A Bolton grandma whose home-cooked full English takeaway breakfasts went viral on Youtube during lockdown has opened her very own cafe.
Appearing in what was then described as the ‘most Northern video in history’, grandma and self-taught chef Marion Love was catapulted to fame last year in a somewhat unlikely fashion.
The 50-year-old quickly gained notoriety online after a Leeds Youtuber shared a hilarious video of himself eating a full English breakfast, during the height of lockdown, at a put-up table on the pavement outside her Bolton gaff.
As a result of the video, which was viewed over a million times in the space of a few weeks, people started travelling from far and wide to sample her food – leading her little DIY cheffing operation to become a full-blown business within a matter of weeks.
Now, she’s just opened her first cafe – the aptly named Grandma’s Kitchen – over in Farnworth.
Serving up her famous full English breakfast, the bistro-style cafe also offers a range of other popular breakfast favourites like eggs benedict and breakfast burritos, as well as lunches like Italian sandwiches and a Korean chicken brioche bun, reports The Hoot.
The 50-year-old had first started cooking her dishes from home for takeaway-only during lockdown, inspired after seeing some success on her Instagram food blog – which first started in 2017.
Having begun by sharing recipes for meals, it was during the height of the pandemic -when many restaurants and bars were either closed or forced to offer takeaway only – that she decided to start selling her food from home.
Making the trip over from Leeds, Malin set up his now-infamous portable table outside Love’s front door to ensure his fry-up was as hot as can be.
After giving her full English breakfast a rave review, he then proceeded to polish off some of her homemade cookies for dessert on camera. The rest, as they say, is history.
As a result of the video, Marion said that she received thousands of messages of support as well as gaining loads of new followers and customers.
Man arrested after Stockport homes were evacuated due to ‘suspected hazardous materials’
A man has been arrested after the discovery of “suspected hazardous materials” led to several homes being evacuated in Stockport.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that the discovery of the so-called “suspected hazardous materials” was made by police yesterday (Thursday 1 June) during a search of a property on Middleton Road in the Reddish area of Stockport.
Officers attended the property in response to intelligence about the manufacturing of illegal fireworks.
No injuries have been reported following the discovery, GMP confirmed, and a 100-metre cordon is currently believed to still be in place around the area.
Residents of the several homes that were asked to evacuate yesterday have been relocated, either to the homes of their family and friends, or directed by Stockport Council to Houldsworth Village and Broadstone Road if they had no alternative accommodation.
The residents were told by GMP that, although they would be kept regularly updated, it was “unlikely they will be able to return home,” yesterday evening.
Following the discovery, GMP declared a major incident and instructed specially-trained representatives from relevant agencies to conduct the “timely and safe recovery” of the hazardous materials, all while asking members of the public to “avoid the area” so this could be carried out.
The arrested suspect, a 50-year-old man, is currently being held in police custody under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.
“We understand this news will have caused some concern in the community, not just amongst the residents who have unfortunately been displaced,” Chief Inspector Jamie Collins admitted in a statement addressing the ongoing situation yesterday.
“Our highest priority is keeping people safe, which is why we have put a cordon in place, evacuated properties, and warned members of the public to avoid the area.
With it being the first time the two Manchester clubs have battled it out for the trophy in the final in the 151-year-old football competition’s illustrious history, tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the journey down to the capital.
But with this influx of excitable rival fans, admittedly, comes a set of challenges.
This is why The FA and TfGM have decided to introduce some measures, and issue travel tips and guidance, in a bid to make sure everyone stays safe, while still soaking in all the atmosphere of the historic day at the same time.
Due to what TfGM has called “significant” coordinated strike action by rail unions RMT and Aslef on Saturday, all supporters heading to the FA Cup final are advised to avoid trains and “consider alternative travel arrangements” instead – making sure to allow “additional time for travel” and planning their journeys “ahead of time”.
Fans are also being asked to check the road network carefully, as it’s also highly likely that traditional routes to Wembley will be “busier than normal” as a result of rail strikes.
The FA has confirmed that it will be providing 60 coaches for both Manchester clubs to help supporters get to Wembley and return to Manchester once the game has finished, but aside from this, TfGM has suggested that “anyone without an official match ticket should not travel to the game”.
The two Manchester clubs have been advised to encourage fans to use separate travel routes to each other to avoid clashes, and a list of service stations for each team has now also been published – confirming all the rumours to be true.
Allocation of motorway service stations
Manchester City supporters
Manchester United supporters
When it comes to the travel routes supporters of each team are advised to take, TfGM is urging Manchester City fans to take the M62/M1 as the first port of call, or taking the M6/M1 or M6/M6 Toll/M1 as a back-up option.
Manchester United supporters are encouraged to take the M6/M42/M40.
On top of information on travel routes and service station allocations, TfGM has also shared tips for matchday parking, tube travel around London, and more.