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Pizza Express shares secret recipe for its iconic garlic dough balls

This is not a drill

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Pizza Express has released the recipe to make its famous dough balls, complete with garlic butter.

The top tier doughy delights won the hearts of the nation over the years and its safe to say we’ve all been missing them. 

You only need 8 ingredients to whip up the balls and you’ll be tucking in in no time. 

Image Credit: Pizza Express

Dough Ball Ingredients:

  • 150ml warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 15g fresh yeast (or 2 teaspoons of dry yeast)
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic Butter Ingredients:

  • 10ml extra virgin olive oil  
  • 4 tsp butter
  • Half tsp of chopped garlic
Image Credit: Pizza Express

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 230°C
  2. Add sugar and crumble fresh yeast into the warm water. Let stand for 10-15minutes until froth develops on the surface.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl, make a well in the middle and pour the yeast mixture in.
  4. Mix the ingredients together until they bind.
  5. Dust your surface with flour, throw down the dough and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth, silky and soft. Leave the dough to rest until soft to the touch. 
  6. Roll the dough in 1.2 long tubes and chop into 16 chunks. Place in an ovenproof pan and rest for another 30 minutes. 
  7. Bake for 6 minutes or until golden.
  8. While cooking, make the garlic butter by blending the oil and garlic into a paste and blending with the butter. 

Find the full recipe on the ‘Homemade Faves’ story highlight on @pizzaexpress

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NEW OPENING: Award-winning Japanese street food and sushi comes to Wilmslow

Sushi fans are in for a treat

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An award-winning Japanese street food and sushi restaurant has opened up in Wilmslow, and it looks stunning.

Unagi Street Food started business just three weeks before the `covid pandemic hit the UK back in March 2020.

Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, and their latest opening is a sit-in restaurant over in Wilmslow.



After a year of working in pop-up kitchens in Altrincham, Salford Quays and West Didsbury, this new venture is Unagi’s first stand-alone bar and restaurant.


Customers sit around the main counter to give a more authentic experience, with the sushi being rolled and put together right in front of you.

The epic menu includes a host of ‘Street Snacks’, like Ban Bang Chicken Wings (£8), Gyoza (£7), Crispy Teriyaki Tacos (£8) and their brilliant Karaage Chicken (£8) – as well as Katsu, Yakisoba Noodles and Chilli Udon.


As for sushi, you won’t be disappointed, with a range of Nigiri, Sashimi and Hosomaki, alongside some creative Uramaki.

The Mushu Special (£14) comes with breaded prawn, avocado, cucumber, black tobiko and teriyaki sauce, all wrapped up in salmon which is seared on the outside.

There’s also the Spider (£14), which is stuffed with tempura soft shell crab, cucumber, avocado, truffle mayonnaise and orange tobiko.


Another great offering is the Green Hamachi (£16.50), which comes with breaded prawns, avocado, asparagus, jalapenos and a jalapeno mayo, this time wrapped in yellowtail which is then seared.

With the new Wilmslow restaurant opening, Unagi has expanded delivery options too, through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats they’ll be delivering EVERY DAY from 12pm.

The Wilmslow branch is open daily from 12pm, and you can give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date.

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The five Greater Manchester pubs which have been voted among the ‘best in the UK’

Did your local make the cut? 

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A number of Greater Manchester boozers have been named as some of the best in the UK by voters in the Greater British Booze Off. 

The competition, run by The Daily Star across a period of three months, asks readers to nominate their favourite watering holes under ten different categories, such as live music pubs, live sport pubs and the most unusual pubs. 

And, low and behold, a massive number of pubs here in Greater Manchester were crowned as the winners in several categories, including a number of runner-up places. For example…

Best Pub (Overall), second place: The Bear’s Paw, Hindley, Wigan.

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The Bear’s Paw in Hindley, Wigan, came in at second place in the category: Best Pub (Overall).

The boozer survived lockdown against the odds thanks to its new landlords Nathan and Matty. The pair have been described by their regulars as taking the pub from strength to strength and are a ‘formidable asset’ to the venue and wider industry in uncertain times.

One happy customer told the Daily Star that the landlords are ‘absolutely loved’ by locals and that they’re built a ‘fantastic’ rapport despite their short time at the Wigan establishment.

Best Live Sport Pub, first place: The Beehive Inn, Whitefield, Bury.

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Despite Manchester’s fierce blue and red rivalry, The Beehive Inn has become renown for housing both City and United fans without any trouble.

Rather than becoming a place for booze-fuelled scraps, this pub has established itself as a place of friendly banter welcoming to both sides of Manchester.

Visitors immediately recognise how proud of the city the pub is with the symbolic worker bee graffiti adorning the exterior.

The symbol came to particular prominence as a sign of solidarity after the Manchester Arena terror attack, and the Beehive’s garden pays tribute to the twenty-two victims who lost their lives.

Best Live Music Pub, first place: The Snug, Atherton, Wigan.

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Despite the pandemic hitting live music venues hard, The Snug in Atherton, Wigan, managed to continue providing local music with its online ‘Snug Sessions.’

Landlady Rachel told the Daily Star that while it had been a ‘tough few months’ during lockdown, the struggle was worth it because of the ‘great little community.’

And what makes the venue even more special is the fact that it’s nestled away in a hidden location, as one TripAdvisor reviewer found when he unexpectedly stumbled upon the place.

Hindleylad wrote: “Great little place hidden away down an alley off market street. Charming look and feel. Helpful genuine staff. Good coffee – and I’m fussy – fresh cooked food and homemade cakes. Recommended.”

Best Live Music Pub, second place: The Boulevard, Wigan.

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This hidden rock music gem has hosted countless bands and live acts over the years, and acts as a ‘second home’ to many Wigan locals.

It’s only fitting that the town that birthed iconic punk band The Buzzcocks should make it onto the Great British Booze Off list of definitive music venues, isn’t it?

Most Unusual Pub, first place: Why Not? Cafe Bar, Worsley. 

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Just one look at the exterior of this quirky boozer demonstrates why the Why Not? cafe bar in Worsley was crowned as the most unique and unusual pub in the UK.

The building looks more like a terraced house than anything else, but the owners have decked it out in an abundance of twinkling fairy lights and retro booze memorabilia to give it that special pub vibe.

Located in the Worsley area of Salford, it is a wonderful alternative to city-centre bars of Manchester.

You can check out the full list of Great British Booze Off winners and runners up here.

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La Bandera is now doing loaded tapas lunch boards and they look so good

Lunch time just got a whole lot more exciting…

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While us Mancs remain firmly stuck in the UK for the summer, La Bandera has brought a bit of Spain to Manchester with the launch of their exciting new lunch time deal.

Now, while we all love tapas – and believe me, Manchester has a lot to offer on that front – there’s no denying that loading up on the small Spanish dishes can add up to a small fortune. 

But if the steep pricing of small plates is the only thing putting you off, La Bandera is here with their brand new and irresistible offer: Their new Lunch Boards

For the price of two regular tapas plates, you can now get a full board of three tapas plates and a drink. You can’t argue with that, can you?

Diners will get a choice of a regularly changing selection of ‘Tapitas,’ which features a range of classics such as the Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes) alongside some of La Bandera’s more unique and distinctive offerings – such as their Chorizo in Red Wine, Calamari, Pulled Pork Sliders and Grandma’s Meatballs.

The restaurant has also introduced a whole range of new Tapas dishes to their menu too, such as the Bacalao Al Pil Pil; tender salted cod with a garlic, guindilla chilli and olive oil sauce.

The lunch boards will be available from Monday to Friday, 12pm – 4pm, with the option to mix-and-match the boards to create your very own unique lunch for just £12.50. And, for £15.50, you can upgrade your soft drink to a beer or a wine, instead.

La Bandera is accepting both walk-ins and bookings, though booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

To make your own reservation, visit the La Bandera website here

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