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.
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’.
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.
Local grocery service that delivers in 15 minutes or less launches in Manchester
The super easy way to get food and drink delivered
Weezy is a brand-new on-demand grocery service that delivers in 15 minutes or under, and it has officially launched in Manchester today – just in time for a rare sunny weekend.
It offers a carefully curated range of over 2,000 high-quality products at retail prices, including alcoholic drinks, dairy, snacks, party games like Twister, and pharmacy products for emergency needs.
As well as working with wholesalers, Weezy also sources groceries from independent bakers, butchers and markets – meaning they’re always able to offer fresh, localised produce.
And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, the first 200 orders of £20 or more in Manchester will also get a FREE bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco.
The offer runs from this Friday evening until Sunday at midnight, and the promocode – GOLD100 – is automatically available at checkout.
New Manchester customers can also get £10 off their first two orders at Weezy with the code: WELCOME10.
Weezy launched back in July 2020, finding success in London, Bristol and Brighton – Manchester is the brand’s first location in the North of England.
Talking about the launch, Kristof Van Beveren, Co-founder and CEO of Weezy, said: “Manchester was the natural next choice for us.
“We know that it’s one of the most eco-friendly cities in the UK and that Manchester residents share our values.
“Our service helps to further reduce fresh food waste and packaging, and enable healthier lifestyles, with all groceries being sustainably delivered by bike or electric moped in a matter of minutes.”
Weezy has also partnered with what3words to make every location easier to find and every delivery seamless.
This new partnership enables customers to order their groceries to wherever they happen to be, whether that’s a hard-to-find address or a bench in a local park.
Kristof added: “We’re excited to be offering our customers what they want, when they need it.
“With lockdown easing in the UK, we know that friends and family want to get together safely outside and we wanted to make it easy for them to get quality products anywhere.
“Now they can meet for a picnic or a BBQ without having to carry anything there. Weezy can deliver a full shop or just some beers.”
He continued: “It’s convenience without compromise. Customers simply add in their what3words address at checkout and can sit back while they wait for their Weezy delivery.”
The Weezy app is available to download now, both on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
First look at The Refuge’s brand new heated and covered outdoor terrace
It’s now officially open!
You may remember that last month we brought you the news that The Refuge would be reopening on April 12th with a brand new courtyard area.
Called Waterhouse Way, the new heated and covered terrace is tucked away on a hidden street next to the venue.
The al-fresco dining area has now been completely redeveloped and is ready for food and drinks, with it opening on Monday along with the rest of hospitality for outdoor service.
The outdoor area is well-heated and completely covered with a huge fitted covering, making it one of a few places in the city that can remain open whatever the Mancunian weather throws at us.
The menu consists of the classic Volta travel-inspired small plates, including things like smoked feta with beetroot, hazelnuts, dill, and lamb shawarma.
They’ve even got some big sharers to get stuck into, like the massive Sunday roast platter for two which is available to order at the weekend.
There’s also a new dessert menu alongside some new additions to the drinks menu, including a special Refuge Lager.
Bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment, and you can make one here.
Each booking has a two-hour slot and food must be purchased along with drinks. Seats will be limited for the foreseeable future to allow for physical distancing.
Limited walk-ins available only during late evening at the weekend.
Manchester’s first ‘lasagne slab shack’ is opening this week
Lazy Tony’s Lasagneria is coming to town
Lasagne is the food of the gods, cheesey, creamy pasta goodness that always hits the spot.
The one thing Manchester has been missing – besides a beach – is a dedicated lasagne spot, somewhere you can grab a huge slab of the good stuff for a proper scran.
Well, not for much longer will our city be missing such a spot, as Lazy Tony’s Lasagneria is coming to Manchester this week.
Manchester’s lasagne dry spell is set to end this week with the official launch of Lazy Tony’s, the city’s first and only ‘slab shack’.
It’s set to become your new favourite place for a huge chunk of pasta, ragu and cheese, as well as freshly-baked focaccia bread, mozzarella sticks and even ‘Unofficially Officially The Best Tiramisu in the World‘.
All of the pasta is made fresh daily, and Lazy Tony uses proper Italian tomatoes – there’s even a 100% vegan option on the menu.
But how do you get your hands on one, I hear you ask?
Pre-orders will be going LIVE today, Wednesday, April 14th, ready for curbside pick up from Friday in Ancoats – Lazy Tony’s is currently operating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
You can head on over to their Instagram here for all of the latest developments, or alternatively visit the website here.