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.
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.
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.”
Wetherspoons is slashing its prices for one day only next week
Good news for Spoons fans!
Wetherpoons has announced it will be slashing its prices for one day only next week.
The pub chain has revealed it will be cutting its food and drink prices by 7.5% next Thursday, September 24th.
As such, you can grab a beer and burger meal for the reduced price of £5.82, down from £6.29, and an 11-inch margarita pizza and Pepsi will only set you back £5.08, reduced from £5.49.
If you like your ale, you’ll be pleased to know you can get a pint of Ruddles for £1.10, down from £1.29, while Abbot Ale will be reduced to £1.84 a pint – they were £1.99 before.
Prices at different Spoons do vary from pub to pub, so you’re best off checking on the app.
They’re slashing prices as a way of highlighting the benefit of reduced VAT in the hospitality industry, as part of a wider campaign to lower the tax burden on pubs – known as Tax Equality Day.
On top of that, Spoons has already slashed prices by up to 28% on some items, following Rishi Sunak’s VAT holiday announcement back in July.
Tim Martin, the Spoons founder, said: “Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantages they have with supermarkets.
“We are urging the Chancellor to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets by making the current VAT regime for pub food and soft drinks permanent.
“It will make pubs, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants more competitive against supermarkets.”
Morrisons’ Christmas food range includes mini pies and sticky toffee dessert bowl
This looks so good!
It’s only September, but with all the recent festive news we’ve had it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas already.
Several supermarkets have already released their festive ranges, and now Morrisons has followed suit.
And their Christmas offering includes bite-size steak and ale and chicken and ham pies, so you know we’re onto a winner here.
You’ll be able to grab both flavours in a pack of 12 from November 12th, with each pack containing six of each of the varieties – so you can mix and match.
Sticking with meat, Morrisons will also be selling pork belly bites, little chunks of pork slow cooked and smothered in a barbecue rub, available from November 23rd in a 180g pack.
As for cheese, they’ll be doing a Wensleydale complete with salted caramel, which has been described as ‘crumbly cheese with ribbons of salted caramel’ – this is available from November 30th.
For those with a sweet tooth, you can grab a sticky toffee bowl dessert, which is essentially a sticky toffee version of a classic trifle.
It’s layered with a sticky toffee sauce, sponge, vanilla custard, and topped with whipped cream and golden balls, and will be available from December 9th.
There’s also star-shaped doughnuts, with each one sprinkled with icing sugar so it looks like they’re covered in snow. You can grab them from November 16th.
M&S selling light-up snow globe gin with glittery edible gold as part of its Christmas range
Take my money!
M&S has launched a limited-edition gin that will make the perfect sparkling gift this Christmas.
There are now less than 100 days left until Christmas, and with it being the only thing to look forward to this year, we may as well start getting festive.
M&S’ Christmas line is also now available in 70 stores across the UK, and there are 40 new must-have gifts that are perfect stocking fillers.
The new products include a ‘very important gin-nouncement’ that light-up snow globe gin liqueur is back on the shelves and customers are already going mad for.
One person wrote ‘The clementine one was lush!!! Can we have it all year round please’, and another added ‘f*ck me! Going first thing tomorrow’.
Other’s aren’t so keen that Christmas products are being advertised in ‘September’ which they say is ‘way too early’ to be talking about Christmas.
But we can ignore those people with our new light-up gin!
The LED light base can switch on to reveal a woodland scene on the bottle. Once shaken, the edible gold leaf flecks glimmer in the light to make it look exactly like a (boozy) snow globe.
Shoppers were obsessed with the clementine flavoured gin last year which was £3 cheaper than this year’s light-up version.
Product Developer, Jenny Rea says: “For me, the switching on of the Christmas lights is a huge festive moment, and in honour of this Yuletide tradition we are introducing a show-stopping, light-up snow globe gin liqueur, complete with edible gold leaf for that extra wow factor.”
M&S recommend pairing the liqueur with tonic for a long drink or for a straight and sparkling drink add the Limited Edition Gold Conte Priuli Oro Prosecco (£10).
The Clementine and Rhubarb Gin Liqueur LED Snow Globes are in stores now for £18.