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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

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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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Manchester’s newest outdoor food market is now doing brunch and it looks next level

That’s my weekend plans sorted…

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Escape To Freight Island

If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a brunch with a difference this weekend, then we’ve got just the place for you.

Head down to Escape To Freight Island, as it just got a whole lot better with the launch of its brand spanking new weekend brunch menu.

It’s available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm, and it looks like some absolutely next level scran.

Escape To Freight Island

You can expect a seriously good selection of delicious brunch dishes and plenty of cocktails (not just prosecco!). There’s loads on the menu, with the platform offering up plenty of veggie and vegan options too.

Grab yourself some delicious things like the Patty Queen Breakfast Bun (£6.50), with double sausage patty, free-range egg, proper American cheese, grilled potato, brioche bun, and top and bottom ketchup.

There’s also some great flatbreads on offer, like the Smashed Cannellini & Nduja Pizetta (£8), with Cannellini bean, Nduja, Cumberland sausage, red onion, kale and Fior di Latte cheese.

Escape To Freight Island

There’s also a vegan favourite, Grilled Avo & Halloumi Khubz (£8), with avocado, grilled portobello mushroom, coriander and pickled cucumber.

As for drinks, you can choose from a great selection of beers, soft drinks and cocktails, including Mimosas and Bloody Marys –  a brunch classic.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself booked in here!

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Manchester’s best tiki bar is back with brand new colourful cocktails AND pizza

If you like Pina Coladas…

Alex Watson

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Finest Media

The city’s best tiki bar is back open with a brand new cocktail menu, new look and even pizza!

If you’re not going on holiday this year, treat yourself to some bright tiki cocktails in the colourful Liars Club. 

The Liars Club reopened on Wednesday September 23rd, with a whole new cocktail menu.

The ‘Liars Original’ menu includes a delicious Liars Club version of the classic Pornstar Martini, filled to the brim with Bacardi Blanca, Passionfruit, vanilla, lime, pineapple and plenty of bubbles.

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There’s also the classic and bright blue Cobalt Bay, a tangy concoction of Mount Gay rum, Cocchi Americano, lemon, guava and grapefruit.

And for those who like Campari drinks, try the Two Birds One Stone, a mix of 5 Golden Rums, Campari, Galliano, pineapple, pandan and lime.

There is, of course, Tiki Classics to really get you in that holiday mood including Liars’ Pina Colada, Mai Tai, Daigquiri and a Zombie that will make you feel as such the next day.

AND what’s more you can even order a pizza from Crazy Pedro’s next door! 

Get involved and find more info here! 

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Aldi’s sell-out Christmas hampers are back and you can order them online this year

These are perfect gifts!

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Aldi

Aldi’s Christmas Hampers sell out every year, this year they’re back and you can even bag yourself one in a nice easy online order. 

This year there are seven different themes of Hampers ranging from Fancy Food to the Ultimate Celebration Hamper.

Prices start from just £19.99 and go all the way up to a huge £99 hamper for the ultimate Christmas gift. 

The cheapest of the boxes is the Christmas Favourites, which has a selection of Aldi’s premium ‘Specially Selected’ range products in. 

Aldi UK

There are five goodies in total in this box including a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and strawberry and Champagne chocolates. 

The Ultimate Celebration Hamper, costing just shy of £100, is new this year, but is packed full of 26 items in total.

There’s a range of Specially Selected and normal items including three boozy bottles of Vueve Monsigny Champagne, Argentinian Malbec and A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – making sure all taste buds are covered.

There’s also posh chocolates, clotted cream fudge and florentines. Plus a range of cheese and chutney. 

Aldi UK

Another newbie this year is the Chocolate Celebration Hamper, which is perfect for all those chocolate lovers in your life (so everyone). 

It’ll set you back £29.99 and comes with a range of nine different chocolate surprises including Roth pink gin creams and milk chocolate honeycomb.

Some people have pointed out that this one is an incredible dupe for the Fortnum & Mason’s hamper that sets you back £2,500. OUCH. 

Aldi

Other hampers include The Luxury Collection Hamper (£59.99), The Christmas Feast Hamper (£79.99), Afternoon Treats Selection Hamper (£39.99) and The Vegan Hamper (£29.99).

The hampers are incredible value for money in comparison to others on the market, including some of the Chocolate Collections from Hotel Chocolat which range from £25 to £100. 

Each hamper is beautifully packaged in a wicker basket but it is possible to buy all the ingredients separately and build your own at home.

You can only order the hampers online this year, and they went live for pre-orders on September 21st so you can bagsy one now (they’ll dispatch on November 11th). 

You’ll also have to fork out an additional £2.95 for delivery this year!

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