Samuel Johnson once said that his 'strength lies in my tenacity', and if there's anything to echo that, it's Manchester's new opening scene. Unbadgered, and persistent in its perusal of new eating and drinking plots, blink and you'll miss the menagerie of new venues coming to the city. (Gosh if the Northern Quarter isn't dying for a cup of tea and a sit down).
Giving a face to newfangled dictionary term, 'hangry'? Then we've got just the selection for you. Highlighting five of Manchester's best new openings this past month or so, we're here to quell food based fights and keep those guts soggy:
A must-try for you clean eating, Wholefoods hoarding, quinoa kings and queens, Rust and Stone laid claim over The Lawns in Spinningfields this August for all things organic. From bedouin inspired boozing and organic beers, to superfood smoothies and biodynamic wines, these good for you gurus promise yoga afternoons, Moroccan interiors and wholesome hedonism a-plenty.
From biodynamic boozing to burgers, gluttony kicks that Spinningfields karma to the curb in the shape of new diner opening, Infamous Diner. A seemingly slick, 50s foray, Infamous Diner have not only decked their venue out in neons and balconette seating, there's a menu of hot dogs, dessert themed cocktails, piled-high pancakes and a taste-turning macaroni cheese burger (aptly named the BIG MACaroni) for £8.95.
Boasting more dabbles in vodka than Dot Cotton's hidden launderette stash, The Washhouse has given Manchester another secret location to uhm, ahh and fight with Google Maps over. Already being hailed for their smoky interiors, launderette disguise and hand-made cocktails, The Washhouse is coming up hots as a city contender. I'll be honest, the website said I could get a duvet cleaned, and now i'm feelin' filthy.
Sister venue to the fun frills of Tea 42, MCR 42 opens in Chinatown this week for more rose coloured punch than Jigglypuff on her period. Set to echo the charming Tea 42 plot with cake scoffing, candyfloss cocktails and afternoon teas a-plenty, MCR 42 offers Manchester another dose of sugar laced antics a unique setting. If anything, it'll be like drinking in a Drumstick lolly and the city just can't wait.
If Peter Lord and Nick Park can make a movie about chickens, then Manchester can sure as hell freezing over, make a restaurant about one. A palace of all things poultry, and neat interior design at that, Yard and Coop indulge in all things feathered friend with dishes the likes of Monkey Balls (balls of chicken served with speciality sauces), battered dill pickles, and a buttermilk fried chicken burger with brioche and dill pickle at £8.50.