Loads of food news for Manchester once again this week: Walrus and Tusk’s big refurb, Sadler’s Yard food festival, curry and craft ale from Bundobust (coming soon) and pop-up pub, the Pilcrow, is finally standing.

Northern Quarter bars Walrus and Tusk will re-open this week after a £500,000 refurbishment – opening party Thursday
Interior design company No Chintz – whose recent projects include Infamous Diner and The Foundation Coffee house – are leading the re-design for both bars whilst the new food menu, which will be available in both venues, has been put together by award-winning executive head chef Chris Byron. The focus is on good quality, affordable, casual dining. The menu will include ‘build your own’ taster boards as well as sliders and pizzas with prices starting at just £6.95. There will be a soft-launch on Thu 15 Oct with both venues officially re-opening on Thu 22 Oct, the party kicking off at 6pm with cocktails, canapés and music from DJ Gareth Brooks.
From Thu 15 Oct, Walrus & Tusk 78-88 High Street, Manchester M4 1ES. Tel: 0161 828 8700. www.walrusmanchester.com

New look for Solita NQ + 25 % off from Monday
Also getting a facelift following nearly four years of service, Northern quarter burger-joint SoLita is to receive a hard earned refurbishment. The downstairs room will be closed until Monday (19 Oct) for a week while it undergoes some major works, including more work from Manchester graffiti artist @graffiti_russ and more neons from @Neoncreations. The venue will still be open for the week but down to just one floor, so get in early if you want a spot. The management promise of a 25% off offer to celebrate the relaunch. Contact @SolitaNQ for more.
SoLita, Turner Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1DW. Tel: 0161 839 2200.  www.solita.co.uk

Grub Food Fair in Mcr’s newest public place, Sadler’s Yard
This Saturday (17 Oct) will see the first ever public event take place at Manchester’s newest public space. Sadler’s Yard (between the CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover Street opposite Victoria station), part of the ongoing £800 million NOMA development will host the first ever GRUB Food Fair. The event will feature a selection of Manchetser’s finest food and drink operators with Street food from Diddakoi Travelling Bar (Mediterranean BBQ), Fritto (authentic Italian street food) and Rum Dogs (pictured, a side project of Hawksmoor Manchester Head Chef Liam Kirwin – who incidentally, also sells his own sauces at Frost’s Butchers in Chorlton) as well as a selection of amazing cakes, cold produce and fresh bread for taking home. GRUB have partnered up with local brewers Blackjack Beers to provide a craft ale bar heavily stocked with other Manchester favourites including Runaway Brewery & Marble Beers. There will also be a handmade soda bar supplied by Steep Soda Co and Deansgate’s Grindsmith will be on hand with their artisan coffee trike for those a little too delicate for booze. In addition to the food and drink lineup the event will also host live music (from The Easy Stride Band & The Happy Soul), DJs, carnival games, face painting as well as craft workshops.
Sat 17 Oct Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, NOMA, Manchester, 12-8pm, FREE, facebook.com @GRUBMCR

Bundobust Manchester is coming soon
Leeds-based Indian street-food/craft beer bar Bundobust are to bring their quirky combo to Manchester. The venture is a collaboration between Prashad, one of Gordon Ramsay’s “Best Restaurants” in 2010 and The Sparrow Bier Cafe, voted by The Guardian as one of the UK’s top ten craft beer bars. With their menu mostly vegan and gluten free and very reasonably priced, the move across the Pennines promises to be well received. The exact details of the Manchester restaurant remain shrouded in secrecy but rumour has it the owners have got their eyes on a spot in the Northern Quarter, close to Piccadilly Gardens and are planning to open in Spring 2016. Watch this space. See our preview here.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 5DQ. Tel: 0113 243 1248, www.bundobust.com

Pilcrow pop up pub
This Friday sees the official ‘first day on site’ for the team behind The Pilcrow, a new pub that will be built by a team of volunteers using traditional construction skills. Professional craftspeople will teach volunteers through a range of free workshops, every aspect of the pub will be handmade and food and craft beers will be provided by local, independent producers. As a temporary structure, The Pilcrow will be moved around the NOMA neighbourhood as the scheme develops and as it will also feature a studio and workshop space open to the public.
From Fri 16 Oct, The Pilcrow, Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, NOMA, Manchester,  opening day only: 7-10pm, www.thepilcrowpub.com

Tue 13 Oct - Wed 28 Oct
Ben Hayward
Published on:
Tue 13 Oct 2015