A tiny cafe bar has appeared in a cupboard-style space in Didsbury, serving up a selection of beers from local brewery First Chop, hot drinks from Blossom Coffee Roasters, sweet treats from Levenshulme’s Longbois Bakehouse and a range of cocktails.

The brainchild of long-time hospitality worker Jemma O’Brien, Kiosk on Lapwing Lane in West Didsbury is proof that while the past twelve months have certainly been difficult for those in the food and drinks sector, they’ve also made them infinitely more resourceful. When O’Brien noticed a vacant space which was supposed to be used to access her flat above, she instantly saw opportunity – giving the tiny four-square meter room a colourful makeover and creating her own mini bar and coffee house.

With no seating space inside (there’s barely room for O’Brien and her stock), walk-up customers have taken up residence in a small seating area outside – with many queuing around the block to check out this new lockdown-inspired concept. In addition to selling cakes from Longbois bakes (explore more Northern sweet treats here), cans from Manchester brewery First Chop and wine from Le Social, O’Brien is also serving up a small selection of cocktails including negronis and espresso martinis – and she even has sparkling wine on tap to save space.

With an eco-friendly ethos at the core of her creative endeavours, much of Kiosk is made from recycled materials and O’Brien’s plan is for the venue to outlast lockdown and become a West Didsbury mainstay. To find out more, visit the Kiosk Instagram page by clicking the link below.


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Tue 11 May, Kiosk,
Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6UT
, 8am - 10.30pm (Wed-Sun), 10am - 10.30pm (Weekends)
Simon Bland
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Tue 11 May 2021