First images released of huge new bar and restaurant at Manchester Central

It's opening in the former railway station.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 4th March 2024

The first images of a brand-new bar and restaurant opening at Manchester Central have been released.

When it opens this spring, Junction will function as a restaurant, cafe and social workspace, right on the doorstop of the city’s famed conference centre.

Junction is now taking shape in the entrance of the iconic domed building, which was formerly a railway station but closed to passengers in 1969.

The CGIs that have been released show how the design of the restaurant will pay homage to the building’s past, with curved industrial architecture.

There’ll be floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on this bustling corner of the city centre.


Junction will be decorated in peaches, sage greens and stone, with the designers’ envisioning a space that’s relaxed in the day but intimate and warm in the evenings.

It’s been designed by renowned local business Up North Architects.


The space will be open for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner, ready to welcome locals and visitors alike, and will be a new workspace for freelancers or remote workers.

The entrance to Junction will be up the podium steps to the main entrance of Manchester Central.

Shaun Hinds, CEO at Manchester Central, said: “We are extremely excited to open Junction in the Spring. This is set to be an incredible space that will be open to everyone, all day, every day.


“It will be a place to game-plan the day with great coffee in the morning, catch up on emails at lunch, make connections with new contacts, and meet friends over cocktails and small plates in the evening.

“We don’t think there is anything like this on this side of the city, and we know it will be a huge boost to this area.”

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