But after the bizarre situation was reported by the Manchester Evening News and The Sunday Times bar staff said police had reconnected to give permission to resume selling them.
According to official government guidelines, in Level 3 areas – which now include Greater Manchester – alcohol can only be served with a “hearty meal”, which it defines as “as a main meal in the home. ‘lunch or evening time’ or as a main course.
Sunday at noon, Common tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS: THE SLICES ARE NOW SUBSTANTIAL.”
“The Greater Manchester Police Licensing Officer has taken over to let us know that Slice Gate has been revisited and that our Nell’s Pizza Slices (cut from 22 inch pizzas) are now officially considered substantial. ”
Joint boss Jonny Heyes earlier described the situation as “a bit of a joke”.
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He added: “I don’t want to say anything bad about the officers as they had obviously been dispatched to check that everyone was serving food and following guidelines.
“But they don’t have any information on what actually constitutes a substantial meal.
“They are just flying it.
“Slice Gate” has baffled some pizza lovers on Twitter.
Pete Liggins tweeted: “Pizza 22” is cut into 8 slices so each slice has an area of 306.5 cm².
“By comparison, Dominos’ whole ‘personal pizza’ (marketed as’ for one ‘) is just 248 square centimeters and their passion for pepperoni is 680 calories.
“The common slice is therefore a substantial meal.
HCS Sourdough Pizza tweeted, “God damn it. I’ve had roast dinners less filling than a slice of pizza @common_bar. ”
Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.