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The best new pub in the UK is just over an hour away from Manchester

This place is well worth a trip…

Jamie Roberts



The Swan at Marbury

However much we all love Manchester, sometimes you just can’t beat getting away for a little break – even if it’s only for a day.

If that’s you at the moment – and with town being completely rammed with Christmas shoppers, who could blame you – then you might want to check out this pub.

The Good Pub Guide Awards 2020 winners are in, revealing the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to pubs in the UK, and the top new establishment in the country is pretty close to our city.

The Swan at Marbury

In fact, it’s just over an hour away from Manchester by car, and well worth the trip – if there’s anyone who knows a good drinking spot, it’s The Good Pub Guide.

This year, their Top Ten New Pubs are the Swan in Marbury (Cheshire), the Boot in Repton (Derbyshire), the Bull in Fairford, the Fossebridge Inn at Fossebridge (both in Gloucestershire), the Blacksmiths in Clayworth (Nottinghamshire), the Litton in Litton (Somerset), the Abingdon Arms in Beckley (Oxfordshire), the Kings Head in Laxfield (Suffolk), the Hollist Arms at Lodsworth (Sussex) and the Arrow Mill at Arrow (Warwickshire).

And the winner is the Swan in Marbury, which was officially crowned New Pub of the Year 2020 by the guide, who go on to describe it as ‘beautifully refurbished and friendly’.

The Swan at Marbury

They added: “[It’s a] carefully renovated village pub with attractive open-plan rooms, a thoughtful choice of drinks and food served by well-trained staff and seats on large terrace”.

The pub was reopened back in April 2018, and as well as boasting a beautiful interior, they also serve a wide range of beers and wines, alongside some cracking food.

The Swan at Marbury is located near Whitchurch, Cheshire – for more information check out their website here.

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Aldi launches giant pigs in blanket kebabs which are perfect for the BBQ

These look so good!

Alex Watson



Aldi has launched giant pigs in blankets and sausage whirls, perfect for a BBQ this bank holiday weekend. 

If you’re hoping the nice weather this week will mean you can whip the BBQ out, there’s one thing you might wanna add to your shopping list, giant pigs in blankets designed for the barbie.

The pig in blanket kebabs are British pork sausages wrapped in Beechwood smoked cured streaky bacon and will set you back just £1.99 for a pack of four.

The new summer-friendly pigs in blankets each come on their own skewer making it even easier to gobble them down while you enjoy the sunshine, beer in hand. 

There are also ‘sausage whirls’, essentially sausages swirled around and pierce through the middle. 

The swirls will cost just £1.99 for a pack of six.

Both products are now available at Aldi stores across the UK, meaning you can pick these up ahead of your essentials shop for the perfect weekend in the garden! 

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How to make a quick and easy strawberry daiquiri at home this bank holiday weekend


Alex Watson



Name a more iconic summer drink, I’ll wait… 

Strawberry daiquiris are boozy, sugary and all-round delicious crowd-pleasing drinks, so it’s only right you become the master daiquiri maker for the bank holiday weekend!

Despite how delicious they are, they’re also incredibly easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients, a blender and voila!

Be warned, this recipe only calls for 10ml of rum but that’s barely a drizzle so feel free to add more – always drink responsibly though, of course.

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  • 500g Strawberries
  • 100g Ice
  • 10ml Rum
  • Half a lime Lime 


  1. Blend your strawberries and sieve through the puree. 
  2. Add puree, ice, rum and half a squeeze of lime into a blender.
  3. Serve!
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Add as many amazing garnishes as you like, including fresh strawberries and even a drizzle of rum on the top. 

From this recipe, you can pretty much make any other flavour combination of daiquiris you like! Why not make a few different flavours and layer them in a tall glass to create a rainbow daiquiri!?

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McDonald’s plans to reopen all UK drive-thrus in next few weeks

Not long to wait for your Maccies fix…

Proper Manchester



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If you’re missing your Macccies fix we’ve got some good news for you, as the fast food chain is finally set to open some drive-thrus up north.

McDonald’s recently announced it would be reopening a few branches for drive-thru, but excitement quickly turned to anger when it became apparent that none of them were up north – in fact, most were in and around London.

But now it’s been revealed that it plans to reopen all its UK restaurants, with the plan to have all drive-thrus open by early June, McDonald’s told The Sun.

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According to reports, the fast food chain will be confirming dates with branches next week, as it continues to try and open more restaurants in a safe manner.

People accused Maccies of ‘hating the north’ after it was revealed that the 33 sites that were to open are all down south.

McDonald’s has now confirmed that the north will see branches open for drive-thru over the next few weeks. 

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