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My milkshake brings all the boys to the ‘dish

16 Nov

It’s no secret that here at Reddish News we love all things confectionery based. Imagine our excitement when we heard about a milkshake bar opening up on Broadstone Road. Luckily for us, we were able to grab a few quick questions with owner Andy to ask him all about this new business venture.

Hi Andy, when I first heard the rumour about a milkshake bar in Reddish, I thought “why?”, so, why?
Hi, well basically, I kind of poached the idea from a milkshake bar in Manchester City Centre. For maybe 2/3 yrs I’ve been shopping there followed almost instantly with a ‘confectionary milkshake’
Even as far back as when I first saw the place, I always wondered what if Reddish had one to work alongside the sunbed shop (editor’s note – Andy also runs Glow next door) I have there but it’s only this year the thought became more if a serious consideration and now a new start up business.

When I driving by recently I saw a queue of schoolchildren clambering to get in, is that your main target audience?
If you drive past midweek, I have to agree that you’ll see scores of school children cramming themselves in from wall to wall – however this isn’t our target audience specifically although it has become one of out stronger audiences. We also target gym goers (protein & fresh fruit shakes) and the confectionery  shakes are ageless.

Whilst I love milkshakes and I’m happy to go on record as saying that I loved my Dime bar one, do you do any healthier alternatives or smoothies?
We understand the importance of ‘healthier alternatives’ and do have – as mentioned – fresh fruit options with fruit smoothies becoming available in time for Summer 2013. We also sell fresh fruit bowls and healthy option cereal/breakfast bars too.

Is there any plan to cater for the non milk drinkers with soya alternatives?
At present we don’t have anything in place to cater for non milk drinkers but hopefully at some point once we’re settled and trading steadily, we can arrange to have things in place for this type of shake in the future.

What are the best milkshake combinations?
As far as trying to determine which is our best combination, it is something we hope to never to establish and sell as many different combinations as possible. We can advise you via the popularity scale but its down to you guys as milkshake monsters to determine YOUR best combination 🙂

MyShake is at 63 Broadstone Road, open 7 days a week. For more information, send questions to their twitter.

(sorry for referring to Reddish as the ‘dish. It won’t happen again)

by Jeremy Myers

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Hello Again

28 Aug

 

Sorry we’ve been pretty quiet over the past few weeks, we’ve all been very busy but hopefully back on track now. There will be a proper blog post later on this week but for now we just wanted to mention our happiness in hearing that the Grey Horse now has free Wi-fi.
You might remember our post about the lack of wi-fi in the Reddish area and so we hope that this will help people get online, and also encourage a few more drinkers down to the pub. We’ve been down a few times and were impressed by the prices and comfortable surroundings. There is even a nice garden at the back, one to remember next time we have a sunny day.
We’d be interested to hear about your favourite pubs in Reddish. Where should we go to get the best pint and the best atmosphere?

Candy’s and Cards

16 Jul

If you have a hankering for something sweet or you are looking for the perfect card to send to a loved one then look no further than Reddish’s own Candy’s and Cards. Located on Broadstone Road (number 66 to be precise), dedicated sweet enthusiast and talented card crafter Candy, hand makes beautiful cards for literally every occasion! And if there isn’t a card in her collection she’s happy to make a card specific to your needs. As for her sweet collection, it has to be seen to be believed! There aren’t enough old school style sweetie shops around nowadays and Candy definitely fills the gap in the market with her huge variety of sweets from sugar free to vegetarian, there is a sweet to satisfy everyone.

You can find out more about Candy’s and Cards here.

Or follow C&C on Twitter and Facebook!

By Ana Hernandez

A Rant: Wi-Fi

9 Jul

A few weeks ago, Cllr. Kate Butler sent us a tweet asking about where she could get free Wi-Fi in Reddish. Having had a think about it, I came back with nothing. Nada. Zilch. There’s a Cloud point in Houldsworth Square which is great if you have Sky Broadband or get your mobile from Phones4U. If you don’t though, then you have to pay for it. Not exactly what people are looking for when they think of ‘free’.

So, as I sit here in Starbucks, utilising their free Wi-Fi, writing this article, I can’t seem to understand why there aren’t any businesses that provide it locally. I’d have thought that in the centre, Sykes or Johnny’s Dinner would be ideal. Even the pubs would be better than the current ‘none’. Also as a way to keep people shopping locally, something that I’ll be writing about shortly, it’s of vital importance.

One of the things that we’ve noticed with this website, is the demand for a printed version, it’s something we’re working on trust me. However, the costs involved are substantial and, in reality, we shouldn’t HAVE to do a printed version. The city over we are working on improving digital connectivity and it’s something that we’re all passionate about but something that Reddish seems to do badly. Why?

Young professionals (and I’m still young at 35) want places to sit, eat, drink and work but require the space and the tools to do so. If that isn’t provided then they go elsewhere and that hurts the local economy.  The same person who goes to Sykes for a coffee and a sandwich whilst doing their work, is the same person that calls in on the way home at Price Less (or is it Priceless, I’ve never been able to work that out) or Tittertons or Hobsons. This is the very same reason why it’s so important to support the local community centre and library. We’ve already lost the swimming pool, don’t let them be next.

In 2012, asking for a high quality local business to provide me with a coffee, pannini and wifi isn’t too much to ask, is it?

What do you think?

by Jez Myers

It’s a Rocky Road

25 Jun

One of the biggest issues I face almost on a daily basis is staying away from Classic Cakes. Positioned right next to the bus stop on Gorton Road and absolute torture for the dieter who has to catch the bus several times a week. Their window display alone is enough to get me drooling. I have to operate a serious level of restraint to stay away.

From the first day I moved to Reddish my weakness has been the Rocky Road, I have never seen anything like it. A mound of marshmallow, biscuit and what I assume is left over sugar paste from the cakes all wrapped up in milk chocolate. There is a white chocolate version but I’m loyal to the milk chocolate option. This thing is a beast – I challenge you to eat it in one sitting (but no, I am not sharing).

The Rocky Road is a sweet, gooey crunchy sensation. Possibly one of the best things about Reddish. The sweet mountain will set you back all of £1.20, a very reasonable price for the size. Not a marshmallow fan? Classic Cakes have something for everyone and I’m sure the rest of the Reddish News team will be sharing their favourite sweet treats with you in the future.

Until then let us know what your favourite Reddish cake shop is, and don’t forget to let us know what we should try out!

by Liz Edwards

Food Review – Dragon Palace

16 May

Dragon Palace is one of those places that, frankly, you’d walk past if you were on a night out in Reddish. Not in a bad way – it just looks a bit like one of those buildings you’d see in a bandit tow. But I’m not here for Grand Designs – I’m here for a food review.

Jez, Ana and I were lucky enough to eat at there a couple of Sundays ago, and we managed to get stuck into what they called their £8.50 meal deal (drinks not included, obviously – I had a diet coke).

The £8.50 meal deal consists of  a starter (which can be either chicken and sweetcorn soup, or chicken and sweetcorn soup), a follow-up dish and a main course. I decided to go with the standard chicken and sweetcorn soup – which wasn’t without it’s charms.

Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

The interim course was either a couple of spare ribs in a sweet chilli sauce, or some vegetable spring rolls. Both were cooked really well, and the ribs were particularly tender, which impressed me.

Ribs and Spring Rolls

The mains were served pretty quickly. I have to say that the service in Dragon Palace is particularly speedy, but not in a bad way. The food was served promptly, was cooked right through, and you didn’t have to wait long for a refill.

For mains, Jez had some beef in chilli & black pepper sauce, Ana had satay chicken, and I had the chicken with pineapple and ginger. All of us had the egg fried rice.

Main Courses

The chicken was pretty standard. I’m not going to go overboard – it tasted like the standard Chinese chicken that you have in restaurants all over the country. I was particularly impressed by the slithers of ginger in my dish – it really added a punch to the dish. Ana’s chicken satay was also more than passable. I’m not going to say we haven’t had better, but I was especially happy that they didn’t offer us chips at the first opportunity to go with our meals. Personally, from the couple of mouthfuls I had of Jez’s dish, I found the chilli & black pepper sauce to be a bit too heavy, but that’s just me nit-picking

With drinks and tip, the meals came to about £15 each, a price that reflected the value of the meals and the standard of service. The Dragon Palace can cater for large parties, and looks bigger on the inside than it does on the outside, thanks to extension at the rear.

Overall, I’d recommend the Dragon Palace as somewhere to stop in for a quick meal on a night out – standard Chinese fare, but with great service and decent value thrown in for good measure.

Dragon Palace, 26-28 Gorton Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 6AE

by Ben Stroud

Jubilee Fun Times!

3 May

Make sure you keep a space in your diary for the Houldsworth Mill – Shopping Village  Indoor (wise – we live in Manchester) Street Party on the Sunday 3rd of June!

Sykes – For sale but going nowhere!

2 May

The lovely people at Sykes have replied to our earlier post about it being for sale (https://reddishnews.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/sykes-for-sale/) to reassure us of the future of Sykes;

“Hi,Just to let everyone in Reddish know Sykes Coffee Bar is NOT Closing down :0) The business is up for sale because we just don’t have the time to run it as we have other business commitments. We however want some to buy it and keep it as Sykes Coffee Bar as everyone keeps telling us they don’t want us to go. We are hoping the right person will come along and will be able to open 7 days a week and also make use of our alcohol license. So if you know anyone who fits the bill let them know but in the mean time were staying put and will be open 5 days a week Tuesday – Saturday 8.45am-4.30pm :0)
Many Thanks Sykes
You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Sorry our blog is no longer in action.”

As you might have seen from our original post, we really like Sykes. Yes, we think it would be great to rename it Psyche’s after the PJ and Duncan album and turn it into a 90’s themed cafe but that is a little unlikely.

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However, it does pose a more serious point. Sykes is the only coffee shop/cafe bar in the centre of Reddish. It has the potential to be a fantastic community hub that could appeal to both young mothers during the day and young professionals in the evening. Reddish needs something like this.

If you haven’t been, go and check it out. I’ll be popping in later today.

Facebook :http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003804425012

Twitter : @sykesbar

Inflation at Classic Cakes

24 Apr

Now, here at Reddish News we love Classic Cakes. Situated in Houldsworth Square, this business serves up a fantastic array of chocolate related goodness.

Sadly though, word has reached us that the price of the Rocky Road has increased by a whopping 21%. At £1.20, it still represents excellent value for money but it’s disheartening that it’s gone up. Is this the true meaning of Broken Britain?

Hopefully we’ll be reviewing a selection of their cakes in the near future. This is after the battle over which ‘reporter’ gets to sample the goodies.

Sykes For Sale

18 Apr

So, Reddish’s one and only coffee shop is up for sale. It’s such a shame and it would be wonderful if whoever buys it keeps it as a coffee shop. Reddish really needs places like this for people to socialise, relax and just pass the time drinking coffee and reading a paper.

There doesn’t appear to be any word of this news on  the official Sykes’ blog, but the great big ‘for sale’ sign on the side of the shop isn’t being too inconspicuous. It’s on the market for a snip at £32,500. Any takers?