Kampus, Manchester’s garden neighbourhood, has kicked off the year by announcing two new openings.

A new pie and mash cafe will be opening from Great North Pie Co. The award winning Cheshire based company will call recently reopened Little David Street, which has been closed off for over a decade, home.

It is a big step for the company who only a few years ago began making pies in a home kitchen to sell at local markets. Great North Pie Co have gone on to win 9 categories at the British Pie Awards, as well as winning the overall competition and being the named the best small producer.

Neil Broomfield, who started the company with wife Sarah, commented, “Since we started out making pies at home for farmers markets, we’ve always wanted a base in the city centre. We’d been looking for a while and as soon as we saw Kampus we knew it was the right place for us. It had to be somewhere intimate and cosy and Kampus really nails that laid back vibe.

We’ll be keeping things simple, just great northern pies and mash, with loads of gravy, and a few beers. The Kampus gardens are one of the nicest places to come and sit in Manchester and with the mix of independent traders that are coming, it’ll be an amazing community to be part of.”

Joining Great North Pie Co and other great independent traders, such as Nell’s and Pollen who are already at Kampus, will be Cloudwater who will open a beer hall.

The hall will be the ground floor of Minshull House and will feature a communal beer hall, 3°c cold store and beer tap wall, full kitchen serving local and seasonal food, and flexible event spaces. There will also be outdoor seating in the scenic Kampus garden, it is expected to open this Spring.

Cloudwater was founded in 2014 and brewed its first, of many, beers in early 2015 and they are devoted to offering customers value through bold, precise flavours, bottomless drinkability, the lowest possible off-flavour presentation, and consistency from one beer to the next.

Paul Jones, co-founder of Cloudwater, said, “We’re looking forward to joining the community at Kampus, which already includes a number of outstanding independent operators who are a major credit to our city.

Manchester means so much to us – far more than simply acting as our home city, it provides us with inspiration, feeds our creative energy and informs our values. So we’re proud to be able to open another venue in the city, especially one neighbouring Canal Street, which has long been a vital part of the city’s nightlife.”


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