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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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JD Wetherspoon

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.

JD Wetherspoon

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.

JD Wetherspoon

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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You can now get a bottomless Sunday roast for you and your dog in Manchester

This could be the most wholesome Sunday activity ever…

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Sundays are all about roast dinners, dog walks and copious amounts of booze, and there’s now the perfect combination of all three right here in Manchester.

The city’s resident South American inspired restaurant Peru Perdu has unveiled its brand new bottomless Sunday roast offer that comes complete a miniature ‘doggy roast’ for your four-legged companion. 

Peru Perdu serves its own take on a roast, with a choice between Churrasco Picanha – thirty-six-hour slow cooked beef – and Pollo tigre de lêche – tiger milk-soaked roasted chicken. 

Both these roasts come with all the good stuff, including Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, and lashings of truffle gravy. 

Peru Perdu

And those dining with their dogs can order a FREE doggy roast, with the same choice of beef and chicken roasts. 

All doggy roasts are served in suitable dishes with a complimentary side of veggies and bone gravy. 

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Peru Perdu also offer their human guests the choice to upgrade to a bottomless roast for an extra £25, giving them unlimited Bloody Marys throughout the duration of their visit. 

There are two Bloody Marys on the menu; the Verdita Bloody Mary made with Pisco, verdita, tomato juice, spices and lemon, and the Red Snapper, made with Maté-infused Canaima gin, tomato juice, spices and lemon.

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And that isn’t all on the Peru Perdu lineup; on the last Saturday of every month, the venue hosts an explosive bottomless drag brunch.

For £45 per person, guests are welcomed by the restaurant’s queens and poured bottomless Chandon Garden Spritz for ninety minutes. There, they can enjoy two courses cooked in front of them at the open kitchen.

The Sunday roasts at Peru Perdu are served weekly from 12pm til late –  get booked in now.

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Greater Manchester chippies are giving away FREE fish and chips this August

Fancy a free chippy tea?

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Hundreds of chippy teas across Greater Manchester will be reimbursed throughout August as part of a scheme to help small businesses with the cost of living crisis. 

Sarson’s Vinegar has officially launched its #SarsonsFryday campaign, which will see hundreds of dinners be reimbursed for the remaining summer weeks. 

The scheme was launched to extend a helping hands to struggling chippies across both Greater Manchester and the rest of the country amid the ongoing cost of living crisis

To claim their free dinner, all customers will need to do is take a photo of their order and share it onto Twitter or Instagram with the tag @SarsonsUK and hashtag #SarsonsFryday.

To be valid, all entries must ensure they are following the Sarson’s official social media channels to be considered, and must have proof of purchase via a receipt for their meal.

Eastenders actor and chippy tea enthusiast Adam Woodyatt teamed up with the company to make the scheme a reality. He said: “#SarsonsFryday is a fantastic way to reward the loyal customers who keep our fish and chip shops open for business.

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“It’s fair to say I know a thing or two about running a fish bar, and I encourage everyone to head to their nearest chippy and get their order in pronto, you never know it might be free!”

Bryan Carroll, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Sarson’s, added: “The rising cost of living means we’re naturally all looking for ways to cut down our expenses, and sadly, one of the first thing that consumers cut back on is meals out and takeaways, leaving many of our favourite chippies at risk.

“As we enjoy the warmer weather, we wanted to help the nation support their local so we’re making everyone’s favourite day of the week even better with #SarsonsFryday.

“Whether it’s a staycation with friends, seaside visit with the whole family or a quiet Friday night in, we want to make sure Brits can get their fish and chip fix – so this summer, it’s on us!”

To find out more about how to apply for the Fryday scheme, visit the Sarson’s website. 

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You can now get an Aperol Spritz burger in Manchester

The burger features a delicious Aperol hot honey butter marinade

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To mark the arrival of summer appropriately, a restaurant here in Manchester has launched what could be the world’s first Aperol Spritz burger.

The Italian apéritif is a huge hit among Mancunians during the summer months, and is most commonly enjoyed as a spritz with gallons of prosecco.

But now, the orange-flavoured liqueur has been used in a whole new way to make what could be the biggest burger of the summer.

Fat Hippo, situated within the Great Northern Warehouse, has today launched its Aperol Spritz chicken burger ready for the summer months.

Fat Hippo

The one-of-a-kind burger features crispy buttermilk chicken in an Aperol hot honey butter, gem lettuce, parmesan crunch, cheesy garlic bacon crumb, and a creamy Caesar dressing, all encased within a seeded brioche bun.

The burger, priced at £13.50, also comes with a portion of seasoned fries.

But diners wanting to enjoy a truly Italian meal can upgrade their burger with Caesar Fries -loaded with Caesar dressing and a cheesy garlic bacon crumb – for an extra £1.50.

And, of course, Aperol Spritz cocktails can be ordered for the perfect pairing.

Managing Director and founder of Fat Hippo, Mike Phillips, said of the collaboration: “We’re big fans of an Aperol Spritz so when it came to thinking of a new special to celebrate the summer, this was a no-brainer.

Fat Hippo

“Inspired by classic Italian dishes our chefs have been busy experimenting with the bittersweet flavours of Aperol and the end result promises to take this iconic summer drink to the next level.”

The Aperol Spritz burger is available to eat in or to order via Deliveroo today (August 3rd) until August 29th.

Fat Hippo can be found within Lane 7 in the Great Northern Warehouse between 3pm-10pm Mondays-Thursdays, and 11am-10pm Fridays-Sundays.

Get booked in here.

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