The country is in the midst of a second lockdown, and many businesses have had to close their doors once again.
But Manchester’s Great Northern is full of local independent food and drink brands, many of which are currently offering takeaway and delivery options while they can’t open fully.
And they need your support now more than ever.
From Polish feasts and Spanish wines to DIY burger kits and handmade chocolates, here’s what’s still open – and how to order.
And please remember that the Great Northern is still supporting Wood Street Mission’s Christmas toy appeal despite the lockdown.
If you’re in the area and able to make a donation of a gift for a local child in need, drop in at their temporary basis at the Great Northern’s Community Room, which is accessed via the stairs at Great Bridgewater Street.
If you’re struggling to find the room, please call 07895 375730 so one of the charity’s volunteers can help.
Polish feasts at Platzki
For the perfect Polish feast, pop into Platzki and collect a takeaway meal on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Place your order for pierogi dyni, famous Polish dumplings filled with smoked cottage cheese and roasted butternut squash finished with sage butter and roasted pumpkin seeds for £6, or a perfect Polish winter warmer, bogracz, a classic beef stew with Polish sausage, mixed peppers, roasted tomatoes and mini Silesian potato dumplings for £14, via phone or through its online shop at platziki.com/shop.
Spanish wines at Evuna
The restaurant is temporarily closed, but Evuna is still be offering the finest selection of Spanish wines on its online shop.
All of the wines are vegan, organic and sourced from independent, family-run wine makers so you can snuggle up and relax with a delicious tipple.
Sweet treats at Dormouse Chocolates
A perfect Christmas gift, or a well-deserved treat, you can bring a little piece of luxury home with chocolate specialists Dormouse Chocolates.
All the chocolate is available to buy online so you can treat yourself, or a loved one, to its irresistible, award winning delights.
Their Bean-to-Bar range, priced at just £6 per bar, is available in dark, smooth milk or creamy white chocolate. Order from the website to have them delivered to your door.
DIY and delivery burgers at Almost Famous
Almost Famous are offering takeaway on everything from burgers and wings to loaded fries. You can find them on Deliveroo or order to click and collect Wednesday – Sunday.
But that’s not all! The burger restaurant has also just launched Famous at Home – a brand new DIY kit with nationwide delivery.
The new kit brings you all the ingredients you need to make their delicious famous burgers at home yourself.
Lunch and cupcakes at Alex’s Bakery
You can still get blondie and brownie filled boxes from Alex’s Bakery during lockdown through its takeaway and delivery service, from beautifully baked brownies and blondies to cute cupcakes, as well as a lunch deal: panini, cupcake, drink for £6.75.
The sweet treats can be collected or delivered by simply contacting the bakery via its website, phone or social media.
The bakery will also be open on a takeaway basis on Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm.
Sourdough and cheese from Holy Grain
You can grab yourself a fresh batch of sourdough from Holy Grain, paired with some of the finest cheeses from the Crafty Cheese Man, along with crackers, olives and charcuterie.
The bakery has transformed into a deli especially for lockdown, so you can treat yourself to a range of tasty treats throughout November.