Because Manchester's dearth of pizza, coffee and cocktails must be addressed...

Business rates, property costs and wage bills might be soaring, but nevertheless, Manchester's rampant food and drink scene is so far showing no signs of slowing in 2018. Just take a look at this lot...


Where: Northern Quarter

When: later this year

Brothers Izakaya is the latest opening from the brothers Arshad - Sax and Haz - who brought the city Mughli, Evelyn’s and, opening this week, The Daisy (see below). Their latest project, due to open in Northern Quarter later this year, will be a ‘cool and casual late-night Japanese affair’, offering Shōchū, sake and Yakitori - that means skewered stuff.

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Brothers Izakaya will open in NQ later this year


Where: Wilmslow Road, Didsbury

When: now

Recently opened in the heart of Didsbury Village, Blend is a new family-owned pizzeria which allows you to choose the dough (5 grain, wholemeal, Neapolitan or gluten-free) for your wood-fired pizza. Blend also offer breakfast (including Full English), steaks, sharing boards and smaller plates. You can get to know Blend this Valentine's Day with a three-course meal and bottle of wine for just £30 - more here.

Blend Pizza & Taste Lab

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Blend's pizzas start from just £8


Where: Federation Building, Shudehill

When: now

Pioneer is Manchester's newest coffee shop, bar, diner and event space opened between Victoria Station and Shudehill Interchange in Federation House. Alongside artisan beans (including Salford's own Heart & Graft), Pioneer are also serving a range of brunch and lunchtime dishes including posh porridge, avocado toast (obvs) and a roast on Sundays. 

Pioneer Coffee Shop

Pioneer Coffee
Pioneer Coffee Shop has opened in Federation House


Where: Hatch, Oxford Road

When: April 2018

Get ready for the meanest chicken sandwich you've ever tasted, because the Firebird lands on Manchester's Oxford Road this spring. Taking over a mini-restaurant unit in Bruntwood's new pop-up food and drink installation, Hatch, Firebird Hope is a quest for ‘proper chicken’ from couple Dan Hope and Emma Roberts. Dan is the bird nerd, who achieves quite remarkable levels of juice and flavour in his slow-grown, herb-fed Packington chickens via various (and secret) stages of seasoning, drying, low/high heats. One to watch for sure.

Firebird Hope

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Firebird Hope's fried chicken is a game-changer


Where: Wilmslow Road, Didsbury

When: February 2018

Camerons Brewery will soon open their twelfth Head of Steam pub, on the site of the former Sanctuary venue. The Didsbury site will have nineteen keg lines with a selection of rotating craft beers, eight cask ale lines including beers and real cider, plus a selection of premium cocktails, spirits and soft drinks. Food will include brunch, deli taster boards, ‘energy bowls’, tacos, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as British pub classics. To match their American beers, the venue will serve burgers and 12” hot dogs as well as Mac ‘n’ Cheese incorporating their Röad Crew beer.

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Head of Steam


Where: University Green on Oxford Road

When: Summer/Autumn 2018

Students rejoice, Nisha Katona's contemporary Indian street food group is expanding to Oxford Road this year. This will be the second branch in Manchester, the first having opened in the Corn Exchange in 2015. Mowgli is to join Icelandic coffee house TAKK, Five Guys and Loungers at Bruntwood’s new campus development, University Green, on Oxford Road (next to Blackwell's) - due to complete this summer.

Mowgli Restaurant
Mowgli opened in the Corn Exchange in 2015


Where: Beneath Evelyn's on Tib Street

When: Now

The Arshad bros have been busy. Not only are they gearing up to open Brothers Izakaya (see above) in Northern Quarter later this year, they've also opened a new private members' club beneath Evelyn's on Tib Street. The Daisy will be a co-working space and coffee hang-out by day, and a private cocktail lounge by night. Wannabe members are assessed by a committee and must pay an £100 annual membership fee (follow @thedaisynq for more details).

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The Daisy was inspired by the Pigalle district of Paris


Where: Newton Street 

When: soonish

The chaps behind a number of Manchester city centre bars including Dockyard, Guilty by Association and Liquorice have got their hands on a spot on Newton Street, opposite the newly opened easyHotel. They opened Japanese-themed bar Lost in Tokyo on nearby Stevenson Square in 2015 and they plan to extend the Far Eastern vibes with Kowloon. At the moment, the owners of this new bar are staying very tight lipped, but as it’s been named after the area of Hong Kong locals refer to as the ‘dark side’, it’s perhaps no surprise we’re being kept in the dark.

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Kowloon site on Newton Street


Where: former Grinch site on Chapel Walks 

When: March

The owners of Ban di Bul, the Korean restaurant on St Peter’s Square, have lodged a licence application to open the ‘Northwest’s biggest Korean BBQ house’ and bar in the Old Half Moon Chambers building on Chapel Walks. Barbecue is a popular cooking method in Korean cuisine where meat is often prepared on gas or charcoal grills built into the dining table itself. 

Ban Di Bul Korean Hotpot
Ban Di Bul's Korean HotPot