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‘Best restaurant in the world’ named and it’s only a short drive from Manchester

I know where I’m dining this weekend…

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An intimate restaurant came out on top of a worldwide review of restaurants in the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards, created by review website Tripadvisor, and guess what?

It’s located a stone’s throw away from Manchester.

The Old Stamp House, an intimate restaurant situated in Ambleside, Lake District, stood out among businesses from across the globe, including its two-Michelin star neighbour L’Enclume, which was placed in a humble eighteenth spot. 

The elusive restaurant was opened in 2014 by brothers Ryan and Craig Blackburn, who work as the head chef and restaurant manager respectively.

The Old Stamp House Restaurant / TripAdvisor

It is housed in the former office of poet William Wordsworth, and seats just twenty-eight customers at a time.

It was awarded a Michelin star in 2019, has been named the Cumbria Life Restaurant of the Year, as well as receiving three AA rosettes.

A description on the Michelin Guide’s website reads: “The Old Stamp House is as quirky as its name implies. It sits in the centre of Ambleside – which in turn sits within the heart of the Lake District National Park – inside the cellars of an old house where William Wordsworth used to work as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland.

“It’s a tiny place, split over two low-ceilinged rooms which are hung with local art.”

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Using ingredients inspired by Cumbria heritage, the restaurant’s specialities include potted shrimps, cauliflower and spiced mead velouté, Yew Tree Farm Herdwick hogget, peas and locally foraged wild mushrooms, and a rum tart with brambles, pear and Cumbrian gingerbread.

Very posh, as you can see.

The North of England was also victorious in the National Parks category, where both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District placed in the top twenty-five.

Check out the full 2021 Travellers Choice Awards winners, and visit the Old Stamp House’s official website for further details and bookings.

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Costa unveils Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot chocolate and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese toasties on its Christmas 2021 menu

It’s really starting to feel like Christmas now…

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Coffee giant Costa has unveiled its new Christmas menu and it boasts some seriously tasty new additions. 

Launching on November 3rd, the festive menu will feature a whole array of exciting new items that will be sure to keep us all nice and warm throughout the winter.

On the savoury side of things, guests will be able to indulge upon a bacon mac and cheese toastie featuring pasta and bacon bits covered in a creamy cheese sauce. And, for those pigs in blankets lovers, there’s also a ‘pigs under blankets panini’ and maple glazed pigs in blankets flavoured potato chips to enjoy on the side.

A pigs in blankets overload and we are here for it.

Costa

Other savoury items include the ‘turkey and the trimmings’ toastie and the turkey feast sandwich, as well as a pork and bramley apple sausage roll and a maple bacon, brie and cranberry panini.

And the vegans need not worry, because Costa has brought back its popular “vegan turkee”, cranberry and stuffing bloomer toastie including vegan meat, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and spinach.

Costa’s new menu will also include a number of new sweet treats, including the chocolate sparkle cake filled with hazelnut and chocolate frosting and the winter frosted marble cake.

Also on the menu will be a clementine and cranberry loaf cake, a golden billionaire’s cake and a chocolate and salted caramel torte, as well as a classic mince pie, which will also come in a gluten-free vegan version.

Costa

And it wouldn’t be a trip to Costa without a tasty hot drink, would it?

Their new Christmas menu also has six new drinks to enjoy, such as the revolutionary Quality Street ‘The Purple One’ latte, the Quality Street Toffee Penny latte, the After Eight hot chocolate and the Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot chocolate.

There’s also the gingerbread latte, for something a little more traditional.

Find your local Costa here.

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Nell’s is doing bottomless pizza and booze every Sunday at its new site

Bottomless pizza and booze, I repeat, bottomless pizza and booze

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The 22″ pies and slices legends Nell’s are set to get even more legendary with the launch of their bottomless pizza and booze offer.

Nell’s New York style pizzas have earned them a handsome reputation at their pop-up residencies in the NQ’s Common and Chorlton’s The Beagle so, of course, excitement surrounding their new restaurant at the city centre garden neighbourhood Kampus has been rife.

The new restaurant will cater for groups of all sizes and will feature a ‘Slice Bar’ where customers can pop in for a quick slice throughout the day and the evening. 

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All of the familiar Nell’s classics will be on the menu too, including their best selling Original Cheese, Do You ‘Roni Honey? & Vegan Deluxe.

The new restaurant will also feature The Snug, a private and, you guessed it, snug area where you and your pals can get comfortable with pizza and cocktails – perfect for birthdays, special occasions, or just for those much-needed after work drinks. 

But perhaps most excitingly of all is their new Sunday offering – bottomless pizza and booze. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

The Sunday Pizza Social will give guests the opportunity to indulge on both the pizza menu and the cocktail list, which includes three brand new signature cocktails; Nell’s Sbagliato, Nell’s Spritz, and Nell’s Sour – though the finer details surrounding the bottomless deal are yet to be confirmed.

@nellspizza / Instagram

Speaking of the new venture, founder Jonny Heyes said: “We decided to make a change from our original concept for Kampus. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we felt like so much had changed since we began this project at Kampus and Cornerstone started to feel like a ‘pre-COVID’ idea, which of course it was.

“Kampus had been intended as the first ever Nell’s but in fact we’re already now operating at two sites – so much of our focus over the last year has been on Nell’s so we thought it didn’t make sense to have it playing second fiddle to Cornerstone.

“Now felt like the right time for Nell’s to step out of the shadows and have a place of her own.”

Nell’s at Kampus will be opening to the public on Friday, November 5th. Make sure to follow the official Instagram page for news and updates, and head over to their website for bookings.

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NEW OPENING: The all-you-can-eat Brazilian restaurant with bottomless meat coming to Altrincham

Calling all meat lovers..

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Jardim Rodizio & @fazenda.group / Instagram

A new Brazilian all-you-can-eat restaurant with bottomless meat is coming to Altrincham next month, and it looks immense.

Jardim Rodizio, which translates to ‘garden’ in Portuguese, is coming courtesy of Robert Melman, the Argentinian visionary behind popular Manchester steak house Fazenda and King Street tapas joint Tast. He newest venture will be taking over the Old Post Rooms in Altrincham, which has sat unoccupied for over a year.

There, it will bring all the wonderful flavours of South America to the market town and, of course, an abundance of all-you-can-eat Brazilian meat.

Jardim Rodizio

Customers can expect a traditional Brazilian ‘rodizio’ meat selection, with an endless offering of grilled meats, unlimited side dishes and salads from the all-you-can-eat bar.

Melman, who has teamed up with his operations manager Chris Milner said on the new opening: “I wanted to create something new where I can add the personal touch again. I love the excitement of bringing fresh and new ideas together and building a team to deliver that. As brands grow bigger that personality can be lost.

“Jardim has been a lockdown project of mine and I am loving the excitement of bringing something new to Altrincham. I have had the opportunity to be creative again and have loved exploring the perfect blend of Brazilian style dining with some of my native Argentina.

@fazenda.group / Instagram

“As I never had the chance to say goodbye to my former team, who were like a family to me, I think it’s important for them to see that no matter the situation, you can always make good, even in the most trying of times.”

The details surrounding Jardim Rodizio’s exact opening date have remained tightly under wraps, though it has been confirmed that it’ll be at some point in November.

Follow Jardim Rodizio on Instagram to stay posted with any news and updates.

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