As if Manchester didn’t have enough openings of late, we’ve tracked down three new ones that you might not have heard of just yet. Our money’s on Baltic Cellar hearty grub being the best of the bunch.

1. Eleska Bar – new bar and restaurant in NQ-East
A white leather booth and red rose type place at the cool East end of the Northern Quarter, you can imagine drinking a bellini in this new bar/restaurant with the girls on a Saturday afternoon, if that’s the kind of thing that grabs you. It’s only been open three weeks to date and a short chat with the manager revealed that they might yet expand into the cellar and upwards to the two floors above street levels. It’s an extremely up-and-coming location, so this one will probably thrive. Ahead of November’s official opening, tuck into deli-style snacks like caprese or Greek salad, New Yorker sandwiches, cheese and meat boards.
Eleska House, 58 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2PE,

2. The Crafty Pig – funky bar and restaurant on Oldham Street
Opening Friday 10 October 2014, initial signs are mildly promising. A ‘cinema listings’ font has been used on the big sign outside to drawn your attention to this new venture that’s likely to become another destination for the weekend crowds that populate the city centre. They will be serving food similar to the Blind Pig in Monton, which is a sister venue. Burgers and grilled meats, salads, fish, curries and pastas are dishes that may well be on the menu – so a pretty broad remit. Drinks-wise, our source tells us that there will be a ‘mixture of beers from around the world’. Watch this space.
From Fri 10 Oct, 4 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ. Have a look at sister restaurant, The Blind Pig, in the meantime:

3. Baltic Cellar (pictured) – Hearty meals from the near East
Tucked away off Albert Square down the side of Red’s True BBQ, the Baltic Cellar looks like a fairly generic grill house – but the menu is exciting. Look out for Baltic delights such as Borscht, salmon pancakes, grilled meats, Lithuanian stuffed chicken, marinated herring in mustard sauce, black bread and honey cake. The Cellar has taken on the mantle of a former ‘gentleman’s’ club. That’s no indicator of future failure – Ruby Lounge has a similar past – but the red leather banquettes do look a little retro. They are offering an £11 set evening menu for a limited pre-opening period (Tue 7 – Thu 9 Oct).
20 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5WA.

Ruth Allan
Published on:
Mon 6 Oct 2014