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The Oakfield at Chester Zoo voted one of the best restaurants in the world

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The pub located at the heart of Chester Zoo has picked up an award from Tripadvisor, which puts them in the top 10% restaurants in the world. 

Customer feedback given through the world’s largest travel website, Tripadvisor, means the pub has been awarded a 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award. 

This is amazing news for The Oakfield, which was once home to Chester Zoo’s founder, George Mottershead, and opened as a pub only two years ago. 

The Grade-II listed building has been a home, tea room, aquarium and is now the contemporary – and award winning – pub. 

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Simon Lockhart, Chester Zoo’s food and beverage general manager, said: “The Oakfield has only been open for two years, so to gain such a major accolade in this short space of time is a brilliant achievement.

“And what makes this award all the more special to us is that it’s based entirely on real opinions and genuine, honest feedback from our guests.

“The Tripadvisor team analyses thousands of reviews and ratings from travellers everywhere before handing out this honour – that’s why it means such an awful lot.

“I’m so proud of the team’s hard work and dedication to make our pub such an exceptional place for our guests. The Oakfield has retained the original details of the house to give it a real ‘home from home’ feeling, with precious family photos showing what the zoo was like at the very beginning.

“Rooted in history, it’s the real centrepiece of the zoo, where guests relax outside on the terrace and admire the beautiful grounds, or cosy up in front of the fire and enjoy the best freshly-prepared, locally-sourced food.”

He added: “The award has really given us a boost during what is a really challenging time for the zoo.

“The pandemic, and our long period of closure, has pushed our wonderful charity to the brink, but we’re so glad to have again been able to open our doors and continue to provide our guests with a fantastic dining experience with a difference.”

The Oakland supports the zoo’s crucial conservation work in protecting endangered species. Through its revenue, it is a vital source of income for the charity zoo.

This is great news for Chester Zoo, which has reported a huge £5m gap in finances during the closure in lockdown. 

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South Manny Flavas to open first-ever venue over two floors on Deansgate

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Popular fried chicken spot, South Manny Flavaz has found a new permanent home in Deansgate.

One of the latest additions to the Arndale Market, South Manny Flavaz, has just announced they are set to open a brand new, super street food diner down on Deansgate – their first-ever store!

The news will be very exciting to fans of fried chicken and long term followers of SMF who might remember their garden cook-off beginnings back in 2017. 

The first-ever brick and mortar venue will feature two floors, plus a purpose-built mezzanine will host a variety of events and live streams from local media and podcast producers.

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Speaking of the new opening, Founder Chef Aaron Lee said: “Manchester has been good to us, it is our home. Coming from a small back garden in Longsight to opening a unit on one of the most historic streets in our city is a humbling experience. I cannot wait to show you what we have created.”

He added: “If anything, Covid has only highlighted the importance of street food to the hospitality sector with the Tier 2 bars relying on street food pop ups, we fully expect to see a booming market for outdoor events and niche diners like ours!”

JSE Director Michael Jagger, who has partnered with SMF on the construction said: “We wanted to deliver a space that goes beyond a traditional ‘takeaway’, so we are introducing Street Food to the ‘take away’ concept in true Manc fashion.

“We will have old school street soul, softly respiring out of a silky sound system with old cassette tapes hidden in the grooves of our picture frames bringing a modern touch to the 80s & 90s experience.”

Follow South Manny Flavaz to keep up to date with developments.

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Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester

Will you be trying one of these?

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Manchester’s only Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, has launched a new takeaway burger which is available during lockdown.

The Michelin Star cheeseburger is made with a Lake District Farmer’s Belted Galloway smoked beef patty, put together with shin, brisket and rump cap. 

It’s then topped with Mana’s own American-style cheese, made with St Andrew’s Cheddar and Cloudwater beer, placed in a potato and brown butter bun, and finished with Koji and dill mayonnaise, iceberg, and green onion paste.

The burger will set you back £16, and you can also grab some drinks for £5 each if you’re thirsty, including a lime, raw sugar, mint, and cucumber soda, a sorrel and matcha iced tea, and a fermented Banks’ Tomato and oregano soda.

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Mana spent the eight days before launching it testing different beef cut ratios, cheese slice thicknesses and woods to smoke the patties, and according to them it’s ‘the best burger we’ve ever had’.

Head Chef, Simon Martin said: “As well as keeping the business afloat and continuing to keep our team’s livelihoods intact, I also wanted this to be a fun exercise.

“As much as I miss our usual setting and the all-encompassing activity it provides, the idea of doing something so familiar for people became a really endearing challenge in the meantime.

“Almost everyone has had a great burger, especially in Manchester where humble foods are commonly elevated, so people will have a comparison to make whilst we’re trying to deliver the best version of something they’ve ever had.” ⁠⠀

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The team at Mana chose burgers as it’s a classic comfort food that almost everyone likes to eat, and they have plans to start doing tacos in a few weeks and potentially fried chicken as well (depending how long it takes them to reopen properly).

As a token of appreciation, all NHS staff are entitled to one free burger per order every Wednesday, you will just need to bring an NHS ID on collection.

Numbers are limited to just 100 burgers per day, and are available from Wednesday to Saturday, to collect between 12pm and 4pm.

If you want to grab one booking is required via Tock-to-go, where you can book a slot up to three hours in advance of collection – prepayment is required to minimise contact. 

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BrewDog is giving away free beer to everyone in the UK to cheer us up during lockdown

FREE BEER!!

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All UK residents will be pleased to hear they can now grab some free beer courtesy of Brewdog.

BrewDog’s CEO took to Twitter to announce the news that they will be giving away a four pack of beer to anyone in the UK.

The only catch is that you have to pay the £1.95 for shipping! 

All you have to do to receive your free pack is head over to BrewDog’s website and enter your details. 

Of course, you will have to join a bit of queue on the website because everyone is after some free beer – at the time of writing the queue time is currently at around 30 minutes. 

You’ll have to be quick, though, as the offer ends at 7pm tonight (Tuesday January 12th).

If you want to know which beer you’ll be getting, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s their ‘Lost Lager’, the ‘world’s only carbon-neutral lager’.

The beers are made from surplus fresh bread and it’s all powered by wind turbines. Plus they will even be planting a tree for every four-pack purchased. 

Get yours here

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