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People with January birthdays only have to pay ‘the year they were born’ at Manchester restaurant

The older you are, the cheaper your meal will be

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A restaurant here in Manchester is offering a little solace to those unfortunate enough to have a January birthday with its unique ‘Birthday Bonus’ deal.

It’s no secret that January is one of the most depressing months of the year, what with the aftermath of Christmas, New Year’s and all the other boozy festivities December brings.

So, sadly for those born in January, people tend to have no money, no energy and absolutely no desire to celebrate any special occasions.

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@thebotanistuk / Instagram

But January babies, fear not! Because a restaurant chain here in Manchester has swooped in to the rescue with its dining deal certain to cure those January Blues.

The Botanist – which has restaurants in Manchester City Centre, Media City, Didsbury, Alderley Edge, Warrington, and Chester – is giving those who choose to celebrate their January birthday at one of its restaurants the chance to ‘pay for the year you were born’.

The offer, which is only valid on the restaurant’s £30 set menu, means those with the January birthday and everyone else in the booking will only pay for the amount that corresponds to the year you were born.

Still a bit confused? Those who were born in 1994 would only pay £19.94, while those in 1982 would only pay £19.82, instead of the set £30 price.

The older you are, the cheaper your meal will be.

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@thebotanistuk / Instagram

The offer means you’ll save around a third of the original price per person, which leaves absolutely no excuses to not get out and celebrate this month.

The set menu offer applies to both lunch and dinner sittings, and includes three courses plus a glass of wine, bottle of beer, or non-alcoholic mocktail.

Items on the menu include salt and pepper chicken wings, rump steak, and a number of vegan and vegetarian options.

A booking is required to redeem the ‘Birthday Bonus’ offer; you can view the menu and book at your nearest restaurant on The Botanist website here.

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You can now buy Angel Delight ice cream and it’s the ultimate nostalgia dessert

Our childhood dreams have come true!

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Out of all the nostalgic childhood sweets in the world, Angel Delight undisputedly reigns supreme. 

While no one is certain as to what Angel Delight actually is – it isn’t mousse and it certainly isn’t custard – the smooth and sweet dessert has proven to be a massive hit over the years, whether it’s devoured as a treat after tea or just as an afternoon snack straight from the pan.

But now, fans of the iconic dessert will be delighted (no pun intended) to hear that Angel Delight has been reimagined as a soft serve ice cream.

Money saving Facebook page Money Saver By Dansway was one of the first places to alert people of the revolutionary new ice creams, writing on its page that they ‘look and taste amazing’.

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You’ll be able to find the ice creams at frozen foods retailer Iceland, who is selling 800ml soft serve versions of the popular strawberry and butterscotch flavours, both of are priced at just £3.

And better yet, the supermarket is currently flogging the ice cream tubs under its exclusive ‘two for £5’ offer, so you can stock pile the desserts to last you all the way through until summer.

Daniel Jalapour, Desserts Brand Director at Premier Foods, said: “The response we saw from shoppers when the Mr. Kipling and Ambrosia ice creams were announced was phenomenal.

“Iceland saw a 785% increase in shoppers searching for the products on their website before they were even in stores so we know fans will be delighted they can get their hands on the tubs all year round alongside our new Angel Delight Soft Serve Ice Cream tubs.

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“Angel Delight has long been considered a classic nostalgic dessert and we wanted to give fans a modern and cool twist on the iconic taste.”

Andrew Staniland, Trading Director at Iceland, added: “Following the outstanding success of the Ambrosia and Mr. Kipling flavours reimagined into ice creams, we wanted to deliver yet another iconic brand into the mix, Angel Delight.

“We’re confident customers will be heading straight to Iceland’s ice cream freezers as soon as they launch next week to try out those old-time favourite flavours once again.”

You can order the ice creams on the Iceland website, or alternative find your closest store.

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COMING SOON: Traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant to open in the Corn Exchange

Hot pot is one of the most popular meals in China

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Manchester’s Corn Exchange is set to get an exciting new addition in the form of HaiDiLao, a restaurant dedicated to the humble Chinese hot pot.

While the warming, potato-heavy Lancashire answer of a hot pot may immediately spring to mind, over in China they do things a little differently; a Chinese hot pot (火锅 huǒguō) consists of a simmering pot of soup and a selection of raw ingredients – usually meat, seafood, vegetables, tofu, and starches.

Diners then sit around the soup and add whatever ingredient they like to be quickly cooked within the boiling liquid. They then retrieve the cooked food items from the pot with wire ladles or chopsticks, and flavour them with individual dipping sauces. 

@uk_haidilao / Instagram

@uk_haidilao / Instagram

The Chinese hot pot is believed to be over 1,000 years old and remains today as one of the most popular meals in China, as well as a fantastic means of getting the family together to share and enjoy some delicious food.

Well, Mancunians will soon be able to enjoy the novelty of a Chinese hot pot dinner thanks to the arrival of HaiDiLao, one of China’s most popular hot pot restaurant chains. 

The restaurant was founded in Jianyang, Sichuan Province in 1994, by Zhang Yong, who started out working in a factory to make ends meet.

His restaurant came to life in a malatang booth with only four tables and an investment of 10,000 RMB, but was quick to grow in popularity.

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HaiDiLao

Fast forwarding over two decades, and HaiDiLao boasts over 450 branches in countries including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan, as well as Canada, Australia, and America. 

Not much is currently known about Manchester’s debut HaiDiLao apart from the fact it will be taking over a spot in the Corn Exchange very soon. The London venue also operates as a delivery and takeout service, so we can expect similar things for its Manchester venture.

An opening date is also yet to be announced.

To stay posted with news and updates, however, head over to the official HaiDiLao Instagram page.

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Cadbury unveils Orange Twirl Easter egg made entirely from orange chocolate

Yes, we’re writing about Easter eggs in January…

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While most of us continue to recover from the vast amount of chocolate consumed over Christmas, Cadbury is wasting no time in preparing us for the next big chocolatey event…

Easter!

Because believe it or not, Easter is creeping up on the horizon, so you’ll soon start to notice the supermarket shelves filling up with those delicious chocolate eggs. 

And, not ones to waste any time, Cadbury is well ahead of the game with the unveiling of its Orange Twirl Easter egg.

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The Easter egg is made up of a deliciously zesty milk chocolate and wrapped up in a gold and orange foil for optimum freshness.

And, better yet, the egg comes accompanied with two Orange Twirl chasers. Now that’s what Easter is all about.

The Cadbury Orange Twirl Easter egg is available to buy in Tesco and Iceland stores now.

Cadbury has a whole range of other Easter eggs on offer this year, including Creme Egg, Cadbury Fingers and the iconic Easter favourite, Mini Eggs.

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And if Easter eggs aren’t really your thing, fear not! Because Cadbury has just launched its very own éclairs, complete with Dairy Milk chocolate and fresh cream. 

The tasty treats, which are already been spotted in supermarkets by a number of excited Instagrammers, are described as being, ‘Choux pastry eclairs filled with cream and topped with Dairy Milk chocolate topping decorated with a Cadbury’s Flake.’

Yep, they even come with a Flake. 

You can now buy a two-pack of Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs for just £2 in all Asda stores now.

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