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New ‘Neverspoons’ app encourages you to visit independent pubs and avoid Wetherspoons

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A new ‘Neverspoons’ app has been created to encourage people to drink at independent pubs instead of Wetherspoons. 

The app has been set up as part of the boycott Wetherspoons campaign that launched on social media after the owners received backlash for refusing to pay their suppliers in lockdown. 

The Neverspoons app includes a map of alternative pubs in the surrounding area of Spoons establishments, where you can get a pint at instead. 

The app uses green pins for recommended pubs and red pins for Wetherspoons, so you can see just how close the alternatives are. 

The app also lets users generate a list of independent bars in the surrounding area of their local Spoons, which is accompanied by distance and even directions to make this super easy. 

Currently, the app is only available on Android as Apple require ‘a few more hoops to jump through when it comes to App development’, according to the Neverspoons website. You can sign up to be notified when the iPhone app is launched here

Neverspoons founder Shane Jones said: “Far too many traditional pubs closed down after the previous recession and it was pretty sad to see. Post lockdown could see us heading back that way.

“There are too many of these former pubs in amazing buildings, now derelict, that used to be the central hub for a lot of communities.

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“If you can put some money in the till of a smaller independent pub through the use of this app, then it’s done the job I intended it to.”

The app currently only features alternative independent bars and pubs surrounding a selected few Wetherspoons, but you can send in recommendations via this form here.  

The app is still in early developments, and a lot of people are asking for a feature such as a radius filter to get an idea of how far away they are, or a ‘use my location’ feature to be able to change your location. 

Most people are buzzing with the app saying its ‘easy to use’, and ‘lets you find pubs by cheapest prices making it the easiest way to wean people of spoons’. 

Download the app here. 

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New pink restaurant serving fried chicken, mac n cheese and seafood boxes opens next week

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202 Kitchen is a new bar and restaurant which is set to open next week in the city centre. 

Featuring the perfect pink Instagram wall and a menu full of deliciously indulgent food, 202 Kitchen is set to be your new favourite place.

Originally launched in Birmingham, this is the second site for the restaurant, who are hoping to bring the new food concept of ‘trapbox’ cuisine to Manchester.

You’ll find colourful foods including mac’n’cheese, waffles, fried chicken, burgers, and grilled seafood piled into a box.

202 Kitchen will also be offering an extensive cocktail and drinks menu with exciting wines, beers and spirits alongside the trapbox kitchen.

The new restaurant has implemented social distancing ahead of opening on August 21st to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe.

The restaurants is decked out almost entirely bright pink, complete with a sheltered outdoor space. 

Follow 202 Kitchen on Instagram – @202Kitchen – to keep up to date! 

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Krispy Kreme is doing half price doughnuts this August under the Eat Out scheme

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You can grab half-price Krispy Kreme doughnuts under the new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, even if you’re taking away.

The American doughnut chain, which is easily everybody’s favourite, has opted into the government’s latest scheme, seeing them slash prices Monday through to Wednesday.

Customers can grab 50% off meals up to £10 per head when they dine in a restaurant.

However, many people have been gutted this means you can’t takeaway some of their favourite foods. 

Well, while some of the Krispy Kreme stores in Manchester are actually offering the deal on all doughnuts when you eat in, there’s even better news if you’re a fan of the classic original glazed doughnuts – as there’s an extra special offer to be had!

They have also extended the offer to takeaway original glazed doughnuts, meaning you can grab 12 original doughnuts for just £5.23 and eat them wherever you want. 

The deal is available at Manchester Trafford Box and Manchester Trafford Park Hotlight, where you can eat in until 7pm and the drive-thru is open until 10pm. 

Find out more. 

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Tesco already has Christmas chocolate boxes on sale and shoppers are loving it

IT’S CHRIIIIIISTMASSSS!

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Some eagle-eyed shoppers have spotted the festive red tubs of Celebration’s making an appearance in Tesco stores already. 

The one thing we’re all looking forward to this year is the festive season. Filled with good food, amazing chocolates and enough booze to forget the year. 

The Instagram account ‘kevssnackreviews’ posted a picture of towers of Celebrations boxes in Tesco with the caption ‘looks like the Christmas tubs are appearing in supermarkets now’. 

If you’re a keen Christmas shopper, you can bag these boxes for just £4 in Tesco at the minute! You can also find them online at the same price. 

It turns out everyone is buzzing with some users commenting: “Temped to get out of my pjs and run down to Tescos purely for these beauts”.

Another pointed out just how mental this year has been with the comment:”2020 has no rules. might put might put up my christmas tree Sunday and eat an out of date cadbury creme egg”.

An eager beaver commented that Quality Street tubs are also available in some B&M stores – so keep your eyes peeled! 

With these huge boxes of chocolates back on the shelves and the threat of another nationwide lockdown, we might just have ourselves a toilet roll situation like in March 2020 – but with Christmas Celebrations boxes… in August.

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Too early?? 

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