Higher Ground brings together North West ingredients, Manchester brewed beer and natural wines in a chilled-out setting.
Located within the new KAMPUS development at the top of Canal Street, an ex-security cabin on stilts is being transformed into a flexible, creative space.
Well, they’ve just announced the first residency in ‘The Bungalow’, and it’s set to become… a restaurant.
Higher Ground will be opening on Friday 21st February and will bring together North West ingredients, Manchester brewed beer and natural wines in a chilled out setting and is the brainchild of Joseph Otway and Richard Cossins.
Joseph, ex-Head Chef of Where The Light Gets In in Stockport and ex-Relæ in Copenhagen, will be in the kitchen creating a daily changing menu, including an Oxtail Madras Pasty – a homage to his late-night visits to Longsight.
There will be beer on tap from a local brewery and the wine list will encourage and enable discovery, highlighting producers who see themselves as farmers just as much as winemakers.
Joseph commented: “We were drawn to the Bungalow from the very beginning, and as we learnt more about KAMPUS and the focus on building a community, we knew it was the perfect fit for us. It’s a great opportunity to move into a casual space and share what excites us.
“We want to offer something that’s approachable and easy for everyone to enjoy, whilst also supporting growers and producers we are passionate about.
“We’ll be serving a small selection of beers from just down the road and we’ve put together a carefully selected list of wines to drink by the glass or bottle. Plates are going to be simple and delicious, nothing complicated, and ideal to share.”
Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric said: “There’s nowhere else like the Bungalow in the city and we’ve been dying to get it open to the public. People might have wandered past on Canal Street and wondered what we were doing with the building and we’re made up to reveal what’s happening.
“We always wanted to keep it as a flexible space, to be used for anything from pop-ups to yoga classes or community events. Joseph and Richard really understood the community feeling we’re creating at KAMPUS – understated, inclusive and inspired by Manchester.”
KAMPUS is Manchester’s new garden neighbourhood, featuring 533 apartments across 5 individual buildings, with the first apartments launching in Spring 2020.
The Bungalow will also become KAMPUS’ very own village hall, supporting community uses and activities as the site reaches completion.
Higher Ground is located in the Bungalow at KAMPUS and accessed via Minshull Street. It opens on Friday 21st February with walk-ins and reservations welcome.