Food news this week includes the new opening, the Teacup-operated cafe at Manchester Museum, Hemsley and Hemsley coming to Central Library, Solita expands again, a cool beer festival at PLY, Corridor bar’s official reopening and a new cafe called The Dressing Room working with the community in Chorlton.

Teacup’s Cafe at the Museum now open at Manchester Museum
In a beautiful bit of Mancunian synergy, two stalwarts have joined forces as Teacup open a cafe at Manchester Museum. Serving trademark delicious cakes, sandwiches and bagels, it’s a welcome addition to the Oxford Road-based institution. And great to see the expansion of a Northern Quarter favourite across the city. Go and see the Mummies followed by a cup of tea and a nice slice of cake.
The Cafe at the Museum, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RN. Tel: 0161 275 2634,

Hemsley and Hemsley book talk at Central Library
Healthy living advocates and chefs to the stars, Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, will be holding a discussion on living by nutritious recipes, and how to achieve a balanced lifestyle. Followed by a Q&A and signing session, this is your chance to learn about new book The Art of Living Well and to explore their philosophy of food, mood, digestion and health being fundamentally linked. Hosted by Central Library, it’s an opportunity to embrace better cooking habits and figure out whether you should succumb to the pressure of buying a spiralizer afterall.
Mon 7 Mar, Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester. M2 5PD. Tel.: 0161 837 3000, 6.30pm, £7 admission or £20 admission including a copy of the new book,

Cool beer festival at PLY
Happening over the duration of a month, PLY is inviting breweries to come in and get their hands on the taps. The stints by these six guest brewers are being accompanied by a new art exhibition curated by PLY’s own Beki Rymsza and will feature work from each of them, including pieces by Nick Dwyer, who is responsible for Beavertown’s beautifully adorned beers and iconic Manchester muralist and illustrator, Hammo. Piccadilly brewers Cloudwater Brew Co. will arrive on Thursday (11 Feb) with a collection based on seasons, whilst Copenhagen-based brewery To Øl will be showcasing their beers, whilst fast gaining a reputation of being game-changers in Danish nomad brewing. Don’t forget – until the end of January, PLY members can get 50% off pizzas. PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1DW. Tel: 0161 711 0401. For a full list of brewers and dates, visit:

Solita expands within the Northern Quarter into Montpellier’s
With three Solita restaurants in Manchester, they have announced the takeover of backstreet bar and restaurant Montpellier’s from February. It will retain the integrity of the already-successful venue, but will add elements of the Solita menu and ambience. As one of the few places in the Northern Quarter to watch football (other sports are available), fans can rest assured that coverage will continue in the basement bar.
From Mon 1 Feb, 42 Back Turner Street, Manchester M4 1FR. Tel: 0161 832 3146,

Corridor relaunches after revamp
After a New Year makeover and under new management, Corridor bar in Salford returns. Evidenced via its Twitter account, a lot of passion and sweat has gone into the project and it launches to the public on Friday with a brand new cocktail menu. Continuing on into the weekend, Olivia Ryan from The West Winds Gin will be doing a bar takeover on Saturday, offering cocktails for a fiver from 9pm. If you can’t wait until the weekend, RSVP to to be invited for a sneak peek on Thu 28 Jan, with some complimentary drinks from the new menu.
Otherwise, head down on Fri 29 Jan from 7pm with resident DJ playing until 4am, or Sat 30 Jan from 9pm. Corridor, 6-8 Barlows Croft, Salford, Greater Manchester. M3 5DY. Tel: 0161 832 6699,

The Dressing Room theatre cafe opens in Chorlton
Theatre and Arts Centre The Edge has opened a new cafe called The Dressing Room. With local funding from The Oglesby Charitable Trust and the Lottery, it also serves as a training facility for adults with learning difficulties. Offering lunches during the day, it also stays open for evening theatre performances.
The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester
M21 9JG. Tel: 0161 282 9776,

Mon 25 Jan - Mon 7 Mar
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 2 Feb 2016