...and we can hardly contain ourselves

If you’re still not sure about going back to pubs and restaurants, maybe the news that colourful container city Hatch is reopening on 4th July could tempt you out of the house. With its wide open outdoor space and street food stalls, bars and shops housed in individual shipping containers, Hatch is big enough to be able to take socially distancing very seriously. 

If you’re one of the lucky people with spare cash to spend right now, directing it towards indie retailers and hospitality businesses is the honourable thing to do

Hatch will be reopening this weekend (4th & 5th July), then will initially be open Wednesday to Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 12-6pm. 

180703 Hatch Outside Oxford Road
Hatch is usually packed at this time of year

Like an outdoor, more food-driven younger sibling to the recently reopened Afflecks, Hatch is packed with independents. The whole hospitality industry is struggling, but while huge corporations like ‘Spoons have billionaires behind them (and unceremoniously fired loads of their staff in March, remember?), Hatch is driven by individuals trying to do something different who really do rely on your custom to stay afloat. 

If you’re one of the lucky people with spare cash to spend right now, directing it towards indie retailers and hospitality businesses is the honourable thing to do.

2020 07 01 Hatch Outdoor Eating
There is already a focus on outdoor eating

With the pandemic far from over, many of us are concerned about safety when considering whether a long-awaited jaunt to the pub is worth it. The team at Hatch have outlined their new safety measures, which include hand sanitiser points at entrances, a contact-free digital ordering system, a new table layout with dining at tables only, socially distanced table service, and a revised capacity limit. Guests will be shown to tables where they will be able to order and pay for their entire meal and drinks using the Hatch Good Eats web page.

Hatch house rules

  • When you arrive at Hatch, please wait at the entrance until a table becomes available.
  • Keep a safe distance and be patient and kind to staff and other guests - we are all in this together.
  • Make sure you wash your hands when entering and leaving the site and avoid touching surfaces wherever possible (hand sanitiser provided at the entrance).
  • Once you are seated, please stay at your allocated table. The toilets are open for use but for the safety of all guests we would appreciate it if you limit your movements around the site.
  • Place your food and drink order online by visiting Good Eats. You will find QR codes for each trader on your table. Simply take a photo or visit Hatch online.
  • If you are beginning to show symptoms of coronavirus or have been asked to self isolate, please do not enter.
2020 07 01 Hatch Food
Food can be ordered from any of the individual traders contact-free

Each trader’s menu will be browsable via guests’ phones and QR codes visible on the tables. Of course, all the individual traders have done their own risk assessments and there will be increased site-wide cleaning procedures.

Andrea George, retail director at Bruntwood Works, who own and operate Hatch, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming guests back to dine and shop at Hatch on Saturday, in this next phase of its reopening plan. Our approach provides a way to experience excellent food and drink, and to support local independent businesses in a COVID-safe but social setting. We know this has been a tough time for everyone and we’re looking forward to supporting our eclectic family of traders in doing what they do best in this next chapter for Hatch.” 

2020 07 01 Hatch Hej Hej We Are Back
Scandi coffee shop Takk and others are gearing up to reopen

The full list of traders...

Food stalls

Grandad’s Sausages: Bury-based sausage connoisseurs

Rey del Cerdo: Hatch’s taco and tequila bar

KBOM: Brazilian and Portuguese flavours at this vibrant soul food destination

Abeja Tapas Bar: The smallest tapas bar in Manchester (and Gordo loves it)

Fuku: Asian street food

Mezze: Father/daughter team bringing their passion for Cyprian food to Hatch

Herbivorous: Vegan street food specialists

Clubhouse: A new Tiki Dive Bar with quirky cocktails and a punk pop soundtrack

Veggie Deli: Vegan wraps and loaded salad boxes

Parmogeddon: Fried chicken (or seitan) covered in creamy béchamel and cheese

Takk: Hatch’s artisan espresso bar

Ol: Nano-brewery and beer bar


Sneaker Pharm: Hatch’s shoe cleaning boutique

Nordic Muse: Independent, Scandi-style interior, lifestyle and jewellery store

Industry: Hatch’s onsite hair salon

Portland Barbers: Hatch’s male grooming experts

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