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Manchester gets its first Michelin Star in over 40 years

Within just a year of opening Simon Martin’s Mana has ended Manchester’s exclusion from the prestigious guide.



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The last time that a restaurant in the city [The French] had a Michelin Star was way back in 1977, but today Mana has lifted this 42 year long drought.

The man behind it all is ex-Noma chef Simon Martin, who for a period of time was actually homeless when he was working at the world renowned restaurant over in Copenhagen. When asked why he tihnks it’s taken so long for Manchester to receive a star, his response was refreshingly honest –

“Michelin have very specific criteria and we’ve met them and other people haven’t. I think that’s all it really comes down to.”

The huge 19-course tasting menu that won Simon and the team the Michelin was heavily based on the four seasons, using British produce. Simon says this was quite restrictive for the restaurant and so now it will be an ever-evolving structure that will result in a much more fluid experience for the customer.

Langoustine tail on a bed of moss, a blanket of nasturtium and a tail of spruce

Hopefully this is just the start of a bright future for Manchester’s foodie scene and Simon is already focused on that second star!


Mana, 42 Blossom Street,, Manchester, M4 6BF

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A Bottomless Disney Brunch is coming to Manchester and it’s going to be magical!

This brunch club is bringing food, bottomless drinks and everything Disney…




Mixing Disney with Bottomless Brunch is a match made in heaven and once you add in a quiz – you’re looking at one of the most magical events of 2020 – although that’s not too hard to find at the moment!

Taking place at Revolution on Parsonage Gardens on Saturday 4th October, you’ll choose can choose dishes ranging from grills or avocado brunch to blueberry, banana and Nutella pancakes,  alongside bottomless drinks that include;



You’ll then be treated to sing-a-long Disney tunes and a special Disney Quiz featuring questions on The Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Frozen any many more!

The venue will be fully prepared and set-up to be COVID-19 compliant – meaning tickets are limited. In other words – be quick!


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The restaurant and fast food chains doing 50% off in August

The restaurants taking part…

Alex Watson




The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see diners able to bag half-price meals when they eat at pubs, restaurants or cafes.

The scheme will see the government paying for half the bill, up to £10 per head, for your meal and non-alcoholic drinks. 

The incentive aims to get Brits back to restaurants and pubs and help save the hospitality sector, which has suffered a huge blow from the pandemic.

The discount which is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday means a meal for two that costs £20 will be reduced to £10. 

A meal that is normally £25 for two will be slashed to £15 due to the £10 cap per head. 

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Burger King is set to cut the cost of the flagship burger down to just £2.25 from £4.49. Burger King boss, Alasdair Murdoch, said on the BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast podcast: “We’ll certainly be embracing it, as long as we can understand the terms and conditions and work them out. But I would think it’s extremely likely that we would do it.”

Frankie & Benny’s told The Sun it will also be knocking 50% off the bill throughout August, which will see a Lasagne Al Forno going for just £4.98. 

The firm behind Harvester and Toby Carvery has said it plans to also register with the scheme. Prices will vary depending on which Harvester restaurant you visit. Under the scheme, a Toby Carvery will set you back on average just £4.50. 

Nando’s will also be knocking down its prices by 50%, this will make half a chicken with two sides just £5.60, down from £11.20. You’ll also still be able to get your Nando’s points on your order! 

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Wagamama is also set to sign up to the scheme meaning a chicken katsu curry will set you back just £6.63 on the initiative. 

Fans of Pizza Hut will be pleased to hear the chain will also be signing up for the initiative, and applying the offer on top of other discounts and promotions the chain runs.

Will you be heading out and enjoying 50% off meals? Let us know…

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New ‘Neverspoons’ app encourages you to visit independent pubs and avoid Wetherspoons

This is amazing!

Alex Watson



JD Wetherspoon

A new ‘Neverspoons’ app has been created to encourage people to drink at independent pubs instead of Wetherspoons. 

The app has been set up as part of the boycott Wetherspoons campaign that launched on social media after the owners received backlash for refusing to pay their suppliers in lockdown. 

The Neverspoons app includes a map of alternative pubs in the surrounding area of Spoons establishments, where you can get a pint at instead. 

The app uses green pins for recommended pubs and red pins for Wetherspoons, so you can see just how close the alternatives are. 

The app also lets users generate a list of independent bars in the surrounding area of their local Spoons, which is accompanied by distance and even directions to make this super easy. 

Currently, the app is only available on Android as Apple require ‘a few more hoops to jump through when it comes to App development’, according to the Neverspoons website. You can sign up to be notified when the iPhone app is launched here

Neverspoons founder Shane Jones said: “Far too many traditional pubs closed down after the previous recession and it was pretty sad to see. Post lockdown could see us heading back that way.

“There are too many of these former pubs in amazing buildings, now derelict, that used to be the central hub for a lot of communities.

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“If you can put some money in the till of a smaller independent pub through the use of this app, then it’s done the job I intended it to.”

The app currently only features alternative independent bars and pubs surrounding a selected few Wetherspoons, but you can send in recommendations via this form here.  

The app is still in early developments, and a lot of people are asking for a feature such as a radius filter to get an idea of how far away they are, or a ‘use my location’ feature to be able to change your location. 

Most people are buzzing with the app saying its ‘easy to use’, and ‘lets you find pubs by cheapest prices making it the easiest way to wean people of spoons’. 

Download the app here. 

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