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Chorlton tapas bar San Juan expanding into next door pub ahead of reopening

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Chorlton-based tapas bar, San Juan, is set to reopen bigger than before to accommodate social distancing. 

The tapas bar on Beech Road has been closed since the beginning of lockdown but in a statement on their website, they will be temporarily expanding into the neighbouring building and former pub The Parlour.

This means they can ‘accommodate as many customers as possible’ as part of their reopening on July 4th. 

Like other restaurants and bars, Bar San Juan is permitted to reopen on July 4th and will do so with table service indoors for customers. 

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Bar San Juan is continuing its normal operations without bookings, instead using a waiting list which will call you 15 minutes before your table is ready. 

You will be allocated a two hour time slot on your table to allow for greater accuracy in the waiting list and to give ample time for disinfecting the table after each guest.

The new guidelines state that people should only visit restaurants with their household groups, or with one other household or if you have a support bubble in place.

They also state that people can meet up to five people outdoors from any amount of households. 

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The statement from San Juan says: “Bar San Juan is looking forward to re-opening and accommodating as many customers as possible so we have acquired a building -formally Parlour – one door away from Bar San Juan to encourage social distancing.

“As we have never taken reservations we are trying out different booking systems but we would like to first see how this new normal works before we start with it.

“In the meantime we are setting up a similar system to the one we have always had that we can manage within the bar for walk-ins. You will join a waiting list and be called 15 minutes prior to the table being ready. There will be a set time on each table of 2 hours in order for us to be more accurate when we have to call customers and also have time for us to disinfect the table.”

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Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester

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Manchester’s only Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, has launched a new takeaway burger which is available during lockdown.

The Michelin Star cheeseburger is made with a Lake District Farmer’s Belted Galloway smoked beef patty, put together with shin, brisket and rump cap. 

It’s then topped with Mana’s own American-style cheese, made with St Andrew’s Cheddar and Cloudwater beer, placed in a potato and brown butter bun, and finished with Koji and dill mayonnaise, iceberg, and green onion paste.

The burger will set you back £16, and you can also grab some drinks for £5 each if you’re thirsty, including a lime, raw sugar, mint, and cucumber soda, a sorrel and matcha iced tea, and a fermented Banks’ Tomato and oregano soda.

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Mana spent the eight days before launching it testing different beef cut ratios, cheese slice thicknesses and woods to smoke the patties, and according to them it’s ‘the best burger we’ve ever had’.

Head Chef, Simon Martin said: “As well as keeping the business afloat and continuing to keep our team’s livelihoods intact, I also wanted this to be a fun exercise.

“As much as I miss our usual setting and the all-encompassing activity it provides, the idea of doing something so familiar for people became a really endearing challenge in the meantime.

“Almost everyone has had a great burger, especially in Manchester where humble foods are commonly elevated, so people will have a comparison to make whilst we’re trying to deliver the best version of something they’ve ever had.” ⁠⠀

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The team at Mana chose burgers as it’s a classic comfort food that almost everyone likes to eat, and they have plans to start doing tacos in a few weeks and potentially fried chicken as well (depending how long it takes them to reopen properly).

As a token of appreciation, all NHS staff are entitled to one free burger per order every Wednesday, you will just need to bring an NHS ID on collection.

Numbers are limited to just 100 burgers per day, and are available from Wednesday to Saturday, to collect between 12pm and 4pm.

If you want to grab one booking is required via Tock-to-go, where you can book a slot up to three hours in advance of collection – prepayment is required to minimise contact. 

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BrewDog is giving away free beer to everyone in the UK to cheer us up during lockdown

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All UK residents will be pleased to hear they can now grab some free beer courtesy of Brewdog.

BrewDog’s CEO took to Twitter to announce the news that they will be giving away a four pack of beer to anyone in the UK.

The only catch is that you have to pay the £1.95 for shipping! 

All you have to do to receive your free pack is head over to BrewDog’s website and enter your details. 

Of course, you will have to join a bit of queue on the website because everyone is after some free beer – at the time of writing the queue time is currently at around 30 minutes. 

You’ll have to be quick, though, as the offer ends at 7pm tonight (Tuesday January 12th).

If you want to know which beer you’ll be getting, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s their ‘Lost Lager’, the ‘world’s only carbon-neutral lager’.

The beers are made from surplus fresh bread and it’s all powered by wind turbines. Plus they will even be planting a tree for every four-pack purchased. 

Get yours here

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A brand new New York-style pizza restaurant has opened in Stretford

A great new addition to the area

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A brand new pizza joint is opening on Chester Road in Stretford, promising proper old-school New-York style pizzas.

BAKEHOUSE32 will be serving up New York-style pizzas, stuffed bagels, beers and ice creams from local producers Churn Ices

With the restrictions still in place, the new opening is available for delivery and collection now, including classics like Margherita (£8),  Pepperoni & Hot Honey (£9), Coppa Ham & Wild Mushroom (£9) and Aubergine, Olive And Caper (£8).

Over the next few weeks, they will also be adding bagels to the store with classic New York fillings like Ruben, Salt Beef and Liptauer; a Slovakian spicy cheese spread that you’ll find in every deli in Manhattan.

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Owner Dave, a born and bred Stretfordian, says he has created something he can truly be proud of. 

Dave is a true local, an alumni of The Sip Club and the Spirit of The Essoldo Cinema Club, he is a champion of the area in which he lives and works. 

Alongside collection from the venue, you can get your pizzas brought to your door via SHOCAL the Urmston-based delivery service, which promises to have a more local and friendlier service than the big giants in the delivery industry.

SHOCAL even give back a percentage from every order to the local community. 

You can order online here

 

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