Food & Drink

Hatch has been transformed into an 80s-inspired wonderland for Christmas

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 23rd November 2021

Manchester’s massive street food venue Hatch has been given a dose of 80s nostalgia in time for Christmas, with traders launching a whole raft of festive specials.

The huge Oxford Road hub of street food and independent retail has been kitted out with fluorescent lights and disco baubles for the festive season.

Hatch has said it wants to ‘transport customers back to a different era when iPhones and ‘furlough’ were yet to enter our mainstream vocabulary’, which sounds good to us.

As well as retro events, there’ll be festive food and drink from its many traders to dig into too.

Pigs in blanket parmos from Parmogeddon at Hatch. Credit: Jody Hartley

Seasonal specials will include a pigs in blanket parmo from Parmogeddon, topping a classic chicken parmo with pigs in blankets and deep-fried stuffing.


The duo will also put their spin on the Christmas sandwich, with bacon, melted brie and cranberry sauce loaded onto a parmo and served in a toasted brioche bun.

Vegan street food legends Herbivorous have created plant-based festive alternatives like a sage and onion seitan roast served in brioche bun with braised cabbage and red onion gravy, and a ‘turkey’ and stuffing burger.


Grandad’s Sausages will be on hand with their take on traditional German bratwursts, while Biscuit and Brew have created festive cookie dough pies with spiced ice creams.

Festive desserts from Biscuit & Brew. Credit: Jody Hartley

Then Sicilian street food experts T’arricrii have created a menu of specialty arancinos with fillings like bolognese sauce and ham and cheese.

There are – naturally – plenty of winter tipples to work your way through at Hatch too, like Kir Royales (made with O’Donnell’s berry moonshine and prosecco), Christmas Manhattans, and Clementine Cosmopolitans.


Hatch bar Miami Ice have created festive espresso martinis – expect flavours like Black Forest, gingerbread, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Biscoff.

A Biscoff espresso martini. Credit: Jody Hartley

Hatch has also opened its own hot drinks bar, which will serve mulled wines, hot cider and hot buttered rums, which can be grabbed from the Oxford Road entrance for takeaway too.

Craft beer bar ÖL, one of Hatch’s very first traders, will be supplying a number of Christmas themed beers.

The festive specials are all available now right through until the end of the year.

Events over the festive season will include Christmas Carols, 80s discos, and live music.


Hatch is open from 12pm to midnight seven days a week, with 1am finishes at the weekends. Don’t forget to keep up with all things Christmas in Manchester here.

Featured image: Jody Hartley