Independent food, drink and retail neighbourhood Hatch MCR has now reopened doors just in time for Christmas shopping, haircuts, and takeaway services.
As England’s second national lockdown comes to an end, and Greater Manchester enters into Tier 3 restrictions as part of the UK government’s new “tougher” three tiered regional system, Hatch will be bringing an alternative festive shopping experience to the city centre with all of the neighbourhood’s excellent local and independent businesses opening their doors ahead of the festive period.
The site has been transformed from urban summer escape, to cosy winter wonder-village and offers a unique, twinkly and festive shopping experience nestled underneath Mancunian Way.
Hatch will be open on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 12-8pm.
As well as Christmas shopping, Hatch’s friendly neighbourhood grooming salons – Portland Barbers and Industry – will also be open to take care of that all-important post-lockdown, pre-Christmas haircut.
And independent street food will be on the menu too, with a slimmed-down Tier 3 collection of traders opening for takeaway, including inventive sandwiches by Ate Days a Week, Asian street food by Fuku, fabulous takeaway wine by Vin-Yard, Sicilian street food by Tarricrii, vegan dishes from Herbivorous, Vietnamese street food from Hanoi 75, and Cyprian cuisine from Mezze.
All takeaway food can be ordered and collected here.
The rest of the Hatch crew is gearing up to be back after the next regional tiered review, when it is hoped that the whole destination will reopen for the full Hatch experience.
As Manchester strives to get Christmas back on track, the Hatch teams are encouraging everyone to shop local this festive season and reward loved ones with something unique and extra-special under the tree by supporting local businesses at the same time.
With Small Business Saturday coming up this weekend – Saturday 5th December – Hatch is also set to reward customers shopping from any of the destination’s indie traders by handing out Hatch gift vouchers as spot prizes.
The vouchers will be assigned completely at random throughout the course of the day, with £100 worth given away, and all shoppers need to do to be in with a chance of winning a voucher is to buy local and independent at Hatch on Saturday.
Speaking on the reopening of Hatch MCR, Andrea George – Director of Retail at Bruntwood Works – said: “Hatch has been transformed into a gorgeous, cosy winter wonder village and all our retailers, hairdressers and takeaways are open and ready for the festive period.
We are open Tuesday – Saturday allowing customers plenty of time to come along and support local independent businesses in a safe environment.
“Our businesses have worked extremely hard to be able to open their doors safely within Tier 3 restrictions and we’re all looking forward to welcoming shoppers back to Hatch for Christmas shopping.”
You can find more information and COVID-safe procedures ahead of your visit via the Hatch MCR website here.
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One Day star Leo Woodall says ‘soft Mancunian’ is the most attractive accent
If you haven’t watched the recent adaptation of One Day on Netflix, first of all: congrats on not being emotionally tormented like the rest of us and, secondly, leading man Leo Woodall might have just given you an extra little incentive by declaring Mancunian as the most attractive accent.
‘Soft’ Manc, to be specific. We’re not exactly what that sounds like or where about in Greater Manchester he’s referring to it, but we’ll get into all that later.
The much-adored piece of contemporary romance was previously made into a film back in 2011 but a whole new generation of viewers are now stumbling across the love story thanks to the 14-part Netflix series which was released this February.
Don’t worry, we won’t go into too much detail on the plot as there’s no way we’re spoiling this for you but, as it turns out, actor Leo Woodall — who plays the heart-throb everyone loves to hate, Dexter Mayhew, in the show — told journalist Olivia Marks in a recent interview with that he loves Manc accents.
As you can see in the short clip, taken from Marks’ chat with Woodall and co-star Ambika Mod, who plays female lead Emma Morley, after receiving some praise for voice in the show, the pair are then asked what accents they find most attractive in real life after Timmy Chalamet went viral for his answer.
While Mod, who delivers a virtually flawless Leeds accent, admits she’s a sucker for an Irish accent (aren’t we all?), ‘Dex’ himself says that “a soft Mancunian [accent] is great” — yet another reason to jump on the bandwagon and watch One Day, this guy clearly knows his stuff.
Jumping at the chance to let the 27-year-old actor that she’ll “take that” as she is also a Mancunian, though she did admit she may have “lost it a bit because [she’s] been in London for so long”.
Again, similar to Leo’s very specific answer, we’re not exactly sure whereabouts in the region Olivia is from, but come back up North whenever you’re ready, mate — we’ll get the kettle on.
So yeah, do ignore our blushing but you heard it here first, a very undeniably good-looking bloke off the telly said that we have the most attractive accent and he should know a thing or two about that, just look at the state of the bugger.
Of course, he’s not the first person to state what we deem as a simple fact of human nature at this point; in fact, a survey of over 2,500 Brits carried out in 2023 officially voted us in the ‘sexiest accent in the UK’ and we’re taking that straight to the handsome bank with all the other pretty people.
Seriously though, you should all go and watch One Day on Netflix and not just because Dexter—sorry, Leo, said we sound nice. Just make sure to buy a big box of tissues and be ready to message all of your loved ones saying you need a hug.
As for the interview itself, you can watch ‘r Liv’s full chat with the cast of One Day down below:
Featured Images — Olivia Lily Marks (via TikTok)/Hits Radio (via YouTube)/Netflix
A company is looking to pay someone £400 a month to relax in the bath
There’s nothing more perfect at the end of a long day than running a nice warm bath and getting some good relaxation in, right?
Well, get this – there’s actually a company out there who’s willing to pay you to do just that.
If you’ve ever wondered whether the dream job actually does exist, then here’s your question answered, as bathroom wholesaler, Bathroom Deal, is currently on the look-out for a ‘Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester’ to help it take customer satisfaction and quality assurance one step further.
The company says the customer experience is one of its “top priorities”, and that its mission is to make sure every customer is “more than happy” with the quality and functionality of the products it sells, as well as being satisfied with its our affordable prices.
But to do this, it’ll need a helping hand from one big bath-taking fan first, which is why the company is currently hiring for the coveted new role.
From luxury freestanding and fun whirlpool baths, to classic P-shaped tubs and corner baths, Bathroom Deal’s new ‘Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester’ will be expected to test out the quality of all the company’s different kinds of baths, so that it can be confident in the products it’s putting online for its customers.
The successful applicant will be asked to assess their time spent in the tub based on how comfortable they found it, how relaxed they felt, how easy it was to run the bath, and a whole load of other questions about the standard and practicality of the tubs.
“This new role is paramount to ensuring the high quality levels of our products,” the company said in the job specification.
Whilst in the bath, the lucky bather is welcome to watch Netflix, enjoy a bath bomb, listen to the radio, and ultimately, do all they can to simply try and relax, as this way, the company reckons they’ll be able to “authentically assess” both the comfortability and functionality of the products.
Applications for the coveted ‘Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester’ role are now open / Credit: Karolina Grabowska (via Pexels)
Oh, and did we mention you’ll get paid £400 a month for the ‘work’? Well, you will.
Does this sound like the ideal job for you? Of course it does, so if you fancy sticking an application in, all you need to do is be able to commit to between one and four hours a week to the position, and have strong written communication skills for completing feedback assessments.
You’ll also need to have a bathroom in your home that’s large enough to have Bathroom Deal’s fitters install baths of various sizes, up to one type per month.