Real Junk Food Project at the Koffee Pot
The movement marches on, as Corin Bell’s Real Junk Food Project returns to The Koffee Pot for the third takeover. Following the same format as the previous evenings, guests are served a three-course meal made from local food produce saved from landfill. With menus sensitive to intolerances and vegetarianism, you pay what you feel at the end. There is a fully stocked bar and places are limited, so it’s advisable to book.
Wed 25 May, The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. Tel:0161 236 8918, 7pm, prices vary,

Pranzo: Italian pop-up in New Islington’s Little Italy
Pranzo is a new Italian pop-up restaurant in Manchester’s former Little Italy area, and it’s located in New Islington’s Vulcan Mill. Local ingredients are a focus of this new venture. The next supper club available offers a four-course menu that includes crostini misti, white crab ravioli, filetto di manzo, finishing with vanilla zabaione. You can reserve a place with a deposit of £5 and you can pay whatever you think it’s worth on the night.
Sat 28 May, Vulcan Mill, 2 Malta Street, Manchester, M4 7BH, 7.30pm,

Pot Kettle Black closes, expands, reopens
Barton Arcade-based Pot Kettle Black is closing for a fortnight to expand its premises to include a kitchen. The reopening will see the café launching a seasonal brunch menu to work alongside the existing lunch fare and extensive range of coffee. The coffee shop is co-owned by rugby players Jon Wilkin (St Helen’s), and Mark Flanagan (Salford Red Devils) and is expanding into the former premises of Tracy’s Sandwich shop, adjacent to the existing venue. The owners also offer high intensity morning fitness classes – called PKBlasters – with an instore coffee and breakfast included in the price.
From… TBC (original launch Mon 6 Jun postponed), Pot Kettle Black, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW.

Now open: Ancoats General Store 
From the people behind the former Northern Quarter institution, Superstore, comes a new grocery and off license called Ancoats General Store. Showcasing a dedication to supporting Manchester businesses and local independent food producers, it’s a well stocked convenience shop, with the same excellent range of beer, wine and spirits as the former site. They are currently looking for a barista to open and run the newly constructed café bar attached. It is licensed and they’ll be running food and drink events in the future – watch this space.
Ancoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AB. Tel: 0161 123 4567

New Northern Quarter Bar: The Ancoats Lad
Good as gold, this new bar, called The Ancoats Lad has snuck onto the Northern Quarter bar scene and is serving up tasteful beers like an old hand. The bar is tiny, decked with framed pictures, and you’re guaranteed a chat to your neighbour, it’s one of those. The Ancoats Lad is located next to Gulliver’s and opposite the Castle.
The Ancoats Lad, 107 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW,

Offer of the week: San Carlo Fumo’s 2-for-1 aperitivo cocktails (pictured)   
The youngest sibling to Manchester’s San Carlo and Cicchetti restaurants, the bar at 1 St. Peter’s Square is offering 2 for 1 on six of their signature cocktails, including Aperol Spritz, Wild Hibiscus Mojito and Italian-beer based cocktail, Elderbeer. There are also beer, wine and Prosecco options to be had. Available from Sun-Thurs, 4-7pm, you can wet your whistle whilst also receiving complimentary bar nibbles in the deal. Prego.
San Carlo Fumo, 1 St. Peter’s Square, Manchester M1 5AN. Tel: 0161 236 7344. Sun-Thu, 4-7pm,

Tue 24 May - Thu 30 Jun
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 24 May 2016