24 July 2017

Huge boost for tripe as new Manchester restaurant launches

Plans have been unveiled for a huge new all-you-can-eat tripe restaurant in Manchester.  Promising 'three-star dining at a fraction of the price', Restaurante Tripeiro will serve 160 tripe dishes from around the world, including menudo, kutteln, mondongo and a Malaysian and Vietnamese section, as well as more familiar tripe cuisines such as Chinese and Italian.

Restaurante Tripeiro -160 tripe dishes (Pic: Sarah Panzetta)
"I can't tell you how excited we are by this new venture!" Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle exclaimed earlier today, adding "There'll certainly be no excuse for avoiding tripe now."

There'll also be an English section and local specialities including Lancashire tripe and onions on the menu.  Diners will be able to return to the eight live cooking stations to refill their plates as many times as they like for a set price, starting from £14.99 for dinner and £8.50 for lunch.

Opening in September 2017, Restaurante Tripeiro plans to recreate all that was best about British tripe cuisine in the 1960s, with the added 'zing' of world flavours.

Sprawling across three basement floors, the 25,000 sq ft restaurant will seat 350 diners in luxury leather booths in a Wigan-meets-Bolton setting created by Richard Sett-Square, who has previously designed restaurants for The Happy Pygmy chain and for TV chefs Graham Rumsey and Jimmy Fagin.  "The whole ambiance will be one of refined relaxation," Sir Norman said. Modelled on a Lisbon restaurant of the same name, "It's a place I wouldn't be ashamed of being seen in myself," he added.

The lower ground floor will be available to hire out for private parties and groups, with four separate areas including Chinese, Japanese and Wigan-themed rooms.  "With Brexit pretty much a 'done deal' now, we think people are finally ready to turn to tripe as an economical replacement for continental meats," Sir Norman said.

23 July 2017

TMB denies wasting money on fact finding trips

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle was today making last-minute preparations for the TMB's fact finding visit to Lanzarote, which commences later this week.

Offal Monthly, July 2017
The trip combines a visit to some of the island's most important meat and offal processors with top-level talks with public representatives and key retailers.


"I know some people prefer to think I spend all my time swanning around the continent and further afield, but there's a serious business to my visits. I'll also be giving a couple of presentations on the subject of British Tripe in Europe, entitled 'We Still Mean Business, Even After Brexit', which will include a Powerpoint presentation I've been working on for some weeks," Sir Norman said.

Sir Norman was responding to criticism in the July 2017 edition of the trade journal Offal Monthly which had suggested, via an editorial, that the TMB's marketing budget should be spent in a more focused manner.

"I'll take no lessons from a periodical that we all know is no friend of tripe. There's never been a more important time to spread the word in Europe about our fine product and I for one will not duck my responsibilities," he said.


10 July 2017

TMB chairman apologises for offensive anti-vegan remarks

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has this evening apologised for anti-vegan remarks he reportedly made during a speech to the annual general meeting of the Lytham St Annes Ladies' League earlier today.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Sir Norman, whose comments were covertly recorded and broadcast on Driving Home with Chris Marrs, the flagship Lancashire Radio news and current affairs show, said he was sorry if his views offended anybody.

"The comments were totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused," he said, adding that he had merely been responding to a question from the audience.

Sir Norman was happy to acknowledge that his description of vegans as "pasty-faced retards who ponce around wearing tofu-stained jumpers" was potentially offensive to some people - particularly pale-faced, tofu-eating jumper wearers - but he maintained that his comments were taken out of context.  "I hope this does not put people off trying tripe - that was the last thing I intended," he said.