Real ale haven Cask will join slew of new food and booze openings for Ancoats

Castlefield's real ale haven Cask has revealed plans to open a second city centre branch, in Ancoats - Manchester's most fecund food and booze neighbourhood.

Following in the footsteps of Altrincham's award-winning Italian restaurant, Sugo, local street food heroes Hip Hop Chip Shop, and hip sourdough bakery, Pollen, Cask becomes the latest food and drink business to announce a move to the city's former industrial heartland in 2018.

The opening is planned for spring, on the canal side of the new Cotton Field Wharf apartment complex - which welcomed its first residents in October 2017.

A spokesperson for Cask said: "We are really excited by the opportunity to expand our little piece of Manchester into another great part of the city centre. We look forward to bringing Manchester’s most comprehensive choice of real ales and international beers to Ancoats."

Ancoats Cutting Room Square
Cutting Room Square: Ancoats has proved fertile ground for new food and drink businesses

The resurgence of this once neglected corner of Manchester city centre is being driven forward by Manchester Life - a joint venture between the City Council and Manchester City FC owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group. The development company has committed to building over 1000 new homes in Ancoats alone.

Marty Edelman, Executive Chairman of Manchester Life, said: “Cask and Pollen Bakery represent the best of Manchester’s thriving food and drink scene, and are amazing additions to Ancoats. 

“As major residential developers, we are working hard to ensure that everything we do is right for the community. Providing spaces for local businesses is central to our mission to help Ancoats become a vibrant and homely place to live or visit in the city centre.”

Cask will join the likes of Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza, Seven Bro7hers and Elnecot - who have all made Ancoats home in recent years.

Cotton Field Wharf New Islington Marina
Cask will be located on the canal side of the new Cotton Field Wharf apartment complex skyscrapercity