22 restaurant and bar openings to expect in Manchester in 2015
January 8, 2015
With a wealth of major restaurant groups and local independents revealing plans to open up in the region, we’ve taken a look at which venues we can expect and when in the first half of 2015.
The first new restaurant of the year is just about to open to the public, The Railway Cafe on London Road in Alderley Edge.
The venture opened quietly on Monday, but I’m told the first main day for customers will be Wednesday.
Later this month we should get the first look inside Ply, the pizza restaurant from the team behind the award-winning Kosmonaut bar in the Northern Quarter. This one has been taking shape for some time in the huge ground floor of a landmark building on Stevenson Square, and I’m told it’s set to open in February.
February will also see the opening of Spanish restaurant Iberica, which is taking shape at the former All Saints site on the corner of The Avenue on Spinningfields.
Michelin-starred chef Nacho Manzano has created the a la carte Spanish menu, while thousands are being lavished on authentic Iberian interiors at the site.
March should see the opening of Asha’s on Peter Street, the Indian restaurant backed by Bollywood legend Asha Bhosle. The venue is being created over two floors at the former Baby Grand site, and will be the second Asha’s in the UK after Birmingham. The menu includes modern and traditional takes on Indian cuisine and includes Asha’s personal notes on many of the dishes.
Asha Bhosle with Russell Scott at the opening of the Birmingham restaurant
They have taken over one of the sites inside the revamped Grade II-listed Courthouse building on Deansgate, sitting alongside the Handmade Burger Company.
Hawksmoor Restaurant, Air Street, London
Well-known restaurateur Steve Pilling had long held plans to transform the basement of the Courthouse venue for his Mr Pilling’s Roast Restaurant and Oyster Bar, although The Diary hears he may be in the process of changing the overall theme of the restaurant given the other two occupants’ meaty offerings.
Burger and Lobster will follow hot on the heels of Hawksmoor in March - another hip London restaurant hoping to inspire us northern diners too.
As the title suggests, they serve only burgers and lobster at the venue, which will be set inside the very grand Ship Canal House on King Street.
If burgers are your thing, then American fast food giant Five Guys has revealed plans for its second Manchester site, due to be ready “by the spring” at Ashton Moss leisure park in Ashton-under-Lyne. Five Guys will join two Italian chains as newbies to the site, Prezzo and Bella Italia.
In April celebrity chef Andrew Nutter will launch his first gastropub at the former Bird i’th Hand at Birtle in April, and we can’t wait for the launch party for this one.
Andrew, who runs the award-winning Nutters restaurant in Rochdale with his family, is spreading his wings just down the road with this quirky pub renovation, provisionally titled Nutters at The Bird at Birtle where he promises “classic pub dishes in a more refined and sophisticated manner.”
Also in April we can expect a new Solita restaurant in North Manchester - at a site yet to be revealed. Rumours abound that Prestwich will be the place to welcome Solita’s unique brand of Italian-American cuisine, at a 100-cover venue with al fresco dining too.
We’re also looking forward to more news on the relocation of celebrated Ripponden restaurant El Gato Negro to Manchester, which is set to be “mid-2015”.
Chef Simon Shaw revealed late last year that he had found the “perfect location” off Chapel Walks in the city centre to expand and develop his Spanish tapas restaurant.
July is set to see the first openings inside the Corn Exchange following its £30mn transformation into a dining destination.
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