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Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester

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Manchester’s only Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, has launched a new takeaway burger which is available during lockdown.

The Michelin Star cheeseburger is made with a Lake District Farmer’s Belted Galloway smoked beef patty, put together with shin, brisket and rump cap. 

It’s then topped with Mana’s own American-style cheese, made with St Andrew’s Cheddar and Cloudwater beer, placed in a potato and brown butter bun, and finished with Koji and dill mayonnaise, iceberg, and green onion paste.

The burger will set you back £16, and you can also grab some drinks for £5 each if you’re thirsty, including a lime, raw sugar, mint, and cucumber soda, a sorrel and matcha iced tea, and a fermented Banks’ Tomato and oregano soda.

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Mana spent the eight days before launching it testing different beef cut ratios, cheese slice thicknesses and woods to smoke the patties, and according to them it’s ‘the best burger we’ve ever had’.

Head Chef, Simon Martin said: “As well as keeping the business afloat and continuing to keep our team’s livelihoods intact, I also wanted this to be a fun exercise.

“As much as I miss our usual setting and the all-encompassing activity it provides, the idea of doing something so familiar for people became a really endearing challenge in the meantime.

“Almost everyone has had a great burger, especially in Manchester where humble foods are commonly elevated, so people will have a comparison to make whilst we’re trying to deliver the best version of something they’ve ever had.” ⁠⠀

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The team at Mana chose burgers as it’s a classic comfort food that almost everyone likes to eat, and they have plans to start doing tacos in a few weeks and potentially fried chicken as well (depending how long it takes them to reopen properly).

As a token of appreciation, all NHS staff are entitled to one free burger per order every Wednesday, you will just need to bring an NHS ID on collection.

Numbers are limited to just 100 burgers per day, and are available from Wednesday to Saturday, to collect between 12pm and 4pm.

If you want to grab one booking is required via Tock-to-go, where you can book a slot up to three hours in advance of collection – prepayment is required to minimise contact. 

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A Greater Manchester chippy has started doing battered chip butties filled with gravy or curry sauce

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Flounders Fish and Chips in Blackrod has started selling a battered chip butty and customers are going mad for it!

The deep-fried treat will set you back just £2 and is served with either English curry, Chinese curry, gravy or mushy peas.

Staff say the new item is already flying out the deep fat fryer.

Owned by Victoria Flatters for the past eight years, Victoria reckons they are the only chippy in the area to sell the deep-fried treat.

The 50-year-old told the Manchester Evening News: “My daughter sent me a link about a battered and the shop was doing it down south.

“We weren’t sure about it because we thought it would be a bit of a mess.

“But they’re quite light and really nice. People have been coming back for more – one customer has been every day for two weeks!”

The barm is put in the fryer for three to four minutes before being turned over and cooked on the other side until crispy. It’s then topped with chips for a delicious treat.

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Victoria added: “We are the only ones doing it in the area. I don’t know anyone else that’s doing it.

“We just thought we would do a bit of variety.

“With demand I have to keep up with what people like and what the changes are, it’s been a brilliant response.”

Right then – that’s tea tonight sorted!

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Salford Rum launches new honeycomb, caramel and butterscotch rum to celebrate worker bees

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Salford Rum Company has teamed up with Manchester-based beekeepers to create a new honeycomb flavoured rum.

The Salford Rum Company, created in 2018, is a luxury local premium rum created by rugby-league-playing high school pals James Harrison and Tommy Gaughan. 

Created to celebrate the history, heritage and people of Salford Docks throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s – which became the third-largest port in the UK – Salford rum takes inspiration from the rums of the Caribbean. 

The brand new Salford Honey Rum is distilled and bottled in the shadows of the old docks and created as a tribute to Salford’s Worker Bees.

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Created in partnership with The Finest Honey, a beekeeping collective that sells surplus honey and sources honey from rescue bees.

The floral honey adds a sweetness coupled with intense golden spiced liquid rum to create a well-balanced flavour with honeycomb, caramel and butterscotch notes on the palate.

Presented in a rose gold foil print with a honeycomb motif designed by Dave Draws, the bottle also dons a worker bee on the seal and cap. 

Salford Rum co-founder James Harrison, said: “To coin a local phrase, we are absolutely ‘buzzing’ to launch the Honey Rum to our product portfolio.

“This third expression has been a long time coming and we have taken time to ensure it hits the right note with the UK’s growing number of spiced and premium rum drinkers.

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“It’s great to partner with The Finest Honey, too – it’s a fantastic organisation that sells surplus honey from a range of regional producers, and the link-up is testimony to how we work in Manchester and Salford – collaboratively and for the greater good.

“Our products have developed a cult following regionally and are starting to gain a following nationally, too.

“We look forward to seeing how much our fans love the new Honey Rum, and how they use it creatively to make amazing cocktails and incredible creations at home.”

The preorder for the second batch was limited to 200 bottles, each individually numbered and they have already sold out. 

Keep an eye on their socials for the restock!

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You can now get super cheesy beef fried Birria tacos with dipping gravy in Manchester

These sound amazing!!

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A brand new taco pop-up is set to open in the Northern Quarter serving up delicious fried corn tacos with dipping gravy. 

Taking over The Koffee Pot on Oldham Street, Birria Brothers Taco will be serving up traditional Mexican corn tacos – the first of its kind available in Manchester.

After doing serious numbers on social media – particularly on TikTok – over the past year people have become obsessed with this Mexican delicacy.

Made using an eight hour slow-cooked stew, with shin of beef or goat available at Birria Brothers, the tacos are fully dunked in the stew and then fried to absorb all that delicious flavour and leave a crispy flavoursome taco. 

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The fall-apart juicy beef is topped with Oaxaca cheese, a Mexican cheese similar to Monterey jack with a string cheese texture.

The tacos are served with a pot of rich spiced consommé on the side so you can dip the whole thing in even more delicious meaty gravy. 

Birria Brothers will be popping up in The Koffee Pot on Saturday March 6th to bring Birria tacos to the Mancunian masses. 

Follow them on Instagram here to keep up to date. 

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