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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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The restaurant and fast food chains doing 50% off in August

The restaurants taking part…

Alex Watson

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The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see diners able to bag half-price meals when they eat at pubs, restaurants or cafes.

The scheme will see the government paying for half the bill, up to £10 per head, for your meal and non-alcoholic drinks. 

The incentive aims to get Brits back to restaurants and pubs and help save the hospitality sector, which has suffered a huge blow from the pandemic.

The discount which is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday means a meal for two that costs £20 will be reduced to £10. 

A meal that is normally £25 for two will be slashed to £15 due to the £10 cap per head. 

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Burger King is set to cut the cost of the flagship burger down to just £2.25 from £4.49. Burger King boss, Alasdair Murdoch, said on the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast podcast: “We’ll certainly be embracing it, as long as we can understand the terms and conditions and work them out. But I would think it’s extremely likely that we would do it.”

Frankie & Benny’s told The Sun it will also be knocking 50% off the bill throughout August, which will see a Lasagne Al Forno going for just £4.98. 

The firm behind Harvester and Toby Carvery has said it plans to also register with the scheme. Prices will vary depending on which Harvester restaurant you visit. Under the scheme, a Toby Carvery will set you back on average just £4.50. 

Nando’s will also be knocking down its prices by 50%, this will make half a chicken with two sides just £5.60, down from £11.20. You’ll also still be able to get your Nando’s points on your order! 

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Wagamama is also set to sign up to the scheme meaning a chicken katsu curry will set you back just £6.63 on the initiative. 

Fans of Pizza Hut will be pleased to hear the chain will also be signing up for the initiative, and applying the offer on top of other discounts and promotions the chain runs.

Will you be heading out and enjoying 50% off meals? Let us know…

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New ‘Neverspoons’ app encourages you to visit independent pubs and avoid Wetherspoons

This is amazing!

Alex Watson

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A new ‘Neverspoons’ app has been created to encourage people to drink at independent pubs instead of Wetherspoons. 

The app has been set up as part of the boycott Wetherspoons campaign that launched on social media after the owners received backlash for refusing to pay their suppliers in lockdown. 

The Neverspoons app includes a map of alternative pubs in the surrounding area of Spoons establishments, where you can get a pint at instead. 

The app uses green pins for recommended pubs and red pins for Wetherspoons, so you can see just how close the alternatives are. 

The app also lets users generate a list of independent bars in the surrounding area of their local Spoons, which is accompanied by distance and even directions to make this super easy. 

Currently, the app is only available on Android as Apple require ‘a few more hoops to jump through when it comes to App development’, according to the Neverspoons website. You can sign up to be notified when the iPhone app is launched here

Neverspoons founder Shane Jones said: “Far too many traditional pubs closed down after the previous recession and it was pretty sad to see. Post lockdown could see us heading back that way.

“There are too many of these former pubs in amazing buildings, now derelict, that used to be the central hub for a lot of communities.

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“If you can put some money in the till of a smaller independent pub through the use of this app, then it’s done the job I intended it to.”

The app currently only features alternative independent bars and pubs surrounding a selected few Wetherspoons, but you can send in recommendations via this form here.  

The app is still in early developments, and a lot of people are asking for a feature such as a radius filter to get an idea of how far away they are, or a ‘use my location’ feature to be able to change your location. 

Most people are buzzing with the app saying its ‘easy to use’, and ‘lets you find pubs by cheapest prices making it the easiest way to wean people of spoons’. 

Download the app here. 

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Brand new ‘game-changing, high-quality’ sports bar to open on Deansgate

Calling all sports fans…

Alex Watson

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A new ‘game-changing, high-quality sports bar’ is set to open on Deansgate from the team behind Banyan and Manahatta. 

Plans to open a branch of Box Bar, a concept from Arc Inspirations, at 125 Deansgate – the building opposite The John Rylands Library – have been revealed. 

The new bar will be the first Box Bar outside of Yorkshire, with current successful locations in Headingly and Leeds City Centre. 

The bar will be located in the new 125 Deansgate building, and plans have been submitted for a big outdoor seating area due to the recent social distancing guidelines. 

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Box Bar

The Box Bar concept promise to provide a “game-changing high-quality sports bar to eat, drink, view, play and party.”

The menus will feature a range of classics including pizzas, burgers and other delights, alongside Bottomless Brunch and live music on the weekend.

Their aim is to show all the sporting events possible, alongside offering space for private hire for groups looking to celebrate an event, or to watch a sporting event in a private group setting! 

Find out more here

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