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All the restaurant and fast food chains doing 50% off this month

These are restaurants taking part…

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The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see diners able to bag half-price meals when they eat at pubs, restaurants or cafes.

The scheme will see the government paying for half the bill, up to £10 per head, for your meal and non-alcoholic drinks. 

The incentive aims to get Brits back to restaurants and pubs and help save the hospitality sector, which has suffered a huge blow from the pandemic.

The discount which is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday means a meal for two that costs £20 will be reduced to £10. 

A meal that is normally £25 for two will be slashed to £15 due to the £10 cap per head. 

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Burger King is set to cut the cost of the flagship burger down to just £2.25 from £4.49. Burger King boss, Alasdair Murdoch, said on the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast podcast: “We’ll certainly be embracing it, as long as we can understand the terms and conditions and work them out. But I would think it’s extremely likely that we would do it.”

Frankie & Benny’s told The Sun it will also be knocking 50% off the bill throughout August, which will see a Lasagne Al Forno going for just £4.98. 

The firm behind Harvester and Toby Carvery has said it plans to also register with the scheme. Prices will vary depending on which Harvester restaurant you visit. Under the scheme, a Toby Carvery will set you back on average just £4.50. 

Nando’s will also be knocking down its prices by 50%, this will make half a chicken with two sides just £5.60, down from £11.20. You’ll also still be able to get your Nando’s points on your order! 

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Wagamama is also set to sign up to the scheme meaning a chicken katsu curry will set you back just £6.63 on the initiative. 

Fans of Pizza Hut will be pleased to hear the chain will also be signing up for the initiative, and applying the offer on top of other discounts and promotions the chain runs.

Will you be heading out and enjoying 50% off meals? Let us know…

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202 Kitchen announces opening date for new £1M Spinningfields venue

New opening alert!

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202 Kitchen has revealed the launch date for an insanely Instagramable new venue here in Manchester.

Following the success of its first restaurant in Birmingham early last year, 202 Kitchen initially launched a pop-up unit on Bridge Street in Manchester from August – November last year.

But after outgrowing the space, they have now opted to move to a bigger, more permanent unit in Spinningfields, investing over £1million into the new larger space. 

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202 Kitchen will now be overlooking the River Irwell, occupying a 7000 square foot space in the heart of Spinningfields, a location formerly occupied by Zizzi and GBK.

The new venue will be dishing up street food-inspired cuisine with a 202 ‘twist’ including fried chicken, burgers, mac’n’cheese, waffles and grilled seafood.

The classic 202 Kitchen cocktail menu will be a feature too, with a choice of classics, originals and frozen tipples to choose from.

202 Kitchen Founders, Leon Beckford, Panikos Myrritis and John Sambo said: “After the success of our temporary pop-up on Bridge Street last year, we’re coming back bigger and better, and believe us when we say we’ve taken the brand to the next level. We can’t wait to reveal what we have planned.

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“From the moment you walk in, guests will understand exactly what 202 Kitchen is all about. Customer experience is our number one priority and whether that be from the quality of the food and drinks or the service, everyone is going to be talking about 202. 

“We are proud to have been the first to bring this concept to Manchester last year but appreciate that the hospitality landscape is constantly evolving. To provide a unique experience, we have evolved the concept to make sure we’re one step ahead in terms of ideas and concepts.”

202 Kitchen Manchester Spinningfields is set to open its doors on July 15th – bookings will be open from June 27th.

To make your own booking, visit their website here.

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Manchester bar named one of the best rooftop bars in Europe

Very well deserved!

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Manchester’s very own 20 Stories has been named as one of the best rooftop bars in the whole of Europe.

Opening its doors back in 2018, 20 Stories is perched on the twentieth floor of the NO.1 building in Spinningfields (so that’s where their name comes from…) and is Manchester’s tallest restaurant – despite technically being three storeys below the Cloud 23 bar in Beetham Tower.

The D&D-owned bar is estimated to be about one metre higher, and boasts gorgeous panoramic views of the city’s skyline and beyond.

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On clear days, guests can even see all the way out to the Peak District from the elusive roof terrace – so, obviously, it’s going to make the cut for a list of the best rooftop bars, isn’t it?

The ranking was put together by travel guide Big 7 Travel, who analysing online reviews from Google, TripAdvisor, and previous media coverage.

In the fifty-strong list, 20 Stories came in nineteenth place, beating other contenders from desirable locations such as Oslo, Berlin, Prague and Ibiza. 

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Big 7 Travel said about the venue: “The rooftop terrace has fast become one of the must-be places in the city: it has has trees scaling two stories high and an outdoor lounge bar serving cocktails and craft beers.”

However, 20 Stories was beaten to the top spot by The Culpeper in London, which was crowned number one in all of Europe. Damn it.

Over the years, 20 Stories has become famed for its fancy cocktail menu, which includes original and local creations such as the ‘Champagne Supernova’, the ‘Manchester Gin Negroni’ and the ‘Manchester Tart Punch.’

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It also runs an indoor restaurant up on the terrace, though it was forced to close for three days this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among staff members.

Click here to see the full list and all it’s wonderful contenders.

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This tap room on a farm with pizza, beer and incredible views of Greater Manchester is a must visit

Pizza, beer and pigs

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Northern Whisper

A countryside farm has opened up on weekends to offer pizza, beer and gorgeous views of Greater Manchester. 

Located on top of a hill in Rossendale, Farm Tap at Kiln Clough Farm, Helmshore, has now reopened its doors for the summer months. 

The Farm Tap is run by brothers Barney and Josh Vines out of a barn on the site of their family’s working farm. They initially came up with the idea after they hosted a beer festival on the site back in 2016 – here, they decided to launch their own brewery and, thus, Northern Whisper was born.

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The brothers went on to open beer tap bars in locations across Greater Manchester and Lancashire – Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Colne – but because of lockdown restrictions they have not yet been able to open.

But with Farm Tap having acres of outdoor space, the brothers have been able to reopen following the easing of restrictions in April.

Barney, thirty-two, said on the venue: “It is just great to be back open again.

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“It’s our family farm, and my brother Josh and I organised a beer festival in 2016 which did brilliantly and that’s how the idea for our own brewery came about.”

Barney pointed out that, as well as stunning views, guests at Farm Tap will also be able to enjoy the presence of farmyard animals, too.

He said: “At certain times of the year you’ll see animals from the tap, but it’s a working farm not a petting zoo.

“We have a number of rare breeds here, and our pig barn is further down the lane. For people who are walking up here it’s not uncommon to see the pigs basking in the sun.”

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All beers, which are priced at a very reasonable £4 a pint, are the brewery’s own, including core favourites like Chinwag IPA, Chatterbox APA and Oppenchops golden ale. 

The beers are all named after some good Northern terms for banter, with Barney noting: “We liked the idea of names which could be associated with hearsay and rumours – Rossendale can be rife for small talk and rumours!”

The pizzas on site, alternatively, are priced between £9.95 to £10.95 with toppings including a classic margarita and ham and mushroom as well as their own slightly more adventurous concoctions, ‘meaty monster’ and ‘spicy monster combos.’

Farm Tap doesn’t take bookings, so it’s simply a case of turning up and finding a seat outside at the sprawling farm and admiring the stunning views of Greater Manchester all around.

For directions and more information, you can visit their website here.

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