Unexpected weather patterns may be turning thoughts to holidays by the beach and how to get beach body ready. Thankfully, however, Manchester has a good number of bar and restaurant openings and beer festivals for when the weather plummets again. The fringe events at Cloudwater’s Friends & Family & Beer festival will get any beer nerd excited, whilst there’s a healthy new food spot in Salford, crazily hot food at Zouk, a new spot for pies in Chorlton, and a reopening of a Northern Quarter bar in a new location.

New yoga centre and restaurant Foodwell opens this week – with head chef Matthew Nutter (ex-Allotment)
Manchester’s continual development means that not only do new restaurants and apartment blocks keep appearing, but so do whole new areas. New Bailey can be found on the Salford side of Spinningfields and its latest offering comes in the shape of Foodwell. The new concept offers a yoga and workspace during the day before becoming a bar and restaurant in the evening. If you are more keen on just getting some decent food inside of you, the appearance of ex-Allotment chef Matthew Nutter to bring their plant based menu to life should get you very excited. Click here for our preview.
Foodwell, opens Thu 28 Feb, One New Bailey, New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5JL. Tel: 0161 989 4040, www.thefoodwell.co.uk

Calling all Chorltonites: Pieminster pops up at The Library Bar
Popular Bristol pie purveyors, Pieminster, are preparing to open up a new space to get their offerings as they launch inside Chorlton pub The Library Bar. From this Wednesday, the craft beer bar will be the second place in Manchester to get your hands on the Pieminster pies, after their Northern Quarter location.
The Library Bar, 97 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9EQ, @librarychorlton

New/old bar Shack reopens at Blue Pig
After being forced out of their original home after their Hilton Street location was purchased by developers, Shack is getting ready to reopen at the site of The Blue Pig. One of the casualties of the MAD group’s administration may seem smaller than the previous Shack home, but the 5000 square foot basement is set to be utilised as a late night drinking den. Before then, the upstairs bar is set to open on 1 Mar with a giveaway of 100 free drinks and 100 free burgers.
Shack, 69 High Street, Manchester, M4 1FS, @theshack_mcr

Levenshulme’s Klondyke welcomes new speakeasy 
The Klondyke in Levenshulme is set to bring a touch of history to their new bar. The Committee Room harks back to the storied past of The Klondyke which first opened as a bowling club in 1899. Taking inspiration from prohibition era speakeasies, the bar has a wealth of whiskies as well as a fine selection of local and farther flung gins. The bar will also be available for private hire as well as Sunday Roasts.
The Committee Room, The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Manchester, M19 2HQ, Tel: 0161 224 4122

Free: Fringe Events for Friends & Family & Beer Festival
This weekend sees the start of the highly anticipated Friends & Family & Beer event from Manchester’s brewing royalty. There are still tickets for both days of the Cloudwater organised event, but for those who can’t make the full event, there’s a whole roster of fringe events announced. Whether it’s Chicago heroes Half Acre with a tap takeover at Northern Monk on Wednesday or Swedish delights Dugges turning up at Heaton Hops, there is plenty of hopped, fermented, and aged beer to get anybody jaded by beer festival fatigue excited by ale again.
Friends & Family & Beer Fringe, various locations, www.friendsandfamily.beer

Book now: NRB19 – the trade-only restaurant and bar expo returns to Manchester Central
NRB19 is one of the foremost events for the hospitality trade, and this year is no different. The event, at Central Hall, features food and drink exhibitors from around the world as well as demonstrations and talks from some of the best in the field. This year’s event in March will include The Creameries’ Mary Ellen McTague alongside stars such as Tom Parker and Mark Birchall. Tickets are available to trade only from the NRB19 website.
Tue 19 & Wed 20 Mar, National Restaurant and Bar 19, Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX, www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk

Win Brunch With Zouk
This Thursday is National Chilli Day and to celebrate, Zouk have created ‘the hottest curry in Manchester’. The previous holder of this award was The Great Kathmandu’s phal (served at their Burton Road restaurant in West Didsbury). We ate that one no problem. If you can eat Zouk’s version, you will be rewarded with brunch for four. To be in with a chance of winning, simply head down to Zouk on Thursday and see if you can take the heat. Booking is recommended.
Thu 28 Feb, Zouk, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS. Tel: 0161 233 1090 www.zoukteabar.co.uk

Tue 26 Feb - Sat 1 Jun
Rich Holmes
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Tue 26 Feb 2019