Ellis Karran

Local News Reporter

Journalism graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a love for music, cheese and 00s British sitcoms

A group of food-loving Grimsby men have started a unique business in the town, offering rainbow-coloured bagel burgers with locally sourced ingredients — and The Lincolnite went to check it out.

The Bad Boy Bagel Company began just six weeks ago in late February, and is the brainchild of directors Max Barnet and brothers Max and Charlie Leonard.

Their rainbow coloured bagels have been a huge hit with the people of Northern Lincolnshire, and chef Max Leonard said it’s all about standing out.

Max Leonard is a chef at Bad Boy Bagel Co, a brand new food delivery company in Grimsby. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

He told The Lincolnite: “Everything in modern day life is about pictures, we used the colourful buns as a way to stand out from the crowd.

“We have other unique selling points too: we are the only local place that uses wagyu beef, and all of our produce is locally sourced.”

The impressive Bad Boy Hash Bagel. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Of course we had to try it out, so we trialled the bestseller, the Bad Boy Hash Bagel, as well as some loaded dirty fries.

Taste wise it was genuinely sensational, the 4oz wagyu beef patty was tender, and was complimented brilliantly with the hash browns, bacon and crispy onions.

The hash browns really are a key part of this brilliant bagel. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Naturally you expect the bun to taste peculiar, but it tastes just as good as a regular bun, so add onto that the bright colours and it’s a win-win.

The loaded fries came in an large portion, served with pulled pork, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, crispy onions and a top secret Bad Boy sauce.

Enough to make your tummy rumble, the loaded fries are a sight to behold. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The bagels vary from £8-13 in price, while the loaded fries are either £4.95 or £5.95 depending on toppings.

As well as this, we tried out the intriguing Cake Shakes, which consist of a slice of homemade cake blended with local ice cream and milk.

A meal fit for a king. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

They set you back anywhere between £4 and £6, but if you have a sweet tooth they are an absolute must.

Max has had a lifelong passion for food, and developed his skills from a young age when he would watch his mother make roast dinners.

Demand for sales have been beyond the Bad Boy Bagels’ wildest expectations since opening.

Troy is one of the staff at Bad Boy Bagel Co, and he was described as “the king of Cake Shakes!” | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“In the first weekend we ordered an adequate amount of stock and it sold out straight away. Then the next weekend we doubled our orders and sold out again.

“I’m a vegetarian but I know that our meat tastes great, the feedback we have received so far has been overwhelming.”

They are so good that even Wind the community Imp was eyeing them up! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The lads from Grimsby have also been running ZBR Performance over the last year, a meal prep business for fitness and nutrition.

Max Leonard does not work for ZBR, but said: “I come in and cook the things that people really want to eat!”

They are available for collection or delivery, and you can browse the menu for yourself here, or visit the Bad Boy Bagel Co Facebook page for more.


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England will enter the next stage of its roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown on Monday, meaning non-essential retail and gyms can reopen, as well as pubs, bars and restaurants for outdoor service only.

The rules will come into play on Monday, April 12, allowing for the retail sector to open its doors for customers once again, less than two weeks after the latest lockdown easing on March 29, which meant outdoor socialising was allowed for up to six people.

Hospitality venues will be able to reopen as well, but only for outdoor service, with a full reopening planned for May 17 if COVID-19 cases continue to stay low and the vaccination programme keeps its course.

See which Lincoln pubs and bars are opening for outdoor service on April 12

The rule of six does still remain for outdoor socialising, and people are still being asked not to meet indoors with anyone they don’t live with, unless they are part of a support bubble or legally exempt.

People are also still being asked to keep travel down to a minimum, though since March 29 it is no longer a legal requirement to stay local or at home.

The full list of new rules are:

  • Hairdressers and nail salons can reopen
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • Non-essential retail (clothes shops etc) will be able to return to business
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to reopen for overnight stays with your household or support bubble
  • Weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be allowed up to 15 people, including inside, but wedding receptions must be outdoors
  • All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors and outdoors for all children, this is also the case for parent and child groups
  • Most outdoor attractions (zoos, theme parks, drive-in performances) will be able to reopen
  • Care home residents will be able to have two named individuals for regular indoor visits (so long as they have a negative lateral flow test)

Lincolnshire Police’s assistant chief constable, Kerrin Wilson, said: “Lockdown has hit practically every aspect of life as we know it, and perhaps the hardest part has been not being able to connect with family and friends in person.

“The easing of restrictions will come as a great relief to many, and I hope the new rules, which afford us the chance to socialise safely as well as get back to doing some of the things we all took for granted, will contribute to a feeling of wellbeing for us all.

“While many of you will already be busy making plans, some of you may feel a sense of nervousness or worry about society opening back up, and we want to assure you that we are still here to protect you and enforce the rules when needed.

“The easing of restrictions does not mean that lockdown has lifted completely. It is a journey that we are all on, and to enable later restrictions to be lifted in June we must all do our bit to continue to follow the rules now.

Legal limits on the number of people allowed to gather at one time remain in place, social distancing must be maintained, and masks worn in public settings such as shops or public transport to keep yourself and everyone else safe. Let’s continue to be sensible and watch out for each other.”

Meanwhile, to help with keeping cases low, free rapid asymptomatic tests can be ordered at home. Here are the details.

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 99, and Lincolnshire has paid its respects.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on the morning of Friday, April 9.

He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history, and spent over seven decades of marriage with Queen Elizabeth II.

In tribute of His Royal Highness’ death, Humberside Police will fly their union flag at half mast throughout Friday.

The union flag will also be flown at half mast at Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln until 8am on the day following his funeral, which is expected to be Saturday, April 17.

Lincolnshire Police’s chief constable Chris Haward said: “As servants of the Crown it has been an honour to serve HRH Prince Philip as he stood alongside HM the Queen for all of these years.

“We send our thoughts and condolences from the Lincolnshire Police family to the Royal Family, and to all those who were close to the Duke and who will mourn his death.”

Council leaders across Lincolnshire took to Twitter to share their tributes and mourn Prince Philip, with Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council, passing on his “deepest respects”.

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Martin Hill, said: “This is an extremely sad time for the entire nation.  As the husband and loyal consort of our longest serving monarch, he provided immense support and presided over numerous public engagements until he stepped down from his duties in 2017.

“We were very fortunate to host him several times over many decades, enabling him to see our county at its best. From visiting the East Coast after the devastating flooding in 1953 to the opening of facilities at Bourne Grammar School in 2013, he has shown support for our communities in Lincolnshire many times.

“As well as public events, privately he visited the county many times – mainly RAF Cranwell to support his grandson, Prince William, who was training to become an RAF pilot.”

Kelham Cooke, leader of South Kesteven District Council, tweeted to say: “After a lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth his loss will be deeply felt. May he rest in peace.”

Leader of South Holland District Council Gary Porter has also said their flag will fly at half mast, and passed his thoughts onto Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of Prince Philip’s family.

Lincolnshire Police & Crime Commissioner Marc Jones called the news “very sad indeed”, while detective chief superintendent Andy Cox honoured the prince’s dedication to public service.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust also honoured him, saying they were “saddened” to hear of Philip’s death.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also released a statement in response to his death, in which he called His Royal Highness “the man who inspired countless young people”.

The Press Association posted a video highlighting some of the key moments in Prince Philip’s life.

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