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The full list of Wetherspoons pubs reopening on April 12th

Is your local Spoons on the list?

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Wetherspoons has confirmed that it will be reopening hundreds of pubs next month.

The pub chain announced that 394 venues would open their doors on April 12th, after the government’s roadmap out of lockdown was revealed.

Stage two of this roadmap will see pubs and restaurants open for outdoor service, although customers will still have to follow the rules around mixing households.

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Spoons is only opening a limited number of its 875 UK pubs, as not all of them are equipped for outdoor drinking and eating.

This includes plenty across Greater Manchester and the North West, like the Castle in the Air at Trafford Park, the Bishop Blaize in Stretford, the Gateway in Didsbury, and Chorlton’s Sedge Lynn.

Spoons owner Tim Martin confirmed the news today, Thursday March 4th, releasing a statement.

The full list of Wetherspoons pubs reopening on April 12th:

  • Tollemache Inn, Grantham
  • Ritz, Lincoln
  • Sugar Loaf, Market Harborough
  • Samuel Lloyd, Corby
  • Kettleby Cross, Melton Mowbray
  • Saxon Crown, Corby
  • Stamford Post, Stamford
  • Captain Noel Newton, Oakham
  • Temeraire, Saffron Walden
  • Standing Order, Stevenage
  • Six Templars, Hertford
  • Battesford Court, Witham
  • William Aylmer, Harlow
  • Harpsfield Hall, Hatfield
  • Port Jackson, Bishops Stortford
  • Angel Vaults, Hitchin
  • Manor House, Royston
  • Bottle Kiln, Harwich
  • Wouldhave, Southshields
  • Sir William De Wessyngton, Washington
  • Ward Jackson, Hartlepool
  • Bishop’s Mill, Durham (Lloyds)
  • Wicket Gate, Chester Le Street (Lloyds)
  • Harry Clasper, Whickham
  • Last Post, Beeston
  • Red Lion, Ripley
  • Waggon and Horses, Alfreton
  • Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham
  • William Peverel, Bulwell
  • Woodthorpe Top, Nottingham
  • Free Man, Nottingham
  • Six Chimneys, Wakefield
  • Richard Oastler, Brighouse
  • Obediah Brooke, Cleckheaton
  • Union Rooms, Batley
  • Horse Shoe, Wombwell
  • Turls Green, Bradford
  • Joseph Bramah, Barnsley (Lloyds)
  • Picture House, Morley
  • Crossed Shuttle, Pudsey
  • Commercial Inn, Sowerby Bridge
  • Winter Gardens, Harrogate
  • Devonshire Inn, Skipton
  • Postern Gate, York
  • Livery Rooms, Keighley
  • Bowling Green, Otley
  • Plimsoll Line, Redcar
  • Ralph Fitz Randal, Richmond
  • Stanley Jefferson, Bishop Auckland
  • Grand Electric Hall, Spennymoor
  • Angel Hotel, Whitby
  • Swatter’s Carr, Middlesbrough
  • Half Moon Inn, Billingham
  • Ironstone Miner, Guisborough
  • Three Hulats, Chaple Allerton
  • Glass Blower, Castleford
  • Winter Seam, Castleford
  • Cuthbert Brodrick, Leeds
  • Blue Bell, Pontefract
  • Old Unicorn, Bramley
  • Briggate, Leeds
  • Benjamin Huntsman, Sheffield
  • Church House, Wath Upon Dearne
  • Blue Coat, Rotherham
  • Sheffield Waterworks Company, Sheffield (Lloyds)
  • Rawson Spring, Hillsborough
  • Sheaf Island, Sheffield
  • Francis Newton, Sheffield
  • Queens Hotel, Maltby
  • Wagon and Horses, Sheffield
  • Steel Foundry, Sheffield
  • Standing Order, Derby
  • Portland Hotel, Chesterfield
  • Red Lion, Doncaster
  • Dominie Cross, Retford
  • Pillar of Rock, Bolsover
  • Company Row, Consett
  • Rohan Kanhai, Ashington
  • Fire Station, Whitley Bay
  • Quayside, Newcastle
  • Mile Castle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Lloyds)
  • Five Swans, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Red Lion, Bedlington
  • Ritz, Wallsend
  • Bell Hotel, Norwich
  • Troll Cart, Great Yarmouth
  • Cricketers, Ipswich
  • Glass House, Norwich
  • Whiffler, Norwich
  • Queen of Iceni, Norwich (Lloyds)
  • Grover & Allen, Sudbury
  • Willow Tree, Stowmarket
  • Romany Rye, East Dereham
  • Joseph Conrad, Lowestoft
  • Kings Head Hotel, Beccles
  • Limes, Fakenham
  • William Adams, Gorleston
  • Yarborough Hotel, Grimsby
  • Sweyn Forkbeard, Gainsborough
  • Blue Bell Inn, Scunthorpe
  • Prior John, Bridlington
  • Three John Scotts, Kingston Upon Hull
  • Admiral Of the Humbar, Kingston Upon Hull
  • City and County, Goole
  • Joseph Morton, Louth
  • White Horse, Brigg
  • Cross Keys, Beverley
  • Giant Bellflower, Selby
  • Coliseum Picture Theatre, Cleethorpes
  • High Cross, Leicester
  • Moon and Bell, Loughborough
  • White House, Leicester
  • Gooseberry Bush, Nottingham
  • College Arms, Peterborough (Lloyds)
  • Regal, Cambridge (Lloyds)
  • Golden Lion, Newmarket
  • Globe Hotel, Kings Lynn
  • Draper’s Arms, Peterborough
  • Sandford House, Huntingdon
  • George Hotel, Whittlesey
  • Hippodrome, March
  • Whalebone, Downham Market
  • Regal Moon, Rochdale
  • Ash Tree, Ashton-Under Lyne
  • Calverts Court, Stockport
  • Society Rooms, Macclesfield
  • Society Rooms, Stalybridge
  • Wilfred Wood, Stockport
  • White Hart, Todmorden
  • Kingfisher, Poynton
  • Sir Henry Segrave, Southport
  • Willow Grove, Southport
  • Leyland Lion, Leyland
  • Court Leet, Ormskirk
  • Commercial Hotel, Accrington
  • Old Chapel, Darwen
  • Twelve Tellers, Preston (Lloyds)
  • Lifeboat, Formby
  • Woodrow Wilson, Carlisle
  • Furness Railway, Barrow
  • Trawl Boat Inn, Lytham St. Annes
  • Miles Thompson, Kendal
  • William Rufus, Carlisle (Lloyds)
  • Layton Rakes, Blackpool (Lloyds)
  • Jolly Tars, Cleveleys
  • Railway Hotel, Lytham
  • Dog Beck, Penrith
  • Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keswick
  • Poulton Elk, Poulton le Fylde
  • Velvet Coaster, Blackpool
  • Picture House, Stafford
  • Lord Burton, Burton On Trent
  • Plaza, Rugeley
  • Wye Bridge House, Buxton
  • Bradley Green, Biddulph
  • Arnold Machin, Newcastle under Lyme
  • Hippodrome, Market Drayton
  • Wheatsheaf, Cheadle
  • Buttler’s Bell, Stafford
  • Shoulder of Mutton, Ashby De La Zouch
  • Green Dragon, Leek
  • Eccles Cross, Eccles
  • Sedge Lynn, Chorlton
  • Tim Bobbin, Urmston
  • Bishop Blaize, Stretford
  • Robert Shaw, Westhoughton
  • Wallace Hartley, Colne
  • Boot Inn, Burnley
  • Bull’s Head, Walkden
  • Sir Thomas Gerard, Ashton
  • Premier, Widnes
  • Brocket Arms, Wigan
  • Ferry Boat, Runcorn
  • Looking Glass, Warrington
  • Nine Arches, Newton le Willows
  • Raven, Liverpool
  • Navigator, Liverpool
  • Childwall Fiveways Hotel, Liverpool
  • Barkers Brewery, Huyton
  • Captain Alexander, Liverpool
  • Frank Hornby, Maghull
  • Penny Black, Northwich
  • Counting House, Congleton
  • Brass Balance, Birkenhead
  • Dee Hotel, West Kirkby
  • Wheatsheaf, Ellesmere Port
  • Queens Arms, Winsford
  • Master Mariner, New Brighton (Lloyds)
  • Bull and Stirrup Hotel, Chester
  • Castle in the Air, Manchester
  • Gateway, East Didsbury
  • Moon and Stars, Romford
  • Elms, Leigh on Sea
  • Blue Boar, Billericay
  • Parsons Barn, Shoeburyness
  • Cornfield Garage, Eastbourne
  • Oxted Inn, West Oxted
  • Lynd Cross, Horsham
  • Jack Fairman, Horley
  • George Hotel, Hailsham
  • Crowborough Cross, Crowborough
  • Standing Order, Southampton
  • Giddy Bridge, Southampton
  • Lord Arthur Lee, Fareham
  • Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis, Southampton
  • Wagon Works, Eastleigh
  • Crown Inn, Fareham
  • Six Bells, Lymington
  • Red Lion, Southampton
  • Railway Bell, New Barnet
  • Moon and Sixpence, Hatch End
  • Admiral Byng, Potters Bar
  • Ice Wharf, Camden (Lloyds)
  • Mossy Well, Muswell Hill
  • MUW, Watford
  • Catherine Wheel, Henley on Thames
  • King and Castle, Windsor (Lloyds)
  • Bear, Maidenhead
  • Red Lion and Pineapple, Acton
  • Moon on the Hill, Sutton
  • George, Staines
  • William Morris, Hammersmith
  • Botwell Inn, Hayes
  • Rocket, Putney
  • Tollgate, Haringey
  • MUW, Enfield
  • Spouters Corner, Wood Green
  • Moon and Cross, Waltham Cross
  • Waterend Barn, St Albans
  • Star, Hoddesdon
  • Leading Light, Faversham
  • County Hotel, Ashford
  • Golden Lion, Rochester
  • Saxon Shore, Herne Bay
  • Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate
  • Peter Cushing, Whitstable
  • Sir Norman Wisdom, Deal
  • Thomas Waghorn, Chatham
  • Belle and Lion, Sheerness
  • Golden Hope, Sittingbourne
  • Old Manor, Bracknell
  • Back of Beyond, Reading
  • John Russell Fox, Andover
  • Angel, Basingstoke (Lloyds)
  • Dockle Farmhouse, Swindon (Lloyds)
  • Sir Daniel Arms, Swindon (Lloyds)
  • Ivy House, Alton
  • Bridgehouse, Chippenham
  • Hatchet Inn, Newbury
  • Bell, Amesbury
  • J J Moons, Wembley
  • J J Moons, Ruislip Manor
  • Village Inn, Pinner
  • Greenwood Hotel, Northolt
  • Crown, Berkhamsted
  • Penny Black, Bicester
  • Golden Bee, Stratford upon Avon
  • Swan and Castle, Oxford
  • White Hart, Aylesbury (Lloyds)
  • Moon and Stars, Penge
  • Harvest Moon, Orpington
  • Sovereign of the Seas, Petts Wood
  • Surrey Docks, Rotherhithe
  • Richmal Crompton, Bromley
  • New Cross, Welling
  • Brockley Barge, Brockley
  • Furze Wren, Bexleyheath
  • Flying Boat, Dartford
  • Greyhound, Bromley
  • New Fairlop Oak, Barkingside
  • George, Wanstead
  • Great Spoon of Ilford, Ilford
  • Goldengrove, Stratford
  • Eva Hart, Chadwell Heath
  • Half Moon, Mile End
  • Hudson Bay, Forest Gate
  • Ledger Building, Docklands
  • Fox on the Hill, Denmark Hill
  • Asparagus, Battersea
  • Capitol, Forest Hill
  • MUW, Norbury
  • Assembly Rooms, Epsom
  • Sir Julian Huxley, Selsdon
  • Watchman, New Malden
  • Prince Arthur, Fleet
  • Queens Hotel, Aldershot
  • Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge
  • Society Rooms, Maidstone
  • West Quay, Brighton
  • Picture Playhouse, Bexhill on Sea
  • Hatters Inn, Bognor Regis
  • Parchment Makers, Havant
  • Star, Gosport
  • Sir Alec Rose, Port Solent
  • Man in the Moon, Newport IOW
  • Red Lion, Petersfield
  • Denmead Queen, Waterlooville
  • Lord Palmerston, Southsea (Lloyds)
  • Union Rooms, Plymouth (Lloyds)
  • Panniers, Barnstaple
  • Britannia Inn, Plymouth
  • Duke of Wellington, Minehead
  • Admiral Colingwood, Ilfracombe
  • Talk of the Town, Paignton
  • Stannary Court, Plympton
  • White Hart Hotel, Okehampton
  • Jolie Brise, Teignmouth
  • White House, Luton
  • Red Well, Wellingborough
  • Earl of Dalkeith, Kettering
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, Bedford
  • MUW, Milton Keynes
  • Saracen’s Head, Daventry
  • Gary Cooper, Dunstable
  • Swan Hotel, Leighton Buzzard
  • Cordwainer, Northampton
  • Railway Inn, Rushden
  • Crown Hotel, Biggleswade
  • Captain Ridleys Shooting Party, Bletchley
  • Rann Wartha, St.Austell
  • Green Parrot, Perranporth
  • King Doniert, Liskeard
  • Coinage Hall, Helston
  • Bottle Of Sack, Sutton Coldfield
  • Bellwether, Wednesbury
  • Bole Bridge, Tamworth
  • Mare Pool, Mere Green
  • St Matthews Hall, Walsall
  • Bloxwich Showman, Bloxwich
  • Avion, Aldridge
  • Hedgford Lodge, Hednesford
  • Perkin Warbeck, Taunton
  • Imperial, Exeter
  • Powder Monkey, Exmouth
  • George’s Meeting House, Exeter
  • Lantokay, Street
  • Cerdic, Chard
  • Carnival Inn, Bridgwater
  • White Ball Inn, Tiverton
  • Reeds Arms, Burnham on Sea
  • Sawyer’s Arms, Exeter
  • Chevalier Inn, Exeter (Lloyds)
  • Cabot Court Hotel, Weston Super Mare
  • Quarter Jack, Wells
  • Star Inn, Honiton
  • Figure of Eight, Birmingham
  • Bishop Vesey, Sutton Coldfield
  • White Swan, Solihull
  • Dragon Inn, Birmingham
  • Regal, Gloucester (Lloyds)
  • MUW, Cheltenham (Lloyds)
  • Waterfront Inn, Brierley Hill
  • Britannia, Rowley Regis
  • Crown, Worcester
  • Abraham Darby, Dudley
  • Royal Hop Pole, Tewkesbury
  • Foley Arms Hotel, Great Malvern
  • Chequers Inn, Stourbridge
  • Lord High Constable of England, Gloucester
  • Flying Standard, Coventry
  • Golden Cross Hotel, Bromsgrove
  • Old Swanne Inne, Evesham
  • City Arms, Coventry
  • Thomas Lloyd, Warwick
  • Black Horse, Birmingham
  • Spon Gate, Coventry (Lloyds)
  • Royal Enfield, Redditch (Lloyds)
  • Pump House, Shirley
  • Moon in the Square, Bournemouth
  • Lord Wimbourne, Poole
  • Royal Oak, Dorchester
  • Kings Head Inn, Salisbury
  • Quay, Poole
  • Blackwater Stream, Broadstone
  • Kingswood Collier, Bristol
  • Staple Hill Oak, Bristol
  • St George’s Hall, Redfield
  • V Shed, Bristol (Lloyds)
  • Knight’s Templar, Bristol
  • Glassmaker, Nailsea
  • Thorn’s Farm, Yate
  • Jolly Sailor, Hanham
  • Bear, Melksham
  • Palladium Electric, Midsomer Norton
  • Bath Arms, Warminster
  • Posset Cup, Portishead

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NEW OPENING: Award-winning Japanese street food and sushi comes to Wilmslow

Sushi fans are in for a treat

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An award-winning Japanese street food and sushi restaurant has opened up in Wilmslow, and it looks stunning.

Unagi Street Food started business just three weeks before the `covid pandemic hit the UK back in March 2020.

Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, and their latest opening is a sit-in restaurant over in Wilmslow.



After a year of working in pop-up kitchens in Altrincham, Salford Quays and West Didsbury, this new venture is Unagi’s first stand-alone bar and restaurant.


Customers sit around the main counter to give a more authentic experience, with the sushi being rolled and put together right in front of you.

The epic menu includes a host of ‘Street Snacks’, like Ban Bang Chicken Wings (£8), Gyoza (£7), Crispy Teriyaki Tacos (£8) and their brilliant Karaage Chicken (£8) – as well as Katsu, Yakisoba Noodles and Chilli Udon.


As for sushi, you won’t be disappointed, with a range of Nigiri, Sashimi and Hosomaki, alongside some creative Uramaki.

The Mushu Special (£14) comes with breaded prawn, avocado, cucumber, black tobiko and teriyaki sauce, all wrapped up in salmon which is seared on the outside.

There’s also the Spider (£14), which is stuffed with tempura soft shell crab, cucumber, avocado, truffle mayonnaise and orange tobiko.


Another great offering is the Green Hamachi (£16.50), which comes with breaded prawns, avocado, asparagus, jalapenos and a jalapeno mayo, this time wrapped in yellowtail which is then seared.

With the new Wilmslow restaurant opening, Unagi has expanded delivery options too, through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats they’ll be delivering EVERY DAY from 12pm.

The Wilmslow branch is open daily from 12pm, and you can give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date.

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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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La Bandera is now doing loaded tapas lunch boards and they look so good

Lunch time just got a whole lot more exciting…

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While us Mancs remain firmly stuck in the UK for the summer, La Bandera has brought a bit of Spain to Manchester with the launch of their exciting new lunch time deal.

Now, while we all love tapas – and believe me, Manchester has a lot to offer on that front – there’s no denying that loading up on the small Spanish dishes can add up to a small fortune. 

But if the steep pricing of small plates is the only thing putting you off, La Bandera is here with their brand new and irresistible offer: Their new Lunch Boards

For the price of two regular tapas plates, you can now get a full board of three tapas plates and a drink. You can’t argue with that, can you?

Diners will get a choice of a regularly changing selection of ‘Tapitas,’ which features a range of classics such as the Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes) alongside some of La Bandera’s more unique and distinctive offerings – such as their Chorizo in Red Wine, Calamari, Pulled Pork Sliders and Grandma’s Meatballs.

The restaurant has also introduced a whole range of new Tapas dishes to their menu too, such as the Bacalao Al Pil Pil; tender salted cod with a garlic, guindilla chilli and olive oil sauce.

The lunch boards will be available from Monday to Friday, 12pm – 4pm, with the option to mix-and-match the boards to create your very own unique lunch for just £12.50. And, for £15.50, you can upgrade your soft drink to a beer or a wine, instead.

La Bandera is accepting both walk-ins and bookings, though booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

To make your own reservation, visit the La Bandera website here

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