This week’s food and drink news includes: a new brew tap for the Green Quarter from London gypsy brewers, Beatnikz Republic; the return of Ramsbottom’s Chocolate Festival; Withington’s ice cream bar, Ice Shack, turns vegan; Grill on the Alley and Grill on NY Street reopen after an interior overhaul; Beavertown’s limited edition blood orange IPA at PLY, and more.

New opening: Beatnikz Republic brewery tap in Green Quarter
Gypsy London brewers, Beatnikz Republic have moved to Manchester’s Green Quarter to launch a taproom and permanent microbrewery. Opening times will be weekends:  Friday evenings, Saturday day and night, and Sunday daytime. Beatnikz share their space with Manchester coffee roaster Mistress of Industry Coffee Co., and are neighbours with Three Rivers Gin Distillery and Red Bank Co. There’s a soft launch planned for next Thursday.
From Thu 13 Apr, 15 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF, @BeatnikzRep

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival returns this weekend (pic)
Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival is back for another year of indulgence and chocolatey fun. Spread across the town centre, the two-day market has a whole host of artisan chocolatiers (such as Eponine, pictured) and bakers, as well as street food, entertainment and food and craft stalls. Set in beautiful surroundings, it’s a good chance to hop on the East Lancashire Railway steam train, too.
Sat 8-Sun 9 Apr, Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom, BL0 9QZ, 10am-4pm, FREE,

Withington’s ice cream bar, Ice Shack, turns 100% vegan
Withington-based ice cream and dessert parlour, Ice Shack, has made the decision to go fully vegan from today (Tue 4 Apr). The venue offers 22 vegan ice creams and sorbets as well as cakes, truffles, raw chocolate, and vegan dog treats. Soy, almond or oat milk are used for milkshakes.
From Tue 4 Apr, Ice Shack, 160-164 Wellington Road, Withington, Manchester, M20 3FU, @IceshackM20

Reopening: Grill on the Alley and Grill on New York Street get a revamp
To celebrate being open in Manchester for ten years, Living Ventures restaurants The Grill on the Alley and The Grill on New York Street are revamping both the interior and the menu. The former is first up – it’s closed this week and is reopening on Sun 9 April, with the New York Street venue following suit in May. Steak and seafood will be the focus, with a Book of Beef and weighed-at-the-table Butcher’s Block on offer, as well as more lobster dishes and a sashimi menu, too.
From Sun 9 Apr, The Grill on the Alley, 5 Ridgefield, Manchester, M2 6EG, Tel: 0161 833 3465,

Free cult film screenings & matched food & booze at The Blue Pig
Northern Quarter’s The Blue Pig has started a fortnightly cult films screening season, with movie-inspired cocktails and small plates. Called Pig-turehouse, film fans can enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, A Clockwork Orange, High Fidelity, Amelie, Reservoir Dogs, The Breakfast Club, American Beauty, Quadrophenia and more.
Tue 4 Apr (then fortnightly), The Blue Pig 69 High Street, Manchetser, M4 1FS, 8pm, FREE, book a table via or 0161 832 0630,

Beer launch: Beavertown launch Bloody ‘Ell Blood Orange IPA at PLY 
London-based brewery Beavertown has chosen PLY as the only Manchester venue to launch their new seasonal beer, named Bloody ‘Ell. It’s only brewed for six weeks every year due to the availability of organic Sicilian blood oranges, but remains one of their most popular. Receiving a consistently high beer rating, the 7.2% Blood Orange IPA is not to be missed.
From Sat 8 Apr, PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1DW, Tel: 0161 711 0401,

The next #SCRANcoats pop-up at Ancoats General Store welcomes street food newbie Grain to their venue to cook up grain-based treats, noon-8pm. Expect tomato barley-otto with marinated feta, roasted cherry tomatoes and toasted thyme crumb, Asian chicken congee with spring onions, peanuts, sesame and soy, and lots more. Follow: @ancoatsgs for more info. Holy Crab is holding a fish Friday pop-up at Barbecue Coffee Shop in Chorlton on Friday (7 April). More info here:

Tue 4 Apr - Thu 13 Apr
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Sun 9 Apr 2017