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The five Greater Manchester pubs which have been voted among the ‘best in the UK’

Did your local make the cut? 

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A number of Greater Manchester boozers have been named as some of the best in the UK by voters in the Greater British Booze Off. 

The competition, run by The Daily Star across a period of three months, asks readers to nominate their favourite watering holes under ten different categories, such as live music pubs, live sport pubs and the most unusual pubs. 

And, low and behold, a massive number of pubs here in Greater Manchester were crowned as the winners in several categories, including a number of runner-up places. For example…

Best Pub (Overall), second place: The Bear’s Paw, Hindley, Wigan.

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The Bear’s Paw in Hindley, Wigan, came in at second place in the category: Best Pub (Overall).

The boozer survived lockdown against the odds thanks to its new landlords Nathan and Matty. The pair have been described by their regulars as taking the pub from strength to strength and are a ‘formidable asset’ to the venue and wider industry in uncertain times.

One happy customer told the Daily Star that the landlords are ‘absolutely loved’ by locals and that they’re built a ‘fantastic’ rapport despite their short time at the Wigan establishment.

Best Live Sport Pub, first place: The Beehive Inn, Whitefield, Bury.

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Despite Manchester’s fierce blue and red rivalry, The Beehive Inn has become renown for housing both City and United fans without any trouble.

Rather than becoming a place for booze-fuelled scraps, this pub has established itself as a place of friendly banter welcoming to both sides of Manchester.

Visitors immediately recognise how proud of the city the pub is with the symbolic worker bee graffiti adorning the exterior.

The symbol came to particular prominence as a sign of solidarity after the Manchester Arena terror attack, and the Beehive’s garden pays tribute to the twenty-two victims who lost their lives.

Best Live Music Pub, first place: The Snug, Atherton, Wigan.

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Despite the pandemic hitting live music venues hard, The Snug in Atherton, Wigan, managed to continue providing local music with its online ‘Snug Sessions.’

Landlady Rachel told the Daily Star that while it had been a ‘tough few months’ during lockdown, the struggle was worth it because of the ‘great little community.’

And what makes the venue even more special is the fact that it’s nestled away in a hidden location, as one TripAdvisor reviewer found when he unexpectedly stumbled upon the place.

Hindleylad wrote: “Great little place hidden away down an alley off market street. Charming look and feel. Helpful genuine staff. Good coffee – and I’m fussy – fresh cooked food and homemade cakes. Recommended.”

Best Live Music Pub, second place: The Boulevard, Wigan.

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This hidden rock music gem has hosted countless bands and live acts over the years, and acts as a ‘second home’ to many Wigan locals.

It’s only fitting that the town that birthed iconic punk band The Buzzcocks should make it onto the Great British Booze Off list of definitive music venues, isn’t it?

Most Unusual Pub, first place: Why Not? Cafe Bar, Worsley. 

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Just one look at the exterior of this quirky boozer demonstrates why the Why Not? cafe bar in Worsley was crowned as the most unique and unusual pub in the UK.

The building looks more like a terraced house than anything else, but the owners have decked it out in an abundance of twinkling fairy lights and retro booze memorabilia to give it that special pub vibe.

Located in the Worsley area of Salford, it is a wonderful alternative to city-centre bars of Manchester.

You can check out the full list of Great British Booze Off winners and runners up here.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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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