Iconic Manchester pub The Deansgate has officially reopened its doors after two years of sitting boarded up on the busy Manchester stretch from which it takes its name.
After closing during the pandemic in 2020, the pub, which started life in the city in the 19th Century, has undergone a three-month refurbishment – retained its historical features whilst adding a fresh modern touch.
With bars and cosy snugs spreading across three floors, the top floor – previously used as a flat by the pub’s previous landlord – has been brought into public use, and now boasts a stunning adjoining rooftop terrace.
This means there’s now not one, but two roof terraces, all with built-in seating, lighting, outdoor heaters and great views of the ever-growing city skyline.
In a nod to the history of the pub, the refurbishment has been careful to retain some of its original features including the stained-glass windows, external frontage, ceilings, and woodwork whilst also giving the venue a modern, on-trend feel.
Green decor and solid wood flooring and bar areas create a proper pub feel, as does snug booth-style seating.
The ground floor also includes a feature bar area in a half-moon shape, bespoke brass fonts and a glass back bar, as well as the return of the pub’s gorgeous festoon lighting throughout.
As for food, diners will find traditional favourites aplenty on the menu here with a new food menu boasting the likes of Steak and Ale Pie, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
The pub is also serving up a traditional Sunday Roast, with a range of different meat options and a Nut Roast Wellington served with gravy and all the trimmings.
On the drinks front, you’ll find a host of different beers and ciders on draught including favourites like Peroni, Guinness, Old Mout and Amstell, alongside house craft beers Flint Eye and Level Head.
To accommodate the city’s sports fans, the venue boasts seven TV screens showing live sports on BT and Sky on every floor, including a bookable private screening space on both the ground and third floor, perfect for private viewings.
Speaking on the new opening, Jonathon Evans, General Manager at The Deansgate, said: “The Deansgate has always been a Manchester staple, from when it was first opened back in the 19th Century and we’re so excited to be able to open its doors once more.
‘The transformation from an empty to space into a proper yet modern pub, with extensive food, drink and live sports offering has been months in the making and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests back to The Deansgate.”
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Popular London bakery Gail’s to open string of North West cafes next year
Popular craft bakery Gail’s has hinted at plans to open a string of new cafes in the North West next year.
The group, which already has a large number of bakery-cafes in the south of England, has announced it will open its first North West site in Wilmslow in early 2023.
Bosses have also said that ‘further locations in the North West’ will be announced in the new year, adding that all the new bakeries will serve GAIL’s artisan sourdough breads, pastries, sandwiches, and cakes alongside its specialty House Blend coffee.
The news also seems to potentially confirm speculation that the brand is planning a move into Manchester after The Manc shared news of potential plans for a Gail”s opening in the city centre in October.
Having already seen planning documents that suggest the chain is planning to take over the former White Stuff unit on King Street, it now appears that more news on that opening will be coming in 2023 – although it’s hard to say if it will be the first Manchester site to be announced.
The bakery group already has strong ties with Manchester, having run its sister wholesale bakery The Bread Factory in Openshaw since 2017.
Formed in the early 1990s by namesake Gail Mejia, Gail’s began when its eponymous founder decided to bring together the best bakers in London to create bakes for the capitals top chefs and restaurants.
Today, is known more as a customer-facing cafe and bakery whilst The Bread Factory continues the original wholesale legacy – supplying high quality, artisan breads to some of the region’s top local restaurants.
Gail’s first cafe opened on Hampstead High Street in 2005, and now the brand has 79 in neighbourhoods in and around London, Oxford, Brighton and more.
Turning back the clock on industrialised baking practices and moving to bake bread as it used to be baked: by hand, using quality ingredients and time-worn artisanal methods, Gail’s soon established a name for itself and has come a long way since those early days.
Still, the stuff that matters – the ethos, the suppliers, the skill and a handful of tried-and-tested sourdough starter cultures – hasn’t changed.
A champion for sustainability, the bakery also prides itself on minimising food waste by carefully setting aside any leftover food and donating it to a selection of local charities in each eatery’s neighbourhood
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