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Apparently we’ve all been eating fish and chips wrong

Bizarre…

Jamie Roberts

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A comment underneath a food review has sparked a debate about fish and chips that we really didn’t need to be having.

Restaurant columnist Grace Dent posted a recent review of Angel Lane Chippie in Penrith, Cumbria, and got an incredibly baffling reply.

After she praised the restaurant’s ‘extra globs of thick batter’, a man claimed: “The batter is there to protect the fish during frying, you peel it off, throw it away, then eat the fish! If you bake a fish (or indeed a vegetable) in a salt crust, do you eat that too?”

Grace wrote on Twitter: “This week’s Guardian restaurant column is about a northern chip shop. This comment has kept me awake. I. I just. What.”

Yeah, what the actual fuck – who in their right mind is peeling the deicious batter off a fish and chucking it?

As the North of England collectively opens its mouth in shock and disgust, people took to the replies to let their opinion known.

Grant said: “What’s the point in getting scraps if you aren’t going to eat the batter”, while James added: “It’s so bonkers and wrong it makes me wonder if he’s actually right and we’ve all, everyone, been doing it wrong .”

Writer Eddie Robson made a valid comparison about something as equally daft: “The pastry is there to protect the pie while baking, you pick it off, throw it away and eat the filling!”

Another Twitter user summed it up nicely: “I’m guessing the comment was from a Southerner”.

Happy Friday everyone, enjoy your chippy teas and make sure you definitely eat the batter like a proper Northerner.

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Manchester’s newest outdoor food market is now doing brunch and it looks next level

That’s my weekend plans sorted…

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If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a brunch with a difference this weekend, then we’ve got just the place for you.

Head down to Escape To Freight Island, as it just got a whole lot better with the launch of its brand spanking new weekend brunch menu.

It’s available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm, and it looks like some absolutely next level scran.

Escape To Freight Island

You can expect a seriously good selection of delicious brunch dishes and plenty of cocktails (not just prosecco!). There’s loads on the menu, with the platform offering up plenty of veggie and vegan options too.

Grab yourself some delicious things like the Patty Queen Breakfast Bun (£6.50), with double sausage patty, free-range egg, proper American cheese, grilled potato, brioche bun, and top and bottom ketchup.

There’s also some great flatbreads on offer, like the Smashed Cannellini & Nduja Pizetta (£8), with Cannellini bean, Nduja, Cumberland sausage, red onion, kale and Fior di Latte cheese.

Escape To Freight Island

There’s also a vegan favourite, Grilled Avo & Halloumi Khubz (£8), with avocado, grilled portobello mushroom, coriander and pickled cucumber.

As for drinks, you can choose from a great selection of beers, soft drinks and cocktails, including Mimosas and Bloody Marys –  a brunch classic.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself booked in here!

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Manchester’s best tiki bar is back with brand new colourful cocktails AND pizza

If you like Pina Coladas…

Alex Watson

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The city’s best tiki bar is back open with a brand new cocktail menu, new look and even pizza!

If you’re not going on holiday this year, treat yourself to some bright tiki cocktails in the colourful Liars Club. 

The Liars Club reopened on Wednesday September 23rd, with a whole new cocktail menu.

The ‘Liars Original’ menu includes a delicious Liars Club version of the classic Pornstar Martini, filled to the brim with Bacardi Blanca, Passionfruit, vanilla, lime, pineapple and plenty of bubbles.

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There’s also the classic and bright blue Cobalt Bay, a tangy concoction of Mount Gay rum, Cocchi Americano, lemon, guava and grapefruit.

And for those who like Campari drinks, try the Two Birds One Stone, a mix of 5 Golden Rums, Campari, Galliano, pineapple, pandan and lime.

There is, of course, Tiki Classics to really get you in that holiday mood including Liars’ Pina Colada, Mai Tai, Daigquiri and a Zombie that will make you feel as such the next day.

AND what’s more you can even order a pizza from Crazy Pedro’s next door! 

Get involved and find more info here! 

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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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