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Slattery’s huge Chocolate Challenge which only 3% of people have completed is returning when they reopen

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Slattery is set to reopen next week and it’s bringing back its famous Chocolate Challenge! 

It’s great news for chocolate lovers, as the Whitefield-based chocolate shop and patissier will be reopening the Dining Room alongside the shop, which has been open the past few weeks for delivery. 

From July 9th, the venue will be open but might look a little bit different to normal.

There will be a reduced capacity of 57% compared to usual, to ensure customers and staff can keep good social distancing practises.

There will also be some changes to the usual menu, but customers will be pleased to hear the ever so popular Chocolate Challenge is back for another year.

Slattery’s Chocolate Challenge features a plate with a massive amount of chocolate, including a large portion of American-style chocolate fudge cake, chocolate pots filled with liquid chocolate, chocolate ice cream and more.

Only 3% of people who have attempted this beast of a challenge have actually managed to complete it! Do you think you’re up to the plate?!

In the restaurant, diners will have one hour and 45 minutes at their tables. There will be new disposable menus for each set of diners. 

Staff will also schedule in 15 minutes between each booking in order to give them sufficient time to clean down tables and chairs in the dining area before the next guests arrive.

As per the government guidelines, bookings will be for a maximum of six people and can be made from this Friday. 

Jo Naven, marketing manager at Slattery’s, said: “There is a separate entrance and exit in the shop, hand sanitiser on arrival at the building and also at the entrance of the dining room.

“Our staff will be wearing face shields and they are having comprehensive training over the coming days ready for reopening.

“The reduced capacity in the dining room does also help us to reduce the kitchen staff to enable us to adhere to distancing measures and we are utilising the part time furlough scheme starting tomorrow.

“There are lots of other measures in place to meet all the guidelines. It is constantly changing and we will be adapting to the new guidelines as and when realised.”

Slattery’s will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.  Bookings can be made online only here from Friday July 3rd.  

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NEW OPENING: The bakery serving school dinner cakes and cookie dough tubs

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Dedicated dessert cafe Little Blonde Bakes has opened a brand-new site in the former Lazy Tony’s site on Radium Street in Ancoats.

The bakery began life back in 2016 and has since gained a huge cult following – they’re now moving from an at home business to a fully fledged takeout venue.

Serving nostalgic bakes and a huge menu of indulgent sweet treats, you’ll find old-school cake and custard, millionaire’s crepes, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and more.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

Already famous for its mammoth portion sizes, Little Blonde Bakes will also offer bespoke cakes and cookie dough tubs, which come in a variety of flavours.

For now, the bakery is operating as a takeout and collection spot only, and it’s open Thursday to Sunday.

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to order through Uber Eats for their bakes to be delivered straight to their door, or just take a short walk to Radium Street in the heart of Ancoats.

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As well as its massive range of milkshakes, brownies, cookie dough and crepes, Little Blonde Bakes will also curb any nostalgic cravings, as the bakery also serves a range of school dinner cake with custard that provides the ultimate winter warmer – including mint custard!

Little Blonde Bakes is now open – find more info and place an order here.

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Baileys launches boozy hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas

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It’s not officially Christmas until the bottle of Baileys has been opened, is it?

It’s a festive favourite, so what better way to enjoy it than in an incredible boozy hot chocolate while you wait for Santa to climb down the chimney.

Well now you can, as Baileys has relaunched its hot chocolate bombes in time for Christmas.

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The hot chocolate bombes were a hit last year, so much so that Baileys has decided to bring them back again for 2022.

They consist of an outer shell made from velvety dark chocolate and flavoured with Baileys, and are stuffed full of fluffy mini marshmallows.

To activate the bombes, simply pour hot milk over them until they dissolve into creamy hot chocolate.

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Baileys teased on its website: “Who fancies something really special? And we mean, REALLY special.

“Enjoy two of the greatest indulgences… chocolate and Baileys, in one decadent drink. Welcome to hot choccie heaven!”

You can get yourself a 130g box on Amazon, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Spanish tapas restaurant in a cave reveals stunning new look after refurb

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If you’ve ever fancied enjoying some incredible tapas in a cave then we’ve got just the place for you to explore.

La Cueva is an iconic ‘cave-like’ restaurant in Cheadle’s Old Rectory Gardens, and it’s just reopened after an extensive refurbishment which saw the venue double in size.

The authentic Spanish tapas bar has been in the heart of Cheadle for years, gaining cult status for its incredible salt cave interior, which features cascading walls and ceilings filled with pink Himalayan salt lamps.

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However, it’s not just the interior that entices customers back for more – La Cueva’s mouthwatering menu of traditionally prepared tapas is all made fresh in house.

The diverse range of dishes hail from all regions of Spain, and includes Empanadas – oven baked pastry filled with minced lamb, beef, bell peppers, onion, garlic and olives – and special imported Chorizo.

Read More: This beautiful village with its own castle and caves is just an hour’s drive from Manchester

Also on the menu is Pollo Alla Crema, a chicken breast cooked in cream with smoked cheese, roasted garlic and parsley.

You can also get Gambas Pil Pil, king prawn tails sautéed in olive oil, garlic, fresh chilli and tomato sauce, and Guso De Mariscos, which is mixed seafood stewed in rich tomato sauce with garlic and aromatic herbs.

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And if you just fancy an afternoon drink, La Cueva’s Cava Sangria is something special – it’s all made fresh in-house and is bursting with fruity flavour.

Since the renovation, the restaurant has also acquired a van that it will use to serve paella from, as well as for future event planning, festivals and private hire events.

La Cueva is open Monday to Friday, 5pm-10pm, and Saturday to Sunday 4pm-10pm – get yourself booked in here.

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