Manchester’s latest food and entertainment space, Society officially opened its doors last week.
Describing itself as a ‘culinary adventure’, the brand-new food and entertainment space in Manchester’s Barbirolli Square provides a fresh addition to the city’s already thriving cultural scene.
Opening its doors from 12pm every day, the high-ceilinged space has room for 350 guests, with nooks, banquettes and long tables designed to allow visitors to dine, drink and socialise throughout the day.
During the morning and afternoon, Society serves as the perfect venue to grab a spot of brunch, dinner and tea – we’re talking loaded fries and burgers courtesy of Slap & Pickle, authentic Indian street food by Chaat Cart, fresh stone-baked pizzas from Dokes Pizzeria and dishes from the heart of Korea by Yoki.
The Society team have also curated a schedule of events, including food & drink collaborations between traders from the kitchens, live music events and takeovers and collaborations with celebrated local chefs.
As the twilight hours arrive, however, Society transforms into a bustling evening destination, inviting local workers and residents to gather for drinks at the cocktail bar or freshly brewed pints from Hebden Bridge-based craft brewery, Vocation.
There is also a rotating line-up of resident DJ’s spearheaded by Manchester party favourites, Regal Disco, a number of Manchester special guest DJ’s, as well as Pete from London indie darling, On The Corner Records and curated daily playlists.
Nick Gregory, Director and co-founder of Society, said: “We’re very excited to finally open the doors and look forward to welcoming guests throughout the day, evenings and weekends at Society.
“We’ve got an incredible line up that will showcase local food operators as well as our 2021 events programme that will be dedicated to highlighting independent artists from Manchester’s thriving music scene.
“It’s so important to us to create a destination that showcases the very best of Manchester and Society will be just that.”
Society’s current opening hours are 12pm-11pm, Sunday-Thursday, 12pm-12am Friday-Saturday – no booking required. For more information, visit their website here.
You can now get Biscoff-flavoured gin and it looks incredible
Gin like you’ve never had it before…
A revolutionary gin liqueur that tastes exactly like Biscoff biscuits is now a thing, and it looks absolutely bloody marvelous.
Now, you’ll all be aware that Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.
These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.
But now, possibly the best – and definitely the most boozy – Biscoff invention has landed: The Biscoff flavoured gin liqueur.
Okay, people have already been making Biscoff espresso martinis for quite some time, but never before has there been an actual spirit flavoured after the stuff.
Courtesy of the Boutique Gin Co., Biscoff fans far and wide will be able to get their hands on a bottle of Ginscoffi, a gin liqueur which combines delicious notes of cinnamon and caramel to create a deliciously sweet and warming gin liqueur that is perfect for sipping on cold evenings.
The Ginscoffi creators suggest for the spirit to be enjoyed mixed with ginger ale or simply on its own over ice – they also recommend adding it to cocktails favourites to add a festive twist, such as in an espresso martini.
Layla, the Chief Ginnovator behind the drink, said: “I am a huge fan of biscuits such as Biscoff and biscotti so to me it made sense to try to combine those flavours to create a brand new flavoured gin liqueur.
“It has taken me almost a year to create the recipe, but I think the end product is something really unique. Even if you aren’t a gin fan, Ginscoffi will blow you away. Its sweet cinnamon and caramel taste is so versatile and is ideal for making chocolate or coffee based cocktails, and it has a lovely festive feel to it.
“We’ve been having so much fun using Ginscoffi to create loads of tasty cocktails. Fans can check them out on our website and social media pages.”
There’s a new Pan Asian bottomless brunch with endless prosecco and cocktails
This could be the best bottomless brunch offering yet…
A new bottomless brunch complete with authentic Pan Asian dishes and an abundance of cocktails and prosecco has landed in Manchester and it looks incredible.
Tampopo has been serving up wonderful dishes inspired by the far-flung countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan to Mancunians since 1997 and, now, it has launched its first ever bottomless brunch menu.
The exciting new deal offers a selection of Pan Asian delights alongside those all-important ninety minutes of free-flowing drinks – sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it?
Diners can tuck into either a two-course or a three-course brunch special, which includes the likes of Thai Green Curry, Beef Rendang or a Katsu Curry.
There are also a number of sweet treats up for grabs on the menu, including Tampopo’s famous ‘Little Moons’ and a number of refreshing sorbet options.
On the drinks front, guests can then indulge in ninety minutes of bottomless prosecco, bellinis and Tiger beer, as well as a selection of mocktails and juices; ideal for those who fancy something a little less boozy.
The menu will be available every single day from 12pm-5pm at the Albert Square, Corn Exchange and Trafford Centre venues, with two courses costing £34.95, and three courses costing just a little bit extra at £37.95.
Walk-ins are welcome, though bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.
Fancy it? Make your own booking here.
Price of a pint could rise by 25p in October, Sacha Lord warns
The humble pint is set to become even more expensive…
Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord has warned that the price of a pint could be rising from October 1st.
Lord estimated that both food and drink prices will rise in line with the government’s hike in VAT for the hospitality sector – the tax rate for pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality establishments was reduced to 5% to help the hospitality sector survive the pandemic but, two weeks ago, it was announced that it will increase to 12.5% at the end of the month.
By 2022, it is expected to return to the usual 20%.
The price of an average pint in England is predicted to rise by 25p to £3.94, while the average glass of wine is likely to shift from £4.07 to £4.35 to cover overall losses felt by operators.
This week, Lord has urged the Government to rethink the increase, calling for the move to be delayed until the industry recovers to pre-pandemic levels.
He said: “The 5% VAT rate was the single biggest recovery measure for the industry over the past eighteen months, and has enabled venues to stay in business and staff to keep their jobs. Removing this relief will have a severe effect on operators across the country.
“VAT is the biggest expense in any business, and it is the quickest way to reduce cash flow. For businesses who have little-to-no cash reserves as a result of the pandemic, it could be last orders.
“Many operators will be forced to pass the increase onto the customer to stay afloat, and we could see prices across food and drink rise by as much as 7-10% from October as bosses attempt to recover losses and fight the dire financial situation they find themselves in.”
Lord continued by stressing that the VAT increase will see the permanent closure of many local and independent venues, before warning that ‘we have a tough winter ahead for our nightlife sector’.
He said: “Operators will take at least three years to recover from this pandemic, and I urge the Government to rethink this rise and extend the current rate until that point. The hospitality industry is vital to the UK’s recovery and growth.
“Cancelling a measure which will result in venues closing, staff being made redundant and VAT bills left unpaid through bankruptcy will only hinder, not help the economy. To punish the sector now will have devastating consequences just as it starts to recover.”