For those of you who don’t know, there’s an increasingly popular way to dine; pay by minute, not what you eat. Yes, we still can’t quite get our heads around it but it’s becoming an increasingly popular format for many diners across the region.
Now we know it’s not breaking news for you food and drink connoisseurs out there, but we enjoyed an afternoon in one of these wonderful venues, Ziferblat, only recently and just had to report back.
Your first thought may have be the same as ours - “why would I want to rush my food and pay for every second that I spend sitting down!?”. We know, we know. We’re big foodies at Team GB, and there’s nothing we enjoy more than savouring a delicious dish in some great establishments.
But when you take the time to look at the menus and cost of visiting one of these usual venues, you’ll see that it’s not actually that expensive. It’s only 8p per minute - per person - for a seat, and you’re able to sample some great drinks and snacks. If you’re a bit like us you’ll probably wondering what their business plan actually looks like - but whatever it is - it’s working as there’s an increasing number of them popping up around the country - including Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Despite it having direct competition with chains, such as Starbucks and Costa, it still remains a strong competitor serving a wide selection of cakes and hot drinks - including coffee made with Ancoats Coffee Co’s finest beans..
The concept behind Ziferblat came from Russian author and entrepreneur Ivan Meetin (note, Ziferblat is Russian for Clock Face). Meetin wanted to create a space for artists to meet and share ideas They began sharing a sitting room, and those who were there would donate money - and those who were there longer would give more. The concept is now applied to the chain which has 14 different venues across Europe. However, despite the quirky concept behind it - there are still some people who don’t really understand it and treat it more like an all you can eat!
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Summer is nearly here - and we can’t wait! The sun will be shining, the nights will feel like they are never-ending, and you’ll find yourself sipping on an ice cold drink to cool down. In the summer, the GB Team love nothing better than drives in the countryside, up and down those winding roads, stumbling across hidden country pubs that are perfect for a light bite to eat. Here’s some of the loveliest, local country pubs that we’d recommend!
The Saracens Head, Halsall
Overlooking the Leeds - Liverpool canal you’ll find the beautiful Saracens Head which has been opened for over 100 years. With a menu containing local produce, it’s perfect for a taste of the countryside it’s surrounded by. Their lunch and dinner menu has plenty of choice...and the fish and chips are out of this world. There’s an amazing selection of beers, both local and regional for you to choose from, with a wonderful team who will make you feel welcomed from the moment you step in. Take a seat outside on a sunny day and relax, and with barges passing you by, there’s nothing more perfect than having a cider while embracing the bliss of the Lancashire countryside.
The White Crow, Wigan
Dating back to the 16th century, The White Crow was first opened as a coaching house for those passing by where they could rest and enjoy a refreshment. Fast forward to today, and it’s still got the same values, welcoming those from the local area and further afield for its delicious homemade food that’s perfect for those with big appetites! Inside the decor is rustic, but still very stunning - and although it;s great for the summer nights, the winter nights are just as cosy snuggled up by its log fire.
The Pheasant Inn, Cheshire
Cheshire has a wide selection of beautiful country pubs, and it can be hard to choose one! One of our favourites is The Pheasant Inn which is located in Peckforton Hills,. It’s perfect for those who may have spent the day rambling, or those just looking for somewhere to make the most of the nice weather! It’s extremely peaceful, and offers some of the most amazing views over the countryside which is perfect when the sun is out! The menu tends to change daily here to ensure visitors are enjoying the freshest produce they can.
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