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Ten Cracking Mancunian Restaurants to try this Christmas

Blog by Emilie.

Manchester is a fascinating place to spend Christmas. The festive spirit is present on every street corner, and with the Christmas Markets and Spinningfields Ice Rink in full swing, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Along with the seasonal sights, there are hundreds of restaurants offering some delicious Christmas treats, so we’ve handpicked some of our favourites to help you decide where to go this year.

1. El Capo on Tariff Street is offering a Christmas dinner with a difference. From Christmas-themed tacos to a bespoke South-American Christmas three-course meal, there is something to suit everybody. Plus it’s right up our street – literally

2. The Oast House in Spinningfields is an absolute must-visit for anybody looking for something different. Set in a rustic-style building, with outside seating, the special hanging kebabs are not to be missed, and the burgers are served in cute little crates. Plus its tee pee, with the huge log fire and fairy lights, provides a real retreat from the busy Manchester streets

3. This Christmas, The Hilton on Deansgate is hosting a festive-themed Afternoon Tea. High up in the sky on Cloud 23, you’ll be able to gaze out over the Christmas lights of Manchester   

4. If you’ve tired yourself out with a day of shopping at the markets, followed by skating at Spinningfields, then grab a bite to eat at the Bar Huttes just next door. Miniature swiss chalets serving light snacks, drinks and the option of karaoke, it’s a great place to hang out with friends after a long day

5. Michael Caine at Abode serves gorgeous cocktails, delicious pudding and a variety of unique Christmas dishes. If it is booked up, try the welcoming Café Bar and Grill upstairs, which you can pop to for a coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or a cheeky cocktail on the way to the station

6. We can’t forget about the Christmas markets, which hold delights from all over Europe. You can choose from German Bratwursts, Dutch Waffles, French Crepes and a Swiss Hog Roast. So whatever your taste, you’re bound to find something to satisfy the palate    

7. If you’re the type who is never satisfied by just one type of cuisine, head to the top of Deansgate to Red Hot World Buffet. A huge restaurant, you can take your tastebuds on a trip around the world, with cuisines ranging from Japanese to Italian

8. If afternoon tea is what you’re after, check out Teacup on Thomas Street. With a variety of teas to choose to accompany a whole list of homemade sandwiches and cakes, it’s perfect for a quiet bite

9. We absolutely love Smoak at Malmaison, serving delicious steaks and a variety of locally inspired dishes. Even with so much to choose from, we’d recommend the gorgeous MalBurger

10. Avalanche is one of Manchester’s best Italians, and with 2-4-1 cocktails all day Monday to Friday, we don’t think you can really go wrong

We’re sorry if we’ve missed any great restaurants off our list, but if you’d like to recommend any, we’d love to go any try them out!

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Refresh PR's Top 10 Christmas Crooners

Blog by Emilie.

Refresh PR is gearing up for the Christmas season by debating some important seasonal dilemmas. First thing first, to begin our countdown to Christmas, we’ve created a list of our top 10 Christmas songs. From cheesy romance to upbeat party tunes, all of the below, and more, will be played to death over the upcoming weeks.

10. Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea. This comes in last at number 10, as it reminds us of the painful efforts we go through in order to see our families, and the mad rush in the centre of Manchester on Christmas Eve

9. Santa Baby. There's much debate in the office over whether Eartha Kitt or Kylie’s version wins, but let’s be honest, Michael Bublé  pulled it out of the bag with his take on this classic

8. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) by Nat King Cole. This one brings back warm childhood memories of Grandma's singing in the kitchen, whilst peeling potatoes for Christmas dinner… On second thoughts, maybe not such a great memory, as my Grandma is slightly tone deaf

7. Jingle Bell Rock. If only for the brilliant scene from Mean Girls, in which Gretchen kicks the CD player into Jason’s face. You go Glen Coco!

6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland. Because we think Judy Garland is fantastic and Meet Me in St. Louis is a brilliant Christmas film

5. Last Christmas by Wham! The hair dos and the '80's outfits make this an essential on our list

4. White Christmas by Michael Bublé featuring Shania Twain. This is a very cheesy and not particularly well-known version of this classic Christmas song, but who can resist Micky B’s Christmas crooning? Certainly not us

3. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Best sung whilst wrapped in tinsel, swinging round a lamp post and ever so slightly inebriated

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. Only narrowly missing out on the top spot (we’re controversial like that), because none of us can hit the high notes

1. And our overall winner is a Christmas classic. There’s no denying how festive this song makes you feel.. IT’S CHRIIIIISTMAS! Of course, our favourite is Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade – enjoy!

Would you choose differently? We know we’ve missed out a tonne of classics, so feel free to add to the festive cheer in the comments below.


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Tonight, we’ll celebrate a landmark event for Refresh PR

Tonight’s CIPR North West PRide Awards will be a landmark evening for us here at Refresh PR.  It’s the third successive year that we’ve entered the Outstanding Small Consultancy award and the third year that we’ve been shortlisted.  In a region with so many great PR agencies, from Cumbria to Cheshire and across to Merseyside, it’s a real honour to be added to a shortlist of just six.


But the real reason for the landmark is that it’s the last year we’ll be able to enter this award.  To be eligible, agencies must employ less than six people; the success of Refresh PR during the second half of 2014 has seen us go from five to 10 team members – we’ve doubled in size in the past few months. 


With this growth in numbers we’ve been able to welcome some new clients: Continental Underfloor joined us in the summer along with lifestyle brand ClaireaBella, and most recently Under Age Sales came on board. 


The agency has also been shortlisted for the Best Use of Press and Public Relations at the CIM’s Construction Marketing Awards, which take place in December, for the quality of its work on the industry-wide Ask for Underfloor campaign.


The reason for the growth is simply the hard work that everyone in the team put in during late 2013 and early 2014.  As a team we decided that we wanted to grow, and we have.  It was in the plan and we’ve achieved it – and maintained our high standards while doing so. Everyone has played their part in making this happen, and on a satisfaction level that’s a huge reward.  


So as we look forward to 2015, we do so in a stronger position to 12 months ago.  But before we reach 2015, award wins or not, we’ve a little bit of well-deserved celebrating to do! 




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Refresh PR helps tackle Under Age Sales

Manchester PR agency, Refresh PR, has been awarded a retained contract by Stockport-based social enterprise, Under Age Sales.


From fireworks, cigarettes and alcohol to nail polish remover, spray paint and nutmeg, there are more than 266 age restricted items sold in the UK today.  Under Age Sales specialises in providing support and training to retailers, bars and restaurants which stock and sell any number of these age restricted items, to help owners and front-of-house staff achieve compliance with the law. 


In a competitive pitch against two other agencies, which saw each present a specific campaign for the company, Refresh PR won out due to its creative approach which fully integrated off and online media channels to accurately reach its target audience.


With a brief to deliver a national campaign spanning broadcast and print media, Refresh PR will deliver a strategic plan utilising a hard hitting press office which will be combined with stunts to help build and develop the brand.


Tony Allen, managing director of Under Age Sales, said: “The protection of our children from harm is what lies behind the range of age restricted sales legislation in place today.  We believe that children should not smoke, drink alcohol, play with fireworks or gamble.  However, it’s getting more and more difficult for retailers, bars and restaurants to ensure all their staff are able to comply. 


“Small independent retailers have substantial challenges in training their staff and keeping them alert to this issue.  However the risks could be a lot worse if they don’t implement training.  We’ll be reaching out to business owners to help protect them by preventing illegal sales to children, and by supporting retailers who may have failed test purchases.


“Refresh PR begins the campaign in the run up to Christmas, where one of the most common age restricted items, alcohol, will be sold to customers up and down the country.  With significant fines for both the retailer and the shop assistant for selling alcohol to under 18s, it’s essential that retailers know we are here to help.  I’m looking forward to kick starting the campaign and stepping up awareness for our brand.”


For retailers wishing to obtain information or help from the Under Age Sales team, call 0345 257 0018 or visit




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