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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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There’s a restaurant in Manchester dedicated entirely to toasties

There’s also a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes and shakes…

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Manchester’s very own toasty restaurant has launched a brand new menu with loaded fries, jacket potatoes and shakes.

Frankie’s Toasties found life back in 2018 when a ‘typical born ‘n’ bred Manc lad’ decided to share his love of the humble toasty with the good people of Manchester.

Frankie’s was quick to earn a name for itself among foodies across the city, mainly thanks to its eclectic menu of toasties, all costing just £3.25 a piece.

Fillings include Supernoodles, ‘builder’s breakfast’ and cheese, mac and cheese, pulled pork and hot ramen with cheese, as well as some classics such as ham and cheese and tuna melt.

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Frankie’s also boasts a selection of ‘sweet’ toasties, with fillings such as Nutella, Lotus Biscoff and S’Mores with chocolate and marshmallow.

And now, Frankie’s has launched a brand new menu with some exciting new additions.

Joining its usual toasties is a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes, all of which can be customised with an array of tasty toppings and fillings for just £4.

Customers can choose from classic fillings such as tuna mayonnaise, chilli con carne and baked beans, as well as some more unusual choices including spicy ramen noodles, BBQ pulled pork, meatball marinara and creamy garlic mushrooms.

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Manchester’s Finest Group

Extra toppings include hash browns, fresh chillies, nacho cheese and jalapeños.

The new menu also boasts loaded ‘filthy’ fries and over thirty milkshake flavours, ranging from banoffee pie, Nutella, salted caramel, Snickers and Kinder Bueno, as well as a number of vegan options.

Frankies Toasties can be found at its original restaurant down Portland Street, and also at its new site in the Arndale food market.

For more information on the menu and where to find your closest Frankie’s, visit the Frankie’s Toasties website.

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Manchester cocktail bar voted one of the best in the entire world

Another win for Manchester…

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A cocktail bar in Manchester has been voted as one of the best in the entire world. 

Each year, a panel of expert bartenders, drinks writers, cocktail specialists and educators select the very best cocktail bars the world has to offer for the World’s Best 50 Bars awards.

And for 2022, a cocktail bar situated right here in Manchester made the list for the top 100 establishments across the globe.

Joining bars from far-flung locations like Krakow, New York, Singapore, Cape Town and Sydney is Schofield’s, a new bar on the scene situated in Sunlight House down Little Quay Street.

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Schofield’s – owned and operated by Bury-born brothers Dan and Joe Schofield – has proved to be a huge hit among city centre punters thanks to its team of knowledgable cocktail connoisseurs, who put intricate mixes on both classics and their own unique signature drinks.

Drink highlights include the Guinness Punch – Bacardi Ocho, Guinness, condensed milk, nutmeg and vanilla – and the Lone Tree – Chase GB Gin, Schofield’s very own Dry Vermouth and orange bitters. 

Reacting to the news on Instagram, the Schofield brothers said: “We are a little lost for words upon hearing the news that we ranked as the 59th Best Bar in the World (The World’s 50 Best Bars List 2022) making us the only bar in England to place in the list outside of London since 2008.

“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it many more times but this is a true testament to the hard work put in by the team on a daily basis. We are proud to call you colleagues and proud to work alongside you.

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“After opening during the Global pandemic, we never imagined we would receive this sort of recognition and it drives us to be better and do better for you, our guest.

“We are proud to play a small part in the thriving food and drink community in Manchester. We look forward to seeing you at the bar soon!”

Schofields is open from 12pm – 1.30am Wednesday to Sunday, and accepts both walk-ins and bookings.

Book your table here.

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Manchester Christmas Market’s legendary Yorkshire pudding wraps are BACK this year

The wraps can be filled with a selection of roasted meats, vegetables, potatoes and gravy

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The Manchester Christmas Markets’s world-famous Yorkshire pudding wraps will officially be making a comeback for 2022.

Last week, Manchester City Council announced that the annual markets would be returning on November 10th, where they will operate across the city centre until December 22nd. 

And now, the undisputed highlight of the markets has also confirmed its return; the famous Yorkshire pudding wrap.

Porky Pig, the vendor behind the delicious invention, took to social media to announce it would once again be serving up its hearty wraps ‘bigger than ever’ throughout the duration of the markets.

They wrote: “Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 we are coming for you bigger than ever this year. We are excited to get back to what we do best.”

The Yorkshire pudding wraps – which catapult to viral fame every year – can be filled with a  selection of pork, gammon, beef, chicken and lamb, along with a selection of roasted vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and lashings of gravy.

This is all wrapped up in a giant Yorkshire pudding for guests to enjoy there and then.

And this year, market-goers will also be able to feast upon battered pigs in blankets, pigs in blanket barms, and even a giant pig in blanket wrapped up in a Yorkshire pudding. 

Porky Pig

The Manchester Christmas Markets will this year be returning to the ‘Winter Gardens’ at Piccadilly Gardens.

It is likely that stalls will also operate on Market Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens, though this is yet to be confirmed by the council.

Manchester’s Christmas Market spokesperson, Councillor Pat Karney, said: “With Christmas Day a mere three months away, that can only mean one thing – Manchester Christmas Markets Day is even sooner!

“In fact, there’s only seven weeks left to go until you can grab a gluhwein and buddy up with a bratwurst whilst checking out the fantastic Christmas gifts and goodies on the best Christmas Market in the land. Mark it on your calendars – 10 November – they’re back!”

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