeping the business afloat and continuing to keep our team’s livelihoods intact, I also wanted this to be a fun exercise.
“As much as I miss our usual setting and the all-encompassing activity it provides, the idea of doing something so familiar for people became a really endearing challenge in the meantime.
“Almost everyone has had a great burger, especially in Manchester where humble foods are commonly elevated, so people will have a comparison to make whilst we’re trying to deliver the best version of something they’ve ever had.” ⠀
The team at Mana chose burgers as it’s a classic comfort food that almost everyone likes to eat, and they have plans to start doing tacos in a few weeks and potentially fried chicken as well (depending how long it takes them to reopen properly).
As a token of appreciation, all NHS staff are entitled to one free burger per order every Wednesday, you will just need to bring an NHS ID on collection.
Numbers are limited to just 100 burgers per day, and are available from Wednesday to Saturday, to collect between 12pm and 4pm.
If you want to grab one booking is required via Tock-to-go, where you can book a slot up to three hours in advance of collection – prepayment is required to minimise contact.
BrewDog is giving away free beer to everyone in the UK to cheer us up during lockdown
All UK residents will be pleased to hear they can now grab some free beer courtesy of Brewdog.
BrewDog’s CEO took to Twitter to announce the news that they will be giving away a four pack of beer to anyone in the UK.
The only catch is that you have to pay the £1.95 for shipping!
All you have to do to receive your free pack is head over to BrewDog’s website and enter your details.
Of course, you will have to join a bit of queue on the website because everyone is after some free beer – at the time of writing the queue time is currently at around 30 minutes.
You’ll have to be quick, though, as the offer ends at 7pm tonight (Tuesday January 12th).
If you want to know which beer you’ll be getting, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s their ‘Lost Lager’, the ‘world’s only carbon-neutral lager’.
The beers are made from surplus fresh bread and it’s all powered by wind turbines. Plus they will even be planting a tree for every four-pack purchased.
A brand new New York-style pizza restaurant has opened in Stretford
A great new addition to the area
A brand new pizza joint is opening on Chester Road in Stretford, promising proper old-school New-York style pizzas.
With the restrictions still in place, the new opening is available for delivery and collection now, including classics like Margherita (£8), Pepperoni & Hot Honey (£9), Coppa Ham & Wild Mushroom (£9) and Aubergine, Olive And Caper (£8).
Over the next few weeks, they will also be adding bagels to the store with classic New York fillings like Ruben, Salt Beef and Liptauer; a Slovakian spicy cheese spread that you’ll find in every deli in Manhattan.
Owner Dave, a born and bred Stretfordian, says he has created something he can truly be proud of.
Dave is a true local, an alumni of The Sip Club and the Spirit of The Essoldo Cinema Club, he is a champion of the area in which he lives and works.
Alongside collection from the venue, you can get your pizzas brought to your door via SHOCAL the Urmston-based delivery service, which promises to have a more local and friendlier service than the big giants in the delivery industry.
SHOCAL even give back a percentage from every order to the local community.