There’s some to-ing and fro-ing happening this week in food news as Alphabet Brewing Company branch out to Chorlton, while Levenshulme favourites Trove announce new digs in Ancoats. Slick Northern Quarter coffee house, Foundation, has plans to move into the former Atrium on Princess Street, while Marco-Pierre White’s company have plans for an unlikely corner of Canal Street.

Alphabet Brewing Tap to open in Chorlton
Popular local brewery, Alphabet Brewing Company have held a long-running Saturday afternoon beer tap from their railway arch space. Now you needn’t wait until the weekend to grab the perfect pint directly from the brewerr as Alphabet announce the opening of a new Chorlton based bar. You’ll find the lime green ABC sign at the site of short-lived Cask & Keg. They’ll no doubt be pulling pints of their popular brews such as a Flat White Stout (with a coffee kick) or their ever-popular Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA. Decor is as colourful as their trademark branding.
Opening soon. Alphabet Beer Tap, 27 Manchester Road, Manchester, M21 9PG.

Trove Cafe and Bakery to open in Ancoats in June
Trove in Levenshulme has always been worth travelling out of the city for, with expertly baked Sourdough and pastries, perfectly poured coffee and menu of natural seasonal food. Revelations this week that Trove will be opening a new venue in Ancoats mean that the delights of Trove’s kitchen and bakery will soon be more accessible for those beyond the South Manchester suburb. Opening up in Ancoats’ Sawmill Court residential development, the new site will feature an on-site bakery serving the cafe with the freshest baked goods. Trove’s clean and modern aesthetic will marry well with the space, complimenting stripped-back, ingredients-led cooking.
Opening June 2018. Trove, Sawmill Court, Manchester, M4 6AF.

Foundation Coffee House opening on Princess Street
Northern Quarter coffee shop, Foundation, has announced plans to open up a second venture at the Whitworth Locke Aparthotel complex (formerly the Atrium). The Princess Street space will follow the same design-led ethos as it’s sister branch, with a crisp interior and contemporary furnishings. Foundation is first and foremost a coffee shop, with your cup of joe just about any way you want it – filtered, as a cold-brew or even the Vietnamese way with sweetened condensed milk. We expect the new Foundation to be similarly crowd-pleasing with brunch and a chat as much on the menu as a cocktail after work, or a mid-morning meeting.
Opening soon, date TBC. Foundation Coffee House, 4 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD.

Mr White’s English Chophouse to open on Canal Street
Celebrity chef Marco-Pierre White will lend his name to a new steak house to open up in the Velvet Hotel on Canal Street. White’s has already laid claim to space in Salford with Media City’s New York Italian, but this will be the first of his branded restaurants in the city centre. The Gay Village isn’t necessarily known for it’s fine dining, and a lively restaurant might give the area some appeal for the pre-midnight crowd. Judging by the menu at London’s Whitechapel branch, the focus will be classic Chop House steaks, burgers and traditional fish dishes.
Opening April 2018. Mr White’s English Chop House, 2 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3HE.

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Josh Eggleton at The French: In the latest of Head Chef Adam Reid’s collaborations, Josh Eggleton makes his way north for one night only. Eggleton made his name as owner and head chef of Michelin starred The Pony and Trap pub in the bizarrely named village of Chew Magna in Somerset. He now manages various ventures across the South-West.
Wed 11 April. The French at The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, M60 2DS. Tel: 0161 236 3333. Tickets £100 (£170 with wine pairings)

Rudy’s on Peter Street: The long-awaited second branch of Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza is now open on Peter Street. The spacious venue seats more people, but still has the laid-back unpolished charm of the Ancoats’ original. Pizzas are unfailingly on form, and a more extensive cocktail list has been readied for the new launch.
Now open, Rudy’s Pizza, Petersfield House, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QJ. Tel: 07590964181

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Olivia Rye
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Tue 27 Mar 2018