Three diners at a pub in Salford have won over £1,000 worth of prizes in the space of two days.
The Black Friar, a historic pub that reopened in 2021 following a stunning £1.4m refurbishment, is currently giving away £72,000 worth of prizes to celebrate its second birthday.
Two regulars, John and Steve, at the Black Friar won £200 off their bill yesterday alongside a table of 7 winning £500 off their bill last night, whilst another table also won their meal for free the night before.
The boozer and restaurant – hailed by Guardian critic Jay Rayner as a ‘riot of Victoriana lite’ with cooking that is ‘big, bullish and beautiful’ – is currently running a special £22 menu and giving away over £72,000 worth of scratch card prizes.
Throughout August every customer receives an free, instant win scratch card with their bill, giving them the chance to win prizes including free meals on the spot, free cocktails, or vouchers giving the winner between £10-£200 off their next visit.
Whether you’re dining or drinking, it doesn’t matter – all guests get a scratch card regardless, with the pub saying visitors are ‘guaranteed’ to win one of the prizes on offer.
With its kitchen headed up by award-winning chef Ben Chaplin, formerly of 20 Stories, The Black Friar has a well deserved reputation for serving excellent food.
Throughout August, it is running a special birthday menu with two courses for £22 featuring a mixture of summery à la carte dishes and pub grub favourites, such as pig’s head croquette with curried apple, katsu chicken schnitzel, grandma’s pork sausage with mash and onion gravy, and its famous Black Friar pies.
Elsewhere on the £22 menu, you can also dig into the likes of beer battered fish and chips, the Black Friar’s burger, potato and cauliflower curry, and salt and pepper squid.
As for puddings, think Eton mess loaded with Chantilly, macerated strawberries and a cucumber and mint sorbet, a lime chocolate tart, or affogato with vegan vanilla ice cream.
The birthday menu is available every day Monday and from 12-6pm Tuesday to Friday.
Neil Burke, owner and operator of The Black Friar, said: “We are so excited to celebrate The Black Friar’s second birthday. We can’t wait to see all of our friends, neighbours and loyal guests this August – come to visit us and you’re guaranteed a prize!”
The building has since been refurbed to include a huge award-winning beer garden and outdoor tavern, cosy pub, and grand glass dining room.
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Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
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.”