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Rochdale is getting its very first Nando’s this year

Exciting times for the ‘Dale.

Jamie Roberts

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Some good news if you’re from Rochdale and love Nando’s – the restaurant chain is opening a new branch in the town.

The new site will be part of the £80m Rochdale Riverside scheme, with the South African chicken restaurant opening alongside two more retail and leisure brands.

Nando’s has taken a 3,500 sq ft unit on a 15 year-lease, while luxury dessert chain Heavenly Desserts is opening on a 2,000 sq ft space on a 10-year lease.

Superdrug will be joining them, with a 4,500 sq ft unit, with the scheme bringing 24 new retail and leisure units to the heart of Rochdale town centre, alongside a six screen cinema.

Rochdale Borough Council

M&S, H&M, Next, Boots, Reel Cinemas and Hollywood Bowl’s new mini golf concept, Puttstars, are all currently being fitted out on site, while JD Sports and River Island will also take units.

Rochdale Riverside is being delivered in a joint venture between Genr8 and Kajima in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council, and boasts approximately 200,000 sq ft (60,970 sq m) of retail and leisure accommodation in the heart of the town.

Lauren Gavaghan, Development Manager at Genr8 Developments, said: “We are delighted to have agreed a deal to bring three popular brands to the Rochdale Riverside scheme. These occupiers will complement the current tenant mix in the scheme and will help drive forward the leisure element.

“The scheme is now 80% let and with works continuing to progress at pace, we are now looking forward to completion and the launch.”

Rochdale Borough Council

Councillor Allen Brett, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Rochdale town centre has undergone a major transformation in recent years, and Rochdale Riverside is a key part of it.

“These new additions will complement the ever expanding offer in Rochdale town centre, which includes fantastic new independent restaurants, Bombay Brew and the Mannerist, and will soon welcome a Hogarth’s pub as part of a £1m restoration of one of our major historic buildings.”

Work on site is set to be completed in April 2020, with a launch festival scheduled for the Easter weekend.

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If you can eat this massive 14 inch burger in 20 minutes you’ll win £1,000

Have you got what it takes?

Alex Watson

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A Preston takeaway has created a 14 inch burger and have challenging people to eat it within 20 minutes. Reckon you could handle it?

Kebabistan in Preston has challenged anyone to eat the burger in 20 minutes, and if they can they will win a £1,000 food voucher to spend at the New Hall Lane takeaway. 

The challenge will take place post lockdown, but Yunus Sevinik, owner of Kebabistan, has said the takeaway has already had three contenders interested in taking part.

The burger is the size of a very large pizza and normally costs £35, and it’s already proving really popular with regular customers. 

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The takeaway has been open for two years now, making freshly made food with quality ingredients. 

The bumper lamb burger contains 2kg of meat, which is topped with cheese, salad, pickled cucumber and tomato, and could feed up to 10 people – it’s only been on the menu for three weeks. 

Speaking to the Lancashire Post, Yunus said: “People are ordering it. It’s very popular now. “

The menu includes European style Turkish kebabs cooked on charcoal and has even ‘banned’ chips from the menu. He said: “This is my style. Whenever people ask me why are my prices a bit up I tell them I do home made, I don’t buy cheap products.”

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When speaking about the contenders for the challenge, he said “They say they can… I don’t think so!”.

Last year, in a similar style, Yunus created a two metre long wrap which the winner ate in just nine minutes, so maybe he will be handing over that £1,000 voucher pretty soon after all. 

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to eat a 14 inch burger? Let us know in the Facebook comments!

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Aldi launches giant pigs in blanket kebabs which are perfect for the BBQ

These look so good!

Alex Watson

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Aldi has launched giant pigs in blankets and sausage whirls, perfect for a BBQ this bank holiday weekend. 

If you’re hoping the nice weather this week will mean you can whip the BBQ out, there’s one thing you might wanna add to your shopping list, giant pigs in blankets designed for the barbie.

The pig in blanket kebabs are British pork sausages wrapped in Beechwood smoked cured streaky bacon and will set you back just £1.99 for a pack of four.

The new summer-friendly pigs in blankets each come on their own skewer making it even easier to gobble them down while you enjoy the sunshine, beer in hand. 

There are also ‘sausage whirls’, essentially sausages swirled around and pierce through the middle. 

The swirls will cost just £1.99 for a pack of six.

Both products are now available at Aldi stores across the UK, meaning you can pick these up ahead of your essentials shop for the perfect weekend in the garden! 

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How to make a quick and easy strawberry daiquiri at home this bank holiday weekend

Cheers!

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Name a more iconic summer drink, I’ll wait… 

Strawberry daiquiris are boozy, sugary and all-round delicious crowd-pleasing drinks, so it’s only right you become the master daiquiri maker for the bank holiday weekend!

Despite how delicious they are, they’re also incredibly easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients, a blender and voila!

Be warned, this recipe only calls for 10ml of rum but that’s barely a drizzle so feel free to add more – always drink responsibly though, of course.

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Ingredients:

  • 500g Strawberries
  • 100g Ice
  • 10ml Rum
  • Half a lime Lime 

Method:

  1. Blend your strawberries and sieve through the puree. 
  2. Add puree, ice, rum and half a squeeze of lime into a blender.
  3. Serve!
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Add as many amazing garnishes as you like, including fresh strawberries and even a drizzle of rum on the top. 

From this recipe, you can pretty much make any other flavour combination of daiquiris you like! Why not make a few different flavours and layer them in a tall glass to create a rainbow daiquiri!?

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