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Battered pigs in blankets and Yorkshire pudding wraps are returning to Christmas Markets this year

The Yorkshire pudding wraps are back, and they’ve got some new friends this year…

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The Manchester Christmas Markets will be making its grand return tomorrow, and it certainly wouldn’t be complete without those iconic Yorkshire pudding wraps and battered pigs in blankets…

So, you’ll all be pleased to hear that the brains behind the delicious cuisine, Porky Pig, are bringing back the iconic Yorkshire pudding wraps, each of which are filled with a selection of roast meats – pork, gammon, beef, chicken and lamb – seasonal vegetables, stuffing and lashings of gravy.

Visitors to the markets will also see the return of the battered pigs in blankets, two sausages wrapped in bacon and deep fried in batter until crispy, served alongside a pot of apple sauce or gravy for dipping. Also on the menu will be a giant pig in a blanket wrapped in, you guessed it, a Yorkshire pudding.

Porky Pig

Porky Pig

But there will also be a new addition to Porky Pig this year; the Giant Carvery Box, which consists of a giant Yorkshire pudding with a selection of roasted meats, pigs in blankets, a Cumberland sausage ring, mash, seasonal vegetables and, of course, that all-important gravy.

This comes after Porky Pig announced the closure of their city-centre restaurant, which they say was a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the Manchester Christmas Markets, which reopen tomorrow, Friday November 12th, are going to look a little different this year; while the heart of the markets is usually found around Albert Square, ongoing renovations to the Town Hall have forced them to move to Piccadilly Gardens.

Porky Pig

Porky Pig

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “It’s wonderful to welcome back our world-famous Christmas Markets and the addition of the Winter Gardens for the very first time.

“Manchester has been the capital of Christmas for twenty-two years since the very first Christmas Market arrived in the UK in 1999 and we know it was a huge disappointment that we had to scale back our celebrations last year.

“We’re making up for lost time this year and I can’t wait to see the transformation in the city centre into the festive wonderland we know and love.”

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COMING SOON: Thai tapas and cocktail restaurant Giggling Squid is coming to Manchester

Giggling Squid specialises in sharing plates and cocktails with a Thai twist..

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Spinningfields is set to gain an exciting new addition in the form of a Thai restaurant specialising in ‘Thai tapas’ and cocktails.

Giggling Squid initially started life in the basement of a tiny cottage in Brighton back in 2002 with the aim to serve ‘simple, rustic, fresh Thai food’ in a selection of small plates made for sharing.

The restaurant’s owner Pranee grew up on the banks of the Mekong River, visiting the local markets everyday with her mother at 5am, where she’d see ‘huge fish splashing in water tubs, transparent shrimps, an endless variety of herbs and vegetables’.

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@gigglingsquid / Instagram

Following its opening, Giggling Squid has experienced massive success and has since opened over forty restaurants in various locations across the country.

And now, in its first proper venture up North, Giggling Squid will be coming to Manchester, where it will take over a vacant venue on Hardman Square, opposite The Ivy.

There will be a number of tasty items up for grabs on its Manchester menu, including starters made for sharing like Phuket Mussels, Samui Zingy Prawns, Salt & Pepper Squid and Chicken Satay.

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@gigglingsquid / Instagram

There will also be a menu dedicated to the humble Pad Thai as well as the standard mains menu, which will be split into three categories; Stir Fry, From the Water and From the Land.

Also on the menu will be a huge range of unique cocktails, many of them with a distinctive Thai twist. Highlights include the Thai-spresso Martini with coconut coffee liqueur and toasted coconut flakes, and the Me Time Margarita made with muddled ginger and lemongrass and a curry-salt rim.

Giggling Squid’s Manchester site is set to open at some point in the new year, so make sure to follow them on Instagram for news and updates.

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NEW OPENING: The Northern Quarter burger joint planting a tree for every meal bought

Fancy doing your bit for the environment while tucking into a Wagyu steak burger?

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An environmentally-focussed new burger joint in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is promising to plant a tree for every meal bought. 

New kids on the block Invisiburger is a ‘globally inspired, planet conscious and people focussed’ new addition to the city, having recently taken over the second floor of Stage & Radio over on Port Street after success in its flagship site in Liverpool.

And don’t worry, this isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill burger joint (because Manchester has plenty of those at the moment). 

Manchester’s Finest Media

Manchester’s Finest Media

Unlike other restaurants of its kind, the team at Invisiburger is on a mission to create a zero waste fast food model, which will ensure that every ingredient they use is utilised from head-to-toe.

They’re also a certified member of the new ‘Sustainably Run Project’, meaning for every bill paid a fruit tree is planted. To put it in a nutshell, you can do your bit for the environment while simultaneously tucking into a banging burger. It’s a win-win!

The menu itself is split equally amongst veganWagyu beef and Krispy Chicken options, each one with different toppings and special extras.

A definite menu highlight is the Surf & Turf Burger, made from a 100% Wagyu beef patty and juicy marinated prawns with house special sauce.

Manchester’s Finest Media

Manchester’s Finest Media

The menu also boasts a selection of tasty small plates, including vegan ‘Invisi-wingsJalapeno Bhajis, Tiger Prawns with chilli, miso and garlic butter and a selection of loaded fries including Salt & Pepper Salsa Fries and Chilli, Miso & Garlic Butter Fries. 

What a selection.

And, on Wednesdays you can get 3 Small Plates for £14 whilst on Fridays between 5pm – 6pm it’s their ‘INVISI-HOUR’ with classic burgers 2-for-1. 

Invisiburger is open Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 10pm and Saturday – Sunday, 2pm – late. Head over to their website for more information and to book a table.

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NEW OPENING: A dedicated chicken wing restaurant has launched in Manchester

There’s a new chicken wing spot in town…

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Manchester’s favourite urban village Hatch has gained an exciting new addition in the form of chicken wing restaurant Wing Dash.

Wing Dash comes courtesy of takeaway kings Burgerism, whose popularity skyrocketed during the 2020 lockdowns.

Operating from their dark kitchen in Salford, Burgerism became well known and loved for their (you guessed it) burgers, which have even been named as ‘the best burgers in Manchester’ by Mana’s Michelin-starred Head Chef, Simon Martin. 

Manchester’s Finest Group

Manchester’s Finest Group

So, of course, we can expect some seriously good things from their latest venture, which takes a primary focus on the humble chicken wing.

Their latest venture sees their iconic Burgerism formula in the form of chicken wings with six options up for grabs; each wing, made from 100% British chicken, is brined for twenty-four-hours to ensure maximum flavour and tenderness.

They’re then coated in the special Burgerism signature coating and deep-fried, before being seasoned with one of six unique flavours including Piri-Piri, Buffalo, Atomic, BBQGarlic Parm and Lemon Pepper.

Manchester’s Finest Group

Manchester’s Finest Group

And for those wanting a meat-free alternative (or, like me, for those who just really love a bit of cauliflower), Wing Dash are also serving up their delicious Cauliflower Bites, which are sourced from a family-run farm in Preston available to order in any of the six seasonings. 

Of course, there are also fries to be ordered alongside your wing haul, which are prepped fresh every day and topped with a generous sprinkle of chicken salt. 

Wing Dash is open now at Hatch, but can also be ordered for delivery via Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Head over to the Wing Dash Instagram page for news and updates. 

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