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‘The Garden of April’ has opened at San Carlo’s restaurant in Hale Barnes

If you can’t fly to Italy this summer, this is the next best thing

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Italian favourite San Carlo has opened a brand new Italian garden dining experience in Hale Barns, called Il Giardinio di Aprile (The Garden of April).

Open from 12 ‘til late seven days a week, the Garden of April at San Carlo Fiorentina brings a touch of Italian magic to the UK.

As guests step into the covered, all-weather, open air dining terrace they will find themselves transported to a magical landscaped space, reminiscent of the romantic garden terrace restaurants on the Amalfi coast.

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The stunning Italian garden comes complete with verdant foliage, a magnificent magnolia tree in full bloom, ornamental statues and terracotta planters full to bursting with spring flowers.

Diners, seated at elegant tables with white linens and chic table lamps, can enjoy all the usual San Carlo menu favourites.

There’ll be spectacular seafood such as Tagliolini Lobster, Spaghetti Frutti di Mari – a huge sharing pasta dish with clams, mussels, prawns, garlic and tomato and salt-baked sea bass.

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There will be something for everyone with steaks, colourful salads, pasta (including gluten free options) and pizza, plus the usual cocktails, wines and fizz will be served to your table.

Patio heaters are dotted throughout the covered garden and diners are encouraged to wrap up warm as part of their alfresco experience.

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San Carlo Restaurants managing director, Marcello Distefano, said: “After such a difficult year, we wanted to create a true escape for people, we want them to feel like they’ve been transported to somewhere very special, somewhere that’s out of reach to us right now.

“We hope people will love it as much as we do.”

You can book here.

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You can get doner kebab pies from this Greater Manchester bakery and they look incredible

Wigan, you’ve really outdone yourself…

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A Wigan bakery has started making doner kebab pies and, let me tell you, they look revolutionary.

Wigan has been on the map for its unique pie creations for quite some time now – it’s the place that brought the Wigan Kebab to us, for goodness sake (a meat pie sandwiched in a barm, incase you’re new here). But the town’s latest pie offering could be the best yet.

Introducing, the doner kebab pie: Carefully curated by Whittles Pies, the kebab pie consists of all those beloved takeaway bits, including doner meat, sweetcorn relish and chilli sauce all baked inside a homemade shortcrust pastry.

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Beats a 2am doner kebab from the dodgy takeaway on the corner, doesn’t it?

And better yet, the pie – which can be enjoyed both hot or cold – is priced at an outrageously reasonable £1.80, so a haul won’t set you back too much.

And for those of you who prefer something a little more traditional, Whittles Pies have a whole array of tasty pies on their menu, such as meat and potato, steak, chicken and mushroom and even sausage rolls and cheese and onion pasties.

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Who else really fancies a pie now?

Whittles Pies is open between 9:30am – 1:30pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and can be found at the rear of 1 Tunstall Lane, Pemberton.

Make sure to check out their Facebook page for menu updates.

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NEW OPENING: A Polynesian-themed tiki bar with treasure chest cocktails comes to the Northern Quarter

Another wonderful addition to the Northern Quarter

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Manchester’s Northern Quarter has an exciting new addition in the form of a Polynesian-themed tiki bar.

Opening its doors just last week in the former Apotheca site, Lono Cove features two floors of ‘contemporary’ tiki fun, including treasure chest cocktails and an abundance of greenery – enough in fact to make you forget that you’re in rainy Manchester at all.

Billed as a ‘tropical escape’, Lono Cove is owned and founded by former Big Brother star Luke Edge. It’s already built a name for itself at its debut site in Chester, which opened in 2018 and scooped a number of prestigious awards within its first year.

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@lonocove / Instagram

And its new Northern Quarter venture is looking to fare no differently; there’s two floors of tropical cocktails, with the ground floor featuring cosy booths and giant birdcages which can cater for groups of up to 6 people. 

Down in the basement, guests can drink among gorgeous floral decor and partake in private functions and cocktail masterclasses. 

And, perhaps most importantly, Lono Cove features a very impressive cocktail menu; we’re talking all the tiki classics such as Zombies and Mojitos, and even treasure chest cocktails packed with flavour, fun and plenty of booze. 

@lonocove / Instagram

@lonocove / Instagram

Luke Edge said on the growth of his brand: “We are so excited to be opening in Manchester alongside some amazing operators. Chester has been embraced by both customers and the trade, winning three awards in the first year, I knew it was ready to take it further afield and into a bigger unit with a much more diverse usage.

“We can now offer private parties and large bookings, something I have been keen to do as it’s what our customers want.I wanted to design a bar that had all the magic of Tiki but in a sumptuous setting that would tantalise your senses. Welcome to Lono Cove!”

Lono Cove Manchester is open now, follow them on Instagram for news and updates.

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NEW OPENING: A hot sauce pop-up serving spicy wings, burgers and wraps is coming to The Trafford Centre

Oh My Glaze has become popular for its unique range of hot sauces

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The Trafford Centre’s already impressive food court is set to get an exciting new addition courtesy of Oh My Glaze, the chicken wing, wraps and waffles pop-up taking Manchester by storm.

Established in 2015 by Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas and his best friend Scott Graham, Oh My Glaze has been making and selling top quality hot sauces in a variety of unique flavours such as passionfruit, mango and even rhubarb.

And after their sauces proved to be a massive success, the lads took their project to the next level with the opening of their debut restaurant in Cheadle, The Spinn, which features its very own Oh My Glaze-inspired menu of wraps and all of OMG’s sauces and wings.

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And, luckily for you lovely lot, Oh My Glaze has secured its next venture in arguably one of the most sought-after locations for all aspiring restaurant owners in the North West; The Trafford Centre.

Oh My Glaze will be located in a little shipping container ‘village’ in the car park outside of The Great Hall, offering up all their menu favourites such as wings, wraps and burgers, alongside a fully-functioning bar and even a ‘Dessert Glaze Station’ offering up everything on the sweet side from waffles to crêpes.

Thomas said on the exciting new era for his brand: “From serving our famous Oh My Glaze wraps on the streets for five years, we finally have a place we can call home: the iconic Trafford Centre!

“We’re buzzing to be launching this new venture, and after looking for several sites to launch our first Oh My Glaze kitchen we felt the Trafford Centre was the place to be.

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@ohmyglaze / Instagram

“There are so many exciting things happening in and around Manchester, especially at the Trafford Centre, and we felt we had to be in the mix.

“And so, here we are… expect the unexpected and be part of the next chapter with Oh My Glaze!”

Oh My Glaze will be launching in The Trafford Centre on Friday October 29th. To stay posted with updates and new menu additions, follow the Oh My Glaze Instagram page.

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