The weather is holding out for a while yet, and we’ve some summery vibes in food news. Million Pound Menu contestants, Finca, launch a pop-up Cuban restaurant at Artisan in Spinningfields. Don’t miss a South African wine-tasting event at Reserve Wines from Iona Winery, and pay-as-you-feel cafe, Ziferblat, announce a third Manchester branch. Wine and Wallop head out to Knutsfor, and, just so you know, there will be a room full of Dachshunds at Yard and Coop’s Sausage Dog cafe.

Finca summer pop-up at Artisan
Cuban Street Food sensation, Finca, are heading up the Mersey from Liverpool for a summer residency at Artisan in Spinningfields. After winning over the investors on The BBC’s Million Pound Menu, Finca received funding to launch their brand from Living Ventures co-founder, Jeremy Roberts. Alongside their flavourful South American dishes, including the ‘Cubano’ (a sandwich of mojo-marinated pork shoulder, gammon, pickles and gouda cheese), the menu will feature Cuban inspired cocktails. Serving seven days a week, the pop-up will feature DJs on Friday and Saturday, hopefully bringing out some Havanan beats to spice up the weekend.
Opening Thu 7 June. Artisan, Avenue North, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BZ. Food served Mon-Sun, 12-9pm. @FincaLpool for more information

South African vineyard, Iona, at Reserve
In the latest of Reserve Wines’ producer focus visits, Andrew Gunn, founder of award-winning vineyard Iona Winery, selects his pick of 3 reds and 3 whites for us to try. An unusual and respected producer, Iona use natural products and sustainable farming methods, with the aim of making wine that shows the soil, climate and region at its best. Booking essential.
Thur 21 June. Reserve Wines, Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ. 6.30-8pm, £20,

Wine and Wallop now open in Knutsford
If you’re heading out towards Tatton Park, West Didsbury’s Wine and Wallop opened a second branch in the leafy Cheshire village of Knutsford earlier this month. From the same team behind neighbourhood Folk cafe, the specialist wine and beer bar has an extensive wine list (some 300 strong), and a selection of meat and cheese platters to pair with your glass of vino. Inspired by the cellar wine bars of London’s wine importers, the feel is vintage, but not over-the-top, with wooden bar stools and small french-style cafe tables.
Now open. Wine and Wallop, 76 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6RF.

Ziferblat to open 3rd Manchester Branch
Ziferblat brought the trend of pay-as-you-feel cafes up from the capital with their first branch in the Northern Quarter. A haven for freelancers needing to get out of the house for a few hours, you pay for the time you spend, rather than the coffee you drink – currently priced at 8p per minute. The concept has taken off in Manchester with a second branch at Media City and now, a third is planned for St Peter’s Square. Spread over four floors, the new cafe will incorporate the brand’s home-from-home décor of mismatched sofas and potted plants, and will have its very own ‘secret garden’ to while away a few hours in.
Opening early 2019. St Peters Square. Exact location TBA.

Sausage Dog Cafe pops up at Yard and Coop
Following the success of recent Pug Cafe events, organisers have announced another dog cafe event in the city, with social media sensation – the Dachshund – as the focus. The Sausage Dog Cafe welcomes owners, and animal lovers alike to hang out for a few hours with some super-cute pooches. Held at Yard and Coop on Edge Street, humans can have all the wings and chips they want, while the four-legged feast on ‘dognuts’ and ‘puppucinos’.
Sun 8 Jul, Yard and Coop, 23-37 Edge Street, M4 1BJ. 9am-4.30pm. £6 with a dachshund, £10 without. for booking information

Folk and Soul now open
Following the sudden closure of the Odd and Oddest, it was announced that Odd in the Northern Quarter would be reborn as Folk and Soul, a Vegan venture from Matt Nickson (the man behind Matt and Phreds). Launched over the May bank holiday, Folk and Soul threw open its doors and warmly welcomed the Manchester masses. The vegan-friendly menu includes Thai sweetcorn fritters, artichoke satay hearts and cauliflower ‘popcorn’ and spiced gravy – small plates that go well with a bottle from the comprehensive selection of vegan beers.
Now open. Folk and Soul, 30-32 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1ER. @folkandsoulmcr

Fri 1 Jun - Sun 30 Sep
Olivia Rye
Published on:
Thu 31 May 2018