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NHS workers offered free drink at Starbucks from today

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The leading coffee chain will be giving out free drinks to all NHS workers after recent COVID announcement ramps up national workloads again.

With the Prime minister launching a “Omicron booster national mission” earlier this week with the intent of rolling out 1 million booster jabs per day, this consequently means longer hours and a more packed workload for the already overwhelmed NHS.

Read the latest COVID news here: https://gb-today.com/

The exclusive offer comes from the the partnership with NHS charities together and Starbucks to promote and recognise the effort which workers have out in throughout the prolonged pandemic.

The offer coincides with Starbuck’s new and updated Christmas menu including new additions such as Fudge Brownie hot chocolate and a Caramel waffle latte meaning its the perfect time to step away from a boring cappuccino and try some festive themed delights.

Starbucks UK Vice president and general manager Alex Rayner said: Starbucks is committed to strengthening the communities we serve in.”

“As part of our ongoing partnership with NHS Charities Together we wanted to say a huge festive thank you to the NHS staff that live and work in our communities”

Chief executive at NHS Charities Together Ellie Orton OBE stated: “were incredibly grateful for the continued support from Starbucks”

“Winter is always an incredibly challenging time for the NHS – and this is one of the toughest ever – which is why ongoing public support is so important”

Starbucks are also promoting in store fundraising for those who want to show their appreciation for our guardian angels who have helped us through this difficult time.

So if you work for the NHS, get to your local Starbucks and get a well deserved free drink, let your NHS friends know by sharing this with them!

 

 

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Popular Newcastle party bar set for a six-figure makeover this Summer

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Since Revolution arrived to Newcastle in 2001, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Pudding Chare, they have established themselves to be one of Newcastle’s most loved bars and have served some of the city’s best cocktails and food for the last 21 years.

The UK’s premier vodka bar is reopening on 13th May, just in time for summer, showcasing it’s remarkable transformation. A £190,000 investment will make way for an eye-catching, open plan look, centered around a luxury, VIP, vibrant feel, perfect to capture those all-important Insta moments. Revolution will of course be paying tribute to their much-loved home of Newcastle, with new striking décor showcasing Newcastle’s very own Angel of the North with a vodka twist taking main stage.

The refurbishment brings a brand new ‘best seat’ VIP booth and updated seating areas with a new lighting show and DJ booth. This deluxe renovated best seat VIP booths will allow guests to get to the heart of the party and provide the perfect private place for any celebration or all-important special occasions with DJ’s and bespoke party packages.

The refurbished venue will be the perfect location to cater for lunchtime diners, after work drinks, evening get-togethers, and of course, late-night partying with the finest local DJ talent and events.

The brand is also continuing its mission to be carbon neutral by 2030, after hitting the headlines in 2021 for their forward-thinking tactics. One of just a handful of UK-based companies to sign up to the pledge to hit net zero, the Revolution Bars Group won the prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for their commitment to the scheme.

One notable change for the brand was the decision to remove the passion fruit halves from its Pornstar Martini cocktail, replacing them with a rice paper alternative. Prior to removing passion fruit from their bestselling cocktail (Revolution sell over 1m across the UK each year), they were shipping 36 tonnes from South America to the UK, only for them to be used as garnish. The group has also continued their drive to reduce energy usage, dropping this by an impressive 19% since 2017.

 

 

With summer on it’s way, Revolution has also welcomed a brand-new special Cocktail menu – with 4 American-themed Cocktails to complement their classic concoctions. The bespoke menu is made up of the Malibu Beach Bae, Tennessee Cherry Sour, Hollywood Highball, and Gold Rush.

 

 

Revolution Newcastle Sales and Events Manager, Meagan Hill, said:

“I am super excited for the venue to reopen with its new look on the 13th May. The refurbishment includes an updated look to our beautiful Grade 2 listed building, highlighting the historic bank features, with a Revolution twist.”

“We can’t wait to kick off our relaunch with a huge agenda, starting on Thursday 26th May with the launch of our new Bottomless Dinner, on Friday we are hosting our corporate re-launch event and then going onto our main event of the week – our huge Saturday re-launch party. We have such an exciting line up of big entertainment including DJ’s, sax players, percussionists and so much more across the weekend – this will be a party like no other at Revolution Newcastle”

“We’ve spent a lot of time reviewing our guests’ feedback and we know that they expect great quality and excellent service. We have undergone a big recruitment push and training program to ensure our team, old and new, are ready to deliver the best party in town and welcome guests into our venue for our exciting launch party.”

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Cocktail Bars in Newcastle and the North East – Top 10

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Fancying a cocktail today but don’t know where’s good to go? Where has the best deals? Where serves the most instagramable drinks? Look no further!

Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, a girls night out or booze and brunch here’s our guide to the best cocktail bars in the North-East:

 

The Hustle

Location: Newcastle

Theme: Classy cocktail lounge

Their best cocktail: Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Any special offers: 2 for £12 cocktails between 5-9pm

The Hustle – Newcastle (image credit the hustle)

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Stack Vendors Reveal Future Plans as They Call for Local Help

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Food vendors at Stack Newcastle have said they will be sad to say goodbye to the venue when it closes in May but plan to go out with a bang as they cook up something special for their final few weeks there.

Stack Newcastle on Pilgrim Street has been a huge part of the city’s thriving hospitality scene for the last four years, but on May 2 it will close for good to make way for an office block housing 9,000 HMRC staff. Opening in 2018, The food, drink, and shopping hub made up of shipping containers, has been home to a number of independent businesses over the years, including Sushi Me Rollin’ and Texas Smoker.

As the sad news was announced yesterday afternoon via social media, they have urged customers to support them during their last six weeks at the site so they can go out on a high.

 

Popular Greek street food vendor, Acropolis, has been at Stack for nearly two years. Owners Filip Tachan, Viktor Tachan, and Yusuf Yenil promised customers they will be doing “something special” to celebrate the final few weeks, with details to be announced. They said: “The past 20 months have been amazing at Stack Newcastle. We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this vibrant venue and are devastated that it will be closing, however, we always knew it was a temporary scheme.

“Since opening our doors in July 2020, we have become part of an amazing hub of independent businesses and very much feel part of the Stack community. We’ll be sad to see the venue leave Newcastle but would like to assure our customers that they can still enjoy their Greek fix from the Grainger Market, By The River Brew Co, and, of course, Stack Seaburn.

Redhead’s Mac ‘N’ Cheese, which opened in the Stack last year, praised the venue for the boost it has given to growing businesses. Staff at the site will now work on its street food venture and the business will continue to operate at the Grainger Market and Quayside Market. Director Jamie Pagett said: “We have a great time at the Stack. It’s been a great location to promote our growing brand and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time trading there.

“Our current plans for the future include our fantastic Grainger Market store and street food venture.”

Hatch76 and Bao Down promised customers an “amazing last six weeks” as the businesses looked forward to the future. Alex Hindson, who owns both outlets, said he will be making plans with the staff on the next steps for the businesses.“Stack has been a perfect starting block for my small business and it has been great to see many other independent businesses thrive here,” he said.

“Having the support from everyone at Stack and the other traders has been good for the business and allowed me to grow beyond Stack. Although I’m sad it has come to an end, it was never meant to be permanent.

“We have built a fantastic foundation at Stack and we’ve got great plans for the future. We hope to have an amazing last six weeks, and from there I’m confident things can only go onwards and upwards.”

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