There’s a couple of new openings getting closer in Ancoats with Trove’s latest place Erst looking closer to completion and Ancoats Panda’s sister restaurant just around the corner. There’s also news of festivals in Rochdale and under Barton Arcade and the continued luck of Altrincham based foodies. All this in our food and drink round-up below.

Opening this month: Trove’s new restaurant Erst in Ancoats
It’s not too long now before Trove’s second Ancoats restaurant opens. Located next door to their popular city centre cafe and brunch spot, Erst is aimed more at the evening end of things, offering laid back dining options as well as natural wines, beers and cocktails. As with Trove, everything will be made from scratch; dishes could include salt cod with blood orange and capers or beef tartare, pictured. They say they are opening this month – and their Instagram is hotting up… check it out here.
Coming soon, Erst, 9 Murray Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5BN,

New Chinese restaurant Blue Eyed Panda for Ancoats
Ancoats Panda’s sister restaurant Blue Eyed Panda seems closer to completion as the boards have come down from the windows on the new site. Ancoats Panda (the renamed New Chop Chop) is hoping to take advantage of the boom in restaurants in Ancoats with a 55 cover restaurant with a small bar.
Coming soon, Blue Eyed Panda, Nuovo Building, Jersey Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5AH

Book tickets: Manchester Rum Festival 2019 at Barton Arcade
For the third year in a row Manchester welcome the Rum Festival. June 8th will see over 100 different types of rum on offer in The Brickworks, a hidden bar underneath Barton Arcade. Having started in 2017 to showcase rum from around the world as well as the rum on offer from more local suppliers, this year will see the festival host a day-time and evening session. There will be seminars from some of the leading rum manufacturers, as well as a plentiful supply of cocktails, and a bottle bar to take away your favourite tipple. Tickets cost £20 plus booking fee and include your rum samples. Read our preview here.
Sat 8 Jun 2019, Manchester Rum Festival, The Brickworks, 48 Barton Arcade, Manchester M3 2BH,

First food festival of the year? Rochdale Food & Drink Festival
Next month sees Rochdale Food & Drink Festival return to the town with a host of chef demonstrations and food to try and buy. March 16th will see a full day of demonstrations including local chef Andrew Nutter and Masterchef finalist Dean Edwards. As well as the celeb chefs, guests can partake in the plentiful supply of street food traders and the artisan food and drink market inside the town hall. Admission is free but booking is recommended for the workshops and demonstrations.
Sat 16 Mar, Rochdale Town Hall, OL16 1AB, 11am-8pm, free,

Local Spanish chain Evuna opens in Altrincham this week
Altrincham has expanded its reputation as a foodie hotspot over the last couple of years and Manchester Spanish restaurant Evuna is the latest to move in for a bit of the Alty gold dust. The fourth restaurant in the Evuna family will open this Wednesday (13 Feb) and takes over from the site of the old Yorkshire Bank. This location will be the first to feature a tapas bar with space for 24 guests and a main space with room for 45 covers. Evuna will also be bringing its famous wine shop to Altrincham with directly imported wine.
Evuna, 84-86 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, WA14 1BS,

School For Scandal and Kettlebell Closures
First Street has lost a couple of its residents in the space of just a couple of weeks. Following the closure of Kettlebell sites at First Street and Salford, School For Scandal has followed close behind. After just over half a year Vita, the building owners have decided to expand the private rental options at the cost of the apparently unviable restaurant and bar.

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Tue 12 Feb - Sat 8 Jun
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 12 Feb 2019