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The seven rules Wetherspoons will follow to reopen 394 pubs next month

Here’s what you need to know

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Hospitality venues will be able to start opening again under the second stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which will be on April 12th at the earliest.

With the news that we’ll be able to go to the pub again and see our mates, establishments and venues across the region have been making plans for the big reopening.

This includes JD Wetherspoon, and love them or hate them they will be opening 394 pubs for outdoor drinking and dining on April 12th.

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Spoons has laid out a seven-point plan to get these hundreds of sites open next month, so people can drink in beer gardens, terraces and other outdoor spots.

The plan for reopening will include new opening hours and limited menus, with Wetherspoons saying the branches that reopen will operate from 9am-9pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9am-10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Bosses also said that, despite inside areas being out of bounds for drinking, customers will be able to walk through the pubs to get to the toilet, or if that’s the only way to get to the outdoor space.

To make things easier, in and out routes will be indicated for people leaving and entering any  venue, and test and trace will also be used.

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According to the chain, customers will be encouraged to use the official app to place orders – although there will be staff on-hand to take payment if necessary.

As for the menus, some items will be temporarily absent but you’ll still be able to grab favourites like burgers, pizzas, weekday specials and fish and chips, as well as breakfast options.

One big difference to a lot of venues which are reopening in April will be that you won’t have to book a table before heading down to your nearest Spoons – they’ll be operating a first-come-first-serve policy.

Then during stage three of the lockdown restriction easing, which will happen on May 17th at the earliest, you’ll be able to drink indoors again.

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The new hidden gem serving up huge, authentic Greek street food platters

Look at those gyros!

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Located in a rather obscure spot on a street in the middle of Trafford, there’s a new hidden gem serving up authentic Greek street food.

Geropolis, situated on the boundaries of Stretford, Gorse Hill and Firswood, is a revelation, an oasis of proper Greek dishes from gyros to some additions you won’t find at your average restaurant.

It’s been open for around 5 months now, and the menu features classics like gyros kebabs, filled with chicken, doner, halloumi and even spicy sucuk sausage.

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In addition, they also do a wide selection of mains, from souvlaki chicken (£7.50) to biftekia tiri (£8.50), which is minced beef and lamb skewers stuffed with cheese and topped with salad, tzatziki, chips and pita breads.

There’s also a selection of meze platters, both meat-filled and veggie, a special skepasti sandwich (£7.00) which is a bit like a Greek quesadilla, and even their own baklava (£3).

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And of course there’s an impressively long list of starters or small dishes to kick things off, including tzatziki, hummus, Greek olives, halloumi, gigantes beans and the aforementioned sucuk sausage.

Geropolis is open NOW and is available for collection and delivery – you can order through the website here.

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There’s a new party bar and terrace serving up crazy cocktails in Spinningfields

The cocktails look so good

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If you like your cocktails delicious and a bit out there, then you need to get yourself down to Spinningfields.

Clubhouse, previously located in Hatch, has opened a brand new party bar and terrace where they are serving up all kinds of weird and wonderful cocktails.

The new spot opened its doors last week as lockdown restrictions eased, over at Leftbank in Spinningfields.

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Clubhouse will be bringing their own blend of mayhem and late-night partying to this corner of the city centre, and comes complete with a brand new terrace area.

They’ll be serving up a range of cocktails guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step, including their Espresso Creme (£8), made with bourbon, espresso liqueur, coffee, custard syrup and a custard cream.

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There’s also the Unicorns N Stuff (£8), which comes with pink gin, strawberry liqueur, marshmallow syrup, sour mix, all topped with a massive flump.

Top of your list should be the truly unique Tropical Margarita (£9), with tequila, melon liqueur, tropical juice, passion fruit puree and some Haribo Tangfastics thrown in for good measure.

Or you can just go all out and have a Tiki Time (£10), which comes with all the rums and Jagermeister.

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There’s also an impressive range of shots available, including ‘Kickstart My Heart’, a lethal mix of honey tequila, coconut tequila and a few hearty glugs of Lou’s Hot Sauce.

You can either book a table or try your luck as a walk-in, as they’re accepting both – you can find more info and book a spot via Instagram here.

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There’s a hidden woodland den serving up pizza and coffee that you can only get to on foot

You’ll have to walk a few miles, but it’s worth it

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Walking through the woods is a great way to pass the time on a weekend, but the one thing a countryside trek through has always been missing is pizza.

Well not anymore, as there’s now a hidden den in Greater Manchester serving up pizza and coffee that you can only reach by foot.

You can grab artisan coffees and freshly made wood-fired pizzas, all the while taking in the fantastic scenery.

Into The Wild is located in the woodland outside Altrincham and you have to walk a few miles to find it –  a great way to encourage people to go on a countryside walk.

Into The Wild

The project began with just a coffee van, which is open every day, but now owner Adam Taylor has added a wood-fired oven which is serving up pizzas every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Into The Wild encourages people to leave their cars in Bowdon or Altrincham and head out on one of two walks, either a 3.8km easy route or a longer 5.2km route.

The company’s website says: “We set up our spot in the woodlands to encourage people here… not cars. We’ve got some wonderful circular routes so you can enjoy the great outdoors and leave your car at home.”

Into The Wild

You can grab a few different pizzas, including a classic margherita (£8), prosciutto and rocket (£10) and the chef’s special foraged pizza with wild garlic (£11.50).

Coffees, teas and hot chocolates are also available all week long, served from a wood-cladded coffee van which has been designed to blend into the woodland.

They’re hoping to reintroduce bushcraft events, survival weekends, yoga and corporate training when lockdown restrictions ease further.

You can stay up to date on the Into The Wild website here.

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