The Manc Eats’ weekly food & drink hit list feat a NEW crumble cafe, four cheese lasagne and more

From a glitter-topped apple crumble cafe to a new Scandi-inspired bar with secret brewhouse, there's plenty going on in Manchester this week.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 28th June 2021

As we speed ahead into July, we take note of some of the most exciting new openings in Greater Manchester this week.

From a crumble cafe selling glittery, shortbread-laden desserts, to an independently-run vegan fast food site in Piccadilly that’s giving us strong guilt-free McDonald’s vibes, as ever there’s plenty of exciting new things to try in Manchester this week.

Keep reading to discover our top picks.

Homemade crumble cafe Crumbled has just landed in Spinningfields / Image: Crumbled

A brand new crumble cafe with glittery toppings and all the custard you can eat

New Manchester cafe Crumbled is dishing up the wholesome homely favourite with a variety of different fruity bottoms like rhubarb, strawberry and apple.


Hand-baked with love and care, they are all priced at £5 with a choice of shortbread or crumble.

Opt for yours to be served ‘traditional’ or with added glitz – think glittery toppings, blow-torched marshmallows, rose petals and ice cream.


Find Crumbled’s pop-up inside Wolf Italian Street Food on Spinningfields, Wednesday to Sunday.

The asparagus and pancetta lasagne from Casa Lasagne / Image: Casa Lasagne

A new authentic Italian lasagne spot, using a pasta recipe passed through generations

Due to open this Thursday 1 July, Casa Lasagne is cooking up everyone’s favourite home comfort food with the utmost authenticity. Think pistachio, pesto and besciamella lasagne, rich pumpkin and white ragu lasagne and four-cheese lasagne made with parmigiana and stilton, and you’ll start to get an idea of the variety on offer here.


A family-run operation using a pasta recipe passed through the generations, they also plan to cook up deep fried Neapolitan croquettas and other Italian treats.

Order from their website or find them on Deliveroo or Uber Eats.

Vegan Shack owners Dimeji and Saffron first started Vegan Shack in their Flat Kitchen two years ago. Think ‘Vegan McDonalds’ / Image: Vegan Shack

Collyhurst’s Vegan Shack arrives in town, with a second site on Piccadilly Gardens

Starting from humble beginnings in a flat kitchen in 2019, Vegan Shack’s known for its loaded fries and delicious plant-based kebab creations.

From spending their last £30 on food for their dark kitchen concept in 2019 to opening a second site in Piccadilly Gardens this week, founding couple Dimeji and Saffron have had quite a journey.


Head down for fast food favourites like burgers, wraps, fries and shakes.

Find them just off Piccadilly Gardens inside One Piccadilly.

Scandinavian-inspired cafe bar Lättsam has it all: Beatnikz beer, Grindsmith coffee, wine, cocktails and pastries / Image: Lättsam

A new Scandinavian-inspired cafe bar in Manchester’s business district

New cafe bar Lättsam is set to open this Thursday 1 July on the corner of Fountain Street and Spring Gardens. Minimalist in design with striking white and yellow tiles, this cafe/workspace/kitchen will also house a Beatnikz bar and miniature brewhouse.

Head down this weekend for Grindsmiths coffee and fresh pastries, beers, wines and cocktails – and keep your eyes peeled for a big street food announcement coming soon.


Find them on the corner of Fountain Street and Spring Gardens from July 1.

Summer Beer Thing brings hundreds of tasty beers from Manchester and further afield into the city centre every year / Image: Summer Beer Thing

A month-long beer festival from the team behind Port Street Beer House, Common and The Beagle

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for fans of Common and co’s Summer Beer Thing. Cancelled last summer, it seemed unlikely to happen again this year after the team announced they’d be leaving the Pilcrow.

Now (thankfully) it’s going ahead again – this year on the waterside at KAMPUS.

Kicking off this Thursday 1 July, there’ll be eight rotating taps plus natural wines and ice cream sandwiches from Nell’s.


Find them at KAMPUS July 2 – August 1.

Feature image – Wolf Spinningfields