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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
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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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New Turtle Bay restaurant set to open in Salford Quays as plans submitted

Manchester’s existing Turtle Bay restaurants are hugely popular thanks to their Caribbean-inspired menus and cocktails

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Turtle Bay

Salford Quays could soon be getting its very own Turtle Bay, with plans to build a new restaurant recently being submitted.

There are currently two existing Turtle Bay restaurants in Manchester, with one located down Oxford Road and the other in the Northern Quarter.

The venues have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians over the years, mainly thanks to their Caribbean-inspired menus, extensive list of rum cocktails and their competitive Happy Hour, which runs at varying hours every day of the week. 

Turtle Bay

But the brand could soon be expanding outside of the city centre, with plans been recently submitted to open a new restaurant in Salford Quays.

According to the Salford City Council website, the application was received on Wednesday April 6th, and proposed the brands recognisable features, including an illuminated Turtle Bay sign, a ‘Caribbean social’ neon sign, and coloured awnings with pattern/graphics wording. 

It has also been pitched for the new Turtle Bay to move into the former Real China restaurant space in The Lowry Designer Outlet.

The proposal was validated last week on Tuesday May 3rd, so updates can be expected in the coming months. 

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Turtle Bay was founded in 2010 by Sri Lankan Ajith Jaya-Wickrema, who also established the Mexican restaurant chain Las Iguanas. 

Ajith, who moved to the UK at the age of fifteen, had a vision to create a group of restaurants that would ‘transport you to the Caribbean without a plane ticket’ and, ultimately, ‘bring the fun, bring the flavour, and bring on the good times’. 

Fast forward to today and there are now forty-two Turtle Bay restaurants across the UK, with ever-evolving menus, cocktails, live music and social events.

Head over to the Turtle Bay website for to stay posted with updates on their next venture.

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M&S launch new Corgi and Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar cakes

‘When you thought you’d seen it all… introducing Corgi meets Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar’

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M&S is commemorating the Queen’s seventieth year on the throne the only way it knows how with the launch of some very regal caterpillar cakes.

The supermarket took to social media today to unveil its miniature Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar, as well as a brand new corgi version of the popular chocolate cake.

Sharing a photo of the tasty treats, which take on the same shape as the original caterpillar cake but with new crowns and royal capes, M&S wrote: “When you thought you’d seen it all… introducing Corgi meets Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar”.

Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar and her corgi companion will be available to buy in all M&S stores from Tuesday May 17th, just in time for the Jubilee celebrations. 

And these aren’t the only new additions to M&S’s Platinum Jubilee range this year, with the retailer selling a whole host of royal-themed treats, drinks and home additions.

Though M&S isn’t the first supermarket to give their caterpillar cake a royal makeover, with Morrisons last month unveiling their very own Clarence the Corgi cake for the Jubilee celebrations. 

The limited edition corgi cake is made up of the usual chocolate-coated swiss roll cake, and will come complete with red, white and blue sprinkles, little boots, and a Union Jack crown to top it all off.

Morrisons

It will be available to buy in all good Morrisons stores from May 21st.

The country is gearing up for four days worth of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including two extra days off across the May bank holiday weekend.

Other celebrations that weekend will include a Platinum Pudding Competition, which will be judged by baking royalty Dame Mary Berry.

The Platinum Jubilee Line Up in Full

May 12th-15th: Performances in Windsor Castle

June 2nd: Bank holiday begins with a Trooping The Colour and lighting of beacons

June 3rd: Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral

June 4th: Celebrity Party At The Palace outside Buckingham Palace

June 5th: Big Jubilee Lunch and Jubilee Pageant

July: Performances charting the stories of the Queen’s coronation and jubilees

The May Bank Holiday – which usually falls at the end of the month – will be moved to Thursday June 2nd, while an extra Bank Holiday will be added on Friday June 3rd, making it a four-day weekend.

You can shop the full M&S Platinum Jubilee range here.

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NEW OPENING: Manchester’s first ever loaf cake cafe is opening this weekend

The loaf cakes come in a variety of different flavours, including Biscoff, Jammie Dodger and Bourbon Biscuit

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Manchester is set to welcome a brand new cafe dedicated to all things loaf cake.

Loaf Manchester found life in the height of the Covid pandemic in May 2020, with founder and owner Aiden Ryan selling his homemade loaf cakes in a bid to raise money for the NHS.

Aiden’s freshly baked loafs and their unique flavours and toppings proved to be a huge hit and, before he knew it, he was supplying thirteen different cafes across Manchester and making personalised orders from a shipping container in Pollard Yard, Ancoats.

In less than two years, Loaf Manchester has supplied the likes of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and is now gearing up to open its first official site in Affinity Living Riverview, Salford.

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On the menu, guests can expect to find all the usual loaf delights that have made the brand so popular over the years, including fan favourite flavours of Jammie Dodger, Biscoff, Bourbon Biscuit, and Custard Cream.

Alongside Loaf Manchester’s classic collection of nostalgic cakes, there will be a selection of handmade Loaf Au Choc, Croissant Loaf and Brioche Loaf fresh on the counter each day.

And for the first time, Loaf Manchester will be offering a selection of light lunch options to balance the sweet with savoury, including artisanal sandwiches and bagels from Sndwch Mcr, salads and smoothies from Bondi Bowls, and natural made soft drinks from Steep Soda Co.

Loaf Manchester will be opening its Affinity Living Riverview cafe this weekend and, to celebrate, will be throwing launch parties on both Saturday and Sunday, complete with cake, booze and live music.

Aiden said on Loaf Manchester’s new chapter: “We are so proud of where the brand is now and the connections we’ve made – the support we’ve had from both customers and local business has been absolutely incredible.

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“This weekend is not just the launch of our first site, it’s the celebration of our partnership with Affinity Living, a community driven place to live, as well as the creatives and small businesses that have helped elevate Loaf to where it is now.”

Loaf Manchester will be opening to the public on Saturday May 14th with an epic launch party starting at 12pm-9pm.

There will be a second launch party the following day on Sunday May 15th, starting at 11am-5pm.

Follow Loaf Manchester on Instagram for all the details.

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