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McDonald’s is giving away VIP Gold Cards

The news we’ve been waiting for…

Jamie Roberts




If you love a Maccies then we’ve got some big news for you, as the fast food company is launching a new VIP Gold Card very soon.

There will be 1,000 up for grabs, but if you want to get your hands on one you’ll have to play McDonald’s Monopoly.

This year Monopoly will kick off on March 25th, so you’ve only got to wait for a few more weeks.

The exclusive card will entitle you to a year’s worth of FREE FOOD, with other prizes from the giveaway including free apple pies, Big Macs, cars and holidays.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “It’s official…Gold is the new black. After years of requests, McDonald’s is launching a VIP Gold Card…no Brit Award required.

“The ONLY way you can get your hands on a McDonald’s Gold Card is to play, if Stormzy and Ed Sheeran want to get one, they’ll have to play Monopoly.”

The countdown to Monopoly begins… 

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Brand new ‘game-changing, high-quality’ sports bar to open on Deansgate

Calling all sports fans…

Alex Watson



A new ‘game-changing, high-quality sports bar’ is set to open on Deansgate from the team behind Banyan and Manahatta. 

Plans to open a branch of Box Bar, a concept from Arc Inspirations, at 125 Deansgate – the building opposite The John Rylands Library – have been revealed. 

The new bar will be the first Box Bar outside of Yorkshire, with current successful locations in Headingly and Leeds City Centre. 

The bar will be located in the new 125 Deansgate building, and plans have been submitted for a big outdoor seating area due to the recent social distancing guidelines. 

Box Bar
Box Bar

The Box Bar concept promise to provide a “game-changing high-quality sports bar to eat, drink, view, play and party.”

The menus will feature a range of classics including pizzas, burgers and other delights, alongside Bottomless Brunch and live music on the weekend.

Their aim is to show all the sporting events possible, alongside offering space for private hire for groups looking to celebrate an event, or to watch a sporting event in a private group setting! 

Find out more here

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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is giving away free steak burgers to NHS staff

This is amazing!

Alex Watson



Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is saying a huge thank you to NHS staff with free Steak Burgers this week!

Hard Rock reopened last weekend and is kicking off with a free Legendary® Steak Burger for the city’s frontline health workers. 

Any nurses, doctors or other frontline health care workers who present valid identification are eligible for a free Steak Burger at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester.

General Manager at Hard Rock Manchester Aneta Jarzmik said: “Hard Rock is proud to reward our heroes that are working tirelessly in support of their community, and this small gesture of appreciation is the least we can do to express our gratitude.”

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock has a full line up of Steak Burgers that community heroes can choose from such as The Original Legendary® Burger, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and The Big Cheeseburger.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Steak Burgers are crafted with a proprietary beef blend to produce the most flavourful burger possible and include premium accompaniments like freshly baked, toasted buns, produce at its prime and signature sauces.

Manchester Cafe will be open on the reduced hours 12pm-9pm from Sunday to Thursday and open 12pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. 

Hard Rock Cafe has partnered with world-renowned public health and safety organisations like EcoLab and NSF International. The SAFE + SOUND programme ensures proper cleaning procedures, staff training and additional support.

Staff at Hard Rock can expect enhanced safety protocol such as temperature checks, social distancing measures and protective mask requirements for all team members.

The free burger for NHS staff is available every day this week, until Friday July 10th. 

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All the latest supermarket rules for families and couples shopping together

Everything you need to know…

Alex Watson



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Supermarkets have released the latest updates on how couples and families should safely shop together. 

Many shoppers have been left confused and overwhelmed following a flood of new lockdown restriction rules throughout the easing. 

Throughout the lockdown supermarkets have limited the number of shoppers within the store which has often meant couples from the same household and families have been split up with crowds of people waiting outside. 

The installation of Perspex screens began in our stores yesterday. All checkouts and kiosks will have these over the coming days to help protect both you and our colleagues.

Posted by Asda on Thursday, 26 March 2020


Asda is continuing to limit the number of customers inside stores to help everyone abide by social distancing rules.

However, Asda has created a ‘one adult per trolley rule’. This rule doesn’t apply to children or anyone shopping with carers. 


At present, Tesco’s rule remain the same, which advise people to do their shopping alone where possible. 


While Aldi encourages customers to reduce the number of shoppers inside the store from each family, there aren’t any rules in place.

A spokesperson said: “In order to help with social distancing, we are encouraging all customers to try and reduce the number of family members they bring with them into our stores. Of course, we ask that all store staff use their discretion with children and parents.”


Sainsbury’s is also reducing the number of shoppers inside at any one time to help keep safe distancing and reduce queues, until the end of July. 

Their official website explains: “Our store teams will be asking groups with more than one adult to choose one adult to shop and will ask other adults to wait. Children are welcome if they are not able to stay at home.”


Like most, Lidl also has a crowd control system in place, however there is no official rule regarding banning shopping with a partner.

The official Lidl website states: “This includes positioning security guards or designated team members at our store entrances during busy times of the day, to keep track of how many customers enter our stores at one time.”

What has your local supermarket been like throughout lockdown? Let us know… 

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