The boss of Wetherspoons has said his pubs are safe, after 24 staff have tested positive for coronavirus since reopening.
Spoons insist that visiting its establishments is as safe as it can possibly be, as the company responded to reports pubs were putting people at risk through overcrowding, saying these accusations were ‘irresponsible and untrue’.
Spoons said in a statement: “Wetherspoon has made strenuous efforts to adhere to Government regulations and guidance.”
844 Spoons sites are now open and serving customers again in England, Wales and Scotland, with a few venues still closed at airports and stations, for example.
On top of that, the chain has even opened two new venues, in Crossgates, Leeds, and in Kingswinford in the West Midlands.
Wetherspoons owner, Tim Martin, said there wasn’t a great risk to visiting the pub, according to the Mirror.
Mr Martin said: “Wetherspoon had 5 positive tests for Covid-19 among its 43,000 staff before lockdown and has had 24 positive tests since pubs reopened on 4 July – since reopening, the amount of testing has substantially increased.
“Other environments seem to have higher levels of infection.
“Risk cannot be eliminated completely in pubs, but sensible social distancing and hygiene policies, combined with continued assistance and cooperation from the authorities, should minimise it”.
In a statement Wetherpoons added: “Each pub has a specific Covid-19 risk assessment and an occupancy level based on the number of seats, so that all customers can be seated.
“Tables have been spaced out to comply with social distancing requirements at all pubs.
“The company has also installed floor screens between the tables and ‘till surround’ screens at the bar.”
COMING SOON: A Japanese soufflé pancake house is opening in Manchester
The best pancakes on the internet are coming to Manchester…
A cafe dedicated to Japanese soufflé pancakes has its sights set upon Manchester this winter.
The traditional – and wobbly – dessert was first made in Osaka to be served exclusively at weddings – in more recent times, however, the pancakes have boomed in popularity thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
And one of the places to specialise in this peculiar dessert is Fuwa Fuwa – Japanese for ‘Fluffy Fluffy’ – the largest soufflé pancake and dessert cafe in the whole of North America.
And next month, it’s heading to Manchester.
Each of Fuwa Fuwa’s fluffy pancakes are made with egg whites whipped into soft peaks, which is essential to their airy quality. They are then baked slowly at a low temperature.
The finished result is a delicate balance between a soufflé and a traditional pancake, with a soft, bouncy, and light texture.
Fuwa Fuwa is expected to open its new cafe – its first in the north of England – in the Manchester New Square development just off of Canal Street.
There, guests can expect a varied choice of pancakes and toppings, from Tiramisu Pancakes to Crème Brûlée, all served alongside espresso drinks, iced and hot teas, frappes and smoothies.
Other pancake flavours on the Fuwa Fuwa menu include Oreo, Biscoff, Nutella, mango and strawberry.
Fuwa Fuwa is set to open in Manchester at some point in October with operating times between 12pm-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.
Head over to the Fuwa Fuwa website for news and updates.
Manchester restaurant launches ‘pay as you feel menu’ to help with cost of living
Ukrainian refugees also get to eat for free
A restaurant in Manchester has launched a ‘pay as you feel menu’ to ensure everyone can enjoy a meal out during the cost of living crisis.
The Gherkin in Levenshulme serves a hearty plant-based menu consisting of breakfasts, seasonal sandwiches and Sunday Roasts, all while taking a focus on the environment and its local community.
Back in March, the restaurant’s owner Jamie Whittaker flew out to Ukraine on a humanitarian outreach mission to help the country’s refugees following Russia’s invasion.
Upon his return, Jamie decided to start offering free meals for Ukrainians fleeing the war in Manchester every Monday, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating out.
And now, Jamie has transformed the Monday offering into a ‘pay as you feel’ evening.
While refugees will still dine for free, locals can come and enjoy a set menu of six to seven dishes – featuring meals such as the Sunday roast, a variety of curries, salads and The Gherkin’s famous burgers – all for whatever they can afford at the time.
Diners will also have the option to pay forward for food or donate cash to the restaurant, to ensure the business won’t lose out on a big portion of its earnings.
The restaurant has also introduced its ‘Kindness Kabinet’, which encourages visitors to donate whatever they can to others in need, whether it be money, clothes, books or toys.
Jamie said of the new menu: “The main reason we’re doing this is to help the community out, but it also means that we waste less produce, too.
“A lot of people are struggling at the moment, especially with the rising cost of energy bills and I want to make dining out accessible to everyone in the community, not just those who are more privileged.”
He added: “We wouldn’t turn anyone without cash away on a Monday for food. Some customers have paid extra and offered to buy anyone a drink or food. We’ve done this often since opening.”
Jamie and the team at The Gherkin plan on running their Pay As You Feel menu for the foreseeable, so make sure to follow their Instagram page for news and menu updates.
You can now get £1 oysters EVERY DAY of the week in Manchester
There’s a new happy hour in town…
Mancunians can now enjoy £1 oysters every day of the week thanks to The Alan’s brand new happy hour.
The boutique hotel, which opened down Princess Street at the start of this year, has unveiled its new oyster and champagne offer, available every day of the week between 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
The happy hour will allow diners to enjoy fresh Cumbrae Oysters for just £1 per shuck, alongside Telmont Champagne for £10 a glass.
Each oyster comes with a selection of toppings including tabasco sauce, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the classic mignonette dressing, made with a combination of shallots and red wine vinegar.
When paired with a glass of Telmont Champagne, a brand known for using 100% organically sourced bottles, it makes for an afternoon of affordable luxury and decadence in the heart of the city.
The Alan also houses its own restaurant and coffee bar, both with constantly rotating menus using the very best of seasonal British ingredients.
The Alan’s restaurant prides itself on working with independent traders only, and uses meat that’s locally sourced, free-range and grass-fed from family businesses.
This is to ensure the best quality and unmatched standard of food whether dining in or staying overnight at the hotel.
The Alan’s new £1 oyster happy hour is available every day – weekends included – from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.