The UK’s first ever quick-service pizza and cocktail bar has officially opened its doors in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre.
Having expanded from its flagship venues in Leeds Trinity Kitchen and Manchester Airport, PizzaLuxe is open and ready to dish out not only gourmet and handmade thin-crust pizzas, but tantalising made-to-order cocktails to hungry and parched shoppers in the Arndale.
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 is also 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 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 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 is now open in Manchester Arndale’s Halle Centre, and will operate between the hours of 11am until 8pm Sunday – Wednesday. It will be open until 10pm on Thursdays through to Saturdays.
Greater Manchester chippies forced to close because of heat as kitchens reach 44 degrees
The rain doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?
A full week of scorching temperatures across Greater Manchester has resulted in the closure of a number of our favourite fish and chip shops.
Throughout the last week, Greater Manchester has endured blistering conditions, with temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees celsius.
Yet, while many have been enjoying the unusually warm weather in local parks and beer gardens, our chippies haven’t been faring so well.
Popular restaurants Charlie’s Fish and Chips in Urmston and Chips @ No. 8 in Prestwich had to close their doors this week when temperatures soared in their kitchens.
Chips @ No 8 was named one of the best chippies in the UK in the recent Fry Magazine Awards.
But locals haven’t been able to visit since Tuesday after the kitchen’s vital fan stopped working, meaning the temperature reached a staggering 44 degrees celsius.
A sign in the window of the Prestwich business, signed off with a smiley face, read: “The kitchen supply fan has chosen today to give up.
“When the temperature in here reached 44 degrees celsius… So did we! Gone for an ice cream.”
Over in Urmston, meanwhile, Charlie’s posted on its Facebook page: “Closed today due to extreme temperatures. Health and safety comes first!“
Though fans of the restaurants need not fear because, now that temperatures have cooled somewhat, they are both back open from today. To check their opening times, visit the Chips @ No.8 Facebook page and the Charlie’s Fish & Chips Urmston M41 Facebook page.
While there’s no law for minimum or maximum working temperatures here in the UK, gov guidance suggests a minimum of 16 degrees celsius or 13 degrees celsius if employees are doing physical work.
A new waterside wine and cheese bar with an outdoor terrace is coming to Manchester
Because there’s no such thing as too many wine and cheese bars
The team behind Manchester’s pop-up restaurant concept, Higher Ground, are bringing a brand new waterside wine and cheese bar to Manchester.
Based in New Islington, Flawd will specialise in natural, low-intervention wine and local beer, served alongside cheese and charcuterie while also featuring an outdoor terrace beside the bustling Islington Marina.
The aim is to shine a spotlight on small-scale wine producers and to ‘make natural wine approachable to anyone and everyone,’ while also creating the ideal venue for ‘after work drinks, an aperitivo before dinner, or a few drinks before a night out in surrounding neighbourhoods.’
There will also be a heavy focus on quality bottles of wine to share with friends.
On the food side of things, Flawd will be serving a selection of British cheeses, charcuterie, and ferments from Curing Rebels in Brighton, whose selection includes ‘Brighton salami’ and salmon pastrami.
Joseph Otway, co-owner, said: “We really just want to open a neighbourhood wine bar for the growing New Islington community.
“To create a space for people to drink great wine, relax and have fun.”
Higher Ground is made up of Joseph Otway, former head chef at Where The Light Gets In, and Richard Cossins, formerly general manager at Fera at Claridges in London.
They have spearheaded the trend of natural wines, small plates and Scandi style dining that is making waves through Manchester.
Flawd will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays in September. An official launch date is yet to be announced.
‘Best restaurant in the world’ named and it’s only a short drive from Manchester
I know where I’m dining this weekend…
An intimate restaurant came out on top of a worldwide review of restaurants in the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards, created by review website Tripadvisor, and guess what?
It’s located a stone’s throw away from Manchester.
The Old Stamp House, an intimate restaurant situated in Ambleside, Lake District, stood out among businesses from across the globe, including its two-Michelin star neighbour L’Enclume, which was placed in a humble eighteenth spot.
The elusive restaurant was opened in 2014 by brothers Ryan and Craig Blackburn, who work as the head chef and restaurant manager respectively.
It is housed in the former office of poet William Wordsworth, and seats just twenty-eight customers at a time.
It was awarded a Michelin star in 2019, has been named the Cumbria Life Restaurant of the Year, as well as receiving three AA rosettes.
A description on the Michelin Guide’s website reads: “The Old Stamp House is as quirky as its name implies. It sits in the centre of Ambleside – which in turn sits within the heart of the Lake District National Park – inside the cellars of an old house where William Wordsworth used to work as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland.
“It’s a tiny place, split over two low-ceilinged rooms which are hung with local art.”
Using ingredients inspired by Cumbria heritage, the restaurant’s specialities include potted shrimps, cauliflower and spiced mead velouté, Yew Tree Farm Herdwick hogget, peas and locally foraged wild mushrooms, and a rum tart with brambles, pear and Cumbrian gingerbread.
Very posh, as you can see.
The North of England was also victorious in the National Parks category, where both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District placed in the top twenty-five.