Costa has introduced some interesting new additions to its food offering to welcome in the new year, and you can even get 50% off this month.
Fans of the coffee shop chain will know Costa for its beloved and wide-ranging drinks menu that often changes as the seasons go by, but don’t go counting out its food selection just yet, especially as there are some tasty new additions to try out.
The sandwich that everyone seems to be talking about? That would be the new ‘Beanz & Cheese Toasie’.
Costa has teamed up with Heinz to combine two classic snacks – beans on toast, and cheese on toast – to give toastie lovers the exclusive ‘Beanz & Cheese Toastie’. Packed full of Heinz Baked Beans and mature cheddar cheese, this new menu stand-out delivers “the ultimate comforting toastie delight”.
And there’s even more on offer for vegans too, or those giving Veganuary a go.
In addition to the best-selling ‘Vegan Smoky Ham & Cheeze Toastie’ added to the menu last year, Costa has also introduced a new ‘Vegan BBQ Chick’n Panini’ with Vegan Chick’n, Texan-style BBQ sauce, roasted peppers and spinach in a stone-baked sourdough panini, and there’s also a twist on the classic sausage roll with the new ‘Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Pastry Roll’ that’s filled with roasted butternut squash and red onion in a vegan puff pastry with a pumpkin and sunflower seed topping.
If it’s breakfast you’re after, there’s also a new ‘Veggie Breakfast Box’.
It includes a Quorn sausage, Heinz Baked Beans, roasted mushrooms, free range scrambled egg, spinach and topped with mature cheddar cheese, but if you’re not into veggie sausages, there’s the new ‘Ultimate Breakfast Wrap’ that’s made with free-range egg, Cumberland sausage and beechwood smoked bacon, topped with Heinz tomato ketchup in a tortilla wrap.
Costa hasn’t neglected those with a sweet tooth either.
The new sweet treats added to the menu this month include the mouthwatering ‘Caramel Munchies Muffin’, which is a melt-in-your-mouth caramel muffin made with chocolate chunks and biscuit balls, filled with a delightful chocolate caramel sauce, and topped with caramel icing and a Munchies chocolate.
There’s also a ‘Vegan Jamaican Ginger Loaf Cake’, as well as a ‘Strawberry Vegan Croissant’.
And in another twist, there’s also the new ‘Vegan Pick ‘n’ Mix’, which includes cola bottles, orange gummy bears, fried eggs, hearts and a mini Costa Coffee cup jelly.
2021 is already off to a better start than we were expecting.
If all that wasn’t as impressive enough as it is, if you’re looking to save a few pennies this month, then Costa customers can get also get a whopping 50% off all items from the food menu this month.
The deal has been introduced to celebrate the chain’s 50th birthday.
Available each Monday – Wednesday throughout January, the deal runs until Wednesday 3rd February and you can order either via Mobile Order for collection, or grab it to takeaway from stores across the country.
You can find the full menu via the Costa website here.
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.