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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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Scientists claim to have made the ‘perfect’ brew in a microwave

This might cause WW3…

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New research by scientists in China claims that the perfect way to make a cup of tea is in the microwave. 

According to a spokesman for the American Institute of Physics, which published the research, they found a way to make the ‘perfect’ brew in the microwave. They added: “A future in which tea can be microwaved without ridicule may not be too far away.” 

The research, which was completed on August 4th this year, says the problem with using a microwave is that it doesn’t heat the water uniformly as a kettle does. This means that there will be cold spots. 

So what the actual problem with using a microwave, according to this research, is what you’re heating it up in. 

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Essentially, these scientists created a problem to fix it – inventing a special vessel that has a silver-plated upper chamber which overcomes the problem with uneven heating of water in the microwave. 

And yes, this very specific metal is fine to put in the microwave. This is due to some seriously sciency geometry that I’m not even going to try and explain, you can read the full science report here if you’re in to that.

What this does mean though is that at some point in the future (hopefully not this year, I don’t think 2020 can handle it) microwaves will be designed with this new perfect water-heating accessory built-in.

And that means we’ll all be making a brew in the microwave fit for the Queen.

It’s safe to say the God tier level of tea, Yorkshire Tea, are NOT happy about it. And rightfully so. 

In fact, most people are pretty fuming about it, one Twitter user wrote: “As an American, use a pot if you don’t have a kettle. Microwaving a cup of tea is a crime against humanity and worthy of a punishment no lesser than the firing squad.”

Another simply put: “I’m sure it’s illegal.”.

Will you be throwing out the kettle for one of these new microwaves? 

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Starbucks release brand new Peanut Butter Cup Frappuccino as part of new range

Take my money!!

Alex Watson

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Starbucks is launching Peanut Butter Cup Frappuccinos and they sound amazing! 

If you like your drinks sweet this is going to be the one for you! The Peanut Butter Cup Frappuccino is a mixture of ice-cold peanut butter sauce, chocolate java chips all topped with whipped cream.

It’s a peanut lover’s dream all wrapped up in a plastic cup – but you’ll have to be quick it’s only on the menu for a limited time, from August 6th to September 30th. 

What started out as a ‘secret menu’ find, which sees Starbucks workers creating their own concoctions of delicious drinks using all the potions behind the counter, is now available for real on the menu. 

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It’ll set you back £3.45 as a starting price, with prices going up as the size increases. 

If peanut butter is not your thing, Starbucks is bringing back they’re popular Chocolate Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino – which sounds exactly like something a three-year-old would conjure up in their wildest Chocolate Factory dreams. 

It’s been off the menu for four years and is definitely making a welcomed return.

A mouth-watering mix of coffee, marshmallow flavoured syrup and milk chocolate sauce topped with marshmallow whipped cream and a digestive biscuit crumb inspired by the American campfire classic snack.

Sounds incredible right?! Find your nearest Starbucks here to order one, or if you prefer your drinks being brought right to your door opt for Starbucks Delivers or Uber Eats. 

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Morrisons cafes extend 50% discount to every day of the week with a full English for just £1.62

Have a full meal for under 2 quid!

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You can now get 50% off Morrisons cafe every day of the week throughout August. as the supermarket extends the government’s discount scheme. 

The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme is available Monday through to Wednesday every week throughout August.

This means you have to pay full prices any other day at the week at most restaurants that are taking part.

Luckily, Morrisons has extended the offer to include Thursday, Friday and weekends in their cafes meaning you can bag a bargain every day of the week. 

That’s not even the end of the offers either, kids under 16 eat free when an accompanying adult pays for a £3.25 breakfast or at least £4.25 on any other hot food item. 

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The supermarket chain has even slashed its prices as part of the government’s VAT cut. 

A full English Breakfast at Morrisons’ cafe will set you back just £1.62 while an adults fish and chips will be just £2.25. 

Ali Lyons, head of cafes at Morrisons, said: “We want as many customers as possible to be able to take advantage of Eat Out to Help Out.

“Many customers visit our stores later in the week, so we’re extending this offer through the week so they can enjoy half-price meals too.”

Find your nearest Morrisons and dine in to get the bargain! 

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