Restaurants and bars that have opened since you could last dine out

This week, we can finally – FINALLY – enjoy food and drink prepared by someone else (someone much more talented than us at making food and drink), in a place that isn’t our own homes, with up to five mates from other households. It might be freezing outside, but it’s still a glorious feeling.

Since we were last able to dine out at restaurants and bars, there are a few new venues that have opened up. Some have been open for months, serving takeaway food and drink. For others this week will be the first time people will be able to try their dishes.

Here are some of the new places that have opened in Manchester since the last time we were allowed to go to restaurants and bars.


Taking over a former MOT garage on Great Ancoats Street, Ramona started taking orders for collection for their Detroit-style pizza in February. This week will be the first time people will be able to explore more of the venue as the outdoor area opens from Wednesday.

Table bookings went really fast but those lucky enough to have grabbed a reservation will be able to enjoy their delicious Detroit pizza and drinks in the beer garden complete with campfire, teepee and margarita bar.

Birria Brothers Tacos

When Birria Brothers Tacos announced their Koffee Pot pop up in early March, the people of Manchester paid attention. A queue as far as the eye could see formed down Oldham Street, with many keen to get their hands on the delicious tacos filled with slow roasted beef, cheese, salsa and a pot of beef consomme for dipping.

From this Friday, you’ll be able to get food and booze from Birria Brothers at Koffee Pot from 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays. Koffee Pot will reopen fully in May.

Four Side

More Detroit-style pizza. This time it’s plant based. Four Side first opened in January for delivery and collection orders from the former Earth Cafe site in town.

It’ll be opening properly for dine in customers in May but for now it’s still available to order from the Northern Quarter and Chorlton locations.

The Smithfield Social

An all day drink and dining venue in the former Teacup Kitchen site on Thomas Street, The Smithfield Social has been set up by Courteeners frontman Liam Fray, alongside Jobe Ferguson of The Liar’s Group and Anthony Fielden of  TNQ restaurant.

They’re now open for brunch, lunch, coffees and cocktails – walk ups and takeaway only.

Bada Bing

Italian/US deli-style sandwiches inspired by a love of the Sopranos, Bada Bing has been serving up their menu of hoagies, meatball subs and other massive sandwiches from their little takeaway hatch for the last month.

They’re closed this week as they move into their permanent site in Ancoats. A bigger site means more sandwiches for everyone. Rest assured we’ll be first in the queue when they open. We can’t wait.

Rudy’s Pizza, Sale

Open since late November last year, this week will be the first time people will be able to dine out at Rudy’s Pizza in Sale.

They aren’t taking bookings for their outside tables. Simply walk up to get a table or if there aren’t any available, you can add your name to the virtual queue on arrival.

Schofield’s Bar

Opened by two bartender brother from Bury, Schofield’s Bar will open as an outdoor cocktail terrace this week. The pair has transformed the Grade II listed Sunlight House and has open for takeaway coffees and cocktails for the past few weeks.

We’ll be heading down once they’re open from Wednesday so will report back fully.

Stutter and Twitch, Altrincham

Stutter and Twitch opened up in the Stamford Quarter in Altrincham last year, selling coffee and vinyl from their converted caravan.

This week, they have just opened the Stutter and Twitch bar, taking over the old Cheese Peddlers unit, serving craft beers, cocktails and prosecco on tap from their converted Smeg fridges. A popular technique in America, the fridges have been ‘keggerated’, each containing a keg of booze which flows through taps attached to the door.

There’s plenty of outdoor seating out the front in the square and it’s walk ups only.

Owners of Common to open Nell’s Pizza and new pub at Kampus

The exciting announcements for new openings set for this year just keep coming.

Common & Co – the independent bar and restaurant group behind Common Bar, The Beagle in Chorlton and Nell’s Pizza – has announced the opening of two new venues for this summer.

A new pub called Cornerstone and a Nell’s Pizza shop will open at Kampus; the new £250m ‘garden neighbourhood’ which is being developed by developers Capital&Centric and HBD.

Founded by husband and wife team Jonny and Charlotte Heyes, Common & Co is the first operator to join Kampus, having run Northern Quarter bar Common for the last 15 years.

Jonny and Charlotte Heyes, Common & Co

Cornerstone is their latest concept which is being described as a ‘traditional boozer reimagined for the 21st century’.

Next door, Nell’s will be cook up their absolutely massive (and delicious) 22 inch New York style pizzas. Like at Common and The Beagle where they are currently served, the pizzas will be availale by the slice or as a whole pie.

Jonny Heyes, Common & Co said:

“Kampus represents to me a development with a sense of purpose, it kind of knows what it’s about, what it’s for. Lots of developments end up being a bunch of buildings searching for a reason to be, furiously post-rationalising.

We got the impression that the vision for Kampus would be something we, as an independent operator could get on board with. It will be a thoughtfully curated selection of independent businesses as part of a neighbourhood ecosystem, which is nice. All it was lacking was a pub (and a pizza shop).”

Located between Piccadilly station and the Gay Village, Kampus will be a mix of residential apartments, retail space and food and drink operators. The neighbourhood has taken over Grade II listed warehouses and canal shipping buildings constructed in the 1860s, as well as a 1960s tower block and former MMU campus building.

Set to open in July, there will also be plenty of outdoor seating next to the Kampus garden, overlooking the canal.

There will be plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the canal

Adam Higgins, co-founder at Capital & Centric said:

“Kampus is all about the lush green garden and having the best independent food and drink operators in amongst it. Cornerstone will be at the heart of the Kampus community, just like the local pub should be. And if you fancy a bite to eat, you can walk right through to Nell’s to grab a slice of pizza to have with your pint

“More now so than ever, we really wanted to work with independent Manchester businesses and help them recover from what’s been a pretty crap year. Common were one of the first bars in the Northern Quarter and have become a Manchester institution. They’re going to be setting the tone for what we’re creating at Kampus: independent, laid back and for everyone. And the timing couldn’t be better as people start coming back into the city and life gets back to normal.”

Cornerstone and Nell’s Pizza are set to open at Kampus in July. For updates, visit the Cornerstone Instagram page here:

To stay up to date with the Kampus neighbourhood, visit their website:

Rudy’s to open in Stockton Heath

Rudy’s has the announced the arrival of its latest restaurant, which will open in Stockton Heath this spring.

The new pizzeria will be the seventh in the Rudy’s portfolio and seems to be part of a new approach for owners Mission Mars of opening in suburban locations.

Previously, the focus had been on opening city centre restaurants in other large cities. The original Rudy’s opened in Ancoats in 2015, which was followed by another one on Peter Street in 2018, and three more sites in Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds.

Similar to their most recent opening in Sale, which opened towards the end of last year, Rudy’s in Stockton Heath will be more of a neighbourhood pizzeria.

On the menu will be Rudy’s authentic Neapolitan style pizza, including favourites like Marinara, Margherita and Calabrese.

Rudy’s pizza is made in accordance with Neapolitan tradition

Rudy’s dough is made fresh daily using Caputo ‘00’ flour which ferments for at least 24 hours, alongside the best quality ingredients imported twice a week from Naples, including San Marzano tomatoes grown on fields next to Mount Vesuvius, and Fior di Latte mozzarella.

The pizzas are cooked in specially built wood fired ovens for just 60 seconds in accordance with Neapolitan pizza tradition, leaving it soft and floppy with a leopard patterned cornichon (crust).

Beth Sinclair, General Manager of Rudy’s Stockton Heath said: “I’m really excited about living in Stockton Heath and getting to know the area more.

“It won’t be long before we are able to fire up the oven and serve delicious Neapolitan pizza. As a team we can’t wait to meet the locals and neighbours and become part of town life.”

Rudy’s are recruiting now for pizzaiolos and front-of-house staff, to find out more visit:

The exact launch date has not been confirmed yet but for further updates, head to their Instagram page.

A small batch community bakehouse opens in Withington Public Hall this weekend

Manchester’s baking boom is set to continue with the opening of a new artisan bakery in South Manchester.

Located in Withington Public Hall Institute, Batard is a small batch community bakehouse which will be serving ‘well good bread, bangin’ bakes & proper food’.

Pork Pies fresh out the oven. Photos by Adam Pester

Owner, Lewis, has worked with various Manchester bakeries and cafes over the years, including Pot Kettle Black and Takk.

Along with his partner, Dorothy, Lewis had been about the set up a shop in Hebden Bridge, where they used to live, selling classic sandwiches. However, in early 2020, just when they were about to open, the site flooded and so they pulled out of the lease.

Batard is operating from outside Withy Public Hall whilst lockdown restrictions are in place

Lewis then went on to work on the launch of cookie and doughnut bakery Gooey last year, before deciding to set up Batard.

On the menu at Batard will be classic sourdough loaves and other bakes. Lewis’ approach to his menu is to ‘bake by fancy and feel’ and many of the bakes will be things he grew up with like Bakewell tarts and vanilla slices, alongside croissant buns and other pastries.

Eventually, he would like to start using heritage grains and even mill their own flour on site. Lewis also wants to get as involved in the community as possible and would one day like to put on free classes for local kids to teach them how to make bread.

Lewis said: “We basically want to be as sustainable as possible, and as nutritious as possible, but approachable as well. You can alienate people, I think. I really want to try and get away from that.”

Alongside Batard in Withy Public Hall are other small food and drink businesses including Burton Road Brewery and Basilico who make Neapolitan pizza.

Batard is planning to launch fully on 20 March but they are also doing a little pop up this Sunday ahead of the opening where they will be serving a small menu including a porchetta sandwich with slow roasted & deep fried pork belly, sourdough stuffing, anchovy aioli and rocket.

Batard will be open from 10am Saturday and Sunday on a first come first serve basis until sold out. Whilst they find their feet, there’ll be no collection/preorders but that will change in a few weeks.

The other traders at Withy Hall can be found and ordered from here:

To keep up to date with the latest news on Batard, give them a follow on Instagram:

Bada Bing opens serving huge hoagies and deli-style subs

A new sandwich deli is now open in town, serving up deli-style subs for weekend collection.

There aren’t enough great sandwich places in Manchester in our opinion, so we were pretty happy to see Bada Bing launching their new concept.

Owners Sam and Meg were inspired to open Bada Bing after their time spent working in an Italian/US style deli out in Melbourne.

As well as their love for sandwiches, Bada Bing has also been inspired by Sam and Meg’s favourite TV show, The Sopranos.

The current menu consists of five different subs, which they are hoping to develop whilst working on a permanent site in the Ancoats area.

The menu is headed up by the ‘two fisted’ hoagie sandwich called The Bing. It is packed with cold cuts including Gabagool, mortadella, Napoli salami, Ventricina salami, sharp provolone, tomato, lettuce, red onion, giardiniera (house pickles) and mayo.

There’s also the ‘Muffuletta’, a classic New Orleans sandwich with a twist, with smoked ham, chicken, Napoli salami, sharp provolone, olive salad and gochujang mayo.

The meatball sub has fennel sausage meatballs, red sauce, mozzarella, rocket, pecorino and basil salsa verde.

For non-meat eaters, there are two veggie/vegan options; the Roasted Cauli with pumpkin seed romesco, rocket, red onions; and Paulie Walnuts (“an ode to our favourite guy from our favourite show”), with mushroom shawarma, artichokes, balsamic caramelized onions, walnuts rocket, vegan truffle mayo and gouda.

Bada bing, bada boom.

Currently open for collection only, sandwiches can be pre-ordered for the following day from 4pm and collected from Friday to Sunday from 12 to 3pm.

Order sandwiches via their website here.

To stay up to date with their latest news, follow them on Instagram here.

Ramona Detroit Pizzeria opens for takeaway

The long-awaited launch of Ramona has finally arrived. Ok, well for now it’s just takeaways from their Detroit-style pizzeria, but it’s a start. A delicious start.

Located in what was a disused building on the outskirts of the Northern Quarter, on the other side of Great Ancoats Street to Mackie Mayor, Ramona will open in phases as the works are completed over the next few months.

Eventually, the site will house a pizzeria and bakery, a margarita bar, a coffee counter, a wood-fired grill and a stage. The tree-lined forecourt will also be transformed into a large beer garden with a campfire.

The front of the building has been completely transformed, with a fully white façade and festoon lighting, brightening up what was previously quite a dingy car park.

Now taking orders, Ramona is serving a menu of Detroit-style pizzas – rectangles of focaccia-like dough, baked in deep pans, covered first in cheese and then tomato sauce, with a crispy ‘crown’ round the edges where the cheese has melted to the sides of the pan.

Toppings range from simple Margherita to Triple Pepps (loaded with pepperoni), the Jabba (topped with Finocchiona salami, n’duja, sweet peppers and jalapenos) and the controversial Ham and Pineapple.

There’s also three vegan pizzas the Marinara, a vegan Margherita and vegan Jabba with their own vegan cheese, made on site.

Finally, there’s the garlic bread, which you may have seen gracing their Instagram account last week, being smothered in melted better. It can come topped with cheese or tomato (vegan).

The Jabba

Ramona released their first delivery slots this week, which was sold out in minutes.

I got my hands on a Margherita and a Jabba in the first drop. It was my first taste of Detroit-style pizza and I was an instant convert. It was delicious. The textures were wonderful – the pillowy pizza base and the crisp cheesy crown.

A special mention must also go to the dips. I had Detroit Honey Hot Sauce, Garlic and Herb and Hot Honey, and had a great time tearing off chunks of pizza and dunking, dipping and drizzling them in and on each bite.

Triple Pepp drizzled in hot honey

If, like me, you are new to Detroit-style pizza, you won’t be unaware for long as it looks to be the dish of 2021 in Manchester with lots of new places opening up.

There’s already been Four Side who serve fully vegan versions, as well as Corner Slice in Failsworth, who were the first to bring Detroit pizza to Manchester.

Ramona is open for click and collect and is releasing pick up slots every few days. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for details on when the next slots are open to book.

First look inside Blues Kitchen Manchester

Manchester has another exciting new opening on the horizon with the upcoming launch of Blues Kitchen.

Taking over a former Victorian eye hospital on Quay Street, renovation works are now underway to transform the building, which will house a restaurant, bar and concert hall across two floors.

Hoping to transport guests to the southern states of America (a holiday we could all do with right now), the aesthetic has been inspired by owners Steve Ball and Riz Shaikh’s travels across the region, which founded their fascination with the culture, people and musicians from the home of Blues.

The Blues Kitchen team hope to transport guests to the southern states of America

The team is working to restore some of the building’s original features and install some new additions such as original stained glass windows which have been brought in from an abandoned church in Queens, New York.

They have also ‘pulled in a few favours’ to reclaim a gospel roof from Manhattan and 19th century tin plates which will go into the gospel roof.

On the ground floor, the Blues Kitchen’s restaurant will serve a menu of American soul food. The southern-inspired dishes will include barbecue classics like smoky ribs and buffalo hot wings, stacked-up burgers and proper comfort food like creamy mac and cheese

Also on the ground floor, the bar will boast more than 80 bourbons and an extensive whiskey collection with rare, specialist and vintage finds from across the world. Alongside this will be a dedicated menu of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits

Stained glass windows have been brought over from New York

Live music will be played on the ground floor of Blues Kitchen seven days a week, with styles ranging from 1930’s Delta blues and gritty southern soul, to funk, acoustic and rock n roll, and swing to blues jam.

Upstairs in the 500-capacity concert hall, there will be live performances from international headlines, as well as in-house gigs and club nights with Manchester-based musicians and DJs.

An original 1920s Air Stream Caravan is also being revamped and will be available to book as a private party space.

With three existing London sites in Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch, Manchester will be the first Blues Kitchen outside of the capital. The exact opening date is yet to be announced but for further updates, follow Blues Kitchen or visit their website.

Launched in Lockdown

When putting this article together, there’s a mixture of two feelings. How good it is to see so many new people launching projects but then how shit it has been for the hundreds of small businesses in our industry that are hanging on to survive at the moment.

In the words of Hip Hop Chip Shop’s owner Ozzie, “Hospitality is on the ropes, a lot won’t survive this. New companies will rise from the ashes of Covid casualties to take advantage of a new landscape. For those that scrape through a long tough road awaits with many succumbing to huge unserviceable debts taken out during this time.”

At the same time, there is something quite lovely about seeing so many people in the past 12 months take those ideas they’ve always sat on and give them a proper go. On our Instagram post around this, (which I should say was inspired by the brilliant Mob Kitchen), we had 1,952 comments from local people pushing their hobbies, or their friends new project, or a local business they know that had started in lockdown. It’s really really nice to see that support

So this isn’t a comprehensive guide (there were too many) but a snapshot of some of Manchester’s lockdown start-ups. Hopefully reading this might put you onto somewhere that you like, it might help support a few small local businesses or inspire you to have a go at something yourself. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO.

Ornella’s Kitchen

Not everything in this list is somewhere we’ve tried but Ornella’s Kitchen is one that I have, it’s brilliant. Ornella started delivering homemade Italian food across Manchester alongside her partner Jamie whilst on paternity leave from her role at Pollen Bakery. Jake from Well Good Blog nominated this on our post – calling their Lobster Ravioli one of the best Italian dishes in Manchester right now.

DM Ornella directly on Instagram to order

Archchis – Sri Lankan Cuisine

Chloe and her partner Mark moved back from Banfff in Canada two days before March’s lockdown. That’s when they decided to focus on an idea they’d talked about of bringing Chloe’s family recipes to Manchester, they have since teamed up with indie venues across town to trade without markets/private dining events being open.

SanSan MCR

San San launched in October 2020 and immediately caught our eye, we’ve still not been (we’re going next Wednesday for their new menu!) but it looks brilliant. A sando delivery service based in Prestwich which on weekends operates as a takeout from @thecrookedmanbar. We’ll be telling you just how good it is next week.

DM them for weekly delivery options + their own chutneys and bombay mix products

Samosa Box

This family business which launched in June last year create homemade samosas in a mix of sweet and savoury flavours, such as chicken curry and Biscoff.  Each comes with your choice of dipping sauce and you can also order fresh milkshakes flavoured with Chai spices, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Oreo.

Orders can be made Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm through their website or by calling 07592187593. They’re also available for delivery via Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat.

Loaf Manchester

Loaf began during the first lockdown when owner Aiden began baking cakes to raise money for the NHS whilst on furlough.

It turned from a charitable project into a business when when Northern Quarter café Ezra and Gil asked whether Loaf would consider supplying cakes to their cafe. As well as Ezra and Gil, Loaf now supplies a range of other cafes with cakes, as well as taking individual orders for collection.

They’re moving into a unit in Ancoats’ Pollard Yard this week and you can order via DM or email, the website is coming soon.

Sababich – Tel Aviv Street Food

A food stall serving food inspired by the markets of Tel Aviv. Everything here is veggie/vegan. Think aubergines, sabich (fried eggplant and boiled egg) and falafel on pitta. You’ll find them regularly at Grub once the lockdown has lifted!

Bonnie Does Food

We came across Bonnie in the first lockdown, an aspiring home cook who wants to eventually make a career out her passion for cooking. The recipes she makes are broken down really well on the pages Instagram stories. The at home Nando’s was a godsend for many in the first lockdown and her Chocolate Orange babka looks mega.

Elliot Eastwick’s World Famous Hot Sauce

“I’ve just spent £450 on tea towels. I used to DJ at The Hacienda”. I’ve been following Elliot Eastwick on Twitter for a while now and it’s been great to see the response to his small batch hot sauce. All natural, Vega, gluten free. The packaging looks ace too.

Disco Biscuit

A lockdown project started by Olive Firth, the motto is ‘pushing the cookie boundaries’ and with cookies, cookie pies, cookie shots and more available for delivery across Manchester, you can see for yourself. Also occasionally stocked at Black Milk Cereal and announced through their social channels. Keep an eye out.

KC Eats In – Thai Apron 

23-year-old KC learned how to cook from her mother and uncle who is the head chef in the Thai family restaurant she has worked in five years. She’s always loved cooking for others so when lockdown hit, KC started her Instagram page to share cooking with friends and colleagues.

Then, in November last year, Kc launched Thai Apron, her Thai meal kit delivery service, allowing others to cook her recipes at home with freshly packed, pre-portioned ingredients, as well as her homemade sauces and dips. Dishes include Thai green curry and Pad Thai, as well as Cha Nom Yen (Thai milk tea).

The Thai Apron meal kits are now available for nationwide delivery. Order via the website by 10am Wednesdays for delivery on Friday.

Rice Over Everything

Originally from Burma, home cook May started by creating small batched of Burmese chilli oil out of her kitchen in Whalley Range during the first lockdown. With a focus on flavour over heat, the Rice Over Everything chilli jars come in three versions, the original, shiitake mushroom and peanuts, and dried shrimp and fish sauce.

She only learned to cook when she was 25 but May has now left her career in finance to follow her dream of making delicious Burmese food full-time and will be launching new rice bowls in a few weeks for home delivery and collection in Manchester.

Chilli jars can be ordered via their website and stay up to date with news via their Instagram page.

Fredas Place

Owned and operated by Caitlin Freda, Freda’s Place began in lockdown selling cupcakes + cookies but has since expanded their menu whilst supplying local businesses that have remained open. Right now the menu includes cookies, brownie and  cinnamon buns which can be ordered from with their next delivery on Jan 27th.

They can also be found at Maker’s Market in Salford through the week, and San San in Prestwich on weekends.

Paradiso Authentic

After losing work due to the pandemic during the first lockdown, Mattia Paradiso decided to start his own business. Inspired by his Nonna (Italian for grandma), Paradiso Authentic makes authentic Italian desserts to take away including everyone’s favourite – Tiramisu.

Mattia started in his kitchen in Castlefield but after crowdfunding, he has managed to secure a unit in Pollard Yard where he now prepares the food. He sells through Grub E Mart and at Makers Markets. You can also DM him on Instagram for delivery and collection.

Shiv Cooks

After being made redundant in May 2020, Shivani channelled her energy into making delicious food and started Shiv Cooks, making homemade Indian dishes to take away.

There’s a choice of four curries including chicken tikka massala, lamb keema, paneer curry and chickpea curry. Plus, there’s onion bhajis and seekh kebabs to start.

Simply DM Shivani on Instagram or Facebook to order.

Lucky Mamas MCR

When Mamadou and Gaby bought a food truck in early 2020, they had originally planned on travelling around festivals and events during the summer. The pandemic forced them to completely rethink their plans and set up as a takeaway street food van on Edison Road in Eccles.

Serving Neapolitan-inspired pizza with 48-hour cold proof dough, as well as their own freshly-made pasta dishes. The food is traditionally Italian with African and Spanish inspired by the owners’  heritages.

They are open Wednesday to Sunday on Edison Road in Eccles. Food can be pre-ordered for delivery or collection via their website.

Bread and Bowl – Roastline

As well as setting up delivery of their bread bowls (whole loaves of bread filled with a range of dishes include mac andcheese, seafood chowder and Philly cheesesteak stew), Bread and Bowl set up a new ‘Roastline’ delivery service which launched during the second lockdown.

Every Sunday between 3pm and 7:30pm, the Roastline deliver Sunday dinners in two hours within a 4 mile radius of the Northern Quarter. All served in a giant Yorkshire pudding, you can choose from roast pork with crackling, roast chicken and a vegetarian Portobello mushroom and goat’s cheese wellington. They also do giant pigs in blankets.

Plus, for a fiver, you can pay it forward and buy a roast for someone living on the streets of Manchester city centre.

Order online via their website or call 07561734 4775.

Society Manchester confirms plans to open soon – with street food, cocktails and craft beer

I saw a post this week on Feel Good Club. It read:

“Just imagine. It’s Friday, you’ve finished work, it’s still warm. You and your pals are having an after work drink. There’s no need for masks, no need for distancing. You hug goodbye and everything is good. Soon.”

While we make our way through our third lockdown in less than a year, with restaurants and bars closed for more than two months (this time around), this fantasy feels like nothing more than a warm, fuzzy dream.

But while we may be a way off yet, we’re hopefully starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we can tentatively start to look ahead to a life beyond the pandemic; a time where dining out and socialising will once again be on the cards.

And we’re starting to feel that optimism from operators too, with some new openings on the horizon.

One new venue set for Manchester is a brand new food, drink and entertainment space called Society.

With plans to open in March this year, Society will be an all-day space for street food, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

An artist’s impression of Society Manchester

Located in the former Pitcher and Piano site in Barbirolli Square, the  350-capacity hub will have feature five independently-owned kitchens, a cocktail bar and specialist craft beer taproom, hosted by Hebden Bridge brewery Vocation.

Open from 10am every day, the large space with high ceilings, promises to have plenty of nooks, banquettes and long tables designed as a place for visitors to dine, drink and socialise throughout the day.

Confirmed food traders include Slap & Pickle diner, serving a menu of burgers and loaded fries, and pan-Asian specialists Manzoku Street Food serving sushi and sides.

Slap and Pickle

Leeds-based, Falafel Guys will bring their signature falafel and shawarma wraps to Manchester for the first time.

Finally, the team behind Ancoats restaurant Elnecot will launch their new pizza concept Dokes Pizzeria at Society, serving fresh stone-baked pizzas.

Posting on Instagram, Elnecot wrote: “The cat is out of the bag. Or the pizza is out of the oven… We’ve been working quietly on a new project for a while now and here it is. As part of a brand new space in the city centre called Society, we will be introducing our brand new concept… Dokes Pizzeria.

“We will be keeping the Elnecot ethos of British, seasonal ingredients and we will be showcasing some of the amazing producers who we have worked with over the past three years. We can’t wait to share it with you.”

Manzoku street food

Entertainment will come up in the form of a rotating line-up of resident DJs such as Manchester-based Regal Disco and other special guests.

The team is also planning a programme of events, live music, takeovers and collaborations with local chefs.

Nick Gregory, Director and co-founder of Society, said:

“We’re very excited to finally open the doors to this iconic venue and look forward to welcoming guests throughout the day, evenings and weekends at Society.

“We’ve got an incredible line up that will showcase local food operators as well as our 2021 events programme that will be dedicated to highlighting independent artists from Manchester’s thriving music scene.

“It’s so important to us to create a destination that showcases the very best of Manchester and Society will be just that.”

Society will be located in Barbirolli Square and will open in March 2021.

For more information, visit:

Federal opens at Altrincham Market: serving coffee and Portuguese custard tarts

Federal Cafe Bar has opened a new coffee cart in Altrincham Market.

The Australian-style cafe and bar has long been a favourite for coffee, cocktails and brunch at its site in the Northern Quarter, which was followed by Federal’s second cafe on Deansgate which opened in 2019.

Now, the people of Altrincham are set to get a slice of Federal with the opening of their new coffee cart at the market.

The Federal coffee cart is on the corner of New Market Square

Located on the corner of New Market Square, Federal will be serving up a takeaway menu featuring coffee made with beans from Ozone Coffee Roasters.

Federal is also behind the Just Natas brand which opened in the Arndale Market last year, selling traditional Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts), which have been served at Federal since it opened.

The coffee cart will also be selling these now famous Portuguese custard tarts, along with other baked goods.

Those who live nearby can swing by and grab a delicious hot drink, a tart or some cake, while out doing some essential shopping, or on a daily walk.

It will serve coffee, Portuguese custard tarts and other baked goods

Federal’s coffee cart will be at the market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

The other Federal locations in the city centre are currently open for takeaways from 8am to 4pm daily.

For more information on all three sites, visit their Instagram page: