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The Lowry Hotel is doing bottomless cake on Mother’s Day

Treat your mum right!

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching and the preparation to spoil our mums begins – they absolutely deserve it, after all.

And what better way than with bottomless cake?

That’s exactly what The Lowry Hotel is doing, as it brings back its sell-out Mother’s Day experience.

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The all you can eat afternoon tea includes peanut butter brownies and raspberry and white chocolate tarts, as well as a host of other treats.

The five-star hotel will be hosting the luxurious afternoon tea buffet in its Grand Ballroom, where a magician will be on hand to entertain the whole family.

Its menu includes unlimited sandwiches, scones and cakes, as well as a choice of tea, coffee or juice.

You can choose from salmon cones with caviar and dill, smoked bacon, shallot & Lancashire bomb tartlet, Coronation chicken with golden raisin and baby gem, cream cheese, cucumber and mint, or roast red pepper, basil and homemade hummus.

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Next up are the indulgent bottomless sweet treats, where you can really spoil your mum with coconut frangipanes, white chocolate and raspberry tarts, and a rum and dark chocolate pave.

There’s also a fudge brownie with peanut butter frosting or milk chocolate, a cherry and pistachio financier, as well as an endless supply of freshly baked fruit and plain scones served with clotted cream and preserves.

The menu costs £30 for adults and £15 for children, and is available on Mother’s Day, aka Sunday March 22nd, between 12pm and 4pm.

For more info and to book head over to The Lowry Hotel site here.

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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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People have been making Biscoff espresso martinis and they look incredible

The espresso martini revolution is here

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Biscoff espresso martinis are now a thing, and we need one immediately. 

Now, Biscoff has boomed in popularity in recent years – what was once the random little biscuit you’d get free with your coffee is now a cultural phenomenon.

These days, Biscoff is just as famous for its delicious smooth and crunchy spreads as it is for its original biscuits. You can also buy Biscoff sauce, Biscoff ice cream and Biscoff and Go pots. It’s a great time to be alive.

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The brand has also partnered with food giants such as KitKat and Krispy Kreme to offer an even wider range of delicious Biscoff products.

And now, just when you didn’t think the world couldn’t get any more Biscoff-obsessed, the Biscoff take on an espresso martini has been born.

A number of different establishments have been jumping on the trend; Insomnia, a Scottish pop-up bar and home delivery service dedicated entirely to the humble espresso martini recently unveiled its Biscoff flavoured version of the popular cocktail, as did the Baltic Market in Liverpool.

The recipe is super simple too, with countless people making their own from home. 

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All you’ll need is: Coffee Liqueur, 30ml espresso or coffee, one shot of vodka, 30g of melted Biscoff spread, Biscoff biscuits and ice. Very much alike to the classic espresso martini, as you can see, but with lashings of Biscoff spread instead. 

As for the method, all you’ll need to do is shake together the cooled coffee with the vodka, Biscoff spread and ice, pour into a martini glass (or the poshest glass in your cupboard), and sprinkle with Biscoff biscuits and coffee beans. 

Right, that’s me never drinking a normal cocktail ever again…

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