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Parts of Manchester city centre could be turned into huge beer gardens

This would be amazing!

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The council are looking into turning the streets and squares of Manchester into pedestrianised outdoor dining and drinking areas to kickstart the economy. 

Areas in the Northern Quarter, Gay Village and the newly pedestrianised stretch of Deansgate all could see outdoor dining and drinking options on the pavements and road to help bring hospitality businesses back on their feet.

We’re all wondering when we will be able to get a frosty pint again in reopened pubs, but the latest updates from the government suggest those with outdoor seating will be open first, with some reports saying they could potentially reopen as early as June 22nd.

In a bid to get Manchester city centre’s hospitality industry up and running, the council are looking into ways to get more businesses the outdoor spaces they will need to reopen. 

The council’s City Centre Chief has said a task force has been assembled to look into ways to bring together highways, licensing and planning officials to help businesses adapt after lockdown is lifted. 

Currently, establishments must have three types of permits to have seating and trade outside; planning permission to do so, a premises licence, and a tables and chairs licence.

The government is reportedly relaxing restrictions and giving local authorities more power with regards to restaurants, pubs and bars expanding their outside areas.

Communities Secretary Robert Jendrick has already said he is considering granting blanket permission for tables and chairs in pedestrianised areas.

Manchester is also working on adapting the tables and chairs license, including speeding up the process so more businesses can take advantage of the trade throughout summer.

Many factors have to align before these things can take place, the R rate needs to reduce, and pedestrian use, traffic flow and the interest of residents and general public safety all need to be addressed. 

Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “The council is committed to doing everything within our power to support businesses and the economy of the city as we recover from the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.

“Its effects have been incredibly disruptive and we are under no illusion that recovery will be a challenging process.

“We have made it clear to the government that we need the regulatory power to help businesses get back to work in ways that are both safe but also profitable. Planning and licensing laws are there for a good reason – but it is clear that this is a time for pragmatism and flexibility.”

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The government has yet to announce its guidelines for the reopening of the hospitality industry but like many, it is expected to look very different to what it did pre-lockdown.

Many pubs have created prototypes as to how they will operate, including Wetherspoons. Other reports have said steins will be used to reduce the contact between customers and staff. 

What do you think, should Manchester have more al fresco dining and drinking options to help all our independent restaurant and bars reopen? Let us know what you think in the Facebook comments. 

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There’s a new party bar and terrace serving up crazy cocktails in Spinningfields

The cocktails look so good

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If you like your cocktails delicious and a bit out there, then you need to get yourself down to Spinningfields.

Clubhouse, previously located in Hatch, has opened a brand new party bar and terrace where they are serving up all kinds of weird and wonderful cocktails.

The new spot opened its doors last week as lockdown restrictions eased, over at Leftbank in Spinningfields.

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Clubhouse will be bringing their own blend of mayhem and late-night partying to this corner of the city centre, and comes complete with a brand new terrace area.

They’ll be serving up a range of cocktails guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step, including their Espresso Creme (£8), made with bourbon, espresso liqueur, coffee, custard syrup and a custard cream.

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There’s also the Unicorns N Stuff (£8), which comes with pink gin, strawberry liqueur, marshmallow syrup, sour mix, all topped with a massive flump.

Top of your list should be the truly unique Tropical Margarita (£9), with tequila, melon liqueur, tropical juice, passion fruit puree and some Haribo Tangfastics thrown in for good measure.

Or you can just go all out and have a Tiki Time (£10), which comes with all the rums and Jagermeister.

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There’s also an impressive range of shots available, including ‘Kickstart My Heart’, a lethal mix of honey tequila, coconut tequila and a few hearty glugs of Lou’s Hot Sauce.

You can either book a table or try your luck as a walk-in, as they’re accepting both – you can find more info and book a spot via Instagram here.

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Local grocery service that delivers in 15 minutes or less launches in Manchester

The super easy way to get food and drink delivered

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Weezy is a brand-new on-demand grocery service that delivers in 15 minutes or under, and it has officially launched in Manchester today – just in time for a rare sunny weekend.

It offers a carefully curated range of over 2,000 high-quality products at retail prices, including alcoholic drinks, dairy, snacks, party games like Twister, and pharmacy products for emergency needs.

As well as working with wholesalers, Weezy also sources groceries from independent bakers, butchers and markets – meaning they’re always able to offer fresh, localised produce.

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To celebrate its arrival in Manchester, Weezy is proudly partnering with two quality local Manchester brands, Marble Brewery and Steep Soda Co, to run 2-for-1 promotions for this weekend only.

And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, the first 200 orders of £20 or more in Manchester will also get a FREE bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco.

The offer runs from this Friday evening until Sunday at midnight, and the promocode – GOLD100 – is automatically available at checkout.

New Manchester customers can also get £10 off their first two orders at Weezy with the code: WELCOME10.

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Weezy launched back in July 2020, finding success in London, Bristol and Brighton – Manchester is the brand’s first location in the North of England.

Talking about the launch, Kristof Van Beveren, Co-founder and CEO of Weezy, said: “Manchester was the natural next choice for us.

“We know that it’s one of the most eco-friendly cities in the UK and that Manchester residents share our values.

“Our service helps to further reduce fresh food waste and packaging, and enable healthier lifestyles, with all groceries being sustainably delivered by bike or electric moped in a matter of minutes.”

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Weezy has also partnered with what3words to make every location easier to find and every delivery seamless.

This new partnership enables customers to order their groceries to wherever they happen to be, whether that’s a hard-to-find address or a bench in a local park.

Kristof added: “We’re excited to be offering our customers what they want, when they need it.

“With lockdown easing in the UK, we know that friends and family want to get together safely outside and we wanted to make it easy for them to get quality products anywhere.

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“Now they can meet for a picnic or a BBQ without having to carry anything there. Weezy can deliver a full shop or just some beers.”

He continued: “It’s convenience without compromise. Customers simply add in their what3words address at checkout and can sit back while they wait for their Weezy delivery.”

The Weezy app is available to download now, both on the ​Apple App Store and ​Google Play.

You can check out the website here, or stay up to date on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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First look at The Refuge’s brand new heated and covered outdoor terrace

It’s now officially open!

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You may remember that last month we brought you the news that The Refuge would be reopening on April 12th with a brand new courtyard area.

Called Waterhouse Way, the new heated and covered terrace is tucked away on a hidden street next to the venue.

The al-fresco dining area has now been completely redeveloped and is ready for food and drinks, with it opening on Monday along with the rest of hospitality for outdoor service.

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The outdoor area is well-heated and completely covered with a huge fitted covering, making it one of a few places in the city that can remain open whatever the Mancunian weather throws at us.

The menu consists of the classic Volta travel-inspired small plates, including things like smoked feta with beetroot, hazelnuts, dill, and lamb shawarma.

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They’ve even got some big sharers to get stuck into, like the massive Sunday roast platter for two which is available to order at the weekend.

There’s also a new dessert menu alongside some new additions to the drinks menu, including a special Refuge Lager.

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Bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment, and you can make one here.

Each booking has a two-hour slot and food must be purchased along with drinks. Seats will be limited for the foreseeable future to allow for physical distancing.

Limited walk-ins available only during late evening at the weekend.

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