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McDonald’s announces halloumi fries as part of new summer menu

Though some old favourites will soon be getting the axe…

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For the first time ever, McDonald’s fans will be able to get their hands on halloumi fries as part of the restaurant’s highly-anticipated new summer menu.

As people continue to reel over the introduction of the Chicken Big Mac, the fast food giant will this week be launching its Taste of Italy summer menu, complete with a whole host of tasty new additions. 

From Wednesday June 8th, there will be two new burgers on menus in all UK McDonald’s restaurants; the Italian Stack and the Crispy Chicken Italiano.

The Italian Stack is made up of two beef patties, crispy onions, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, crunchy lettuce, toasted tomato and a cheesy sauce on a warm herb bun.

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Meanwhile, the Crispy Chicken Italiano consists of a crispy chicken fillet on a ciabatta style bun with basil pesto sauce, mozzarella, tomato, red onion, and lettuce.

For the sides, the much-beloved mozzarella dippers will be making a comeback, while a brand new tiramisu-flavoured McFlurry will be added to the dessert menu.

And that isn’t the end of the excitement; on July 27th, McDonald’s will then be running their Taste of Spain and Cyprus menu, complete with two new burgers, one new side and a refreshing summer drink.

New to the menu will be the Spicy Spanish Stack burger, consisting of two beef patties on a paprika bun, topped off with a spicy tomato sauce, red onion, lettuce, and chilli cheddar.

There will also be the Chicken Fiesta, made up of a crispy chicken fillet, Chorizo, chilli cheddar, spicy tomato sauce, red onion, and lettuce all within a paprika bun.

But perhaps the most talked-about addition to the Spanish and Cypriot menu is the launch of McDonald’s’ first ever halloumi fries, which will be available to order as a side along with the mozzarella dippers.

Each serving will include four soft halloumi sticks lightly coated in batter, served with a rich tomato sauce.

The Taste of Spain and Cyprus menu will also include a new Spanish Fruit Punch – a bold, refreshing berry and citrus flavoured soft drink.

However, the welcoming of these new additions signals the departure of some old favourites; from June 8th, the Grand Big Mac, the McSpicy chicken burger and the Flake McFlurry will be removed from menus in all UK McDonald’s restaurants. 

Find your closest McDonald’s restaurant here.

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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’.

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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.

Give Pedro’s a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date.

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