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Manchester institution The Alchemist is getting a £550k makeover

This is going to look incredible

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Manchester-born group The Alchemist is returning to its roots in our city with a massive refurbishment of its original venue – The Alchemist Spinningfields.

The extensive transformation will usher in the next phase and a new era for the brand, with new-look interiors and menus coming as part of the £550,000 makeover. 

As well as being the group’s flagship venue, The Alchemist Spinningfields is one of Spinningfields’ original bars, opening back in 2010 and helping mark the area as a cosmopolitan social hub of bars and restaurants.

The Alchemist

The refurbishment promises to be a significant evolution in design for The Alchemist, having journeyed through creative alchemy, and potions with its molecular mixology style.

The Alchemist Spinningfields will be the first destination to reveal the original alchemists’ new style, featuring futuristic, divine influences from astrology and the cosmos. 

This cosmic inspired renovation of the all-day dining and cocktail space will include the addition of two new private areas that will be perfect for late night cocktails – there will also be a brand-new food menu revealed, as well as a new cocktail and drinks offering in May.

The Alchemist

Simon Potts, CEO, said of the expansion plans: “The Alchemist footprint has spread across the UK over the last few years, as we’ve taken our hospitality brand down to London and up to Scotland, but we’ve always remained a Manchester company, at heart. 

“The Spinningfields venue is an institution and much loved by our teams and guests alike; we look forward to bringing our new design direction to the city in March.

“The refurbishment also marks a new phase of growth for the business as we put the recent challenges behind us and look forward to the renewed evolution and expansion of the brand.”

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The Alchemist Spinningfields will be reopening in March 2022, following the £550,000 fit out.

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Greater Manchester curry house named Best Asian Restaurant in the North West

Congratulations to all the winners!

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A Greater Manchester curry house has been named the best Asian restaurant in the North West at the Asian Restaurant Awards 2022.

The awards revealed its 2022 winners, with one restaurant from Bolton named the best in the entire region, while several other Greater Manchester venues also won big.

The event, sponsored by Just Eat and Booker Wholesale, was held at the Hilton Manchester Piccadilly on Monday June 27th.

Achari Indian Restaurant / TripAdvisor

BBC news anchor Samantha Simonds hosted the event with restaurants across the entire UK up for awards.

Who won big at the Asian Restaurant Awards 2022?

It was Bolton-based Achari Indian Restaurant who took home the Best Asian Restaurant in the North West accolade.

Other restaurants from Greater Manchester also won, with venues picking up Best Newcomer, Best Fusion Restaurant and Best Asian Restaurant in Manchester.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Full list of other Greater Manchester restaurants that were named winners:

  • Best Asian Restaurant – Manchester: Delhi Dream Indian Restaurant 
  • Best Fusion Restaurant: Vermilion Cinnabar
  • Best Newcomer: Spice Mafia (joint winner with Balchao in Hale Barns)

These are the only UK restaurant awards open to all Asian cuisines, which includes: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

This year’s winners will be added to the One Hundred Top Curry Restaurants guide – it’s currently being updated onto the Top 100 Curry Restaurants website here.

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Kids can get a hot meal for just £1 at Asda this summer holidays

What a brilliant initiative!

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Asda has announced that kids can get a hot meal for just £1 during the summer holidays, in a bid to help alleviate the cost of living crisis.

The supermarket confirmed that they would be tackling holiday hunger by allowing children aged under 16 to grab a hot or cold meal for a quid.

The initiative will be available seven days a week and there’s no minimum adult spend required to redeem the discount at your nearest Asda Cafe.

Asda revealed the £1 meal offer in Scotland last month, but has now further rolled it out to England and Wales, confirming the good news yesterday.

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The Kids Eat for £1 deal will be available all day, every day (for as long as the cafe is open) from July 25th until September 4th in England and Wales.

A hot meal, cold meal, or both will be on offer, depending on what the cafe has available.

You’ll also be able to grab some baby food through the offer, including a free pouch of Ella’s Kitchen baby food.

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A spokesperson for Asda said: “We know that families can find the summer holidays tough, and our customers are telling us that this year more than ever, they’re concerned about holiday hunger.

“With that in mind, we are so pleased to be able to offer children’s meals for just £1, with no minimum adult spend, to ensure that those who would normally rely on a school meal aren’t left without.”

And that’s not the only thing Asda is doing, having recently launched a freezer filler offer where shoppers can grab five items for £5, with certain products costing just £2.50 – providing a potential saving of up to £7.50.

The deal aims to help families make quick and easy meals over the summer holidays.

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Crazy Pedro’s launch four cheese pizza after customer complains pizzas are ‘too cheesy’

No such thing as ‘too much’ cheese…

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With an epidemic of Karens seemingly out there at the moment, hard working hospitality staff are having to deal with more customer complaints than ever.

Now while some complaints are legitimate – if you’re served a burger with a dead pigeon on top you should definitely let the staff know – some are just downright ridiculous.

Exhibit A: a customer recently complained to Crazy Pedro’s that their pizza is TOO CHEESY.

Crazy Pedro’s

To each their own, I guess, but when it comes to cheese – in my humble opinion – there can be no such thing as ‘too much’.

The more the merrier, especially when it’s melted on top of one of Crazy Pedro’s incredible, massive pizzas.

In response to the customer complaint, Pedro’s has released something special for July – an epic FOUR CHEESE pizza called ‘In Cheezus We Crust’.

Crazy Pedro’s

The spectacular monthly special features a special Four Cheese Blend, pickles, chilli flakes, dill and a healthy glug of Ranch dressing.

The new pizza is available at all good Pedro’s throughout July as a full pizza or as a slice, as well as on Deliveroo.

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