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Its National Prosecco Day and these are the best deals for a cheap glass of fizz

People enjoying their free prosecco at Zizzi (photo: Zizzi)
National Prosecco Day is a time to remin..

People enjoying their free prosecco at Zizzi (photo: Zizzi)

National Prosecco Day is a time to remind ourselves that, sometimes, the cheaper alternatives in life really are better.

Give us the well-proportioned elegance of a Big Mac over an awkward gourmet burger that doesnt even fit in your mouth.

Give us a night of ribald banter and £2.50 pints at a Wetherspoons over the stiff formality of a Mayfair private members club.

Give us the Grand Bazaar-esque wonders of the middle aisle at Aldi over the dreary, pedestrian reality of a Tesco Express. And yes, by God, give us prosecco over champagne!

Prosecco become hugely popular in the UK in the post-crash, austerity years. It became a cliche to say that the reason everyone was drinking it was simply because they were too broke for champagne.

While theres probably a kernel of truth to this, prosecco is also just very nice – not to mention being far more drinkable and lighter than champagne.

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Nowadays, prosecco has all but achieved supremacy in British culture, rivaled only by gin as the beverage most likely to be referenced on a quirky tea-towel owned by your mum.

In fact, last year the UK consumed more of it than any other country worldwide . If youre a fan of prosecco, which statistically you probably are, youll be happy to hear there are a whole host of deals happening today: here are some of the best.

Zizzi

Italian restaurant Zizzi is offering customers either a free glasses of prosecco or a prosecco-flavoured Panna Cotta desert, which sounds delicious. All you need to do is go to the Zizzi website, download a code and present it to their waiter.

Zizzis head of marketing Rachel Hendry, has some enthusiastic words about the bubbly treat.

National Prosecco Day is a brilliant reminder to toast the final days of summer, she says.

Its undoubtedly the best national day of the year. At Zizzi we love any excuse to celebrate, so were delighted to be helping our customers to toast the everyday wins with a glass of fizz or dessert.

The weather has been feeling distinctly autumnal lately which, really, is all the more excuse to make the most out of the dying embers of summer – with a glass of free prosecco.

A woman enjoying a prosecco Panna Cotta and glass of prosecco (photo: Zizzi)
A woman enjoying a prosecco Panna Cotta and glass of prosecco (photo: Zizzi)

Free Aperol Spritz

Possibly the greatest contribution that prosecco has made to the world is the key role it plays in the Aperol Spritz – that most basic, yet most delicious of drinks. The good news is that Aperol has partnered with 30 bars across the country to hand out free Spritzs.

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The catch is that you have to wear an item of orange clothing but, according to a spokesperson for the brand, this could be a hat, jewellery, sunglasses or even socks – so theres no need to turn up in an Orange is the New Black jumpsuit.

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Bella Italia

Back to Italian restaurant chains, Bella Italia are also offering a free glass of prosecco.

This one is even simpler than Zizzi: instead of downloading a code, you just need to say #nationalproseccoday to your waiter. Its unclear whether you need to pronounce the hashtag.

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Wetherspoons adds first plant-based fake meat burger to the menu

The new burger is made to feel and taste like meat (Picture: JD Wetherspoon)
When youre after some v..

The new burger is made to feel and taste like meat (Picture: JD Wetherspoon)

When youre after some vegan grub, Wetherspoons likely isnt the first place you think to go.

For pints, sure. But plant-based meals?

That could be set to change with the pub brands newest addition to the menu.

JD Wetherspoon has teamed up with startup The Meatless Farm – the UK rival to those Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers youve heard about – to create a vegan burger with the taste and texture of meat.

The burgers first landed on the menu early this year. Now, after a successful six-month trial in 40 Wetherspoons pubs, itll be available at all 880 Wetherspoons branches.

You may have sampled The Meatless Farms offering before – they sell their plant-based mince, burgers, and sausages in loads of major supermarkets.

Made of pea, soy and rice protein, chicory root, and carrot fibre, the burger is designed to have that meaty feel that will convert even the staunchest carnivores to give it a go.

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While Wetherspoons already does a vegetarian burger, this will be the first ever vegan patty the pub has sold.

Its served with a side of chips and onion rings for around £6 (prices vary depending on which Wetherspoon you head to).

Wetherspoons head of catering, Jameson Robinson, said: We are keen to offer vegetarian and vegan pub-goers an excellent choice of meals to enjoy at Wetherspoon.

The plant-based burger is a great addition to the menu and we are confident that it will prove popular with vegetarians and vegans as well as those who eat meat.

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Heinz team up with Hummingbird Bakery to launch ketchup and beans flavour cakes

Were… not sure (Picture: Hummingbird)
We all know somebody who loves condiments a bit too much.

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Were… not sure (Picture: Hummingbird)

We all know somebody who loves condiments a bit too much.

The one who drowns their roast dinner in ketchup, or eats lasagna with a squirt of salad cream on the side.

But are condiment cupcakes a step too far? Heinz has teamed up with the famous Hummingbird Bakery to create a range of cakes inspired by the beans manufacturers iconic products.

Hummingbird
Sweet and savoury sometimes works… right? (Picture: Hummingbird)

The cupcake flavours include ketchup, beans, mayo, salad cream and tomato soup – and were not sure how to feel about them.

The launch of the cakes this Friday is to celebrate the birthday of company founder, Henry John Heinz.

Each of the six Hummingbird Bakery branches in London is giving away 25 of the cakes for free, on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, youll be able to buy them for £3.45 each.

Hummingbird
OK, we just need to try one (Picture: Hummingbird)

But do we really need a mayo flavoured cupcake? And how does a tomato soup flavoured cake even work? Were not sure, but were definitely intrigued.

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Heinz notoriously enjoy playing with their classic flavours. Only recently they launched their Saucy Sauce – a hybrid mayo/ketchup condiment. And plenty of people were excited about the launch of a Heinz Beanz pizza.

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Zizzi launches jackfruit pepperoni pizza and its completely vegan

The pizza is entirely vegan (Picture: Zizzi)
Attention, plant-based pals: Zizzi has launched a new v..

The pizza is entirely vegan (Picture: Zizzi)

Attention, plant-based pals: Zizzi has launched a new vegan pizza and it sounds amazing.

The new jackfruit pepperoni pizza comes in partnership with plant-based protein company Jack & Bry.

The Jackfruit Italian Hot is topped with a new kind of pepperoni to create a vegan alternative to the classic, so now vegans dont have to miss out on enjoying circles of meaty joy.

The plant-based pizza, which costs £10.75, is the first vegan dish to be permanently added to the Zizzi menu, and has been voted as the Best Vegan Pizza at the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2019.

The new pizza comes topped with four ingredients: spicy harissa, roquito chili, vegan Mozzarisella and jackfruit pepperoni.

The vegan pizza
The pepperoni is made from jackfruit (Picture: Zizzi)

It took 12 months to develop the palm oil-free meat alternative which is high in fibre and also features 70% less fat than the traditional meat pepperoni.

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So yes, its a pretty healthy option all round – even for those who arent vegan.

The Jackfruit Italian Hot is available as a Rustica, Classic or Skinny pizza and comes as part of Zizzis new Autumn menu which will be available from 15 October.

Bryony Tinn-Disbury, Co-Founder of Jack & Bry says: Were absolutely thrilled to be working with Zizzi on their latest vegan dish. There is a huge opportunity right now for brands and restaurants to listen to their audiences by expanding their plant-based offerings. Its great that Zizzi are committed to its audience and are helping to create delicious, guilt-free plant-based alternatives.

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Kathryn Wilson, Director of Food Development at Zizzi added: Were always looking for new ways to innovate our dishes at Zizzi and ensure that there is something for everyone. Our customers are more conscious than ever in what theyre eating and how it is sourced.

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