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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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Turtle Bay is giving out FREE chicken wings and cocktails at new Salford Quays restaurant

The Quayside restaurant is set to open next week

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Turtle Bay will soon be opening a brand new restaurant in Salford Quays and, to celebrate, will be giving out FREE jerk chicken wings and booze for one day only.

The restaurant chain – popular for its Caribbean-inspired food menu and extensive selection of rum cocktails – will be expanding out of the city centre with the opening of its new Quayside venue next week on August 19th. 

But to give Salford’s residents a taste of what’s to come before the grand opening, Turtle Bay will be giving out FREE samples of its menu on Friday August 12th.

Between 12-2pm and again at 4:30-6:30pm, people will be able feast upon jerk chicken wings, Turtle Bay’s famous Reggae Rum Punch and cans of Red Stripe beer.

There’ll be no bookings or sign-ups required; all people will need to do is head down to the venue during the two time slots and help themselves.

And that isn’t all; Turtle Bay will be exclusively launching its brand new cocktail menu at its Salford Quays restaurant before any other venues across the country.

The restaurant’s famous Bottomless Brunch deal will also be coming to the new venue this September, with it running every day from 10am to last sittings at 3pm (5pm on Sundays).

The two-hour long Caribbean cocktail and brunching experience includes unlimited tropical cocktails, mocktails, Red Stripe and prosecco all to a soundtrack of laid back reggae beats.

Bottomless brunch includes any breakfast, brunch, burger or fresh roti dish – from Big Kingston Grill Down (a Caribbean twist on a full English), to the Vegan Yardbird all for £31.50 per person.

Salford Quays customers will also be able to enjoy Turtle Bay’s delicious rum-based cocktails as 2-4-1 every single day.

Happy Hour will run from 10am to 7pm each day, with a late happy hour also kicking off from 9.30pm between Sunday and Thursday, and from 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Turtle Bay in Salford Quays is opening on August 19th, with bookings available now. For more information and to get booked in, visit the Turtle Bay website here.

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You can now get a bottomless Sunday roast for you and your dog in Manchester

This could be the most wholesome Sunday activity ever…

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Sundays are all about roast dinners, dog walks and copious amounts of booze, and there’s now the perfect combination of all three right here in Manchester.

The city’s resident South American inspired restaurant Peru Perdu has unveiled its brand new bottomless Sunday roast offer that comes complete a miniature ‘doggy roast’ for your four-legged companion. 

Peru Perdu serves its own take on a roast, with a choice between Churrasco Picanha – thirty-six-hour slow cooked beef – and Pollo tigre de lêche – tiger milk-soaked roasted chicken. 

Both these roasts come with all the good stuff, including Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, and lashings of truffle gravy. 

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And those dining with their dogs can order a FREE doggy roast, with the same choice of beef and chicken roasts. 

All doggy roasts are served in suitable dishes with a complimentary side of veggies and bone gravy. 

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Peru Perdu also offer their human guests the choice to upgrade to a bottomless roast for an extra £25, giving them unlimited Bloody Marys throughout the duration of their visit. 

There are two Bloody Marys on the menu; the Verdita Bloody Mary made with Pisco, verdita, tomato juice, spices and lemon, and the Red Snapper, made with Maté-infused Canaima gin, tomato juice, spices and lemon.

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And that isn’t all on the Peru Perdu lineup; on the last Saturday of every month, the venue hosts an explosive bottomless drag brunch.

For £45 per person, guests are welcomed by the restaurant’s queens and poured bottomless Chandon Garden Spritz for ninety minutes. There, they can enjoy two courses cooked in front of them at the open kitchen.

The Sunday roasts at Peru Perdu are served weekly from 12pm til late –  get booked in now.

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Greater Manchester chippies are giving away FREE fish and chips this August

Fancy a free chippy tea?

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Hundreds of chippy teas across Greater Manchester will be reimbursed throughout August as part of a scheme to help small businesses with the cost of living crisis. 

Sarson’s Vinegar has officially launched its #SarsonsFryday campaign, which will see hundreds of dinners be reimbursed for the remaining summer weeks. 

The scheme was launched to extend a helping hands to struggling chippies across both Greater Manchester and the rest of the country amid the ongoing cost of living crisis

To claim their free dinner, all customers will need to do is take a photo of their order and share it onto Twitter or Instagram with the tag @SarsonsUK and hashtag #SarsonsFryday.

To be valid, all entries must ensure they are following the Sarson’s official social media channels to be considered, and must have proof of purchase via a receipt for their meal.

Eastenders actor and chippy tea enthusiast Adam Woodyatt teamed up with the company to make the scheme a reality. He said: “#SarsonsFryday is a fantastic way to reward the loyal customers who keep our fish and chip shops open for business.

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“It’s fair to say I know a thing or two about running a fish bar, and I encourage everyone to head to their nearest chippy and get their order in pronto, you never know it might be free!”

Bryan Carroll, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Sarson’s, added: “The rising cost of living means we’re naturally all looking for ways to cut down our expenses, and sadly, one of the first thing that consumers cut back on is meals out and takeaways, leaving many of our favourite chippies at risk.

“As we enjoy the warmer weather, we wanted to help the nation support their local so we’re making everyone’s favourite day of the week even better with #SarsonsFryday.

“Whether it’s a staycation with friends, seaside visit with the whole family or a quiet Friday night in, we want to make sure Brits can get their fish and chip fix – so this summer, it’s on us!”

To find out more about how to apply for the Fryday scheme, visit the Sarson’s website. 

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