A petrol station in Oldham is going viral for its incredible snack selection, and it appears that TikTokers simply can’t get enough.
Monarch Service Station in Royton has seen people travelling from all over the country to sample its goodies, after videos of its mindblowing snack offering reached millions online.
The site is home to a Nisa shop and Shell forecourt, as well as the popular Smashville burgers – but it is its American snack selection that has got the internet buzzing.
Boasting a Reese’s hot chocolate dispenser (promising the perfect combination of hot chocolate and peanut butter), cereals like Lucky Charms, Hershey’s chocolate and syrups, vacuum-packed pickles, and a huge range of sweets, crisps, and drinks, it has become an unlikely pilgrimage for fans of American snacks.
With aisle upon aisle of snacks, inside you’ll find the likes of Lays, Takis, Jolly Ranchers and Sour Patch Kids,
One TikToker tempted to go and pay the services a visit herself was user Lucy, known as @lucychetwndx on the social media platform.
In a video that has been viewed over 900,000 times, she first shows off the smashed burger offering from Smashville Burgers before revealing rows upon rows of American snacks.
Spanning multiple flavours of spicy Mexican crisp Takis, Pringles and Lays, alongside boxes of Timbits, Jolly Ranchers, Swedish Fish, Tootsie Rolls and Jelly Beans, Lucy enthused over the service’s pickles in a pouch and slushie machines before honing in on its Reese’s hot chocolate dispenser.
However, not everyone can believe that Oldham is becoming a foodie destination – with a few people taking to the comments to share their disbelief.
One person wrote: “NOT ROYTON BEING A TREND BYE.”
Another echoed their shock, adding: “Oldham? Am I hearing this right?”
A third said: “Guys this is my local petrol station I’ve only ever bought fuel from, I’m seeing people travel miles!”
Meanwhile, another user joked: “putting Oldham on the map.”
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Manchester cafe Idle Hands mobbed by huge swarm of bees who took over outdoor tables
One of the Northern Quarter’s most popular cafes had an unusual issue on Saturday afternoon, when tens of thousands of bees paid a visit.
It seems the swarm of bees had got wind of Idle Hands’ legendary pies and took over one of the venue’s outdoor tables.
The cafe had to call in a local beekeeper after the busy insects rendered their outside space too risky for customers to use.
Incredible photos captured by local photographer Andrew Stuart and shared by the cafe show a jaw-dropping mass of the insects congregating beneath a table.
The cafe, on the corner of Dale Street and Tariff Street, was saved by the Manchester Honey Company, who humanely scooped them away to safety.
Idle Hands wrote on Instagram: “So, fun day at the shop today, with thousands of bees moving home and deciding to drop in on our shop and cluster under one of our tables (now forever to be known as the bee table) whilst on their journey.
“Massive thanks to @manchesterhoneycompany for coming and safely taking them away to a far more suitable home. And to @andrewstuart1 for capturing the event so well!”
They had previously posted on their stories: “Erm, anyone know what we do about this??? Swarm of thousands out of nowhere.”
Manchester Honey Company said: “This swarm landed @idlehandscoffee in Manchester and was collected by @manchesterhoneycompany. The bees were so friendly and calm and we were so well looked after by the friendly staff.
“The bees were collected from under a table and put in the hive. The queen was in the hive so the rest of the bees followed her in.”
The incident with Idle Hands is far from the first time that swarms of bees have caused disruption in the city centre.
Hit Christmas market stall opens permanently at Piccadilly Gardens
Crunch Korean Gansig has become a must-try foodie stall at the Manchester Christma Markets, now it’s pulled up at Picadilly Gardens permanently.
The hit Korean hot dog stall has wowed visitors over the past few years with its cheese, potato and meat-filled creations.
Deep-fried in a crispy waffle coating and then lightly rolled in sugar, these sausages on a stick come drizzled in sweet ketchup and mustard.
Incredibly moreish if we do say so ourselves, since first making their appearance at the 2021 Manchester Christmas Markets they’ve consistently been ranked one of the event’s best food traders.
Now, thanks to a new permanent stall popping up where it all began for the team, Manc foodies can enjoy their hot meaty and cheesy Korean goodies all year long.
Popular flavour choices include all-cheese, all-sausage and half-and-half versions, with a vegetarian-friendly cheese-filled version wrapped in a potato waffle coating, and halal-friendly options that are made using separate batter and fryers.
This really is a hot dog stand that caters to everyone. With owners having previously said they would work on a vegan hot dog once they got their own permanent stand, we don’t expect the plant-powered gang will be left waiting too much longer.
Sharing the news to Instagram, the Crunch Korean Gansig team wrote: “Hey guys, we’ve got exciting news to share! We are launching a new market stall in the Piccadilly garden street food market from tomorrow.
“After two years of successful Christmas trading, we are ready to take on a new challenge, and love to serve our hotdogs to you guys again!
“So come on down to the market and say hi, we love to see you there! See you soon!”
Fans of the Korean hot dog stall have responded to the news with enthusiasm, flooding into the comments to share their excitement.
One person wrote: “So excited we will have to go!!”
Another person said: “Nooooo stop!!! I’m so happy I could cry”