New restaurants and bars open in Manchester in July
Another month, another round of new openings to shout about – and there are crackers coming to Manchester in July.
Whether it’s a brand new late night concert venue, a late night bar and restaurant on Oxford Road, or a tiny Japanese street food stall, there there’s a lot to look forward to this month.
Keep reading for our top picks to try in July.
Pizza on the rise
After years of cooking in high-end Michelin kitchens, chef Sam Astley-Dean swapped his chef whites for jeans and a t-shirt, applying his skills to the new Rise pop-up pizza.
The pizza here celebrates quality ingredients, made with organic tomatoes and mozzarella, planet-saving flour, imported Italian basil and parmigiano reggiano di solo bruna.
Sam can often be found all over Greater Manchester, but for the month of July you can be sure to find his excellent pizzas at Track’s bar every Friday and Saturday between 3pm and 9pm.
July 1, Taproom at the Track brewery
Read more: The Michelin-trained chef runs a one-man pizza pop-up in a Manchester tavern
Founded by three friends who all previously worked together at Manchester’s prestigious Pollen Bakery, Primo has spent the past few months popping up at the Cloudwater Brewery on Piccadilly Industrial Trading Estate.
As of this month, however, the trio officially have a new home inside the Seesaw coworking space on Princess Street previously occupied by Batard.
Find them serving up a host of generously stuffed bagels alongside sweet pastries, hummus and fries, fermented cabbage and bialy – a Polish treat made from leftover bagel dough, baked with half a red onion in the oven. Inside – featuring a selection of eight different bagels in flavors like Salt, Marbled Malt, Sesame, All, Pumpernickel, Plain, and Poppyseed.
As for toppings, think corned beef with Swiss cheese and Russian dressing; spicy, marinated jalapeno schmear with bacon from Littlewood Butchers; smoked salmon and “everything” cream cheese with lemon, dill, seeds, onion and garlic; and a whipped Marmite cream cheese bagel with spring onions.
There are also sweet cookies and a new type of “off/secret(ish) menu” for those who know how to pair a toasted bagel with plain cream cheese and apricot jam.
Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 86 Princess Street
Read more: The little bagel shop in a brewhouse in the Piccadilly shopping area
The flat baker
The Flat Baker is opening its first small store in Ancoats this month, serving specialty treats and classic pastries with a Brazilian-inspired twist from a window hatch on Radium Street.
Open on Saturdays only, pastry and bread lovers will find a plethora of croissants and cruffins, pastel de natas, cinnamon swirls and bread favorites here, including focaccia, cornbread, Pão de Queijo ( cheese bread) and the brioche drizzled.
Elsewhere, there will also be more specialty Brazilian treats for sale, such as carrot cake topped and filled with creamy chocolate truffle (brigadeiro), guava polenta cake, tonka bean brownies and meringue pies with passion fruit and lime.
July 2nd, Radium Street
Read more: A small Brazilian bakery opens its doors in an alley of Ancoats
Frankie’s Toasties will open a new toasted sandwich stand in Manchester’s Arndale Market this month, selling retro Breville delicacies stuffed with everything from supernoodles to all the ingredients for a full English breakfast.
Adding to its existing site on Portland Street, the new branch of Little Frankie’s will offer daily take-out toasties throughout the day until the market closes at 6 p.m.
The new food stand will offer the same treats as its existing site – albeit in a slightly smaller package – with full English breakfast toast, chili con carne toast, a toastie stuffed with macaroni four cheese, chocolate and much more. On the menu.
Date TBC, Manchester Arndale
Read more: A retro Breville toastie stall opens inside Arndale Market
Panc / Yum Yum
Another new addition to Manchester Arndale, this time in the council run market on the High Street side of the center bordering the Northern Quarter.
Christmas Market favorites Panc are taking over the former Salt and Pepper unit this month, bringing with them all their savory favorites – plus a range of sweet desserts under the new Yum Yum banner
Splitting the stand in two, Panc and Yum Yum will each be housed in their own individual sections – one serving delicious vegan dishes like kebabs, burgers, loaded fries, hot dogs and ‘chick’n’ , the other focusing exclusively on milkshakes and desserts.
Yum Yum will feature an all-new offering of chimney cakes alongside a soft vegan service, bringing plant-based ice cream to Arndale Market for the first time ever alongside popular Panc churros, PANCakes loaded and Belgian waffles.
July 8, Arndale Market
The boy from Ancoats
Oldham Street’s little boozer, The Ancoats Lad, is enjoying new life five months after its owners said goodbye via a heartbreaking letter taped to its shutters.
Long known as a place that ‘encouraged awkwardness’ with ‘old-school’ customers, the tiny pub, sandwiched between Gullivers and Chakalaka, will reopen as The Mancunian next month – with a hyper-offer. locale to reflect his new nickname.
Drinks will come from Salford Rum, Manchester Union Lager, Manchester Gin, Shindigger, Seven Brothers and more. “Almost everyone you could think of,” Perry and Josh tell us, adding that they want everything to stay as traditional and Manchester-based as possible.
July 16, Oldham Street
Read more: Old school pub The Ancoats Lad will reopen this summer
Trio of monkeys
Manchester’s first-ever sake bar, Monkey Trio, will open this month in the Circle Square development on Oxford Road.
It will offer drinkers a range of different styles of Japanese sake, as well as various Japanese-made whiskeys and craft matcha beers.
TBC, square circle
The new Japanese street food stand Takoyaki Master specializes in small fried balls stuffed with diced octopus, bonito and sweet corn.
Run by Violet and Pong Ho, it’s pretty much a brand new arrival on the market. The couple have only been in Manchester for a few months – having moved here from Hong Kong, where they tell us they ran a very successful Takoyaki stall for “many years”.
There are two styles of takoyaki on offer – one topped with green onions and one without. Both are filled with diced octopus, sweet corn and bonito soup, then topped with bonito flakes and seaweed, Japanese mayo and Okonomi sauce.
If you don’t like octopus, they will be happy to replace it with chicken, cheese or beef.
Open now, Arndale Market
Famous matcha dessert tea house Tsujiri is also set to open inside Circle Square this month.
This is the second Manchester location for the brand, which already has an existing cafe in Chinatown.
Here, you can pick up everything from mochi balls and Basque matcha cheesecakes to dark sesame chocolate tarts and matcha and roasted soy bean ice cream tubs. Elsewhere, the menu will feature a range of bubble teas and lattes.
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Cherry’s Boba Shop
From the team of cocktail magicians who brought Stockport Cherry Jam comes a new bubble tea shop, the first of its kind in the neighborhood.
Cherry’s Boba Shop sees cocktail bartender Neil Garner turn his hand to wild and wacky and wonderful boba tea creations in flavors like Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Split, Mango Cheesecake and PB&J.
In his own words, “If Willy Wonka made boba tea, this shop would sell them all.”
Opening across from the Red Rock Cinema in early July, there are also cocktail-inspired desserts (albeit non-alcoholic) like Cherry’s Mojito and Popstar Marteani (vanilla passion fruit tea with passion fruit popped boba) .
July 1, Stockport
A new music, entertainment and wellness venue, Canvas will open this month in the Circle Square development of Oxford Road.
With live music, club nights, a members’ lounge with an events program, a late-night bar and restaurant, and a digital platform, it’s about to bring a whole new end-to-end offering. nightlife to the bustling student side of town.
An official opening date has yet to be announced, but Canvas is expected to open in the second week of July.
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Featured Image – The Flat Baker / The Man Group / The Manc Eats