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The best pint in the UK is officially served at a Manchester pub

Cheers to that!

Jamie Roberts

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You can’t beat a proper pint, ice cold and pulled to perfection.

And it turns out that if you want a really, really good pint, you don’t have to travel far, as one Manchester pub has been crowned the Best Pint in the UK.

The Salisbury took the accolade at a national award ceremony recently, scoring an impressive ten out of ten across all criteria.



Located next to Oxford Road Station, the pub beat some stiff competition from 2,500 entrants to be crowned best pint.

Ranked on a range of criteria, from the quality of the serve to the fresh smell and taste of the pint, as well as the range of beers on offer, staff friendliness and product knowledge, The Salisbury came up top.

The pub is as well known for its impressive selection of beers and cask ales, as well as its rock jukebox and band memorabilia.

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And it’s not the first time the establishment has won recognition, with other awards including a CAMRA Award for Best Cask Pub in 2014, a Great British Pub Award for Best Cellar in the North West – also in 2014 – and a regional Star Award win for the Best Cask Pub in 2017.

So if you’re stuck for somewhere to go for a pint today, head down to The Salisbury and try the best pint in the UK for yourself.

Cheers to that!

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Costa Coffee is giving away free drinks to all customers today

Calling all coffee lovers!

Alex Watson

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Costa Coffee is reopening for sit in customers today, and giving away thousands of coffees to celebrate.

The high street chain is celebrating its reopening by giving shoppers a much-needed free drink.

By the end of July, around 2,000 Costa Coffee stores will reopen according to the company’s plans. 

Anyone who registers with the Costa Coffee Club app or already is a member will receive 300 points from today which is equivalent to £3. You can spend this on a drink or any food item of your choice!

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It’s amazing news for coffee lovers, most of whom have been struggling without a delicious coffee the whole of lockdown. Even better news is that the points will be valid for 12 months from activation, anyone over 16 can take part. 

Neil Lake, managing director of Costa Coffee UK&I, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from our customers as we begin to re-open our stores.

“As we near our next key milestone of 2000+ store re-openings by the end of July, we’re delighted to treat Costa Coffee fans to a handcrafted drink, on us.

“To ensure both our customers and team members are safe we have introduced some new measures across our estate, while also maintaining the warm environment that we know they have been missing.

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Don't miss out on those precious Costa points. We can't accept physical loyalty cards right now, but don't worry – just scan your Costa app to keep picking up points instore and at Costa Express. Simple. Just log in with your existing email details. Not a member? Join here: https://bit.ly/2YuXhEj

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“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone through our doors to enjoy their favourite Costa Coffee drink!”

You can also use the app to order your drink to have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive at your chosen store.

Use the store locator here to find your nearest Costa Coffee. 

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There’s a new tequila and taco bar opening in south Manchester next week

Who’s round is it?

Alex Watson

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There’s a brand new bar opening in Withington specialising in tequila and tacos – meet Southside Tequila Joint. 

It’s one of the (very) few good things to come out of lockdown, a brand new bar on Wilmslow Road. With lockdown taking away any open date pressures, the guys behind this new venture could really hone in on exactly what they wanted this bar to be.

And that they did. 

Southside Tequila Joint is in the old Solomon’s spot, and is actually the love child of Solomons’ owners Ruper Cade and Rick McClean with the addition of the man behind Crazy Pedro’s, Bunny Jackson’s and Wolf at the Door, Lyndon Higginson. 

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Finest Media

Throughout lockdown they’ve been putting a shift in getting this place just about perfect for a grand opening next week. 

They’ve opened up the bar adding boujee booth seating and adding an impressive terrace outback complete with mismatched furniture. 

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Finest Media

That’s not the end of the updates either, they’ve opened up downstairs to give way to loads more seating and even another bar. 

They’ve also fixed that age-old problem we all have. You know when it’s time to go home on a night out but you really want just one last drink on your way home? Southside is gonna be open until 2am every night. Yep, you read that right. 

There will be a huge range of tequilas on offer – word on the street is that it will be on of the best in the country.

And for when you get a bit peckish, tacos from the newly refurbished kitchen!

Southside Tequila Joint is opening on July 8th at 5pm. Call 0161 434 123 for bookings. Keep up to date on their Instagram here

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Anyone going to Wetherspoons will have to fill in a form before entering the pub

It’s part of the new government guidelines…

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As part of the Government’s Test and Trace policy, Wetherspoons will be refusing entry to customers who do not fill out a short form. 

This weekend the hospitality industry is set to reopen, which will see the much-anticipated reopening of pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes – but they are going to look a lot different than they did when they closed back in March. 

As part of its reopening plan, Wetherspoons has announced that anyone wishing to eat or drink in the restaurant will have to fill out a short form. 

A spokesperson for the pub chain said: “Wetherspoon will introduce NHS Test and Trace in all its pubs in England from reopening on Saturday July 4.

“Wetherspoon is to ask customers to fill out a short form, each time they visit, which contains their name and telephone number.”

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They continued: “Customers will be asked to record their arrival and departure times, and to leave the form in a box as they exit.

“The forms will be stored confidentially for 21 days. After that, they can be safely disposed of.” 

The new system has been put in place by the government to ensure that localised outbreaks of coronavirus can be controlled.

The guidance from the government says: “You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.”

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Alongside the short form, Wetherspoons will look a little different inside, including plastic screens, disposable menus and ordering on an app. 

The menus will also be slightly shorter than usual and the usual condiment caddies will be replaced with disposable sachets of sauces. 

The pubs will also have a one way entrance and exist system where possible, multiple hand sanitising stations and a dedicated member of staff cleaning touch points throughout the day. 

Are you heading out to the pubs this weekend? 

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