Free cinema, party weekender, hotel discount, £15 lunch at Habas and £12 carafes at Canto!
Jessica Ward | 16th August 2022
There’s a bumper week of bargains and fun in Manchester and beyond as the city counts down to Pride.
Have fun and revel in our inclusive city in style with these fabulous events, with some free, some bargains and everything gorgeous.
Habas launches new £15 lunch deal
Traditionally the main meal of the day in Middle Eastern culture, Habas has launched a new lunch menu in celebration of the dining occasion.
Created by Head Chef Craig Rutherford, the new menu is full of flavour and combines a number of classic Middle Eastern dishes served with a modern twist.
Built around two plates (one main and one side) and including a Beirut beer, glass of house wine, or soft drink for £15, its incredible value too.
Catering for every diet, diners can choose from one of six mains plates including chicken shawarma; crispy fried halloumi (v); braised lamb shoulder; chicken schnitzel; roast sweetcorn falafel (vg); and Merguez sausage – a spiced lamb sausage burger, served in one of three ways – a salad bowl; freshly baked pitta; or a hummus bowl, including pitta crisps and house slaw.
Sides include Persian-style rice (vg); batata harra (v) – spicy fried potatoes served with dill sour cream; and fried aubergine (v), served with pomegranate molasses and mint yogurt. Freshly baked pitta bread with house slaw; a mixed-leaf salad with house dressing, and Habas hummus with pitta crisps and house slaw are also available.
All are served in the restaurant’s atmospheric snug and bar, with an emphasis on relaxed and social dining, another trait of Middle Eastern culture.
To keep updated on further news and developments, sign up to the restaurant and bar’s newsletter at habas.co.uk or follow Habas on social media @habasmcr. For reservations, private hire and large booking enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free outdoor cinema at the Trafford Centre
The outdoor cinema brings the magic of film in an outdoor setting, the perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon or evening. So, pack the popcorn, grab your cosiest blanket and head outside the Great Hall while Trafford Centre showcases some of the best classic, feel-good films this summer. There is no charge to watch the movies in the food and entertainment zone, spaces are on a first-come first-served basis.
Watch classics like Encanto on Saturday 20th August at 2pm or Dirty Dancing on Thursday 25th August at 7.30pm. For more information, booking and outdoor cinema schedule here.
Canto brings back tipsy tapas for Pride and launches twelve quid carafes!
Much-loved Mediterranean tapas restaurant Canto is bringing back ‘Tipsy Tapas’ especially for Pride, Manchester.
The hugely popular event sees guests invited to enjoy three small plates and bottomless sangria, Bandarra spritz, bellinis, fizz, white wine, red wine, or lager for just £38. Reservations are based on a 90-minute sitting.
Amongst the dishes available to be enjoyed are mini chorizo, potatoes, fried egg and crispy shallots; salt cod fritters with tartare sauce; caramelised cauliflower with red pepper sauce & spiced crispy kale (vg), and patatas bravas with spiced tomato sauce and aioli (vg).
For those looking to further sweeten the occasion a selection of Canto’s most popular desserts also feature, including carrot cake with white chocolate sauce (v); almond tart and mascarpone mousse (v); and of course, Canto’s pastel de nata (handmade custard tart) (v).
Launching with immediate effect and providing the perfect warm-up to Pride, Canto has also introduced carafes of red, white, or pink sangria, and Bandarra spritz for just £12, available from 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday until the end of October.
Tipsy Tapas is available exclusively on Saturday August 27th with three sittings at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. To make a reservation please contact email@example.com or call 0161 870 5904 and quote Pride Lunch.
Free cocktails, canapes and live entertainment at the Parea beach party
If you are looking for some serious Nikki Beach vibes this bank holiday weekend, head down to Parea in Alderley Edge where you can find an outdoor beach set up, free cocktails and canapés from 6pm – 8pm on the 27th August, courtesy of Parea and Nero vodka.
Expect to find entertainers and chilled house vibes. Don’t worry, the free drinks may end at 8pm but you can still party on into the Ibizan night with Parea staying open until 1am.
Free entry all weekend to the Congleton Jazz & Blues festival
Taking place on bank holiday weekend, with 21 venues and 70 gigs over two days and every kind of Jazz from Ragtime and Traditional, all the way to some of the coolest modern interpretations. Expect Blues all the way from the Country Blues of the Mississippi Delta through to Chicago and onto modern interpretations of Blues and Blues Rock.
Remember to drop into Bangkok Street Grill in Congleton’s Capital Walk where they will be serving free tasters of their delicious Thai menu!
20% off at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and free entry to ‘Come as You Are Weekender’
The Refuge and Kimpton Clocktower Hotel have revealed the line-up for Manchester’s annual ‘Come As You Are Weekender’ on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August. The two-day spectacular showcases iconic DJs and performers including headline acts The Reflex and John Morales who are set to create an electric atmosphere packed with house and disco gems to celebrate Manchester Pride.
‘Come As You Are’ is free and non-ticketed. The event is part of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel’s ‘Summer of Pride’, a celebration of love and inclusivity at the hotel including music, art and more. To find out more visit kimptonclocktowerhotel.com/summer-of-pride
Igniting the celebration of all things music, love and inclusivity are The Refuge regulars Julie Wills, member of the Disco Mums Collective and popular Manchester DJ & Producer, Jimmy Turnbull. Artists Supernature Disco, Sticky Heat, The Colonel and Steve Conry also join the sizeable line up by flaunting the energy and unity that Pride brings to the Manchester LGBTQA+ community.
In true The Refuge style, queens Cheddar Gorgeous, Liquorice Black, Anna Phylactic and Narcissa Nightshade will be making a fabulous appearance to celebrate with fellow pride partygoers each day.
To celebrate Manchester Pride and ‘Come as You Are Weekender’ guests can save 20% off their stay at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel across 27-28 August. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote PRIDE20. The offer is subject to availability, bookings must be made prior to 24 August 2022.