Tiers for beers but Manchester is still fighting
This week, Andy Burnham took to the streets to explain why he was asking for more money from the government, saying:
"Businesses are on the brink of closure. To increase restrictions would be certain to increase poverty. People working in pubs, driving taxis [are] too often forgotten by those in power. This city region has never walked on by and it never will.
"We made a commitment that we would look out for those people and stand up for what is right. It can’t be right to close somebody’s place of work without giving them proper support so they can look after themselves and their families through a challenging winter that lies ahead."
...and the internet crowned him King Of The North.
But Tier 3 was imposed on our city anyway, continuing to cripple the hospitality industry - particularly small, independent pubs and bars - with a lack of evidence that these places actually contribute very much at all to the spread of the virus. Now, unless a business is serving 'a substantial meal' alongside any alcohol, it must close. There have already been - hopefully only temporary - casualties and we are not making light of that. If you're in a position to do so, as always we encourage you to support your independent businesses across all sectors.
However, Manchester is known for its sense of humour and innovation in times of challenge. Here are some of our favourite responses to this week's news.
Our Autumn Tier 3 offering, our breakfast tasting menu, 8 perfectly cooked small plates, spaced over 8 hours, paired with the finest beer, wine & cocktails to create the ultimate breakfast & boozing experience ( booking essential 😉) pic.twitter.com/OSC5L8f2TF
— koffeepot (@thekoffeepot) October 21, 2020
This NQ favourite is offering a 'breakfast tasting menu' so drinkers can accompany each pint with part of a substantial meal that can, if you like, be stretched out over an 8 hour session. Is it for real? Probably not, but it's funny.
View this post on InstagramAny businesses out there that don’t currently have a substantial food offering but would like one so they can carry on operating from Friday please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do everything we can to source you a street food trader. Plz share and tag venues who might be interested. #FuckBorisJohnson
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A few people have done this kind of post now but we reckon Grub was first. For small independent bars that want to stay open, they can provide a street food cart that will serve a substantial meal with your drink.
Bar immediately changed its name to Common Pizza Restaurant - and damn fine pizza it is too.
Well today has been quiet! We’ve updated our LOCAL DELIVERY to M, SK & OL postcodes. As a little incentive, we will give you 10% off your order, when you quote ‘boris is a tosser’. Hope to see you soon at a doorstep near you! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GTpRmUmo56
— nibble nq (@nibble_nq) October 21, 2020
If you're going to use a discount code, make it one that tells it as it is.
Not the new GAY food menu doing beans on toast 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/oOqRjJuHZI
— Jake 🕺🏻 (@driskll) October 20, 2020
Not the Ivy? That's a selling point for us...(read our review)
*drumroll* we’ve got a new name - got a ring to it, right?
The fight goes on! We’ll keep striving to survive this. Thanks for all your support so far - we remain open! pic.twitter.com/78OiVwrXgt
— Tariff & Dale (@TariffDale) October 21, 2020
You've gotta do what you've gotta do.
Me after eating a pizza with every pint this weekend pic.twitter.com/vek3aIPKOB
— Common (@common_bar) October 21, 2020
Yes, it's Common again but they are winning at Twitter at the mo.
Never mind the massive cocks in Westminster, this one is much more appealing. (The Massive Cock burger is a real thing... and available in Manchester)