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Costa launches new autumn menu with Maple Hazel Hot Chocolate and Iced Latte

Autumn done properly…

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Costa has launched its autumn menu today, and there are a whole host of limited-edition autumnal treats up for grabs.

In preparation for the colder months, the coffee giant has unveiled its brand new range of sweet and savoury snacks, including the highly anticipated new Maple Hazel range.

The limited-edition range features a tantalising line-up of hot and cold drinks inspired by the seasonal flavours of maple and hazelnut, with three tasty new drinks now on the menu.

First up is the Maple Hazel Latte & Light Dairy Swirl, which features roasted hazelnut syrup and maple sauce topped with a light dairy swirl and sprinkled with a crunchy biscuit topping.

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Those fancying a colder drink can also treat themselves to a Maple Hazel Iced Latte & Light Dairy Swirl, which includes roasted hazelnut flavour syrup and maple sauce, topped again with a light dairy swirl and the all-important crunchy biscuit topping.

And last but certainly not least on the drinks menu is the warming Maple Hazel Hot Chocolate, a rich and chocolatey drink made up of roasted hazelnut syrup and sumptuous maple sauce.

There’s also a selection of new autumnal treats on the food menu, including the mouth-watering Maple & Hazelnut Muffin – this is made with real maple syrup and hazelnuts, filled with maple style sauce and topped with caramel icing and an edible chocolate leaf.

Also on the sweets menu is the Maple & Hazelnut Blondie, St. Clement’s Chocolate Drizzle Loaf Cake and the Milk Choc Chunk Shortbread.

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And for those fancying something more on the savoury side, there is the new Steak & Mexicana Cheese Toastie made using British pulled beef, spicy Mexicana cheddar cheese, caramelised onion and mustard sauce, all encased within a chilli crumb and cheese topped bloomer bread.

A new BLT sandwich, Prawn Mayonnaise Sandwich, Egg & Cress Sandwich and Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich have also been added to the lunchtime menu.

Vegan customers will be able to get their hands on a selection to plant-based delights, such as the Vegan Quorn Smoky Ham & Cheeze Toastie and the Vegan BBQ Chick’n Panini.

In addition to the new menu, Costa has joined forces with M&S Foods to become partners with Macmillan’s Coffee Morning, which will see them raise money for patients living with terminal illnesses.

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The partnership will see a donation made from every sweet treat purchase in store.

Naomi Matthews, Food and Beverage Commercial Director UK & Ireland at Costa Coffee, said: “We’re proud of our new September food and drink menu.

“Whatever weather autumn might throw at us, we have created something that warms you up, fills you up and excites taste buds, with new items we have never launched before.

“And at the same time, selling new sweet treats which help to provide vital fundraising support for those that need Macmillan’s services while they go through one of the toughest times in their lives.”

Costa’s autumn menu goes on sale TODAY. Find your nearest store here.

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Wood relaunches its 50% off deal in response to cost of living crisis

Guests will be able to enjoy Wood’s luxury tasting menu for half the price

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Wood has relaunched its 50% off deal to give people the chance to enjoy its luxury dining experience for a fraction of the price.

Following the overwhelming success of its 50% off deal at the start of the year, the restaurant’s owner Simon Wood has decided to relaunch the offer every Wednesday from now until the end of 2022, with the exception of Wednesday 7th and 14th December. 

The deal applies to Wood’s tasting menu, which consists of seven courses made of outstanding British produce.

The menu would usually cost £110pp, but every Wednesday will cost just £55pp.

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The tasting menu conisists of quirky dishes such as the Some Beef, It’s Bones and Whey Soured Onion, which consists of several elements including a ‘rich cut of British Beef… with a texture like butter’, sat atop bone marrow-fried bread, topped with bone marrow, cured ox heart and tongue and served in a dish of liquid bone marrow seasoned with beef sauce and chive oil.

The dish also features Simon’s take on the traditional Rag Pudding, an Oldham delicacy that consists of minced meat and onions wrapped in suet pastry.

Other dishes on the tasting menu include Owd Yonner and OnionsHen’s Egg with Truffled Chips and HamThe Best Bit of Chicken and Exton Rose Strawberry, Marigold and Cereal Milk.

Simon Wood said of the menu: “The finest suppliers in the country provide seasonal, high welfare, foraged exceptional produce, which will be treated with the utmost respect.

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“Salt, milk, butter, vinegars, wines, oils, herbs and spices must be of the highest quality throughout the restaurant.”

In addition to the tasting menu, Wood also boasts seasonal and classic wine flights – for £60 and £90 retrospectively – which can be added on the day to pair with the tasting menu.

The 50% off deal will be available between 5pm-11pm every Wednesday until the end of the year – though December 7th and December 14th are both excluded.

Get a table booked here.

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Two Manchester pizzas are in the running to be crowned best in the UK

The two restaurants are among just sixteen nominees across the whole of the UK

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Manchester could soon be on the map as having the best pizza in the UK thanks to two particular pie concoctions

Pizzas from the city’s beloved pizzerias, Rudy’s and Crazy Pedro’s, have both received nominations in this year’s National Pizza Awards.

Rudy’s, which is beloved for its menu of traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, has been nominated for its ‘Francesco’, a white pizza – no tomato sauce – with a courgette cream base, topped with fior di latte, fresh ricotta and fresh basil.

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Crazy Pedro’s, on the other hand, is known best for its more outlandish approach to pizza toppings, and has been nominated for its somewhat unorthodox ‘Chicken & Waffle’ pizza.

This comes topped with fried chicken, smoked bacon, waffles and lashings of maple syrup.

Rudy’s and Crazy Pedro’s are among just sixteen entries from the entirety of the UK, all of whom are in the battle to win the crown of Pizza Chef of the Year.

In order to be crowned Pizza Chef of the Year, each restaurant will be required to participate in a head-to-head technical challenge with a selection of ingredients.

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Winners will be judged by a panel of industry experts, with the event taking place in Islington, North London, next month.

Genna Ash-Brown, editor of Dine Out Magazine, which organises the annual awards, said: “The calibre of entries for the National Pizza Awards 2022 was so high that it made our job of selecting finalists more than a little tricky.

“But this year’s line-up genuinely is our best yet. The finalists are preparing for battle as we get ready to fire up the ovens and count down the days until we showcase the very best pizza creations the industry has to offer.

“This is an event you won’t want to miss!”

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There’s a restaurant in Manchester dedicated entirely to toasties

There’s also a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes and shakes…

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Manchester’s very own toasty restaurant has launched a brand new menu with loaded fries, jacket potatoes and shakes.

Frankie’s Toasties found life back in 2018 when a ‘typical born ‘n’ bred Manc lad’ decided to share his love of the humble toasty with the good people of Manchester.

Frankie’s was quick to earn a name for itself among foodies across the city, mainly thanks to its eclectic menu of toasties, all costing just £3.25 a piece.

Fillings include Supernoodles, ‘builder’s breakfast’ and cheese, mac and cheese, pulled pork and hot ramen with cheese, as well as some classics such as ham and cheese and tuna melt.

Manchester’s Finest Group

Manchester’s Finest Group

Frankie’s also boasts a selection of ‘sweet’ toasties, with fillings such as Nutella, Lotus Biscoff and S’Mores with chocolate and marshmallow.

And now, Frankie’s has launched a brand new menu with some exciting new additions.

Joining its usual toasties is a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes, all of which can be customised with an array of tasty toppings and fillings for just £4.

Customers can choose from classic fillings such as tuna mayonnaise, chilli con carne and baked beans, as well as some more unusual choices including spicy ramen noodles, BBQ pulled pork, meatball marinara and creamy garlic mushrooms.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

Extra toppings include hash browns, fresh chillies, nacho cheese and jalapeños.

The new menu also boasts loaded ‘filthy’ fries and over thirty milkshake flavours, ranging from banoffee pie, Nutella, salted caramel, Snickers and Kinder Bueno, as well as a number of vegan options.

Frankies Toasties can be found at its original restaurant down Portland Street, and also at its new site in the Arndale food market.

For more information on the menu and where to find your closest Frankie’s, visit the Frankie’s Toasties website.

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