The 'wine merchant, bar and collaborative dining experience' is due to launch in January

The owner of the Hanging Ditch wine merchants, Ben Stephenson, has revealed plans to open a new venue in Ancoats, with the help of his father, acclaimed Manchester architect Roger Stephenson OBE.

The pair have teamed up to design the new space within the Smith’s Yard development on Blossom Street, which will become home to a 'pioneering new take on a wine merchant, bar and collaborative dining experience'.

Ben says Blossom Street Social will "challenge the normal wine merchant model to create a wine retail, entertainment and social space that works from morning to night."

"Having looked at sites all over Manchester we’ve decided there’s no better place than Ancoats to open our new concept," he said. "We’re hugely excited to expand on the success of Hanging Ditch and can’t wait to welcome our new neighbours."

Blossom Street Social
Blossom Street Social will "challenge the normal wine merchant model"

BSS will offer fine wines by the glass from a Coravin system, as well as local craft beers, classic cocktails, coffee from local roasters Grindsmith and deli plates. It is hoped that chefs and street food traders will use the kitchen to host one-off events and supper clubs.

Hanging Ditch is the latest in a string of local food and drink businesses to establish a new home in Ancoats with the help of development company Manchester Life - a joint venture between the City Council and Manchester City owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group.

SugoCanto, Jane Eyre, ManaPollen and Trove have all opened in the city's former industrial heartland this year, with the Hip Hop Chip Shop and Cask due to launch soon.

Blossom Street Social is expected to open in January 2019.

Smiths Yard Ancoats
Smith's Yard, Ancoats