Racing fans who are looking to celebrate the return of the Aintree Festival are about to find out that drinks prices at the event are more expensive than ever before, as the official drinks menu and its prices have been published.
The Aintree Festival has officially kicked off today, with its marquee race – The Grand National – taking place at 5.15pm this Saturday 15 April.
Attendees will find that the price of a pint at the festival is as high as £7.50 for a Madri, Staropramen, Guinness or Rekorderlig cider. Meanwhile, pints of Carling are on offer for a slightly cheaper price of £7.20.
Furthermore, research from Betting.com has revealed that these prices make Aintree the UK’s most expensive racecourse when it comes to pints.
Like Aintree, Last month’s Cheltenham Festival is one of the most popular events on the racing calendar, however, it is also one of the most expensive when it comes to pints, with a pint of Guinness matching Aintree’s astonishing fee of £7.50.
Alternative alcoholic drinks at Cheltenham were found to be only slightly cheaper, with Pravha priced at £7.40, while Doom Bar costs punters £7.00 and Carling is available for £6.90 a pint.
The next-most expensive racecourses for pints are Sandown, where every variation of pint, including lagers, ciders and Guinness is valued at £6.80.
For Guinness lovers looking to save pocket at the races, the best bet is Taunton where a pouring of the popular stout costs just £5.00. It’s also worth checking out Chelmsford and Salisbury, racecourses that charge just £5.50 for a Guinness.
If pints aren’t your tipple of choice, prices still remain high at the Aintree Festival. Wines will set punters back £8.75 per 187.5ml glass, or £34 per 750ml bottle. Meanwhile, there is a variety of champagnes available all priced between £78 and £122.50 per 750ml bottle.
As expected, a wide range of spirits are also available at Aintree Festival, which are all priced at £6.00 per 25ml serving. An accompanying soft drink comes with an additional charge of £2.50.
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Namaste Nepal – West Didsbury favourite reveals new look and even more phenomenal curry
Namaste Nepal, one of the best restaurants in West Didsbury – if not all of south Manchester – has undergone a big refurbishment, with new menu dishes to boot.
The family-run business has become a local institution over the last 15 or so years, famed for its comforting, authentic Nepalese food.
For the first time since it opened, Namaste Nepal has had a full-scale cosmetic transformation to become a modern – but still cosy and welcoming – neighbourhood restaurant.
You’ll now find green suede, gold, and marble, in amongst the Nepalese artefacts on the shelves.
Namaste Nepal is known for its menu of curries and street food which takes influences from India and China.
One of its hero dishes is its handmade Momocha dumplings, which are stuffed with lamb mince and topped with a classic peppery, spicy sauce.
There are platters of mixed shashlik, the meat slow-cooked in the tandoor oven; fiery traditional Chwela; and Kantipur Methi, where Tandoori chicken and minced lamb are mixed together.
Curries range from the mouth-numbingly spicy (looking at you, vegetable naaga) to a crowd-pleasing Makhan Chara (aka butter chicken).
There’s plenty to keep vegetarians well-fed, from saag paneer to aloo gobi.
Namaste Nepal has been spicing up our lives since 2005 and is well and truly standing the test of time.
Habas restaurant in Manchester announces shock closure – with huge closing-down discount
Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant launched by the team behind El Gato Negro, has announced its shock closure.
The subterranean restaurant will be going out with a bang though, promising one last knees-up with a big discount.
Habas will be doing 25% off its entire food and drink menu this New Year’s Eve so that fans of the eatery can raise a glass to the Manchester restaurant.
They’re also hoping that Mancs will raise a glass to new beginnings, teasing a brand new concept.
Habas is located at Brown Street in Manchester city centre and has been serving up its Middle Eastern menu since 2021.
It comes from Mills Hill Developments Limited, the company also responsible for El Gato Negro and Canto, fronted by celebrated chef Simon Shaw.
Habas has stressed that its closure ‘is not forever’ as it announces details of its New Year’s Eve closing down party.
You can ring in the new year with a selection of mezze dishes, sharing platters and small plates, feasting on chicken tagine and traditional tzatziki, all 25% off on Sunday 31 December.
Drinks, too, like the cranberry elderflower martini, blackberry ginger smash and clementine daquiri will be with 25% off.
Simon Shaw, Chef Parton at Mills Hill Developments Limited, said: “As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way.
“Throughout December, Habas, will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks. We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah!
“We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.
“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”