It’s been a long time coming, but after over 19 months of closure, Cosmo World Buffet is finally reopening next week.
Like most businesses across the country, the Manchester city centre branch of the ever-popular buffet restaurant chain decided to temporarily close its doors all the way back in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic first began to take hold, explaining in a post on Facebook at the time that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution, and concern for the health and well-being of the community”
Yet, when the hospitality industry steadily started to get back on its feet once restrictions began the lift, doors to the Deansgate-based restaurant continued to stay closed, and has remained shut ever since.
Although the reasons for the restaurant remaining closed were unconfirmed, speculation came after there were concerns and queries raised nationally over how buffet, carvery, and ‘self serve’-style restaurants would reopen safely post-COVID.
Given how popular the restaurant was on the Manchester food scene when it was open, it’s understandable that foodies were disappointed at the thought of it closing down for good.
But now, the day has finally come – Cosmo World Buffet is reopening on Wednesday 10 November.
Announcing its long-awaited return and grand reopening to fans in a social media post last month, Cosmo Manchester said: “It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally official – our doors will be re-opening on Wednesday 10th November [and] we’re so excited to see you all again.
“It’s time to get together and enjoy an unlimited COSMO feast with us.”
If you’ve never been to Cosmo World Buffet and you’re not sure what all the hype is about, then it’s an all-you-can-eat restaurant that’s said to be inspired by the best five-star hotels in the world that are known for bringing a choice of fresh food all under the same roof to “elevate the buffet concept to new levels”.
The best of Asian, Indian, continental, Teppanyaki, carvery, and deli cuisines are all on the menu to choose from, as well as a mouth-watering selection of desserts, and endless drinks.
To celebrate the reopening, Cosmo Manchester is hosting a couple of unmissable competitions over on its Facebook page – including a £50 voucher giveaway, and the chance for 25 people to win a free dinner for four people.
Blue Light Card Holders are also invited to enjoy a trial dinner at the Deansgate restaurant too, which you can find out more about here.
Bookings from Wednesday 10 November are now available here.
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Food & Drink
This Manchester bar is selling PINTS of Bloody Mary and a slice for six quid
Whether it’s downing pints of water before bed, spending all day on the sofa asleep, or a big fat fry-up the morning after, everyone has a favourite hangover cure.
One of ours has to be the Bloody Mary, aka the best ever hair of the dog – a mixture of spicy tomato juice, vodka, lemon, hot sauce and, in a perfect world, something smoky with pickles.
So when we heard that Manchester rock bar Jimmy’s is selling PINTS of the stuff for just six pounds with a big fat slice of focaccia-like Detroit pizza included, we felt compelled to share the good news.
After all, party season is basically upon us – and that means struggling through more hangovers than we can typically endure.
The Ancoats boozer is currently home to Manchester’s original Detroit pizza heroes Corner Slice, a long time favourite in The Manc office from day one.
The team also has a pizza shop in Failsworth, but for the next month (well, until 23 December), they’re slinging their signature slices out of the kitchen at Jimmy’s to help you soak up the booze.
The deal, which is available every day, includes a pint of Bloody Mary and a square slice of their thick deep-pan Red Top pizza: a mixture of red sauce, Corner Slice’s signature cheese blend and basil pesto.
Available every day of the week, from open until the kitchen closes, you can opt to enjoy your pint of Bloody Mary and pizza in the bar or get it to take away if you’d rather curl up on the sofa with some grease and your favourite TV show.
The brainchild of owners Frank Brashaw and Danny Broadbent, Corner Slice has made a well-deserved name for itself in Manchester thanks to serving up deep pan pizza with traditional Italian toppings and a curly cheese crust.
The popular Failsworth-originated pizzeria was the first to bring its Motor city-inspired rectangular pizza pies to Manchester after what it said was a “light bulb” moment during lockdown.
As well as the simple ‘Red Top’, some of Corner Slice’s best-loved dishes include square pies loaded with the likes of Korean Cauli, Portocini (a mix of portobello and porcini), and a number of regularly-changing specials and vegan specials.
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There’s a big ‘Winter Beer Fest’ happening in Manchester to kick off the new year
Once Christmas is over and the hustle and bustle of the festive season has died down, there’s often not a great deal to look forward to in January.
But this time, Manchester’s very-own GRUB has got you covered as the much-loved Winter Beer Fest is back by popular demand for 2023, and tickets are already on sale if you’re keen to kick off your new year with a pint or two.
Unfamiliar with what GRUB is?
Well, it’s a street food market space that’s located just outside the city centre at the Red Bank Project in Cheetham Hill, and it’s known for having a wide range of rotating food vendor pop-ups that provide foodies in Manchester with some of the best eats from right across the globe.
But, despite what the name suggests, and even though that may be what it’s best-known for, GRUB isn’t just about food – and, to properly see in the new year in style, the venue is once again hosting it seasonal beer festival in January.
The GRUB Winter Beer Fest gives Manchester beer lovers the chance can sip creations from some of the best local breweries.
Running from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 January 2023, over the course of the three-day festival you can expect there to be plenty of local brews to taste test – with brewery bars coming courtesy of some of the region’s best like Unbarred Brewery, Rivington Brewing Co, The Runaway Brewery, and Squawk Brewing Co.
That’s not all either, as there’ll also be over 30 guest taps too.
If you’re not a big beer lover, you can also expect a street food market, a mulling bar, pop-up tasting events, and so much more over the extended weekend.
Fancy it then?
Tickets for the GRUB Winter Beer Fest 2023 will set you back just £6, and include entry to the festival, access to the full range of beers – including all the brewery bars and guest taps – as well as branded WBF glass to take home with you afterwards.