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Published on June 24th 2009.

Win £25 to spend at the new Co-operative Food store, Manchester City Centre

The Co-operative Food have opened their third city centre store on High Street, Northern Quarter.

Other highlights include lemon cupcakes that look like something you'd buy in a chi chi café for £2 a go, and taste equally divine. Gordo just ate one. In his words, “It's a hit.”

This is good news for several reasons – firstly, they're doing free food tastings on launch days – 25 June and 26 June. In the morning, there'll be treats from their hot food range and from their in-store bakery. Then at lunch time you can try sandwiches from their Truly Irresistible range and there'll be money-off coupons handed out.

Secondly, we're smiling because we've just been for a memory-jogging visit to their store on Corporation Street, opposite Urbis, and we were genuinely impressed with what we found. We're already fans of certain Co-operative products, such as their toffee pecan cookies (£1.15) in the bakery section – these are downright delicious. Likewise, their selection of wines and organic ales has already won the hearts of our wine reviewer Philip Hamer and others in the know (click here to read the article).

On our visit today, we found that there's plenty more to like than Fair Trade chardonnay and tasty baked goods. This place is admirably ambitious. Rather than sticking to the standard foodstuffs and big brands, it stocks elusive ingredients that you'd normally only find in a delicatessen or large supermarket. If you live or work in the city centre and are into cooking, it's worth knowing about the range found here.

Other highlights include lemon cupcakes that look like ones you'd buy in a chi chi café for £2 a go, and taste equally divine. These buttery sponge cakes have a burst of lemon curd in the centre, and are topped with a thick layer of lemon buttercream and a sprinkling of white chocolate slivers. They cost £1.50 for four – try them, you'll be well impressed. Gordo just ate one. In his words, “It's a hit.”

They also do a rather smashing sandwich: smoked poached salmon, cucumber, and watercress with mayonnaise, crème fraîche and watercress and dill on buttered pumpkin and poppyseed bread. Unlike some posh supermarket sarnies that sound like they'll be something special, then end up tasting dull and samey, this one is the business. Their new lunchtime meal deal features selected sandwiches, water or Ribena and a Naturally Healthy snack for £3.

There's also all the stuff you'd expect – fresh fruits, fresh meats, groceries, newspapers, greeting cards and so on, with lots of half-price and money-off deals.

To celebrate the launch of their new store on High Street, Northern Quarter on 25 June, every week for the next 4 weeks, five confidential readers will each win £25 to spend at Co-operative Food. To be in with a chance of winning, fill out the form below.

Unlike many large organisations, The Co-operative Group is owned by its consumer members and seeks to return a share of its profits to the people who trade with it.

Becoming a member of The Co-operative Group costs just £1 and under the profit share scheme, members earn points on their trade with all the Group’s businesses including food stores, travel, pharmacy and funeral outlets as well as The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. These points are converted into a share of profits and paid out twice a year. Click here for more information www.goodwithfood.co.uk

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on November 11th 2009.

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