Another week, another great list of top Manchester scran options to tempt you with.
As we settle into September, this week welcomes the return of Manchester’s annual food and drink festival as well as heralding some new arrivals – including the opening of Bundobust’s new Oxford Road taproom and restaurant and a must-try waterside natural wine bar from the Higher Ground team.
Keep reading to discover our top food and drink picks for this week.
A neighbourhood natural wine bar with food from the Higher Ground team
Using fresh, organic produce grown themselves on their own 1-acre market garden in Cheshire, the team at Flawd have now moved into their own unit following a summer stint at neighbouring cafe Pollen.
With a constantly-changing seasonal menu put together by head chef Joseph Otway, there’s more to try than just charcuterie and cheese – although you’ll definitely want to eat that too. Wines and beers are also available to take away to enjoy at home or out on their terrace on the marina.
Soon to be joined next door by Pippy Eats’ Noodlehaus, it seems that the Ancoats marina is going to become quite the dining destination.
A new brewery and restaurant in a former carpark
The Bundobust team has been squirrelling away at plans to open a new brewery and restaurant in the former Oxford road car park since 2019. Now, at last, they’re ready to go – and they’re planning on giving out 200 free beers this Thursday 16 to mark the occasion.
Capable of producing 20,000 pints per month. the new 150-seat taproom and restaurant will open with all of its menu favourites and six of its newly-brewed beers available on draught. Choices include a coriander lager, chai masala porter and tropical pale ale, a couple of different IPAs and a light, Kellerbier-style lager.
There are also some exciting collaborations on the horizon, including a salted lemon sour with North Brewing Co and a hoppy black lager collab with Deya.
Find it at . Bundobust’s new site opens this Thursday 16 September.
Find it at St James’s Bldg, Bundobust Brewery, 61-69 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6EQ.
The return of Manchester’s annual food and drink festival
Manchester’s food and drink festival returns to the city this year, bringing with it a whole host of markets, street food pop-ups and special dinners. This week look out for the Artisan Market and MFDF Street Food hub, both at Cathedral Gardens, plus a special five-course menu over at the KAMPUS bungalow from the talented lads behind Tine.
Down at the hub you’ll find a Manchester beer bar, products from local artisans like Bread Flower, and street food delights including proper Breton crepes from Mason Briezh, and East Indian favourites from Stockport favourite Aunti Ji’s.
Find the festival hub from this Thursday 16 September at Cathedral Gardens, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG.
A new fine-dining restaurant in the former Tapeo and Wine unit
Serving up locally sourced dishes that champion British produce, newcomer Rendition releases new menus every month to suit the season. For September, head chef Stuart Valentine (formerly Tariff and Dale / Albert’s Chop House) is serving market-price oysters alongside dishes like beer-glazed chicken, duck, roasted rump of lamb, and homity pie.
Opened by the team behind 90s London celeb haunt China White, the menu here is overseen by Exec Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson – the former head chef of The River Café in London who’s also worked with the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver.
Find Rendition at 209 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3NW.
Rio Ferdinand is helping change young lives with community programmes in Oldham and Salford
Ex-Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand and his foundation’s wonderful work is helping better the lives of young people in Oldham, Salford and across Manchester as a whole.
Over the past year, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and The Guinness Partnership have been putting together a vital social initiative aimed at providing opportunities and resources to young people across Greater Manchester, helping them develop their skills and aspirations for future working life.
Now, after a hugely successful 12-month campaign, their skills and progression community programme, participants are well and truly starting to feel the impact, with 90% of those taking part now stating that they are enjoying a clear idea and focus on what they want to do for a career.
It may have be thriving in Salford and Oldham at the moment, but given the benefit the scheme has already had — not to mention the ambition the Rio Ferdinand Foundation has shown around various areas of the UK since being set up in 2012 — we can only see this spreading further across the region.
The skills-based initiative engages young people aged under 25 years old and living in Guinness homes in a six-month skills-based programme which has been up and running in the two Manc boroughs, as well as the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, since March 2022.
Young people from both Oldham and Salford take part in a weekly schedule of activities designed to tackle youth unemployment, including digital media training (photography, product design, filmmaking, podcasting), building and construction, CV workshops, mock interviews and more.
Not only do these shadowing opportunities garner confidence and raise aspirations among other young people in the local community, but they also help directly develop their employability skills via mentoring.
For instance, Matthew, 19 from Royton in Oldham, completed the programme and then was supported to apply to the Guinness Aspire Awards to request funding to purchase camera and lighting equipment to help him start a small local photography business. Quality stuff.
Matt says that the scheme “has been an amazing opportunity and has given [him] a chance to get back on the right path… I know what I want to do now and can’t wait to start… I would recommend that other people in my position get involved with it in the future.”
As well as markedly increasing participants health and well-being, all 100% of those involved across Salford and Oldham reported feeling more confident, with many now enjoying opportunities with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s partners such as Warner Music, Kiss FM, The Jockey Club and the Gym Group.
Speaking on the programme’s success, Rio himself said in a statement: “The Foundation is committed to working with young people at the heart of their communities to offer support, training, and opportunities to those that need it… engaging with the Guinness Partnership has provided a great boost to our reach and our work”.
Well in, Rio. Thankfully, he isn’t the only ex-Manchester-based footballer still trying to make a difference in the local community either:
Campbell, 38, was found dead in his home in Mossley, Tameside, on Saturday 3 July. He had been fatally assaulted and died of the injuries he sustained in the attack.
Belfield was arrested on 23 March 2023 by Suriname authorities on suspicion of drug-related offences – he’ll likely remain in the South American nation’s jurisdiction to face these charges.
Then GMP want to bring him back to Manchester to face questioning from GMP’s Major Incident Team.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson from GMP’s Major Incident team said: “The news of Belfield’s arrest is an important development in our investigation, we will be working with international law enforcement agencies to bring Belfield back to Manchester and continue in our pursuit to find answers for Thomas’ family.
“Through vigilance shown by our colleagues in South America, Belfield was recognised by Suriname’s law enforcement upon his arrest and information regarding his whereabouts was shared with our Force Critical Wanted Unit.
“We have previously released numerous appeals to ask for help in finding him and we thank the public for their continued support in this case.
“This is an excellent result which shows once again, that UK law enforcement does not give up on finding those abroad who are wanted for offences in the UK.”