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Lunya is closing its Manchester restaurant for good after five years in the city

They won’t be reopening after lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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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. 

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You can now get paid £200 to eat Greggs Festive Bakes

DREAM JOB.

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Pretty much everyone loves Greggs Festive Bakes so this will come as amazing news to us all. 

MoneyBeach.co.uk is hiring a Festive Food Tester to discover exactly what the best limited-edition Christmas food is. 

So if you love all things turkey and cranberry – this is the perfect job for you.

Along with Greggs Festive Bake, you’ll also get to taste McDonald’s Celebrations McFlurry and M&S’s latest (and weird) addition to their festive lineup, the Santa’s Yum Nut.

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You’ll get all the festive treats delivered right to your door and review them based on taste, value for money and festiveness.

The successful applicant will be provided with £75 to order a range of Yuletide yumminess from places like Greggs, KFC, Costa Coffee and McDonalds.

And the job is all remote which is great news for the Manchester applicants as we head into tier 3 next week. 

Once all the information has been collated, MoneyBeach.co.uk will officially crown the best festive food in the UK. 

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Mike Rees, CEO of MoneyBeach.co.uk, comments: “As a specialist website for restaurant and takeaway insurance, we keep a keen eye on takeaway trends in the UK.

“This year is the first year that many limited-edition Christmas menus have been available for delivery at home, and it prompted us to wonder if we could find out once and for all which festive food is officially the best.

“We’ll be looking for someone who loves Christmas as much as they love takeaways, as it’s really important for us to know how much festive joy each dish or snack brings.”

Applications are open now and you have to be over 18 to apply.

 

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Asda is now selling ‘Nutella’ flavoured KitKats and they’re the ultimate snack

Take my money!

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Sounds like taking a break just got a hell of a lot more delicious.

Nestle, the brand behind KitKat, have now combined the popular chocolate biscuit with hazelnut spread to create the ultimate choccy biccy.

It’s not actually Nutella, but instead, a chocolate hazelnut spread that tastes just like it.

Kevssnackreviews posted the news over on Instagram, just a month after the recent launch of KitKat honeycomb flavour.

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The bars consist of chocolate covered wafer biscuit fingers with a good layer of chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle too! 

Amy Bennett-Inge, assistant brand manager for KitKat, said: “We’ve experienced huge demand for our two-finger KitKats this year and we know that fans love to try new flavours from the brand.

“We think our honeycomb and chocolate hazelnut spread varieties really hit the spot, and we’re sure they’ll become popular new additions to the range.”

The KitKat bars are now available at Asda in packs of nine and will set you back £1.50.

 

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Lindt is now doing Candy Cane Lindor Truffles and they’re the perfect Christmas treat

These look amazing.

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Lindt is combining its succulent white chocolate Lindor range with Candy Cane truffles for the perfect festive treat. 

The indulgent treats are a brand new flavour for the UK and are absolutely perfect for Christmas.

Combining deliciously smooth white Lindt chocolate with peppermint candy cane pieces and an oozy truffle centre.

Kevssnackreviews shared the new flavour on Instagram with the caption: “There’s crunchy candy cane pieces in the shell atop the classic smooth filling, it’s nicely minty but the white chocolate tempers the flavour so it’s not too overpowering.

“The chocolate melts in the mouth nicely leaving little crunchy candy cane pieces.”

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The treats are available for £5.99 on GBGifts.co.uk but boxes are already selling fast so you’ll have to be quick! 

You can also get the truffles on Amazon but they come with a heftier price tag of £22.99, as the truffles come from America.

In other white chocolate news, you can now buy a white choc flavoured liqueur from Aldi that tastes just like a boozy Milkybar

The boozy treat, described as ‘a light yet luxurious cream liqueur with the classic flavour of cocoa butter and cream’, is part of their festive range and will set you back £6.99. 

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