It might only be the start of the year but 2018 looks set to be a big one on the food and drink scene. We’re only in the second week and there have already been announcements about Mollies, the Soho House venture to open on the Old Granada Studios Development, and a Now Wave bar and club on the cards. Not to mention Jave’s, a family-friendly cafe for Urmston, and a new home for one of Manchester’s favourite brunch places Another Heart to Feed and a new beer operation, Beyond Wander Brewing.

Opening in 2018: Now Wave Venue
Manchester promoters Now Wave recently announced plans to open a standalone live venue in a 1912 auction house just off Oxford Road. Rumour has it that the handsome red brick building on Charles Street will be split across three floors to include a gig area, a bar and nightclub. There’s also mention of a rooftop terrace for summer sipping. With Now Wave in charge of the programming – these are the guys who bring the likes of Kelela, Mac DeMarco, Four Tet and King Krule to the city – we expect good things from this one. Not much has been confirmed yet, but Manchester Wire have done some sleuthing; check here for more information.
Name TBC, opening towards the end of 2018, Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB,

New motel and restaurant: Mollies (Soho House) at Old Granada Studios development
(In)famous London based private members club Soho House have confirmed that they will be adding a northern string to their bow at the Old Granada Studios development. It had been thought that we would be welcoming all the glitz and glam of the original soho house hotel ventures, but it seems they have something else in mind for the the city. The eight storey development will have a ‘well-designed retro feel’, and take a 1920s motel and diner as it’s inspiration. A pretty well-worn concept, perhaps, but in The Soho House group, it should be in safe hands.
Opening 2019. Address TBC.

Opening soon (apparently): The Quick Brown Fox
Craft beer bar The Quick Brown Fox has been on the cards for a while and the boarded-up site on the corner of Oldham Street and Swan Street has been waiting to start its new life for nearly two years. Problems with the building delayed it’s opening in 2017, but 2018 looks promising for the keg bar. Not sure what a keg bar is? The clue is in the name, as there will be around 30 craft beers, wine and cocktails, all served by tap – yes, even the cocktails. The venture comes from the same team behind Kosmonaut and PLY. Good news for Alphabet Brewery fans as they plan to continue their partnership with the manchester brewery, and promise to feature plenty Alphabet specials on the roster.
Opening 2018. 1-3 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JJ.

Now open: Jave’s cafe Urmston
Jave’s opened at the end of 2017 in Urmston and is proving popular with local residents. The caff caters for kids and adults alike with a menu of that changes daily. Nothing too fancy, just classic brunch options, such as mushrooms with stilton sauce and poached eggs on potato rosti. With a very palatable children’s menu (homemade pizza, mac n’ cheese) and a play area at the back, it’s a welcome family-friendly addition to the neighbourhood.
Now open. Jave’s Cafe, 34 Brook Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5RY. Opening times vary.

Opening soon: Another Heart to Feed (pictured)
Much-loved Manchester brunch hangout Another Heart To Feed opens in West Didsbury at the end of January. Following a price hike at their previous premises on Chapel Street in Salford, the Melbourne inspired cafe was forced to find a new home. Luckily for us, it didn’t take too long and on the 25th of January, Another Heart to Feed will be up and running on Burton Road to serve the neighbourhood with top notch coffee and breakfasts. For those sad to see the place leave the city, it’s a short tram ride, and worth travelling for.
Exact location TBC. Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20.

Deal of the week: The Albert Square Chop House, Sam’s Chop House and Mr Thomas’s Chop House
Manchester’s three favourite chop houses are running a 50% off deal throughout January. So take your pick from the menu of hearty british favourites, or go straight for a half-price sirloin, medium rare, thanks. Book on their website to get the deal. There’s a whole host of January deals going down, and so much choice for eating on the cheap this month that you can really take your pick. We’ve gathered the best of the bunch together here for you.
Offer available Mon – Sun (excl Sat evenings). The Albert Square Chop House, 14 Albert Square, Manchester M2 5PF. Mr Thomas’s Chop House, 52 Cross St, Manchester M2 7AR. Sam’s Chop House, Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN. Opening times vary.


Book now: Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
Forego Dry January and support ‘Tryanuary’ at manchester’s beer festival. With tastings, testings and talks, its everything the beer enthusiast could ask for. Read our preview here.
Thu 25 – Sat 27 Jan 2018. Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX.

For the diary: Grub ExtraVEGANza
Grub are back in January with their ever popular ExtraVEGANza. The line-up features Manchester’s most celebrated street-food vendors all out to prove how well they can rustle up some vegan ‘grub’. See here for more information.
Fri 26-Sun 28 Jan, Fairfield Social Club, Archway 6, Temperance Street, Manchester, M12 6HR. FREE,

New brewery: Wander Beyond opens its doors

Eye catching bobble hat makers and delicious beer makers Wander Beyond have opened up their brewery for some events coming real soon. See here for more info.

Now open: Wander Beyond Brewing, 98 North Western Street, Manchester M12 6JL. Tel: 0161 661 3676,

Tue 9 Jan - Mon 30 Apr
Olivia Rye
Published on:
Tue 9 Jan 2018