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COMING SOON: Salt & Pepper set to open new restaurant in the city centre

The new restaurant will reportedly have a fast-food style service with alcoholic drinks

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Just months from its departure from the Arndale Market, beloved Chinese street food pop-up Salt & Pepper is set to get its own restaurant. 

A lunch time staple for hundreds of city centre dwellers, Salt & Pepper has experienced overwhelming success since its launch in 2019, thanks to its menu of Eastern and Western cuisines.

While the pop-up has spent the last few months operating out of Black Dog, it is now setting its sights upon its very own restaurant in the Northern Quarter.

The licence application on the Council website promises fast-food style service with communal seating in a venue on High Street; just next door to the English Lounge pub.

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Salt & Pepper has also applied to be open from 11:30am to 11pm every day of the week and for an alcohol license meaning, for the first time, customers will be able to enjoy a range of alcoholic beverages alongside their chicken and chips.

The finer details surrounding their latest venture are yet to be disclosed, though it is presumed they will continue operating out of Black Dog for the time being.

This comes five months on from the pop-up’s shock departure from the Arndale Market, with the owners taking to social media to announce the news.

The post read: “Due to the limited facilities in the Arndale Market, we’re no longer able to keep trading in this space.

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“If you’ve been to the market, you’d know there isn’t much of an extraction system on our side (to expel smoke and smells), and the council (who run the market) have said it’s our responsibility to fix this because of the popularity of our stall.”

Their post went on to explain that the council had said it had been unwilling to extend the restaurant’s lease unless they invested upwards of £100,000 to put in their own extraction system.

The owners went on to say they were ‘absolutely gutted’, and had spent time ‘trying to figure out how to keep our amazing staff employed and our business dreams alive’.

The post went on to reveal that there would ‘hopefully be some exciting news in the near future’.

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NEW OPENING: The bakery serving school dinner cakes and cookie dough tubs

This all looks incredible!

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Dedicated dessert cafe Little Blonde Bakes has opened a brand-new site in the former Lazy Tony’s site on Radium Street in Ancoats.

The bakery began life back in 2016 and has since gained a huge cult following – they’re now moving from an at home business to a fully fledged takeout venue.

Serving nostalgic bakes and a huge menu of indulgent sweet treats, you’ll find old-school cake and custard, millionaire’s crepes, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more.

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Already famous for its mammoth portion sizes, Little Blonde Bakes will also offer bespoke cakes and cookie dough tubs, which come in a variety of flavours.

For now, the bakery is operating as a takeout and collection spot only, and it’s open Thursday to Sunday.

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to order through Uber Eats for their bakes to be delivered straight to their door, or just take a short walk to Radium Street in the heart of Ancoats.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

As well as its massive range of milkshakes, brownies, cookie dough and crepes, Little Blonde Bakes will also curb any nostalgic cravings, as the bakery also serves a range of school dinner cake with custard that provides the ultimate winter warmer – including mint custard!

Little Blonde Bakes is now open – find more info and place an order here.

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Baileys launches boozy hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas

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It’s not officially Christmas until the bottle of Baileys has been opened, is it?

It’s a festive favourite, so what better way to enjoy it than in an incredible boozy hot chocolate while you wait for Santa to climb down the chimney.

Well now you can, as Baileys has relaunched its hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas.

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The hot chocolate bombes were a hit last year, so much so that Baileys has decided to bring them back again for 2022.

They consist of an outer shell made from velvety dark chocolate and flavoured with Baileys, and are stuffed full of fluffy mini marshmallows.

To activate the bombes, simply pour hot milk over them until they dissolve into creamy hot chocolate.

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Baileys teased on its website: “Who fancies something really special? And we mean, REALLY special.

“Enjoy two of the greatest indulgences… chocolate and Baileys, in one decadent drink. Welcome to hot choccie heaven!”

You can get yourself a 130g box on Amazon, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Spanish tapas restaurant in a cave reveals stunning new look after refurb

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If you’ve ever fancied enjoying some incredible tapas in a cave then we’ve got just the place for you to explore.

La Cueva is an iconic ‘cave-like’ restaurant in Cheadle’s Old Rectory Gardens, and it’s just reopened after an extensive refurbishment which saw the venue double in size.

The authentic Spanish tapas bar has been in the heart of Cheadle for years, gaining cult status for its incredible salt cave interior, which features cascading walls and ceilings filled with pink Himalayan salt lamps.

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However, it’s not just the interior that entices customers back for more – La Cueva’s mouthwatering menu of traditionally prepared tapas is all made fresh in house.

The diverse range of dishes hail from all regions of Spain, and includes Empanadas – oven baked pastry filled with minced lamb, beef, bell peppers, onion, garlic and olives – and special imported Chorizo.

Read More: This beautiful village with its own castle and caves is just an hour’s drive from Manchester

Also on the menu is Pollo Alla Crema, a chicken breast cooked in cream with smoked cheese, roasted garlic and parsley.

You can also get Gambas Pil Pil, king prawn tails sautéed in olive oil, garlic, fresh chilli and tomato sauce, and Guso De Mariscos, which is mixed seafood stewed in rich tomato sauce with garlic and aromatic herbs.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

And if you just fancy an afternoon drink, La Cueva’s Cava Sangria is something special – it’s all made fresh in-house and is bursting with fruity flavour.

Since the renovation, the restaurant has also acquired a van that it will use to serve paella from, as well as for future event planning, festivals and private hire events.

La Cueva is open Monday to Friday, 5pm-10pm, and Saturday to Sunday 4pm-10pm – get yourself booked in here.

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