Lunya is to close its Manchester branch after the restrictions are lifted due to COVID-19.
Lunya Manchester is one of three Lunya sites in the North West, and the owners have stated that: “the impact of COVID-19 has been profound on our business and we cannot survive the future with three restaurant sites.”
To try and remain open, Lunya discussed with landlords, lenders and government agencies to secure additional funding and support but have been unsuccessful in any of these.
Lunya states: “In the close to five years that we have been open, Lunya has been taken to heart by Mancunians, supporting us every step of the way.
“Our highlights being awarded the MEN City Life restaurant of the Year in our first year of opening and being listed in the Good Food Guide for every year we have been open. We have been successful on so many levels and have loved every minute of it.”
The statement from the owners also explains that Brexit has had a hugely negative impact on their business, stating: “The last two years since the Brexit referendum have presented additional challenges for everyone in the hospitality industry, and especially us as a hugely import-focused business.
“With declining consumer confidence, a huge drop in the Euro exchange rate and large increases in business rates, general costs and overheads, this has meant significant cost pressures and taken together with the devastating impact of the closure from the Coronavirus, it has made Lunya Manchester financially untenable, and our current site too expensive to operate from for as long as we can see.”
The two Liverpool sites will remain open with the statement explaining that ‘we think we can manage with two sites opening with partial covers, whenever the government allows us to’.
Back in March, Lunya shared an impassioned tweet to the Prime Minister about the action from the government needed for businesses. It was seen by 2 million people.
The Manchester staff remain furloughed and Lunya promises to maintain this for as long as possible, envisaging this to finish at the end of August.
They have started a statutory redundancy consultation and have urged any other restaurants looking for chefs, waiters, retail staff, bar staff and managers to look to their huge talent in their team.
The statement finishes with: We have wonderful customers and hope through our online, local deliveries and other events we will still enjoy their support and serve them – just in a different way. It will be more ‘hasta pronto’ rather than ‘adios’. Manchester hasn’t seen the last of us.
NEW OPENING: The bakery serving school dinner cakes and cookie dough tubs
This all looks incredible!
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.
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.
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.
Baileys launches boozy hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas
How good do these look?
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.
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.
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!
Spanish tapas restaurant in a cave reveals stunning new look after refurb
This looks stunning!
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.
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.
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.
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.