While it does feel like the bakery chain has jumped the gun a little, there’s no hiding the fact we’ve been under some gloomy skies in Greater Manchester over the last few weeks, so with summer seeming long gone, there arguably couldn’t be a more ideal time for Greggs to announce that its Pumpkin Spice Latte is back in stores nationwide from today.
Starbucks may be the place most people associate the iconic drink with, but Greggs’ version is always cheaper than its counterpart – and many say it hits the spot just the same too.
Greggs says its beloved hot Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes “just like autumn in a cup”, and is made using slow-roasted Fairtrade Arabica and Robusta coffee beans with frothy steamed milk and sweet pumpkin spice-flavoured syrup, and is topped off with cream and sprinkles.
But this year, the chain’s switching things up a little, as there’s now an iced version too.
“It’s nice, it’s pumpkin spice… and now it’s on ice,” Greggs said as it unveiled its new summer take on the autumn classic.
As with all Greggs coffees, the Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is made with a shot of freshly ground Fairtrade coffee, and then has pumpkin spice flavour syrup running through it and sees semi skimmed milk poured over chunks of ice.
But, there’s a massive catch, the new iced version of the pumpkin spice latte is only available in 23 selected Greggs branches across the UK.
And not ONE of them is in Greater Manchester.
That’s right, Greggs has chosen several sites in Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, the capital of London, and more to welcome the highly-anticipated launch of the new Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, but for reasons unknown, seems to have completely neglected Manchester.
With no word from Greggs as to whether this is a permanent decision or not, it’s looks like its a pretty sad day to be a PSL-loving Manc.
One person wrote (and I don’t know why she’s directly targeting Gary Barlow here): “Wow, @GaryBarlow the price of the Take That tickets are totally out of reach for a lot of us this time round . Two tickets approx £490, that’s a food shop for 5 weeks . Enjoy the profits.”
Another person said: “You know what @takethat you don’t need to charge a bloody fortune for the tickets, you’ve got enough cash yourselves and not every artist does it. I went to see Paolo at the Hydro 3 times for the price of 1 ⫩ ticket Ripping off your fans! Tickets are 4 times the price of 2015.”
Someone else said: “Prices are crazy…first time in 30 years that I’m not even trying for tickets.”
Another person commented: “Prices are ridiculously expensive, I got through to buy tickets for Birmingham but refused to pay £70 to sit at the very back of the arena.”
General sale tickets for Take That’s newest date are available through Co-op Live from 9.30am on Friday 6 October, and you can grab them here.
Take That tour dates for Manchester’s Co-op Live arena in full
Tuesday 7 May – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 8 May – SOLD OUT
Friday 10 May – SOLD OUT
Saturday 11 May – SOLD OUT
Sunday 12 May – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 11 June
Wednesday 12 June
Take That ticket prices for Manchester
Take That Premium Floor Seat Package (includes a gift, a limited-edition city-specific signed print, a souvenir laminate, and an exclusive VIP tote bag) – £242.70 including booking fees.
Take That Premium Tiered Seat Package (includes a gift, a limited-edition city-specific signed print, a souvenir laminate, and an exclusive VIP tote bag) – £242.70 including booking fees.
Brickhouse Social is hosting a brand new Harry Potter-themed pub quiz
Everyone loves a good quiz and while we know there are some non-believers, we think it’s fair to say most people grew up loving Harry Potter. Put those two things together and what do you get? The perfect night out for a Potterphile.
No, we said ‘Potter-phile’.
Manc favourite hangout and popular student spot, Brickhouse Social, has just announced the launch of their new Harry Potter-themed pub quiz, the first of which is set to take place on 4 October.
And just like any good quiz team, any quiz worth its salt needs a good name. Let us introduce you to Brickhouse‘s first-ever ‘Quizitch’ night. Well played — five points to Gryffindor.
Playing host to a horde of fantasy trivia nerds (ourselves firmly included) across their three-storey venue, the quiz starts at 7pm and will put Potterheads to the test with several rounds of questions about the famous book and film series devised by their resident Harry Potter expert.
From Azkaban, muggle magic and the Forbidden Forest to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quizitch is set to be a Potterhead’s dream.
Better still, although it might not quite be the Triwizard Cup, there is going to be a veritable Honeydukes Express’ worth of prizes on offer, including bar tabs, slices of pizza and more.
Last but not least, the best part about this place is that once you’re all quizzed out, you can always head upstairs for a drink on the terrace, shoot some pool on the first floor or dance the night away at the Kable Club down in the basement afterwards.
You can reserve a table by simply emailing [email protected] or you can always give the guys a ring on 0161 236 4899.
Now, we’ll warn you: spots are being snapped up quickly so get in touch ASAP if you want to take part and even if not, you can always try your luck in case someone drops out. Either way, this won’t be the last time you’ll see Brickhouse diving into the Wizarding World.
Lastly, if all else fails, it’s not like there aren’t a whole host of other great pub quizzes going on around Greater Manchester all week long.