First up let’s talk about the new menu. It’s been described as a ‘laid-back’ menu, and has been designed with drop-in diners and casual gatherings in mind. So you can expect to see more small plates, sharing dishes and an additional selection of weekend brunch treats.
You’ll be able to tuck into such delights as Pickled Cockles, sourdough and seaweed butter, Ricotta Dumplings with broad beans and herb oil and brunch dishes that include Merguez Mutton Sausage and Poached Eggs on sourdough with fennel, tomato & chilli chutney, washed down with a Hedgerow Mimosa.
The kitchen team (which is due to grow with the appointment of new chef Hannah Whelan) will be heading down a more relaxed route. So this means that you’ll no longer need to book a table and there will be a full menu available all day until 9pm.
There will be a mouth-watering range of brunch options for those lazy weekend mornings and the hugely popular whole baked cheeses, split pea chips and mussels with slabs of rosemary focaccia for dunking will continue.
The focus on the food will (as always) be on using quality ingredients, and whipping up delicious and seasonal food that continues to act as the perfect match to The Creameries’ community centred and sustainable ethos.
Of course there’ll also be the continuation of The Creameries legendary freshly-baked bread, cakes and pastries, while chef Mary-Ellen McTague will focus her celebrated creativity on an expanded programme of special culinary events, including supper clubs, cookery lessons and wine and cheese tastings.
Looking at the events calendar for year two of The Creameries and it’s clear to see that the team are looking to ramp all up to 11 on this side of things.
Music fans will enjoy more acoustic nights, while designer & co-owner Soo Wilkinson will be curating a packed programme including Elliot Eastwick’s World Famous Food & Drink Quiz, Still Life Supper Clubs and kitchen take-overs by the likes of the fantastic Liverpool based Maray Restaurant.
The Creameries’ child-friendly ethos will remain central to what they do, with dedicated play space, healthy kids’ menu and activities including immersive storytelling, children’s baking classes and a monthly craft club.
Meanwhile, those who simply want a freshly-brewed Ancoats coffee or Manchester Union Lager will always find a warm welcome.
Advance booking is recommended for most classes, workshops and events.
The Creameries, 406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD