Wetherspoons has released a list of 16 pubs and bars across the country they plan on closing and putting up for sale.
A statement from the pub chain, released on Wednesday, announced that it would be closing the doors of 16 pubs and bars from across the UK.
The closures will affect pubs in various regions up and down the country including the North West, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Midlands.
Until the pubs are sold they will be trading as normal, but once sold they will likely be rebranded with a new name, menu and prices, according to reports.
Wetherspoons hasn’t announced why they have chosen these particular 16 outlets yet, or provided information on any potential buyers.
The Queens Head in Newport is one up for sale and a Wetherspoons spokesperson, Eddie Gershon, said about the closure: “We totally understand that our loyal customers and staff will be disappointed with this decision. However, Wetherspoon, does on occasion, put some of its pubs up for sale.
“It is a commercial decision taken by the company after long consideration. The pub will continue to trade as normal until a buyer is found.
“We have told our staff that if the pub is sold and they do not transfer to the purchaser, then we would look to redeploy our employees at other Wetherspoon pubs in the region.”
The full list of pubs and bars for sale:
- Chapel an Gansblydhen, Bodmin, Cornwall
- Brun Lea, Burnley, Lancashire
- Vulcan, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
- Time Piece, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
- Bourtree, Hawick, Scottish Borders
- Last Plantagenet, Leicester, East Midlands
- Queens Hotel, Newport, Wales
- Isaac Merritt, Paignton, Devon
- The Cross Keys, Peebles, Scottish Borders
- St George’s Hall, Redfield, Bristol
- Pennsylvanian, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
- Rhinoceros, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
- Butler’s Bell, Stafford, Staffordshire
- Friar Penketh, Warrington, Cheshire
- Dee Hotel, West Kirkby, Merseyside
- Alexander Bain, Wick, Caithness
Manchester’s newest outdoor food market is now doing brunch and it looks next level
That’s my weekend plans sorted…
If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a brunch with a difference this weekend, then we’ve got just the place for you.
Head down to Escape To Freight Island, as it just got a whole lot better with the launch of its brand spanking new weekend brunch menu.
It’s available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm, and it looks like some absolutely next level scran.
You can expect a seriously good selection of delicious brunch dishes and plenty of cocktails (not just prosecco!). There’s loads on the menu, with the platform offering up plenty of veggie and vegan options too.
Grab yourself some delicious things like the Patty Queen Breakfast Bun (£6.50), with double sausage patty, free-range egg, proper American cheese, grilled potato, brioche bun, and top and bottom ketchup.
There’s also some great flatbreads on offer, like the Smashed Cannellini & Nduja Pizetta (£8), with Cannellini bean, Nduja, Cumberland sausage, red onion, kale and Fior di Latte cheese.
There’s also a vegan favourite, Grilled Avo & Halloumi Khubz (£8), with avocado, grilled portobello mushroom, coriander and pickled cucumber.
As for drinks, you can choose from a great selection of beers, soft drinks and cocktails, including Mimosas and Bloody Marys – a brunch classic.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself booked in here!
Aldi’s sell-out Christmas hampers are back and you can order them online this year
These are perfect gifts!
Aldi’s Christmas Hampers sell out every year, this year they’re back and you can even bag yourself one in a nice easy online order.
This year there are seven different themes of Hampers ranging from Fancy Food to the Ultimate Celebration Hamper.
Prices start from just £19.99 and go all the way up to a huge £99 hamper for the ultimate Christmas gift.
The cheapest of the boxes is the Christmas Favourites, which has a selection of Aldi’s premium ‘Specially Selected’ range products in.
There are five goodies in total in this box including a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and strawberry and Champagne chocolates.
The Ultimate Celebration Hamper, costing just shy of £100, is new this year, but is packed full of 26 items in total.
There’s a range of Specially Selected and normal items including three boozy bottles of Vueve Monsigny Champagne, Argentinian Malbec and A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – making sure all taste buds are covered.
There’s also posh chocolates, clotted cream fudge and florentines. Plus a range of cheese and chutney.
Another newbie this year is the Chocolate Celebration Hamper, which is perfect for all those chocolate lovers in your life (so everyone).
It’ll set you back £29.99 and comes with a range of nine different chocolate surprises including Roth pink gin creams and milk chocolate honeycomb.
Some people have pointed out that this one is an incredible dupe for the Fortnum & Mason’s hamper that sets you back £2,500. OUCH.
Other hampers include The Luxury Collection Hamper (£59.99), The Christmas Feast Hamper (£79.99), Afternoon Treats Selection Hamper (£39.99) and The Vegan Hamper (£29.99).
The hampers are incredible value for money in comparison to others on the market, including some of the Chocolate Collections from Hotel Chocolat which range from £25 to £100.
Each hamper is beautifully packaged in a wicker basket but it is possible to buy all the ingredients separately and build your own at home.
You can only order the hampers online this year, and they went live for pre-orders on September 21st so you can bagsy one now (they’ll dispatch on November 11th).
You’ll also have to fork out an additional £2.95 for delivery this year!
Iceland launch UK’s hottest supermarket pizza and curry as part of extra hot Halloween range
Think you can handle it?
Iceland is bringing back the UK’s hottest supermarket range with products starting at just £1.50.
The ‘Scarily Spicy’ range is back at Iceland with fearsome products just in time for Halloween, and it’s set to be hotter than ever before.
There are two new products hitting shelves, the Scarily Spicy Ghost Chilli Chicken Breast Fillet Chunks, and Even Hotter Scarily Spicy Stonebaked Pizza.
Plus the old favourite, Carolina Reaper Curry, is back to inflict just a little more pain into the year!
Disguised as an innocent pizza, Iceland’s Even Hotter Scarily Spicy Stone-baked Pizza will set you back £1.50, and is apparently ‘made in the foothills of Mount Etna’.
It boasts a new 24-hour-rested dough recipe that gives it an even crispier base.
Sitting on top of the innovative dough is the impossibly spicy sauce, plus mozzarella, spicy chicken and green jalapeño peppers – it’s not at all for the faint-hearted.
Back on the menu is the limited-edition challenger, Carolina Reaper Curry, which was first released in 2108.
The tikka chicken curry is laced with Carolina Reaper chilli and garnished with an entire Jinta pepper.
A previous review really sells the curry: “Jeez! I like a hot curry, and a robust chilli, but this was not for the faint hearted. My mouth was instantly on fire and I was left gasping for breath. This was fierce!”
It continues: “You’ll need a platter of rice, and a tub of sour cream to temper its ferocity. Flavoursome enough if your taste-buds are forgiving. The decorative chilli served atop should be regarded as a challenge for those that survive. Who needs a sauna after that?”
The other new product, Iceland Scarily Spicy Ghost Chilli Chicken Breast Fillet Chunks, will set you back just £3.
Made with Iceland’s 100% chicken breast chunk recipe sprinkled with an intimidating amount of ghost chilli pepper powder.
Iceland’s 4 Scarily Spicy Carolina Reaper Quarter Pounders – which contain the world’s hottest chilli in between juicy beef patties – also received rave reviews and is back on the menu.
For a firey bangers and mash, the Scarily Spicy Ghost Chilli Pork Sausages (£2.25, 500g) are perfect for fearless families.
Returning due to popular demand are the Iceland Scarily Spicy Carolina Reaper Chicken Breast Fillet Chunks (£3.00, 500g) and the Iceland Scarily Spicy Carolina Reaper Chicken Breast Fillet Strips (£3.00, 540g) too!
Chilli fans won’t be disappointed by this huge and spicy line-up at Iceland, which is on shelves now.