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Salt & Pepper announces its Arndale Market stall is permanently closing

The council say it will cost £100k for a new extraction system

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Beloved Chinese street food restaurant Salt & Pepper has announced the shock closure of its stall in the Arndale Market.

A lunch time staple for hundreds of city centre dwellers, Salt & Pepper has experienced overwhelming success in its current location, where it has been serving a menu of Eastern and Western cuisines – including its famous sticky chicken, salt and pepper prawns and salt and pepper fries – since 2019.

However, the owners of the restaurant took to social media over the weekend to announce that they have been left with no choice but to pack up from their spot in the market.

Their social media post reads: “Due to the limited facilities in the Arndale Market, we’re no longer able to keep trading in this space.

“If you’ve been to the market, you’d know there isn’t much of an extraction system on our side (to expel smoke and smells), and the council (who run the market) have said it’s our responsibility to fix this because of the popularity of our stall.”

Their post went on to explain that the council has said it is unwilling to extend the restaurant’s lease unless they invest upwards of £100,000 to put in their own extraction system.

The owners went on to say they are ‘absolutely gutted’, and have been ‘trying to figure out how to keep our amazing staff employed and our business dreams alive’. 

However, this doesn’t signal the end to Salt & Pepper.

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The post went on to reveal that there will ‘hopefully be some exciting news in the near future’, before adding that they will be continuing their residency at Black Dog Ballroom, where they’ll now be opening from 12pm so you can still get your dinnertime fix.

They wrote: “They’ve [Black Dog Ballroom] kindly let us open from 12pm and will make sure the food and service matches our standards in the Arndale. Deliveroo will also be available all day.”

Their post concluded: “It’s a sad end of an era but we’re committed to keeping going and keeping serving you guys some good scran – wherever the location.”

A Manchester City Council spokesperson addressed the situation, saying: “Salt and Pepper have become so successful that our current extraction system is not capable of handling the level of smoke that originates from their stall, which posed a health and safety risk for other traders in the market.

“We have been working with the company since late 2020 to try and supply an improved extraction system. Manchester City Council deny the claims that Salt and Pepper have been asked to pay £100k for this.

“We considered several options, including offering alternative trading locations. Nevertheless, it was decided that we could not offer Salt and Pepper a new lease on Health and Safety grounds.  

“We have supported Salt and Pepper by allowing them to trade for a period of time on a licence whilst they found alternative arrangements and wish them luck in their future endeavours.”

Salt and Pepper will be open in Black Dog Ballroom from 12pm every day. You can also order for delivery from their menu on Deliveroo.

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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 Media City 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 cups of Red Stripe beer.

There’ll be no bookings or sign-ups required; all people will need to do is head down to the MediaCity piazza 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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