If you’re hoping to get out of the wind and rain and in to a nice warm place for some food or drink, then there’s plenty of news to entice you this week. First off you can get ready to fill yourself with sausage and cider next month as a new festival rolls in to town. There’s also new fast food options in PizzaLuxe and a new Archie’s. Northern Soul have switched up their offering and now have deli sandwiches at their Church Street unit and there’s beer pairings at Marble Arch, as well as a beer talk at Port Street for International Women’s Day.

New Pizza restaurant at Halle Place

The casual dining area in the Arndale, Halle Place, is set to welcome a new restaurant to their ranks with the addition of PizzaLuxe. The (as you may have guessed) pizza restaurant will swell the ranks of the struggling food hall which has seen some units lie empty since opening, whilst other operations have closed down after only a few months. Due to open this summer, the pizza place will take Unit 10 opposite Archie’s and is the second site for ex-Harrod’s director of food Paul Goodale. PizzaLuxe already has a site in Manchester Airport and is also set to open a branch in Leeds around the same time as the Arndale opening.

Halle Place, Arndale, Manchester City Centre, M4 3AQ
New Archie’s with Instagrammable ball pit debuts on Piccadilly Approach

In news from one of PizzaLuxe’s new neighbours, the much trailed opening of the Archie’s unit on Piccadilly Approach is finally upon us. If you’ve been to catch a train in the last two years it’s been hard to miss the burger chain’s distinctive pink decor but, after much delay, the fast food restaurant’s latest site is here and it features an unusual bit of furniture. In the centre of the restaurant there is a huge neon ball pit filled with pink flamingos and a camera above so you can get your very Instagrammable shots. The site will open this Thursday 27 Feb.

Piccadilly Approach, Manchester City Centre, M1 2GH
Manchester Cider & Sausage Festival heads to Victoria Warehouse | Sat 14 Mar | From £11.10

We’ve had cider festivals, we’ve had sausage festivals, so why not bring the two together and save some time? We assume that’s the thinking behind the catchily titled Manchester Sausage & Cider Festival that is set to debut at Victoria Warehouse next month. With 16 ciders and 14 sausages to try, you’ll probably be full enough before the sausage eating competitions but they’re there if you still have space. The event, due to take place on Saturday 14 March will also feature a gin and Prosecco bar for those who have had enough of the cider

Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Stretford, M17 1AB
Northern Soul Launch New York Style Deli

It’s been a hectic few months for fried sandwich purveyors Northern Soul and that looks set to continue with changes at their original site. Having taken over the old Simple site next to North Tea Power, the cheese toastie makers have now converted their old Church Street unit into a classic New York style deli. Obviously Northern Soul aren’t abandoning their toastie roots – but the hero subs are now front and centre, literally. Expect to see stacks of pre-prepared sarnies with classic options such as The Reuben and the New Yorker as well as Northern Soul’s very own soon to be classics. Sandwich ready punters can get their hands on the subs until 3pm Monday to Saturday. Find out more here.

Unit 10-11 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PN
Mr Cooper’s To Be Refurbished

The Midland’s casual dining restaurant (the one that isn’t The French) is undergoing a big refurbishment and will be reborn as Mount Street Dining Room & Bar. As part of a general multi million pound revamp of the hotel, the restaurant will open as a more casual drinking and dining option hoping to attract diners and drinkers throughout the day for a snack or coffee rather than just for a meal. The new bar and restaurant is set to open in April.

16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS, Tel: 0161 236 3333
Marble Arch Beer Pairing | Tue 25 Feb | 7.30pm | £25

Manchester brewers Marble Arch are set to welcome a special far flung guest this week as they team up with Hong Kong based Young Masters Brewery for a very special food and beer pairing. The Asian craft brewer will be presenting their beers alongside food prepared by the team in the Marble Arch kitchen. The event – which takes place tonight (Tuesday 25 Feb) – will see the beers introduced by Young Masters beer honcho Jess Hanson and tickets are £25.

73 Rochdale Road, Manchester, M4 4HY, Tel: 0161 832 5914
Women In Beer at Port St | Sun 8 Mar | Free

To celebrate International Women’s Day in March, Port Street Beer House are hosting a special panel discussion about craft beer and women in brewing. Featuring local beer names such as Rivca Burns of IMBC and Robyn Bell at Cloudwater as well as Lucy Clarke of Berkshire’s Siren Craft Brew amongst others, the event is free from 4pm on Sunday 8 March and coincides with a keg takeover by all female brewery, Mothership.

9-41 Port Street, M1 2EQ, Tel: 0161 237 9949
Tue 25 Feb - Tue 3 Mar
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 25 Feb 2020