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Nando’s, McDonald’s, KFC and Wetherspoons have all slashed their prices

Expect discounts on all the favourites!

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Many restaurants are lowering their prices as they reap the benefits of lowered VAT. 

You’ll be pleased to hear that some of your favourite restaurants including Nando’s, Wetherspoons, McDonald’s and KFC have all slashed some of their prices. 

It comes after last week’s announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunk which lowered VAT until 2021, which is expected to save families £160 a year.

The Eat Out to Help Out campaign will also give people 50% off up to £10 per head on restaurants in August, meaning we have even more discounts to look forward too. 

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Pret A Manager has announced it will be cutting the price of coffee from last Wednesday following the VAT change, while hot food prices will be cut from today, Friday July 17th. 

The chain said a takeaway latte will now be £2.40, a saving of 35p as a result of the tax break. 

McDonald’s is recommending price cuts to its franchisees on popular items and meal deals. It intends to reduce Happy Meals by 30p, breakfast meals by 50p as well as price cuts recommended on classics like Big Macs, Quarter Pounders and McNuggets. 

Meanwhile, KFC will be reducing sharing buckets by £1 and reducing ‘fan favourites’ by 50p. 

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It’s good news for Nando’s fans too, as the chicken chain has said it will ‘100% pass on the benefits’, reducing a quarter chicken by 55p.

The VAT cut doesn’t apply on cold takeaway food such as sandwiches and salads or on alcoholic drinks. 

Wetherspoons has also announced it will be cutting the price of hot food and cold drinks to help fund lower prices of its most popular beers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “We want businesses to pass on the benefit to customers if they can, and almost four-fifths of businesses said they did so in 2008.

“But we recognise that many of these businesses have been closed and without income for months, and decisions on prices are ultimately for businesses rather than the Government.”

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South Manny Flavas to open first-ever venue over two floors on Deansgate

Can’t wait for this.

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Popular fried chicken spot, South Manny Flavaz has found a new permanent home in Deansgate.

One of the latest additions to the Arndale Market, South Manny Flavaz, has just announced they are set to open a brand new, super street food diner down on Deansgate – their first-ever store!

The news will be very exciting to fans of fried chicken and long term followers of SMF who might remember their garden cook-off beginnings back in 2017. 

The first-ever brick and mortar venue will feature two floors, plus a purpose-built mezzanine will host a variety of events and live streams from local media and podcast producers.

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Speaking of the new opening, Founder Chef Aaron Lee said: “Manchester has been good to us, it is our home. Coming from a small back garden in Longsight to opening a unit on one of the most historic streets in our city is a humbling experience. I cannot wait to show you what we have created.”

He added: “If anything, Covid has only highlighted the importance of street food to the hospitality sector with the Tier 2 bars relying on street food pop ups, we fully expect to see a booming market for outdoor events and niche diners like ours!”

JSE Director Michael Jagger, who has partnered with SMF on the construction said: “We wanted to deliver a space that goes beyond a traditional ‘takeaway’, so we are introducing Street Food to the ‘take away’ concept in true Manc fashion.

“We will have old school street soul, softly respiring out of a silky sound system with old cassette tapes hidden in the grooves of our picture frames bringing a modern touch to the 80s & 90s experience.”

Follow South Manny Flavaz to keep up to date with developments.

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Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester

Will you be trying one of these?

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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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BrewDog is giving away free beer to everyone in the UK to cheer us up during lockdown

FREE BEER!!

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All UK residents will be pleased to hear they can now grab some free beer courtesy of Brewdog.

BrewDog’s CEO took to Twitter to announce the news that they will be giving away a four pack of beer to anyone in the UK.

The only catch is that you have to pay the £1.95 for shipping! 

All you have to do to receive your free pack is head over to BrewDog’s website and enter your details. 

Of course, you will have to join a bit of queue on the website because everyone is after some free beer – at the time of writing the queue time is currently at around 30 minutes. 

You’ll have to be quick, though, as the offer ends at 7pm tonight (Tuesday January 12th).

If you want to know which beer you’ll be getting, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s their ‘Lost Lager’, the ‘world’s only carbon-neutral lager’.

The beers are made from surplus fresh bread and it’s all powered by wind turbines. Plus they will even be planting a tree for every four-pack purchased. 

Get yours here

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