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New business is delivering chef-quality BBQ boxes directly to your doorstep

Perfect for those post-lockdown summer barbecues

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A new Stockport business is putting every failed cook’s barbecue woes to bed with its high quality, chef-prepared barbecue boxes.

Now, everyone loves a back garden barbecue with their family and mates on a hot summer’s day – but I can say with confidence that no one enjoys the prep, the cooking and the clean up of these garden bonanzas. 

But all you barbecue-phobes out there need not to fear, because a new business born out of Stockport is now delivering chef-prepared BBQ boxes across the whole country. 

Sou Chef was launched just five weeks ago by Charlie Bown, who has an extensive background in the world of restaurants and food delivery. For its wide selection of barbecue boxes, Sou Chef works closely with restaurant suppliers, butchers and chefs who have a combined experience in the field of over fifty years.

The inspiration behind Sou Chef is simple: Using the industry recognised cooking technique known as Sous Vide, the aim is to serve and deliver high quality food without the fuss and mess of a typical home-cooked barbecue.

Their food is home delivered ready-marinated in recyclable, temperature-controlled packaging directly to customers’ doorsteps along with tailored cooking guidelines – from there, all you’ll need is a barbecue, oven, pan and a big appetite to enjoy.

There are four different barbecue boxes on offer, all of which take between thirty to thirty-five minutes to cook: The Big BBQ Feast box contains nine different items such as twenty-eight day aged chateaubriand, slow-cooked barbecue pulled pork, tandoori marinated chicken legs (a personal favourite) and a selection of honey roasted vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes. This box typically serves six people.

The BBQ Essentials box, on the other hand, contains – you guessed it – all your barbecue essentials such as twenty-eight day aged ribeye and sirloin steaks, Sous Vide barbecue ribs, vegetables, potatoes and a portion of pickled red cabbage, which is made up of eleven ingredients and slowly reduced in red wine and balsamic. This will cover four people. 

For the couples out there, there’s also the Luxury BBQ for Two box, which contains slow cooked barbecue ribs, twenty-eight day aged chateaubriand, roasted vegetables and potatoes and a selection of peppercorn and Dianne sauces. 

And last but not least, there is the BBQ Dinner Date box consisting of slow cooked barbecue ribs, twenty-eight day aged ribeye steaks, honey roasted vegetables, garlic and rosemary potatoes, pickled red cabbage and a selection of peppercorn and Dianne sauces.

The boxes give amateur chefs the perfect opportunity to show off their culinary skills to friends and family, and don’t require any last minute trip to the supermarket – they provide everything you could possibly need for the perfect barbecue.

They can also be delivered across the whole country – all you need to do is select your delivery date, where you’ll then receive a one hour delivery slot on your chosen date. Delivery is Tuesday-Saturday.

For more information and to order your own chef-quality barbecue box, visit the official Sou Chef website here. 

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You can get doner kebab pies from this Greater Manchester bakery and they look incredible

Wigan, you’ve really outdone yourself…

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A Wigan bakery has started making doner kebab pies and, let me tell you, they look revolutionary.

Wigan has been on the map for its unique pie creations for quite some time now – it’s the place that brought the Wigan Kebab to us, for goodness sake (a meat pie sandwiched in a barm, incase you’re new here). But the town’s latest pie offering could be the best yet.

Introducing, the doner kebab pie: Carefully curated by Whittles Pies, the kebab pie consists of all those beloved takeaway bits, including doner meat, sweetcorn relish and chilli sauce all baked inside a homemade shortcrust pastry.

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Beats a 2am doner kebab from the dodgy takeaway on the corner, doesn’t it?

And better yet, the pie – which can be enjoyed both hot or cold – is priced at an outrageously reasonable £1.80, so a haul won’t set you back too much.

And for those of you who prefer something a little more traditional, Whittles Pies have a whole array of tasty pies on their menu, such as meat and potato, steak, chicken and mushroom and even sausage rolls and cheese and onion pasties.

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Who else really fancies a pie now?

Whittles Pies is open between 9:30am – 1:30pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and can be found at the rear of 1 Tunstall Lane, Pemberton.

Make sure to check out their Facebook page for menu updates.

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NEW OPENING: A Polynesian-themed tiki bar with treasure chest cocktails comes to the Northern Quarter

Another wonderful addition to the Northern Quarter

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Manchester’s Northern Quarter has an exciting new addition in the form of a Polynesian-themed tiki bar.

Opening its doors just last week in the former Apotheca site, Lono Cove features two floors of ‘contemporary’ tiki fun, including treasure chest cocktails and an abundance of greenery – enough in fact to make you forget that you’re in rainy Manchester at all.

Billed as a ‘tropical escape’, Lono Cove is owned and founded by former Big Brother star Luke Edge. It’s already built a name for itself at its debut site in Chester, which opened in 2018 and scooped a number of prestigious awards within its first year.

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@lonocove / Instagram

And its new Northern Quarter venture is looking to fare no differently; there’s two floors of tropical cocktails, with the ground floor featuring cosy booths and giant birdcages which can cater for groups of up to 6 people. 

Down in the basement, guests can drink among gorgeous floral decor and partake in private functions and cocktail masterclasses. 

And, perhaps most importantly, Lono Cove features a very impressive cocktail menu; we’re talking all the tiki classics such as Zombies and Mojitos, and even treasure chest cocktails packed with flavour, fun and plenty of booze. 

@lonocove / Instagram

@lonocove / Instagram

Luke Edge said on the growth of his brand: “We are so excited to be opening in Manchester alongside some amazing operators. Chester has been embraced by both customers and the trade, winning three awards in the first year, I knew it was ready to take it further afield and into a bigger unit with a much more diverse usage.

“We can now offer private parties and large bookings, something I have been keen to do as it’s what our customers want.I wanted to design a bar that had all the magic of Tiki but in a sumptuous setting that would tantalise your senses. Welcome to Lono Cove!”

Lono Cove Manchester is open now, follow them on Instagram for news and updates.

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NEW OPENING: A hot sauce pop-up serving spicy wings, burgers and wraps is coming to The Trafford Centre

Oh My Glaze has become popular for its unique range of hot sauces

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The Trafford Centre’s already impressive food court is set to get an exciting new addition courtesy of Oh My Glaze, the chicken wing, wraps and waffles pop-up taking Manchester by storm.

Established in 2015 by Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas and his best friend Scott Graham, Oh My Glaze has been making and selling top quality hot sauces in a variety of unique flavours such as passionfruit, mango and even rhubarb.

And after their sauces proved to be a massive success, the lads took their project to the next level with the opening of their debut restaurant in Cheadle, The Spinn, which features its very own Oh My Glaze-inspired menu of wraps and all of OMG’s sauces and wings.

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And, luckily for you lovely lot, Oh My Glaze has secured its next venture in arguably one of the most sought-after locations for all aspiring restaurant owners in the North West; The Trafford Centre.

Oh My Glaze will be located in a little shipping container ‘village’ in the car park outside of The Great Hall, offering up all their menu favourites such as wings, wraps and burgers, alongside a fully-functioning bar and even a ‘Dessert Glaze Station’ offering up everything on the sweet side from waffles to crêpes.

Thomas said on the exciting new era for his brand: “From serving our famous Oh My Glaze wraps on the streets for five years, we finally have a place we can call home: the iconic Trafford Centre!

“We’re buzzing to be launching this new venture, and after looking for several sites to launch our first Oh My Glaze kitchen we felt the Trafford Centre was the place to be.

@ohmyglaze / Instagram

@ohmyglaze / Instagram

“There are so many exciting things happening in and around Manchester, especially at the Trafford Centre, and we felt we had to be in the mix.

“And so, here we are… expect the unexpected and be part of the next chapter with Oh My Glaze!”

Oh My Glaze will be launching in The Trafford Centre on Friday October 29th. To stay posted with updates and new menu additions, follow the Oh My Glaze Instagram page.

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