A new late-night market is coming to Manchester city centre’s new waterside neighbourhood Kampus this June, bringing with it a host of indie street food traders.
The new monthly night market will see Kampus buzzing with much-loved artisan brands, packing out the garden and Little David Street for the perfect laid-back summer evening of food, drink and music.
Open from 6-10pm, it will kick off on Thursday 9 June – bringing down Portuguese custard tard purveyors Just Natas, Japanese street food traders Osaka Local, and Afro-British fusion chefs Bon St Local.
Elsewhere, there will be art on display from local print artists and a selection of drinks from local distillery Witch Kings Rum.
The limited run of summer night markets will continue throughout the summer – staged on Thursday 14 July, 11 August and 15 September.
The announcement follows the runaway success of a previous collab between Kampus and Ancoats Pop-Up, which saw a weekend day market on the last Sunday of the month already drawing thousands to Kampus, opposite Manchester’s Canal Street.
Speaking on the new event series, Alice Longson, of Ancoats Pop-Up, said: “This is our first ever night market and we’re chuffed to be bringing something new to Manchester’s thriving independent scene. T
“The Kampus garden is a hidden oasis, it’ll be the perfect place to spend a really chilled evening sampling some of the city’s best street food indies and supporting artisan makers.
“Our monthly weekend markets have proved a hit at Kampus and this is a lovely, limited run for the summer to showcase our city’s best creatives on the, hopefully warm, summer nights.”
Adam Brady, of HBD, added: “This summer feels like a real celebration at Kampus. It’s our first proper summer without social distancing restrictions and we’ve a massive programme of pop-ups, events, exhibitions and openings.
“With our residents now fully immersed in neighbourhood life, it’s brilliant to be adding more to the experience of what it’s like to live here, as well as become one of the must-visit destinations in Manchester.”
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First look inside Gail’s on King Street as it opens in Manchester
This week, the famous London bakery Gail’s opens its first ever cafe in Manchester city centre.
The build-up has been substantial, with the team first launching in the neighbouring towns of Wilmslow and Altrincham before venturing into the heart of the city.
Newly arrived on King Street, the brand new cafe spans two floors, with extensive seating beneath its bakery and more stretching out into the street with a sun trap al fresco terrace that opens daily from 11am.
Due to open tomorrow, we popped down ahead of the opening for a sneak peek to see what the team has in store for Manchester.
The new cafe’s exterior is covered in handpainted murals by local artist Amy Coney, created as part of the city’s recent flower festival, whilst inside it’s all warm, burnished wood and sage-coloured coffee appliances.
A huge bakery counter overflowing with warm quiches, croissants, cakes and other bakes is the first thing to greet you, flanked by a wall stacked floor-to-ceiling with loaves of bread – all freshly baked this morning.
Loaf choices include classic white and brown sourdough, Gail’s ‘wasteless’ loaves (made using a specially-created recipe designed to incorporate unsold bread crumbs), alongside seeded varieties, baguettes and batons.
As for coffee, this is specially roasted for Gail’s cafes and changes four times a year with the seasons.
Must-tries include Gail’s famous cinnamon buns, still-warm cheese and ham croissants, chocolate chip cookies, and – given the weather we’re having this week – iced coffees, all day long preferably please.
As part of the new opening, the team has commissioned a beautiful floral mural to be painted in its windows by local artist Amy Coney.
Gail’s will also be working with local restaurant-backed charity Eat Well MCR to help provide nutritious meals to local people in need as it looks to establish itself in Manchester.
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Police launch investigation into ‘possible manslaughter’ of newborn baby at Manchester hospital
A police investigation has been launched into the “possible manslaughter” of a newborn baby girl who died just hours after being born at a Manchester hospital.
Polly Lindop died within 24 hours after being born at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester city centre on 13 March 2023, and after concerns were raised to both the coroner and Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the force’s Major Incident Team are now investigating the tragic situation as a “possible gross negligence manslaughter”.
GMP says the matter is being investigated after “careful consideration”.
Police said the hospital has been “fully cooperative” throughout the investigation so far, and also confirmed that a number of hospital staff have been spoken to as witnesses by officers.
No arrests have been made at this stage.
“First, I want to express my condolences to the parents of Polly at what is an extremely difficult time for them,” DCI Mark Davis, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, explained of the investigation, “And our thoughts will remain with them as we carry out our investigation.
“A number of hospital staff have been spoken to as witnesses by officers and no arrests have been made at this time. The hospital trust has been fully cooperative with the police and all relevant authorities have been kept informed.
“The investigation into Polly’s death is ongoing and her family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”
Polly’s parents told the MEN that they vowed to “never give up the fight” for answers over her death in a tribute to the newborn, adding: “We would like to thank everyone at GMP for their continual efforts every day in gaining us answers.
“Our beautiful brave baby girl Polly, we love you and miss you every day. Sleep tight my darling.”
A spokesperson for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) said: “GMP is investigating an incident that happened in March 2023. Our thoughts continue to be with the family and we are cooperating fully with the police investigation.”