NEW OPENING: 'Drunken' Oysters, Seafood Small Plates & Seaweed Martinis at Deansgate Square

Pesky is a restaurant and bar set to open this March with innovative seafood and creative cocktails...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 20 May 2022

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PESKY, an exciting, developing restaurant and bar is heading to Manchester’s Deansgate Square next month offering small plates and a vibrant cocktail list.

Behind this new concept is food science and nutrition masters graduate Zaide O’Rourke, a food and drink enthusiast, trained molecular mixologist and self confessed dinner party aficionado.

“Pesky is a celebration of life, community and creative food and drink,” says owner Zaide O’Rourke. “I am so excited to start feeding the folk of Manchester, and hopefully I get to meet loads of friendly faces over some cocktails (or seaweed pale ale if that’s your thing) next month.”

Zaide O’Rourke

Zaide was inspired to open Pesky after living in Sweden where simple but delicious fish and seafood dishes are part of everyday life. Zaide aims to disrupt the long standing notion that seafood consumption can feel exclusive by making it more accessible and pairing it with exciting flavours.

Pesky will offer a menu of nibbles and small plates (ranging between £4-£10 each) with an equal balance between ‘Seafood’ and ‘Land food’ dishes. Oysters will be a speciality, served with pickled rhubarb and herb oil, or as ‘Drunken Oysters’ with recommended shot pairings.

Seafood small plates will include ‘better than a chippy’ Panko Cod Cheeks with Tartare sauce, a no fuss Hake dish served with Chimichurri, and King Prawn Pancakes with Okonomiyaki and Bonito.

The selection of land food dishes are all vegetarian and largely plant based, as Zaide is keen for Pesky’s menu to balance creativity with sustainability. These include Corn Ribs, Shaved Fennel and Grapefruit Salad, and Grilled Aubergine and Labneh with Pomegranate Molasses.

For desserts, guests can enjoy Kladkakka – a love letter to Sweden with Chocolate, Olive Oil and Sea Salt, or a refreshing Green Apple Sorbet with Ginger Crumb.

As a former Alchemist bartender, Pesky’s drinks menu is just as important to Zaide as the food offering. The vibey cocktail list has been inspired by some of his all-time favourite tipples and classic drinks have been given a slight edge. Take Pesky’s Whiskey Sour for example where lychee liqueur has been incorporated along with a hint of black cardamom to soften some of the more masculine flavours by adding floral and fruity undertones.

Other cocktails on the list include a Seaweed Martini or a Grapefruit Negroni with Gin, Martini Ambrato, Pampelle and Campari and there’s also a selection of Classic Cocktails, beers, wine and soft drinks.

Pesky is more than its food and drink though, it’s a place to have fun – after all pesky literally means to cause trouble. Guest DJ’s will play a soundtrack of deep and soulful house mixes with some added disco vibes, allowing free spirited guests to have a boogie if the mood takes them.

Pesky’s beautiful interior has been inspired by nature so it will be a calm setting with neutral tones, ashy dark walnut furniture and an elevated bohemian vibe peppered with natural materials such as wild grasses.


Pesky will open from Wednesday 2nd – Sunday 27th March 2022 opposite the General Store on Owen Street (in the space formerly occupied by the Harvey Nichols Christmas pop-up) at Deansgate Square.

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