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The best spots to celebrate National Burger Day in Manchester

Here in Manchester, we do burgers properly…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: National Burger Day.

Tomorrow, August 26th, we will be celebrating everything there is to love about the humble burger and, of course, every Manchester establishment that offers the tastiest and most unique take on the popular dish.

So, without any further ado, here’s our list of the best spots in Manchester to go and grab a burger on National Burger Day:

Slap & Pickle

Kicking off the festivities is Slap & Pickle – located in Society, these guys don’t mess around when it comes to their burger options. Using only forty day dry-aged, grass-fed Yorkshire and Lancashire beef from Swaledale Foods, quality is guaranteed with every burger sold.

Menu highlights include their signature cheese-overload burger the ‘Personal Cheesus,’ the Baconator burger and one for the chilli lovers, the Hey Hot Stuff burger.

Slap & Pickle can be found in Society, and can also be ordered and delivered online via Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Foodstuffs.

Slap & Pickle, Society, 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester, M2 3BD.

Almost Famous

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This Manc-born brand has long been a firm favourite in the city for our much-needed burger fixes – having two venues here in Manchester, one in Liverpool and one in Leeds, Almost Famous is well ahead of the game with its unique take on the humble burger.

Their burgers boast a whole array of unusual yet delicious toppings and ingredients – we’re talking packets of Frazzles and Cheetos kind of unusual.

And, to celebrate National Burger Day, Almost Famous will be giving out FREE burgers tomorrow. Click here for all the info.

Almost Famous, Unit 2, Great Northern, Peter St, Manchester, M3 4EN
Almost Famous, 100-102 High St, Manchester, M4 1HP
almostfamousburgers.com

Bull & Bear

Bull & Bear, the restaurant brought to Manchester from Marlow by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, offers a wonderfully gourmet burger for those wanting something a little fancier – The ‘Marlow Mix’ Burger with maple bacon and smoked applewood cheddar.

And, to mark National Burger Day, the restaurant will be launching the exclusive ‘Marlow Mix’ Burger, which will feature slow cooked short rib of beef and smoked Applewood cheddar, served with a side of truffle and parmesan fries.

Visit their website to book a table.

Bull & Bear, 4 Norfolk St, Manchester M2 1DW

The Blackfriar 

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Salford’s newly refurbished historical pub The Blackfriar offers fantastic menus boasting both gourmet dining options and traditional pub grub – and some bloody good burgers, of course.

The ‘Blackfriar Burger’ features an aged beef patty with cheddar, little gem lettuce, onion, tomato and a special Boddington’s relish. And, for the Pride weekend this week, there is the limited-edition PINK burger, with £1 from every burger sold being donated to the Terrance Higgins Trust.

Head to their website for more information and bookings. 

The Blackfriar, 41-43 Blackfriars Road, Salford, M3 7DB.
0161 667 9555

V Rev Vegan Diner

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One for the vegans! V Rev has long been a firm favourite among plant-based Mancs, and their burgers are a constant smash hit (even with the meat eaters.)

The restaurant grills to order smashed patties from Beyond Meat for every burger, including the Dirty Little Secret, the Whopper Way to Make a Living, the Barbecue Without the E, and the Tommy Pickles.

They also offer vegan alternatives to hot dogs, burritos, mac and cheese and wings.

Head over to their website to book a table or to order online. 

V Rev Vegan Diner, 20-26 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN.
0161 806 0928

Patty Queen

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One of the newer burger pop ups on the block, Patty Queen promises to dish up the ‘best burgers on this side of Santa Monica.’

And boy, do they deliver.

Located over at Escape to Freight Island, Patty Queen serves up some seriously good burgers, including their classic hamburger, which boasts two ‘delicious and delectable’ patties using aged beef, double American cheese, chopped lettuce, beef tomato, red onion and pickles, all held together with a toasted potato brioche bun.

Patty Queen can be found at Escape to Freight Island and can also be delivered via Deliveroo.

Patty Queen, Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PZ.

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor

Obviously the kings of steak have a banging burger – served with either Ogleshield cheese or Stichelton, the meat in the burgers comes from 100% grass-fed beef from traditional breeds, with small nuggets of bone marrow in there to keep things juicy and meaty throughout. 

The burger was even ranked in twentieth place in Big 7 Travel’s round up of the best burgers in Europe, where it was stated that ‘their classic burgers should be illegal it’s so much fun.’

Head over to the Hawksmoor website for more info and bookings.

Hawksmoor, 184, 186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB.
0161 836 6980

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You can now get Biscoff-flavoured gin and it looks incredible

Gin like you’ve never had it before…

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The Boutique Gin Co.

A revolutionary gin liqueur that tastes exactly like Biscoff biscuits is now a thing, and it looks absolutely bloody marvelous.

Now, you’ll all be aware that Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.

These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.

But now, possibly the best – and definitely the most boozy – Biscoff invention has landed: The Biscoff flavoured gin liqueur

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Okay, people have already been making Biscoff espresso martinis for quite some time, but never before has there been an actual spirit flavoured after the stuff.

Courtesy of the Boutique Gin Co., Biscoff fans far and wide will be able to get their hands on a bottle of Ginscoffi, a gin liqueur which combines delicious notes of cinnamon and caramel to create a deliciously sweet and warming gin liqueur that is perfect for sipping on cold evenings.

The Ginscoffi creators suggest for the spirit to be enjoyed mixed with ginger ale or simply on its own over ice – they also recommend adding it to cocktails favourites to add a festive twist, such as in an espresso martini.

Layla, the Chief Ginnovator behind the drink, said: “I am a huge fan of biscuits such as Biscoff and biscotti so to me it made sense to try to combine those flavours to create a brand new flavoured gin liqueur.

The Boutique Gin Co.

“It has taken me almost a year to create the recipe, but I think the end product is something really unique. Even if you aren’t a gin fan, Ginscoffi will blow you away. Its sweet cinnamon and caramel taste is so versatile and is ideal for making chocolate or coffee based cocktails, and it has a lovely festive feel to it.

“We’ve been having so much fun using Ginscoffi to create loads of tasty cocktails. Fans can check them out on our website and social media pages.”

Ginscoffi is available to buy exclusively on their online store, drinkthis.co.uk. Make sure to follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram for exciting product updates.

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There’s a new Pan Asian bottomless brunch with endless prosecco and cocktails

This could be the best bottomless brunch offering yet…

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Tampopo

A new bottomless brunch complete with authentic Pan Asian dishes and an abundance of cocktails and prosecco has landed in Manchester and it looks incredible.

Tampopo has been serving up wonderful dishes inspired by the far-flung countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan to Mancunians since 1997 and, now, it has launched its first ever bottomless brunch menu.

The exciting new deal offers a selection of Pan Asian delights alongside those all-important ninety minutes of free-flowing drinks – sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it?

Tampopo

Diners can tuck into either a two-course or a three-course brunch special, which includes the likes of Thai Green Curry, Beef Rendang or a Katsu Curry. 

There are also a number of sweet treats up for grabs on the menu, including Tampopo’s famous ‘Little Moons’ and a number of refreshing sorbet options. 

On the drinks front, guests can then indulge in ninety minutes of bottomless prosecco, bellinis and Tiger beer, as well as a selection of mocktails and juices; ideal for those who fancy something a little less boozy.

Tampopo

The menu will be available every single day from 12pm-5pm at the Albert Square, Corn Exchange and Trafford Centre venues, with two courses costing £34.95, and three courses costing just a little bit extra at £37.95

Walk-ins are welcome, though bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.

Fancy it? Make your own booking here.

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Price of a pint could rise by 25p in October, Sacha Lord warns

The humble pint is set to become even more expensive…

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Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord has warned that the price of a pint could be rising from October 1st.

Lord estimated that both food and drink prices will rise in line with the government’s hike in VAT for the hospitality sector – the tax rate for pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality establishments was reduced to 5% to help the hospitality sector survive the pandemic but, two weeks ago, it was announced that it will increase to 12.5% at the end of the month.

By 2022, it is expected to return to the usual 20%.

The price of an average pint in England is predicted to rise by 25p to £3.94, while the average glass of wine is likely to shift from £4.07 to £4.35 to cover overall losses felt by operators.

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This week, Lord has urged the Government to rethink the increase, calling for the move to be delayed until the industry recovers to pre-pandemic levels.

He said: “The 5% VAT rate was the single biggest recovery measure for the industry over the past eighteen months, and has enabled venues to stay in business and staff to keep their jobs. Removing this relief will have a severe effect on operators across the country.

“VAT is the biggest expense in any business, and it is the quickest way to reduce cash flow. For businesses who have little-to-no cash reserves as a result of the pandemic, it could be last orders.

“Many operators will be forced to pass the increase onto the customer to stay afloat, and we could see prices across food and drink rise by as much as 7-10% from October as bosses attempt to recover losses and fight the dire financial situation they find themselves in.”

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Lord continued by stressing that the VAT increase will see the permanent closure of many local and independent venues, before warning that ‘we have a tough winter ahead for our nightlife sector’.

He said: “Operators will take at least three years to recover from this pandemic, and I urge the Government to rethink this rise and extend the current rate until that point. The hospitality industry is vital to the UK’s recovery and growth.

“Cancelling a measure which will result in venues closing, staff being made redundant and VAT bills left unpaid through bankruptcy will only hinder, not help the economy. To punish the sector now will have devastating consequences just as it starts to recover.”

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