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

I need all of this immediately

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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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Nell’s is doing bottomless pizza and booze every Sunday at its new site

Bottomless pizza and booze, I repeat, bottomless pizza and booze

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The 22″ pies and slices legends Nell’s are set to get even more legendary with the launch of their bottomless pizza and booze offer.

Nell’s New York style pizzas have earned them a handsome reputation at their pop-up residencies in the NQ’s Common and Chorlton’s The Beagle so, of course, excitement surrounding their new restaurant at the city centre garden neighbourhood Kampus has been rife.

The new restaurant will cater for groups of all sizes and will feature a ‘Slice Bar’ where customers can pop in for a quick slice throughout the day and the evening. 

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All of the familiar Nell’s classics will be on the menu too, including their best selling Original Cheese, Do You ‘Roni Honey? & Vegan Deluxe.

The new restaurant will also feature The Snug, a private and, you guessed it, snug area where you and your pals can get comfortable with pizza and cocktails – perfect for birthdays, special occasions, or just for those much-needed after work drinks. 

But perhaps most excitingly of all is their new Sunday offering – bottomless pizza and booze. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

The Sunday Pizza Social will give guests the opportunity to indulge on both the pizza menu and the cocktail list, which includes three brand new signature cocktails; Nell’s Sbagliato, Nell’s Spritz, and Nell’s Sour – though the finer details surrounding the bottomless deal are yet to be confirmed.

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Speaking of the new venture, founder Jonny Heyes said: “We decided to make a change from our original concept for Kampus. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we felt like so much had changed since we began this project at Kampus and Cornerstone started to feel like a ‘pre-COVID’ idea, which of course it was.

“Kampus had been intended as the first ever Nell’s but in fact we’re already now operating at two sites – so much of our focus over the last year has been on Nell’s so we thought it didn’t make sense to have it playing second fiddle to Cornerstone.

“Now felt like the right time for Nell’s to step out of the shadows and have a place of her own.”

Nell’s at Kampus will be opening to the public on Friday, November 5th. Make sure to follow the official Instagram page for news and updates, and head over to their website for bookings.

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NEW OPENING: The all-you-can-eat Brazilian restaurant with bottomless meat coming to Altrincham

Calling all meat lovers..

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A new Brazilian all-you-can-eat restaurant with bottomless meat is coming to Altrincham next month, and it looks immense.

Jardim Rodizio, which translates to ‘garden’ in Portuguese, is coming courtesy of Robert Melman, the Argentinian visionary behind popular Manchester steak house Fazenda and King Street tapas joint Tast. He newest venture will be taking over the Old Post Rooms in Altrincham, which has sat unoccupied for over a year.

There, it will bring all the wonderful flavours of South America to the market town and, of course, an abundance of all-you-can-eat Brazilian meat.

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Customers can expect a traditional Brazilian ‘rodizio’ meat selection, with an endless offering of grilled meats, unlimited side dishes and salads from the all-you-can-eat bar.

Melman, who has teamed up with his operations manager Chris Milner said on the new opening: “I wanted to create something new where I can add the personal touch again. I love the excitement of bringing fresh and new ideas together and building a team to deliver that. As brands grow bigger that personality can be lost.

“Jardim has been a lockdown project of mine and I am loving the excitement of bringing something new to Altrincham. I have had the opportunity to be creative again and have loved exploring the perfect blend of Brazilian style dining with some of my native Argentina.

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“As I never had the chance to say goodbye to my former team, who were like a family to me, I think it’s important for them to see that no matter the situation, you can always make good, even in the most trying of times.”

The details surrounding Jardim Rodizio’s exact opening date have remained tightly under wraps, though it has been confirmed that it’ll be at some point in November.

Follow Jardim Rodizio on Instagram to stay posted with any news and updates.

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Chef calls out ‘opportunists looking for a free meal’ who refused to pay bill after eating ‘70%’ of their food

‘Everyone’s after something for free at the moment, which perhaps comes from their lack of respect for the industry’

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A chef and restaurant owner has opened up about an incident in which a couple refused to pay for their bill, despite having eaten the majority of the food served to them.

Luke Payne has owned and run The Pack Horse in Hayfield with his partner Emma for the last five years, and prides himself on serving ‘up market’ contemporary food not found in your typical pub.

According to Luke, 99% of The Pack Horse’s customers are ‘lovely’ and ‘have an amazing time’, but, on Saturday night, one couple refused point blank to pay up for their bill despite having eaten the majority of their meals.

Luke has since spoken out about the incident, saying the couple were simply ‘opportunists’ on the look-out for a free meal, clearly oblivious to the crippling impacts the Covid-19 pandemic has had upon the business and the rest of the hospitality industry.

Speaking to Proper Manchester, Luke detailed how, despite the couple being checked on by his waiting team several times throughout their meal, they never once complained about their food until they’d eaten ‘around 70% of it’.

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He explained: “Despite having being checked back by our waiting team to see if everything was okay, the woman brought her pork chop up to the bar and compared it to ‘fatty bacon’, saying ‘this isn’t what I expected, I don’t really like it, I’d like another meal to replace it for free.’

“She had the opportunity to say if something was wrong or not to her liking, and in that scenario, we would have absolutely done everything we could to have made their evening better. She wanted a replacement for free, but she’d already eaten her meal essentially. So I said no, and informed her that if she wanted anything else she’d have to pay for it.”

At this, the woman’s husband allegedly became aggressive and claimed to be ‘in the right as the customer’. The couple then refused point blank to pay any of their bill, which amounted to £106, before leaving the premises. 

Luke said: “Obviously we don’t live or die by £100, but it’s still a lot of money. That’s a young waitress’ wage for the day.”

Luke ended up charging the couple using the card details they had submitted when securing their reservation online – however, they threatened to get their card insurers involved so whether or not the money will actually come through will only be determined in the next couple of days.

The incident has understandably left Luke and his team disheartened and frustrated, with him noting: “When it’s your business and your livelihood and your passion, you want to make sure that everyone leaves having had a great time. So these kind of things do stick, and it is really frustrating.

“I take stuff like this really personally, because this is all we know, it’s all we do and we do it for love. The backbone of what we do is making people happy, so this kind of stuff brings out a certain level of upset.”

And sadly, this isn’t Luke’s first experience with customers attempting to get their meals for free; he told us that since restaurants have reopened after the lockdowns, he’s noticed a rise in diners complaining about food to avoid paying their bill.

“The customer always thinks they’re right, even when they’re not. We’re professionals at the end of the day, if something is wrong with the food and drink and the service that we’re providing, we’ll know about it. So people should be a little more respectful of what we do.

“Everyone’s after something for free at the moment, which perhaps comes from their lack of respect for the industry and the hard work and the graft and the love that goes into it… People only see the end product, they don’t understand why things cost as much as they do and why they take as long to prepare as they do.”

Since sharing his experience on Twitter, Luke and the Pack Horse team have been flooded with messages of support from adoring customers. One person wrote: “Corr, I wish I was having that pork chop for lunch. I love The Packhorse. These miserly chancers do not deserve your incredible food.”

Another noted: “We came in last week and 2 of our party had the Pork and absolutely loved it. Urrrgghh chancers trying to pull a fast one on a local business – hate it!”

You can stay up to date with The Pack Horse on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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