New Restaurants & Bars Opening in Manchester This August

Including three new openings at New Century Hall, a new sandwich concept from the Batard team and the return of Slice to the Northern Quarter...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 9 August 2022

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Arriving this week at Arlo’s on Stevenson Square, the return of Slice Pizzeria to its spiritual home is now complete. As I’m sure you’re aware, Slice had their very own, very impressive bar and eatery on the Northern Quarter square, but vacated the unit back in 2020. Since then they’ve been operating out of a hatch at Oxford Road Station, but now – they’ve returned – taking over the kitchens at Arlo’s indefinitely.

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Wholesome Junkies

Thursday 4th August
Officially opening on Thursday 4th August after a brief soft opening period, Wholesome Junkies will also be offering 20% off until Sunday 7th August. From 100% vegan Salt and Pepper Prawns to award-winning stacked burgers and Chikn n Waffles, the restaurant has grown to be a must-visit destination for vegans of Manchester and beyond. Now, with a more permanent location set just next to Victoria Station, guests can dine in and enjoy the splendour of its 100% plant-based cuisine in a cosy setting.

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The Butty Shop

August TBC
A brand-new concept from chef Adam Reid, which aims to bring the British butty shop back to life with classic Northern flavours built on the memories of childhood visits to the bakery. Focusing on well-sourced, top-quality ingredients, the specialist sandwiches will be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside classic British bakery sides – including pickled eggs and potato salad. The Butty Shop is the headline food spot at new live music and events venue New Century Hall.

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Yum Cha

Friday 5th August
Opening up at KAMPUS this Friday is Yum Cha, a restaurant that’s already rather well established in Liverpool, and are bringing their unique authentic Chinese small plates, roasted meats and tea to Manchester. Set up by brothers Adam and Neil Wan, they’ll be serving up bold flavours, freshly prepared Dim Sum and Chinese tea in a space with laid-back vibes with the aim of bringing people together to share food.

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The Stables

Friday 5th August
The Stables is a new canteen-style concept bar and restaurant serving classic home comfort food; think curries, pies and chips, accompanied by a well-stocked bar too. It’s located down on Lower Byrom Street, next to the Crystal Maze and Department Bonded Warehouse. Diners will be treated to a classic chippy lunch including sausages, chips, gravy, cheese, curry sauce, barms and vegetarian options, while for dinner there’s a choice of pies and curries.



August TBC
The team behind Cottonopolis and Edinburgh Castle have brought back to life the historic Old Bank in Withington and created Libertine – an all-day eatery with a community focus which will open this month. It promises to be a place where you can eat well, drink well, soak up the atmosphere and listen to good music. Food-wise, the concept is varied, with something for everyone in mind – from small plates to brunch and Sunday roasts.

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The Peterman

Wednesday 10th August
The Grade-II listed former shipping warehouse on Peter Street, which houses high-end Indian restaurant Asha’s, is set to be transformed this month into a bold, luxury 32-room hotel, complete with a brand-new bar – The Peterman. The hotel will feature a bar where guests and non-guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, surrounded by heritage and original features of the histprouyc building.

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Super Happy

August TBC
With what feels like reading a John Le Carre novel sometimes, the Instagram page of Super Happy is rather mysterious when it comes to actual details – so let me tell you what we DO know. Super Happy MCR is a side-hustle from the team behind Batard, a sandwich shop using the very freshest ingredients and, naturally – the best bread imaginable. And that’s it. Will it be in a location or a dark kitchen? Dunno. What’s on the menu? Dunno. When will they let us know more stuff? Dunno. But we’re confident that it’ll be open this month. Hence this list.

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Tahi Eatery

August TBC
A kiwi owned and operated cafe and brunch spot at the Circle Square development on Oxford Road, Tahi Eatery will be opening properly at some point this month. They’ve been operating a ‘to-go’ pop-up for a couple of weeks now while their unit is completed, and it promises to be a fantastic addition to the city’s thriving cafe scene. Alongside single origins & blends from Hasbean will be a menu of baked goods, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and brunch favourites.

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Banh Vi at New Century Hall

August TBC
Altrincham Market staple, Banh Vi will be bringing their unique plant-based Vietnamese and Thai-inspired dishes to New Century Hall when it opens this August. Alongside exciting new dishes, guests can expect some of the team’s most popular signature plates that they’ve been honing since their conception in 2019, including bánh mì baguettes, steaming bowls of Pho, summer rolls and many more vibrant plant-based treats.

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The Bao Bros.

August TBC
2021 British Street Food Awards ‘People’s Choice’ winners, Bao Bros., are another addition to New Century with Asian-inspired cuisine with a touch of nostalgia to the North of England. Starting off as a food truck, their pop-up at Riverhead Brewery Tap in Marsden has firmly established them as a must-try destination. Using sustainably sourced produce with a low-waste focus, this experimental team makes innovative, weekly changing bao buns, loaded fries and desserts with Asian inspirations and global ingredients.

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The Chip Shop

August TBC
Piccadilly Approach is set to have a brand-new chippy, imaginatively called ‘The Chip Shop’. Taking over the former Northern Soul unity at the bottom of the approach, this will be a traditional fish and chips shop that remains open until midnight every day of the week. It promises to have a modern, “cool” interior paired with a proper chippy menu featuring the usual mushy peas, curry sauce and gravy action.

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