Long-standing food and drink spot Cottonopolis may be coming to an end as we know but it has now been confirmed that the location will soon reopen as a brand new public house and grill concept known as The Lamb of Tartary.
Cottonopolis confirmed its closure at the start of 2024 after an eight-year stay as one of the Northern Quarter institution’s best-known restaurants but it has now been confirmed that a new bar and grill will take its place and is set to become an “unrecognisable space”.
Headed up by the award-winning team behind Edinburgh Castle over in Ancoats, named one of the best gastropubs anywhere in the UK, the reinvention will promise customers a place to sit and enjoy a pint with friends, watch the sports or dive into a delicious plate of food.
Executive Chef, Shaun Moffat has established his name across the country before settling first in Manchester at Edinburgh Castle, and his new vision is said to feature an all-day dining menu, exemplifying accessible British seasonal dishes spanning from brunch and small plates to Sunday roasts.
Moffat, whose style focuses on ‘nose-to-tail’ eating absolutely epitomises the North’s food culture. Speaking on the imminent opening, he said: “It’s an exciting time for the team to be working on this new project at The Lamb of Tartary.
“We all loved Cottonopolis and will miss it dearly, however, we are looking forward to launching this new concept to fall in line with the success we’ve achieved at the Edinburgh Castle.
“The Lamb of Tartary will be a slightly more casual affair whilst still championing the produce and suppliers we’ve spent the last year or so building up.”
He went on to add that he and his team “will continue to utilise the best produce to create new favourite dishes and modern takes on classics, and as a result, allow us to offer an exciting food and drink concept.”
The Grade II listed former cotton warehouse will be totally transformed into a cosy, traditional space, boasting a massive selection of 24 tap beers and plans to show all the major sporting events throughout the year, including the likes of Six Nations, this summer’s Euro 2024, Wimbledon and more.
Local favourites Manchester Union Lager and Cask Beer from Buxton Brewery and Mobberley Brewhouse will also form part of the bar’s lineup.
The vibe might be a fairly far cry away from its predecessor but there will still be plenty of continuation when it comes to local themes, as well as seemingly offering a more accessible dining and drinking experience, by the sounds of it.
A public house serving proper bistro food with a local focus. You won’t find any of us complaining about that combo.
Cottonopolis passes the torch in more ways than one too, with the new name continuing to pay homage to Manchester’s history of cotton, deriving from an old legend from the Middle Ages in which people believed that lambs came from the cotton plant.
In mythology, the Lamb of Tartary is believed to be both a true animal and a living plant. Imagine the lamb as if it is grown as a fruit, propped up above the ground and connected by the stem, almost like an umbilical cord.
The lamb would be able to graze the grass around the plant for food and when all accessible foliage was gone the pair would die. An interesting concept to build, we’ll give them that and we can’t wait to see how the place is reborn.
It isn’t the only Greater Manchester hospitality news we’ll be keeping an eye on either as beloved Chorlton food spot The Thirsty Korean has revealed it will be closing its current restaurant and hopefully finding new premises sooner rather than later.
A ‘sexy’ bottomless brunch with endless sushi is coming to Manchester
A ‘sexy’ bottomless brunch is launching in Manchester next month, where the sushi will be bottomless and you can ring a bell for champagne.
The lavish new Sunday offering comes from the ultra-glamorous Sexy Fish in Spinningfields – that restaurant where giant blue mermaids, a sparkly octopus, and an aquarium full of real fish watch over the colourful dining room.
The Sexy Sunday Brunch might also be the most expensive in the city, costing a cool £52 per person… without drinks.
But for that price you do get a lot of Sexy Fish’s acclaimed food, including a bottomless sushi station.
Diners at the Manchester restaurant will be able to tuck into signature dishes served sharing-style, no limit on how many you order.
Starters will include smoked salmon bao, chicken karaage, crispy duck watermelon salad, milk buns with miso butter, and crudites with kimchi.
The Sexy Fish ‘Sexy Sunday Brunch’ spread. Credit: Supplied
Then you can make your way up to the bottomless Sushi Station, where freshly-prepared sashimi, nigiri, maki and tartares will be on display.
There’ll also be a ‘theatrical flying table service’, which sounds just like waiters carrying food around (?).
Sexy Fish says there’ll be platters of freshly prepared tempura, croquettes and more being circulated by their waiters.
Then as if that’s not enough fancy food, your booking includes a main course and side, which can include grilled seabass with shiso miso pesto, crispy pork belly, caramelised black cod (for a supplement) and sides of kimchi fried rice and spicy miso tenderstem.
Sexy Fish Manchester is launching a lavish bottomless brunch
Finally, there are sharing desserts of cinnamon doughnuts, soft serve ice cream, and chocolate fondant.
And although drinks aren’t included in the bottomless brunch deal, each table is given a ‘Ring for Ruinart’ bell – ding it, and the sommelier will bring you a £64 bottle of fizz.
Special Sexy Brunch cocktails will include the mimosa thyme and the Sanguine Maria.
The whole thing will be soundtracked by ‘low-key entertainment’ from Sexy Fish’s signature DJs and live musicians.
The Sexy Fish Sexy Sunday Brunch will kick off on Sunday 10 March and run every Sunday between 12pm and 5pm.
Factory Bake shared on Instagram this week: “We’ve officially made it guys! Our first 1 star review!
“And to the customer in question all we can say is unfortunately we can’t apologise for selling out cause as a new little bakery this is the best thing ever!
“Though we do hope in the future for other amazing businesses you visit, you at least try their goods before reviewing. Cause our baker has a deep hatred for anything dry, which is why she usually slices up everything even when it’s still hot.”
The one-star review said: “They could also rename it as pointless baker.
“I went there three times, and they never had anything decent available. Just 2-3 types of pastries that looked as dry as desert sand. Caffé Nero’s pastries look more inviting than theirs…and also has a better choice.