Honest Burgers has crowned Manchester as the UK’s most honest city after the burger brand conducted a nationwide poll amongst their customer base. And to celebrate the city’s noble victory, the people of Manchester will be rewarded with an Honesty Box Day on Monday 21 February at the group’s Manchester restaurant, from 11:30AM – 4:30PM. Guests are invited to pay what they like for food and drink over the five hour session, with 100% of takings being donated to Two Brews – a local outreach charity helping the homeless communities of Manchester and Salford.
Throughout November, Honest Burgers collected data from over 1,500 fans throughout the UK. There was a clear winner, and Manchester customers topped the leaderboard as the most honest audience. Nearly 200 Mancunians got in touch to dob themselves in for frequently being a little too honest and occasionally dishonest too. See some choice examples below…
“I told my mother in law the pie she cooked the first time I went round was amazing. It was truly awful. She now cooks it every time!”
“My friend hosted a fancy engagement party, and I brought a cake from a local bakery & said I’d made it… Which was fine until I met her fiancé, the baker at that same bakery! Cringe!”
“A friend showed me her ultrasound scans and I accidentally blurted out, I’m sure it’ll look nice in real life!”
“After thinking I had lost the sense of taste & smell whilst I had covid, I had a McDonald’s the next day and realised it was just because mum’s pasta was flavourless. Sorry mum…”
“That time I didn’t tell my boyfriend that the first meal he cooked for me wasn’t veggie… (lifelong vegetarian here!)”
Two Brews hosts city centre pop-up ‘shops’ providing essentials for the homeless, such as sleeping bags, toothbrushes, toiletries and food. It’s a charity close to the heart of our Manchester restaurateur Faye Saunders, who with her team has been supporting the charity and its volunteers over the pandemic with free burgers, essential supplies and hours of their own time.
To further mark the city’s success, Honest will be bringing the WELLINGTON burger – the Manchester local special created by Kris Coulton, head chef at Honest’s Manchester restaurant – nationwide to all Honest sites as the February special. Available from 1-28 February, the WELLINGTON burger will comprise the classic Honest beef patty, smoked bacon, cheddar, a homemade béarnaise butter, crispy gluten-free pastry straws, bacon gravy, mushroom duxelles, baby spinach and pickles. This will be the first time a local special created by an Honest chef has gone on to be a nationwide special.
Visiting guests will also enjoy any one of Honest’s signature burgers throughout the afternoon, made from high-quality, British chuck and rib cap meat prepared in their own UK butchery, and produced using a specialist chopped not minced technique specifically designed to retain maximum flavour, and of course, always served with Honest’s classic homemade rosemary-salted chips, using potatoes grown in Sussex to Honest’s unique requirements. The entire food and drink menu will be available under this promotion, available for eat-in only.
Of the win, Honest Burgers Manchester restaurateur Faye Saunders said: “We might have guessed that our Manchester customers would bring this title home. We love our city for its straight-talking residents who are never shy to tell us what they think. Our Honesty Box Day will be going towards a great cause too, raising funds for Two Brews – a homegrown local outreach charity helping the homeless communities of Manchester and Salford seven days a week. 100% of our Honesty Box Day takings will go to the charity.”
The Honesty Box Day will take place on Monday 21st February from 11:30am – 4:30pm at Honest Burgers Manchester.