January 18, 2018


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Two More Manchester Food & Drink Legends Coming To Ancoats In 2018

Manchester Life is excited to confirm that Cask and Pollen Bakery are opening new venues on the canal side of Cotton Field Wharf in Ancoats, adding to the thriving independent and creative local food and drink scene in the city centre community.

Cask and Pollen join Sugo Pasta Kitchen, The Jane Eyre Neighbourhood Bar and The Hip Hop Chip Shop who will all be opening within Manchester Life residential developments in Ancoats by this summer.

Pollen Bakery, voted by the Sunday Times as one of the UK’s top 20 bakeries, has become a Manchester Institution for freshly baked sourdough loaves, cruffins and croissants. Their new home in Cotton Field Wharf provides much needed additional baking capacity and a space where the community can gather, meet, work, relax and break bread together.

“We opened Pollen Bakery in September 2016, unsure how a bakery, in an archway, at the back of Piccadilly station would be received. We got busier and busier, the bread got better and better, and our team has expanded.

“We have now grown faster than our little arch can handle and we can’t wait for our next chapter in Ancoats. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our new home in Cotton Field Wharf.”

Hannah Calvert, Pollen Bakery

Cask will open in Spring 2018. It is Cask’s second venue following the success of their Castlefield bar, which since opening in 2003 has become famous for its extensive beer selection and bringing a friendly and relaxed local vibe to the city centre.

“We are really excited by the opportunity to expand our little piece of Manchester into another great part of the city centre. We look forward to bringing Manchester’s most comprehensive choice of real ales and international beers to Ancoats”


“Cask and Pollen Bakery represent the best of Manchester’s thriving food and drink scene, and are amazing additions to Ancoats.

“As major residential developers, we are working hard to ensure that everything we do is right for the community. Providing spaces for local businesses is central to our mission to help Ancoats become a vibrant and homely place to live or visit in the city centre.”

Marty Edelman, Executive Chairman of Manchester Life Development Company


Manchester Life is set to announce more local food and drink businesses coming to its six phase-one residential developments across Ancoats this year.

Cotton Field Wharf was Manchester Life’s first rental development to welcome residents to Ancoats in October ‘17. Over 60% of Cotton Field Wharf’s 302 design-led, large and carefully-managed homes for Manchester’s professional population are already let.

Tenancies are available for up to 3 years, providing security of tenure with fixed, low rent increases. Facilities include a club room, gym with state of the art Technogym equipment, private terraces, 24/7 concierge, secure car and cycle parking, and an on-site maintenance team.

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