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The best dessert deliveries in Greater Manchester to treat yourself this weekend

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If unlike the rest of the population you’ve not managed to master the banana bread in lockdown 1.0, 2.0 or even 3.0 – don’t worry these places have got you covered…

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Loaf MCR
We’ll kick off with a place that actually sells banana bread so you don’t need to worry about a single thing. Loaf kicked off in the start of lockdown selling classics like lemon drizzle, as well as imaginative loaves like their Jammy Dodger delight – plus a Biscoff Loaf that is incredible. You can order via their Instagram.

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Gooey
A super popular donut and cookie shop created from the guys behind foodie account @eatmcr. For now, you can grab just the huge New York-style cookies packed full of treats. There are regularly changing specials too like the recent Peanut Butter Jelly cookie.

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Nibble NQ
The Northern Quarter cafe offers nation-wide delivery of all their delicious treats which make fantastic prezzies. They’ve got the Big Cake Box (£30), The Brownie Box (£19) and even a Vegan Cake Box (£19) too!

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Just Natas
Arguably one of the best deserts, these Portuguese treats are now available on Deliveroo every day until they sell-out!

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The Palms Bakery
Self-titled ‘home of the shaggy cake’, The Palms Bakery will fill all of your bakery-based Instagram requirements. You sort of ‘build your own cake’ first choosing the size, then the flavour followed by your fave shaggy design (not the singer).

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Siop Shop
The NQ-based cafe is now offering deliveries through lockdown from their pimped up van. The Doughnut Delivery is £3 and you can add on coffee or even a branded t-shirt. They’ve got a lot of Manchester already covered, you can see if they deliver to your area here. A classic doughnut box is £13 (there’s a vegan option too!).

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Drizzle City Bakes
Bursting with colour, these 100% vegan cakes will make the perfect addition to any lockdown birthday or celebration. There’s even a whole Valentine’s range including plenty of chocolate, red velvet cookies and even a Biscoff cookie sandwich. Get involved.

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Pot Kettle Black
The place for croissants and all butter-based breakfast snacks courtesy of Half Dozen Other bakery. They create naughty things like a Marshmallow S’more Croissant. Need I say more?

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Sweet Bay Bakery
Another vegan-based sweet shop with 100% compostable packaging too! They’ve got sweet treats like New York-style cookies, Cinnamon Rolls and Lotus brownies.

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Nell’s Ice Cream
The place that took over the Northern Quarter in lockdown with ginormous pizzas, now offer ice cream sandwiches! They’ve even got a vegan option. Flavours include the likes of Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream and Vegan Chocolate Cookie.

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Disco Biscuit
Cookies, Cookie Muffins (muffin shaped cookies oozing with triple the amount of stuffing you’ll find in a regular cookie), Cookie Pies (massive) and Cakes ‘n’ Shit.

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Manchester Brownie Box
Born in lockdown as owner Rachel tasked herself with finding the perfect brownie recipe, Manchester Brownie Box is an Urmston-based small business offering hefty Brownie slabs that you can even personalise! There are flavours like Jammy Dodger, Kinder, bourbon and salted caramel.

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Saddleworth Brownies
Freshly baked cookies and brownies based in Saddleworth with flavours like Peanut butter, Triple Chocolate, Jammie Dodger Blondie and plenty of different cookies too! There are gluten free and vegan options too. A pack of six mixed-flavour brownies will set you back £15.

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A Greater Manchester chippy has started doing battered chip butties filled with gravy or curry sauce

I need to try one of these

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Flounders Fish and Chips in Blackrod has started selling a battered chip butty and customers are going mad for it!

The deep-fried treat will set you back just £2 and is served with either English curry, Chinese curry, gravy or mushy peas.

Staff say the new item is already flying out the deep fat fryer.

Owned by Victoria Flatters for the past eight years, Victoria reckons they are the only chippy in the area to sell the deep-fried treat.

The 50-year-old told the Manchester Evening News: “My daughter sent me a link about a battered and the shop was doing it down south.

“We weren’t sure about it because we thought it would be a bit of a mess.

“But they’re quite light and really nice. People have been coming back for more – one customer has been every day for two weeks!”

The barm is put in the fryer for three to four minutes before being turned over and cooked on the other side until crispy. It’s then topped with chips for a delicious treat.

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Victoria added: “We are the only ones doing it in the area. I don’t know anyone else that’s doing it.

“We just thought we would do a bit of variety.

“With demand I have to keep up with what people like and what the changes are, it’s been a brilliant response.”

Right then – that’s tea tonight sorted!

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Salford Rum launches new honeycomb, caramel and butterscotch rum to celebrate worker bees

Can’t wait to try this!

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Salford Rum Company has teamed up with Manchester-based beekeepers to create a new honeycomb flavoured rum.

The Salford Rum Company, created in 2018, is a luxury local premium rum created by rugby-league-playing high school pals James Harrison and Tommy Gaughan. 

Created to celebrate the history, heritage and people of Salford Docks throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s – which became the third-largest port in the UK – Salford rum takes inspiration from the rums of the Caribbean. 

The brand new Salford Honey Rum is distilled and bottled in the shadows of the old docks and created as a tribute to Salford’s Worker Bees.

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Created in partnership with The Finest Honey, a beekeeping collective that sells surplus honey and sources honey from rescue bees.

The floral honey adds a sweetness coupled with intense golden spiced liquid rum to create a well-balanced flavour with honeycomb, caramel and butterscotch notes on the palate.

Presented in a rose gold foil print with a honeycomb motif designed by Dave Draws, the bottle also dons a worker bee on the seal and cap. 

Salford Rum co-founder James Harrison, said: “To coin a local phrase, we are absolutely ‘buzzing’ to launch the Honey Rum to our product portfolio.

“This third expression has been a long time coming and we have taken time to ensure it hits the right note with the UK’s growing number of spiced and premium rum drinkers.

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“It’s great to partner with The Finest Honey, too – it’s a fantastic organisation that sells surplus honey from a range of regional producers, and the link-up is testimony to how we work in Manchester and Salford – collaboratively and for the greater good.

“Our products have developed a cult following regionally and are starting to gain a following nationally, too.

“We look forward to seeing how much our fans love the new Honey Rum, and how they use it creatively to make amazing cocktails and incredible creations at home.”

The preorder for the second batch was limited to 200 bottles, each individually numbered and they have already sold out. 

Keep an eye on their socials for the restock!

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You can now get super cheesy beef fried Birria tacos with dipping gravy in Manchester

These sound amazing!!

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A brand new taco pop-up is set to open in the Northern Quarter serving up delicious fried corn tacos with dipping gravy. 

Taking over The Koffee Pot on Oldham Street, Birria Brothers Taco will be serving up traditional Mexican corn tacos – the first of its kind available in Manchester.

After doing serious numbers on social media – particularly on TikTok – over the past year people have become obsessed with this Mexican delicacy.

Made using an eight hour slow-cooked stew, with shin of beef or goat available at Birria Brothers, the tacos are fully dunked in the stew and then fried to absorb all that delicious flavour and leave a crispy flavoursome taco. 

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The fall-apart juicy beef is topped with Oaxaca cheese, a Mexican cheese similar to Monterey jack with a string cheese texture.

The tacos are served with a pot of rich spiced consommé on the side so you can dip the whole thing in even more delicious meaty gravy. 

Birria Brothers will be popping up in The Koffee Pot on Saturday March 6th to bring Birria tacos to the Mancunian masses. 

Follow them on Instagram here to keep up to date. 

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