Marks & Spencer, Bella Italia, and Yard & Coop are among some of the places giving kids free meals this half term.
Now that schools across Greater Manchester are out for the Easter break, and especially amid the growing cost of living crisis that’s continuing to make its impact felt on many families, plenty supermarkets, chain restaurants, and pub groups across the UK are offering kids the chance to eat a hearty meal out for free.
If you’re looking to treat the kids to a meal, but are keen to keep things on the cheaper side and save a few pennies, then thankfully, eating out just got a whole lot easier.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When you spend over £5 in the M&S Café this half term, kids can get a meal deal – which normally costs around £3.95, and includes either a sandwich, toastie, pizza or pasta, and a snack, fruit, and a drink – completely for free.
One free children’s meal per transaction, and the offer runs through to 22 April.
From 3pm every day at every Morrisons Café across the UK, you can get a meal from the kids menu for free with any one adult meal at a value of £4.50 or over, and the offer applies to anyone under 16 years of age.
There’s also a feed the family for £10 running over Easter too.
Similarly to Morrisons, ASDA Café is offering kids the chance to eat for free every day from 3pm, with both hot meals and a cold selection including in the bargain deal.
Children can eat for £1 with any adult main meal at Bella Italia this Easter.
Running every day except Saturdays, the Piccolo menu is aimed at children aged two to six years, with the Grande for seven to 11-year-olds, and some of the dishes include meatballs, bolognese, carbonara and pizza, with the deal also including three courses and a fruit water.
The offer is running until 24 April.
Hungry Horse Pubs
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why Hungry Horse Pubs – which has a number of branches in Greater Manchester – is offering kids the chance to eat breakfast for free with every paying adult.
The offer is available from 8am – 12pm daily.
Available every weekday up until 22 April, two kids per paying adult can eat for just £1 each at local branches of Farmhouse Inns this Easter, and they can choose from the small breakfasts, any kids meal or junior carvery, and then relax in the dedicated family areas.
Table Table, Beefeaters & Brewers Fair
Ensuring no one goes hungry this Easter, each Table Table, Beefeaters & Brewers Fair branch across Greater Manchester is offering a free breakfast for every child with a paying adult.
You can choose as much as you like from the cooked and Continental selections, including bacon, sausages, eggs, hash browns and more, alongside baked pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, and chilled juices and unlimited tea or coffee to accompany.
Sizzling Pub & Grill
There’s a whole host of Sizzling Pub & Grill restaurants across Greater Manchester and the north west that are offering kids the chance to eat for just £1 with every adult main meal between 3pm-7pm on weekdays.
Yard & Coop
The Northern Quarter’s home of buttermilk fried chicken is offering a kids eat free deal this Easter, which offers one selected free kids meal with every adult main, and has a menu including the likes of Nugz – boneless fried chicken – and the veggie option of Not Chicken Nugz or vegan chicken.
The offer is running noon to 7:30pm on weekdays up until 22 April.
Japanese street food and sushi favourite YO! is letting children under 10 eat for free this half term between 3:30pm and 5:30pm on Monday – Thursday when an adult spends at least £10, with the offer including a main, a side, and a drink from the Kids Meal Deal menu, and a dessert can be added for £1.50.
This offer is running right through until 26 May.
The Real Greek
With a popular branch in the Corn Exchange in Manchester city centre, and a new restaurant having recently opened in the Trafford Centre too, kids can eat for free at The Real Greek on Sundays this Easter when adults spend over £10
Children under 12 get to choose a kids meal, a drink, and an ice cream or sorbet.
Dunelm Cafe-Pausa is offering kids the chance to a free mini main meal this Easter half term, along with two snacks and a drink for every £4 spent in the cafe.
The offer is running until 24 April.
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Rashford explains heartbreaking reason behind his celebration after wonder free-kick against Wales
On Tuesday night, Marcus Rashford lit up what had previously been an underwhelming final group game against Wales with what we can only describe as an absolute stunner of a free-kick.
Swapping out his usual knuckleball technique for a whipped but equally fast-paced finish into the top right corner, the 25-year-old wheeled away to celebrate with the travelling fans but not long after, he dropped to his news and pointed to the sky.
While not an entirely uncommon celebration in the world of football, it did seem like a somewhat muted reaction from the Man United forward, especially after such an incredible opening goal.
Speaking to media after the game, it turns out Rashford‘s celebration was dedicated to a close friend who passed away a couple of days prior.
As the Wythenshawe-born star went on to explain, choosing to point to the sky for the celebration was his way of paying tribute to a friend who sadly died following a long battle with cancer.
The joint-leading goalscorer this World Cup went on to say, “I’m pleased I managed to score for him, he’s always been a big supporter of mine. He’s just a great person to have come into my life”. Heartbreaking.
As confirmed by several outlets after the press conference, Rashford’s late friend was Garfield Hayward, a 35-year-old also from Manchester, who is said to have passed away last week.
Nicknamed ‘Garf’, his nephew wrote on social media: “My heart is hurting so much knowing I won’t see you again in this life… it won’t be the same without you being here… You didn’t have a bad bone in your body you would give anything and everything you could with even a single bit of hesitation.” So touching.
It was no wonder Rashford himself was so quick to go and celebrate with his loved ones after the fact.
Rashford made it three goals in as many games at Qatar 2022 following his wonderful free-kick and equally well-worked second goal, with fellow Manc Phil Foden scoring the second goal only seconds after the opener.
England now face Senegal in the Round of 16 and the way these two lads looked on the night, we expect Manchester to be putting on a show come the weekend.
TV doctor Ranj Singh calls out racist joke made at British Curry Awards ceremony
This week, the British Curry Awards held a glitzy black-tie ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the UK’s curry industry.
The prestigious ceremony, also informally known as the ‘Curry Oscars’, takes place every year – seeing a number of awards handed out to the best Asian restaurants across the country.
However, this year’s event was sullied when a white guest presenter made a racist joke on stage, asking: “Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.”
Taking to Twitter after the event last night, TV Doctor and personality Ranj Singh blasted the presenter who made the joke, asking his 174,000 followers “I’m sorry but how is this OK?”
The TV Doctor then went on to release a statement, in which he first said he was “honoured and privileged to be invited as a guest” to the ceremony before continuing to outline why he was ” not the only person that felt uncomfortable tonight.”
Singh asked how the awards ceremony could truly be representing the Asian community fairly when “the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers on stage are over 90% white”, a racist joke is made on stage, and organisers were “auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill”, whose relationship with Indian (and Bengali people specifically) is known to have been problematic.
The tweet, shared by Singh on the social media platform last night, has been liked over 1,000 times and retweeted more than 300 at the time of writing.
He then signed off for the evening, writing: “The number of people trying to justify an inappropriate and racist joke on here is saddening. But then again this is Twitter.”
Others have since taken to the platform to agree with Singh, with used David B tweeting: “I couldn’t summarise this better myself.
“The organisers did not consider that #RepresentationMatters – it felt uncomfortable to see so many white people to present, host and judge the awards when there are so many others that could have EASILY represented the community.”
Every year the awards ceremony welcomes a number of high-profile figures, including prominent personalities from the worlds of politics, sport, showbiz and entertainment alongside celebrity chefs and curry restaurant owners and their staff from across the country.
In previous years, attendees have included cricketer Azeem Rafiq, Love Island contestant Priya Gopaldas, and The Apprentice winner Sian Gabbidon.
Following the awards ceremony, organisers have said that an investigation is now under way.