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The three Stockport spots in the finals of the British Takeaway Awards 2021

Did your favourite takeaway make the cut?

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It’s that time of the year again: The prestigious British Takeaway Awards are back for their 2021 round up, and some real local corkers have made the cut.

The British Takeaway Awards, in association with Just Eat, describe themselves as ‘the Oscars of the takeaway world’ – and let me tell you, minus the presence of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, they really aren’t far off it. 

So far, they’ve hosted five award evenings that shine a light on the most elite independent takeaway spots across the whole of the UK, separating their awards ceremonies into twelve regional categories. 

And this year, in the North West category, three Stockport establishments made the cut. Yes, three! Though are we really surprised? 

First up, we have The Bun & Bones Club, a local burger joint that’s been rustling up (arguably) the best burgers in the whole of Stockport. They have an extensive menu boasting a whole selection of wonderfully messy loaded burgers, such as the Picmac, which comes with two beef patties, cheese, smoked bacon, salad and a grilled mac and cheese ‘puck’ wedged where the Big Mac bread would normally be found, and the sloppiest ever Sloppy Joe, which comes topped with two beef patties, house chilli, grilled halloumi and lashings of baconnaise.

Next on the list we have LAPD Food, a true Stockport gem that offers all the comforting takeaway classics such as pizzas, burgers, kebabs, fried chicken and wraps. Everything is freshly cooked in house and very reasonably priced, so you won’t be taking out a mortgage on your cheeky takeaway treat.

LAPD actually made it to the British Takeaway Awards final in 2020, but was beaten to the throne by Warrington takeout Brothers Burgers… So maybe 2021 is their year! 

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And last but certainly not least, we have The Spinn, owned by ex-Emmerdale star Adam Thomas and his mate Scott Graham. The Spinn has gained quite the reputation for itself among locals for their epic menu of Signature burgers, wraps, fries and, of course, wings, which you can get slathered in one of eight of Scott’s home made Oh My Glazes sauces.

The eventual winner of the highly sought-after award will receive £1,000 in cash, £200 to spend at Just Eat and an exclusive trophy. From here they’ll get entered into the ‘Best Takeaway in Britain’ category alongside all of the other regional winners, and if they win that – they’ll get £5k in cash a trophy and a media support package from Just Eat. 

The British Takeaway Awards 2021 will be taking place this Monday 6th September – to vote for your favourite takeaway, visit the website here.

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You can now get Biscoff-flavoured gin and it looks incredible

Gin like you’ve never had it before…

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A revolutionary gin liqueur that tastes exactly like Biscoff biscuits is now a thing, and it looks absolutely bloody marvelous.

Now, you’ll all be aware that 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.

But now, possibly the best – and definitely the most boozy – Biscoff invention has landed: The Biscoff flavoured gin liqueur

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Okay, people have already been making Biscoff espresso martinis for quite some time, but never before has there been an actual spirit flavoured after the stuff.

Courtesy of the Boutique Gin Co., Biscoff fans far and wide will be able to get their hands on a bottle of Ginscoffi, a gin liqueur which combines delicious notes of cinnamon and caramel to create a deliciously sweet and warming gin liqueur that is perfect for sipping on cold evenings.

The Ginscoffi creators suggest for the spirit to be enjoyed mixed with ginger ale or simply on its own over ice – they also recommend adding it to cocktails favourites to add a festive twist, such as in an espresso martini.

Layla, the Chief Ginnovator behind the drink, said: “I am a huge fan of biscuits such as Biscoff and biscotti so to me it made sense to try to combine those flavours to create a brand new flavoured gin liqueur.

The Boutique Gin Co.

“It has taken me almost a year to create the recipe, but I think the end product is something really unique. Even if you aren’t a gin fan, Ginscoffi will blow you away. Its sweet cinnamon and caramel taste is so versatile and is ideal for making chocolate or coffee based cocktails, and it has a lovely festive feel to it.

“We’ve been having so much fun using Ginscoffi to create loads of tasty cocktails. Fans can check them out on our website and social media pages.”

Ginscoffi is available to buy exclusively on their online store, drinkthis.co.uk. Make sure to follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram for exciting product updates.

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There’s a new Pan Asian bottomless brunch with endless prosecco and cocktails

This could be the best bottomless brunch offering yet…

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A new bottomless brunch complete with authentic Pan Asian dishes and an abundance of cocktails and prosecco has landed in Manchester and it looks incredible.

Tampopo has been serving up wonderful dishes inspired by the far-flung countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan to Mancunians since 1997 and, now, it has launched its first ever bottomless brunch menu.

The exciting new deal offers a selection of Pan Asian delights alongside those all-important ninety minutes of free-flowing drinks – sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it?

Tampopo

Diners can tuck into either a two-course or a three-course brunch special, which includes the likes of Thai Green Curry, Beef Rendang or a Katsu Curry. 

There are also a number of sweet treats up for grabs on the menu, including Tampopo’s famous ‘Little Moons’ and a number of refreshing sorbet options. 

On the drinks front, guests can then indulge in ninety minutes of bottomless prosecco, bellinis and Tiger beer, as well as a selection of mocktails and juices; ideal for those who fancy something a little less boozy.

Tampopo

The menu will be available every single day from 12pm-5pm at the Albert Square, Corn Exchange and Trafford Centre venues, with two courses costing £34.95, and three courses costing just a little bit extra at £37.95

Walk-ins are welcome, though bookings are advised to avoid disappointment.

Fancy it? Make your own booking here.

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Price of a pint could rise by 25p in October, Sacha Lord warns

The humble pint is set to become even more expensive…

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Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord has warned that the price of a pint could be rising from October 1st.

Lord estimated that both food and drink prices will rise in line with the government’s hike in VAT for the hospitality sector – the tax rate for pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality establishments was reduced to 5% to help the hospitality sector survive the pandemic but, two weeks ago, it was announced that it will increase to 12.5% at the end of the month.

By 2022, it is expected to return to the usual 20%.

The price of an average pint in England is predicted to rise by 25p to £3.94, while the average glass of wine is likely to shift from £4.07 to £4.35 to cover overall losses felt by operators.

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This week, Lord has urged the Government to rethink the increase, calling for the move to be delayed until the industry recovers to pre-pandemic levels.

He said: “The 5% VAT rate was the single biggest recovery measure for the industry over the past eighteen months, and has enabled venues to stay in business and staff to keep their jobs. Removing this relief will have a severe effect on operators across the country.

“VAT is the biggest expense in any business, and it is the quickest way to reduce cash flow. For businesses who have little-to-no cash reserves as a result of the pandemic, it could be last orders.

“Many operators will be forced to pass the increase onto the customer to stay afloat, and we could see prices across food and drink rise by as much as 7-10% from October as bosses attempt to recover losses and fight the dire financial situation they find themselves in.”

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Lord continued by stressing that the VAT increase will see the permanent closure of many local and independent venues, before warning that ‘we have a tough winter ahead for our nightlife sector’.

He said: “Operators will take at least three years to recover from this pandemic, and I urge the Government to rethink this rise and extend the current rate until that point. The hospitality industry is vital to the UK’s recovery and growth.

“Cancelling a measure which will result in venues closing, staff being made redundant and VAT bills left unpaid through bankruptcy will only hinder, not help the economy. To punish the sector now will have devastating consequences just as it starts to recover.”

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