There’s only one sure fire way to beat the oncoming winter blues, as we wait in between food and drink festival and food and drink feasting – and that’s with plenty of food and drink news. There’s a small change of name for Wilderness, Tom Kerridge finding himself in another unusual space, the oldest port house in Porto turning up at Salut, and a special cheese club hosted by Beatniks. All this and a little bit more in the round-up below…

New Bar 53two

One of Manchester’s best new independent theatre and event spaces is set to move and expand after being forced to close in April of this year due to the developers who owned their old space. Following a period of fundraising and gathering support, 53Two have been able to announce their new home, less than a 100 metre sprint away under Manchester Central. With new neighbours Three Little Words in the same set of arches, Watson Street is fast becoming a place to go – and the new bar in the theatre venue is sure to become as popular as the venue itself. Hopes are high for an opening in mid 2020.

53two, Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4EE
New Name For Wilderness

It’s only been open for a month or two, but a new Thomas Street bar has had to cast its name out into, ahem, the wilderness. Due to the similarities with a bar in Birmingham, the owners of Wilderness NQ have decided to avoid confusion and do a quick costume change to become The Wolf At The Door. Everything else about the well received bar will remain the same – including their commitment to seasonal and local ingredients over their three floors.

The Wolf At The Door, 30-32, Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1ER, Tel: 0161 660 7177
Tom Kerridge at Old Trafford

Tom Kerridge is set to increase his influence of Manchester dining with his pies now available at kiosks around Old Trafford on match days. It’s a far cry from the classic scolding hot pies of days gone by, as Manchester United embrace the Michelin-starred chef’s cuisine. With his new restaurant, The Bull & Bear, just a few weeks away, Kerridge seems to becoming a regular fixture in the town.

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0RA
Free From Festival at Fairfield Social Club | Sat 19 Oct | 11.30am | £5

For those with an allergy or a dietary requirement or two, the boom in food and drink fairs may seem to unfairly leave them out save for a table or two tucked away at the back – however this weekend sees that change. The Free From Festival, as the name suggests, puts intolerances front and centre as gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free produce is celebrated this Sat 19 Oct. The Manchester and Bristol-based festival will be promoting locally produced food and drink, including beer, milkshake, pizza and anything else you’d expect from a food festival. There are three sessions throughout the day starting from 11.30am at the Fairfield Social Club hosted event. Read more in our event preview.

Fairfield Social Club, 6 Archway, Temperance Street, Manchester, M12 6HR
Port Evening at Salut | Wed 23 Oct | From 7pm | £15

Porto’s oldest port house is set to land at Salut this month, as Kopke bring six different styles of port to try to the wine bar. Alongside tawny and white port, the port house will be bringing their two reserve wines to try so drinkers can get a full feel for the port house. Tickets are £15 and include all the drinks.

Salut, 11 Cooper Street, Manchester, M2 2FW, Tel: 0161 236 2340
Beatniks x Cheeseclub Mcr Collaboration | Wed 16 Oct | 7pm - 10pm | £16.76

This Wed 16 Oct sees local cheese heads Cheeseclub Mcr head back into the city centre for a collaboration with local brewers Beatnikz. With the aim of promoting interesting and unusual cheeses, alongside high quality booze, the night offers five different cheeses alongside five different beers (or wine if you were to prefer). The £16.76 ticket includes the cheese and accoutrements whilst drinks flights are available to purchase on the evening.

Beatnikz Republic Bar, 35 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HF
Tue 15 Oct - Tue 22 Oct
Joe Daly
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Tue 15 Oct 2019