There are plenty of openings and happenings in Manchester this week, with Seed & Cherry already open on Church Street, Wilderness on Thomas Street opening at the end of this week, Cocoa Cabana set for an opening in Ancoats, and Hatch getting ready to become a circus for the day. Alongside this Six By Nico have announced their next 6 week menu, and Peter Hook has got into the gin making business.

Cocoa Cabana To Open In Ancoats

Didsbury’s finest chocolate emporium is set to move into the city this month as Ancoats welcomes Cocoa Cabana which opens on Murray Street next week. After seven years on Burton Road, the independent chocolatiers have decided to bring city dwellers a taste of their home-made chocolates and cakes when it opens on Aug 21. With the site operating as a cafe by day and a laid-back bar at night, this is more than just a case of a few slabs of chocolate. The mornings will begin with coffee and breakfast service including sweet and savoury, whilst the evening will see a carefully curated cocktail menu, including some chocolaty delights, whilst in the middle of all this will be an exceptional chocolate afternoon tea.

Cocoa Cabana, Murray Street, Ancoats, M4 6LN, Tel: 0161 282 5700
Six By Nico Mexico

If you need another thing to judge the fast passing of time by, Six By Nico’s changing menus might just be the way. It seems like it’s only just opened but already the new Manchester restaurant has announced their next menu. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the six course menu at the restaurant changes every six weeks based around a new theme. The theme from Aug 20 is ‘Mexico’ as Glaswegian head chef Nico Simeone brings his twist to Mexican cuisine. With blow torched mackerel tacos and pork belly with crispy fried cornichon, and all available as a veggie menu too, a drinks pairing can be added for £26 on top of the £29 six courses. New menu available from Tue 20 Aug.

Six By Nico, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BQ, Tel: 0161 832 1815
Wilderness Launch Date

Wilderness Bar + Kitchen is set to open this week (15 Aug) and more details have emerged about the venue. The three storey bar and cafe will feature three distinct floors, with the ground floor being an all day relaxed space and the basement being an ‘Innovation Room’ for the chefs and bartenders to hone their ideas. With one of those chefs being James Lord, previously of Manchester House, Wilderness are taking the food offerings seriously.

Wilderness Bar + Kitchen, 30-32, Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1ER
New Coffee Shop On Church Street

Opening last week, Seed & Cherry is a new coffee shop taking over the old home of 63 Degrees, which is now on the corner of Edge Street and High Street. As the name suggests this coffee shop is aimed at getting customers to know their beans and their coffee, trying a different bean every time they visit. The interior has been designed by local company No Chintz, whilst Stephen Midgley has curated the menu.

20 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PN, Tel: 0161 832 0033
Yerr Bar and Squway Brewery

Capital & Centric’s renovation of Crusader Mill has seen them working hard to encourage the local populace that they aren’t just another out of town developer throwing some flats into an old building and this continues with the addition of two new bars to the venue. The flats are still being built but Yerr Bar and Squawk Brewery’s Taphouse are now open, joining Track Brewery’s Taphouse at the top. Squawk will be serving their local brews while Yerr Bar features a 200 cap venue and both are open now.

Yerr Bar and Squawy Brewtap, Crusader Mill, 64 Chapeltown St, Manchester M1 2WH, Tel: 0161 222 0204
Peter Hook Gin

The former member of both New Order and Joy Division, Peter Hook, has turned his hand to the gin trade as he teams up with Manchester Gin for a special small-batch production. Unsurprisingly named Fac51 The Hacienda, the gin apparently tells the story of The Hacienda through its production and taste, as lemon and lime peel nod to the acid house movement. The gin uses the classic hearing protection poster in its design and will be sure to entice old Factory fans. Available now.

Hatch Transforms Into A Big Top | Sun 25 Aug | 1pm | £10

Oxford Road’s Street-food box park, Hatch, is set to transform into a big top this August Bank Holiday alongside a ‘The Greatest Showman’ singalong. Sun 25 Aug sees Hatch screen the Hugh Jackman film as well as hosting a circus ringmaster, face painting, and a number of pop-ups including a cheesecake decorating station. Deckchairs are available to hire from £10 to guarantee a view, but guests can also perch on the tables as usual. The days before will also see screenings of Matilda on 22 Aug and Lego Movie on Aug 23.

Nov 15 for Stock Exchange

The much anticipated and heavily trailed arrival of a new Tom Kerridge restaurant to Manchester has now got an opening date. The Stock Exchange is being transformed into a hotel by ex-United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs and will feature the fourth restaurant by Kerridge as a star attraction. The footballer’s venue will open on Nov 15 and the star chef’s restaurant will open on the same day bringing the vibe of his two Michelin starred pub to the venture.

The Stock Exchange, 6 Norfolk Street, Manchester, M2 1EW, Tel: 0161 839 6644
Tue 13 Aug - Tue 20 Aug
Joe Daly
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Tue 13 Aug 2019