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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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A Grimsby pub’s licence has been suspended until June 14, 2021 after it breached COVID-19 rules four times, despite two warnings from police.

The Mariner’s Rest pub on Albert Street East was caught breaching lockdown guidance on February 13 this year by Humberside Police, which saw six people mixing indoors and on three other occasions.

North East Lincolnshire Council made its decision in its Licensing Sub-Committee on Friday.

When officers arrived during the February incident, they witnessed around 15 to 20 people fleeing from the premises.

A member of staff said he decided to go to the Mariners on Saturday, February 13 around 5.30pm to get the lines cleaned.

He was in the middle of doing this and decided to go to the garage for a drink and food when he bumped into some old friends.

The individual went back into the pub and at around 7:30pm, his friends from earlier knocked on the door.

He said: “There were six people at the door, I stupidly invited them in not thinking about the lockdown, we went into the bar but as the pub had been stripped, there was nothing for us to drink so we just chatted.”

When the police arrived at 10pm, he panicked and said Lee Collins, Operator and Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) allowed him to have friends in the pub, but later said: “This is not true.”

His keys were taken off him and he were issued a £200 fine and he no longer works for Mr Collins and is sorry for the trouble caused.

Lee Collins, Operator and DPS at the Mariner’s Rest, said: “COVID obviously made operating very challenging […] I tried to ensure that me and my staff were kept up to date and we did all we could to enforce regulations.”

The Mariner’s Rest on Albert Street in Grimsby. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Humberside Police also reported several people congregating outside the pub with the doors open past the 10pm closure curfew with no social distancing on October 31, 2020.

A member of staff at the door said they were struggling to remove two individuals from the premises who were refusing to leave.

Earlier in October, there was a complaint regarding a wake at the premises with a witness claiming large groups inside and outside were mingling with staff not wearing face coverings.

Mr Collins said people were spread across two spaces. He was then advised of the COVID guidance on wakes. No evidence of the incident was recorded due to a CCTV fault.

Police also visited the premises on September 18, 2020 as part of general compliance pub visit in the area. They heard “DJ-ing” noise and saw people dancing, which they were told by Mr Collins was a live singer performing. A warning was given after people were dancing around the pub to YMCA and Macarena in a non-COVID compliant way.

Chair of the meeting, Cllr David Hasthorpe said: “Committee has considered removing Mr Collins as DPS, but are prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt as we did not wish to see a business which should be a community hub closed down, particularly in today’s economic climate.

“It should, however, be noted that should further breaches come before this committee, revocation would most certainly be a major consideration, and for removal of the DPS.”

A fish and chip shop in Grimsby has created a unique battered chip butty, and The Lincolnite went to try it out as part of its popular series exploring Lincolnshire’s culinary delights.

St James Fish Restaurant on Brighowgate has been a favourite of the seaside town since it opened in the 1960s, but it has now taken a venture into the unknown for its latest meal option.

Everyone has heard of a battered sausages, and we even tried battered Mars bars, deep fried Cadbury eggs, and battered Christmas dinners, but how about a battered and deep fried chip butty?

A bread roll is buttered and then chips are placed inside it. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

St James’s battered chip butty was introduced last month, and is a bread roll filled with chips, before being deep fried and served with either beans, peas, curry sauce or gravy inside the bun.

Fillings are then added inside the bread roll before frying. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It costs just £2.50 for this delicacy, and The Lincolnite let temptation get the better of us, so we went to give it a try.

It is sliced in half because it is a bit filling, you need it in two separate pieces! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Our verdict? Unbelievably, it works. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that those taste combinations should go together, but they just do.

Our photographer had mushy peas with his, our reporter had curry sauce, both were great. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

We naturally picked curry sauce to go with it, because the writer isn’t one of those types who have gravy with chips (you know who you are), and he did not regret his decision for one moment.

The split second our reporter Ellis Karran realised what he had got himself into! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Obviously it is incredibly filling and high in calories, with some estimating it could even be up to 1,000 calories per roll, but as a treat it really doesn’t disappoint.

The blend of sauce and chips inside the bun go together really well and there isn’t anywhere near as much grease as you’d expect.

They look very neat considering how chaotic they sound, and are proving a big hit. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The butty was the brainchild of manager Kerrie Drinkell, who has worked at St James for six years, two of which as a manager.

She told The Lincolnite: “I saw the idea on Facebook and decided to bring it to Lincolnshire, and we can’t believe the response it has had.

Kerrie has worked at St James for six years, two as a manager. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“What’s most surprising is the number of repeat customers we have had, I was expecting most to try it once and then leave it alone, but people seem to be really enjoying it.”

Hundreds of battered butties have been made so far, and due to the success it will now be a permanent item on the menu.

Speaking of business challenges during lockdown, Kerrie said: “It’s been generally good considering we are in a lockdown, but it has been manic since the introduction of the deep fried chip butty.

“It has definitely got us thinking of other new ideas that could be brought onto the menu, we shall see!”

Even Wind the community Imp wanted to try it! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

If you are heading there any time soon, do be aware that the company only takes cash, card payments will not be available.


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