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…
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.
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.
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!
Arguably one of the best deserts, these Portuguese treats are now available on Deliveroo every day until they sell-out!
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).
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!).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester restaurant named best in UK for a roast dinner
Roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy are essential!
A restaurant in Manchester has been named as the best in the UK for a Sunday roast, with another Manchester eatery also ranking among the top five.
Both Manchester restaurants were the only two entries from our city but prove you can certainly get a decent roast here.
The study was conducted by bookmaker Betway and saw Hawksmoor win top place and Elnecot in Ancoats take fifth.
The research used in its index score was generated from the number of hashtags each location had racked up on Instagram as well as reviews given on Google and Trip Advisor.
Eateries from Manchester, London, Liverpool and Belfast came out on top and were among the top twelve across the UK.
The two Manchester restaurants were two of three from the North of England to make it onto the list. Hanover Street Social, in Liverpool, also came in as a strong contender in third place.
The 12 best restaurants to get a roast dinner in the UK, according to Betway, are:
- Hawksmoor Manchester
- Hawksmoor Seven Dials, London
- Hanover Street Social, Liverpool
- OX Belfast, Belfast
- Elnecot, Manchester
- Kyloe and The Scran and Scallie, both Edinburgh
- The Potted Pig, Cardiff and The Bothy, Glasgow
- The Plough, Birmingham
- Heaney’s Restaurant, Cardiff and Hawksmoor Edinburgh and The Butchershop Glasgow
- Roastit Bubbly Jocks, Glasgow
- Blacklock Shoreditch, London and Darcy’s Belfast
- Molly’s Yard, Belfast
M&S reveal full Christmas food range including festive Colin the Caterpillar
The M&S Christmas food range can be accessed online from September 26th
Marks and Spencer is already getting in the Christmas spirit as it has just revealed its seasonal food range with shoppers saying they’re ‘so excited’ to see it.
The M&S Christmas 2023 collection includes festive versions of cult favourites including Colin the Caterpillar and Percy Pig, as well as a huge return of its light-up, musical biscuit tins and chocolate boxes.
For the big day itself, M&S will launch the everything-in-the-box £45 Christmas turkey dinner that takes around 60 minutes to cook, making the special feast much easier to make but keeping it tasty.
There’s also a range of party foods and picky bits to nibble on including vegan snowman-faced bao buns, perfect for those who’ll skip the meat on their dinner this year.
Air fryer cooking instructions will be added to the packaging of party foods for the first time this year, as more and more households opt to cook this way during the cost-of-living crisis, as well as remaining on a four-for-three offer to offer value for shoppers.
M&S Cafes will launch their festive menus from November 1st, and the menu will include tasty Welsh Rarebit cheesy crumpets for £4.50.
The turkey toastie will also be back with the added option of adding a pot of gravy on the side to dip them into. Turkey gravy can be purchased for an additional £1.
And what would a dinner be without a delicious dessert to finish it off with? M&S have that covered too with a delicious variety to satisfy your sweet tooth, including a new take on the festive mince pie.
Desserts include new takes on the traditional yule log, as well as chocolate and hazelnut mince pies at £4 for a four-pack. The Christmas Colin the Caterpillar sees him dressed in a cosy icing Christmas jumper as well as a chocolate Santa hat priced £12, and will be available in stores from December 7th.
There will also be a bigger range of hampers than ever before with around 80 to choose from. Hampers will range from letter box ones for £20 all the way up to huge £1,000 ones, containing exclusive M&S goodies.
Shoppers can also get excited for the return of the light-up gin and fizz bottles, as singles or part of gift pack options – available online now.
Party food includes the return of M&S’s ‘best ever’ prawn toast, pulled beef and rosti towers and the viral sensation snowmen steamed bao buns, all priced at £7.50 per pack.
The Christmas food range will officially launch on November 1st though shoppers will be able to access the food items site online at M&S from September 26th. Food orders can be collected in-store from December 21st to 24th. To see the full M&S Christmas food range, click HERE.
Wetherspoons is slashing food and drink prices for one day only next week
Punters heading to their local Spoons boozer can enjoy around 7.5% off food and drink
Bargain pub chain Wetherspoons has said it will slash the price of its food and drink items for one day only next week.
The one-day promotional offer will be held on Thursday September 14th, which is National Tax Equality Day, and is part of a campaign to highlight the burden of tax on the hospitality industry.
Chairman of Wetherspoons Tim Martin said they want to expose the ‘vast disparity’ in how pubs and restaurants are taxed, compared with supermarkets.
He also hopes to highlight how a permanent VAT reduction would help benefit pubs and restaurants in seeing more customers come through their doors.
Those heading to their local Spoons boozer can enjoy around 7.5% off their order.
The drop in price means, for example, a customer spending £10 on a food and drink order could get it for £9.25 instead.
Wetherspoons has also added a VAT calculator to its website to show how much customers could save at their local Spoons boozer.
Mr Martin said: “The biggest threat to the hospitality industry is the vast disparity in tax treatment among pubs, restaurants and supermarkets.
“Supermarkets pay zero VAT in respect of food sales, whereas pubs and restaurants pay 20%. This tax benefit allows supermarkets to subsidise the selling price of beer.
“Pubs have been under fantastic pressure for decades because of the tax disadvantages which they have with supermarkets.”
He argued that the hospitality industry is ‘subsidising supermarkets’ due to these tax rules, adding: “We urge the Chancellor to tax equality between pubs and supermarkets.”
It’s not the first time Mr Martin has been vocal about the issue and has even accused some senior politicians of a ‘lack of understanding’.
Wetherspoons has already closed 29 of its sites this year with several more up for sale.
It now runs over 800 pubs across the UK and Ireland. The chain is set to report record total sales across its pubs for the latest financial year after having bumper Easter and May Bank Holiday trading weekends.