JD Wetherspoon has announced plans to open 18 brand new pubs and create 2,000 jobs, on the condition there are no more Covid lockdowns.
The £145m upgrade project will also ‘significantly extend’ 57 existing pubs across the country.
Spoons’ boss Tim Martin said it ‘will provide work for architects, contractors and builders as well as result in 2,000 new jobs for staff in our pubs’.
However, he also warned that the project wouldn’t happen if there were further lockdowns, adding that the company is eager to start the development ‘within weeks’ of pubs fully reopening.
Once this initial upgrade is finished, Wetherspoons said it plans to spend £750m opening another 15 new pubs while enlarging 50 existing pubs each year for 10 years.
According to them, this 10-year project would result in 20,000 new jobs being created.
Martin added: “We are geared up to start on the first projects within a few months.
“However, the investment is conditional on the UK opening back up again on a long-term basis, with no further lockdowns or the constant changing of rules.”
Spoons also revealed which areas are first on the list for new pubs and upgrades, saying it will begin work in these places in the weeks after restrictions ease.
The first areas are:
- Newport Pagnell
- Carmarthen and Glasgow
You can now get a bottomless Sunday roast for you and your dog in Manchester
This could be the most wholesome Sunday activity ever…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greater Manchester chippies are giving away FREE fish and chips this August
Fancy a free chippy tea?
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.
“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.
You can now get an Aperol Spritz burger in Manchester
The burger features a delicious Aperol hot honey butter marinade
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.
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.
“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.