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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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Scientists claim to have made the ‘perfect’ brew in a microwave

This might cause WW3…

Alex Watson

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New research by scientists in China claims that the perfect way to make a cup of tea is in the microwave. 

According to a spokesman for the American Institute of Physics, which published the research, they found a way to make the ‘perfect’ brew in the microwave. They added: “A future in which tea can be microwaved without ridicule may not be too far away.” 

The research, which was completed on August 4th this year, says the problem with using a microwave is that it doesn’t heat the water uniformly as a kettle does. This means that there will be cold spots. 

So what the actual problem with using a microwave, according to this research, is what you’re heating it up in. 

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Essentially, these scientists created a problem to fix it – inventing a special vessel that has a silver-plated upper chamber which overcomes the problem with uneven heating of water in the microwave. 

And yes, this very specific metal is fine to put in the microwave. This is due to some seriously sciency geometry that I’m not even going to try and explain, you can read the full science report here if you’re in to that.

What this does mean though is that at some point in the future (hopefully not this year, I don’t think 2020 can handle it) microwaves will be designed with this new perfect water-heating accessory built-in.

And that means we’ll all be making a brew in the microwave fit for the Queen.

It’s safe to say the God tier level of tea, Yorkshire Tea, are NOT happy about it. And rightfully so. 

In fact, most people are pretty fuming about it, one Twitter user wrote: “As an American, use a pot if you don’t have a kettle. Microwaving a cup of tea is a crime against humanity and worthy of a punishment no lesser than the firing squad.”

Another simply put: “I’m sure it’s illegal.”.

Will you be throwing out the kettle for one of these new microwaves? 

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Starbucks release brand new Peanut Butter Cup Frappuccino as part of new range

Take my money!!

Alex Watson

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Starbucks is launching Peanut Butter Cup Frappuccinos and they sound amazing! 

If you like your drinks sweet this is going to be the one for you! The Peanut Butter Cup Frappuccino is a mixture of ice-cold peanut butter sauce, chocolate java chips all topped with whipped cream.

It’s a peanut lover’s dream all wrapped up in a plastic cup – but you’ll have to be quick it’s only on the menu for a limited time, from August 6th to September 30th. 

What started out as a ‘secret menu’ find, which sees Starbucks workers creating their own concoctions of delicious drinks using all the potions behind the counter, is now available for real on the menu. 

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It’ll set you back £3.45 as a starting price, with prices going up as the size increases. 

If peanut butter is not your thing, Starbucks is bringing back they’re popular Chocolate Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino – which sounds exactly like something a three-year-old would conjure up in their wildest Chocolate Factory dreams. 

It’s been off the menu for four years and is definitely making a welcomed return.

A mouth-watering mix of coffee, marshmallow flavoured syrup and milk chocolate sauce topped with marshmallow whipped cream and a digestive biscuit crumb inspired by the American campfire classic snack.

Sounds incredible right?! Find your nearest Starbucks here to order one, or if you prefer your drinks being brought right to your door opt for Starbucks Delivers or Uber Eats. 

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Morrisons cafes extend 50% discount to every day of the week with a full English for just £1.62

Have a full meal for under 2 quid!

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You can now get 50% off Morrisons cafe every day of the week throughout August. as the supermarket extends the government’s discount scheme. 

The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme is available Monday through to Wednesday every week throughout August.

This means you have to pay full prices any other day at the week at most restaurants that are taking part.

Luckily, Morrisons has extended the offer to include Thursday, Friday and weekends in their cafes meaning you can bag a bargain every day of the week. 

That’s not even the end of the offers either, kids under 16 eat free when an accompanying adult pays for a £3.25 breakfast or at least £4.25 on any other hot food item. 

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The supermarket chain has even slashed its prices as part of the government’s VAT cut. 

A full English Breakfast at Morrisons’ cafe will set you back just £1.62 while an adults fish and chips will be just £2.25. 

Ali Lyons, head of cafes at Morrisons, said: “We want as many customers as possible to be able to take advantage of Eat Out to Help Out.

“Many customers visit our stores later in the week, so we’re extending this offer through the week so they can enjoy half-price meals too.”

Find your nearest Morrisons and dine in to get the bargain! 

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