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This historic Ancoats pub has been brought back to life

The team behind Cottonopolis have reopened the abandoned Victorian pub which dates back to 1811.

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Set to be the beating heart of the Ancoats neighbourhood, Edinburgh Castle is a pub that will serve food with a traditional angle from its ground floor but will have a 36-cover restaurant upstairs that will focus on British food with seasonality and provenance.

“A proper boozer with a proper pint.”

There will be a brunch menu on the weekends available 10am-3pm, and a Sunday Roast which promises to be on of the best in the city served each Sunday 12pm-8pm.

 The man behind the drinks, Gethin Jones, promises that the pub focus will be on a good pint, Guinness on tap, a ‘solid’ Irish Coffee, and that guests can expect a strong whisky offering and a very considered gin list.

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

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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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Brand new ‘game-changing, high-quality’ sports bar to open on Deansgate

Calling all sports fans…

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A new ‘game-changing, high-quality sports bar’ is set to open on Deansgate from the team behind Banyan and Manahatta. 

Plans to open a branch of Box Bar, a concept from Arc Inspirations, at 125 Deansgate – the building opposite The John Rylands Library – have been revealed. 

The new bar will be the first Box Bar outside of Yorkshire, with current successful locations in Headingly and Leeds City Centre. 

The bar will be located in the new 125 Deansgate building, and plans have been submitted for a big outdoor seating area due to the recent social distancing guidelines. 

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Box Bar

The Box Bar concept promise to provide a “game-changing high-quality sports bar to eat, drink, view, play and party.”

The menus will feature a range of classics including pizzas, burgers and other delights, alongside Bottomless Brunch and live music on the weekend.

Their aim is to show all the sporting events possible, alongside offering space for private hire for groups looking to celebrate an event, or to watch a sporting event in a private group setting! 

Find out more here

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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is giving away free steak burgers to NHS staff

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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is saying a huge thank you to NHS staff with free Steak Burgers this week!

Hard Rock reopened last weekend and is kicking off with a free Legendary® Steak Burger for the city’s frontline health workers. 

Any nurses, doctors or other frontline health care workers who present valid identification are eligible for a free Steak Burger at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester.

General Manager at Hard Rock Manchester Aneta Jarzmik said: “Hard Rock is proud to reward our heroes that are working tirelessly in support of their community, and this small gesture of appreciation is the least we can do to express our gratitude.”

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Hard Rock has a full line up of Steak Burgers that community heroes can choose from such as The Original Legendary® Burger, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and The Big Cheeseburger.

Hard Rock Cafe’s Steak Burgers are crafted with a proprietary beef blend to produce the most flavourful burger possible and include premium accompaniments like freshly baked, toasted buns, produce at its prime and signature sauces.

Manchester Cafe will be open on the reduced hours 12pm-9pm from Sunday to Thursday and open 12pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. 

Hard Rock Cafe has partnered with world-renowned public health and safety organisations like EcoLab and NSF International. The SAFE + SOUND programme ensures proper cleaning procedures, staff training and additional support.

Staff at Hard Rock can expect enhanced safety protocol such as temperature checks, social distancing measures and protective mask requirements for all team members.

The free burger for NHS staff is available every day this week, until Friday July 10th. 

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