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The Alchemist is giving free cocktails to people who bring in food to donate to charity

You can drink cocktails AND help those in need…

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The local cocktail legends at The Alchemist have teamed up with Grey Goose and social enterprise Foodinate to make a big donation to charity.

To raise awareness of rising food poverty, they’re collecting items to give to a local food bank, and customers who contribute will get a free cocktail in return.

That’s right, you can drink cocktails AND help those in need on Tuesday October 13th, and all you need to do is bring in non-perishable food like a tin of beans, for example.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in people relying on food banks across the country with 100,000 households using them for the very first time over lockdown, according to the Trussell Trust.

Food banks are expected to be used even more over Christmas, and the Swap Shop initiative, which is now in its second year, will once again aim to raise awareness for rising national food poverty by encouraging people to exchange a non-perishable food item in return for a cocktail. 

Everyone who donates one non-perishable food item will receive a top quality colour changing cocktail at The Alchemist – although larger donations are welcomed, so dig deep – with all donations taken to The Mustard Tree charity ready for those in need.

The Alchemist Spinningfields, New York Street and Media City will accept food items throughout the day and will be respecting distancing measures by offering a takeaway cocktail for those unable to enjoy in the venue. 

Hannah Plumb, Culture and Talent Director at The Alchemist says: “We love the work carried out by Foodinate. It’s a truly fantastic initiative tackling food poverty across the country which is an issue we’re passionate about at The Alchemist.

“The Swap Shop is a fun and engaging way to encourage customers to donate to their local food banks, who need our support now more than ever.”

Here’s the T&Cs:

  • It’s for one day only, on Tuesday October 13th 2020 
  • Only one cocktail exchange per person
  • The Alchemist will only accept unopened and in date tinned, dried and packaged foods
  • Customers have to bring one food item, but bigger donations are encouraged

Stay up to date with The Alchemist on its website here.

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You can get 50% OFF McDonald’s this week

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McDonald’s are offering 50% off their menu if you order via the app.

All you have to do is download the McDonald’s app and if you sign up for the first time by November 1st you can get half-price McDonald’s.

What’s more, the discount will be valid for 36 days!! 

There’s no minimum spend so you can get burgers for as little as 45p, or go all out and get everything for half the price!

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All you have to do is head to the ‘deals’ section on the app once you’ve downloaded it and select the 50% off offer.

It’s not available at every branch but you can find out if your local is taking part here and read all the terms and conditions.

Don’t worry if you’ve already got the app, you can get £5 off any orders over £15 until November 1st.

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Everyone is fuming at Gordon Ramsey’s £18 take away fish and chips

He’s done it again…

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Gordon Ramsey has been tweeted a lot through the lockdown but not everyone has been impressed with his pretty expensive grub.

We already know about his £19 Full English (where you only get ONE sausage) and a £56 Sunday Roast (I hope it’s got gold on it) but now we’re talking about his fish and chips.

The classic Friday night dinner staple comes in at a whopping £18.50 and you’ll get a grand total of seven chips.

Ramsey posted the video on his Twitter with the caption: “You can’t beat a London House classic…. and this one’s to go!!”

He attached a video which sees him battering a fillet of fish before whacking it in the fryer along with some chips.

It’s all seasoned with salt and put in a takeaway carton. You also get mushy peas, tartare sauce and a muslin cloth wrapped half lemon to squeeze on the top tucked in the side of the box.

Sounds okay so far, right?

Well, not everyone is impressed by the fancy take away fish and chips where you only get even chips.

A follower wrote: “£18.50?? I mean if it came with 8 or 9 chips I’d think about [it] but 7 is taking the p***.”

Another added: “Need a few more chips in there. How much you charging for that? That would get sent straight back.”

A third said: “Fish batter doesn’t even look good, stingy af with the chips and mushy peas and all – bet it costs 10x that of the local chippy and isn’t even half as nice.”

A fourth followed added: “Where’s the rest of the chips? I’ve seen more chips in a seagull’s mouth!!!”

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Seven Brothers make beer inspired by Andy Burnham called ‘The King of the North’

Burnham Beer!

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Seven Brothers Brewery have created a new beer inspired by Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.

Andy Burnham has been nicknamed the ‘King of the North’ across social media for his efforts towards government support for a tier 3 lockdown in Greater Manchester.

But one Manchester-based company has gone a step further, dedicating a new batch of beer to him.

‘King of the North’ is a North England IPA that has been created by Seven Brothers.

The beer is a collaboration with Tip-Jar and their ‘hospitality mates’ across the city of Manchester to help raise funds for individuals who are most vulnerable at the minute. 

They shared the news on social media writing: “Tiers are flooding, the tips have dried up… enter KING OF THE NORTH!”

“Inspired by the Mayor of Greater Manchester and his fight for funding across the North, we’ve teamed up with Tip-Jar and our hospitality mates from across the City of Manchester to raise funds for hospitality workers in need during this difficult time.”

“There are two ways you can help. You can visit the link in our bio and leave a tip at the Tip-Jar link for a struggling hospitality worker. At this not-for-profit venture, all your kind tips are supporting carefully selected individuals.”

“You can also grab a can of our KING OF THE NORTH beer, a portion of all profits will also benefit this venture. This New England IPA is getting a North England twist and it really packs a punch.”

You can pre-order the beer now and they will be dispatched from November 18th. 

Seven Brothers are also creating free packed lunches with their sister company Four Sisters as part of the End Child Poverty campaign.

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