The award-winning Barton Arcade coffeeshop is moving into No.1 Spinningfields tower

Pret A Manger's merciless monopoly of the Spinningfields coffee market could soon be over in a flash, as Mark 'The Flash' Flanagan and business partner Jon Wilkin prepare to open a second branch of their award-winning coffee shop, Pot Kettle Black, in the city's financial heartland. 

The Rugby League stars opened the first branch of PKB in Manchester's grade II-listed Barton Arcade in 2014, whilst both playing for St Helens in Merseyside, and have been searching for a second city centre location since winning Manchester's 'best coffee/tea shop' in 2016.

Now they have it, on the ground floor of the No.1 Spinningfields tower in Hardman Square, beneath D&D's rooftop restaurant, 20 Stories, and opposite the soon-to-open Ivy Brasserie on Byrom Street.

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Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan outside PKB

Flanagan tells us the new PKB is due to open sometime in August and will serve an 'internationally-inspired brunch menu, homemade artisan bread and pastries from our new bakehouse, and the best coffee in the city'.

He said: “We’ve crafted PKB from the desire to build a company dedicated to the art of brewing the best coffee and cooking vibrant, easy-going food.”

“We are delighted to be opening our second site in the iconic No.1 Spinningfields. This is the first part of our growth strategy planned for next few years in Manchester and beyond."

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No.1 Spinningfields - PKB will open a second branch on the ground floor in August

Rochelle Silverstein, speaking for Spinningfields developer Allied London, said: “PKB are the perfect addition to Spinningfields and No.1. We’re really excited to be supporting another dynamic independent, and one that is so loved in the city centre.

“We’ve worked closely with Mark and Jon to design a laid-back and refined interior; somewhere vibrant and welcoming to enjoy the best coffee in the city.”

PKB's 'internationally-inspired brunch menu'

While you're here...

The PKB boys are hosting a wild cocktail making workshop on Thursday 28 June (6pm - 7.30pm) with Manchester-based wild and foraged drinks company, Into The Gathering Dusk.

The event will be held in PKB's newly launched Bakehouse & Boardroom and see guests working with Three Rivers gin, creating their own botanical blend and 'learning the medicinal and cultural history of tonic'.

Tickets £12 at