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NEW OPENING: The UK’s first ever quick-service pizza and cocktail bar is coming to the Arndale

The Arndale’s dining and drinking scene is set for a huge transformation…

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The Arndale’s elusive new food court will be welcoming the UK’s first ever quick-service pizza and cocktail bar next week.

PizzaLuxe is expanding from its flagship venues in Leeds Trinity Kitchen and Manchester Airport to rustle up gourmet and handmade thin-crust pizzas, aperitivo and fresh salads alongside a tantalising made-to-order cocktail menu in the heart of Manchester’s busiest shopping centre.

The brand prides itself on venturing out of the norm by avoiding the rules of conventional Neopolitan pizza, instead creating unique Roman-style recipes. 

For example: Pizzas on the menu in Manchester will include the ‘Palermo’ with mushrooms, oven-baked ham hock, parmesan and sage, the ‘Lardo’ with bacon, brie and baby spinach, the ‘Chorizo,’ with goats cheese, roasted grapes and honey, and the ‘Pollo’, with pesto chicken, black olives, artichoke hearts and mushrooms.

But perhaps most amazingly, PizzaLuxe will also be serving their groundbreaking ‘Breakfast Pizza’: A combination of sausage, bacon, egg, and PizzaLuxe’s very own breakfast sauce all piled onto a pizza base. Perfection.

As well as pizza, PizzaLuxe is set to become the first venue in the UK to combine a quick service restaurant element with a full-service bar serving beer, wine and spirits, as well as freshly made cocktails. Beers available on draught will include Beavertown Neck Oil, Birra Moretti, Amstel and Old Mout cider, along with premium packaged products such as Camden Helles and Pale, and the new Rude Mechanicals Featherweight Pilsner.

The restaurant will also be launching a coffee kiosk, ‘Coffee + Cake’ that will be offering barista standard coffee and home-made sweet treats and cakes for a fixed price of just £3.

The innovative concept was spearheaded by former Director of Food at Harrods, Paul Goodale, who spotted a gap in the market for fast, fresh pizzas made without the reliance on the Neapolitan tradition of the pizzaiolo.

On the birth of PizzaLuxe, he said: “Our aim has always been simple and still remains at the heart of what we do; affordable luxury, exclusively for all.

“We offer a contemporary and creative execution of simple, classic pizzas and cocktails in a stylish environment, served with a warmth and generosity of spirit.”

PizzaLuxe will be opening in Manchester Arndale’s Halle Centre on Monday, July 19th from 11am until 8pm (10pm on Thursday-Saturday).

For more information and updates, visit the official PizzaLuxe website or follow their Instagram page.

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Manchester Christmas Market’s legendary Yorkshire pudding wraps are BACK this year

The wraps can be filled with a selection of roasted meats, vegetables, potatoes and gravy

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The Manchester Christmas Markets’s world-famous Yorkshire pudding wraps will officially be making a comeback for 2022.

Last week, Manchester City Council announced that the annual markets would be returning on November 10th, where they will operate across the city centre until December 22nd. 

And now, the undisputed highlight of the markets has also confirmed its return; the famous Yorkshire pudding wrap.

Porky Pig, the vendor behind the delicious invention, took to social media to announce it would once again be serving up its hearty wraps ‘bigger than ever’ throughout the duration of the markets.

They wrote: “Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 we are coming for you bigger than ever this year. We are excited to get back to what we do best.”

The Yorkshire pudding wraps – which catapult to viral fame every year – can be filled with a  selection of pork, gammon, beef, chicken and lamb, along with a selection of roasted vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and lashings of gravy.

This is all wrapped up in a giant Yorkshire pudding for guests to enjoy there and then.

And this year, market-goers will also be able to feast upon battered pigs in blankets, pigs in blanket barms, and even a giant pig in blanket wrapped up in a Yorkshire pudding. 

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The Manchester Christmas Markets will this year be returning to the ‘Winter Gardens’ at Piccadilly Gardens.

It is likely that stalls will also operate on Market Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens, though this is yet to be confirmed by the council.

Manchester’s Christmas Market spokesperson, Councillor Pat Karney, said: “With Christmas Day a mere three months away, that can only mean one thing – Manchester Christmas Markets Day is even sooner!

“In fact, there’s only seven weeks left to go until you can grab a gluhwein and buddy up with a bratwurst whilst checking out the fantastic Christmas gifts and goodies on the best Christmas Market in the land. Mark it on your calendars – 10 November – they’re back!”

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COMING SOON: A Japanese soufflé pancake house is opening in Manchester

The best pancakes on the internet are coming to Manchester…

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A cafe dedicated to Japanese soufflé pancakes has its sights set upon Manchester this winter.

The traditional – and wobbly – dessert was first made in Osaka to be served exclusively at weddings – in more recent times, however, the pancakes have boomed in popularity thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.

And one of the places to specialise in this peculiar dessert is Fuwa Fuwa – Japanese for ‘Fluffy Fluffy’ – the largest soufflé pancake and dessert cafe in the whole of North America.

And next month, it’s heading to Manchester.

Fuwa Fuwa

Each of Fuwa Fuwa’s fluffy pancakes are made with egg whites whipped into soft peaks, which is essential to their airy quality. They are then baked slowly at a low temperature.

The finished result is a delicate balance between a soufflé and a traditional pancake, with a soft, bouncy, and light texture.

Fuwa Fuwa is expected to open its new cafe – its first in the north of England – in the Manchester New Square development just off of Canal Street.

Fuwa Fuwa

There, guests can expect a varied choice of pancakes and toppings, from Tiramisu Pancakes to Crème Brûlée, all served alongside espresso drinks, iced and hot teas, frappes and smoothies.

Other pancake flavours on the Fuwa Fuwa menu include Oreo, Biscoff, Nutella, mango and strawberry.

Fuwa Fuwa is set to open in Manchester at some point in October with operating times between 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.

Head over to the Fuwa Fuwa website for news and updates.

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Manchester restaurant launches ‘pay as you feel menu’ to help with cost of living

Ukrainian refugees also get to eat for free

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A restaurant in Manchester has launched a ‘pay as you feel menu’ to ensure everyone can enjoy a meal out during the cost of living crisis.

The Gherkin in Levenshulme serves a hearty plant-based menu consisting of breakfasts, seasonal sandwiches and Sunday Roasts, all while taking a focus on the environment and its local community.

Back in March, the restaurant’s owner Jamie Whittaker flew out to Ukraine on a humanitarian outreach mission to help the country’s refugees following Russia’s invasion.

Upon his return, Jamie decided to start offering free meals for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Manchester every Monday, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating out.

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And now, Jamie has transformed the Monday offering into a ‘pay as you feel’ evening.

While refugees will still dine for free, locals can come and enjoy a set menu of six to seven dishes – featuring meals such as the Sunday roast, a variety of curries, salads and The Gherkin’s famous burgers – all for whatever they can afford at the time.

Diners will also have the option to pay forward for food or donate cash to the restaurant, to ensure the business won’t lose out on a big portion of its earnings.

The restaurant has also introduced its ‘Kindness Kabinet’, which encourages visitors to donate whatever they can to others in need, whether it be money, clothes, books or toys.

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Jamie said of the new menu: “The main reason we’re doing this is to help the community out, but it also means that we waste less produce, too.

“A lot of people are struggling at the moment, especially with the rising cost of energy bills and I want to make dining out accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are more privileged.”

He added: “We wouldn’t turn anyone without cash away on a Monday for food. Some customers have paid extra and offered to buy anyone a drink or food. We’ve done this often since opening.”

Jamie and the team at The Gherkin plan on running their Pay As You Feel menu for the foreseeable, so make sure to follow their Instagram page for news and menu updates.

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