Stretford has taken the first major step towards regeneration by welcoming a multi-purpose bar and restaurant to Stretford Mall.
Opening on Saturday 14 March, The Hive is the first complex of its kind in the South-West Manchester town - catering for the work crowd, families and night owls alike with an amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.
A fully-stocked bar with beers, wines and cocktails will remain open all day long - fitted with a spacious seating area and televisions screening live sport.
The Hive will also transition from breezy bar into party host on the weekends - as DJs hit the decks and crank up the noise with sets designed to fill a dance floor.
The upstairs area, fitted with a mezzanine, is available for hire - rendering it perfect for family and/or corporate parties.
Offering everything from coffees and cake to brunches and roasts, The Hive kitchen is kept buzzing by Sid Talha – a Parisian chef who spent years working under Michelin maestro Raymond Blanc.
A year in the making, the project has been designed by a group boasting decades of experience in hospitality.
Jamie Hoare, joint-founder of the venture, told The Manc: “It looks like Stretford will soon become the place to be.
“Me and my business partner Chris Herbert have known one another for twenty years, running a table football business in the past.
"We wanted to do something big in Stretford. There's 40,000 people living here but not many places to go - with most visiting Chorlton or heading into the city for food and drink.
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Very important business this afternoon - choosing our coffee machine! We explored a variety of options but have opted for the coffee machine in the photos here (will be in black not white though) Josh showcasing his impressive latte art skills! ☕️☕️ We will be serving complimentary hand made biscuits from our chef with every hot drink as well ???? #coffee #stretfordcoffee #thehivestretford #stretfordbars #stretfordstrip
"We want to offer something new for the area - a space that's family-friendly, dog-friendly and also lively at night.
"It's going to be a space for the entire community. It'll be something for everyone."
The Hive will officially open on Saturday 14 March and is set to be an intrinsic part of the town moving forwards.