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BrewDog teams up with Swizzels to make a Parma Violets flavoured beer

You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it…

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Scottish beer giant BrewDog has unveiled its latest whacky invention – a Parma Violets flavoured New England IPA.

The eccentric new brew comes as a result a collaboration with retro sweets manufacturer, Swizzels, who has been making our favourite sweets such as Parma Violets, Squashies and Rainbow Drops from its factory near Stockport since 1928. 

But their latest product is only for the grown ups – the Parma Violets New England IPA consists of the robust malt profiles of Pale, Wheat and Oats, which works wonders with the tropical and citrus Citra and Simcoe hops, all of which interplay perfectly with the floral and perfumed notes of those classic Parma Violets.

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The brew has been described as ‘playful and punchy, fragrant and fruity’, and is certainly not one for the faint hearted with an ABV of 5.5%. 

BrewDog Parma Violets was made available exclusively in Tesco yesterday, and will be going live on the BrewDog website on 1st December. One 440ml can is priced at £2.40, while a 4-pack will set you back £8. 

In addition, for every purchase made on the website in December, BrewDog will be rewarding its customers with gifts and discounts – such as free beer, exclusive tasting guides and complimentary shipping – as part of the new Planet BrewDog digital loyalty programme. 

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This comes just weeks after BrewDog opened their first UK hotel right here in Manchester – the Doghouse Manchester boasts eighteen rooms adorned with bespoke BrewDog touches, such as in-shower beer fridges, a draft beer tap and a fully-loaded mini-bar plus, for both guests and members of the public, an epic taproom and rooftop bar with thirty taps of craft beer on offer – because it wouldn’t be a real BrewDog hotel otherwise, would it?

And up on the roof terrace, a living wall of 26,000 plants has been installed, echoing BrewDog’s mission to become the most sustainable drinks brand on the planet.

For more information on both the hotel and the new Parma Violets brew, visit the BrewDog website here.

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‘UK’s first’ drive-thru kebab shop could be coming to Greater Manchester

The kebab as we know it could be changed forever…

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While the humble kebab is ranked highly among Brits far and wide, it is usually reserved for a drunken walk home at 2am on a Friday night.

Of course, this can tarnish the whole novelty of a kebab, especially when you fancy one on your hour’s lunch break or during a quiet night in front of the TV.

But now, the reputation of the kebab could soon be set to change with the arrival of one of the country’s first ever drive-thru kebab shops.

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Plans have been submitted to transform a vacant two-storey building in Bolton’s town centre into a restaurant and drive-thru service dedicated to the classic late-night delicacy.

Documents show plans to convert the empty premises into the drive-thru restaurant under the German Doner Kebab name, with CGI images published by Bolton Council showing the intended design.

However, a Bolton highways department response to the application says more information will be needed for them to come to a verdict.

It states, as per the Manchester Evening News: “Owing to the premises location in relation to the highways around the town centre of Bolton, the applicant will need to submit some form of transport statement in order to justify the proposed change of use.

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“The statement should provide a rough indication as to how accessibility to the premises will be controlled and how abuse of the one-way system on Gas Street will be prevented, as well as giving a rough indication of traffic impact from the proposed use.

“In its present form there is insufficient information available within the submission for the Highway Authority to fully comment.”

The plans are yet to be considered by planners in Bolton after a period of consultation with neighbours about the proposals.

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Black Milk is opening up a new cafe inside a former cinema

The new venue will be serving the iconic Black Milk milkshakes and cakes as well as its new Italian gelato range

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Manchester’s beloved dessert cafe Black Milk Cereal will soon be opening a brand new cafe inside the iconic Macclesfield Picturedrome.

The Picturedrome, which dates back to 1911 and had once served as a popular cinema, was transformed into a food and drink hall courtesy of the team behind Altrincham Market, Market House Alty and Mackie Mayor.

The food hall hosts nine independent kitchens and bars and, now, is set to welcome a sweeter addition in the form of Black Milk Cereal, who will be bringing its iconic milkshakes and cakes to the people of Macclesfield.

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Black Milk shared the exciting news on their Instagram page, writing: “We are delighted to let you know that we will be opening at @picturedromemacc in Macclesfield in early February.

“We will be serving up our signature treats alongside new baked ones!”

Visitors to the new venue can expect some of their classic milkshakes and ‘freakshakes’, as well as a number of alcoholic flavours such as espresso martini and white Russian. There will be a selection of extravagant ice cream sundaes, cookies, pancakes and cheesecakes to choose from, too.

The bakery will also be trying its hand at something a little different in their new venue; Italian gelato in its signature flavours of hazelnut cream, pistachio, Biscoff and cookies & cream.

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Speaking on the new opening, Black Milk’s business manager Andy Young said: “We are delighted to be moving into such an incredible venue. It will be the first of our adventures into Cheshire where we see a great opportunity to serve our treats to a whole new audience.

“We’d like to thank the team behind Picturedrome for asking us to join an incredible group of independent food and drink brands in Macclesfield.

“We look forward to meeting everyone within the next few weeks.”

Black Milk Cereal’s Manchester venue will remain closed until February while it undergoes refurbishments.

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McDonald’s adds Chicken Big Mac to its menu for the first time in UK

This changes everything…

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McDonald’s is changing up the game with the launch of its first ever UK chicken Big Mac.

The burger – which is bound to divide opinions among British McDonald’s fans – will adopt the traditional Big Mac structure complete with the signature sauce. However, instead of two beef patties, the new version will come with two crispy chicken fillets.

The chicken version of the staple burger will be 50p more expensive than the original, which costs £3.59, though prices may vary between branches. 

It also packs in more calories with 544kcal, compared to the traditional Big Mac which has 508kcal.

While the chicken Big Mac is already available in McDonald’s restaurants in Australia, this will be the first time it is sold here in the UK.

The burger will be on the menu in all 1,300 UK McDonald’s restaurants from February 2nd… Though you’ll have to be quick, as it is here on a trial period only and will be removed on March 15th.

That very same day will also see the return of the beloved double Big Mac, as well as the Mozzarella Dippers and Galaxy chocolate and salted caramel McFlurries. 

However, this news will be bittersweet for many following the fast-food giant’s announcement regarding the removal of two popular breakfast items.

Posting across its social media platforms yesterday, McDonald’s announced that the bagels and breakfast wraps from the menu had been permanently discontinued. 

Adopting a jokey and lighthearted tone, the announcement read: “Despite speculation and following a trial separation period, Breakfast Bagels & Breakfast Wraps will not be returning to the menu.

“We adore each other deeply but our love for the iconic McMuffin was simply too hard to ignore. We want our fans to know this is a mutual decision, to the extent that a bagel can make its own decision.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported our union. As for the rumours that there will be a new breakfast bae on the scene later this year… No comment.

“But it’s now time to say, ‘that’s a wrap’. And bagel. And that the McMuffin is 99p today.”

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