Greater Manchester has dominated the North West category in the list of finalists for this year’s British Takeaway Awards.
We’ve arguably relied on takeaway services more than ever over this past year, and now thousands of takeaways from right across the country have been narrowed down to just five independent businesses in each of the 12 regional categories.
And when it comes to the North West category, three food businesses in the borough of Stockport have been named as fan-favourites following a public vote.
Takeaways in Liverpool and Warrington have also been shortlisted.
Who’s made the cut then?
Sitting proudly on the list of finalists at the 2021 edition of “the Oscars of the takeaway world” – which aims to celebrate Britain’s best local takeaways and the people behind them – is Gatley- based restaurant The Spinn, which is headed up by Emmerdale Star Adam Thomas, and is loved by the region’s foodies thanks to its extensive menu of burgers, wraps, small plates and brunch offering.
You may remember that the restaurant hit headlines late last year when it poked fun the government with a three-tier ‘Boris Burger’ and paid to have it advertised on local billboards.
Also listed as a North West finalist is LAPD Food – a delivery-only joint that sells burgers, pizzas and fried chicken, and delivers it to hungry residents across Stockport in a head turning American-style police car.
Rounding out the top three Stockport takeaways in the North West section of the finals is the Bun & Bones Club in Hazel Grove, which specialises in everything from burgers and wings, to loaded fries, a wide range of sides, and even the stand-out foodie favourite ‘Mancake’ – which is two beef patties, American cheese, smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup on top of two fluffy American pancakes.
Speaking on the shortlist of finalists for this year’s British Takeaway Awards, Andrew Kenny – Managing Director of Just Eat – said: “We’re thrilled to be back with the British Takeaway Awards for the sixth year running.
“Each year we’re amazed by the standard of entries and this year is no different, with a huge range of restaurants up for the awards, from family run takeaways to small chains.
“Celebrating the fantastic takeaways across the UK is particularly important this year after many turned to their local restaurants for a lift throughout the lockdowns [so] the UK has been voting in force to give back to their local takeaway heroes and we can’t wait to honour the winners at the awards ceremony in September.”
The British Takeaway Awards 2021 will take place in September, with a £1,000 prize for each regional winner, and a whopping £5,000 for the business crowned the ‘Best Takeaway in Britain’.
Manchester steakhouse Gaucho is serving a bottomless brunch with non-stop wine and cocktails
Manchester has a new three-course bottomless brunch offer, and it sounds like an absolute beast of a deal – with premium cuts of steak, unlimited starters, and an hour and a half of free-flowing drinks.
Launched by Argentine steakhouse pros Gaucho,the new bottomless deal gives diners 90 minutes to indulge in drinks like citrus negronis, pornstar martinis, spritzes, lager and wine, with a choice of red, white and rose.
Spanning three courses and 90 minutes of drinks, starter dishes are unlimited whilst main highlights include Gaucho’s cuts of free-range Aberdeen Angus beef, reared on the flat grasslands of the Pampas. Think premium wet-aged sirloin with chimichurri and French fries and spiral-cute churrasco de cuadril marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil.
On the unlimited starters menu, you’ll find a mouthwatering selection of morcilla, chorizo and picante rojo sausage with a lemon aioli, a selection of empanadas, beetroot ceviche with nasturtium and mango nectar, plus prawn tostadas on Arepa bread.
Add in desserts like chocolate brownies with white chocolate ice cream and apple pancakes with Calvados caramel, Nutella and a dulce de leche mousse, and we’ll be surprised if you find yourself going home hungry.
Available on the last Saturday of the month between 11am and 4pm at Gaucho’s glitzy restaurant on Deansgate, dine inside a converted church surrounded by crystal chandeliers and deep leather booths whilst the restaurant’s in house saxophonist plays along to the resident DJ’s beats.
Greater Manchester chocolatier Slattery’s is selling a Hacienda-inspired Easter egg
Greater Manchester chocolatier Slattery’s is selling a Hacienda-inspired Easter egg, and it looks absolutely brilliant.
Featuring an Acid House smiley face in The Factory’s signature black and yellow stripes, a green bucket hat, silver music notes and a Brit Pop-style electric guitar emblazoned in the Union Jack, Slattery’s has really gone all out this year.
The special Madchester Easter egg also features Oasis’s debut 1997 album Definitely Maybe, although the Whitefield-based chocolatiers told The Manc that customers can opt to request a different album cover on their egg if they prefer.
Priced at £21 each, the edible work of art is made of milk chocolate and decorated with edible icing to create the effects of the album covers, bucket hats and other nostalgic Madchester memorabilia.
It is available to purchase in person from the Whitefield chocolatier’s store, and customers can also place orders for collection closer to the Easter weekend if they prefer.
However, it is not available through the online shop as due to its delicate nature the Hacienda-inspired egg is not able to be delivered by courier.
The family-run Slattery Patissier and Chocolatier is one of Greater Manchester’s absolute go to’s for a sweet treat, spanning three floors and attracting visitors from far and wide.
Based in Whitefield, Bury, it’s so much more than a cake shop: selling everything from handmade Belgian chocolate, freshly-made cream cakes, tarts, pastries, tortes and gateaux, all made fresh each morning, plus chocolate novelties, bars and gifts ranging from Easter eggs to chocolate lollies, discs and tubs, plus a dedicated vegan chocolate range.
Add to that bespoke build your own chocolate hampers that are packed and ribboned whilst you wait, and a selection of specially selected wines, beers and liqueurs, and it’s not hard to see why so many flock here – not just at Easter, but all year round.