A new ‘adults-only’ ice cream van will be serving the much-deserving people of Greater Manchester with boozy treats this summer.
Because it won’t be Great British Summer Time without copious amounts of booze and ice cream, will it?
A Few Scoops will be travelling across the region in a pink tuk tuk known as Jolene, or on a pink push-bike named Dolly in the coming months to serve up their unique frozen concoctions.
The menu features a whole array of cocktail-ice lolly hybrids, such as peach bellini and mojito sorbets and the Espresso Martini ice cream – freshly ground Sumatran coffee beans, coffee liqueur, and premium French grain vodka whipped up into, you guessed it, a wonderfully boozy ice cream.
For whisky fans, there’s also the Old Fashioned ice cream, a delicious – and somewhat intoxicating – treat made up of bourbon, angostura bitters and orange zest.
Yet while the offering is primarily geared towards frozen tipples, there are also non-alcoholic flavours on the menu, including childhood-inspired treats like the coke float ice cream and a cherryade sorbet.
A number of the flavours are vegan, too.
The brains behind the unique brand, Alanna Atkinson, spoke to the Manchester Evening News about the birth of A Few Scoops.
She explained: “When we started A Few Scoops [in 2019], we knew we didn’t want a standard ice cream van, we wanted something that was different that made everyone whip out their phones to take a photo.
“We think we’ve achieved this with Jolene.”
Over the bank holiday weekend, Jolene and Dolly flogged their boozy creations at the Stretford Foodhall, Stretford and the General Store MediaCity, Salford.
It has been confirmed that they will be at Stamford Quarter, Altrincham – a new community hub with al fresco seating, deckchairs and a flower wall – every Friday and Saturday from June 4th.
Further dates and locations are yet to be confirmed, but you can visit their Facebook page for more information.
A vegan version of Bury Black Pudding is coming to Asda
The Bury Black Pudding as you’ve never seen it before…
Die hard Black Pudding fans, avert your eyes now: A plant-based version of the famed Bury Black Pudding will soon be landing on supermarket shelves across the country.
For over a century, the Bury Black Pudding Company has stuck to its multi award-winning recipe but four years ago, it decided to take take on a more modern approach and introduce a meat-free recipe with the launch of its somewhat controversial Vegetarian and Vegan Black Pudding.
And, much to the surprise of traditional black pudding consumers, the company has reported ‘year-on-year growth’ ever since the launch of their meat-free alternatives, which swaps out blood, pork fat and rind for vegetable fat and black beans.
The vegetarian and vegan puddings have always been sold via the company’s website or through independent outlets and butchers but, now, the Bury Black Pudding Company has announced that its plant-based puds are heading to the shelves of one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets – Asda.
Over 300 Asda supermarkets across England and Wales will soon be stocking the plant-based product, with the Bury Black Pudding Company announcing on Twitter: “A lot of you have been waiting for this… Our Vegetarian and Vegan Black Pudding 220g will be available to buy from @asda over the next few weeks.”
Speaking on the exciting launch, Matthew McDermid, from the Brand and Marketing department at the Bury Black Pudding Company, said: “We have seen the demand for our Vegetarian and Vegan Black Pudding increase significantly over the last twelve to eighteen months.
“Given ASDA’s keen focus on plant-based options, it made sense for us to approach them with our meat-free alternative. We have a very good relationship with ASDA, who have supported us since 2002 when we first started supplying them, so we are pleased that ASDA have agreed to stock this product – as I’m sure the customer base is too.”
Matthew also acknowledged that, throughout the lockdowns in 2020, more people began experimenting with their food and, as a result, vegan and vegetarian offerings soared. He explained: “Sales of vegan, vegetarian and plant-based food options are increasing each month with all supermarkets, so we are delighted to see our Vegetarian and Vegan Black Pudding available with a national retailer like ASDA.”
The Bury Black Pudding Company’s vegan and vegetarian black puddings will be available in Asda within the next couple of weeks. Make sure to stay posted with updates on their website and Instagram page.
NEW OPENING: The Northern Quarter’s first ‘proper’ British steak house
Another NQ spot to add to the list…
Herd NQ, a pop-up that once resided within the cosy walls of the Northern Quarter’s famed boozer Allotment NQ, has officially taken over the venue and is dishing up some of the best steaks in the city.
It’s definitely something to soften the blow from Allotment NQ’s closure – the pub became a staple part of the area since its arrival on Dale Street in 2014 and will be missed by many.
But, as the famous saying goes, out with old, in with the new!
Herd NQ had actually operated as a pop-up within Allotment NQ, but relaunched as a full operational pub and restaurant with a brand spanking new menu last month on August 31st – and, let’s just say, their steaks are already the talk of the town.
A mix of organic Aberdeen Angus and Hereford crosses, all their meat is dry-aged for thirty days to achieve optimal level of maturity, providing incredible succulence and flavour. The meat also comes in a variety of cuts including ribeye, sirloin, rump, T-bone and even the legendary Chateaubriand sharer.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a real steak house without a massive burger, would it? The triple stacked Herd Burger contains two 6oz beef & bone marrow patties, slow-cooked pulled beef, fried onions, double Lancashire cheese & truffle aioli, all finished on a brioche bun.
And for you Sunday goers, Herd NQ also offers a banging Sunday roast complete with beautifully cooked roast beef, all the trimmings and lashings of gravy. Plus, they have a special offer of two roasts for £25 – can’t complain about that.
Their menu also boasts a delectable selection of sides, including triple cooked chips, truffle and parmesan mash and mac and cheese.
Herd NQ has recently introduced a new Happy Hour between 4pm – 9pm every Wednesday and Thursday, where you can get two for £12 cocktails, house double G&Ts for £5.50, double spirit and mixers for £6, lager for £3.50 and a bottle of wine for £15.
Herd NQ is open Wednesdays – Sundays – make sure to follow them on Instagram for news and updates.
Salford Rum to open Greater Manchester’s first ever rum garden and distillery
Salford Rum has gone from strength to strength
Salford’s very own spirits firm Salford Rum has announced plans to open its own distillery and Greater Manchester’s first ever rum garden.
Established in the summer of 2018 by school friends James Harrison and Tommy Gaughan, Salford Rum has become well known and loved across the whole country for its high quality rum selection – the golden Salford Spiced Rum and the Salford Dark Spice – and unique bottles, each designed and commissioned by local artist Dave Draws.
After noticing their wives’ love for gin and wanting to experiment in the market of rum, the lads spent months researching the art of distilling the spirit and, inspired by the ingredients that used to be imported into the old Salford Docks, they came up with their first recipe, making 200 bottles of the stuff and selling out at a Maker’s Market that very weekend.
And the rest is history.
The brand has gone from strength to strength and, now, its grand plans to open Greater Manchester’s very first rum garden as part of a new expansion into the railway archways on Salford’s Viaduct Street have been unveiled.
James and Tommy got the keys to the distillery, located in Arch 33 and titled The Dirty Old Town Distillery – after the song, ‘Dirty Old Town’ – this week, where renovations will begin immediately.
The new venue will also be home to a craft copper still which will be used to create some of the existing Salford Rums but enable the duo to experiment and innovate more in the small batch space.
Tommy said on the company’s latest venture: “The support we’ve had locally for Salford Rum is nothing short of incredible. When looking for somewhere to take the brand to the next level, it was always going to be in Salford, and always going to be a place whereby our supporters can come and feel like they’re part of the Salford family.”
James added: “It’s been quite a ride and our first step into hospitality feels surreal. It’s time for us to grow in Greater Manchester’s vibrant drinks scene and for the brand to have somewhere to develop and – of course – serve awesome drinks. We’ve got so many ideas and can’t wait to see the distillery space, bar and rum garden come to life over the next couple of months.”