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.”
Mana is selling the first Michelin Star burger in Manchester
Will you be trying one of these?
Manchester’s only Michelin Star restaurant, Mana, has launched a new takeaway burger which is available during lockdown.
The Michelin Star cheeseburger is made with a Lake District Farmer’s Belted Galloway smoked beef patty, put together with shin, brisket and rump cap.
It’s then topped with Mana’s own American-style cheese, made with St Andrew’s Cheddar and Cloudwater beer, placed in a potato and brown butter bun, and finished with Koji and dill mayonnaise, iceberg, and green onion paste.
The burger will set you back £16, and you can also grab some drinks for £5 each if you’re thirsty, including a lime, raw sugar, mint, and cucumber soda, a sorrel and matcha iced tea, and a fermented Banks’ Tomato and oregano soda.
Mana spent the eight days before launching it testing different beef cut ratios, cheese slice thicknesses and woods to smoke the patties, and according to them it’s ‘the best burger we’ve ever had’.
Head Chef, Simon Martin said: “As well as keeping the business afloat and continuing to keep our team’s livelihoods intact, I also wanted this to be a fun exercise.
“As much as I miss our usual setting and the all-encompassing activity it provides, the idea of doing something so familiar for people became a really endearing challenge in the meantime.
“Almost everyone has had a great burger, especially in Manchester where humble foods are commonly elevated, so people will have a comparison to make whilst we’re trying to deliver the best version of something they’ve ever had.” ⠀
The team at Mana chose burgers as it’s a classic comfort food that almost everyone likes to eat, and they have plans to start doing tacos in a few weeks and potentially fried chicken as well (depending how long it takes them to reopen properly).
As a token of appreciation, all NHS staff are entitled to one free burger per order every Wednesday, you will just need to bring an NHS ID on collection.
Numbers are limited to just 100 burgers per day, and are available from Wednesday to Saturday, to collect between 12pm and 4pm.
If you want to grab one booking is required via Tock-to-go, where you can book a slot up to three hours in advance of collection – prepayment is required to minimise contact.
BrewDog is giving away free beer to everyone in the UK to cheer us up during lockdown
All UK residents will be pleased to hear they can now grab some free beer courtesy of Brewdog.
BrewDog’s CEO took to Twitter to announce the news that they will be giving away a four pack of beer to anyone in the UK.
The only catch is that you have to pay the £1.95 for shipping!
All you have to do to receive your free pack is head over to BrewDog’s website and enter your details.
Of course, you will have to join a bit of queue on the website because everyone is after some free beer – at the time of writing the queue time is currently at around 30 minutes.
You’ll have to be quick, though, as the offer ends at 7pm tonight (Tuesday January 12th).
If you want to know which beer you’ll be getting, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s their ‘Lost Lager’, the ‘world’s only carbon-neutral lager’.
The beers are made from surplus fresh bread and it’s all powered by wind turbines. Plus they will even be planting a tree for every four-pack purchased.
A brand new New York-style pizza restaurant has opened in Stretford
A great new addition to the area
A brand new pizza joint is opening on Chester Road in Stretford, promising proper old-school New-York style pizzas.
With the restrictions still in place, the new opening is available for delivery and collection now, including classics like Margherita (£8), Pepperoni & Hot Honey (£9), Coppa Ham & Wild Mushroom (£9) and Aubergine, Olive And Caper (£8).
Over the next few weeks, they will also be adding bagels to the store with classic New York fillings like Ruben, Salt Beef and Liptauer; a Slovakian spicy cheese spread that you’ll find in every deli in Manhattan.
Owner Dave, a born and bred Stretfordian, says he has created something he can truly be proud of.
Dave is a true local, an alumni of The Sip Club and the Spirit of The Essoldo Cinema Club, he is a champion of the area in which he lives and works.
Alongside collection from the venue, you can get your pizzas brought to your door via SHOCAL the Urmston-based delivery service, which promises to have a more local and friendlier service than the big giants in the delivery industry.
SHOCAL even give back a percentage from every order to the local community.